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Oskaloosa School Board Says It’s In To Early Childhood Development Center

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board gave its verbal commitment to potentially providing up to 7.5 million dollars of the projected 24 million dollar early childhood development and recreation center. The District is bound by Dillons Rule, which is very specific in how schools can use dollars, versus Home Rule, which governs municipalities like the […]

Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Kicks Off

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Oskaloosa, Iowa – That familiar holiday sound, ding-ding-ding, as you enter many establishments welcomes people to the holiday season. That, along with the familiar red kettle often hanging from the middle of a tripod stand. The Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraising effort can trace its way back to 1891. It started in the San Francisco […]

Lighted Christmas Parade 2015

The CLOW Valve Train at Thursdays Lighted Christmas Parade in Oskaloosa. It's one of the most recognizable parts to the yearly tradition.

Standing to the right of the train is Karen Hafner, Director of Oskaloosa Main Street, and the driving force in helping to make sure the parade continues to be an Oskaloosa tradition.

Parking and Safety This year’s parade is Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm at Oskaloosa Downtown Square. The parade route will remain the same as it has been in the past. See map below. Please note the parking restrictions below. The Oskaloosa Main Street and Area Chamber, Oskaloosa Police Department and City Officials want everyone […]

Supervisors Nix Early Childhood Development Participation

Questions on how this penny will be spent continue to swirl in regards to LOST funding projects.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On Monday, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors effectively pulled their support for a project that would utilize a portion of the one cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for a project being developed to bring early childhood development and recreation to the county. The project, currently estimated to cost 24 million […]

Christmas Gift Program Continues This Year

Time is running out to pick a bulb to help a child

Oskaloosa, Iowa – With Christmas quickly approaching, volunteers are  asking for your assistance in purchasing Christmas presents this year for children who’s families may not have many financial resources. The Oskaloosa Police Association in conjunction with the Oskaloosa Firefighters and Mahaska County Sheriff’s Posse, along with Mahaska Drug, Fareway, Hy-Vee and Wigg’s Country Store are […]

Lighted Christmas Parade Week adds a New Event

Old Fashioned Christmas at Nelson Pioneer Farm

“An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival” Oskaloosa Main Street and Mahaska County 4-H have added a new event to help celebrate the Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade week. “An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival” will be held on Friday, December 4 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. in the Penn Central Mall in Oskaloosa. This event will include the […]

Stolen Cars Are A Reminder To Lock Up

Oskaloosa Police Department Squad

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It happens in an instant, and you wake up in the morning to find that your car is gone, or at least vandalized. For a couple of Oskaloosa residents, this happened, not once but twice, overnight this week. Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee is asking that residents please remove their keys from […]

‘No-Shave November’ Has Oskaloosa PD Helping Raise Cancer Awareness

Oskaloosa Police Officers - Jacob Vanderpol, Chief Jake McGee and Lt. John Plum sport 'No-Shave November' looks in support of raising awareness of the impact cancer has.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – If you see those flashing lights in your review mirror and a grizzly looking Oskaloosa Police Officer walks up to your car, versus the normally clean-shaven officers, know that the extra beard growth is for a good reason. ‘No-Shave November’ is a fairly common saying many of us hear. But what really […]

Local United Way Continues To Be Hub For Good

United Way of Mahaska County

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Serving the needs of the community is something United Way aims to do every year. The non-profit teams with over 10 partner agencies every year to help provide resources for those agencies, as they work to serve the people of Mahaska County. Amy Meyer is the Executive Director at United Way of […]

SUFTA Grant and Emerald Ash Concerns Prompt New Tree Ordinance

Oskaloosa City Hall

The Emerald Ash Borer has devastated ash trees across Iowa and the United States. Though the pest has not been spotted in Oskaloosa, it has affected trees Eddyville and DNR (Department of Natural Resources) say it is just a matter of time Oskaloosa Ash trees are infected as well. Knowing this and the effect the borer […]


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