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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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Holiday Happenings!

There are lots of events happening in and around Oskaloosa for the holidays! The Lighted Christmas Parade, soup suppers, Prince & Princess crowning celebration, Window Display Contest, tour of homes, festivals ... You, your friends and families won't want to miss any of the events. Click here to view and download a copy of the "Oskaloosa Holiday Happenings" brochure created by Main Street and the Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce (Adobe Acrobat may be required).

Holiday events are also placed on the Mahaska Community Calendar. To submit a calendar item for your organization, click here. Make sure you provide contact information as well as a detailed description about your event. Happy Holidays!

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.

MARKET ANALYSIS STUDY & STRATEGIES: Oskaloosa Main Street has recently released a document titled "Downtown Oskaloosa Market Analysis Study & Strategies," which was made possible through a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Main Street Iowa Program. The six month long process, facilitated by Downtown Professionals Network (a planning and research firm), included background research, current market data analysis, and stakeholder input provided by a survey of 44 downtown Oskaloosa business and an intercept and online survey of 454 potential consumers in the Oskaloosa area. The study is based on the fact that improving the economic performance of the Oskaloosa downtown business district ultimately lies in the development and implementation of market-driven business development and marketing strategies that capitalize on the community's assets and emerging opportunities. The full report as well as a summary can be viewed on the News page of the OACDG web site.

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 or through their web site.

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.

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!

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  • 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.

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