Category archives for: Arts and Education

OMS Students Participate In Battle Of The Books

by Patricia ErkenBrack Saturday April 7 saw 6 sleepy-eyed middle school students climb into a suburban headed to Winterset at 6:30 am—all for the love of books! This marked our first year participating in the Battle of the Books competition hosted by the Winterset Middle School librarian, Oskaloosa native Rebecca Foster Bock. Students read and […]

Glosser Awarded Community 1st Credit Union $2,000 Scholarship

Jace Glosser

OTTUMWA, IA –Jace Glosser of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School was awarded a $2,000 Community 1st Credit Union continuing education scholarship this spring. The credit union will present $42,000 to 19 area high school seniors in May. Glosser was ranked at the top of more than 100 applications submitted. A total of two $4,000 scholarships and 17 […]

Alexander Nagorny Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Alexander Nagorny

On May 2, 2018, Alexander Nagorny of Oskaloosa was awarded the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the rank of Eagle Scout. A member of Troop 71, chartered by the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa, Nagorny is one of approximately 5 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the […]

Art On The Square Celebrating 50 Years

50th Anniversary - Art On The Square - Oskaloosa, Iowa

It’s nearly that time of year again – the weather is getting warmer, and Art on the Square in Oskaloosa is just around the corner! 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Art on the Square, and this year’s plans are a celebration of this long-standing community event. This year’s event will span two days, kicking […]

Police Chief Candidate Meet And Greet

The public is invited to join the Oskaloosa City Council and meet the four finalists competing to become the next Chief of Police. The meet and greet will be held on May 18th from 5:00PM to 6:30PM at the Musco Technology Center located on the campus of William Penn University. Each candidate will provide a […]

The Oskaloosa Music Festival – 2018

Oskaloosa Music Festival 2018

Celebrating its 9th year of outstanding classical music performance and education in Southeastern Iowa from May 30th – June 8th. The Oskaloosa Music Festival returns for its ninth consecutive year this June. During the first week in June, enjoy “Mahaska Masterworks” when a dozen professional classical musicians put on dressed-up and dressed-down concerts across town. […]

Mahaska County YMCA Webster Preschool/Child Care Earns Level 4 Rating

The Mahaska County YMCA Webster location, 508 South 7th Street, Oskaloosa, has achieved a level 4 Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) rating from the Iowa Department of Human Services. This level 4 rating is based on a five level scale of quality measures. Previously, the facility had garnered a level 3 rating. Iowa’s QRS is […]

Diamond Dance Academy To Host Recital


Tucked away on the south side of Oskaloosa is a GEM in the rough! Diamond Dance Academy under the direction of Kasey Jorgensen is home to TEAM SYNERGY. Twenty three dancers from Oskaloosa, Ottumwa and Eddyville, ranging in age from 6 to 16 make up this team. These hard working youth train year round and […]

Pollinator Gardening topic for Garden Basics class

Planning your garden or landscape to include plants that attract and sustain butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects can increase populations of these desired insect and increase the diversity you can observe and enjoy. Learn how at this Garden Basics class on Thursday May 3, at 6:30 pm at the Mahaska County Extension and Outreach […]

Night Crawler Hunting At Russell Wildlife Area

Friday, April 21 at 8:00 pm Night Crawler Hunting last spring was so much fun that we have to do it again! Come out to the Mahaska County Conservation Board’s conservation center at the Russell Wildlife Area on Friday , May 4 at 8:00 pm and join us on a hunt for night crawlers on […]


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