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Branding, Bandstand and Backlash

Oskaloosa Bandstand

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The hornets nest is an idiom for “a situation or subject which causes a lot of people to become angry and upset“. That nest in Oskaloosa was a simple comment by a paid tourism expert in a presentation to help people to start thinking outside the box. Roger Brooks and his team […]

HAZMAT Team Members Take Chemistry 101

HAZMAT Team members get a bit of Chemistry 101 this week.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A firefighters work is never done, and neither is the process of their learning and training. This week, firefighters were once again taking lessons on HAZMAT training, this time from Oskaloosa High School Science teachers Michael Goudy and Mauree Haage. The purpose was to become more familiar with periodic tables, how chemicals […]

Council Hears Update On Firestation Project

Oskaloosa Firestation 2015

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in work-session Monday, before their regular session, to hear an update on the addition to the Oskaloosa Firestation Number One. Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock began the meeting by saying the project has been progressing. He said that core samples have already been drilled along with footing […]

Council Once Again Visits Sidewalk Issue

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The consideration of voluntary annexation of the area surrounding the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter and the waste water treatment plant on the northeast side of Oskaloosa was passed. The purpose of the annexation was to facilitate an 80/20 grant from the Iowa DOT for reconstruction of the bridge on 235th Street. The […]

Supervisors Look To Help Transitioning Country Life Residents


Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors took initial steps on Monday to help residents of Country Life, otherwise known as the County Home, make their transitions to new residences easier. Country Life will be closing its doors at the end of June, and the residents that remain there will be moving to […]

Double Fatality South Of Oskaloosa

The Iowa State Patrol is seen here investigating the scene of a double-fatality accident in Mahaska County Sunday evening.

***Updated to include the names of those involved.*** Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska County first responders rushed to the scene of a two vehicle accident at 310th Street and Merino Ave. Sunday night. The call for help was placed around 6:30 pm. A maroon GMC pickup truck, driven by Eric David Hansen, age 24, was driving […]

OACDG Honors Local Businesses And Individuals

Stam Greenhouse won Retail Business of the Year

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group held its 134th Annual Banquet on Thursday night. The annual banquet gives individuals in the business community an opportunity to visit with one another. Social gatherings are something many small business owners have little of, a chance to mingle with other business owners. This year […]

OHS Senior Looks To Drive Into His Future

Tyler Menninga with his buggy Moonshiner (submitted photo)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Graduation is in the air. Athletic and academic scholarships have been awarded to those with dreams of moving on to a college education. There are others who’s dreams are not found at a university or college. The skills to be the best are sometimes learned and earned doing the thing you love. […]

OHS Honors Its Academic Award Winners

Oskaloosa High School honored it's academic award winners Wednesday night at George Daily Auditorium.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa High School students and their families gathered at George Daily Auditorium on Thursday evening for the annual Academic Awards Ceremony. “We’re here to celebrate and honor the hard work and dedication of students here tonight,” said Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter. “Personally, I’ve had the pleasure and the honor to watch […]

District Approves Chromebooks and Reading Wonder Curriculum

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board met in open session on Monday night, where several teachers were recognized for their service to the district. The Board heard presentations by the District Leadership Team and the Professional Learning Community. The Board then heard from Dr. Mary Cooksley, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Oskaloosa. She […]

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