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The Oskaloosa High School speech team had a fantastic showing at the district contest at Pella this past Saturday. Six of our eight teams will be moving on to represent us at state, held at Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Feb. 5.

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OSKALOOSA — Just over a dozen residents braved the cold and made their way on Jan. 26 to Penn Central Mall for a community roundtable on the City of Oskaloosa’s Comprehensive Plan.

Pat McCulley accepts her award for Golden Dipper Runner Up. McCulley attended 34 of 55 "Dip" events in 2021, a close second to Golden Dipper winner Beth Brostrom who attended 37.

KNOXVILLE — Once the location of a federal Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the 153-acre campus in Knoxville is well on its way to redevelopment.

OSKALOOSA — An enthusiastic group of Lighted Christmas Parade supporters met following a successful 2021 parade and set the theme for the 2022 Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade will be held on at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2022, with the theme "hristmas Canvas."


PELLA — Pella High School will host the 15th annual All-City Speech Night Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The festival will showcase all the 2022 Large Group Speech events of both city high schools: Pella Community and Pella Christian High. A free-will donation will be taken to be divided betwee…

OSKALOOSA — The public will have the opportunity Jan. 26 at Penn Central Mall to give local leaders and City Staff ideas for the future of Oskaloosa at community roundtable as the City works towards writing a new comprehensive plan.

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa City Council heard Jan. 18 a presentation on the fourth quarter code enforcement from interim fire chief Captain Mark Tennison.

DES MOINES — Can the power of eminent domain be transferred from the county board of supervisors to a regional airport authority on an irrevocable basis?

WASHINGTON — Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors approved Monday an application for a State of Iowa Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy Grant for the US 63-IA 23 Connector Project to be done in conjunction with the City of Oskaloosa.

MARTIN, TENN. — A Mahaska County resident was among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, 2021.

OSKALOOSA — Those in the area looking to add some affordable furniture and children’s toys to their homes need look no further.


OSKALOOSA — On Monday, 102 school teachers in Oskaloosa Community School District and members of the High School National Honor Society volunteered a portion of their day in order to give something back to the many businesses and organizations in the community that have supported the school …

Candidate Nomination Papers for the June 7, 2022 Primary are available at the Mahaska County Auditor’s Office and on line for the following county offices:

OSKALOOSA — New Hope Community, Inc. opened its doors in 2006 after the closing of Jefferson Elementary. Its goal was to provide support to families and developmental opportunities for undersecretary children in the community.

AMES — More than 9,700 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2021 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a min…

IOWA CITY — More than 800 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the president's list for the 2021 fall semester. President's list status was earned by only two first year undergraduates during the 2021 fall semester at Iowa; only 135 second year students; only 250 third y…

PELLA — Sara Shuger Fox, associate professor of kinesiology, has received the 2021 Research Mentor Award from The Organization for Tropical Studies for her mentorship of underrepresented students through the National Science Foundation's Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has been awarded a federal grant that provides comprehensive financial and academic support to qualified students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Conservation Board invites adults of any age to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls) lunch and learn program on Friday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center at Caldwell Park.

IOWA CITY — More than 6,900 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the dean's list for the 2021 fall semester. Dean's list status was earned by only 1,402 first year undergraduates during the 2021 spring semester at Iowa, only 1,427 second year students, only 1,836 th…


OSKALOOSA — The coronavirus continues to surge in Iowa, with hospitalizations in the state briefly topping the 1,000 mark this week and the state hitting a new record for cases.

IOWA CITY — An inmate serving a sentence from Mahaska County has died, the Iowa Department of Corrections said.

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska County Master Gardeners held their annual Celebration of their activities in 2021 on January 11, 2022. A wonderful potluck was enjoyed by many members and their spouses/guests.

A virtual meeting will be held Wednesday by the Iowa Utilities Board for citizens to hear about the proposed carbon capture pipeline by Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC.

PELLA -- A Pella law office is a complete loss and two were treated for minor injuries following an early-morning fire Jan. 15.

PELLA — For the third year in a row, Central College and its accounting faculty and students are offering free income tax preparation services for Marion County residents. This assistance is made possible through a grant from the Iowa Center for Economic Success.

The Oskaloosa Student Council invites the community to their Spaghetti Dinner on Jan. 21 during the girls and boys basketball games against Dallas-Center Grimes.

For close to 50 years, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, as a private, non-profit, has been supporting older adults in staying in their homes. We help fund services and are available to answer any questions that you may have regarding resources in Marion County. Our specialists can help make …

With several inches of snowfall expected to blanket much of central Iowa, Marion and Mahaska County cities are implementing snow ordinances for today, Friday, Jan. 14.

OSKALOOSA — Members of the Oskaloosa School Board approved Tuesday a proposal from Oskaloosa High School to ditch the block schedule and go to a daily seven period schedule.

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