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Oskaloosa Fire Fighters Save Family Home

Oskaloosa firefighters Tim Nance and Scott Howard tackle the flames Sunday evening.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A tow truck operator on his way home reported a garage fully engulfed by fire, at 616 6th Ave West, around midnight Sunday. The tow truck operator and police officers pulled equipment from the garage, while firefighters doused the side of the home to cool the structure. They then turned their attention […]

Car Smashes Into Home Late Sunday Evening

This car struck the home at 1714 South 2nd Street in Oskaloosa on Sunday night.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Police Department and the Oskaloosa Fire Department responded to a residence at 1714 South 2nd Street after a car struck the residence just after 9:30 pm, Sunday night. Police were then searching for two male subjects who had reportedly fled the scene after the accident. Officers on the scene reported […]

Discussions Continue On MCEMC And E911 Board Merger

The Mahaska County Emergency Management Commission at their April 21st meeting.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Emergency Management Commission met Tuesday evening to discuss reaching out to the current E911 Board with the possibility of consolidating the two entities. The commission passed a resolution to formally send a letter to the E911 Board thanking them for attending the joint meeting on April 14, 2015 where information was […]

Council Approves 6.2 Million Dollar Active Transportation Plan

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met Monday, with Mayor Pro Tem Doug Yates presiding in the absence of Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt. Several community members stood up during the community comments portion of the evening, asking the Council to consider the Walk, Run, Ride Coalition proposed policy that would add designated bike routes and […]

Supervisors Approve Health Plan Renewal


Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met on Monday morning. They started off the meeting by hearing from health insurance representative Brad Reiman. Reiman, who is employed by Bearence Management to help administrate the county’s self-funded medical insurance, spoke about the potential health plan renewal. Reiman, who discussed the policy, asked the […]

Loebsack Visits Local Pharmacy In Fact-Finding Stop

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D) center, talks with the Nichols, Mahaska Drug owners about PBM's. Loebsack was in town on Friday to hear from pharmacists on the subject of PBM's.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s something nearly all of us do after a doctor visit, next stop, the drug store. For drug stores across Iowa, the partnerships they have with their PBM or pharmacy benefit manager can be a contentious one. Pharmacies may face financial loss on a filled prescription because a PBM may not yet […]

Area Third Grade Students Get Time On The Farm

Third grade students from around the county got a chance to see and learn more about the farm, with some help from the Mahaska County Farm Bureau and the Mahaska County Cattlemen.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – One may not think that a rural Iowa school would need to take part in an AG day on the farm, but in today’s world, less students live on farms than ever before. Learning about where your food and the clothes you are wearing comes from is an important part of Karen […]

City And Water Department Grow Partnership

Members of the City of Oskaloosa and the Oskaloosa Water Department along with members talked about further cooperation between the two entities in a meeting last week.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The dust has settled between the Oskaloosa Water Department and the City of Oskaloosa after last year’s legal battle involving the removal of a board member from the water department by the Oskaloosa City Council. With the waste-water plant being short staffed and without a manager since Dave Neubert stepped down over […]

Boards Exploring Future Of E911 Management

The Emergency Management Commission, The E911 Board and the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors all met in join session this past week to discuss the future of administration of the county 911 system.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Emergency 911 commission is a board of mayors, city council members or their designee. The board, which is in place for the purpose of operating and managing the E911 service within Mahaska County,  was formed on August 4, 1988. Recently, long serving Director Randy Frazier stepped down from that position, and […]

School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board met in regular session on Monday, April 13th. The board gave reports, including a report from board vice-president Tom Richardson, who attended the 75th Annual Association of School Boards Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Richardson gave a 5 minute talk about highlights from the convention, and says there is […]

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