CRI's A.J. Hodgeman tells us about the successes and struggles of the local economy. Sometimes the economy can be unpredictable and comes with many issues. Many of our everyday activities and needs are also tied to how healthy the economy is. One of the most basic needs is housing and in Oskaloosa, the real estate market is surprising.
Oskaloosa is one step closer to becoming a Blue Zone community. The Mahaska Wellness Coalition is celebrating Oskaloosa being selected as one of 12 Iowa communities that will move forward in the application process.
The race for District 79 is on - sort of. On one side, you have Republican incumbent Guy Vander Linden,..on the other, Democrat Chris Wilson. One twist with this race...while two candidates are on the ballot, only one candidate is actively campaigning.
A downtown renovation project 7 years in the marking is finally ready for guests. The Trolley Place building held a grand opening yesterday. The Oskaloosa Downtown Development group purchased the building in 2005, renovations started about a year ago. It's named after the trolley lines that ran in front of the buildings in the late 1800's. Now it will become a place to shop and a place for some to call home. CRI's Jon Hoffmann took a camera both inside and out to show you the new digs.
Former William Penn defensive lineman Damon Harrison has been waiting for a chance to prove himself during his NFL rookie season with the New York Jets. This week on "Monday Night Football" his number was called.
On Tuesday, CRI and other local media outlets hosted a state legislative candidate's forum at Smokey Row Coffee Company. Candidates in three races---Senate district 40, House district 79 and House district 80---had a chance to talk about their views on issues affecting Mahaska County.
The same law firm that will be serving as a consultant on the Highway 63 project will also conduct studies on the planned regional airport. City Manager Michael Schrock says Snyder and Associates will advise the airport board on selecting a site for the new airport.