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Updated United Way ALICE Report for Iowa reveals 40 percent of Mahaska County households struggle to afford basics

United Way ALICE Report details size and scope of financial hardship in Iowa Oskaloosa, Iowa – In Iowa, 457,044 households – 37 percent of the state’s total – are unable to afford the state’s cost of living, according to the updated United Way ALICE Report for Iowa. In Mahaska County, 40 percent of households live […]

Wanders Sworn In As Supervisor

Mahaska County Supervisors from left to right; Henry 'Willie' Van Weelden, Mark Groenendyk, and Steve Wanders.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Monday, July 2, 2018. Steve Wanders was sworn in as Mahaska County Supervisor by Judge Roseann Mefford. Wanders is filling out the remaining term of Mark Doland, who resigned when it became apparent he no longer lived in the county. The […]

Drost Sworn In As Council Member

Bob Drost is sworn in by Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt as 2nd Ward City Council Member.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt swore in Bob Drost as 2nd Ward City Council member on Monday night. Krutzfeldt also swore in Oskaloosa Police Officer Jared Van Wyk, who is originally from Pella, Iowa. Van Wyk completed a bachelors degree in criminal justice and psychology at Dordt College. While there, Van Wyk interned […]

2018 Iowa Map Contest Winners Announced

Oskaloosa and Cedar Rapids students and teachers participated in the second annual Iowa Map Contest, creating story maps of their favorite places in Iowa. Using ESRI’s ArcGIS Online Mapping platform, students collected data for their projects, then incorporated their data into interactive story maps which included images and information to provide context, supplemental information, and […]

Sheriff’s Office Charges Rose Hill Man With Theft, Burglary, And Violation Of No Contact Order

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release On Tuesday, July 03, 2018, at approximately 1:10 p.m., officials from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2281 Lincoln Avenue, in rural Mahaska County, regarding the violation of a no contact order. Upon arriving to this address, it was discovered that 2 dogs and a 2011 […]


Oskaloosa, Iowa – A special musical performance in downtown Oskaloosa features a reincarnation of the Iowa Brigade Band, as led at the turn of the 20th century by Oskaloosa’s most famous band musician, C. L. Barnhouse. The concert will take place Friday, July 13, at 8 pm on the historic bandstand in City Park. In […]


Oskaloosa, Iowa – Windjammers Unlimited will hold its summer meet in Oskaloosa, Iowa, July 10-15, 2018. Founded in 1971, Windjammers Unlimited is a non-profit circus music historical society, dedicated to the performance, recording, and preservation of music from the heyday of the great American circus. The event brings together music lovers and musicians from all […]

New Sharon Looks To Build On Good Things

New Sharon Mayor Dustin Hite says there are many exciting things happening for the community. The renovation of this building on the northeast side of the main intersection is just one of those things says Hite.

  New Sharon, Iowa – The towns annual Spring Festival helps to bring together the community for a weekend of social fun. It also brings others from out of town to the community that has its eye on the future. Back in 2015, New Sharon got some national attention when ‘Business Insider’ named the community […]

Landlords Hear Latest On Administrative Changes

Andrew Jensen addresses changes to administrative rules for the Oskaloosa rental inspection program.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A full meeting room on the third floor of the library was an indication of how important the discussion was going to be. Landlords from around Oskaloosa gathered to hear what changes had been made to the rental inspection program since its initial inception a year ago. Andrew Jensen, Development Services Director […]

Disc Golfers Open Raises Money For Mahaska Homeless

Anderson and San (right) presented a check to the Mahaska County Homelessness Coalition last week in the amount of $2039.00, money raised from a disc golf tournament.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Disc golfers can often be seen taking on the course at Edmundson nearly all year long. That dedication to sport and community is what helped. The group spread out all across Oskaloosa, asking businesses and others to help sponsor the upcoming event. Those prizes were used to help entice disc golfers from […]


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