Post-Season Volleyball Action Has Commenced

It was a busy night in high school volleyball last night as Class 1A and 2A got their postseason play underway. 

In Class 1A Region 4, Montezuma dispatched North Mahaska in straight sets as heard on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com. Monte struggled in the opening set as the Warhawks forced several errors with strong defense. The Bravettes had to stave off two set points before rallying for a 26-24 win in the first set. The wind went out of the sails for NM after that as Monte cruised in the second and third sets, 25-9 and 25-11. North Mahaska’s season ends at 13-16. 

Montezuma will host Grand View Christian next Monday in the quarterfinals of regional play. GVC dominated Melcher-Dallas in straight sets (25-9, 25-4, 25-6). Monte enters ranked #11 in the final Class 1A rankings and has a 30-5 record. GVC will enter unranked with a record of 25-22. 

Also in Region 4, Lynnville-Sully was ousted at home by Collins-Maxwell in a sweep (25-16, 25-13, 25-13). Their season ends with a record of 16-13. 

Region 6 produced a win for the area with a sweep for BGM. The Bears protected their home court with a win over Meskwaki Settlement School (25-16, 25-19, 25-23). That’s just the fourth win of the year for BGM, and all of them have occurred in the past six games. The next match for the 4-24 Bears will be on the road against #9 Iowa Valley, who has beaten BGM in their only meeting on October 2. That game is in Marengo on Monday, October 23 at 7 PM. 

Class 1A Region 7 saw English Valleys a sweep at home over Tri-County (25-18, 25-21, 25-13). EV moves into the quarters to face conference foe HLV, who is ranked #14 in the final rankings. Tri-County’s season ends with a record of 1-22. Keota lost in their match at Winfield-Mount Union in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 27-25). That tight match ends their season at 2-20. 

In Region 8, Moravia had a tough battle against Moulton-Udell but survived to get the clean sweep (25-11, 29-27, 25-23). Moravia now faces #6 New London next Monday in the quarterfinals. In that same bracket, Twin Cedars fell to Seymour in straight sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-10). The Sabers finish the year at 3-16. 

Jumping into Class 2A, Pleasantville won their first-round match in Region 4. The Trojans got a sweep over Martensdale-St. Marys (25-21, 25-13, 25-19). They will now face #13 Des Moines Christian next Monday in Urbandale.  

In Region 5, Sigourney got a four-set win over Cardinal, as heard on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com. Sigourney took the win at home by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23. The Savages now take on the Pekin Panthers in Packwood on Monday. Cardinal finishes their year with a record of 8-22. 

Also in the bottom of that bracket, Pella Christian picked up a win at home over Colfax-Mingo in straight sets (25-8, 25-13, 25-14). PC moves to the quarterfinals to face Van Meter on Monday on the road. 

More postseason action hits the court Wednesday night as the Class 3A, 4A, and 5A regions begin play. 

In Class 3A Region 6, PCM will go on the road to face West Marshall in State Center. In Region 8, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont hosts Albia. Those matches begin at7 PM. 

Class 4A Region 4 is highlighted by Oskaloosa going on the road to face Knoxville. You can hear that match on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM. In the bottom of that bracket, Newton plays at Carlisle. Region 6 sees Grinnell go on the road to face Clear Creek-Amana.  

Finally, in Class 5A, Ottumwa hosts Des Moines North in Region 5. All matches start at 7 PM. 

Local ‘Dreamers’ Affected by Executive Order

Karen Ventura and Hector Briceno share a similar story. They came to the U.S. when they were children and grew up in the states. Both consider this their home. In 2012, both obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is an executive order that allowed people, commonly referred to as Dreamers, who entered the country as children and stayed illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and a work permit. This is the story of Ventura and Briceno. A story of being a Dreamer.

