The cool weather isn't stopping corn growers from heading to the fields. Actually the Jackson brothers in Mahaska County are planting a couple weeks earlier than usual. The second week in April is often too cold or too wet -- but not this year. Ag Reporter Jon Hoffmann met up with the Jacksons working on their 1,700 acre farm. Click here for more.
The Oskaloosa School district is passing on an "eco-friendly law," while Superintendent Russ Reiter is worried about a proposed law that would change the school calendar. Also, students are putting the final touches on a BIG class project.
Construction continues on Mahaska Health Partnership's 22 million dollar expansion project.
The building is starting to take shape---crews are putting up structural steel this week. They expect to be pouring concrete for the inside floors by the end of the month. The addition will house new inpatient surgical and birthing facilities.
It got cold early this week and some of the vines at Tassel Ridge were damaged. Temperatures dropped to about 25 degrees or about 5 degrees lower than what the vines can handle. Vineyard Manager, Steve Richardson says the cold temps on Monday and Tuesday killed off about half of the grape crop.
Mahaska County has some outstanding Jazz ensembles according to judges at Tuesday's Iowa Jazz Championships. 60 bands from across the state performed in Des Moines. Mahaska County schools sent 3 different bands in 3 different classes.