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Area Youth Explore the World of Wildlife

Jr. Naturalist day campers make their own t-shirts June 21 at Russell Wildlife. Photo by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (New Sharon, Iowa) – Children in Mahaska County got a closer look at nature last week during the Jr. Naturalist Day Camp at Russell Wildlife Center in New Sharon. “Where the Wild Things Are” was the theme during the annual summer camp June 26–28, where children were able to learn about wildlife […]

The Nadas Play During Friday After Five

The Mahaska Community gathered for the second of four Friday After Five events in 2018. (photo by Hailey Brown)

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) –The square was buzzing with activity in Oskaloosa Friday night as Friday After Five again took to the streets. Backrow Hooligans, a trio from the Midwest, opened The Nadas. This was the second of four Friday After Five events planned for this summer by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development […]

Campers Explore the World of Applied Technology

Applied Technology Day Camp at WPU. Participants wait to show their parents their projects on Friday, June 15, 2018. (photo by Hailey Brown)

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – Children enrolled in the William Penn University Applied Technology Day Camp had a chance to explore a future career in the field with a fun-filled week full of hands-on activities such as robotics, making code, computer programming, virtual reality, digital science, digital media, industrial technology, and 3D printing. Campers […]

U.S. Flags Retired in Blaze of Glory

Veterans destroy retired U.S. Flags. (photo by Hailey Brown)

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – Although a startling sight to behold, the American Flag on fire is not always an act of protest or sign of disrespect to the nation. The burning of old flags is also recognized as the proper way of retiring worn and tattered flags, no longer fit to be flown. […]

Newest Historical Marker Unveiled In Oskaloosa

Julie Hansen shares history of the Iowa Buulding. Photo by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – The unveiling ceremony for the Iowa Building Historical Marker took place indoors on Thursday, June 14, despite wind and a downpour of rain. The building is located on the corner of Market and High Avenue on the Oskaloosa City Square and is part of a larger project called the […]

School Board Awaits New Superintendent To Tackle Topics

Oskaloosa Community School District Board Meeting. Photo by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – The Oskaloosa Community School District Board of Directors had a shorter meeting than usual on Tuesday, due in part to the upcoming transition of a new superintendent as of July 1, 2018. Approval of academic goals, approval of security camera system requests for proposals, as well as approval of […]

Come “Home Again” at the George Daily Auditorium“ June 16-17

Home Again Rehearsal

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – What makes Mahaska a great place to call home? What made the “good old days” so good? Find out as “Home Again” takes the stage at George Daily Auditorium on Saturday, June 16 at 7 P.M. and Sunday, June 17 at 3 P.M. The result of stories and photos […]

Summer Reading Program Rocks Oskaloosa

Over 300 people turned out to the Summer Reading Kickoff at the Oskaloosa Public Library Monday evening. Photo by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) — Infants and adults alike were welcomed at the 2018 Summer Reading Kickoff held on Monday, June 4 at the Oskaloosa Public Library. The reading garden outside was full and the food line was long as an estimated over 300 people showed up at various times to take part in […]

Summer Art Camp Ignites Imaginations

Summer Art Camp is underway at the Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios this week. Photo by Hailey Brownsm

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) — The first week of Oskaloosa Summer Art Camp is almost through, and students ages 6-12 have been hard at work drawing, painting, creating surreal collages, and making their very own puppets. The magic takes place Monday through Friday at the Oskaloosa Art Center & Studios located within the alley […]

Master Gardeners Present Basics to Growing Outdoor Flowers

Suzette Striegel (left) introduces presenter Pam Nimtz (right) for “Growing Outdoor Flowers” at the ISU Extension Office Thursday, May 31. Photo by Hailey Brown.

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – For many, the sight of blooming flowers and colorful landscapes signals the arrival of spring. For some, planting and maintaining beautiful flowers spans more than just one season. “Growing Outdoor Flowers,” a garden basics class hosted by the Mahaska County Master Gardeners, was held Thursday night at the Iowa […]


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