Spring Wildflower Walks 2018

Join a park ranger for a leisurely walk along a woodland trail to look for signs of spring! Spring Wildflower Walks will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the South Tailwater Recreation Area at Lake Red Rock. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Wildflowers will be the highlight as we search for Trout Lily, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and other spring ephemerals. The beautiful flowers have a short bloom time, so you won’t want to miss them. The program is free of charge and no registration is needed. Please note: The program location includes a dirt path with slightly hilly terrain. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers Office at 641-828-7522 or via e-mail at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil. To learn more about Lake Red Rock, visit www.lakeredrock.org.

One Man Dead After Police Standoff in Pella

(PELLA, Iowa) – A standoff between an Illinois man and Iowa law enforcement ended late Wednesday afternoon with the death of the man.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at approximately 6:30 pm the Pella Police Department received a report from a local citizen concerning the welfare of a man staying in the Pella area. The man, later identified as Jonathan W. Martin, 62, of Galena, IL, was located in an apartment on W. 16th Street in Pella. Upon further investigation Pella officers learned that Martin was a fugitive from the State of Illinois, wanted on felony charges with nationwide extradition authorized. Officers attempted to establish contact with Martin, but multiple efforts were rejected.

Pella officers concluded that an additional person, a female, was in the apartment with Martin. Officers were eventually able to speak with the female, but efforts to have Martin exit the unit failed.

At the request of the Pella Police Department, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, mid-morning, negotiators from the Iowa State Patrol assumed the lead in negotiating with the occupants of the apartment. The female occupant in the apartment agreed to exit prior to noon, and was found to be uninjured. As the event played out it was clearly established that additional assets were required to successfully resolve the incident. The ISP State Tactical Unit responded to the scene and upon entering the apartment determined that Mr. Martin was deceased of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The scene and incident was turned over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pella Police Department Criminal Investigations for evaluation and further investigation. Martin was transferred to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Ankeny, Iowa, where he will undergo a forensic examination.

Oskaloosa Boys Stroll to Big Win to Start Playoffs

The Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball team began their trek to Wells Fargo Arena and the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Monday night and dominated in a blowout win over Saydel, 84-46.

The Indians came into the game as a heavy favorite against the now 3-19 Eagles and really put it on in the first quarter. Osky’s fast pace and size allowed several dunks to be served up by the trio of Cole Henry, Xavier Foster, and Jarad Kruse.

Rian Yates would nail some threes and Spencer Tucker would score a couple of layups to help push the Oskaloosa lead to running clock territory before the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room, Osky had a huge 58-21 advantage.

The Indians coasted to the finish line, picking up the win, 84-46.

Cole Henry paced the Indians with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jarad Kruse finished with 15 points while Yates chipped in 14 off the bench. Xavier Foster had 11 and Spencer Tucker had 10 points and 4 steals.

Oskaloosa is now 19-3 on the season with the victory and now look ahead to Bondurant-Farrar for Thursday’s Substate 6 Semifinal at home. The Bluejays defeated Knoxville in the Oskaloosa Gymnasium Monday night, 67-56. Bondurant-Farrar will enter that contest with a record of 12-10.

On the opposite side of the Substate 6 bracket, Pella beat Chariton, 68-51, and Carlisle eliminated Centerville, 83-75. Those two teams will play on Thursday in Carlisle to determine the other finalist in Substate 6. The winner of the Substate 6 bracket will advance to the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

You can hear the Oskaloosa vs. Bondurant-Farrar game on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. You can view replays of the substate games 24 hours after they happen by going to radiokmzn.com.

Oskaloosa Boys’ Basketball Defeat Pella, Celebrate Conference Title

The Oskaloosa basketball teams were in action Tuesday and on a night where all of the seniors were honored, there were nets cut down to celebrate at least a share of a conference title.

The Osky boys got the job done with a 65-56 win over their archrival Pella at home after a stiff test from the Little Dutch. The Osky girls had moments when they played well, but a couple of sustained runs by Pella allowed the Lady Dutch to win going away, 70-32.

The boys’ game was tight throughout, as the nine-point margin that Osky would win by was the largest for either team.

