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Did You Know...

Did you know ... The first college in Oskaloosa was named "Oskaloosa College?" It was moved to Des Moines and renamed "Drake College."

Did you know  ... For the sixth year in a row, the cost of making a penny exceeds its actual value. The high price of copper and zinc, combined with steeper manufacturing and distribution costs, means that the U.S. Mint now spends 2.41 cents for each coin. (Source: Inner Circle, May 2012).

Did you know ... In 1955 Play-Doh was introduced in schools after 20 years of being sold as a nontoxic wallpaper cleaner. (Women's Word Magazine, September 2010 edition)

Did you know ... The state's wine industry contributed $234 million to Iowa's economy in 2008, the Iowa Wine Growers Association said following an economic study completed by MFK Research of St. Helena, CA. In 2009, Iowa wineries sold 212,891 gallons of wine, representing 5.5% market share of wine purchased in Iowa, up from 5.25% in 2008. Visit www.iowawinegrowers.org.

Did you know ... According to www.2010census.gov, the participation rate for the State of Iowa in 2000 was only 79%. However, that's higher than the national participation rate of 72%. Maybe there's a reason there is such a marketing push for 2010 census participation.

Did you know ... 28.9% of the USA's population lives in the Central Time Zone.
Pacific: 16.4%; Mountain: 6.6%; Eastern: 47.5%; Alaskan: 0.2%; Hawaiian: 0.4%
(Source: USA Today and Census Bureau Data)

Did you know ... On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (www.datesinhistory.com and www.on-this-day.com)

Heard on the Food Network: "Iowa has the most competitive State Fair with each contestant submitting an average of 50 entries." (The Food Network, "The Secret Life Of... Cooking Contests")

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"Dare Ya! Expo" March 29

MCRF will host a Dare Ya' expo in the mall to introduce of all of the incredible clubs, activities, events and organizations available for anyone right here in our own community. Looking for "things to join" in the community, come out to this interactive, engaging event Sunday, March 29 from noon to 4 PM. Experience creative, fun activities with hands-on, interactive stations for all ages, we dare ya'! Center Court will have a scaled down Mahaska Rec trail replica to walk complete with a 8' RR underpass to walk under, a bridge to cross, and a bench to rest. Along the trail, stop off and golf with Edmundson or Harvest Point golf, learn to throw a disc for disc golf, snack with YMCA, and much more!. Visit with Nelson Pioneer Farm, Eddyville Raceway, Optimists, Rollin' Oldies, IKES, Blue Zones, YMCA, Adult and Youth Sports, Oskaloosa Library, William Penn, FACE, George Daily, and many more! Over 30 stations. Bike riding, storytime, walking, art, flying, theater, sports conservation, outdoors,history, cars, whatever the interest, we will likely have it! So come out and learn about community activities and clubs and maybe even join a project! For a full list, go to MCRF's website at MCRF.INFO or call Sherry at 641-672-2499.

MCCF Grant Deadline E-mail

The Mahaska County Community Foundation announced it will again have around $100,00 to give away to qualified recipients. Calvin Bandstra, MCCF Scretraty said the grant aplication deadline is March 27. "All non-provit organizations should take a look at their project needs and see if the project meets grant eligibility criteria, and take the time to submit an application. The deadline is 3 p.m. March 27 and all applications must be submitted electronically." The application can be downloaded at on the MCCF web site. More information can be found here.

Transforming the Community E-mail

Mahaska Community Vision and Priorities - Several organizations from around the Mahaska/Oskaloosa area that strive to advance economic growth, community development, and quality of life in the region have recently partnered together to articulate a common vision for the community, which can be found here. This vision, along with supporting goals and priorities, provide the broad guidance for the partner organizations and local government entities in pursuing their individual strategic action plans. The organizations and entities involved with the process include Mahaska Community Development Group, Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, Mahaska County Agricultural and Rural Development, Oskaloosa Main Street, City of Oskaloosa, and Mahaska County.

News & Events E-mail

You and your organization are invited to provide activity and event information to the Mahaska Community Calendar of events. Information about how to submit your event as well as links to area school and other event calendars are also available.

ROGER BROOKS BRAND DIRECTION PRESENTATION: With 900 communities in the state, what makes Oskaloosa special? Why should someone move to Oskaloosa? Play in Oskaloosa? Start or relocate a business in Oskaloosa? These important questions were discussed on February 27 by Roger Brooks, one of the world's most soft after experts in place branding, marketing, tourism and economic development. Click here to view  his presentation in its entirety and see the Oskaloosa brand unveiling.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! FACE (Fine Arts and Cultural Events) of Mahaska County is seeking entries from artists who reside in Mahaska County for the Mahaska County Open Art Show during their Arts in April event. The Goal of this show is to grow a community of artists at the Art Center and in the Mahaska Community region. Click here for artwork specifications and date information. Click here for more information about FACE.

DARE YA' EXPO on March 29: MCRF will host  the first Dare Ya' Expo: we dare ya to try what Mahaska Community has to offer at Penn Central Mall on March 29 from noon until 4 p.m. The event will include a variety of interactive stations to re-introduce clubs, events, activities that happen in your own back yard. You can walk the recreation trail on a mock trail, have your picture taken in a photo booth, throw a disc golf disc, win a tree to take home and much more! You won't want to miss this exciting time at Penn Central Mall where the entire family can come discover all the Mahaska Community has going for it. Check it out .... we dare ya!

2ND ANNUAL ORBRO RIDE will be held April 18 @2 p.m. This event is hosted by Oskaloosa Rides Bikes and will be a fun ride stopping at couple of favorite establishments near the bike trail around Oskaloosa. The ride will start @ The Cellar Peanut Pub @ 2 p.m. and will travel south on S. 2nd street to the bike trail, then turn west toward Edmundson Park and travel the trail clockwise around Oskaloosa. Rest stops along the way will be Bobzilla’s and On The Green. The Ride will end at The Cellar Peanut Pub. Approximate distance will be less than 15 miles.  Helmets are required, and no SAG service will be provided. More information about this and other Oskaloosa Rides Bikes events can be found on their web site.

City Bus Service - Oskaloosa Rides E-mail

Oskaloosa RidesThe Oskaloosa City Bus Service runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In order to get on the bus, riders can wait at any one of the 15 bus stops or flag it down anywhere on it's route. However, the bus will not stop on A Avenue. Stops will be indicated with signs. Bus fare fees are $1 for adults, children ride free. Monthly passes are available at $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and college students. Tickets can be purchased at United Way or through local grocery stores. A call-schedule-ride paratransit pick up and delivery service is available for handicapped or impaired individuals who are unable to make it to a bus stop. This service is offered by 10-15 and is available by calling dispatch (1.800.220.6390) 24 hours in advance. Contact Amy Langdon at United Way of Mahaska County, 641.673.6043 for additional information.

Click here for a copy of the Oskaloosa Rides bus route
Click here for schedule and FAQs

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