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Supporters March For Women’s Equality

Melanie Mackey (left center) helped to organize the march around the square in Oskaloosa on Saturday to tie in with a bigger rally taking place on the state capitol grounds.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Making themselves heard and seen, at home and around the nation, concerned individuals marched for women’s rights around the square on Saturday morning. The march was a way to share their desire to advance equality in the workplace and to help level the political playing field. Local organizer Melanie Mackey sat inside […]

Bussey Man Charged With Sexual Abuse

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release On Friday, January 19, 2018, at approximately 8 a.m., members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 1000 block of 300th Street, in rural Mahaska County, regarding an assault. As a result of the investigation into this matter, Sheriff’s Officials arrested 57-year-old Douglas Wade Pettyjohn […]

Mahaska Health Partnership to Limit Visitors

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Beginning immediately, Mahaska Health Partnership will limit the number and age of visitors to specific areas of the hospital. “We recognize the healing power of having friends and family close by,” said MHP Interim CEO Chris Jepsen. “However, with the current situation regarding the wide-spread influenza this season, we feel it is […]

Supervisors Debate Radio System Ownership

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- Mahaska County Supervisor Vice Chairman Mark Groenendyk continued to question ownership of Mahaska County’s emergency personnel radio system, at Tuesday’s regular supervisors meeting. The questions raised by Groenendyk were also questions that he had brought up at the previous EMA commission meeting. At Tuesday’s meeting, Groenendyk continued to assert his […]

Second Reading of Sewer Tax Increase Meets Little Resistance

Oskaloosa City Hall

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- The second reading of an ordinance to increase the Oskaloosa storm sewer tax rate by 20 percent unanimously cleared its second hurdle at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council. The ordinance is now one reading away from becoming approved, and thus enacting a 20 percent increase on the […]

Hands-On Learning Provides Valuable Experience For Students

Oskaloosa High School students demonstrate ping pong ball launchers they constructed as part of the PBL Showcase.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The students at Oskaloosa High School shared with the community the work they have done recently during a Project Based Lessons showcase. Oskaloosa High School Principal Stacy Bandy is excited about the possibilities that Project Based Lessons offer his students. The public showcase was in its fourth showing, and the exhibition night […]

Wooly Mammoth Discovery Inspires Children’s Book

Mahaska Mammoth: Wooly Dreams creators from left to right. Laura DeCook, Karen Phelps, Mary Jane Sullivan, and Linda Fox.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The idea for creating a children’s book gained traction out of the mud at the Mahaska Mammoth dig site one summer day. Mahaska County Naturalist Laura DeCook was trying to think of ways to help make the bones educational for the public. Mary Jane Sullivan, a member of the Friends of Mahaska […]

Eggs and Issues Gets Underway With Local Topics

Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt (left) and Mahaska County Supervisor Willie Van Weelden (right) represented local government during the January 13th edition of Eggs and Issues.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The annual Eggs and Issues political forum hosted by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group is easily one of the best public forums in the state, bringing decision makers and voters to table over a cup of coffee. Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krtuzfeldt and Mahaska County Supervisor Willie Van Weelden were on […]

Loebsack Hears About Health Care Concerns From MHP

Congressman Dave Loebsack visited Mahaska Health Partnership on Friday and participated in a roundtable discussion.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack stopped by Mahaska Health Partnership on Friday to get updated on how he can help serve the hospital and its patients. After some brief introductions, Loebsack started off the question and answer session by opening the floor to those in attendance. Mahaska Health Partnership interim CEO Chris Jepsen […]

MHP earns national recognition for Patient-Centered Care

ational Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership Medical Group recently received the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. This national recognition is for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork […]


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