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From Ukraine To Oskaloosa

These are just a few of the 40 hand decorated Easter Eggs from Ukraine on display at Grace Evangelical Church in Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Iowa – When you walk into the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on the east side of Oskaloosa, a couple of very special trees can be found. These simple black metal trees hold some hand crafted treasures from the country of Ukraine. The Oskaloosa church has been a sister church to one in Kiev, Ukraine, […]

Vilcone Enters Guilty Plea

Bryan Draper Vilcone is seen here after pleading guilty in a Mahaska County Courtroom April 15th, 2014.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On April 15, 2014, defendant Bryan Draper Vilcone, was arraigned upon the two charges contained in the Amended Trial Information, filed April 15, 2014, and being fully advised of his rights and acknowledging full understanding of same, voluntarily entered pleas of guilty to Amended Count II: Attempt to Commit Murder, a class […]

Blue Zones Gets Underway In Oskaloosa

Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner address attendees to the Oskaloosa Blue Zone kick-off event.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s not that blue feeling when you’re disappointed, but instead is a new way of looking at making a community healthy. Even though the kick-off was Monday night at the Oskaloosa High School Gymnasium, the road leading up to that night was a long journey. When Iowa Governor Terry Branstad took office […]

A Special Day Of Fun And ‘Games’

The dance is one of the participants favorite activities at the Special Olympics.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Making dreams come true and smiles from ear-to-ear is just part of the memories participants and volunteers take away from a day of Special Olympics. You can’t have any Olympics without the lighting of a torch and special speakers during the opening ceremony and Saturday’s Special Olympics was no different. The William […]

New Hope For Kids

Cotton Candy and fun awaited those who took part at "Kids Hope Depot" on Saturday.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Making a difference many times only takes a little time and a big heart. Irvin DeBruin was helping to coordinate one of those efforts at New Hope Community Center on Saturday. The group was hoping to reach out to the younger population of Oskaloosa in much the same way New Hope has […]

Mahaska Third Graders Visit The Farm


Eddyville, Iowa – Visiting the farm is something new for many kids, and all of the 3rd Graders of Mahaska County had their chance to do just that on Friday. Students from Peoria Christian School, Oskaloosa Christian School, North Mahaska, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Oskaloosa descended upon the Duane and Vivian Jager Farm north of Eddyville. During […]

Deputies Respond To Fatal Accident

Mahaska County Sheriff's Office

Lacey, Iowa – One person was pronounced dead in an apparent single vehicle accident on 170th St. east of Oxford. Deputies were dispatched to the accident at 12:01 am on April 13th, where a 1997 Ford Truck had been traveling west on 170th Street near Oxford Avenue when the driver lost control and went off […]

Rozenboom Report (4/11/2014)

Ken Rozenboom (R) at his desk in the Iowa Senate Chambers.

by Sen. Ken Rozenboom Traditionally, voting on the department budget bills signals the end of a Legislative session. The budget process lasts through much of the session. This year, the process was tweaked to move things along faster than in past sessions. House Republicans and Senate Democrats sat down together and worked on joint budget […]

OMS Student Wrestles His Way To National Title

sage walker

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa Community School District students quietly accomplish great things, with many of them going unnoticed and unrecognized. Sage Walker is an Oskaloosa Middle School student who is an example of that. He has reached for high goals, and continues to find success in doing so. Walker is the proud owner of an […]

Burn Restrictions Possible With Dry Conditions

Oskaloosa, Eddyville and New Sharong fire departments fought this large grass fire west of Oskaloosa on Tuesday afternoon.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Dry conditions and a wind that picked up in the afternoon helped to cause one of the largest grass fires of the season Tuesday afternoon just west of Oskaloosa. Four apparatuses from Oskaloosa, which included its two brush trucks, along with a brush truck and tanker from Eddyville Fire Department and assistance […]

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