Two records for heat were shattered in Marion County over the weekend. The daytime high of 93 degrees Saturday afternoon broke a 38-year-old record of 91. Another record was crushed with 97 degree air reported for multiple hours Sunday, as the previous high mark of 93 was set in 1895. Heat index values will top out in the mid to upper 90s during the afternoon and early evening again today, with highs in the low-to-mid 90s. Residents are reminded to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in shade or air conditioning, as well as to always double check their vehicles before locking them if traveling with pets and children.
Oskaloosa sophomore Noah VanVeldhuizen is a player for all seasons. Most high school athletes would love to play in a state tournament four times; VanVeldhuizen will be playing in his fourth state tournament this week in Fort Dodge. Not in one sport, but in four different sports. He’s been in state tournaments in baseball last summer, then the state football playoffs last fall, basketball last winter and golf this week. VanVeldhuizen said making it to four state tournament is not an individual achievement, but a team honor.