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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 […]

Nolie’s Nook – Back To School Is Quickly Approaching

Back to school is quickly approaching for my big kids and so many others in our area. This year, I send my “babies” off to middle school (for the first time) and the other’s last year of elementary! I don’t know where time has gone but I know I’m not yet ready for summer break […]

Nolie’s Nook – I Probably Don’t Have The Popular Opinion Here

by Nolanne Rust I know I probably don’t have the popular opinion here- or maybe I do but I don’t realize it because most of what we see posted or hear in passing are the negative comments on Oskaloosa. And I get it to an extent. Sometimes we really just want better for our community. […]

Nolie’s Nook – A Lot Has Been On My Mind

by Nolanne Rust It’s been a couple weeks since you’ve heard from me. Truth is, a lot has been on my mind with little insight as to how I wanted to say it. I had full intention on doing an article about disrespect and our youth after a situation that left a negative impression in […]

Nolie’s Nook – There Are So Many Ways To Show Support

by Nolanne Rust Once again, Oskaloosa Main Street- along with a multitude of businesses, vendors, volunteers, and locals- pulled off a great family day during the Annual Christmas in July event. Entertainment for 12 hours, children’s games, loads of food and drinks, a silent auction, a splash pad, and a BBQ contest in support of […]

Nolie’s Nook – I’m Not Writing A Column About America Today

by Nolanne Rust On the 4th of July, I posted my blessings for the day with a post shared that read “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. -Peter Marshall” Guys, that is so good. In so many ways. […]

Nolie’s Nook – Respect And Honor For Men And Women In Blue

by Nolanne Rust A little over a week ago, I started my column about how great our sense of community in Oskaloosa is. This week, I want to bring praise to a part of any community that hardly ever goes unnoticed; but not always in a positive light, and rarely ever with full credit on […]

     

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