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Washington Council to Hold Readings on Utility Rate Increase, Alcohol in Central Park

Posted: Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 6:20 am

Tomorrow night the Washington City Council will hold the third and final reading of an ordinance allowing alcohol in Central Park.

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Irises in Full Bloom

Posted: Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 6:20 am


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White, yellow, and purple are just a few of the colors of bearded irises in full bloom in the area. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently shared some tips for growing the flowers. As soon as bearded irises are finished blooming, spent flowers should be removed to prevent seed pod formation. The flower stalk should be cut at its base when all the flowers have faded.

Also, dead foliage should be removed each year in late fall or early spring.

Bearded irises should be divided every three to five years to avoid overcrowding. Dividing should be done in July or August, for directions click here.

Take Part in World No Tobacco Day Today

Posted: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 6:22 am

Iowans can now enroll in Quitline Iowa’s eight-week tobacco cessation program for free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for eligible participants.

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Kalona Council to Consider Creating New Handicapped Parking Spot

Posted: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 6:20 am

The Kalona City Council will consider creating another handicapped parking space in the downtown area at their meeting tomorrow.

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Company Purchases Kalona Cheese Factory

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:23 am

The Twin County Dairy facility, also known as the Kalona Cheese Factory, has a new owner.

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Less Than 1% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:22 am

At this time last year 29 percent of Iowa was in moderate drought with over 58 percent of the state abnormally dry, but currently less than one percent of the state is experiencing any drought conditions.

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Summer Classic Starts in Five Days

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:22 am

In five days Washington’s inaugural Summer Classic will begin in Central Park.

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Summer Reading Commences in Washington

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:22 am

The 60th year of summer reading in Washington begins Monday.

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Pests, Disease Not an Issue Early in Growing Season

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:21 am

The growing season is underway in southeast Iowa.

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Rhubarb Season Underway

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:21 am

Rhubarb Season Underway


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Rhubarb, with its red stalks and green leaves, can be found in many Iowa gardens.

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Last Day to Burn in Kalona

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:20 am

Today is the last day to get rid of yard waste the old fashioned way if you’re living in Kalona.

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Iowans Invited to Fish for Free

Posted: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:20 am

Next weekend, residents of Iowa will be able to go fishing for free.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Captain Ridiculous Dean Kurtz and his sidekick Brent Kromrie about Ridiculous Day next week in Washington. This is part two of a two-part interview.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

For today’s program, the second half of our conversation with Mark Schneider, superintendent of Mid-Prairie School District, regarding their construction projects.

World No Tobacco Day this Sunday

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:23 am

World No Tobacco Day is this weekend, a day to promote plans to cancel the use of tobacco.

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Mid-Prairie School District to Acquire Land

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:23 am

Mid-Prairie School District is purchasing an apartment building.

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Riverside Taking Part in Trap, Neuter, Release Program

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:22 am

A local animal shelter will set live traps in the City of Riverside next month in the hopes of curbing its growing population of feral cats.

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SEMCO to Not Take Birds

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:22 am

Over 25 million birds in Iowa have been affected by avian flu across 15 counties.

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Local Churches Holding Relief Sale

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:21 am

A non-profit that assists with relief efforts around the world will benefit from a fundraiser being held by area churches.

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Rollover Wreck on Highway 218

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 6:21 am

A car rolled approximately three times Wednesday in Henry County after the driver overcorrected and lost control.

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