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Gov. Terry Branstad orders flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

State of Iowa Seal

Omaha Police Officer and Iowa resident killed in the line of duty Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of Omaha, Neb., Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, who was […]

Group Organizes Event To Bring Attention To Bandstand.

Barb Sunstrum Lindenmayer with Jeanne and John Porter at Saturday's #ThisPlaceMatters event.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The conversation around town the past month has been the comment made by Roger Brooks at his visits about moving the Oskaloosa Bandstand. During an April press conference, Oskaloosa News asked the Brand Leadership Team about the future of the bandstand, and if it would be moved. Oskaloosa Main Street President Josh […]

Oskaloosa Stops To Remember

Members of the Oskaloosa American Legion present the colors for Monday's Memorial Day Service.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The sky threatened rain over Oskaloosa on Monday morning, making it a tough call to hold the Memorial Day service inside the American Legion Post 34 building. As the service began, the sun came out. The service began by presenting the Colors. The flag flown during the days ceremony was in honor […]

Supervisors Select Three Interim County Attorney Applications


Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met on Friday to review the applications that were received for the soon to be vacant county attorney position. Supervisors Mark Doland and Willie Van Weelden reviewed the six applications. Supervisor Mike Vander Molen was absent due to a medical condition with his family. Doland and […]

School District Settles With Teacher Union For Next Fiscal Year

Oskaloosa Community School Administration

Oskaloosa, Iowa – In special session this past Thursday evening, the Oskaloosa School Board approved its contract with the Oskaloosa Education. The increase for the 2015-16 fiscal year will be 3.25 percent for salaries and benefits. Of that 3.25 percent, 1.8 percent is the increase in salary. The cost for the increase will be “approximately […]

Leighton Man Arrested On Multiple Drug Charges

Rick Langstraat

Leighton, Iowa – Law enforcement with the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce, which included members of the Mahaska County Sheriffs Office and the Oskaloosa Police Department, conducted a search warrant at the home of Rick Langstraat. The search took place on May 21, 2015. Langstraat lives at 1176 Old Highway 92, Leighton, Iowa. During the search […]

Oskaloosa Man Killed In Boating Incident At Rathbun Lake

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

MORAVIA – An Oskaloosa man was killed Saturday morning after the boat he was operating rolled at Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County. Gregory Alan Williams, 50, of Oskaloosa, was killed when the boat he was operating overturned throwing him and a passenger into the water shortly after 11 .m. on Saturday where they were pulled […]

Branding Committee Clarifies Bandstand Position

Oskaloosa Bandstand

The “Simply Brilliant” Oskaloosa rebranding project continues to move forward with community improvements, while the Brand Leadership Team (BLT) clarifies that the downtown revitalization efforts will not include moving the bandstand. The Oskaloosa BLT has spent several months evaluating the recommendations for rebranding the City of Oskaloosa, as presented by Roger Brooks International, Inc. The […]

Branding, Bandstand and Backlash

Oskaloosa Bandstand

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The hornets nest is an idiom for “a situation or subject which causes a lot of people to become angry and upset“. That nest in Oskaloosa was a simple comment by a paid tourism expert in a presentation to help people to start thinking outside the box. Roger Brooks and his team […]



Fairs, livestock auctions, swap meet and exotic sales will not include birds DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza. The Department’s order begins immediately, is […]

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