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Private And Government Searching For Brand

Roger Brooks covered Oskaloosa on Friday. He talked about what we have that is good, and where things can be improved. This was the first step in a brand development project for the community.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – What is Oskaloosa known for? What is its brand? On Friday, nearly 170 private business owners, community leaders and government leaders all joined together to hear from Roger Brooks. Brooks helps communities develop a brand. One that we are all familiar with locally is Pella, which is known for being synonymous with […]

Oskaloosa Claims First Season Win On The Road

Nate Van Veldhuizen finds his way back to the end-zone for Oskaloosa on Friday night as he helped lead the Indians to their first win of the season over Saydel 44-30

Oskaloosa, Iowa – There was a collective sigh of relief Friday night as the Oskaloosa Indians football team lost that proverbial monkey off their back. The Indians played spoiler to the Saydel Eagles on their homecoming night with a final score of 44-30. Oskaloosa Head Coach Mike Sterner talked about the team effort shortly after […]

Habitat For Humanity Holds Open House

Visitors at the recent Habitat for Humanity open house were able to see where their donated studs ended up in the newest home.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Just about a year ago, a congregation, along with many others from the community, joined together to frame the walls of a new Habitat for Humanity house in Oskaloosa. After a few wrinkles along the way, a new family is set to benefit from the generosity of many. Mahaska County Habitat for […]

Oskaloosa City Council Votes Down Franchise Fee Increase

The Oskaloosa City Council 9-15-2014

Oskaloosa, Iowa – In a reversal of the previous two Oskaloosa City Council meetings, the proposed 2% increase to the franchise fee was defeated by a 4-3 vote. Council member Scotty Moore wanted to know how the rate increases by MidAmerican Energy would impact the current franchise fee at the average 10.4% increase that will […]

Courthouse Roof May See New Tiles In Near Future


Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met on Monday for their second scheduled meeting of the month. The roof of the Mahaska County Courthouse was once again the center of discussion for the meeting, as the Supervisors set about a course of action in getting it repaired. The roof was damaged back […]

Top Ranked Pella Rolls Over Oskaloosa

Bennett Spry is brought down by a a group of Pella Dutch on Friday night at the Lacey Stadium.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It was the season’s first truly cold day, but the Pella Dutch remained red hot on the field as they rolled past the Oskaloosa Indians 61-6 Friday night at Lacey Stadium. I asked Oskaloosa Head Football Coach Mike Sterner if the score was somewhat expected going against the top ranked team in […]

SAFE Walks To Bring Attention To Suicide

William Penn University Safe

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s a difficult subject to talk about, but suicide and its prevention was the reason a walk was organized on the campus of William Penn University this past week. World Suicide Prevention Day was the reason for the walk, and SAFE (Students Advocating for Equality), which is a new organization at William […]

Volunteers Share Their Time To Make The Community Better

A fresh coat of paint was applied to New Hope during the United Way Day of Caring.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On the day a nation remembers its fallen, a group of volunteers have taken up paint brushes and push brooms to help make Oskaloosa just a little bit better. Day of Caring is a one-day event that matches up local volunteers with needs at nonprofits and individual homes. The event is a […]

New 48 Unit Apartment Complex In The Works

A new apartment complex could be making its way to Oskaloosa. "The Reserves Ironwood"

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission got its first look at a proposed apartment complex that would be located at 1302 and 1320 High Avenue West in Oskaloosa. The conversation about the proposed 48 unit apartment complex began at the end of 2013 by Overland Property. The project could carry an 8.5 […]

A Sign That Could Help Save Lives

Oskaloosa Fire Captain Tim Nance (left); Mahaska County Emergency Manager Jamey Robinson (middle left); Oskaloosa Christian School Principal Dr. Bob Stouffer (middle right) and Oskaloosa Firefighter Day Hoy (right) stand in front of new signage at the Oskaloosa Christian School that will help identify where to extricate students if trapped.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Being prepared for the worst is something Mahaska County Emergency Manager Jamey Robinson helps area residents with almost every day. Tornado and other emergency drills are something he helps area schools develop, and during a recent drill at the Oskaloosa Christian School, Robinson added another option to enable emergency responders to further […]

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