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Crystal Heights Says No New COVID-19 Cases Since June 10th

A Crystal Heights Care Center Press Release To the members of our community: First and foremost, the staff at Crystal Heights would like to thank everybody for the positive thoughts, prayers, and support we have received since our first statement on May 19th.We regret to inform you that there were a total of 15 COVID-19 […]

Deadline Ending On July 25th For Property Tax And Motor Vehicle Renewals

by Mahaska County Treasurer Connie Van Polen Starting on Monday, June 1, 2020 the Mahaska County Treasurer’s Office, opened to the public by appointment for Motor Vehicle (641)673-4618 and Drivers License (641)673-9521. Currently the tax department (641)673-5482, is accepting 1 customer at the counter at a time. Please keep in mind that there are still […]

Sweet Corn Serenade Is Still On Says Chamber

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska Chamber and Development Group is moving forward with some of their summertime activities. DeAnn DeGroot is the new chamber director, who took over the position on April 1st, 2020. Since then, she has been busy helping local businesses navigate the local economy as COVID-19 impacted many of them. DeGroot started […]

Penn Looks For A Sense Of Normalcy this Fall

Penn Hall on the campus of William Penn University celebrated 100 years of serving the students during Homecoming 2017.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – William Penn University has recently announced that they will be open this fall, hosting students and athletes, and using the latest COVID-19 practices to protect students, athletes, staff and guests. Statesmen nation went pretty quiet in mid-March as the pandemic swept the nation. Online learning replaced the sound of sneakers, and pages […]

Mahaska Health Emergency Services Nurse Harmony Edge Honored with Heartsaver Hero Award

A Mahaska Health Press Release In recognition of her role in saving the life of local Pastor, Darren Melton, Harmony Edge, Mahaska Health Emergency Services Registered Nurse, has been presented with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver Hero Award. The award is earned by individuals who have performed the heroic act of using CPR to […]


Mahaska County Courthouse

A Mahaska County Attorney Press Release Though interrupted by a global pandemic, the Iowa Legislature made significant progress in reforming the collection of delinquent court debt. On June 25, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Senate File 457, which, among other things, replaced a private Texas-based debt collector, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, with […]

Cement Truck Crash Costs Oskaloosa Man His Life

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release On Thursday, June 25th 2020, at approximately 11:30 am, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Officials came upon a single vehicle accident in the 1500 block of Highway 63, in rural New Sharon. This vehicle was a 2001 MACK cement transport truck, owned by Ideal Ready Mix Inc. The vehicle was […]

The Squirrel Whisperer Lives in Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Dick Schwab sits quietly in his power chair while he feeds the squirrels near Oskaloosa’s bandstand on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s an expensive habit,” says Dick, of the habit he enjoys. Schwab enjoys feeding the squirrels in central park of Oskaloosa when he’s able to. During the winter months, ice and snow may […]

Oskaloosa Girl Has Goal Met With Some Help

Oskaloosa, Iowa – With sirens wailing and lights flashing, first responders arrived at the doorstep of one of the best stories of 2020 in Oskaloosa. Young Mollee Russell has been selling lemonade from a small lemonade stand set up in her front yard for the past few weeks. Her dad was to leave on April […]

Winner, Winner, Made The Chicken Dinner?

Oskaloosa, Iowa – You could smell the B-B-Q at least two blocks away from the Oskaloosa Square as dozens of teams squared off in this year’s version of Bar-B-Q for Badges. The idea for Bar-B-Q for Badges happened just over three years ago, with Kory Wright and Wyndell Campbell. The two had a conversation over […]


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