William Penn University (WPU) student Hector Briceno came to the U.S. with his parents on a visa when he was 9 years old. After the visa expired he and his family stayed in the U.S.  For Briceno, adapting to the American lifestyle was hard at first. “Being from Mexico and a small town to going to Phoenix was just something huge and different,” said Briceno. His Mexican school had about 150 students. In Arizona that number increased to around 2,000. Since he attended a private school in Mexico, Briceno had vague knowledge of the English language. However, according to him, there was still a language barrier in terms of understanding the variety of accents.

Ventura, a WPU alumna, is very open about her status and even made a video on YouTube to bring awareness to the story of a Dreamer. She entered the U.S. for the first time when she was 9 years old. She visited her mother who had been in the country for a while, working hard to eventually get her children to the states. Ventura had to go back to Guatemala and seven months later she entered the U.S. again and has been here ever since. She grew up in Iowa and as a child, she was not aware of what overstaying her visa meant. “When I graduated high school I realized I couldn’t get any further than that without documents.” With the help of a local and influential employer she got the chance to attend WPU. However, in the same year, Ventura’s mother was deported after living in the U.S. for more than 18 years and working legally.  Even though her work permit had not expired yet, she was taken by Immigration Customs Enforcement and, according to Ventura, was treated like a criminal. She spent two weeks in jail before being deported to Guatemala.  

“It is very devastating to know that this is ending. Applying for it, I knew that it was going to be just a temporary solution. It has given me so much. A sense of security…in a way,” Ventura said. Having the deportation protection status was so important for Ventura because having a valid work ID does not guarantee that she won’t get deported. “My mother was deported under a valid work permit. That doesn’t guarantee any sense of security.”

President Donald Trump announced his intention to end DACA on Sept. 5 – which would affect nearly 800,000 Dreamers – and asked Congress to find a solution before March 5, 2018. This is when DACA recipients begin to lose their status. This situation has brought a lot of emotional stress to Briceno’s family.

“My mom is really stressed about my school and what’s going to happen with that,” Briceno said.

Briceno is a senior and scheduled to graduate in May. He said that his mother is very nervous about him not getting his degree if there is not going to be an alternative to DACA.

“I don’t think that a person that is doing something right, like going to school, should be punished this way. Those people are going to school, trying to get a degree, trying to do something for the community of America,” Briceno said.

When DACA was established in 2012 Ventura applied for it right away. Then, in Iowa, driver’s licenses were only issued for a couple of weeks. When she went to obtain one, they were not issuing them anymore. A couple of weeks later, Ventura and a group of people close to her, lobbied with Gov. Terry Branstad. According to Ventura, the results of the lobbying were having driver’s licenses issued again for DACA recipients in Iowa. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 5,578 Dreamers reside in Iowa as of March 2017. Arizona is home to 51,503 DACA recipients.

Compared to Ventura, Briceno was not able to obtain a driver’s license in his home state in 2012. Arizona did not give out driver’s licenses for DACA recipients until January 2015. However, not being able to drive doesn’t compare with not being able to travel back home. Dreamers are not allowed to leave the country and visit family in their home country.

“I haven’t seen Mexico in seven or eight years. If they would grant us visits to Mexico, like two visits a year, do you think we wouldn’t appreciate that? We’re not in jail. I did not choose to be here,” Briceno said.

He also said that with the permit, Dreamers get the chance to go to school, but the government does not support them with FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) and loans.

“We’re paying taxes. We’re paying everything you need to pay. We’re doing everything,” Briceno said. “We’re providing knowledge as well. There are people with degrees and knowledge.”

Ventura shares the same opinion.

“A lot of the Dreamers are contributing and doing good things for this country. There is no sense in denying us that [DACA] because then we are able to do anything. You’re going to lose a lot of great people in the country if they take that away,” Ventura said.

Briceno also has an 11-year-old sister who was born in the U.S. His mother talked to him about having Briceno adopt his sister, in case their mother gets deported back to Mexico.

