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The Highway 63 Coalition continues to keep the project on the minds of policy makers both at the state and federal level. (photo by Ginger Allsup)

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 19, 2017 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Oskaloosa High School Commons, 1816 N. Third St. The purpose is to discuss the proposed U.S. 63 northwest bypass route around Oskaloosa, and gather public feedback on […]

Playoff Berth In Question With Loss To Demons

Jaden Van Roekel and Kenny Settimi stop Washington's Willis (photo by Wendy Van Roekel)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Indians traveled to Washington on Friday night, to face a tough district foe in the Demons. Twelve unanswered points in the 4th quarter by the Demons sealed the deal, and the Indians now wait to see if they will draw a wildcard to the playoffs. Washington’s defense was tenacious and […]

Mentorship Program Looks To Build A Better Lives And Community

Katie Orlando, from BBBS of Northeast Iowa (left). Pictured with Katie are members of the advisory board in attendance. Left to right, Katie Orlando, Molly Coster, Steve Burnett, Amy Meyer, Katie Trainer, Debbie Guild, Matt Tippett. (submitted photo)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mahaska County are going full steam ahead. Paying for the cost of having a mentorship program like Big Brothers and Big Sisters has been ongoing since the plans for the program were put in place in May of 2017. A recent fundraiser event, “Beers and […]

Those Seeking To Be The Next Iowa Governor Make Stops In Oskaloosa

Fred Hubbell, Democrat running for Iowa governor in 2018, stopped by Oskaloosa on Saturday morning.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The contest to become Iowa’s next governor is in full swing, and several candidates have made their way to Mahaska County and Oskaloosa over the past two weeks. Nate Boulton and Fred Hubbell are two of those who made stops at a local coffee shop and spoke with constituents about their ideas […]

Oskaloosa Fire Tackles Second House Fire In A Week

Oskaloosa Firefighter Valinn McReynolds gives a fellow firefighter the thumbs up after battling a house fire on Thursday evening.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Fire Department was dispatched at 7:46 pm to a structure on fire at 114 South L Street in Oskaloosa. When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were visible on the north side of the house. Oskaloosa Fire Captain Dan Hoy then called in the rest of the department and made […]

Penn Working To Find Ways To Benefit Its Students And Area Employees

William Penn students and area employers took part in the first ever Internship Fair on Thursday.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Finding a way to connect the students of William Penn University and area employers was the purpose of an internship fair held at the PAC on the campus of William Penn University on Thursday. Debbie Stevens, with Career Services at William Penn University, coordinated the event. Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant […]

Lions Recognize White Cane Safety Days

White cane safety proclamation signing on October 11, 2017.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Lions Club celebrated this past week with a proclomation signing by Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt. The White Cane Proclamation reads as follows: Whereas, The white cane is a significant tool for independence and a symbol of equal access and expanding opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons; and Whereas, It […]

Trees Forever Plants 56 Trees In Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa Trees Forever (submitted photo)

On Saturday, October 7th, Oskaloosa Trees Forever along with a group of community minded volunteers representing the Oskaloosa Rotary Club and the Rotary Interact Club – a group of high school students – helped Oskaloosa Trees Forever plant a total of 56 trees. An assortment of hardwoods and decorative trees were planted on 3rd Avenue […]

Administration Reviewing Security Policy After Wave Of Statewide Threats

Oskaloosa School Board - October 2017

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening, October 10th at their new time of 6pm. Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter spoke about security issues in the district, citing the recent rash of closures at other districts due to threats. Reiter said that the district’s student Infinite Campus portal […]

Chris Jepsen named Interim CEO At Mahaska Health Partnership

Chris Jepsen

MAHASKA COUNTY – The Mahaska Health Partnership Board of Trustees named Chief Nursing Officer Chris Jepsen the organization’s Interim Chief Executive Officer during a special board meeting on Monday, Oct. 9. “After careful consideration, the board unanimously decided to offer her the Interim CEO position due to her past experience as well as her current […]


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