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Oskaloosa City Manager Recognized By His Peers

Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock in his office this past week. Schrock was awarded Manager of the Year Award from the Iowa City/County Management Association (IaCMA)

by Ken Allsup Sitting in his corner office at City Hall, Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock finishes talking with a department head and invites me to come talk about something he’s not very comfortable talking about, himself. Schrock, the recipient of the 2018 City Manager of the Year Iowa City/County Management Association (IaCMA) during the […]

Indians Spoil A Tiger Homecoming

by Ken Allsup Grinnell, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Indians exploded in the first half in the first round of District play on Friday night. The Indians put up 44 points in the first half en route to a 44-7 win. The Indians had a plan for Friday night, and they came out and executed it. […]

Mahaska County Employee Shares Concerns Over Possible HIPAA Violations

Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Groenendyk expressed concern that only one bid was received for the new radio system, and wanted to find out why Motorola declined to submit a bid.

by Ken Allsup Oskaloosa, Iowa – During the public comments portion of the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors on Monday, Kim Newendorp, General Assistance Director for Mahaska County, shared her concerns that potential HIPAA and safety concerns were not being addressed by the county and the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors. Her belief is that […]

Fire Causes Heavy Damage To Home In Overnight Fire

Firefighters battled a house fire in the 800 block of High Avenue East overnight.

by Ken Allsup Oskaloosa, Iowa – A motorist driving along A Avenue East at approximately 11:35 pm noticed heavy smoke, and notified Mahaska County 911 Dispatchers. Oskaloosa Fire, Oskaloosa Police Department, and Mahaska Health Partnership Emergency Services searched nearby streets for the cause of the smoke. Oskaloosa Fire Captain Dan Hoy said that the ambulance […]


Holly Brink (submitted photo)

Holly Brink of Oskaloosa has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC). Brink is seeking Iowa House District 80 seat that includes Appanoose, Monroe, East Mahaska and West Wapello Counties. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Farm Bureau as the candidate they want to represent District […]

Council Approves Site Plan For New Hotel

Oskaloosa's newest police officer, James Arment has his badge pinned on him by his wife during Monday's city council meeting. (Oskaloosa Police Department Photo)

by Ken Allsup Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on Monday night, where the first order of business was to swear in Oskaloosa’s newest police officer James Arment. Arment comes to the police force from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Reserve, where he had served for the past 4 years and […]

Day Of Caring Kicks Off United Way Campaign

Volunteers from Cargil Finance took part in the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The United Way Day of Caring is a way many community members and companies give back to their community through volunteerism. Diane Ottosson is a board member for FACE of Mahaska County, a nonprofit that was benefiting from the volunteer effort. “We are a volunteer group,” Ottosson said of FACE. “Other than […]

Nelson Pioneer Farm Celebrates 53 Years Of Fall Festival

The 53rd Annual Nelson Pioneer Farm Fall festival took visitors back in time.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, as the steam engine began to chug to life on the grounds of Nelson Pioneer Farm. The threshing is a popular spectator attraction at the yearly festival. The annual Fall Festival is a celebration of the heritage of Mahaska County, and the […]

Mistakes Cost Norwalk While Oskaloosa Capitalizes

Norwalk, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Indians came into Friday night’s matchup 21 point underdogs but capitalized when the Warriors fumbled twice in the early going. Oskaloosa Head Coach Jake Jenkins said that he and his team had seen the prediction, but they as a team are just working on being the “best version of ourselves […]

One Bid Received For County Recycling

The Mahaska County Solid Waste Management Commission met on Thursday night to open a bid on recycling within the county.

by Ken Allsup The bid has no mandates for communities within the county. Oskaloosa, Iowa – The question on everyone’s mind is, where do I take my recyclables and what is the plan going forward for solid waste collection into the future? A meeting of the Mahaska County Solid Waste Management Commission on Thursday evening […]


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