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Charges Against Former Oskaloosa Police Officer Dismissed

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Charges of domestic abuse assault against a former Oskaloosa Police Officer have been formally dismissed. Janay Pritchett was arrested and charged on May 4, 2018, after an altercation between a former girlfriend at a residence in Oskaloosa. According to a motion to dismiss filed by Assistant Poweshiek County Attorney Timothy Dille on […]

Mahaska County 911 Communications Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

The Mayor, along with 911 Staff, will be at the Oskaloosa City Hall building at noon, April 17, 2019, for a photo opportunity.

April 16, 2019, Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska County 911 Communications is celebrating the second full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency […]

Vanhemert Found Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

Luke Vanhemert is lead from the Mahaska County Courthouse to the Mahaska County Jail on Monday afternoon after being found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Family and friends of Marquis Todd and Luke Vanhemert waited for word from the jury after closing arguments finished up Monday morning. The jury was given their instructions just before noon and moved to the deliberation room. After a week-long trial that was sometimes filled with emotional testimony, a jury of nine […]

Ag Day Helps Young People Connect Their Food To The Farm

Ag in the Classroom - 2019

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The third grade class in all of Mahaska County was given a chance this past year to understand more about life on the farm through the Ag in the Classroom. A program for students attending Oskaloosa Christian, Peoria Christian, North Mahaska, Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont, and Oskaloosa Schools. This past week, those 232 […]

The Rozenboom Report by Senator Ken Rozenboom – April 12, 2019

Sen. Ken Rozenboom (R-District 40)

by Sen. Ken Rozenboom The 2019 legislative session is starting to wind down as we are voting on appropriations bills on a regular basis. While we have no agreement yet with the House or the Governor on what the final budget will look like for the next fiscal year, we continue to move forward with […]

Loebsack Announces He Will Retire at End of 116th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after announcing that he will be retiring at the end of the 116th Congress. Loebsack was first elected in 2006 and will have served for a total of 14 years at the end of this 116th Congress. A list of Loebsack’s accomplishments throughout the […]

Holly Brink Update From the House for District 80 – April 11, 2019

Holly Brink (District 80) signs her Oath of Office on Monday, January 14, 2019.

by Rep. Holly Brink Hello Friends, This week the Appropriations and Ways & Means committees have continued to meet to discuss the most vital part of this session’s legislation: the state budget. With so much going on, I wanted to point out some bills that I believe are crucial to District 80 and will provide […]

Hite Capitol Update: April 11, 2019

Rep. Dustin Hite (R-District 79)

by Rep Dustin Hite With just under a month left of session, everyone is in budget mode at the Statehouse. This means we are proposing and debating many appropriations and ways and means bills because these are the bills that set the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. I believe we have done a good […]

Wright Talks About First Year, Elementary Changes

Paula Wright - Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Despite being in her first year as Superintendent, Paula Wright is making it clear that she is not afraid of change. Wright was hired in April 2018, after then-Superintendent Russ Reiter accepted a Superintendent position in Independence, Iowa. Coming from the Chariton School District, where she had previously served as Superintendent, Wright […]

Vanhemert Takes Stand In Final Day Of Testimony

Luke Vanhemert took the stand Friday morning to tell his side of the story of what happened on March 1, 2018. Vanhemert is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marquis Todd

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Luke Vanhemert took the stand Friday morning to tell his side of the story of what happened on March 1, 2018. Vanhemert is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marquis Todd, a William Penn University student. If convicted, Vanhemert faces a 50-year prison sentence. He has […]


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