REAP Will Hold Public Assembly for Mahaska and Surrounding Counties

Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assembly comes to southern Iowa on October 18th, giving Iowans the opportunity to discuss their vision for outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management and more.

Each assembly represents a region of counties and participants are required to attend the region for the county in which they reside.

The REAP meeting is Oct. 18, from 6:30-8:00 PM, at the lodge at Lake Keomah State Park, 2720 Keomah Lane, Oskaloosa, for residents of Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties.

“These meetings are a great opportunity for us to meet with Iowans one-on-one and hear their ideas for their parks, trails, museums and other amenities,” said Chuck Gipp, director of the DNR. “Participation from community members is essential for all of us to work together to enhance our recreational opportunities in our state.”

REAP assemblies are locally led meetings where issues can be brought forth and voted upon. Iowans can discuss the program, recommend changes and discuss impacts in their area. Delegates may also be selected from the local meeting to attend the REAP congress in January at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

“REAP benefits every single county every year in one way or another, either through improved water quality, by preserving our historical assets or providing outdoor recreation,” said Tammie Krausman, DNR REAP coordinator. “It has and will continue to have a significant impact on the quality of life for all Iowans.”


Woman Found Dead at Lake Keomah

Around noon on Sunday, August 20, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were called to eh campgrounds located in Lake Keomah State Park. Upon deputies’ arrival, they discovered a 39-year-old female camper had passed away in her tent.

Dispatch noted that she was found in lot #48 of the campground. No foul play is suspected in her death after a preliminary investigation.

The body has been sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. The identity of the women is being withheld pending notification of her family.

The investigation into this death is ongoing.


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