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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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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.

CANDIDATE FORUM: 2015 School Board Candidates Forum, hosted by Oskaloosa News, will be held September 1 at Smokey Row beginning at 7 p.m. The moderator will be Charlie Comfort. All announced candidates for the Oskaloosa School Board Seats in Districts 1, 3, 4, and 6 will be included. If you have questions for the candidates, email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2015-16 PROFESSIONAL SEASON: Tickets are now available for the 2015-16 Professional Season of performances at the George Daily Community Auditorium. This year, attendees will enjoy "Artrageous" in September, "Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles" in November, "Million Dollar Quartet" in January, Missoula Children's Theatre "Aladdin" in February, and Peter Rabbit Tales in March. Local concerts, William Penn Convocation, and many other events also take place in the Auditorium. For complete details visit the George Daily Auditorium web site or their Schedule of Events.

THE EXCHANGE - OSKALOOSA COWORKING: Make plans to join Oskaloosa area coworkers for coffee Friday mornings from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Smokey Row. Explain your business, bring your questions, listen and share your insights. 'The Exchange' is looking for entrepreneurs, independents, home-based pros, or anyone who wants to cowork and help build a coworking community in the Oskaloosa area. Still wondering about coworking? Click here to read an article that explains what it is and why entrepreneurs, freelancers and independents are loving it. Oskaloosa area coworkers are meeting on Friday mornings from 7:30-9 (discussion) and 9-noon (work time), and Mondays from 1-4 pm at Smokey Row. You're invited! Looking for someone to work with other days/times? Post your own invitation on The Exchange's Facebook page.

MAHASKA READS: Everyone in Mahaska County is invited to read the same book through the Oskaloosa Public Library's "Mahaska Reads 2015!" program. The book chosen for this year's read is The Boys in he Boat by Daniel James Brown. To kick things off, Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian, professor of history at the Des Moines Area Community Cllege, will given an overview of the effects of the Great Depression on rural Iowa. The presentation will be held September 15 at 5:30 p.m., in the Library's meeting room on the third floor. Updated information can be found on the Oskaloosa Public Library web site. ***The first 30 in attendance at the September 15 event will get a FREE copy of "The Boys in the Boat!"***

YARD OF THE WEEK: From July through November, submit a photo of a well-groomed yard to Oskaloosa Chamber Executive Director Valinn McReynolds via email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , mail, or by taking the photo to the Chamber office (124 North Market) to be entered in this unique contest. The first "Yard" winner will be announced July 6. The Oskaloosa Herald will run a feature article on the yard and the person behind its masterpiece. All "Yard" winners' photos will be posted on the Chamber's Facebook page and be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing. For more information contact the Chamber office,  641.672.2591.

PLANT SOME SHADE: MidAmerican Energy Company, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Mahaska County Extension, is proud to offer the Plant Some Shade® residential tree-planting program, which provides affordable (only $30 each) and desirable landscape-sized (3-8') trees for its residential customers to purchase and plant on their properties for long-term energy savings, community reforestation and beautification. Oskaloosa will be holding a distribution on Saturday September 26th from 9-11 am. This opportunity is for MidAmerican Energy residential customers only but is not limited only to those living within the Oskaloosa city limits, as any residential customer can participate. Preordering and prepayment are required, and preordering is limited to two (2) trees per household. Additional trees MAY be available for purchase on-site the day of the event. Southern Iowa Fairgrounds is the site for the distribution. Evan Miller, Some Shade coordinator with the Iowa DNR, will be speaking about the program at the Mahaska County Extension office on Thursday September 3rd at 7 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. Prior registration is not required to attend, but appreciated. Check the MidAmerican website or ISU Extension & Outreach -Mahaska County website for more information. To register for the presentation, please contact Mahaska County Extension, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at 641-673-5841 or visit our website www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska.

ROGER BROOKS BRAND DIRECTIONS 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.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Oskaloosa Art Center is hosting an exhibition titled "Art on Wheels" for September 2015 and “Totally Sick Skateboard Deck Show” for October 2015. They are accepting “Art on Wheels” artwork that deals with transportation, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards, tractors, etc...imagine fine art, where this is the subject, but also beautifully painted auto hoods, or motorcycle gas tanks, custom/ classic motorcycles, hand built bicycles, skateboard decks, or other related artwork that would be on loan for the month of September. Thanks to Carriker Ford of Oskaloosa for providing awards for this exhibition. Artists interested in participating in the show at the Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios during the month of October are encouraged to contact The Oskaloosa Art Center now. They are showing and selling the sickest, raddest, skateboard deck art around and you want to be part of it! “Art on Wheels” show dates are September 4-26. “Totally Sick Skateboard Deck Show” show dates are October 6-31. For complete information and artists interested in participating should contact The Oskaloosa Art Center, 1701 3rd Ave E Suite 3, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577, (641) 676-4694, faceofmahaska.com

MAHASKA COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Please visit the searchable Mahaska Community Calendar to find upcoming events. You can also submit an event from that page.

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 & 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.

  • The Cost of Raising a child: BabyCenter.com which allows you to plug in certain variables to determine the cost of child rearing (with all the pertinent disclaimers, of course).
  • 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, Blue Zones Meals.
  • Informed Dining: See restaurant inspections on the web by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau. Search by filling in the information in the search boxes.
  • 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.

Did you know...

Do you know the average cost of driving? The average cost rose 1.17 cents to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving. "Many factors go into the cost calculation of owning and operating a vehicle," said John Nielsen, AAA director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. (May 2014 - Source: AAA Newsroom) For the 2014 AAA "Your Driving Costs" brochure in PDF, click here (Adobe Acrobat may be required).

On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (Source: www.datesinhistory.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.

Time to Update!

Update, please!Mahaska Community Members.... Please review the content on your pages within this web site and provide updated information regarding your community. Any new or updated information can be sent to the Web Site Content Coordinator by clicking "Area Contacts" or in the navigation bar above.  Mahaska Community Calendar events can be sent as well.

It's Here For You!

With so much happening within our community, it can be easy to miss activities which might be perfectly suited to your family or organization. As an organization, association, church or business, it can be frustrating trying to get information circulated and publicity maximized to make sure your event is well attended. A simple and free solution to supplement your advertising plan is the on-line Mahaska Community Calendar on Team Mahaska’s Web Site.

As summer activities begin to build, Team Mahaska would like to remind your organization the calendar continues to be a reliable and valuable tool for listing activities and will help build attendance to your events. Team Mahaska would like to remind families this is an excellent one-stop location for everything from youth events to educational workshops to theatrical performances at numerous Mahaska County’s venues. The on-line, interactive calendar allows for daily, monthly or list views and is linked to by area businesses and the Chamber of Commerce websites. The calendar page also provides links to the area’s school calendars.

Just click on the Calendar link above to view area events or find an easy way to submit an event.

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