gov. Kim Reynolds visited Pella Saturday to scrub the streets during the Grandstand Show and participate in the parade. In addition to wearing her traditional Dutch costume, Reynolds was also wearing wooden shoes that were gifted by the 2018 Tulip Queen and court. Her shoes were painted by Sheila De Haan, according to the Pella Historical Museum and Tulip Time Facebook page.
Last week U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa paid a visit to Clow Valve Company in Oskaloosa as part of her 99 Counties tour; It was her first visit to Clow. Sen. Ernst met with General Manager Mark Willett and his team to discuss a variety of issues affecting Clow including work force development, trade, Buy American, and environmental regulations. After a tour Mark presented Sen. Ernst with a miniature commemorative Clow hydrant to display in her Capitol Hill office.
Staff of Mahaska Conservation, Friends of Mahaska Conservation, Pheasants Forever and other volunteers gathered at the Russell Wildlife Area last week to help bring the prairie back to life by burning it – controlled burns reactivate prairie land by returning nutrients to the soil and getting rid of unwanted weeds.