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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 […]

Vilcone Enters Guilty Plea

Bryan Draper Vilcone is seen here after pleading guilty in a Mahaska County Courtroom April 15th, 2014.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On April 15, 2014, defendant Bryan Draper Vilcone, was arraigned upon the two charges contained in the Amended Trial Information, filed April 15, 2014, and being fully advised of his rights and acknowledging full understanding of same, voluntarily entered pleas of guilty to Amended Count II: Attempt to Commit Murder, a class […]

Blue Zones Gets Underway In Oskaloosa

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

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s not that blue feeling when you’re disappointed, but instead is a new way of looking at making a community healthy. Even though the kick-off was Monday night at the Oskaloosa High School Gymnasium, the road leading up to that night was a long journey. When Iowa Governor Terry Branstad took office […]

A Special Day Of Fun And ‘Games’

The dance is one of the participants favorite activities at the Special Olympics.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Making dreams come true and smiles from ear-to-ear is just part of the memories participants and volunteers take away from a day of Special Olympics. You can’t have any Olympics without the lighting of a torch and special speakers during the opening ceremony and Saturday’s Special Olympics was no different. The William […]

Dutch Fun for Everyone!

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

by Marty Racheter Everyone knows there will be three day and three night parades in Pella during Tulip Time, but there are lots of activities in addition to that which make it worth your while to come on over to Pella! Thursday evenings, “The Freddy Gazzo Band” entertains at the Pella Opera House with an […]

New Hope For Kids

Cotton Candy and fun awaited those who took part at "Kids Hope Depot" on Saturday.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Making a difference many times only takes a little time and a big heart. Irvin DeBruin was helping to coordinate one of those efforts at New Hope Community Center on Saturday. The group was hoping to reach out to the younger population of Oskaloosa in much the same way New Hope has […]

Mahaska Third Graders Visit The Farm


Eddyville, Iowa – Visiting the farm is something new for many kids, and all of the 3rd Graders of Mahaska County had their chance to do just that on Friday. Students from Peoria Christian School, Oskaloosa Christian School, North Mahaska, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Oskaloosa descended upon the Duane and Vivian Jager Farm north of Eddyville. During […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Donates AEDs to Lacey Recreation Complex

Two AEDs were purchased for the Lacey Recreation Complex with proceeds from fundraisers sponsored at Mahaska Health Partnership in recognition of National Heart Health Month.  Shown at Lacey are, from left: MHP Marketing and Development Director Cathy Stahl, MHP CEO Jay Christensen, Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation Board President John Pothoven and Executive Director Sherry Vavra, and MHP Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Renee Edgar.

MAHASKA COUNTY – Employees at Mahaska Health Partnership wanted to do something special to recognize National Heart Health Month in February. They ended up raising enough money to purchase two AEDs (automated external defibrillator) for the Lacey Recreation Complex in Oskaloosa. According to MHP Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Renee Edgar, sudden cardiac arrest is one of […]

Main Street Oskaloosa Awarded Challenge Grant for Community Assessment

Main Street Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Main Street Oskaloosa and community volunteers will be working to define a brand and a marketing plan with the help of a recently awarded $20,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa Program. The grant money will be used to fund a two-phased community branding and marketing plan that […]

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