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Oskaloosa Elementary Awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant

Oskaloosa Community School

An Oskaloosa Community School District Press Release Oskaloosa Elementary School has been selected as a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) school. The FFVP provides all enrolled children in participating schools with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. The school district has been awarded a grant of $46,350 to provide […]

Darrell De Vries

Darrell De Vries August 24, 1965 – June 29, 2022 Fremont, Iowa | Age 56 Darrell De Vries, 56, of Fremont, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at his home. Darrell Lee De Vries, son of Jerry De Vries and Adrianna Jean (Vander Meyden) Van Mersbergen, was born August 24, 1965, in Oskaloosa. After finishing […]

Russell Sparks

Russell Sparks May 3, 1934 – June 28, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 88 Russell J. Sparks, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa. He was born May 3, 1934, in Beacon, Iowa, the son of Russell Alexander and Rita Malin Sparks. As a […]

Rodney “Zane” Sytsma

Rodney “Zane” Sytsma September 17, 1953 – June 28, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 68 Rodney Zane Sytsma, 68, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at his home east of Oskaloosa. He was born September 17, 1953, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Rodney Price and Virginia Violet Crile Sytsma. Rodney attended the one-room […]

NoCoast Beer Co. Achieves Iowa Green Brewery Platinum Certification

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg recent made a stop by Mahaska to visit about their operation. (photo provided)

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – We are excited to congratulate NoCoast Beer Co., out of Oskaloosa, IA, on achieving the Iowa Green Brewery Certification’s Platinum award. NoCoast Beer Co. surpassed their bronze-level certification by furthering their environmental efforts and will be awarded the certification by the IGBC program on July 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm. NoCoast […]

Dale Kenneth Watts

Dale Kenneth Watts November 18, 1925 – June 27, 2022 Montezuma, Iowa | Age 96 Served With Honor ~ United States Military Veteran Dale Watts, 96 of Montezuma passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Windsor Manor in Grinnell. Dale Kenneth Watts, the son of Kenneth and Bertha (Wallace) Watts, was born on November […]

Seniors Lead NM Past BGM

North Mahaska Warhawks

NEW SHARON – It was a near perfect senior night for Zoe Deucore and Morgan Hudson. The North Mahaska seniors made it memorable accounting for six runs batted in as the Warhawks topped BGM 11-1 in five innings. North Mahaska led 1-0 at the bottom of the second and BGM tied the game on Laiala […]

Gov. Reynolds announces $2.45M in awards for Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds listens to apprentices talk about their experiences in their apprenticeship program.

DES MOINES — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced eight recipients of the Iowa Health Careers Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program. This program, based on the Nursing/Patient Care program at the Career Academy of Pella, follows an innovative learning model that introduces health care opportunities to high school students with the support of virtual reality training and […]

Dean Mattix

Dean Mattix July 16, 1945 – June 26, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 76 Served With Honor ~ United States Military Veteran Dean Mattix, proud husband, father, grandfather, William Penn Statesmen fan, and long suffering Cubs Fan died on Sunday, June 26, 2022. For those who knew Dean, you know he loved his family, his […]

Indians Snap 7 Game Losing Streak

Oskaloosa Indians

by Jay Harms The Oskaloosa Softball team snapped a 7 game losing streak with an 11-4 win at Pella Christian Monday night. The Indians scored at least 1 run in 5 of the 7 innings and each starter had at least 1 hit on the night. The ball was jumping all over the place as […]


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