UnityPoint Health Receives Inspired Award

(GRINNELL, Iowa) UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center underwent a cultural climate change in early 2015 by educating GRMC staff using materials from Values Coach, Inc. Then in February 2018, GRMC employees received the Joe Tye Inspired Award for exhibiting excellence in both values and culture.

“GRMC is just the third hospital in America to receive this award,” says Joe Tye, CEO of Values Coach, Inc. “And a trailblazer for many more to follow.”

GRMC welcomed 27 team members to become Certified Values Coach Trainers and also team-taught The Twelve Core Action Values to their fellow GRMC employees. Each employee has completed the two-day values course, and all new hires complete the course as part of new employee orientation. The twelve core action values are woven into every job description and account for 50 percent of every performance evaluation.

The Values Team at GRMC meets regularly to discuss ways to enhance organizational culture and operational effectiveness. More than 20 new projects were launched under the guidance of this team.

As a demonstration of how this program has changed the lives of their staff, GRMC collected more than 50 stories from employees. These will be published in a book for employees in May.

In its most recent patient satisfaction survey results from fourth quarter 2017, GRMC ranked in the 95 percentile for the question “would you recommend the hospital?” GRMC also received the top score for overall hospital rating. All of these accomplishments factored into GRMC’s receipt of the award.

“Our staff is truly amazing. The board of directors and GRMC administration wanted to invest in our employees and their satisfaction, both personally and professionally,” says Doris Rindels, interim GRMC CEO. “The Core Value program enriches our employees’ lives and creates a greater culture here at GRMC for our patients. It’s had a positive impact on our organization.”

-This information was provided in a news release sent from staff at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

Pictured (L – R): Todd Linden, former GRMC president and CEO; Janet Lacey, Josey Van Weelden and Julie Buck, members of the values committee; Doris Rindels, interim CEO of UnityPoint Health® – Grinnell Regional Medical Center, and Joe Tye. Photo provided by GRMC.




East Main St. Reconstruction Project (Ottumwa)

The City of Ottumwa will be holding a public information meeting in regards to the East Main Street Reconstruction Project. The meeting will be an open house format and will take place at the City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Representatives from the City of Ottumwa and JEO Consulting Group will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to the project.

Mahaska County Wind Farm Now Complete

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) — MidAmerican Energy Company has announced that it has completed two new wind farms in Iowa that add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity, with one of those farms located in Mahaska County.

According to a news release sent by MidAmerican, the Beaver Creek Wind Farm in Boone and Greene Counties as well as the Prairie Wind Farm in Mahaska County are now in operation. The 168-megawatt Prairie Wind Farm began generating electricity in the Fall 2017, with the final four megawatts put into service Jan. 2018.

Construction started in the spring of 2017, following approval by the Iowa Utilities Board in 2016.

“We’re committed to providing reliable service and outstanding value to our customers, and wind energy accomplishes both,” says Mike Fehr, vice president of resource development at MidAmerican Energy. “Wind energy is good for our customers, and it’s an abundant, renewable resource that also energizes the economy.”

The release states that MidAmerican Energy anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90% of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

Snow Emergency Declared Around Region

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa)–As a result of severe weather in the region, KBOE is keeping track of a list of towns and cities in the area which have declared a snow emergency as well as sports relatedFor a full listing of school delays, cancellations, and closings, click here.

  • Oskaloosa Senior Center is closed today.
  • The City of Oskaloosa has declared a Snow Ordinance to take effect at 9:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 until 6:00 AM on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Parking on all City streets is prohibited to allow City crews to plow. When this notice becomes effective, the police department will be issuing parking tickets and/or towing vehicles left on the street at the owner’s expense. As a reminder, all property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks along their property after the snow has stopped.
  • The City of Ottumwa‘s Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect at 7 PM on Friday, February 9. Residents are reminded that while the Snow Emergency is declared, no parking is allowed on streets designated as “Snow Routes” until the emergency is lifted. Snow Routes are marked with square blue signs showing a white snowflake.
  • The Knoxville Snow Ordinance is in effect. Parking is prohibited on ALL City streets while in effect. It will remain in effect until the storm ends AND the streets are plowed curb to curb. Violators may be cited and towed.
  • Sigourney has declared a snow emergency effective at 8:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 9 until 6:00 AM on Sunday, Feb. 11.

