Young people in Mahaska County got a taste of the outdoor life at the 14th annual Youth Outdoor Field Day. Nearly 300 people attended the event at the Russell Wildlife area; of those Mahaska County Conservation Naturalist Laura DeCook said 170 were local area youth. For the second year in a row participants were able to experience different activities by moving from one station to the next and staying as long as they liked. Some favorites for the day were a boat ride for bow fishing, retriever dogs, and clay pigeon shooting.
Another Oskaloosa event had folks going to the dogs as they raised funds for the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter – the 6th annual Stephen Memorial K-9 5K took place this past Saturday at Lake Keomah, where approximately 40 runners participated in the Shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year. Shelter employee Connie Rodgers remarked that after a period of turmoil in leadership at the shelter, it feels like they’ve turned a corner, with operations steadily improving day by day.
The former Caseys store at the corner of Main and Washington Street has been sold – during a recent auction of the property Bank Iowa purchased the location for $210,000. CEO of Bank Iowa Jim Plagge says they’re expanding banking services to Pella; the bank intends to demolish the current structure, and is currently coming up with design documents to submit to the city of Pella for a new building. There is no timeline for completion, but Plagge says they intend to start working as soon as possible, with potential construction possible in early 2018.