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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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Learn the Survey Results May 28 E-mail

What’s the future of recreation & child care in Oskaloosa and the Mahaska Community? Survey results are in! Please join us for public meetings being held Thursday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., in Penn Central Mall (across from Label Shopper). Matt Coen of Walker/Coen/Lorentzen Architects, is leading a study on possible improvements in recreation and early childhood facilities and programming, and will share results of the Mahaska Community needs assessment and possible scenarios for providing indoor recreation and early childhood services. The study is being sponsored by the Mahaska Community Development Group and Mahaska County YMCA.

 
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.


YOUTH DAY CAMPS: There are many summer activities and youth day camps already planned for Summer 2015 (MCCB, YMCA, George Daily Auditorium). Visit the Mahaska Community Calendar of events for more details. This calendar is searchable and organizations are invited to submit events as well through a link on this same page.

FRIDAY AFTER FIVE begins May 29. Held on the east side of the square in front of the Mahaska County Courthouse, community members will enjoy great food and live music while meeting up with friends and business associates. The band and food vendor schedule has been posted to the Mahaska Community Calendar.

ART ON THE SQUARE, one of Iowa's longest running and most successful art show, is always held the second Saturday of June. Held around the town square, this juried event hosts local and nationally known artists who exhibit and sell all forms of art. As part of the Skunk River Arts Festival, contact Main Street Oskaloosa, 641.672.2591, for more information. Don't miss this year's event, June 13 from 10 to 4.

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!

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.

 
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