The Oskaloosa city council is setting its sights on the future. It has met several times this year to discuss a vision, goals, and strategies to identify what needs to be done to make Oskaloosa a viable community in the years ahead.
United Way of Mahaska County is partnering again with the Southern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA), and the Salvation Army, to bring back 'Operation Backpack.' Operation Backpack provides school supplies and backpacks for students in need in the county.
The Mahaska County YMCA is asking the city council to become a financial partner. The YMCA offers fitness programs, youth and adult sports, and aquatic recreation programs it says are critical needs in the community.