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Teachers And District Begin Negotiations On Contract

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – As the battle in the Iowa State House rumbles on over school funding, negotiations between the Oskaloosa Teachers Union and the Oskaloosa Community School District is getting underway. The OEA [Oskaloosa Education Association] was making its proposal this past week to the Oskaloosa School District for the 2015-16 Master Contract. Those include […]

Council Approves MCRF Maintenance Building In Special Session

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in special session on Monday to consider the site plan for a maintenance building for the Lacey Recreation Complex. The new maintenance building will be over 6,000 square foot and will replace the 5 older structures that will be demolished. MCRF voluntarily annexed the location into the […]

Freedom Rock Organization Prepares To Ramp Up Fundraising

The "Freedom Rock' as seen in 2014. (photo by Shelly Spaur)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The American Legion Ladies Axillary in Oskaloosa has been working for nearly a year to bring a Freedom Rock to Mahaska County. On Saturday, they met with other community members, service organizations and others to help get everyone up to speed at where the project is and to get them involved. “We […]

Relay For Life Continues Work For Cancer Research

Mahaska Health Partnership CEO Jay Christensen was one of three 'celebrities' who donated time for a dollar dance to raise money for Relay for Life. Christensen is seen here with his son who participated in the dance.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s a yearly tradition in Oskaloosa that was once held during the summer months, but recently has become somewhat of a springtime tradition. Walkers make their way around the course, raising funds for Relay for Life. Teams work in various ways to raise funds, many times in the memory of someone special. […]

Supervisors Question Change Order On Roof Repair

The Mahaska County Courthouse roof repair change orders make Supervisors question contractors.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting on Friday afternoon to tackle the ongoing roof repair issue for the Mahaska County Courthouse. Four change orders were presented to the supervisors for their consideration. A change order from Renaissance Roofing in the amount of $28,500.00 to replace and/or refasten up […]

YMCA Needs Assessment To Be First Step

Mahaska YMCA (file photo)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The future of recreation and child care in Mahaska County is part of a study being undertaken by MCDG (Mahaska Community Development Group) and the Mahaska County YMCA. Andrew Jensen, Director of MCDG, explained that the group’s involvement came after a request for funding from the YMCA. The financial situation at the […]

Letter of Intent Signed For Pipeline Inspection Service


Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors considered a proposal from I+S Group to become the engineers to inspect a proposed oil pipeline that will potentially make its way through Mahaska County in 2016. In December of 2014, Dakota Access held a local meeting to discuss the project with the community, which was […]

City Council Approves Reconstruction Of D Street

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met on Monday to a short agenda, approving the appointment of Brad Hodges to the Oskaloosa Water Board. The unexpired term Hodges is filling ends June 30, 2020. Approved by the Council was a professional services agreement with Garden and Associates, LTD. for the design of sanitary and […]

Disc Golf Tournament Helps To Raise Funds For Scholarship Fund

Christian James, Disc Golfer With A Purpose, takes a shot at Saturdays Disc Golf Tournament at Edmundson Park in Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It may be the middle of March, but it wasn’t too early in the season for some disc golf. T.J. Brom hosts an annual disc golf tournament every year at Edmundson Park. “It has grown,” Brom said of the annual tournament. Brom has hosted this tournament for the past 11 years, and […]

4-H and FFA Gala Helps To Raise Funds For Fair Time

A good turnout for the 4-H and FFA Gala

The 2015 version of the Mahaska County 4-H and FFA Gala took place on Friday at the ISU Extension Office in Oskaloosa. The event that features a meal and silent auction helps the two groups pay for many of the needed things that help make the Southern Iowa Fair a success. “All of the funds […]

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