“My mom is (the) type of person who gets scared so quickly because of what has been going on. So now my sister is just like that,” Briceno said.

Aside from growing up in the U.S., there are other things that make Ventura want to stay here.

“I feel like this is my home even though I was not born here. It’s hard to think that I would have to go back to my home country where I was born because I don’t know anything there. And I have my family here,” Ventura said.

She has two sons who were born in the U.S. and it is very important for her to talk about things like the current situation of DACA with them.

“I have to talk about these things with my children even though it’s hard because I experienced the deportation with my mother and I was older, but my sister was 12. She had to grow up without a mom. Anything can happen and it’s just so hard to put this pressure, this type of burden, on these children. They shouldn’t have to worry about these things but I have to tell them because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ventura said.

Especially for her youngest son it is hard to deal with this situation. “He had nightmares for the past weeks of me being taken away,” Ventura said.

According to Ventura, there are simple ways to help people who will be impacted. Reaching out to the government is essential.

“It is important to get support from other people. Send an email, write a letter, call the representative. Then they know the people care and they want to make changes,” Ventura said.

She adds that people should not blindly trust what is said on the media and encourages people to obtain information about DACA.

“Take the time to talk to somebody that has this status and ask them,” Ventura said. A Dreamer status that has meant so much to both Ventura and Briceno.“I just want to have the same opportunities as everyone has,” Briceno said. “The biggest part of my life is here. The best chapter of my life is here in America.”

— Jasmin Sonnenschein, Student Reporter
Previously published in William Penn’s, ‘The Chronicle’ Newspaper

Large Schools Look for Momentum Heading Into Volleyball Playoffs

We are within a week of every school beginning their trek to the Volleyball State Tournament at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The schools in Class 3A, Class 4A, and Class 5A will not have it easy to get there.

All first round games in these classes will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM.

In Class 3A Region 6, PCM (9-16) will have to go on the road to face West Marshall (27-10). The bracket is fairly loaded, so if PCM finds a way to get past West Marshall in the quarterfinals, #12 Iowa Falls-Alden could be awaiting them.

Staying in Class 3A, Region 8 involves four South Central Conference teams in the bottom half of the bracket. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (19-13) get Albia (10-19), a team they just beat in four sets on Tuesday night. Winner of that matchup will see either Davis County or Centerville. EBF has not lost to any of those teams all season.

Class 4A Region 4 is loaded with four area teams of the six in the bracket. Oskaloosa (11-17) will have to go on the road to play Knoxville (14-19). The Indians have made a habit out of winning road games in the playoffs. The two teams have not seen each other this season. You can hear that game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com.

Awaiting them is #4 Pella (28-5) for the semifinals on Tuesday, October 24th. Pella hasn’t dropped a set in two matches with Knoxville this season and swept Oskaloosa in the only meeting between those two teams so far this year.

On the other side of the bracket, Newton (3-20) will be a big underdog on the road against Carlisle (12-13) in the first round. Bondurant-Farrar (17-10) awaits the winner in the second round. B-F is one of the few teams to beat Pella this year which could be a factor if those two teams hold serve and meet in the regional final.

Region 6 in Class 4A has Grinnell (8-19) on the road to face Clear Creek-Amana (19-16) as an underdog. Winner of that match will get #7 Center Point-Urbana (30-9) in the semifinals.

Finally, Ottumwa is our lone Class 5A school and they are in the Region 5 bracket. The Bulldogs (13-16) will host Des Moines North (0-19) in a fairly easy matchup. Should they take care of business there, they will go on the road to face #12 Waukee in the semifinals (23-18). #5 Linn-Mar and #15 Cedar Rapids Prairie are in the other semifinal in a loaded bracket.

The trek to state all begins with the first round, which will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 PM. We will have continuing coverage of the brackets on the No Coast Network.

