The following is a press release from the Oskaloosa 'Y':
The Oskaloosa YMCA Boys Gymnastics Team captured the first place team trophy at the AmeriKids State Meet on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The team, which is small but mighty, consists of only three boys. Jack Cummings-age 9 from Pella got 2nd place overall, Jack Dawson-age 9 from Oskaloosa got 1st place overall and Josh Skinner-age 11 from What Cheer got 1st place overall. The boys are coached by Todd Cummings, who took over the program this season. Todd is a former gymnast himself who competed for Iowa State while in college.
This Tuesday, local volunteer group "Clean and Green" teamed up with 130 Oskaloosa students to sweep up Oskaloosa. CRI Reporter A.J. Hodgeman spoke with organizers to find out what they hope to accomplish.
This past Saturday Retired United States General Tommy Franks spoke at William Penn University's commencement ceremonies. General Franks lead the nation's armed forces into Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003 following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Before addressing William Penn University graduates at their commencement ceremonies this weekend, retired General Tommy Franks sat down with CRI for a one-on-one discussion. General Franks lead US military forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq following the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Governor Terry Branstad wants the state to take financial control of Iowa's mental health care system. CRI Reporter Jonathon Gregg spoke with one local mental health provider who is worried about the possible changes.
With its third and final reading the Oskaloosa City Council approved a resolution allowing golf carts on the Oskaloosa Recreation Trail. Golf Carts have been banned from the trail for the past three years, and each of those years the issue was brought up for debate by the Council. The past two City Council meetings have seen community members speak out in opposition to the resolution during the "Community Comments" portion of each Council meeting. Despite the objections, the resolution passed unanimously without any debate by the Council. Below is video of the Oskaloosa City Council vote including City Council Member Aaron Ver Steeg's comments on the issue.
The Master Gardeners of the Mahaska County Iowa State Extension Office are offering a broad spectrum of courses and events this summer. The following are details from the Extension Office on each event:
The following is a PSA from the Mahaska County Recreation Foundation:
May 8th, a sunny bright mother's day in Oskaloosa, brought 158 alumni, friends and fans, to the Lacey Recreation Complex for the grand opening of the new Babe Ruth Fields in honor of Charlie Kentfield and the 65 years he devoted to Oskaloosa Babe Ruth. The keynote address, given by Joe Crookham, assured listeners that Charlie was behind the new fields project and the fields are named for him. Following the opening, a skills competition and home run derby for three age divisions was hosted. Winners and trophy recipients: U13 division Blake VanVeldhuizen; 13-15yr old division Colton Swanson and 16-19 yr old division Austin Westercamp.
Click "Read More" to see pictures from the grand opening.
This Sunday evening the United States received possibly the biggest news since September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden was dead. CRI Reporter Molly Thorvilson visited with Oskaloosans to see what they thought.
A new study finds soil erosion in Iowa to be far worse than previously reported. With 80 percent of Mahaska County being farmland CRI Reporter Molly Thorvilson investigated what this means for county farmers and residents.
Oskaloosa is two weeks away from having its first official "Bike to Work Week." From Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20th Oskaloosans are strongly urged to take advantage of the nice spring weather and bike to work.
The event is the brainchild of Bobzilla's Bicycle Werks owner Jeff Wilford. Last year Wilford approached the Mahaska County Recreation Foundation, along with the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce, about promoting the nationally recognized event. Wilford says the event is a great way to promote bicycle usage and that Oskaloosa is the perfect town to adopt the idea.