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COTW: Do You Support An Increase In The Oskaloosa Franchise Fee?

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Do You Support An Increase In The Oskaloosa Franchise Fee?  

Blue Zones Oskaloosa Continues To Evolve

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

Oskaloosa, Iowa – After passing the Oskaloosa City Council on a 4-3 vote earlier this year, the Blue Zones Oskaloosa project continues to plan and implement changes in the community in an effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The Blue Zones Project in Oskaloosa officially launched on April 14th, with an event […]

Oskaloosa Council Searching For Revenue

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Last week the Oskaloosa City Council began the process of adopting an updated franchise fee for the City of Oskaloosa. The fee is being utilized to help fund some recent community requests before property tax reform cuts take hold. A franchise fee is based upon consumed electricity and gas serviced by Mid-American […]

Question Of The Week: Do You Support Blue Zones In Oskaloosa?

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Our question this time centers around the Blue Zones Project in Oskaloosa. Do you support the Blue Zones initiative in Oskaloosa or not?

Mahaska County Approves Wind Farm Tax Abatement


Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska County took another step towards the development of a wind farm in the northwest portion of the county this week. The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors approved a tax abatement ordinance that would help clear the way for investors in wind energy. RPM Access is one such company that has stepped […]

Weekly Workout Offers Something For Many

Oskaloosa Resident AJ Hodgeman struggles to finish out some reps at Sunday's workout on the square.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Something new is happening on the Oskaloosa Square Sunday afternoons, allowing Oskaloosa residents to work-out together and enjoy the benefits of social interaction. Oskaloosa Blue Zones hopes to host the event every Sunday afternoon at 4pm through the end of October. If things are going well, the plan is to then move […]

On The Green Celebrates Community

Chef Pam Oldes takes on the challenge of the mechanical bull at Sunday's Grand Opening.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Small businesses are often an exhausting and thankless job, but the owners of On The Green took time to thank all of those people who have helped to make their time in Oskaloosa successful. Chef Pam Oldes is the culinary creator behind many of the dishes at On The Green, and she’s […]

Visually Impaired Residents Working To Create Local Support Group

Area residents with visual disabilities listened to Kimberley Barber, Independent Living Program Director, Iowa Department For The Blind spoke about forming a support group locally to support blind residents.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Learning to make it through everyday life is a challenge for most people, but being blind or visually impaired can provide an extra layer of challenges to overcome. One group of individuals impacted by visual impairments are joining together to help one another overcome those obstacles. Things like transportation and transportation options […]

School Board Holds Final Meeting Before 2014-15 School Year

Oskaloosa Community School Board

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board held their final summer meeting before the school year starts. The meeting included the appointments of the remaining certified staff. After an Oskaloosa Elementary 4th Grade teacher resigned because her spouse took a job out of state, the district set out to fill that position. Joel Ralfson, a […]

Water Board Votes To No Longer Pursue Keltner Removal

Water Board Trustee Jon Zobel (far left) and Trustee Joe Ryan (far right) discuss the status of the Oskaloosa Water Department with Manager Chad Coon (center back) this past week.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Board of Trustees voted this week to not pursue any further legal action against the City of Oskaloosa in former Trustee Errin Keltners removal. Recently appointed Water Board Trustee Jon Zobel read a portion of an email from the attorney representing the Board in the case. “Under the […]

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