To stay current on weather-related school delays and cancellations, visit the Closings & Delays page on our website.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

Local Man Charged with Attempted Murder

The following is a news release sent to KBOE on behalf of the Oskaloosa Police Department:

(Oskaloosa, Iowa)–On Friday Jan. 5, 2018 the Oskaloosa Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging Deon Damon Freeman, age 26, of Oskaloosa, Iowa with attempted murder. The defendant was later located at his residence and taken into custody on this charge. The charge of attempted murder stems from an ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the reported December 19, 2017 shooting that occurred at the intersection of Pella Avenue and Green Street in Oskaloosa. During the shooting the defendant advised police officers that he fired six rounds from his handgun into the back of another vehicle that was occupied by two individuals.

The defendant was taken to the Mahaska County Jail and released into their custody with a $100,000 cash only bond. Attempted Murder is a class “B” felony punishable by up to 25 years in a state penitentiary.

This investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

Criminal charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

On the Green to Close

On The Green Restaurant in Oskaloosa will close its doors for good on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, according to a post on the business Facebook page. Although the date has been set, guests are highly encouraged to keep checking the On the Green Facebook page in case that date changes.

“The Oskaloosa Golf Board will explore options for the building so it continues to provide value to visitors, families and businesses in the community,” said Frank Hansen, President of Oskaloosa Golf.

While On The Green may be closing, Friends of Oskaloosa Golf will continue to operate the golf course as a public facility through the 2018 golf season. In lieu of a restaurant/bar being open in time for golf season, the news release stated that Friends of Oskaloosa Golf will have a liquor license for beer and wine and offer “pro-shop and on the deck” food specials.

Wapello County Sheriff’s Log

The following is a press release provided by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, located in Ottumwa, Iowa. All charges are mere accusations and those arrested and/or charged are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

• At 3:44 AM, Myles Dawayne Davis Sauer, 26, of 10582 194th Ave in Ottumwa, Iowa was arrested at E 2nd & Adams Street, Ottumwa. Sauer was arrested and charged with Violation of Restraining Order and on an Outstanding Warrant for FTA/Pretrial (THEFT).

• At 12:55 PM, Ryan Richard Reed, 21, of 210 N Caldwell in Ottumwa, Iowa was arrested at the Wapello County Law Center in Ottumwa on (2) Counts Pretrial Release Revocation.

No Coast Network Announces Basketball Game of the Week Schedule

By Emery Songer

KBOE/KMZN Sports Director

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The basketball season is here and eight doubleheaders will be featured on Friday nights throughout the season as a part of the Game of the Week on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.

December 1st is when the action starts with Sigourney at English Valleys in a South Iowa Cedar League matchup.

The SICL will be featured several times throughout the season, including December 8th, when Montezuma travels to face North Mahaska.

The last doubleheader before the Christmas Break is Knoxville at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in a matchup of South Central Conference foes.

After the new year, it’ll be right back to the SICL for BGM at Sigourney on January 5th.

The following week highlights a rivalry in the South Central Conference with EBF on the road to face Davis County.

January 19th will showcase two small schools in Keokuk County as Keota hosts Tri-County.

The rematch between North Mahaska and Montezuma will be on the air on January 26th in Monte.

Finally, EBF is at Lynnville-Sully in a non-conference doubleheader on February 2nd.

All games begin at 6 PM and the pregame show will start around 5:45 PM on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.

Town Square Dental Reveals Restored Dental Space, Hidden Gems

Town Square Dental sits on the north side of the Oskaloosa downtown square and just last week unveiled their newly restored interior with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Many of the most fascinating aspects don’t just come from the first floor that has been renovated, but also what has been practically left untouched upstairs.

Upon entry into the main lobby the new front desk sticks out at you, along with all of the beautiful handcrafted woodwork that is milled from all Iowa native trees. The ceiling is the original stamped tin ceiling that is featured throughout the building.

Town Square Dental had once been under a smaller roof until the business took over the building that was previously Alan Adams photography building, the studio has since moved to the photographer’s personal property north of Oskaloosa.

Many of the exam rooms have exposed brick work and are equipped with the latest dental equipment.

In the reception area, a photograph of the original wallpaper that was beneath the stamped tin on the walls now hangs above the fireplace. A unique feature at the forefront of the area because the bricks that created the fireplace are original from the building. The walkway that connects the lobby to reception area was once a full brick wall, but the contractors had cut almost exactly where the brick was once laid when it was last patched up. The original slate flooring has been cleaned and polished in the southwest corner of the waiting room.



