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Welcome to Team Mahaska On Line!

It is important this site remain a valuable resource for the Mahaska Community, and we are constantly striving to make this site the best it can be. Contact the Web Site Content Coordinator through the contacts link (above or left) if you would like to see additional content, have suggestions, or find broken links. Thanks for visiting!

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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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.

 
Cell Phone Distractions

Drive and talk?

A 2003 Harvard study estimated that cell phone distractions caused 330,000 accidents which resulted in moderate or severe injuries.

A 2010 study in The American Journal of Public Health showed texting alone caused more than 16,000 fatalities between 2002 and 2007.

Many states include a category for cell phone/electronic equipment distraction on police accident report forms. Recently proposed federal legislation would require states to collect this data in order to qualify for certain federal funding.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHAS) has posted an on-line chart showing what states are and are not doing with regard to cell phone use by drivers. How do other states compare with Iowa with regard to reporting and restrictions? See the GHSA chart here.

 
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