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Oskaloosa Main Street Brainard Resigns as Oskaloosa Main Street Director

Amy Brainard is Oskaloosa's newest Main Street Director.

an Oskaloosa Main Street Press Release November 17, 2022, The Oskaloosa Main Street Board of Directors announced today that Amy Brainard has officially resigned from her position as Director, effective December 5, 2022. In her letter, Brainard shared, “Anyone who spends more than 10 minutes with me knows that I am passionate about education and […]

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa Hits Positive Milestone Regaining All Jobs Lost During Pandemic Unemployment Rate Ticks Up As National Rate Increases   DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s labor force participation rate held steady at 67.7 percent despite the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increasing to 2.9 percent in October. The increase last month came as more than 2,200 Iowans joined […]

Family Presents Handmade Quilts To Veterans

Pictured (l-r) Chuck Webb, Cole Jones, Joyce Webb, and Mahaska Health Donor Relations Coordinator Sarah Huddleston.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Community members Joyce and Chuck Webb and their grandson Cole presented personalized homemade quilts to two veterans employed at Mahaska Health. Mahaska Health currently employs 27 veterans, and 2 vets were selected in a drawing for the quilts held on Veterans Day 2022. The quilts were gifted to Paula, RN, Inpatient Care […]

Hafner Steps Down as Head Football Coach

William Penn Football Head Coach Todd Hafner (file)

Oskaloosa–William Penn University Athletics Director Nik Rule has announced that the department has accepted the resignation of Todd Hafner as head coach of the Statesmen football team. “We would like to thank Coach Hafner for his years of service to William Penn University and our football program; he has been a dedicated servant-leader to his […]

Supervisors Canvas November 8th Election

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Ken Allsup November 15, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday afternoon to canvas and certify the election results from the November 8th, 2022, election. Interim Mahaska County Auditor Jody Van Patten and Deputy Auditor Teresa Paige presented the final vote count. There were no significant changes to the […]

Vaughan Settles Into Role As Oskaloosa Fire Chief

Oskaloosa Fire Chief Scott Vaughan

by Ken Allsup November 14, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Fire Department has a new face in the department. Well, not so terribly new, as Scott Vaughan has been serving Oskaloosa since March of 2022. Oskaloosa News sat down with Vaughan recently to catch up with the new Chief and see how his transition […]

Rural Fremont Man Passes Away In Two Vehicle Crash

Mahaska County Sheriff's Department

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 3000 block of Highway 23 in reference to a 2 vehicle accident. Upon Deputy’s arrival, it was discovered that 22-year-old Morgan Sanders, of rural Fremont, Iowa, had passed away from […]

Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report November 7 – 13, 2022

Iowa Department of Agriculture

DES MOINES, Iowa (November 14, 2022) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented today on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly April through November. “A blast of cold air late last week dropped temperatures well below normal as the first […]

North Mahaska Schools Evacuated

North Mahaska Warhawks

NEW SHARON – Students, staff and faculty were evacuated just before school began Monday morning. Members of the New Sharon Fire Department and MidAmerican Energy responded to the call about 7:40 a.m. Upon staff arrival at school Monday morning several staff members reported the scent of gas. MidAmerican Energy, New Sharon Fire Department, and Mahaska […]

Oskaloosa’s Downtown Light Display Comes On This Coming Saturday

After the crowd went home, the lights continued to shine, and are scheduled to be on every evening through the holiday season.

Oskaloosa Main Street is excited to announce the Turn on the Lights to take place in downtown Oskaloosa on Saturday, November 19. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. The lights will be turned on by our Citizen of the Year, Scottie Moore at 6:00 p.m. Painting with Lights is […]


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