After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw both teams score 14 points, Pella would jump out to a 33-26 lead with a couple of minutes left in the second. Oskaloosa would close the half strong, however. After a couple of buckets and a late turnover, Osky’s Cole Henry would nail a buzzer beating three to cap a 10-0 run that gave Osky a 36-33 halftime edge.

In the third, the Indians would increase the lead to as many as seven, but Pella bounced back. Ryan Gustafson hit a three that punctuated a Dutch run that saw them take a 47-46 lead late in the 3rd. Another Osky buzzer beater, this time from Jarad Kruse, put Osky back in front heading to the fourth.

The last quarter proved to be Osky’s, as down the stretch baskets by Spencer Tucker and Xavier Foster helped give the Indians some breathing room. The team was 10 for 10 at the free throw line in the game and that, along with some defensive stops, helped ice the nine-point win.

The Indians were led by Jarad Kruse, who celebrated Senior Night with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and was a perfect five-for-five in free throws. Fellow senior Spencer Tucker went for 15 points and 4 assists while Cole Henry added 14 points and a game-high 6 assists.

Pella also had a trio in double figures with Ryan Gustafson leading the way with 15. Nick DeJong had 14 with 6 boards and sophomore guard Logan Shetterly added 12 points with 5 dimes.

With the victory, Oskaloosa knew they had at least a share of the Little Hawkeye Conference title and were waiting on the final score from Newton as the Cardinals hosted Norwalk. Norwalk would eventually come from 20 points down to win in a thrilling triple-overtime game, 107-104, which keeps their hopes alive for sharing the LHC title with the Indians.

That would require an Osky loss on the road at Indianola on Friday while the Warriors need a win as they host Grinnell. Either way, the Indians can claim a conference title in boys’ basketball for the first time since 1996 when they were in the South Central Conference.

Oskaloosa will enter that contest at Indianola 17-2 on the year and 12-1 in the LHC. Pella falls to 10-9 on the year and 5-8 in conference action.

The girls’ game featured Pella sprinting out to a 15-0 lead with several steals with their full-court pressure and getting easy transition layups. Oskaloosa would battle throughout the game and go toe-to-toe with Pella for moments in the first half, but were unable to overcome the poor start. Pella cruised to the finish with a 70-32 victory.

Oskaloosa was led by Marleigh Denburger, who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block.

Emily Holterhaus was dominant for the Lady Dutch with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 steals.

Osky is now 0-20 on the year and 0-13 in conference play while Pella is 13-7 overall and 7-6 in the LHC.

The next game for Oskaloosa is Friday night as they face Indianola in the last doubleheader of the season. You can hear the game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and the KMZN mobile app and check out a live video stream on radiokmzn.com and MCG Channel 7. The pregame show will start around 6 PM with the girls tipping off at 6:15.

Benny the Red-Heeler Mix

Benny is a male 1-year-old Red Heeler mix and he’s got a big week ahead of him: He’s going in to be neutered next week and then he’ll be ready to go home with his new owner… Could it be you? He’s shy at first, but don’t let that fool you, he’s a spring-loaded sweetheart and he loves to explore.

Benny is currently at the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa, Iowa. #PetOfTheWeek is sponsored by Faux Paws Bakery in Pella. Thanks to Faux Paws Bakery, the lucky person who adopts Benny will also receive a $10 Faux Paws Certificate.


Buster the Staffordshire Terrier

Meet The Round Guy’s newest bud, Buster Brown!

Buster is a three-year-old Staffordshire Terrier who Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter employees found with a bullet in his hind left leg, and shrapnel in his right leg. But he is still as smiley, loving, and good-natured as can be.

Visit Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter to fill out an application for Buster and to meet some of his friends – and be sure to put an order in for the delicious Valentine’s Day Caramel Apples fundraiser.

Special thanks to our Pet of the Week sponsor, Faux Paws Bakery in Pella, Iowa. Buster’s new family will get a $10 gift certificate to pick out some delicious doggie Dutch letters, squeaky toys, and other goodies that can be found at Faux Paws!


Osky Boys Stay Unbeaten with Rout at Pella

(Pella, Iowa) – It was another banner night for the Oskaloosa Boys Basketball Team as they finally got their elusive win over the Pella Little Dutch. The sweetness of this win is compounded by the fact that it was on the road and by a decisive margin, 72-45.

