People who live in a neighborhood west of downtown Oskaloosa are learning a lot about coal tar. That's because the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says coal tar residue has been found in the area. Its left over from a plant used in the 1930's to produce energy from coal. MidAmerican Energy owns the property where the plant was. The company has started removing soil from two properties where the coal tar residue was identified. Company officials from MidAmerican and the Iowa DNR held a meeting this week with residents.
Residents have experienced wild weather this week. On monday the temperature reached a high of 82 degrees only to fall down to 31 degrees by Friday. Coupled with precipitation, Oskaloosans woke up to snow on the ground Friday morning.
Bulky televisions, rusty bikes and other rubbish littered the streets of Oskaloosa this week as part of the annual "City Wide Clean-UP". The free initiative kept city workers busy clearing curbs and hauling away waste, but as CRI's Jason Madison tells us some residents were about to turn one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Crop Production Services wants the county supervisor's support in opening a Crop Inputs Facility south of New Sharon. CPS plans to build a seed warehouse and an anhydrous ammonia plant to serve the corn and soybean growers in that area. CPS needs the board's approval and public input for plans to install an anhydrous tank. After that the State can approve the facility's site.
This Saturday more than 350 William Penn students will conclude their college careers when they grace the stage at commencement. As the 2013 graduating class enters the working world seeking success, one of its instructors will be honored for his career of 50 plus years.
According to bullyingstatistics.org, "more than half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online." But one class at William Penn University is trying to change that. Penn's social media class launched a campaign last week called "Break the Wall".
Mahaska County is home to more than 5,000 persons under the age 18, according to the 2010 census, and those young people are either home-schooled, attend a private school, or are enrolled in the public school system. The education reform bill at the Iowa Legislature would somehow affect all of those education outlets.
Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity will be putting on the finishing touches on its most recent house project on Sunday after receiving a $5,000 grant from Lowe's this past week as part of the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build Program. Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity will be a part of the sixth annual National Women Build Week on Sunday, encouraging women to devote at least on day between May 4 and May 12 to the effort of creating affordable housing. However, men are also invited to attend as the initiative targets women in order to create a more inclusive construction site.
No one knows yet how mental health patients will exactly be affected by plans to regionalize mental health services with several counties. There are still a lot of decisions left to be made regarding mental health regionalization for Mahaska County. These decision can affect the number of services that Mahaska County can provide for mental health patients. The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met with Marion and Poweshiek County officials this week to discuss how regionalization will work for these counties after Jasper County unexpectedly decided to pair with a different region. It's too early to know how the partnership will work.
Gov. Branstad announced on Wednesday that MidAmerican Energy Company will make a $1.9 billion investment in Iowa targeted for wind energy projects, making it the largest-ever economic investment in the state of Iowa.
Along with education reform, health care and property tax reform are two other issues that are still being discussed at the Iowa Legislature. With the 110-day adjournment set for Friday, May 3, there is still a long way to go for both the Senate and the House to come to an agreement on these issues.