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More than $500M in federal aid heading to Iowa hospitals would cover only half their COVID-19 losses

By Lyle Muller / IowaWatch Iowa hospitals received $190.3 million in CARES Act relief fund payments in April and were expecting as much as $360 million more in a second round of federal relief aid underway now, interviews and documents shared with IowaWatch show. Some of the state’s 118 hospitals also received in April advance […]

Oskaloosa Bear Hunt

by Nolanne Rust Yesterday, I had noticed my newsfeed started accumulating posts about an activity for kids during this time of social distancing.  Many parents of younger children are familiar with the book “Going on a Bear Hunt.” (I have an extra kiddo that ‘goes on a bear hunt’ each time he comes to Nolie’s.) […]

SCRAA Continues Land Acquisition Talks

An aerial view of the land that might be impacted by a new regional airport. (file photo)

PELLA- The South Central Regional Airport agency met in regular session on December 30th, 2019. During the public comment portion of the meeting, John Bandstra rose to speak regarding the way the meeting was posted. Bandstra expressed concerns with whether or not the airport agency had complied with the open meetings requirements with regards to […]

School Board Welcomes New Members

Oskaloosa Community School Board

Oskaloosa, Iowa- The Oskaloosa School Board welcomed two new members to the board, as the board reorganized after the 2019 city/school elections. Board members Kraig Van Hulzen and Erik Edgren were recognized for their outstanding service on the board. Van Hulzen served for five years on the board, running unopposed in 2015, after being appointed […]

November Elections Bringing Little Interest

Oskaloosa, Iowa- On Tuesday, November 5, voters across the state will elect mayor, city council members, and school board members for their respective community. While communities such as Ottumwa and Pella have a number of contested races to be decided, Oskaloosa voters will see a relatively blank ballot. For Oskaloosa City Council elections, all three […]

Nolie’s Nook – Choose kind. Spread love. Be a {Carson} King

Because what else could I possibly talk about this week other than Carson King and the positivity that he brought throughout not only Iowa but America too, over the last couple weeks? I think there were many lessons to be learned from his journey to 3 million dollars #forthekids. * When given more than you […]

Nolie’s Nook – We Can Still Decide To Be A Cheerleader, An Encourager

Tonight I attended our home XC meet to watch my bonus boy run (not to brag, but he got 14th out of around 170- Go Chase!). Anyway, if you haven’t been to a cross country meet- I encourage you to try to make it. I admit, I don’t particularly care to watch just running, and […]

Letter To The Editor: Americans Were Able To Talk About Topics

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Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. Something has been weighing on my mind lately. This is a lengthy commentary on what is bothering me and is based on a conversation I saw here where someone was saying that just because they […]

Nolie’s Nook – Bloom Where You’re Planted

I attended middle school open house in Oskaloosa the other night. I’d like to lie and say I don’t have a middle schooler….. but I guess I really do. I am and always have been a firm believer in “bloom where you’re planted”, “supporting the home team”, and other phrases like that which ultimately tell […]

Search Warrants Reveal New Details In Shafer Death

Oskaloosa, Iowa – On August 20th, authorities announced the arrests of Cody Vancenbrock, Nicholas Kelly, and Holly Kelly in the death of Ashley Shafer, who was reported missing on August 5th, and found dead on August 6th. At that time, officials announced that Shafer had died of a methamphetamine overdose and that her body had […]


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