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Talented Performers Happy To Have Work During COVID-19

Oskaloosa, Iowa – There was something special with some of the performers at the Southern Iowa Fair this year. A family legacy was on display that goes back to the early days of television. Just behind the Disabled American Veterans Building was a show Luao Logan’s Tropical Revue, a variety show featuring comedy puppets and […]

Woman Injured In Hit-And-Run

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Police Department and the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office have taken Wayne “Chopper” Ellsworth into custody late Saturday afternoon near Crystal Heights Care Center. According to the Oskaloosa Police Department Facebook Page, Ellsworth was wanted “in connection with a hit and run involving serious injuries that occurred this morning just after […]

Court Case Has Implications For Mahaska County Taxpayers

Mahaska County 911 Dispatchers were honored this past week for their service and work to help the people of Mahaska County.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The taxpayers of Mahaska County are awaiting a judge’s ruling at the Mahaska County Supervisors’ request. The request is to not collect a tax they believe is “unlawful levy on county citizens based on an illegal and ultra vires public contract.” That tax is collected to provide funding for Mahaska County Emergency […]

Siblings Serve Up Summer Taste To Support Law Enforcement

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It’s been a typical hot and humid summer here in Iowa, making for thirsty travelers. Sister and brother Banx and Bond Blackwell set up their stand along North 8th in Oskaloosa, serving lemonade and fresh baked goods and homemade dog treats. They accepted donations to go to local law enforcement in honor […]

Fair Queen 2.0

Oskaloosa, Iowa – If 2020 has anything going for it, it’s certainly added a twist to our traditions. The Southern Iowa Fair Queen and Iowa State Fair Queen Hannah Koeliner is serving her second term as the Southern Iowa Fair Queen and will be serving an additional year as the Iowa State Fair Queen. Koeliner […]

Mahaska County Supervisors Approve New Deputy

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Supervisors met in regular session on July 20th, 2020 at 9 am inside the Mahaska County Courthouse. The Supervisors approved the hiring of Joe Goemaat effective July 26th, as Mahaska County’s newest deputy. Goemaat will be filling the position left vacant by retiring deputy Doug McMillan in September of […]

The Southern Iowa Fair Is A Go

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The 2020 version of the Southern Iowa Fair is a go, and the Fair Board has placed safety as one of its top priorities. The event is one of the oldest fairs in the State of Iowa, getting its start in 1852. It was the home to the Iowa State Fair for […]

Grassley Takes His 99 County Tour To Proline

New Sharon, Iowa – Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley stopped by Proline in New Sharon Iowa earlier in July. On the question of civil liberties during the initial days of COVID-19 and questions about the shuttering of main street in favor of large outlets and the closure of worship places, Grassley shared his views. “Initially, I […]

Supervisors Approve A New Deputy, Discuss SCRAA Action

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Supervisors held their first meeting in July on Monday the 6th at 9 am. In the payroll changes for the Mahaska County Sheriff two items were discussed, including the retirement of Mahaska County Deputy Doug McMillan, who will retire from the department in September. Mahaska County Sheriff said he […]

Cargill Sponsors Backpacks For Students

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Michella Friesen is the Executive Director for the United Way of Mahaska County, and she’s been out promoting this year’s backpack program for area students. This year’s program will be different from the past due to COVID-19, and won’t be held inside of Penn Central Mall. Instead, it will be at the […]


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