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Re-Discovering Iowa’s Fall Treasures

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig

By Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Each season holds its own treasures, waiting to be re-discovered each year. With the official arrival of fall, I am reminded how much I enjoy the season and its charm. From the crisp air and Friday night football to the colorful leaves and, of course, harvest. Many of […]

Governor announces $1.83 billion budget surplus, calls for tax cuts

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a property tax cut into law May 4, 2023. She's calling for more tax cuts after the state recorded a $1.83 billion general fund surplus. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 27, 2023 Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Statehouse Republicans said they planned to pursue more tax cuts in the upcoming legislative session, after the governor’s office announced Iowa ended the fiscal year with a $1.83 billion surplus. In addition to the budget surplus in the general fund, the […]

Oskaloosa Police Searching For Subjects

Oskaloosa Police Department (file photo)

September 27, 2023 Oskaloosa Police Department Media Release On September 27, 2023, at approximately 7:52 a.m., members of the Oskaloosa Police Department were dispatched to Santa Clara Apartments about an altercation that neighbors reported. When officers arrived, they were informed that Clarissa Marie Schutjer, 32, of Oskaloosa, and Jacob Parke Lewis, 36, of Beacon, had […]

Gov. Reynolds Announces Iowa Budget Surplus of $1.83B

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

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2023 with a balance of $1.83 billion in the General Fund, $902 million in reserve funds and $2.74 billion in the Taxpayer Relief Fund. “Some see a surplus as government not spending enough, but I view it as an […]

Iowa K-12 teachers, students invited to sign up for statewide ‘Design Challenge’

Iowa Workforce Development

Initiative to drive interest in careers in architecture, construction and engineering DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Education today announced the second round of the Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge, a unique opportunity for K-12 students to create innovative projects, connect to careers and compete for up to $1,000 […]

The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.

It's harvest time once again in Iowa

by Allison Winter, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 26, 2023 WASHINGTON — As the deadline for Congress to pass a new farm bill looms this weekend, staff members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees say it will be months – if not longer – until they reach agreement on a new bill. Lawmakers must rewrite […]

Oskaloosa’s Main Street Initiative Continues to Thrive with Community Support

Oskaloosa Main Street committee members held an information meeting about the Main Street organization on Tuesday evening.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – September 23rd, 2023 – On a late summer evening, local business owners, community members, and supporters gathered at the American Legion in downtown Oskaloosa to learn more about Oskaloosa Main Street. Oskaloosa’s Main Street program, an affiliate of the State of Iowa and the national Main Street America initiative, has been instrumental […]

Mahaska Health Hosts Successful Community Health Fair Promoting Wellness and Education

Six new physicians at Mahaska Health joined the community at the recent health fair.

Oskaloosa, IA – On Thursday, September 21st, 2023, Mahaska Health hosted a Community Health Fair at Gateway Church. The event drew a diverse crowd of residents wanting to know more about their health and well-being. Attendees had the opportunity to partake in free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, receive sleep assessments, and seek health guidance […]

Community Event Raises Breast Cancer Awareness Through Art and Kindness

Judy Groenendyk of Brushed by Jude (left) and Amanda Doud from Mahaska Health Foundation (right) pose with some examples of painted rocks, similar to what will be made by participants.

Mahaska Health Foundation partners with Brushed by Jude for a Rock-Painting Event September 26th, 2023 – As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, a fun and creative event aims to spread breast cancer awareness. Mahaska Health Foundation, in collaboration with Brushed by Jude, is hosting an event where participants will paint rocks with messages of encouragement […]

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Receives National Recognition for Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation

Iowa Department of Agriculture

Mines and Minerals Bureau receives recognition for its work on the Patrick AML site located in Wapello County DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 26, 2023) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig congratulated the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Mines and Minerals Bureau for receiving the Interior States Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Award […]


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