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Criminal Complaint Sheds Light On Marquis Todd Stabbing

by Charlie Comfort and Ken Allsup Oskaloosa, Iowa – Questions continue to linger as to the events that led to the stabbing death of William Penn University student Marquis Todd. On Wednesday morning, Mahaska County Attorney James Q. Blomgren told Oskaloosa News that an arrest warrant had been issued for Luke VanHemert, with a charge […]

School Board OKs Superintendent Candidate Profile

Oskaloosa Community School Board

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- The Oskaloosa School board took several steps forward in the search for a new superintendent at a special school board meeting this past week. On Thursday, the board met with staff members of Ray and Associates, the firm the district has retained to aid them in the search for a […]

Reiter Heading To Independence

Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter (file photo)

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- Oskaloosa schools will soon need to begin a search for a new superintendent. According to a press release from the Independence Community School District, Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter has accepted the open superintendent position in Independence. The Independence School Board had met earlier Monday evening to discuss the three […]

Osky Superintendent Finalist For Independence Position

Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter (file photo)

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter appears to be in the job market. According to an announcement from the Independence Community School District, Reiter is one of three finalists for the open superintendent position in Independence, Iowa. Independence’s current superintendent is retiring at the end of the current school year. […]

Supervisors Debate Radio System Ownership

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- Mahaska County Supervisor Vice Chairman Mark Groenendyk continued to question ownership of Mahaska County’s emergency personnel radio system, at Tuesday’s regular supervisors meeting. The questions raised by Groenendyk were also questions that he had brought up at the previous EMA commission meeting. At Tuesday’s meeting, Groenendyk continued to assert his […]

Second Reading of Sewer Tax Increase Meets Little Resistance

Oskaloosa City Hall

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- The second reading of an ordinance to increase the Oskaloosa storm sewer tax rate by 20 percent unanimously cleared its second hurdle at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council. The ordinance is now one reading away from becoming approved, and thus enacting a 20 percent increase on the […]

Supervisors reorganize for 2018

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- The Mahaska County Supervisors closed the books on 2017 and looked towards 2018, as they met on Tuesday for the first time of the year. The first supervisor meeting of the year is typically a reorganization meeting, with numerous annual formalities on the agenda. Tuesday’s meeting was no different, as […]

City Council Talks Sewer Tax Increase

Diane Ottosson is sworn in on Tuesday to the Oskaloosa City Council by Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- An ordinance implementing a 20 percent increase in the city’s sanitary sewer tax unanimously cleared its first reading at Monday’s city council meeting. The ordinance must be approved on two additional readings before it takes effect. Under the proposal voted on by the city council, sanitary sewer rates will increase […]

Conservation center construction project on schedule

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- At Monday’s Mahaska County Supervisor meeting, the supervisors heard a report from Conservation Director Dave Sedivec, who reported that construction on the new environmental learning center at Caldwell Park is making progress, and is considered to be on schedule. “I’m a little skeptical depends on weather,” Sedivec said of the […]

City council recognizes Aaron Ver Steeg

Aaron Ver Steeg closes the book on his time on the Oskaloosa city council.

  by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- At Monday’s meeting, the Oskaloosa City Council recognized retiring first ward council member Aaron Ver Steeg, who did not seek re-election in this year’s city council elections. Ver Steeg served on the council for 12 years, first winning election in 2005. “I’ve only lost one city election in my […]

     

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