Dentistry cabinet from Dr. Bowie’s Grandfather
Dentistry cabinet from Dr. Tom Bowie’s Father



Family traditions and small pieces of the business’ history were restored and kept in the reception area. Historical photographs from Dr. Tom Bowie’s father and grandfather were preserved and found a home on each of their original dental cabinets, which still had original medicine and tools in their drawers.


Towards the rear of the office, the hallway connecting the from lobby and reception area to the dental rooms provides guests with a miniature museum tour of what was once housed in the building. Photographs of antique dental equipment taken by Rachel Venema photography graces the wall. A collage gallery of the original stamped tin wall coverings which were found throughout the office were created by Rachel Venema and Janel Campbell.



The climax in many tours throughout the office was found toward the end of the hallway where an exposed brick wall held many memories, historical moments and signatures of those from the 1880’s. It has been sealed with a graffiti sealant to avoid smudging of the signatures, and it is definitely a focal point of the office.

“Louis A. Hohn, the town of Oskaloosa was honored in the year 1880”
Many of the signatures on the wall date back to the 1880s.


Shayla Van Wyk said the office had a minor difficulty when it came to the paper trail between the old location of Dr. Tom Bowie’s office, which was house in the Mercy Medical building on North Market Street.  The offices officially culminated under one roof on April 3rd.

Town Square Dental has four staffed hygienists, three doctors – including Eric De Boef, Kara Weishaar, and Tom Bowie – three full time front desk employees, four assistants and Mary Beth, who is a part-time cross-trained employee.

Many of the staff actually had a personal hand in the renovations and final touches of the office space. Staff spent some of their own time to paint or stain various rooms and fixtures.


Cary Van Kampen guided representatives KBOE/KMZN representatives Kate Sterner and Miranda Keeler upstairs, curious as to what other pieces of history and secrets the walls held.

Vintage wallpaper, high ceilings, original wood work and flooring were some of the unique aspects of the second floor. Many of the upstairs rooms had large skylights to let natural light flood into the rooms. Many of the rooms had an exterior door that led to a long hallway which divided the two sides of the building that had since been converted into a single structure.


One of the most unique rooms was what could be described as the floral room*. Signified by the 1970’s themed wallpaper, this quaint, natural-lighted room overlooked the downtown square. Filled with furniture from the same decade, it was a room lost in time. In one corner of the room lay the same antique dental equipment that was photographed by Venema and hung downstairs.





Van Kampen has many plans for the nearly 12 rooms upstairs. Condensing and renovating many of them into suites.

“We’ve heard Musco say that sometimes they could really use a furnished studio place for a couple weeks or even up to a month,” said Van Kampen.

Van Kampen intends to have three to four units in the upstairs portion of the Town Square Dental building. Other plans include creating a fitness center for employees, a board room to hold staff meetings and a rooftop patio.

This room would ideally be featured as a studio apartment with walls on wheels, stated Van Kampen.

Without getting an architect involved, Van Kampen believes the space upstairs could be converted into two larger units, one small studio and a larger studio styled unit that is equipped with walls on wheels.

The last room Van Kampen seen on the tour was a large flat that currently holds the only access point to the roof. He hopes this large room would be converted into apartment with movable walls to offer versatility and uniqueness.


Though no renovation or contract date is set in place for the second floor of the Town Square Dental building, it comes to no surprise that much of the history was preserved and remembered within the building. With the minute details and decor touches within the dental office itself, it lends itself to be a modern with a historical flair.





– Miranda Keeler, News Director



* Editor’s depiction… if given the ability to name rooms. 

Subject Arrested in Sexual Assault Case in Fremont

On Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at approximately 3 PM, deputies from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 218 North Kennedy Street, Fremont, Iowa, regarding the complaint of a Sexual Assault with had allegedly occurred earlier in the day at this location.

The victim (an adult female) was taken to the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital where she was treated for an undisclosed injury and then released.

During the investigation into this report, deputies located and arrested 41-year-old Chad Michael Crosby (of 218 North Kennedy Street) within the Fremont City Limits. Crosby was charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Causing Injury (a serious misdemeanor) and one count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (a class “C” felony). Crosby was incarcerated in the Mahaska County Jail.

Crosby made his initial appearance in the Mahaska County Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 13, 2017. Crosby’s bond was set in the amount of $15,000 for the above two charges. After posting bond, Crosby was released from custody.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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