Last Eggs & Issues of the Season Announced

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The last Eggs & Issues forum, hosted by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa from 8:30-9:30 AM. This final session of the season will feature local residents running for elected positions in the Oskaloosa and Mahaska County community.

On the panel will be:

Holly Brink. Brink is running for Iowa House District 80. The area that is included in this district is East Mahaska, West Wapello, Monroe, and Appanoose County.

Henry “Willie” Van Weelden. Van Weelden is running for re-election to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors.

Dustin D. Hite. Hite is running for Iowa House of Representatives District 79. The area that is included in this district is Western Mahaska County, all of Oskaloosa, University Park, and North East Marion, including Pella.

The final Eggs & Issues moderator will be Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt.

After a brief introduction by each panel member, they will be open to take questions from those present, as this is an open forum.

Next ‘Eggs & Issues’ to Feature Area Directors

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – Eggs & Issues, a forum hosted by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, will again be held at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa this Saturday, March 10 at 8:30 AM.

The panel for this week’s Eggs & Issues will consist of Executive Director of MCDG Tom Flaherty, Main Street Director Emily Brown, and Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group Director Ann Smith. According to a news release from the OACDG, the three will share updates about what is going on in Mahaska County and Oskaloosa. After the three are done sharing their respective updates, questions from the public will be welcomed by special moderator Andy McGuire. Free coffee will be provided by MidWest One Bank.

The final Eggs & Issues for 2018 will be Saturday, March 24 at Smokey Row from 8:30 – 9:30 AM. The panel will consist of anyone who is running for an elected office in the community, county or district.

Those interested in participating in the final Eggs & Issues who would like a seat on the panel, email Ann Smith at asmith@oacdg.org or call the OACDG at 641-672-2591.

Eggs and Issues Lined Up for Saturday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Another session of Eggs & Issues, organized by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8:30-9:30 AM at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa. Attendees will be able to listen to updates from Iowa State Representative Guy Vander Linden, Representative Larry Sheets, and Iowa Senator Ken Rozenboom. After the guests give their updates, attendees will then be able to ask questions for a limited amount of time.

According to a news release sent by OACDG, this will be the last time Reps. Sheets and Vander Linden, as well as Sen. Rozenboom participate as the featured guests this season. The setting is informal and encourages those attending to personally meet and speak to their elected representatives.

This session will be moderated by Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt.

“Thank you to George Daily Auditorium staff for volunteering to assist with the sound system,” reads the news release. “[And the] Oskaloosa School System for the use of their cordless microphones, Smokey [R]ow for the use of their coffee house, MidWestOne Bank for the free coffee, all of our media partners, and YOU, our community[,] for coming out and supporting this event.”

Upcoming dates and panels:

  • Saturday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 24

Those running for an elected position in the community or district who would like to be part of a panel to answer questions during the March 24 session may reach out to OACDG Director Ann Smith at asmith@oacdg.org or 641-673-2591 to learn more or sign up.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

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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Pella Man Dies of Gunshot Wound at MidWestOne Bank

On November 22, 2017, at 10:20 AM the Pella Police Department and Pella Community Ambulance responded to MidwestOne Bank, 500 Oskaloosa St., Pella for a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon their arrival they found a 60-year-old man deceased in the lobby area.

Investigation by the Pella PD determined that George Leonard Bishop III, 60 of Pella died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after he enter the bank.

The Pella Police Department wishes to assure members of the community that this incident was unfortunate and personal in nature, and that no members of the public are at risk of personal harm.

MidWestOne Bank Hosts Blood Drive

On Friday, December 1, MidWestOne Bank in Oskaloosa will host a community blood drive from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, located at 222 First Ave E, inside of the “Group Meeting Room”. All donors will receive a free t-shirt.

To donate, please contact Missy Sneller at (641)673-8303 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5049 to locate the drive.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Coat Drive To Help Local Iowans In Need

BURR! It’s getting chillier out there. Help share the warmth with those in our community that need it!

The 10th Annual Winter Coat Drive is taking place now until January 31st, 2018.

Collection boxes for the drive will be placed at 18 locations around Oskaloosa. The drive is a great opportunity for community members to clean out their closets and make an impact during the season of giving. Items collected during the Winter Coat Drive are given to people in need at no charge.

Accepted donations include winter coats, snow boots, snow pants, winter hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and other winter outerwear. Whenever possible, please launder items prior to donation. Organizers stress that the collection boxes for the drive are strictly for donations of winter outerwear.

Donations of other items including sweatshirts, fall jackets, rain coats, ball caps, etc. must be made directly to New Hope Community Center at 308 5th Ave West.

The need for warm winter clothing is a serious one, especially in Iowa. The average winter temperature in Iowa for 2016/17 was 26.5 degrees F. Last year, 300 warm winter coats were distributed to those in need, many of whom would have otherwise gone without.

Winter Coat Drive collection boxes can be found at the following Oskaloosa businesses:

  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Fareway
  • Hawkeye Real Estate
  • Gatton Realty
  • Homestead of Oskaloosa
  • Hy-Vee
  • KBOE/KMZN Radio
  • Mahaska
  • Mahaska County YMCA
  • Mahaska Drug
  • MCG
  • MidWestOne Bank
  • Musco
  • New Hope Community Center
  • Oskaloosa Public Library
  • Remax Pride Realty
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • First Christian Church
  • United Way of Mahaska County

United Way and New Hope need your help to spread the word and help keep our community warm this winter. Challenge friends and family to clean out their closets and donate winter items they no longer use – every donation helps keep someone safe and warm!

All donated items from the Winter Coat Drive are distributed at New Hope Community Center, at 308 5 th Ave. West. New items arrive each week. For assistance, check with a volunteer, or call New Hope at 641-676-1602.

Volunteers are needed to help with the drive. For more information about this service opportunity, please contact Timothy Gibson at 641-673- 6043, or uwmc.coordinator@gmail.com.


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