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Mahaska County Entrepreneur Series – Ben Doak

Ben Doak is the owner of Mahaska Custom Millwork in Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On one of the coldest days of the year, local entrepreneur Ben Doak turns on the lights at Mahaska Custom Millwork [MCM], just like he has for over a decade. Ben Doak and his story, of finding a market to serve and becoming a part of the community, is one that is […]

Sterner Steps Down As Oskaloosa Head Football Coach

Former Oskaloosa Head Football Coach Mike Sterner on the sidelines during the 2015 season.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa high school football has played through a couple of tough seasons, and at Tuesday nights Oskaloosa School Board meeting, it was announced by Oskaloosa Superintendent Russ Reiter that head coach Mike Sterner had resigned. Reiter spoke with Oskaloosa News after the meeting and said that steps are now being taken to […]

Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions for “Aladdin”

Missoula Children's Theatre presents Aladdin

OSKALOOSA, IA — Calling all kids! Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Aladdin will be on Monday, February 15th at 4:00 p.m. at the George Daily Auditorium. Based on the famous Arabian Tales of Ali Baba, Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) […]

Hilarity Abounds as “Virgil Wins the Lottery”

Mama Hooper (Sharon Ringelestein) watches Papa Hooper (Mark Hansen) as he tries to contact his “good buddies” on his portable CB radio in a scene from the Fremont Lions Club production of “Virgil Wins The Lottery.” The show runs Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fremont School. A pre-show meal is available beginning twos before show time in the school cafeteria.

FREMONT – Give Virgil Sludge a few bucks and the chance to win thousands and something strange will occur. Mama Hooper would just as soon her daughter Margaret had married someone else. Then Virgil wins the lottery – sort of. That is just the beginning of the hilarity that can only be delivered by the […]

Sheets Snapshot – February 8, 2016

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

Dear friends in District 80. Representatives passed the education funding Bill out of the House increasing K-12 school funding $81 million. When combined with the money for Teacher Leadership, this represents 84% of the state’s newly available revenue going to education. Since 2011, the funding has increased by over $500 million. I love my children, […]

Brownfields Project Website Launched

Oskaloosa City Hall

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City of Oskaloosa two Brownfields Assessment Grants totaling $400,000 which allow the City to inventory, characterize, assess, and plan the revitalization and reuse of underutilized properties within the community. Brownfields are underutilized or abandoned properties in which future development is complicated by the perception […]

Broncos’ Manning Says Retirement Decision Will Wait

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning and Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera (R) greet each other on the field after the Broncos defeated the Panthers in the NFL's Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Blake

By Larry Fine SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Peyton Manning crowned a brilliant NFL career on Sunday as he helped steer the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory but put his retirement decision on hold. The 39-year-old Manning, who revolutionized the position while winning a record five NFL most valuable player awards, said he […]

Representative Vander Linden‏ Weekly Update

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

February 4th, 2016 The 2016 Legislative Session is fully underway. Below you will find information about the most recent happenings here at the Capitol. If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact me for information. The Tax Coupling Bill The tax coupling bill has an impact on the FY 2016 ending balance and […]

Rozenboom Report (2/5/2016)

Iowa Senator Ken Rozenboom talked about water quality and road funding at Saturday's Eggs & Issues on Saturday.

The Iowa Caucus and winter storms created an abbreviated work schedule this week at the Capitol. On Monday the legislature was not in session so members in the House and Senate could be in their respective districts to attend their precinct caucuses. It was great to see our voter turnout so high and so many […]

One Killed In Thursday Morning Crash

The smoke rises from a single vehicle accident south of Oskaloosa on Thursday morning. (photo by Bill Ryan)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Emergency crews were dispatched early Thursday morning, around 7:45am, to a single vehicle accident at mile marker 60, near the junction of Highway 163 and Highway 63, just south of Oskaloosa. The Calls for Service report states that a vehicle hit a bridge column and was on fire, with an occupant still […]


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