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Nature Crafts & Cocoa

The Mahaska County Conservation Board is inviting you to a program that is sure to bring out the crafty and creative side of you! Laura DeCook, the MCCB naturalist, will demonstrate how to create some very simple crafts using things found at home and right outside in nature. So bring your family and friends out to the conservation center for some fun and fellowship. Whatever you make, you will take home! Refreshments will be served. This FREE activity is for all ages.

Please call MCCB at 641-673-9327 to reserve a spot and craft supplies. Registration deadline will be Jan. 10.

The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th St., New Sharon, IA which is four miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy 63 and one mile east on 200th Street.

Eggs & Issues Resumes Saturday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa)–Eggs & Issues is back in action this Saturday, Jan. 13 from 8:30–9:30AM at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa. According to a news release sent by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group, the first featured panel will consist of Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt and Mahaska County Supervisor Willie VanWeelden. Former Sen. Tom Rielly of Oskaloosa will act as moderator during this first Eggs & Issues event.

“Be sure to join us as we hear from our City and County Representatives,” reads the Chamber news release. “Join your friends and neighbors to thank these gentlemen for their service and to hear about all the great things that are going on with the local City and County governments.”

As has been the case during previous Eggs & Issues installations, the setting is informal and attendees are encouraged to personally meet and speak to their elected representatives. MidWestOne Bank will provide complimentary coffee during this event and the staff from George Daily Auditorium has volunteered to run the sound system.

The next Eggs & Issues is slated for Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8:30AM and will feature Iowa Senator Ken Rozenboom (R–Oskaloosa) and House Representative Guy Vander Linden (R–Oskaloosa). Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt will return to the forum on Jan. 27, however he will act only as a moderator and will not re-join the panel at that time.

About Eggs & Issues

Eggs and Issues is a forum (often legislative in nature) sponsored by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group. This forum provides area residents an opportunity to learn more about state, county, and local issues. The setting is informal and encourages those attending to personally meet and speak to their elected representatives.

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MCCB Bird Food Giveaway Returns in 2018

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Mahaska County Conservation Board (MCCB) recently announced it will again hold its annual MCCB Bird Food Giveaway later this month.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:00AM–noon, visitors may take to the east side of the conservation center at Russell Wildlife in New Sharon to pick up cracked corn for feeding birds, free of charge. Although participants must bring their own buckets to fill, a news release sent by the Board states that staff will assist in both filling and carrying buckets.

For more information about the MCCB Bird Food Giveaway, call 641-673-9327.

About MCCB:

The Mahaska County Conservation Board was established in January 1975. According to the MCCB website, the purpose of the Conservation Board is to provide quality parks, recreation, conservation, and environmental education opportunities for the public.

The five members of the Conservation Board are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for five year terms. They serve without pay, but receive their actual expenses incurred while carrying out their duties. The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30PM, and public participation is welcomed.

The Mahaska County Conservation Board seeks to ensure that future generations have ample opportunity to enjoy parks, natural resources and the scenic beauty that Mahaska County has to offer.

Environmental Education is the cornerstone of the MCCB’s conservation philosophy. Therefore, the MCCB is dedicated to educating the public to better understand, appreciate, and protect the environment that sustains the world.

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MHP Welcomes First Baby of 2018

The following is a news release provided to KBOE from Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa:

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa)–Adan Dean Martin was born at 4:12 am on January 4, 2018, making him Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby.

Adan weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20 inches long. His parents are Patricia Snook and Travis Martin of Sigourney. His grandparents are Tim and Faye Snook of Oskaloosa and Crystal and the late Larry Martin of Sigourney. His great grandparents are James and Bonnie Handeland of Eddyville and Wallis and the late Beverly Lippard of What Cheer.

Adan was delivered by Family Practice Physician Shawn Richmond, MD. He was not due until mid-January, so being the New Year’s Baby was a big surprise for the family. Big brother Joshua, 4, has warmed up to the idea of a little brother.

“He’s healthy, that is what we are most happy about,” Patricia said. “Both of my children were born here at Mahaska Health Partnership. With Joshua, the Birthing Center had just opened. It’s as wonderful as I remembered!”

As MHP’s first baby of 2018, Adan received a basket full of gifts from MHP and Whispering Tree Gifts, the Hospital Auxiliary’s gift shop located just inside Entrance #4 on the MHP campus.

Featured Photo: Adan Dean Martin of Sigourney is Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby. He is shown with his delivering physician, Dr. Shawn Richmond; his older brother, Joshua; and his mother, Patricia Snook. Dad Travis Martin works nights and was home sleeping when the New Year’s Baby gift presentation was made. Adan was born Jan. 4 at 4:12 am and weighed 6 lbs, 7 oz.


Board of Trustees Meets Jan. 8

(Ottumwa, Iowa)–The Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.The meeting will be called to order at 4:00 PM in the board room on IHCC’s main campus, located in Ottumwa, Iowa.

The first item of business, according to the meeting agenda provided by IHCC, will be to approve minutes from the Dec. 11, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. Afterwards, old business will be addressed, followed by any written communications. Afterwards, Bill Meck, IHCC Chief Finance Officer, will go over monthly claims for approval from the Board as well as the financial report.

Once finished discussing finances, the Board will discuss a number of sub-points, including: Rich Gaumer will lead a discussion about the IACCT Report; Ashley Moyer, Executive Director for Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions, will talk about a 2018 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificate(s).

