The Oskaloosa Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Brandon Blanchard has been selected as the Oskaloosa Police Department’s 2017 Officer of the Year. Blanchard began his career with the Oskaloosa Police Department on November 12, 2013 and has worked as a patrol officer since joining the Department. Officer Blanchard was selected because of his tremendous work ethic, professionalism and caring compassion for his job and community.
Another black bear has been roaming around south-central Iowa – this time near Montezuma. Deputies from the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office and the State Game Warden officer positively identified a black bear southeast of Montezuma on the evening of September 12. Officials say the bear has shown no signs of aggressive behavior, and it not considered a threat to the public – however if you see this or any bear, keep your distance and let authorities know where you saw the animal.