This week, students enrolled in Oskaloosa schools took the Iowa Assessments test. That test replaced the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills starting last year. The test is used to collect data on how well students are learning and for the schools themselves to be graded by the federal government as required by the No Child Left Behind law.
Oskaloosa High School received a visit from a famous artist on Wednesday. Artist Ben Victor is working on a sculpture of Iowan Norman Borlaug. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work to end world hunger by creating new strains of drought resistant wheat. Victor was chosen by the Borlaug Statue Committee to create the sculpture that will be displayed in Washington DC
The political forum Eggs and Issues in Oskaloosa has wrapped up for the year. The last session was held Saturday at Smokey Row. Two local lawmakers, Senator Ken Rozenboom and Representative Larry Sheets attended today's forum.
The issue of expanding Medicaid coverage to more people in Iowa is still a hot topic at the Iowa Statehouse this legislative session. The Iowa Senate, where democrats hold the majority, passed a bill this week that expands Medicaid coverage, but the issue is far from over.
The Oskaloosa school board is one step closer to determining how much you will have to pay in school levy taxes this coming year to help support the district. That's because it published the 2013-2014 school budget this week.
An informational meeting about a regional airport project has been scheduled for the middle of April. That was decided as area residents had a chance to ask questions of the South Central Regional Airport Agency on Tuesday. Supporters say the nearly $30 million project is vital for keeping jobs and strong commerce in the area.
On Monday morning, Michael Lally of Barnes City discovered he won a $2 million Powerball prize just as he was finishing plowing snow in What Cheer. Lally decided to stop at a convenience store and check his ticket and after joking around with the clerk, Lally was shocked to find out he had won last Saturday's $2 million prize.
State lawmakers are learning more about Oskaloosa. That's because a group of local leaders visited the state Capitol in Des Moines this week to talk about the community, its strengths and local projects. One of those projects is improving Highway 63. The East Central Iowa Transportation Coalition heard a week ago that improvements to Highway 63 are being considered for the Iowa Department of Transportation's 5 year plan.
A competition in Oskaloosa will give the community a new place to eat. Iowa's Best Bite Restaurant Challenge is a contest to match the best chef and plan to Oskaloosa. The winner will open a new restaurant where Dr. Salami's at Oskaloosa Golf once was. We wanted to see what you would like to see fill the space. CRI's Presley Joss and Chris Redfern hit the streets to find out.