The game was sloppy on the outset, as both teams had struggles getting into their groove. Oskaloosa would get a couple long balls from Tanner DeKock to take an early 17-7 lead after the first quarter.

In the second, the Indians started to push toward a run with Jarad Kruse heating up with 10 points in quick fashion. The Osky defense was stingy, but a steady push from Landon VanderLeest kept Pella within striking distance. The halftime score was 37-23 in favor of the Indians.

The third quarter saw Osky push the lead to 20 but Pella battled back to keep it at a 14 point margin heading into the fourth, 52-38.

Osky ran away with the game in the fourth, outscoring the Dutch 20-7. A few more Cole Henry dishes to Jarad Kruse finished the game with the 72-45 final score.

Kruse led the way for the Indians with 20 points. Henry had 14 points to go along with a game-high 11 assists and five rebounds. Spencer Tucker was also in double figures with 13. Xavier Foster only scored six points, but had 12 rebounds, five steals, and three blocks in the game.

Pella was led by Landon VanderLeest, who finished with 14 points.

Oskaloosa improves to 11-0 as we pass the halfway point of the season. They are now 6-0 in Little Hawkeye Conference play. Pella falls to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

The Osky girls were in action and struggled mightily against the #12 Lady Dutch. Pella got off to an 18-0 start in the first quarter and cruised to a 63-14 victory.

Osky was led by Marleigh Denburger with 7 points. Pella’s Emily Holterhaus led all scorers with 21 points.

Oskaloosa is now 0-10 on the year with an 0-6 mark in conference play. Pella is 8-3 overall with a 4-2 record in the Little Hawkeye.

Oskaloosa will be back in action on Friday night at home against Indianola in a conference doubleheader. The girls will tip-off at 6:15. You can hear the broadcast on 99.5FM/740AM KMZN and watch a live video stream of the game on radiokmzn.com, as well as on MCG Channel 7 in Oskaloosa. The broadcast will begin at 6 PM.

Phoenix the Puppy

Say ‘Hello’ to KBOE’s newest Pet Of The Week: Phoenix! She’s a 6-month-old American Bulldog-Mastiff-Rottweiler mix currently available for adoption at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa, Iowa. While it might take her a bit to overcome her shy nature, Phoenix is very loving, sweet, and we’re told that she does not mind cats.

Although her story seems sad for now, maybe one of our listeners can help to turn it around by giving her a fur-ever home! Stop into the shelter to learn more or give them a call at 641-673-6991.

KBOE’s Pet of the Week has been sponsored by Faux Paws Bakery in Pella, Iowa. Thanks to Faux Paws, the lucky family who ends up adopting sweet little Phoenix will ALSO receive a $10 Faux Paws Certificate. ????????

Cheech the Hound

Cheech is a 1.5-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound that was taken in as a stray at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa. Shelter employees attest that Cheech would be a great fit for almost any person or home. In case you were wondering – yes – he did have a best friend named Chong. Unfortunately, when Cheech was recovered as a stray, Chong had been struck by a car and did not recover.

Cheech does not chase cats and he loves playing with other dogs. He is currently one of many great dogs available for adoption at the shelter, so stop in and see if he’d be a great fit for your home or family.

Pet of the Week is sponsored by Faux Paws Bakery in Pella. Thanks to Faux Paws Bakery, the lucky person who adopts Cheech will also receive a $10 Faux Paws Certificate. ????????

North Mahaska Again Leads the Way for Ranked Girls’ Basketball Teams

The latest rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have been released for girls’ basketball and four area teams remain in the rankings.

North Mahaska continues to be the highest ranked team in the area, as they continue to sit at #3 for the second straight week in Class 1A. The Warhawks already have wins over Lynnville-Sully and Montezuma, their two toughest opponents in the South Iowa Cedar League. NM is 7-0 to start the year.

Speaking of Montezuma, the Bravettes and first year Head Coach Janel Burgess are off to a great start at 7-1 and are at #9 this week. That is down one spot from their #8 ranking last week.

Two Little Hawkeye Conference teams are in the poll in Class 4A. Grinnell continues to be ranked 4th in the state with a 6-0 record including a big win over Pella. The Lady Dutch are #12 in Class 4A after falling out of the rankings the previous week. Pella is 4-2.

The next rankings from the IGHSAU will be released next Thursday night.


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