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Public Meets Final Four Police Chief Applicants

Jonathon Butts of Decatur, IL highlighted 29 years of experience with a focus on responsibility, credibility, and accountability, along with integrity and ethics.

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – With long-time Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee set to retire at the end of this month, the search for a new police chief is winding down. In April, it was announced that the search had narrowed to ten individuals after receiving 70 applications. The applicant pool is now even […]

Welcome Home: A Salute to Vietnam Veterans

DAR member Connie Van Polen presents Kenneth Mortensen with a book and certificate at Saturday's 'A Salute To Vietnam Veterans'

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – The center court at Penn Central Mall was a hub of activity on Saturday for the annual “Welcome Home & Recognize Vietnam Veterans” event. This year the event was held on Armed Forces Day instead of the traditional date of March 30. Event organizers had something special in mind […]

Veterans Affairs Commission Will Increase to Five Members Beginning July 1

Mahaska County Courthouse

By Hailey Brown (MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The absence of Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Doland from did not detour supervisors Henry “Willie” Van Weelden and Mark Groenendyk from business as usual on Wednesday. During the May 16 meeting, the duo voted to approve an increase of representation from three to five members on the Mahaska […]

Area Youth Show Care for Community

Area youth helped places like Mahaska County Outreach get cleaned up and organized during the Youth Day of Caring on Saturday.

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – Rain nor wind could dampen the spirits of nearly 30 Oskaloosa Community School District youth (grades 9-12) who participated in the first annual Youth Day of Caring through the United Way of Mahaska County on Saturday, May 12. Projects varied throughout the community as identified by local non-profits and […]

Two of Four Supervisor Candidates Invited to Meet & Greet Held by Local Non-Profit

Mahaska County Supervisor Candidate Steve Wanders address the group TARA at a candidate meet and greet on Thursday night.

By Hailey Brown (Leighton, Iowa) – Current Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Doland’s recent resignation, in light of information that he no longer lives in Mahaska County and thus is ineligible to serve on the board, has created an opportunity for a Republican primary candidate winner to potentially be appointed before the November election to the […]

Board Votes to Make 5th Grade Class Sizes Smaller

A large turnout at the Oskaloosa School Board meeting on Tuesday evening. by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – On Tuesday, May 8, the OCSD Board of Education voted for a change in plans regarding fifth-grade class sizes. Although originally planning for seven sections of students, board members changed their minds to institute eight sections of students instead after members had a discussion with the fifth-grade team and […]

Pollinator Plot Approved by OCSD School Board

Proposed Pollinator Plot - Looking East from Bike Path - Photo Provided

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one-third of all agricultural output in the U.S. depends upon pollinators – birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and roughly 200,000 different species of animals that assist with transferring pollen from one flower to another. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot […]

OPD Embarks on Multi-Purpose K-9 Campaign

By Hailey Brown Oskaloosa, Iowa – Prior to the hustle and bustle of the Oskaloosa City Council meeting on Monday, council members gathered in a study session to hear about the possibility of a new K-9 unit being purchased and trained by the Oskaloosa Police Department. During the study session, the council expressed support for […]

Atheist Invocation at Oskaloosa City Council Ignites Conversation

By Hailey Brown (OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – When Justin Scott gave the invocation at the Oskaloosa City Council meeting on Thursday, some stood and bowed their heads, as is traditionally done during invocation. Others instead chose to sit, observe, and later speak out against the decision to allow him to give the invocation. The reason for […]

Newest Addition to OPD Takes Oath of Office

By Hailey Brown Oskaloosa, Iowa – There’s a new cop on the block for the Oskaloosa Police Department. During the regular Oskaloosa City Council meeting on Monday, Officer Doug Rinderknecht was officially sworn in by Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt as the very first item on the agenda. Rinderknecht grew up in nearby What Cheer, located […]


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