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Pella Corporation HQ locked down Tuesday

The Pella Corporation’s headquarters in Pella were locked down for about two hours Tuesday (4/2) after an employee received a potential threat.  Pella Police say they were called around 10:20 about the threat. Corporation officials…
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Pella man charged with scamming millions from investors

A man from Pella is accused of scamming investors in a multi-million dollar Ponzi-like scheme.  Mark Alan Blankespoor was charged in federal court last week with 12 counts of mail fraud and 12 counts of…
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Oskaloosa City Council to Vote on Sewer Project

The Oskaloosa City Council will vote Monday night (4/1) on approving plans and contracts for the third phase of its sanitary sewer system improvements project.  The estimated $3.7 million project would rebuild sewer pipes and…
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Oskaloosa Water Board special meeting

The Oskaloosa Water Board is holding a special meeting Friday afternoon (3/29) to consider the resignation of general manager Chad Coon.  The Board will also consider hiring a search firm to find a new general…
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Bahena Rivera murder trial moved to Sioux City

A Mexican national charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts will have his trial moved from Poweshiek County to Woodbury County in northwest Iowa.  A judge on Wednesday (3/27)…
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Ritenour to be tried in Lee County

Citing media and social media coverage of the Ritenour proceedings, Judge Myron Gookin ruled yesterday that Alicia Ritenour's defense team would be prejudiced by a Mahaska County jury pool and ordered that her trial be…
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Change of venue hearing for Bahena Rivera to be held Wednesday

A hearing will be held Wednesday (3/27) in Montezuma on whether Christian Bahena Rivera’s first degree murder trial will be moved.  Bahena Rivera is accused of killing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn last July.  His…
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Gas prices going up

Your eyes—and wallet—aren’t deceiving you.  Gas prices in Iowa have risen sharply over the past month.  Rose White with Triple-A-Iowa explains. "Iowa motorists are paying an average of $2.56 a gallon, which is three-cents higher…
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Sen. Grassley on National Emergency veto

Congress recently vetoed President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the US/Mexico border.  During an appearance in Sigourney last Thursday (3/21), Iowa US Senator Chuck Grassley said the 12 Senate Republicans who vetoed the…
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Senator Ernst tours No Coast Brewery

Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst was in Oskaloosa Thursday (3/21) for a tour of the No Coast Brewery.  While there, she sampled some of their products and talked about an issue affecting No Coast: the Craft…
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