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OSKALOOSA — With the environmental assessment completed, the Iowa Department of Transportation is taking the next step in the progress of the …

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The Oregon Trail enters eastern Oregon midway between the state’s southern and northern borders, where it heads northwest toward present-day Pendleton. It then turns west to meet the Columbia River east of The Dalles. In the early years, pioneers traveling through eastern Oregon often looped north to present-day Walla Walla, Washington, where a mission offered a place to rest along with access to one of the trail’s few blacksmiths. This detour ended in 1847 following an Indian uprising.

In July, a group of long-time, mostly Latino residents of Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood staged protests outside a trendy new coffee shop called Weird Wave Coffee, holding signs that read “Amerikkkano” and “WHITE COFFEE.”

OSKALOOSA — The Nelson Pioneer Farm is holding Knots, Loops, and Other Twisted Crafts on Saturday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During this…