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Stam Greenhouse Beginning Classes for Those with Spring Fever

Stam’s offers a fun Fairy Garden class. (photo by Shelly Spaur)

by Shelly Spaur Oskaloosa, Iowa – As it continues to snow outside and Oskaloosa continues to have many days with below zero temperatures, Iowa greenhouses are beginning to fire up for spring planting season. Beginning February 1, 2014, Stam Greenhouse officially opened for the season. Early season hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. […]

Ritenour Released On Bond

Alicia Ritenour

by Shelly Spaur Oskaloosa, Iowa – On February 12, 2014, at 12:17 p.m., an “Order of Discharge” was entered into record in the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County. According to this order, “Alicia Ritenour, Defendant”, who “is detained by you (the Sheriff of the County of Mahaska and the Chief of Police, Oskaloosa, Iowa) […]

SIDS Safe Sleep Training & Tips

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Sudden Infant Death Syndroms (SIDS) is the silent killer of many infants.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently released new information on SIDS and sleeping habits for infants.  SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants between the age of 1 month and 1 year.  The most common time of loss is between […]

OHS Storybook Players Take Care Of One Of Their Own

Micah Leaverton during the 2011 edition of the Storybook Players Holiday Show.

by Shelly Spaur Oskaloosa, Iowa – On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Oskaloosa Storybook Players will present their Annual Holiday Show at George Daily Auditorium. Show times are at 1:00 and 2:30. While the Storybook Players do this holiday show each year, this year will be a little different. The students have decided to have […]

Man Arrested on Multiple Misdemeanor Charges

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by Shelly Spaur Oskaloosa, Iowa – On November 23, 2013, at 1:50 a.m., Richard VandeWeerdhof, accused, was arrested on multiple charges. The charges that have been filed are; “Assault on persons engaged in certain occupations causing bodily injury, which is an aggravated misdemeanor, Interference with Official Acts causing injury, which is an aggravated misdemeanor, Disorderly […]

A Soldier Welcomed Home Meets His First Child

Avrie Keller awaits her husband Spc. Brad Keller with their daughter. (photo by Shelly Spaur/Oskaloosa News)

Ottumwa, Iowa – On Saturday afternoon, the 833rd Engineer Company, 224th Battalion with the Iowa National Guard, based out of Ottumwa, was welcomed home to an overflowing crowd of hoots, hollers, banners, cheers and tears. In attendance were many wives, parents, and extended family members, as well as the Mayor of Ottumwa, Major General Orr, […]

Monarchs in Migration

Monarch Butterfly

by Shelly Spaur Over the last couple of months, monarch butterflies born in late July and August have slowly made a 1500 mile trip south to a small area in Central Mexico called the “Oyamel Forest”. These are the lucky ones; they will live approximately 8 months while most butterflies live only 2 to 3 […]

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Held at American Legion

Veterans, their family and friends gathered at the Oskaloosa Legion on Monday to remember Veterans Day. (photo by Shelly Spaur)

by Shelly Spaur Oskaloosa, Iowa – As many people went about their normal Monday morning, a small group gathered this morning at the American Legion for a ceremony celebrating Veteran’s Day. The service began with the Posting of the Colors by the American Legion Color Guard and the National Anthem. Fred Bridges was the master […]

Veteran’s Day – It’s Meaning to our Soldiers, Families, and Friends


For the last week, I have pondered the question, “What does Veteran’s Day mean?” My immediate thoughts, like many other people I would guess, turned to military personnel who have died serving this great nation we live in. While it is important to remember these great men and women, that thought is not a true […]

Football Game Notes: Week Ten: Grand View‏

William Penn football defeated #9 Grand View to bring the Rock and Ladder Trophy back to Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa–Saturday’s gridiron matchup against #3 Grand View is about much more than a trophy as the William Penn football team seeks to play spoiler in Midwest League play. The Statesmen (4-5, 2-2 MWL) travel to Des Moines to face the Vikings (9-0, 5-0 MWL) at 1 p.m. in Williams Stadium. The rivals will be battling […]

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