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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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Complete Streets Workshop & Presentation E-mail

To help shape the future of Oskaloosa Streets, the community is invited to attend a workshop and presentation on October 27 at the Oskaloosa Public Library, third floor meeting rooms. The City of Oskaloosa is partnering with Blue Zones Project to bring internationally recognized authority on livable and sustainable communities WALC Institute Co-Founder Dan Burden back to Oskaloosa. Burden has helped more than 3,000 communities become more livable, walkable, and sustainable. The purpose of the October 27 event in Oskaloosa is to focus on Complete Streets. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, the state will be set for future design providing City staff with the vision and freedom to design for all users.

Those interested in attending the training or learning more are invited to attend. There is no fee for the workshop and presentation, but RSVPs are requested. The training for those interested in how to design Complete Streets, are invited to the Complete Streets training from 1:00-4:00 pm for the Complete Streets Training. Do you see the built environment as an economic tool? Then you'll also want to attend the 5:15-6:30 pm segment as Dan walks through establishing guiding principles and best practices so transportation improvements are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained to encourage safe walking, bicycling, and automobiles, while promoting safe operations for all users. Walkable neighborhoods increase community interactions and create a sense of community pride, please consider joining us on Monday, October 27. Dan will also be allowing time for questions.

Please RSVP by calling or emailing Dylan Mulfinger at City Hall 641-673-3047 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Those interested in learning more about Dan Burden can visit his web page.

Interesting Trends, Startling Facts

The Mahaska Community Development Group (MCDG) recently released a new report that brings to light many interesting trends and startling facts about Mahaska County. The report, entitled State of the Local Economy: A Baseline Analysis of Mahaska County’s Economy in 2014, is intended to provide information on the current local economic situation to development organizations, other community groups, local leaders, and to area residents. Community leaders are using this report to create new economic development action plans for local development organizations. The State of the Local Economy report can be found here.

Area Events

You and your organization are invited to provide activity and event information to the Mahaska Community Calendar of events. "Hit send so more attend!" Submit your events to the Team Mahaska Community Calendar by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by using the "Contacts" link in the navigation bar above. And did you know .... Separate links to WPU & School Calendars are also on the calendar page. Check it out!

2014 Fall Food Festival & Family Fun Night: Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa and Mahaska County YMCA invite the community to the 2014 Fall Food Festival & Family Fun Night in honor of National Food Day. This celebration of real food will be held Friday, October 24. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in fall activities, watch and sample Blue Zones® inspired food demonstrations, and check out the YMCA's swimming pool for free open swim. Meet local food advocates who will be providing resources and information about food policies, food awareness, simple recipes, and access to healthy foods in the Mahaska Community. The schedule is:

  • 5:00 to 5:30 PM: Mahaska County YMCA Blue Zones® Worksite Designation Celebration
  • 5:00 to 6:00 PM: Pumpkin Painting/Fall Crafts for Kids
  • 5:30 to 6:00 PM: Cooking Demonstration with Chef Michael featuring Maple Chili Butternut Squash and Honey baked apples
  • 6:00 to 7:30 PM: Food Day Fesival; free open swim for kids and free child watch offered
  • Note: Appetizers will be provided by our Blue Zones Restaurants® On the Green and  Hunters

Legislative Forum: The Oskaloosa Herald in collaboration with KBOE, CRI and OskyNews will hold a Legislative Forum Tuesday. October 21 beginning at 7 p.m. at the ISU Extension Office for House District 80 Candidates. A Mahaska County Supervisor Candidate Forum will be held Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m, in the Musco Technology Center on the William Penn University Campus. The public is invited to attend both forums and is encouraged to ask question of the candidates. The 2014 General Election will be held November 4. The election notice and a sample ballot can be found on Mahaska County's web site.

Trail Tram Tours Available: Have you toured the Mahaska Community Recreation Trail yet? If not, there is still time! October is the final month in the 2014 trail tram tour season is in its final month of operation for the year. Get lost in the beauty of fall by taking a relaxing ride on the 13 mile trail while a volunteer driver shares history about Oskaloosa. To take advantage of the free opportunity, call MCRF at 641-672-2499 to set up your reservation.


City Bus Service - Oskaloosa Rides

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

Direct Shots

Useful sites because you may not have time to surf!

Editor’s Note: If you’ve found a useful website you’d like to see listed, please submit it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and, after checking the sites’ usefulness and validity, it may get posted here so others can take advantage of time you’ve already spent in surfing.

  • Check for Recalls online: Did you know public recalls don't expire? In just the month of December 2013 there were over 30 recalls 'Safe Kids' recalls. The government operates a recalls website (www.recalls.gov) which offers the public information on all recalls including cars, boats, food, consumer products, medicine and cosmetics. Check this site regularly to stay informed.
  • What's for Dinner? That age-old question now has some help with these online menu planners which could help for a less stressful week! (Subscription fees may apply.) www.relishrelish.com; www.allrecipes.com; www.dinnerplanner.com, Quick Healthy Meals in 45 minutes or less.
  • Informed Dining: To see restaurant inspections on the web by the State Department of Inspections and Appeals, go to www.state.ia.us/government/dia
  • Hospital Comparisons: The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative has published a guide showing how Iowa hospitals performed on dozens of quality-of-care measures. Find the complete guide at www.ihconline.org.
  • Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state. The web address is www.state.ia.us/government/iecdb/ethics/gifts.htm.
  • Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax - www.equifax.com; Experian - www.experian.com; TransUnion - www.transunion.com.
  • Cost of Gasoline: There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging. www.gasbuddy.com
  • Appliance Help: If you're in the market for a new home appliance and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
  • Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research. Assess your longevity by answering the questions at www.livingto100.com.
  • Home Inventory: Very few people could remember everything they own in the event of a tragedy such as a house fire or tornado. Free home inventory software is available on the Internet. The Insurance Information Institute offers "Know Your Stuff Home Inventory" downloadable software at its website, www.knowyourstuff.org. You might also check with your insurance agent to see if the company which insures your home also has free software to make home inventory an easier task to tackle.

Did you know...

Do you know the average cost of driving? The average per mile cost (averaging small, medium and large sedans) is $.78.3 per mile if you drive 10,000 miles per year, $.60.8 if your drive 15,000 and $.51.9 if you drive 20,000. Source: AAA

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

Iowa's longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock. (Source: 50States.com)

An Iowa law approved in May 1999 prohibits the sending of unsolicited bulk e-mail that uses a third party's name for the return address without permission, or contains false or missing routing information and must include opt-out instructions. You can read more at www.spamlaws.com.

Read more by clicking on the "Did You Know" tab at the top of the page.

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