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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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Van Harden Book Signing Saturday E-mail

Van Harden, of WHO Radio's "Van and Bonnie in the Morning" show, will be at Oskaloosa's Smokey Row Saturday, November 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.,  to sign his book, Life in the Purple Wedge. Whether you're in a time of joy, defeat, or emptiness, this book is for you. Life in the Purple Wedge offers a clear guidance and tremendous perspective as to where you actually are right now in your life. There's nothing more grounding and assuring than knowing where you are, from where you've come and where you are going. From this amazing "big picture" angle, you'll find that your life and daily routine look entirely different.

Author Van Harden is known nationally for his creative broadcasting career and inventions. Through his 27 year leadership as Program Director of 50 thousand watt WHO radio in Des Moines, the station has been awarded 13 national Marconi Awards, the radio equivalent of the Emmy, five of which he has received personally for his own morning radio program, which he has hosted for those entire 27 years.

For more information, contact Book Vault, 641.676.1777 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Book Vault online for additional upcoming events and book club information.

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!

Legislative Forum: The Oskaloosa Herald in collaboration with KBOE, CRI and OskyNews will hold a Mahaska County Supervisor Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m, in the Musco Technology Center on the William Penn University Campus. The public is invited to attend 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.

Community Gardens Anyone? Community gardens provide community members with fresh produce, building social connections, providing education, opportunities for recreation and physical activity, and enhance economic development opportunities. Natalie Spray, Community Program Manager for Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa, has announced the establishment of Oskaloosa Community Garden committee. This committee's function would include determining garden locations, establishing garden rules, creating an application form and process, determining plot cost and assignments, and help form partnership for leveraging resources. An informational meeting will be held November 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa. For more information, contact Spray: Office, 641.672.3104; Cell, 641.660.7777; or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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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