Towards the end of the meeting, Kristen Parks, IHCC Director of Human Resources, will give a personnel report to the Board. New business will then be discussed, with the meeting ending with various reports before adjourning.

January 8, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Board Room, Main Campus


1. Call Meeting to Order

2. Approval of Minutes: December 11, 2017, Regular Board Meeting

3. Old Business

4. Written Communications

5. Chief Finance Officer (Bill Meck)

a. Approval of Monthly Claims

b. Financial Report

6. President Board of Trustees

a. IACCT Report (Rich Gaumer)

b. Series 2018-1 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificate
Not to Exceed $1,500,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates, Series 2018-1 (Ashley Moyer, Executive Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions)

1) Receipt of Bids

2) Resolution instituting proceedings to take additional action

c. $1,500,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates, Series 2018-1

1) Resolution Directing the Sale and Delivery of $1,500,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates

2) Approval of Continuing Disclosure Certificate

3) Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of $1,500,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates, Series 2018-1, and Providing the Securing of such Certificates for the Purpose of Carrying Out an Industrial New Jobs Training Program Project Designated as the 2018-1 Project

7. Director, Human Resources (Kristen Parks)

a. Personnel Report

8. New Business

9. President of the College

a. Facilities Report (Rick Fosdyck)

b. Key Performance Indicator Report: Matriculation of Academy and Concurrent Credit Students (Dr. Marlene Sprouse, President and Dr. Matt Thompson, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness)

c. Special Report: Human Resources Update (Kristen Parks, Director, Human Resources)

10. Adjournment


Identity Released on Deceased Pilot After Crash

On Saturday, December 23, 2017, at approximately 2:20 PM officials of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2082 210th Street about an aircraft that had crashed. Upon emergency personnel’s arrival, it was discovered that the pilot was deceased.

The results of the preliminary investigation indicate that the aircraft struck a power line causing it to crash to the ground. Officials are not speculating on what caused the aircraft to be flowing this low.

The pilot that died as a result of the airplane accident has been identified as 70-year-old Bruce Gene Devick of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Devick was piloting a single engine, 2-seat light sport airplane.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this accident, along with members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

FSA Welcomes Julie Van Waardhuizen Back to the Mahaska County Committee

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office is pleased to announce that Julie Van Waardhuizen has been re-elected to serve a three-year term on the County Committee (COC). The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.

The national FSA office guides state and county offices in the implementation of farm programs legislated by Congress. Farmers who are eligible for FSA programs nominate and elect representatives in the local community to serve on the local FSA County Committee. This extensive county-based structure provides FSA a unique position from which to serve rural America.

Effective January 1, 2017, Ms. Van Waardhuizen will continue to represent Scott, Jefferson, West Des Moines, East Des Moines, Harrison and Cedar townships. She will continue to serve on the COC with E.T. (“Ted”) Ver Steegh and Gary DeGoey. Committee members help make decisions necessary to administer the programs in the county and provide local input on price support loans and payments,
conservation programs, disaster payments, emergency programs, and payment eligibility

FSA serves the public by providing all farmers and ranchers access and opportunity to participate in their farm programs. Through these activities, FSA supports the USDA mission and helps ensure a healthful, stable, accessible, and affordable food supply. FSA also fosters good land stewardship, which will help preserve our agricultural prosperity for generations to come.

To learn more information about the programs and services FSA has to offer, contact the Mahaska County Office at (641) 673-3476, Extension 2, or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.

Mahaska County Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

First Assembly of God Parking Lot

Hwy 23

Oskaloosa, Iowa


This program sponsored by the Food Bank of Southern Iowa is available to all individuals residing in Mahaska County who meet the income guidelines. This Institution Is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Not an affiliate of 1st Assembly of God Church.


“We encourage people to dress for the weather as this is an outside event. Any updates will be posted on our Facebook page. All questions and comments should be directed to Food Bank of Southern Iowa,” said Sandra McReynolds, Office Manager for Food Bank of Southern Iowa.

Reported Burglary at Fremont Elementary, Individual Remains At Large

According to a Mahaska County Sheriff’s press release, a representative from the Fremont Elementary School contacted the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office on report of a burglary.

The burglary occurred at the school the night prior to October 27, 2017. Approximately $9,000 worth of electronic devices had been taken from the school.

As a result of the investigation into this matter, on November 25, 2017, Sheriff’s Officials charged 28-year-old Joel Thorn Welch, Fremont, and 24-year-old Blake Tyler Cassatt, Fremont, with Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Both individuals were also charged with Possession of Marijuana.

Arrest warrants were issued for both Welch and Cassatt.

Welch was arrested as his residence, pursuant to this warrant, on November 27th. Cassatt remains at large on his warrant.

Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft in the Second Degree are both class D felonies.

Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Against Toddler

A rural Mahaska County man was recently arrested on sexual abuse warrant.

On November 8th, 2017, the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office received the complaint of a possible sexual abuse of a three and a half-year-old female at a rural address in Mahaska County.

Following an investigation in the complaint, the Sheriff’s Offices filed the charge of Second Degree Sexual Abuse, a class B felony, against 30-year-old Justin Douglas Schaefer.

A warrant was issued for Schaefer’s arrest.

Schaefer was taken into custody, pursuant to this warrant, on Friday, December 1. He was arrested in Taintor and transported to the Mahaska County Jail where he remains on a $50,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Department of Human Services and the St. Luke’s Child Protection center located in Hiawatha, Iowa.


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