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Hayes upsets Hite

Under Iowa's Golden Dome.

Oskaloosa, Iowa- Helena Hayes rode a wave of conservative support to victory Tuesday evening, defeating incumbent Representative Dustin Hite in a resounding upset victory. Unofficially, Hayes received 1,961 votes (57%) throughout House District 88, and Hite received 1,453 votes (43%). In Mahaska County, results were closer, with Hayes receiving 1,189 votes (54%), and Hite receiving […]

Letter To The Editor: Supporting Jim Carlin

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Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. May 26, 2022 Please join me in supporting Jim Carlin for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary on June 7. Jim co-sponsored the very first version of the Heartbeat Bill and co-sponsored the Life Amendment. […]

Historian To Present On The Ghost Towns Of Mahaska County

Dave Baker from the 29th State Facebook page explores the area where Carbonado use to exist.

by Dave Baker Just what exactly is a community? Depending on interpretation, a community can describe many types of collectives. A church can be a community as can a school, a club, a political party, a lodge, or even an entire town. Essentially, anywhere where people collectively connect or come together is a community. Broadly […]

Iowan’s struggle with long COVID enters third year

Darcy Havel-Sturdevant of Iowa City has been struggling with COVID and post-COVID health issues since early 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Sturdevant)

Byline: Lyle Muller / IowaWatch Darcy Havel-Sturdevant thought she’d be working by now, two years after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Likewise, she thought she would have been there completely for her daughter, age 3 when Havel-Sturdevant was first diagnosed but now 5. “Throughout the last two years, she’s been really great with helping me if […]

How 3 Iowa towns are getting smaller but smarter through Iowa State program

Sac City (Photo by Pat Kinney / IowaWatch)

by Pat Kinney / IowaWatch A handful of Iowa communities and a group of Iowa State University researchers are trying to demonstrate that less can, in fact, be more, and small can, in fact, be vibrant. If you’re smart about it. In an outgrowth of community surveys begun a quarter century ago, ISU researchers have […]

Burnout deepens for Iowa healthcare workers with latest COVID surge


Lyle Muller/IowaWatch Rachel Fratzke led her Mercy Iowa City nursing staff in a meditation session to start the work day Monday morning. A nurse manager, she had the nurses do deep breathing exercises and think about when they first wanted to be a nurse, or how they felt about passing their certifying board exams. The […]

Iowa’s outdoor recreation trust fund is empty. Will lawmakers change that?

Black Hawk State Park is in Sac County. It is one of 83 Iowa state parks and recreation areas. (Photo by Olivia Allen / IowaWatch on July 12, 2021.)

Byline: Olivia Allen/IowaWatch Four Iowa legislators and two conservation advocates want funding for the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund – which has stayed empty since it was approved by voters in 2010. They shared their sentiments with IowaWatch as the state of Iowa ended the fiscal year 2021 with a surplus of $1.24 […]

Navigator Plans To Seek Pipeline Permit In May

A local crowd in Oskaloosa listens to a presentation by Heartland Greenway before the company took questions from those in attendance.

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch,•Jan 07, 2022 A Texas company that wants to build a pipeline to transport liquid carbon dioxide across the state has nearly concluded a series of informational, public meetings and plans to formally petition in May for permission to build it. “This is your land, and treating it with […]

Iowan visits every town and city in the state in 5 years. Here’s what he learned.

Dave Miglin, of West Des Moines, at Milton, one of the 955 Iowa towns and cities he visited over a five-year period. (photo submitted by Dave Miglin)

by Lyle Muller/IowaWatch Wanting to know their new state after moving to Iowa in 2014, Dave and Karen Miglin and their two children went to the Field of Dreams movie site outside of Dyersville in northeast Iowa. Dave Miglin had moved from Atlanta ahead of the family the previous year for his job as media […]

More than a year later, exhaustion reigns for COVID-19 long-hauler

Photo courtesy of Gabe Sturdevant Darcy Havel-Sturdevant at her Iowa City home in February 2021.

by Lyle Muller / IowaWatch The migraines, exhaustion and shortness of breath have existed dating to before Darcy Havel-Sturdevant was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. The shortness of breath has improved a bit but the rest remain going into the Christmas holiday season. So do dizziness and confusion. “Most days, I’m extremely exhausted, and […]


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