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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 if you would have suggestions for additional content or find broken links. Thanks for stopping by!

Did You Know...

Did you know ...On February 4, 1913, Oskaloosa received the first automobile fire truck to be used in the State of Iowa. Des Moines had one ordered at the same time, but Oskaloosa's truck was delivered first. (W.P.A. Survey, c.1938)

Did you know ... Readers of craftbeer.com voted the Cellar Peanut Pub in Oskaloosa the best beer bar in Iowa for 2016.

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  ... In fiscal year 2014, the cost of making a penny again exceeded its spendable costing 1.7 cents per penny. That is down from 2011 when it cost 2.41 cents for each coin. (Source: Wall Street Journal). In fact, according to CashMoneyLife, the penny is being phased out. Live chatting with usmint.gov disputes this, however.

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.dayinhistory.net)

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")

Team Mahaska On Line
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Team Mahaska began in the late 1990s as Mahaska Alliance. To understand the evolution and the importance of this group, you are encouraged to review Team Mahaska’s history, the article From a County to a Community, and Team Mahaska’s strategic plan. Doing so will give you a better understanding of Team Mahaska’s purpose and direction. The goal then and now is to continue as one community, sharing information, exploring possibilities of working together, and affecting positive change on the entire county.

One of the action steps in the strategic plan was to create a web site to help meet the communication and sharing goal. That underlying purpose will not change, but the look of Team Mahaska On Line will change. A new web site is being developed which will launch 2017.

We know you'll be pleased with the new look and the ease of finding information. To that note, if there is something your organization, business, or community would specifically like to see incorporated into the new site, please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and make your wishes known. Each community will still have their own page and neighborhood data will still be included.

The ultimate goal is to assure sustainability for this and future generations. How can we make that happen? Become informed, stay involved, and continue to care. Stay in touch, and check back often.

One-Stop Mahaska Community Calendar!

With so much happening within our community, make sure you don't miss any activity which might be perfectly suited for you, your family, business or organization. How? By visiting The Mahaska Community Calendar -- an on-line, searchable, interactive one-stop calendar to peruse. It allows for daily, monthly or list views; has a search feature; and can e sorted by different types of calendars/activities (see sorting instructions on the calendar page).

Organizations, associations, churches and businesses are invited to submit events to the Mahaska Community Calendar to help you maximize your community communication and attendance. And if your organization didn't get the information to post on the Mahaska Community Calendar, you'll also find links to the different entities' and schools calendars.

The Mahaska Community Calendar is an excellent one-stop location for events happening in and around the Mahaska Community.

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

THE EXCHANGE - FOR ENTREPRENEURS: The EXCHANGE meets regularly Friday mornings, 7:30 a.m. @ Smokey Row for co-working, coffee, and conversation. Anyone (independent workers, home-based pros, the curious and the like-minded) is welcome to swing by and work, share your thoughts, learn about the Exchange's direction and upcoming year, hear updates about local entrepreneurs' endeavors, or just say hi and enjoy a cup of coffee. Special programming and social events have been scheduled through 2016; more information can be foundon Facebook or their web site.

MCCB ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WISH LIST: For those wishing to donate any of the following items, please contact MCCB (641.673.9327): all sizes of plastic toes with lids, colored paper for copier, 3D archery targets, poster board paper any color, leak-free aquariums, 3-ring binders.

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.

Did You Know...
  • On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (Source: Day In History)
  • On March 13, 2008 a UFO (Triangle, 3/2 "V", boomerang, and cylinder) was sighted in Oskaloosa, Iowa (Source: Into the Paranormal)
  • Iowa's longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock. (Source: 50States.com)
  • Iowa ranked 11th in grape production in the US in 1899 and in 2012, the full economic impact of Iowa wine and wine grapes was $420 million. (Source: Iowa Wine Growers Association)
  • The first college in Oskaloosa was named "Oskaloosa College." It was moved to Des Moines and renamed "Drake College."
  • 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.
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