Several Area Football Teams Still Have Playoff Pulse Heading Into Stretch Run

The football season is winding down with just two weeks of the regular season remaining. Even though there’s just two games left for most teams, there’s dozens of playoff implications that can come into play for several teams still hanging around for a postseason berth.

In Class 4A District 4, the Newton Cardinals improbably started their season 6-0. But a loss to Southeast Polk last week has put them in a dire position, needing to win both of their remaining games to squeak into the playoffs. With powerhouse West Des Moines Valley on deck, it would be a monumental feat for the Cardinals to be playing postseason football.

The same cannot be said for the Oskaloosa Indians, who will be looking to cinch up a playoff spot out of Class 3A District 5 in Washington this week. Osky has a very easy road map: beat Washington and you’re in, lose to Washington and you need to hope to get a wild card. A Week 9 matchup with West Burlington/Notre Dame should not deter the Indians should they get past the Demons.

Also in Class 3A, Pella is well on their way to another district title after holding off Norwalk last week. The Dutch are the only unbeaten team left in District 6 and have favorable matchups at North Polk and at home to Nevada to wrap up their season.

In Class 2A District 6, PCM is rolling through their schedule. After a tough non-district loss to undefeated Pella Christian in the season opener, the Mustangs have won six straight and are big favorites against Davis County and Clarke as they wind down a season where they’ll be named District 6 Champions.

Class 1A District 4 is pretty self-explanatory for Sigourney/Keota. There’s one open playoff spot after Iowa City Regina and the Cobras need to beat Wilton and Wapello the last two weeks of the season to clinch it. A win over Wapello this week would effectively eliminate them from the race and leave it between S/K and Wilton, and they will meet in Wilton to decide the automatic berth in Week 9.

District 5 in Class 1A is monopolized by a couple of area teams. Pella Christian is still undefeated after they knocked off Pleasantville on the road last week. PC should waltz to the district title. Pleasantville has to beat Woodward-Granger this week to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

Class A District 6 has been a fun one to follow all year and Lynnville-Sully is on their way to winning the district title. The Hawks started 8-0 last year before losing in Week 9 to Montezuma. Now, after gutsy wins over Pekin and New London, L-S gets a bye before seeing the Braves again looking for retribution on their way to the playoffs and a first round home game. Pekin faces off with New London this week to determine the #2 seed out of this district, while the loser hopes to get one of the wild cards.

Finally, 8-Player District 5 is chaotic. All we know is that HLV is sitting pretty at 5-0 in the district after a big win over Colo-Nesco. HLV faces Melcher-Dallas this week. If M-D were to drop this home game, they will likely fall out of the playoff race. Moravia is also hanging around. Their matchup this week with Colo-Nesco will factor heavily into that #2 seed. A Melcher-Dallas win this week would create even more chaos, however, as all four teams could end the week with hopes of the playoffs going into Week 9. There are no wild cards in 8-Player football so these matchups are huge for these schools.

We’ll be following the action closely the last two weeks of the season, so be sure to join us for Scores and More Presented By Bubbl’r after the games go final Friday night on 104.9 FM KBOE, 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, kboeradio.com and radiokmzn.com.

Sun Interference With Satellite Signals

Twice a year, during the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.” During the fall equinox, or September 27 to October 15, it is expected sun outages will occur.

Mahaska Communication Group (MCG) recently put out a press release advising customers of this possibility in our area.

A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

Although this interference will cause an outage, the outage itself will only last up to fifteen (15) minutes at a time. During the outage, you may experience disruptions with picture quality and sound when watching television. Sun outages do not affect internet or phone service.

MHP Updates Public with Leadership

Jay Christensen is stepping down as CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership, effective immediately.

Christensen led the Hospital as CEO for 18 years. He was involved in several building and expansion projects, including the Hospice Serenity House, the clinic addition and the new Patient Care Wing, opened in 2013, which houses Inpatient Services, Surgical Services and the Birthing Center.

