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School Supply Sculpture Contest Set to Benefit Local Students

OSKALOOSA – United Way of Mahaska County and Penn Central Mall will host a “Bucket ‘O Supplies” sculpture contest starting on Monday, July 22nd. School supplies used will benefit local students and the Back-to-School Fair. All teams will be tasked with using a standard set of school supplies to create their sculpture. For a $50 […]

Tomato Fest 2019 to be held

Mahaska County Master Gardeners will hold Tomato Fest 2019 on Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 pm we will be learning about tomatoes including growing and tasting tomato varieties and tomato recipes. It will be held by the garden at the Mahaska County Extension Office. The event is open to the public and there is no […]

New Farmland Cost-share Dollars Brought to Mahaska County

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The Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District was one of 84 projects across the state that have been awarded funds to help implement and demonstrate water quality practices through the Iowa Water Quality Initiative. The Iowa Water Quality Initiative was established in 2013 to help implement the Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The NRS is […]

USDA Rule Change Gives Farmers More Forage Options

By relaxing the prevent plant restricted harvest date, farmers have two more months to harvest forages from cover crops AMES, Iowa — Grain and livestock farmers can both benefit from the recent rule change by the United States Department of Agriculture, which allows farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres to harvest those […]

Iowa wins bid to host NASS 2021 Summer Conference

DES MOINES – Election officials and state executives from around the nation will converge in Iowa in 2021 as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) holds its annual summer conference in Des Moines. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate developed the successful bid presentation and pitched it to his colleagues, with assistance from […]

Mahaska Rural Water Serves Notice To Oskaloosa Water

Oskaloosa, Iowa  – The Oskaloosa Water Board heard from Randy Pleima, General Manager for Mahaska Rural Water System, that they would no longer be buying water from the Oskaloosa Water Department. The announcement came at Monday’s Oskaloosa Water Board meeting in which Mahaska Rural Water Department served notice that they would no longer be purchasing […]

Water Board Welcomes New General Manager

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Water Board met in regular session at 4 pm on Monday, July 8, 2019. Kelly Hefner was named the new General Manager on June 21st, and he comes to Oskaloosa from Harrisburg, Illinois, where he was most recently serving as the Stormwater/Sewer Supervisor with the city of Cape Girardeau, MO, […]

Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions Report July 1-7, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 8, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Slightly above-average rain fall combined with consistently warmer weather has given crops across the state […]

Secretary Pate named NASS President, wins national award for election cybersecurity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate discusses midterm election policy and security this past week.

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was unanimously elected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during the organization’s summer conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Additionally, Pate won the prestigious NASS IDEAS Award for his election cybersecurity initiative, “Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity”. Secretary Pate […]

Nolie’s Nook – I’m Not Writing A Column About America Today

by Nolanne Rust On the 4th of July, I posted my blessings for the day with a post shared that read “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. -Peter Marshall” Guys, that is so good. In so many ways. […]


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