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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 […]

School Board Member Calls For Firing Of High School Principal

Oskaloosa Community School Board

Oskaloosa, Iowa- In a surprising move on Tuesday, November 10, Oskaloosa School Board member Carl Drost made a motion during consideration of personnel items to terminate the contract of High School principal Stacy Bandy. The move came after the School Board held a special closed session meeting prior to the regular meeting, to discuss an […]

Sigourney-Keota Rolls Past Beckman Catholic

by Justin Burtis Sigourney-Keota welcomed Beckman Catholic to Cobra Field Friday night as the round of 16 opened up in class 1A. The Cobras entered 8-0 while Beckman entered 6-2. The Cobras were methodical and hard working in their approach, dominating the time of possession to earn a 35-14 win. The Cobras advance to the […]

No Changes To Oskaloosa Return To Learn Plan

Oskaloosa Community School Board

OSKALOOSA – At this past week’s special session of the Oskaloosa School Board, the Board reviewed the district’s current Return to Learn plan as well as current COVID-19 data for Mahaska County, to determine if any changes to the plan are needed. For now, Superintendent Paula Wright is not recommending changes. Wright noted during the […]

‘Generational shifting’: How a rural Iowa school district changed busing for costs, staffing, and students’ safety

By Kate Hayden / IowaWatch Vicki and Matt Bruening live on a Floyd County acreage with six children ranging from a sophomore in high school to a fourth-grader. Like others in Iowa, the family makes a living in agribusiness: both Bruenings operate an agricultural repair business in New Hampton, and Matt farms with his uncle […]

School Board presses forward with building additions

Oskaloosa Community School Board

OSKALOOSA – The Oskaloosa School Board is moving ahead with building addition projects totally nearly $10 million. The move came at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Oskaloosa School Board, as they received an update on rates for the sale of bonds, as well as heard an update on how the overall design of proposed […]

Mahaska County Lawsuit Attempt To Dissolve EMA/911 Proceeding Through Court System

OSKALOOSA – A second attempt by Mahaska County to dissolve the present composition of the Mahaska County Emergency Management and Mahaska County 911 is proceeding through the court system. No action has formally been taken on the most recent motion filed, that being a motion for summary judgement. A motion for summary judgement is a commonly […]

Appeals Court upholds Van Hemert Murder Conviction

Luke Vanhemert took the stand Friday morning to tell his side of the story of what happened on March 1, 2018. Vanhemert is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marquis Todd

OSKALOOSA – The April 2019 second-degree murder conviction of Luke Van Hemert should stand, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals. In a ruling dated Oct. 7, a three-judge panel for the Court unanimously found that there was sufficient evidence to show that Van Hemert acted with malice aforethought and no justification. “[S]ubstantial evidence supports […]

Court Dismisses Site A Landowners Lawsuit

OSKALOOSA – Another lawsuit regarding the regional airport has reached some level of finality. On September 18th, District Court Judge Crystal Cronk dismissed a lawsuit filed by Site A Landowners against the Cities of Oskaloosa and Pella and Mahaska County, seeking to have the 2012 28E agreement that started the Regional Airport project invalidated. The […]

Court Denies Mahaska County Motions In Airport Lawsuit

Legal documents were filed in Mahaska County District Court by Pella and Oskaloosa to force Mahaska County to once again participate in the 28E agreement for a regional airport.

WASHINGTON – An Iowa District Court judge has denied a motion to reconsider 2018 and 2019 summary judgment decisions that were decided in favor of the Cities of Oskaloosa and Pella and a motion to sanction attorneys for the Cities. Judge Crystal Cronk issued the ruling late Sunday evening, finding that Mahaska County had no […]


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