The Oskaloosa Public Library welcomed new director William Ottens this week. It had been without a full-time director since July. The library held a Meet and Greet for Ottens Thursday evening and as CRI's A.J. Hodgeman reports, Ottens isn't what you'd expect in a librarian.
Firefighters nationwide are constantly working to lower the number of fire calls using education, and Oskaloosa's fire department is no different. Firefighters worked with Oskaloosa school officials this week to organize a fire safety demonstration for all 11-hundred students at the elementary school. CRI's A.J. Hodgeman shows us why the demonstration was important.
The Ecumenical Food Cupboard is helping feed more people in need than ever before. Last month alone it helped 700 people -- and of those 700, 60 people were using the cupboard for the first time - that's also a record. Click here for more.
Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America. The images are unforgettable - the Pentagon in Washington, DC, wreckage of a plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and New York City - where two commercial jets crashed into the World Trade Center towers, causing them to collapse. Here at home,
Every city wants to see growth. New buildings, new residents, and new businesses. CRI checked in with Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock who says he's seeing more interest from new business and tells us how the city is encouraging that growth.
The Mahaska County mammoth site is teaching local naturalists about what this area might've looked like thousands of years ago---but it's also a learning tool for students. William Penn anatomy students got a chance to excavate some bones this week.
Students from a William Penn University anatomy class are getting hands-on experience out at the Mahaska County mammoth site today. Biology professor Dr. Janet Ewart took two groups of classes out to the site today to help dig out some new bones.
There's some confusion over the status of a candidate in a local house race---area news outlets say Democratic challenger Chris Wilson dropped out of the race against incumbent representative Guy Vander Linden yesterday. A Marion County Democrats official says Wilson has taken a job out of state---that would make him unable to serve in the Iowa House. But Wilson has told the Oskaloosa Herald that he plans to come back to Iowa and that he hasn't turned down an offer to participate in a local candidates' forum, yet.