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Loebsack Visits Local Pharmacy In Fact-Finding Stop

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D) center, talks with the Nichols, Mahaska Drug owners about PBM's. Loebsack was in town on Friday to hear from pharmacists on the subject of PBM's.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s something nearly all of us do after a doctor visit, next stop, the drug store. For drug stores across Iowa, the partnerships they have with their PBM or pharmacy benefit manager can be a contentious one. Pharmacies may face financial loss on a filled prescription because a PBM may not yet […]

Area Third Grade Students Get Time On The Farm

Third grade students from around the county got a chance to see and learn more about the farm, with some help from the Mahaska County Farm Bureau and the Mahaska County Cattlemen.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – One may not think that a rural Iowa school would need to take part in an AG day on the farm, but in today’s world, less students live on farms than ever before. Learning about where your food and the clothes you are wearing comes from is an important part of Karen […]

City And Water Department Grow Partnership

Members of the City of Oskaloosa and the Oskaloosa Water Department along with members talked about further cooperation between the two entities in a meeting last week.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The dust has settled between the Oskaloosa Water Department and the City of Oskaloosa after last year’s legal battle involving the removal of a board member from the water department by the Oskaloosa City Council. With the waste-water plant being short staffed and without a manager since Dave Neubert stepped down over […]

Boards Exploring Future Of E911 Management

The Emergency Management Commission, The E911 Board and the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors all met in join session this past week to discuss the future of administration of the county 911 system.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Emergency 911 commission is a board of mayors, city council members or their designee. The board, which is in place for the purpose of operating and managing the E911 service within Mahaska County,  was formed on August 4, 1988. Recently, long serving Director Randy Frazier stepped down from that position, and […]

Arbor Day Proclamation Signed

Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt signed the Arbor Day Proclamation on Thursday.

Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. In information handed out at the proclamation signing from Trees Forever – Trees filter airborne pollutants and reduce the conditions that cause asthma and other respiratory problems. – Children in neighborhoods with more green space […]

Rozenboom Report (4/17/2015)

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

At this point of the legislative session the focus will shift from policy bills to appropriations bills. Budget targets for FY16 were established by Senate Democrats this past week, and House Republicans will probably unveil their budget targets this week. Our ongoing revenue for FY 2016 is $7.175 billion, and our ongoing spending for the […]

Thrasher Wins Again on Pro Line Building Night

Southern Iowa Speedway racing action for April 15, 2015 (photo by Denis Currier/Oskaloosa News)

By Jeremy Fox Oskaloosa, Iowa (April 15th, 2015) – After Mother Nature took Drivers Get In Free Night a week ago, they got their chance on Wednesday Night as it was Pro Line Building Company Night at the races. 85 race teams checked in to tame the big half mile. First feature of the night […]

School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board met in regular session on Monday, April 13th. The board gave reports, including a report from board vice-president Tom Richardson, who attended the 75th Annual Association of School Boards Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Richardson gave a 5 minute talk about highlights from the convention, and says there is […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Celebrates National Volunteer Recognition Week

Judi Veldhuizen of Mahaska Health Partnership Public Health Services paints Volunteer Carol Huffman’s nail as part of the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held April 13. Volunteers from Mahaska and Keokuk counties were honored for selflessly lending a helping hand to benefit of MHP patients, visitors and staff.

More than 120 people attended the luncheon. Volunteers can be found throughout the health system, including Hospice Services in both Mahaska and Keokuk counties, chaplains, hospital gift shop volunteers and surgical services liaisons. Volunteers also serve on various boards and advisory committees. MHP officials enjoyed the opportunity to thank its more than 250 volunteers for making healthcare personal. For more information about volunteer opportunities at MHP, call 641.672.3342.

Judi Veldhuizen of Mahaska Health Partnership Public Health Services paints Volunteer Carol Huffman’s nail as part of the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held April 13. Volunteers from Mahaska and Keokuk counties were honored for selflessly lending a helping hand to benefit of MHP patients, visitors and staff. More than 120 people attended the luncheon. Volunteers can […]

Bark Park Construction begins

Oskaloosa Dog Park (submitted photo)

Dog lovers are preparing to share in a paradise of sorts for their canines. The concrete work has begun at the Oskaloosa Bark Park. Fencing should commence in a couple weeks and organizers hope it will be open the first part of May. Located on city-owned ground south of Edmundson Pool, the five–year project is […]

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