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National Dems ready to OK new 2024 primary voting calendar, despite uncertainty in two states

by Jennifer Shutt, Iowa Capital Dispatch January 27, 2023 WASHINGTON — The full Democratic National Committee is set to vote in just days about a decision to ratify a new lineup of five states that would lead the nation in primary voting for Democratic presidential candidates in 2024. But approval of the new calendar at […]

Private school scholarship program heads to governor’s desk

Rep. John Wills, floor manager for the private school scholarship bill, speaks in support of the governor’s proposed education savings account program. The bill passed the Iowa House 54-45 Monday, Jan. 23. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch January 23, 2023 Gov. Kim Reynolds made private school scholarships her top priority for the 2023 legislative session. That goal was reached Tuesday, when lawmakers sent the bill to her desk. Reynolds praised the House and Senate passing the bill, saying she planned to sign it later on Tuesday. […]

Iowa’s COVID infections are increasing at an accelerated rate


By: Jared Strong – December 7, 2022 – Iowa Capital Dispatch The number of new, documented COVID-19 infections was at least 28% higher in the past week in Iowa than it was the week prior, according to state data published Wednesday. The state reported 3,469 new, weekly confirmed cases among people who were not previously […]

Report: Black, straight-A student was in ‘racially hostile environment’ at Iowa school

Evans Middle School in Ottumwa. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)

By: Jared Strong – December 6, 2022 5:19 pm – Iowa Capital Dispatch The repeated racial harassment of a Black, straight-A student at an Ottumwa middle school was not adequately addressed by the school district and might have led to the student’s diminished academic performance, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The department on […]

Democrats strip Iowa of first-in-the-nation prize, tap South Carolina for first primary

Caucus Night 2020

By: Jennifer Shutt – December 2, 2022 – Iowa Capital Dispatch WASHINGTON — Voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan if their states go along with a proposal a key Democratic National Committee panel approved Friday.  The Rules and Bylaws Committee’s nearly […]

Author And Ghost Town Explorer To Present At Eddyville Historical Museum

Dave Baker with the 29th State shared Mahaska County history on Friday evening at George Daily Auditorium.

by Dave Baker Crickets…the sound most commonly heard today on what was once land owned by the Smoky Hollow Coal Company. Unless it is evening, in which case the silence is punctuated by the drone of late season cicadas. The sounds of William Burt’s restaurant are no longer heard, having faded into the past as […]

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 […]


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