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Everyone’s descended from someone; QUEEN LEAH BLANKESPOOR and HER COURT

A view of the tulips from the 2012 Pella Tulip Time. (photo by Denis Currier)

by Marty Racheter The 2014 Tulip Time Queen is Leah Blankespoor, a 17-year-old Pella Christian High School Senior, who, born during the week of Tulip Time Week, has had a life-long fondness for all things Tulip Time. She would even walk to the mailbox in her wooden shoes as a child, and indeed, wore a […]

Dutch Fun for Everyone!

A view of the tulips from the 2012 Pella Tulip Time. (photo by Denis Currier)

by Marty Racheter Everyone knows there will be three day and three night parades in Pella during Tulip Time, but there are lots of activities in addition to that which make it worth your while to come on over to Pella! Thursday evenings, “The Freddy Gazzo Band” entertains at the Pella Opera House with an […]

Closing of Veterans Memorial Building Still Draws Heated Debate

Veterans Memorial Building - Grinnell, Iowa

By Helen Hotchkin The atmosphere of the Grinnell City Council meeting was a bit on edge as a debate heated up concerning the future of the Veterans Memorial Building between Dale Lamb and another man who requested to remain anonymous. The anonymous man read a passionate article about the veteran history of his family that […]

Spring Brings Many Preparations for Street and Sewer Improvements to Grinnell

City of Grinnell

By Helen Hotchkin The Grinnell City council meeting was held on March 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm with Mayor, Gordon Canfield, Julie Hansen, Jim White, Sondra Burnell, Jo Wray, Byron Hueftle-Worley present, as well as City Manager, Russ Behrens. Greg Roth gave an in-depth talk about the Phase 4 construction 4th avenue between State and […]

Inquiry for Road Restoration Highlights Grinnell City Council This Week

Road damage at the corner of 4th and Pearl (photo by Helen Hotchkin)

By Helen Hotchkin Grinnell, Iowa – Highlights at the City Council Meeting last night were road restoration and repair projects, brought to the table by inquiries from the public. Grinnell held a regular session of the city council on Monday, March 3, 2014 with all members in attendance; Mayor, Gordon Canfield; Julie Hansen; Rachel Bly; […]

On The InSide- Interpower & Tassel Ridge

Jason Van Zetten 'On The InSide'

Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. Oskaloosa, Iowa – Jason Van Zetten talks to people making an impact in the Oskaloosa and Mahaska County area in this series – ‘On The InSide’ This week “On the InSide” Jason Van Zetten sits […]

Rocket Wrestlers dominate Class 1A Sectional

KIIC 96.7 Radio

  by Joe Milledge/KIIC Sports The road to the state wrestling tournament began Saturday in Eddyville with the Class 1a Sectionals. The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets dominated the tournament, bringing 14 wrestlers in and advancing 10 to next week’s District tournament in Pleasantville. (The first and second place wrestlers in each weight class punch their ticket to […]

Shadow, Bryce and Brett Leshen advance to Districts in 2a.

KIIC 96.7 Radio

  by Joe Milledge/KIIC Sports Albia looks to return to the state wrestling championship again this year after a productive Class 2a sectional that the Blue Demons hosted on Saturday. Albia took first place overall in team points and advanced 7 wrestlers to the districts round next Saturday in Fairfield. Albia is ranked second in […]

Hog Confinements Major Issue at Grinnell 2014 Democratic Caucus

Democratic Caucus on January 21, 2014 in Grinnell, Iowa (photo by Helen Hotchkin)

By Helen Hotchkin As attendees gathered at the 2014 Iowa Democratic Caucus in Grinnell last night the major platform issue repeated over and over throughout the night was the problem of confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) sprouting up throughout the mid-west with their pervading odors that are significantly devaluing the property values of neighboring homes. […]

Why attend a Democratic Caucus tonight?

Iowa Democratic Party

By Helen Hotchkin, Grinnell Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. When Teddy Roosevelt paraphrased that West African proverb in a speech in 1903 he might have been talking about the Iowa Democratic Caucus procedure. The Iowa caucus is a long time tradition that is the first step in the long […]

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