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Jacobs Touts Business Experience

Republican Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs made a campaign stop on Monday in Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The race to be Iowas next senator is coming down to the point of thinning the herd, and businessman Mark Jacobs is one of the nearly half dozen Republicans seeking his party’s nomination. Jacobs addressed a group of 3 potential voters at Smokey Row on Monday at noon. In a conversation after […]

Supervisors Hire New County Engineer

Mahaska-County-Courthouse

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On Monday morning the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors hired a new county engineer. Dave Shanahan, who is the current county engineer for Cherokee County, will take over for outgoing county engineer Jerry Neusbaum in July of this year. “I think Dave will be an asset to the community, and I think […]

Osky Water Backs Board Member

Oskaloosa Water Board Trustees listen to Richard Malm about the options the board can take in regards to a letter removing a member of their board.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Water Board and the Oskaloosa City Council have been at odds in recent months, and a recent letter by Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt highlighted the growing rift between the two entities. On Monday night, Errin Keltner, a current Oskaloosa Municipal Water Board of Trustee Member will have a hearing at […]

Iowa DOT Continues Bypass Discussion

The discussion at the Oskaloosa Middle School last week was a potential US 63 bypass of Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The future of travel was a point of discussion at a recent meeting involving the Iowa Department of Transportation and residents of Mahaska County. The DOT held the pubic information meeting for a proposed U.S. 63 northwest bypass of Oskaloosa. This gave the DOT an opportunity to discuss conceptual alternative for the […]

Everyone’s descended from someone; QUEEN LEAH BLANKESPOOR and HER COURT

A view of the tulips from the 2012 Pella Tulip Time. (photo by Denis Currier)

by Marty Racheter The 2014 Tulip Time Queen is Leah Blankespoor, a 17-year-old Pella Christian High School Senior, who, born during the week of Tulip Time Week, has had a life-long fondness for all things Tulip Time. She would even walk to the mailbox in her wooden shoes as a child, and indeed, wore a […]

Rozenboom Report (4/18/2014)

Ken Rozenboom (R) at his desk in the Iowa Senate Chambers.

by Ken Rozenboom Nearly two weeks have gone by since House File 2462, a bill that would protect Iowa workers and create a more transparent government, was passed in the Iowa House. During that time, the Senate majority party has talked endlessly about the need for more transparency in government and protecting workers. But they […]

Sheets Snapshot 4/17

Rep. Larry Sheets (R) (photo by Don Hubbard)

by Larry Sheets Dear friends, The House was ready to finish but the Bills are not forthcoming from the Senate. April 22 is the last day the taxpayers pay for our services, so I expect the Senate to drag it out that long. Last Monday the House debated a Bill concerning public employee settlements and […]

From Ukraine To Oskaloosa

These are just a few of the 40 hand decorated Easter Eggs from Ukraine on display at Grace Evangelical Church in Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Iowa – When you walk into the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on the east side of Oskaloosa, a couple of very special trees can be found. These simple black metal trees hold some hand crafted treasures from the country of Ukraine. The Oskaloosa church has been a sister church to one in Kiev, Ukraine, […]

Baker Gilchrist Windmill at Nelson Farm‏

Baker Gilchrist Windmill at Nelson Farm‏

The Baker/Gilchrist windmill at Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum in Oskaloosa came down on Tuesday morning. It was lowered by the Shelter Construction Company crew who will rebuild a new structure from the old pattern. The windmill was showing signs of deterioration after the long cold winter and the Mahaska County Iowa Farm Bureau Federation […]

McCarl Takes Sprint Invaders First Ever Appearance at SIS

Carson McCarl brought home the inaugural Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Sprint Invaders trophy Wednesday night.

By Jeremy Fox Oskaloosa, Iowa (April 16th, 2014) – Wednesday Night at the Southern Iowa Speedway fans witnessed the first ever apperance of the Brockway Mechanical & Roofing 360 Sprint Invaders to the big 1/2 mile. The night was sponsored by Pro-Line Building Company of New Sharon and WCM Metalworks of Winterset also featured the […]

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