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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 […]

Heirloom Tomatoes Offer A Bigger Variety To Local Gardeners

Oskaloosa, Iowa – One of the most common garden items, the tomato, got some attention during ‘Tomato Fest.’ The Mahaska County Master Gardeners hosted the event on Thursday evening, September 1st at 6pm. Suzette Striegel is the horticulturist at the Mahaska County Extension Office, and she spoke with Oskaloosa News about the celebration of heirloom […]

AAUW Seeks Diversified Membership

Oskaloosa, Iowa – What is AAUW? Those initials usually mean book sale time at Penn Central Mall. The American Association of University Women or AAUW is a national orginization that held its first meeting back in 1881, which now boasts 170,000 members and supporters across the United States. The mission statement for AAUW is “AAUW […]

School Board Supportive Of Therapy Dog

It was a routine meeting for the Oskaloosa School Board Monday. The board went through a variety of routine items for their summer meeting. The board first received a presentation from OHS Life Skills teacher Betty Ann Latchaw relating to the potential use of a therapy dog in class. Latchaw said that the dog would […]

Yarn-Bomb Brings Early Spring Color To Square

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s spring-time but the trees are wearing sweaters! FACE of Mahaska County along with the Oskaloosa Art Center took to the square this past week to help add some color and creativity to the community with a yarn-bomb event. Sarah Kargol was one of the many creative people who was kicking off […]

Freaky Fun For A 5k

Oskaloosa, Iowa –  Ghosts, ghouls and various super hero’s lined up to take off on the Annual YMCA Freaky 5k Run on Saturday. The second annual Freaky 5k took place at the Lacey Community Stadium. “We’ve had a lot of fun,” said Mahaska County YMCA Director Dawn Collins. “The costume contest adds a unique little […]

Food, Fun, And Friendship: The Focus Of One RAGBRAI Team

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The sea of cycles that rushes over the Iowa landscape each year during RAGBRAI can seem overwhelming, but as many local residents found out, it’s all about those personal encounters that makes it all worthwhile. Team Gourmet Cycling Group was just one group of many that travels the state each year. A […]


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