Gov. Kim Reynolds gave a shortened Condition of the State address in Pella on Saturday morning, and locals had a few questions for her concerning the execution of those goals mentioned in her speech. Pella was the first stop on Saturday for Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg as they continued with their “Unleashing Opportunity” tour, which also paid a visit to Oskaloosa and Ottumwa. Reynolds said overall Iowa is doing well, claiming it was the third-best managed state in the nation and the best for middle-class families, with the highest high-school graduation rate and lowest unemployment rate. On the issue of the economy, Reynolds said keeping young Iowans here and helping them find connections to employers who need workers is one way to boost the economy. On the issue of mental health, Reynolds said instead on simply focusing on number of beds available she’d like to create a network of residential crisis centers to help stabilize patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
In response to the flu crisis, Mahaska Health Partnership will be offering a special flu clinic all this week. Residents can get flu shots between 8am and 4pm at door #4 on the MHP campus; no appointment is necessary and insurance can be billed if necessary. Executive Director of Clinics RN Andrea Hagist says it’s not too late for a flu shot; getting one now will still provide protection for this year.