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Rural areas make up Iowa’s soul

Farmersburg, Iowa, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by Lyle Muller / IowaWatch)

Lyle Muller / IowaWatch Relaxing with a cup of coffee at Madeline’s in Riverside, Iowa, you could hear Morgan Rodgers chatting with customers one recent August morning. She knew them all. “We just appreciate our customers and the continued support they’ve given us,” Rodgers, an 11-year resident of Riverside, said about the shop she and […]

Online learning has big challenges for kids on autism spectrum

Kaitlin Lang / Special for IowaWatch Will Clark, 5, plays outside at his Oxford, Iowa, home. Will, a preschool student, who is among several children on the autism spectrum, had difficulty adapting to online learning during the COVID pandemic.

by Page Koch, Brooklyn Draisey and Maddy Dawczak / For IowaWatch Will Clark ran about his home, munching on chicken nuggets while watching the movie “The Nut Job.” The 5-year-old acted out the movie scene-for-scene, shrieking when something exciting happened on the screen and mimicking dialogue the best he could. His mother, Stephanie Glass, watched […]

Letter To The Editor: Grotesque Double Standard

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Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. Grotesque Double Standard The Seussian cartoon depiction of a Chinese man is too offensive, grotesque, racist and immoral for the left. That image needs to be stricken from the historical record. Any tolerators of such […]

Letter To The Editor: SSB1195 Could Impact Animals In Our State

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Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. I appreciate that the Des Moines Register published a recent opinion piece by Preston Moore about a very dangerous bill in the Iowa statehouse. I did not realize how negatively SSB1195 could impact the animals […]

Iowa food pantries weather COVID, face unprecedented storm coming this winter

Nicole Grundmeier / IowaWatch The West Des Moines mother of two decided to stay home initially. Greenland relied heavily on food pantries to feed her family, which includes son Ethan, 7, who has asthma, and daughter Skylynn, 4, who is lactose intolerant. The family had used food pantries previously, but “not like we’ve had to […]

School Board Approves Virtual Learning Program

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Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa School Board discussed a virtual learning program at Tuesday’s regular meeting; however, the program is not related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to Superintendent Paula Wright, the item that the Board was considering was to implement a fully comprehensive online program for students in grades K to 12, beginning with […]

The people behind a rural Iowa school district enduring the coronavirus

By John Naughton / IowaWatch Gusty winds blew corn husks through the school’s parking lot on November 16 at South Hamilton Schools. It was another day of the staff trying to keep up with the daily reports of sickened students and faculty, making sure kids pumped hand sanitizer and wore face masks nearly all the […]

School Board Accepts High School Principal Resignation

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Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa High School Principal Stacy Bandy has resigned. The Oskaloosa School Board unanimously voted at their December 8th meeting to accept the resignation of Stacy Bandy, effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. According to a letter from Bandy contained within the Board agenda, Bandy informed the Board and Superintendent […]

Lone rangers: Number of state park officers declines despite growth in visitors

By Rick Jost / IowaWatch December 4, 2020 Iowa’s state park rangers — certified peace officers who safeguard the state’s premier outdoor recreational areas — are having to confront an increasingly endangered species: themselves. Budget cuts have severely thinned the ranks of state park rangers over years — to 35 this year from between 45 […]

SK Title Hope Ends Against OABCIG

by Justin Burtis Cedar Falls — A matchup of undefeated teams took place Saturday at the UNI Dome in the 1A semifinal. The Falcons of OABCIG entered with the longest winning streak in the state at 23 games, including the 2A State Championship last year. Meanwhile, the Cobras were back in the Dome having won […]


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