Big Country Bash 2018

Sun Tan City presents the Big Country Bash 2018, a country music and camping festival on June 22 – 23 in St. Charles, Iowa. Talent includes Brett Eldredge, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Midland, Aaron Watson, Phil Vassar, Russell Dickerson, Raelynn, Tucker Beathard, and Justin Adams. Tickets are on sale now at www.bigcountrybash.com.

First Reformed Church Community Blood Drive

First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa will host a community blood drive from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, April 30 at 815 N 11th Street, inside the Fellowship Hall. To donate, please contact Sue & Gene DeBruin at 641-673-7303.

MHP Offers 3D Mammography for Breast Imaging

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – Mahaska Health Partnership has added new, state-of-the-art breast imaging technology by Siemens called 3D breast tomosynthesis. This technology, the most advanced in the region, takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and cutting patient call-backs.

“Not all mammography technology is created equal,” said MHP Director of Radiology Julie Hartke. “While 2D mammograms produce a flat image of a patient’s breast, the 3D technology of True Breast Tomosynthesis takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast.”

Siemens technology provides a 50-degree arc, which allows the technologist to build a 3D rendition of the breast and allows doctors to see the breast tissue in fine detail. Radiologists can then see more clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. Hartke said doctors are better able to detect and diagnose small tumors and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious in the patient’s 2D mammogram.

“Clinical data has demonstrated that the addition of 3D digital breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors,” Hartke explained. “MHP chose the True Breast Tomosynthesis option because it gives us wide-angle image acquisition that helps our physicians see more than traditional 2D mammography alone.”

Dr. Akhtar Ashraf, radiologist at MHP, said that by reducing the distortion created by tissue overlap or dense breast tissue in 2D mammograms, physicians are better able to detect early breast cancers. “In clinical practice, increased diagnostic accuracy means fewer diagnostic biopsy procedures and fewer anxiety-inducing recalls, which typically contributes to both improved patient outcomes and reduced cost,” Dr. Ashraf explained.

Mahaska Health Partnership’s Radiology team completed special training and certification on the True Breast Tomosynthesis technology prior to offering the service publicly.

“Early detection is the best offense for breast cancer defense,” Dr. Tim Breon said. “Finding tumors early can be a life changer. We’re able to create treatment plans that are more effective. Our goal as a health provider is to continually seek out the technology that best lends to making a difference in the lives of our patients. We believe that Siemens True Breast Tomosynthesis technology can help us save lives.”

3D mammograms are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as most insurance plans. However, some insurance plans do not cover the additional amount patients are charged for 3D mammograms. MHP is offering a substantial reduced rate of $10.00 for the 3D portion of a mammogram if it is not covered by a person’s insurance plan.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this level of technology to our region,” Hartke stressed. “This is a fine example of our mission in action. We’ve improved process by taking what we offer to the next level while keeping our patient’s needs in mind.

“Our 3D equipment has the lowest dose of radiation in our region and we’ve elected to set our cost for the 3D portion of the exam at a nominal $10 if it is not covered by the patient’s insurance, making us the lowest in the region.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a mammogram, please contact MHP Radiology at 641.672.3322.

-This information was provided in a news release from Mahaska Health Partnership.

‘Experience Mahaska’ at Penn Central Mall This Sunday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Penn Central Mall will host “Experience Mahaska Community Activities & Events Expo” event in the Mall on Sunday, April 8. The event is designed to be an interactive introduction of all of the incredible clubs, activities, events and organizations available right here in the Mahaska County community. The event is open to the public and will be held at Penn Central Mall on Sunday, April 8th. Nearly 45 entities that offer “things to do” for all ages in the community will host stations from 1PM – 4PM.

The community is invited to attend and experience activities that are available right here in their community with hands-on, interactive stations that are creative, fun and unique.