“The Board of Trustees is appreciative of Jay’s many years of service, but believes this change is in the best interest of the hospital,” said MHP Board of Trustees Chair David Langkamp. “Given the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the Board decided a change in leadership now will put MHP in the best position moving forward to continue to serve the healthcare needs of Mahaska County and the surrounding communities.”

“The Senior Team Leaders are working together with other leadership during this time of transition at MHP,” Langkamp said. “They, along with the MHP Board of Trustees, are confident that MHP will move forward and become an even stronger healthcare organization.

“We are continuing our efforts at physician recruitment and remain focused on providing high quality patient care to the communities we serve.”

Construction Slated to Begin on Old Highway 102

Beginning at 7:30 AM next Monday October 2nd, Mahaska County will be doing pavement repair, widening and overlaying Old Hwy 102/G-5T.

The project will begin north of the South Skunk bridge, south of 155th street and proceed north and easterly to a point approximately 1320 east if the intersection of County Roads T-33 and Old Hwy 102 or G-5T.

The second section of the project will begin at the intersection of T-22 and G-5T and proceed north to the south City Limits of Peoria.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 30 working days which is the 13th of November weather permitting.  The project is intended to keep one lane open for traffic through the use of flaggers and pilot cars. The possibility of complete closure time will be kept to a minimum.

We ask those that commute on this road to allow for extra time to deal with the one-lane traffic or the detour route is down Hwy 63 from New Sharon to Hwy 92 in Oskaloosa then west to Hwy 163 and back to Pella.

The lane widths during this work will make it unsuitable for wide loads, so using the detour is advised. Mahaska County asks for your patience as we complete this project so as to try to get project completed earlier.

If you have any questions you can call me at my office at 641-672-2897.


Young Ambassador Contest Dates Released

The Main Street Program of the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group has held the Young Ambassador Contest for several years to raise funds to promote the Lighted Christmas Parade. The contest is fun for kids and parents all across Mahaska County. Main Street is seeking area boys and girls ages three through kindergarten to enter, as well as businesses willing to display the canisters of one or more children. The Young Ambassadors will be Oskaloosa representatives at the 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade, November 30, 2017. This Year’s Theme is “30 Years of Christmas Past”.

Entries for candidates will be accepted through Friday, October 20; so enter today! To enter, submit to the Main Street Office of the OACDG (222 1st Ave East) a recent photograph (no larger than 3 x 5) with the name, address, phone number, date of birth of the child, the parents’ name on the back of the picture and $5.00 fee for registration.

Businesses may request to sponsor their own children or children of their employees. Business sponsors are asked to display a secure bank that will be provided for collecting monetary votes for the candidates. Voting will take place October 30 through November 27, 2017.

The Young Ambassadors will be determined based upon amount of money they receive in their canisters.

The Young Ambassadors will be announced Monday, November 27 at 6:00 PM in Center Court of Penn Central Mall. All participants will receive prizes. In addition, all candidates will be invited to participate in the Main Street Lighted Christmas ParadeThursday, November 30.

Oskaloosa Volleyball Picks Up Sweep Over Norwalk

Oskaloosa had a rough time getting going in conference play this season, but the netters have responded with two confidence building wins heading into the stretch run before the playoffs.

Osky won by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 25-23. Most of the match was played back and forth, but the Indians were sure to stay close and put sets away when the window of opportunity opened.

The Indians were led by Josie Bunnell, who logged 13 kills on the night. Emma Kelderman was also a major piece to the Osky puzzle, as she finished with 10 kills. Sophomore setter Jolie Yang was able to find players like Taylor Wills and Baylee Crawford multiple times to lead the balanced Indian attack.

With the win, Oskaloosa is now 6-11 on the season and 2-3 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The team will be on the road this Saturday to play four games at the Urbandale Tournament.

Their next conference matchup will be a tough one, as the Indians go on the road to face #2 Pella. That match can be heard live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app starting with the pregame show around 7 PM.

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. 


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