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Franklel Building Receives Historical Marker

Calvin Bandstra unveils the Frankel Building marker on Thursday evening.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Frankel Building, at 109 South Market, is the current location of Smokey Row Coffee in Oskaloosa. The historic building can trace its roots to 1889. The ceremony, which included an introduction by Ann Brouwer, with a welcome by Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt, and a short program by the building’s historian Calvin Bandstra […]

Ag Day Helps Young People Connect Their Food To The Farm

Ag in the Classroom - 2019

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The third grade class in all of Mahaska County was given a chance this past year to understand more about life on the farm through the Ag in the Classroom. A program for students attending Oskaloosa Christian, Peoria Christian, North Mahaska, Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont, and Oskaloosa Schools. This past week, those 232 […]

Mary Van Maanen Brock

Mary Van Maanen Brock May 16, 1923 – February 11, 2019 Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 95 Mary E. Van Maanen Brock, 95, of Oskaloosa passed away Monday morning, February 11, 2019, at the Mahaska Health Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Mary Evelyn Brock, daughter of John Heath and Edith (Blake) Van Asdall, was born May […]

Velma Jean DeWitt

Velma Jean DeWitt January 14, 1934 – October 3, 2018 Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 84 Velma DeWitt, 84, of Oskaloosa passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa. Velma Jean DeWitt, daughter of Murrel and Geneva (Gable) Christophel, was born January 14, 1934, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Velma was a life-long […]

MHP Hosted Breast Health Night

Mahaska Health Partnership annual Women’s Breast Health Night was held on Tuesday, October 17th at the Gateway Church of the Nazarene.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska Health Partnership annually hosts a free Women’s Breast Health Night every year, with it being on Tuesday, October 17th this year. The popular event is in its 10th year and once again held at the Gateway Church of the Nazarene in Oskaloosa. “From our start in a small room with 40 […]

Council Approves Memorandum For Economic Development Groups

National Historic Preservation Act certificate - Oskaloosa, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 7, 2017. The council first heard from Beth Danowsky, who is on the MCDG board, in regards to a memorandum of understanding for Mahaska Development Partners (MDP). The vision is to outline better how existing groups like the Oskaloosa Area Chamber […]

School Board Approves New Tentative Agreement With Teachers

Oskaloosa Community School Board

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board approved a new tentative agreement and master contract amendments with the teachers at Oskaloosa Community School District this past week. Oskaloosa School District Superintendent Russ Reiter said that “technically now” salaries are the remaining portion of the contract the union has to negotiate. The board was provided with […]

The Mahaska County YMCA Officially Welcomes New Executive Director

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Stepping into a new job is usually a fairly uncomfortable thing, but when the eye of the public is on you, it can be a little more nerve wracking. Eric Christensen is the new Executive Director at the Mahaska County YMCA, and he said that the community has been very welcoming. “I’ve […]

STEAMfest Helps Connect Kids and Learning

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Building minds to help innovate and build the future is the premise behind STEAM. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The arts were added to STEM, in order to provide a more rounded learning experience. The ISU Extension Office offered STEAMfest 2017 at the Musco Technology Center on the […]

Indian Boys Golf Season Gets Underway At Willow Creek

The Oskaloosa Boy Golf team got their season underway at Willow Creek Golf Course under some very tough conditions. Head Coach Bret Foster said, “It was cold, raining and the golf course was completely saturated. They played well and I didn’t hear any complaints so kudos to them.” “It might have been the closest triangular […]


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