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Fire Damages Oskaloosa Business

Oskaloosa Fire's Tower 6 provides needed light for firefighters as they battled a fire at Clabaugh Enterprises on Friday night. (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The 911 call came in that there was a lot of black smoke in the area of South 7th Street, and 10th Avenue East, at approximately 8:15 pm. First responders arrived at Clabaugh Enterprises to find a substantial amount smoke exiting the structure. All firefighters were then paged out, and the new […]

And She Said Yes

Chris Valster asks his girlfriend Shyann Fleener to marry him in between games at the Babe Ruth field on Thursday night.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – It was that quiet time between games at the Babe Ruth fields. Chris Valster enlists the help of his girlfriend Shyann Fleener to prepare the field for the next game. Valster said his idea started at the kitchen table one day, thinking about how he would propose to Fleener. While she’s attempting […]

Bringing Spring Color To Your Patio

Hanging planters and other porch and patio plants are popular with consumers at Stam Greenhouse.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Spring has finally arrived for real here in Iowa. Farmers are working the fields, and everything is finally in bloom. The on-again, off-again spring filled with cloudy overcast days early on, keeping those seeking spring colors at home, waiting to make sure the snow didn’t fall once again. Out at Stam Greenhouse, […]

Nelson Pioneer Farm’s Director Busy Building For The Future

Margaret Spiegel

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The ol’ wives tale of April showers bring May flowers says, things begin to bloom. At Nelson Pioneer Farm, May brought opening day and a chance for Margaret Spiegel to bloom as the director for the museum and farm. Spiegel is the curator and administrator of the farm and museum, which is […]

Vander Linden Named Citizen Of The Year

Guy Vander Linden (center) accepts Citizen of the Year award from the OACDG

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group gathered on Thursday evening to recognize the accomplishment of the people and businesses that make our community what it is. At the 137th annual banquet, Outgoing State Legislator and Marine Corp General Guy Vander Linden was named Citizen of the Year. Others recognized for their […]

Former Oskaloosa Police Officer Now Facing Three Charges

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa Police Officer, Janay Pritchett, 25, is now facing three charges after an alleged domestic incident. As of Friday, May 11th, Pritchett’s employment with the Oskaloosa Police Department was terminated. Pritchett is facing two counts of Domestic Abuse Assult. According to court documents, the second offense charge stems from a prior conviction/deferred […]

Oskaloosa Fire Department’s Aerial Apparatus Arrives

The Oskaloosa Fire Department took delivery of their aerial apparatus on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Oskaloosa, Iowa- “It’s something we’ve needed for forty years,” said retired Fire Chief Frank Glandon. The Oskaloosa Fire Department got their newest piece of firefighting equipment in on Wednesday afternoon. It was driven by a delivery company from Maryland to Oskaloosa. Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock was with the department as they looked over the […]

Jimenez Resigns From Oskaloosa City Council

Tom Jimenez

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa Second Ward city council representative Tom Jimenez tendered his resignation from the Oskaloosa City Council on Monday night. During his announcement, Jimenez stated he is moving out of his district. “I appreciate it,” said Jimenez to the remaining council members. “It’s been quite the pleasure working with all of you.” City […]

Doland Tenders Resignation Effective June 5, 2018

Mark Doland pay receipt as part of his Federal Bankruptcy filing listing his address as a Norwalk, Iowa address. (public document)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – In an email sent to Mahaska County officials on Monday morning, Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Doland officially tendered his resignation effective June 5, 2018. The email states, “As you all know there has been a dispute brought forth regarding my eligibility to continue to serve as Mahaska County Supervisor. While I remain […]

William Penn Sends Class Of 2018 Into Their Future

Corbin Medley (foreground) is all smiles as the graduation ceremony comes to an end.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – And just like that, another class of students walk across the stage at William Penn University, ready to face their future. Those students come from all over the United States and dozens of countries around the world. Penn prides itself on its rich diversity, and being a place where that diversity helps […]


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