Results from a study by Oskaloosa Main Street show that while most downtown business owners agree there's a need for revitalization of aging buildings in Oskaloosa's downtown area, more than half couldn't afford to make improvements themselves. So the Main Street Oskaloosa Design Committee is bringing in a representative from the state Main Street office next week to discuss a few funding options that may appeal to local business owners.
A Mahaska County man searching for arrowheads near a creek on his farm has discovered something much bigger---and much older. Scientists, naturalists and educators from across the state met at the farm in the eastern part of Mahaska County to excavate mammoth bones.
The Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund is deciding how it can better help local renters and homeowners after getting the results of a housing needs assessment study. University of Iowa graduate students conducted the study. Among other things, it found that a significant portion of Oskaloosa's housing stock is run down and in need of rehabilitation.
There will be at least one new Mahaska County Supervisor next year. Mike Vander Molen beat incumbent Henry Van Weelden in Tuesday's primary for the Republican ticket. Tom Rielly defeated Denis Currier on the Democratic side - so Vander Molen and Rielly will run against each other in November's general election.
Corn and Soybeans have been popping up all over Mahaska County’s farmland. The season jumped out to a good start, but now the farmers could use some rain. CRI Ag reporter Jon Hoffmann continues to follow the Jackson brothers farming operation and has this story. Click here for more.
Three different restaurants have filled the same space in Penn Central Mall in the past two years. Two separate Mexican restaurants came and left. Napoli's Italian Restaurant opened last fall and closed suddenly last month.
The annual 'Art on the Square' event featured paintings, clay, trees, purses, jewelry, food, a raffle, and a whole lot more. The event is part of the 'Skunk River Arts Festival' and sponsored by FACE (Fine Arts and Cultural Events) of Mahaska County. Click here to watch a video highlighting the event.
The rest of the city council is getting a chance to weigh in on possible changes to the trash pick-up system in Oskaloosa. The issue has been in the hands of the Public Projects Committee. After six meetings on the garbage situation, the committee turned to a council work session for input.
The annual Skunk River Arts Festival kicked off this Wednesday with an Up and Coming Artist show inside the Iowa Building downtown. The festival continues until Saturday, ending with the long time tradition of Art on the Square. CRI's A.J. Hodgeman has more.