Come walk the MCRF trail, checkout a racecar from Eddyville Raceway Park, see the KBOE/KMZN booth, play a spin the wheel trivia game with Hy-Vee and earn the chance to win Fuel Saver points, take an indoor “test ride” on a bike from Bobzilla’s Bicycle Werks and do much much more at the Experience Mahaska Events Expo.

“I am excited to see the community working together to get the word out about what’s happening in Mahaska County,” stated Mike Gipple, Mall manager. “It has been fun connecting with entities and clubs to be a part of this great event. In addition, we are incredibly thankful to MCRF and the Mahaska Co. YMCA for their assistance in making this unique event happen.”

Penn Central Mall will provide a sheet with descriptions and introductions of the stations at the event.

Mahaska County Supervisors Meet Wednesday

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, April 4 at 9:00 AM. This is a departure from their regular Monday morning time of meeting. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room of the Mahaska County Courthouse, located at 106 South 1st Street in Oskaloosa.

Items on the agenda include the following:

  1. Approve agenda
  2. Public comments
  3. Approve minutes March 5
  4. Approve March bills
  5. Accept 3rd Quarter Reports
  • Auditor
  • Sheriff
  1. Accept FY2017 Mahaska County Audit final report
  2. Payroll Change
  • Sec Rd (5)
  • IRVM
  • Sheriff
  1. Approve Notice of Destruction of Noxious Weeds and publication thereof
  2. Approve Resolution #2-2018
  • Amendment to South Central Behavioral Health Region 28E agreement
  1. Appointment to Pella Planning & Zoning
  • David Landon
  1. Approve liquor license application
  • Tassel Ridge Winery LLC – 12 mo Class C Native Wine
  1. 9:25 AM Public Hearing
  • Improvements to Law Enforcement Center – Roof
  • Improvements to Law Enforcement Center – Masonry
  1. Award Contracts for Roof and Masonry improvements to Law Enforcement Center
  2. Approve addition of Burlington Road Paving Project to five-year-plan
  3. Approve Secondary Road FY19 DOT budget
  4. Recommend rock trailer replacement
  5. Consider possible ordinance to reduce speed on G-77
  • Set public hearing date
  1. Public comments

2018 Beane Lecture Series at WPU Welcomes MaryKate Morse

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn University will welcome MaryKate Morse on Tuesday, April 3 as the 2018 Beane Lecture Series guest speaker. The lectures will be open to the public. Her first lecture, titled “A Quaker’s Reflection on Jesus’ Leadership: The Role of Power & Influence in Ministry,” will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Chief Mahaska Room in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union.

MaryKate Morse is a professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation in the seminary at George Fox University. Currently, she is the Lead Mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation. Raised in the Air Force, MaryKate lived in various states and overseas. She completed her BS in Secondary Education and English Literature at Longwood University in Virginia and MaryKate completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University. With her husband, Randy, and small children she lived in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing ministry and social projects with the Aymará Indians.

She began teaching, studied spiritual formation and direction, and was certified as a spiritual director and recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. After her doctorate, she planted two churches and served in various administrative positions. She is a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author of “Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer.”

The Beane Lecture Series was established through an endowment by Ercil and Maxine Beane in 2008 to develop programs that engage students, faculty, and the community in discussions influenced by Quaker principles and philosophies. Through that endowment, a guest speaker is brought to William Penn University each year. Due to their commitment to kindness, generosity, and community, William Penn University is pleased to MaryKate Morse for the 2018 edition of the Beane Lecture Series.

Shooting Investigation Underway in Washington, Iowa

(WASHINGTON, Iowa) – At approximately 6:50 PM on March 28, 2018 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a shooting at 106 South Avenue B in Washington, Iowa.

Emergency personnel from the Washington Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Ambulance all responded to the residence. One subject was transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

An investigation is being conducted by the Washington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The condition of the victim is not being released at this time and law enforcement does not believe there is any danger to the public. No further information will be released until after the investigation is completed.

–This information was provided in a news release from the 911 Communications Center in Washington, Iowa.

Harlem Globetrotters at Wells Fargo Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


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