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Will We Support Our Own Community?

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by Ken Allsup I wrote this back in 2020 as I watched businesses look to call Oskaloosa home, and others closed as shop owners retired, or closed down. I see this today, and watch as our community continues to damage itself. It’s not just the local government damaging our community, it’s also us, the community […]

Tractor Ride Provides A Little Nostalgia

The annual Mahaska Health Tractor Ride took place on Saturday, starting at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds, and traveled to several area nursing homes.

by Ken Allsup June 25th, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The grounds of the Southern Iowa Fair played host to the annual Mahaska Health Annual Tractor Ride this past Saturday. The tractor ride, now in its 3rd year, gives those who love agriculture an opportunity to show off their prized tractor and catch up with friends […]

Bohannan Visits Oskaloosa – Challenging Miller-Meeks

Bohannan is running for the 1st Congressional District in Iowa. (photo provided)

by Ken Allsup June 24th, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – Christina Bohannan recently visited Oskaloosa, hosting two sessions at Smokey Row Coffee. Bohannan says she’s running against the incumbent Miller-Meeks and says it’s essential “that we get back to putting the people first. We are seeing such divisive politics right now in our country.” “We’re getting […]

Iowa Supreme Court Sides With Mahaska County In Regional Airport Agreement

Iowa Supreme Court Ruling over regional airport agreement.

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said that Mahaska County was correct, and the 28E didn’t allow for removing themselves from the 28E agreement over a regional airport in the same way they got into the agreement. The dispute between the entities is over a decade old over the creation of a regional airport. “First, […]

Mahaska County Emergency Management Proposes Technology To Help Officers In School Emergency

Recent training sponsored by the Mahaska County Emergency Management and Mahaska County Sheriff's Office helped area first responders sharpen their skills to deal with active shooters.

by Ken Allsup June 22nd, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – Helping officers have the most information during a school emergency like a shooting is something the Mahaska County Emergency Management hopes to help provide. Mahaska County Emergency Manager Jamey Robinson says his commission just approved money to help put panic buttons into local school offices that […]

Oskaloosa Swears In New City Manager

Oskaloosa City Hall

by Ken Allsup June 22nd, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – At its regular meeting on June 20th, 2022, Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt swore in Oskaloosa’s newest city manager, Amal Eltahir. Also, during the council meeting, Mayor Krutzfeldt and Fire Chief Scott Vaughan recognized Reserve Firefighter Jay Carolus at his retirement. “Jay’s been one of our most […]

Supervisors Approve Agreement For Radio Repayment

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Ken Allsup June 22nd, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met in a regular session on Monday, June 20th, 2022. One of the first big items discussed by the board was a memorandum of understanding for the E911 Service Board to repay the county for the radios used by the […]

Mahaska County LL Championships

All Mahaska Little League Champions

6/21/2022 So much excitement at Lacey Complex on Monday, June 20th, the Mahaska County Little League hosted their County Division Championships! Each community was represented with a team in at least one of the championship games, but it was a sweep by the Bussey Little League winning all divisions! If you weren’t at the complex […]

BBQ-4-Badges Returns This Weekend

BBQ 4 Badges 2020

by Ken Allsup June 20th, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – Traveling through downtown Oskaloosa this weekend may be an olfactory experience as some of the best BBQ comes to town. BBQ-4-Badges is in its fifth year, and the event continues to evolve with participant and guest feedback. Wyndell Campbell, one of the event’s organizers, recently spoke […]

Organizers Want To Spark Conversation Over Gun Violence

Hand gun with ammunition.

by Ken Allsup June 18th, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – Birds are chirping, there is a hum of nearby traffic, and the cool, peaceful shade surrounding the bandstand in Oskaloosa, contrasted the horrors that played out at the hands of mass shooters recently. A recent series of shootings have again brought the nation’s eye to gun violence, and […]


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