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Major traffic backup reported on Interstate 80 in Iowa

GRINNELL, Iowa — Traffic was backed up Wednesday morning on Interstate 80. KCCI received reports of a tractor-trailer rollover in the westbound lanes between Newton and Grinnell. The rollover is near a planned construction zone where traffic diverts. One viewer said traffic was backed up for about 4 miles.
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Highway G-28 to Undergo Work Sometime by September

Travelers who drive on Highway G-28 to get from Knoxville and Pleasantville to Pella and back may experience delays soon. Marion County Engineer Tyler Christian says there is planned patching coming up soon on the stretch of road from Highway 14 to the western city limits of Pella near the T-15 intersection. Christian says no firm date has been set, but he anticipates the work to take place sometime by the end of September.

City of Pella Hosting Proposed Design Guidelines Forum

All residents are invited to attend a forum to learn more about drafted/proposed updates to the City of Pella’s Architectural Design Guidelines. The forum at the Pella Memorial Building (829 Broadway Street) at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24th will include:. – A short presentation. – Review of the...

Pella Christian Grade School Preparing for Return to Class

The first day of school is now less than two weeks away for K-12 students, and many schools have key dates to remember just before classes begin. Pella Christian Grade School Principal Ben Dirksen is entering his second year leading the building, and is excited to see what can be improved in 2022-23 on Liberty Street. He invites the community to their opening chapel on Tuesday, August 23rd as new students are welcomed to the building, as well as a prayer event leading up to the first day on Friday, August 19 and Monday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hear more about the latest with Pella Christian Grade School on today’s Let’s Talk Pella.

Pella Girl Wins Statewide Pageant Award

A Pella girl has won a statewide pageant award. Marlaina Lightkeeper earned the title of 2022 National American Miss Iowa Pre-Teen at the state pageant held in Des Moines on July 30th. She is the daughter of Elise Pederson and Brad Wilson. Lightkeeper will be attending the National Pageant in Orlando, Florida during Thanksgiving week representing Iowa, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of cash and prizes. The National American Miss Pageants are working to encourage the county’s future leaders, awarding $1.5 million in cash, scholarships, and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age divisions.

Larson Wins Front Row Challenge

Kyle Larson was not to be denied Monday night at the Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa as he stormed past Carson Macedo in lapped traffic to take the lead for good with three laps to go. Larson, Macedo and eventual 3rd place finisher Anthony Macri fought for the final ten laps but Larson prevailed. Tonight is an off night for Southern Iowa Sprint Week as everyone now prepares for the 61st Running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals starting on Wednesday. KNIA will have full coverage each night of the Nationals with Live Track Side at 5:00 and Race Nights Live at 7:00.

Pella FFA Stays Busy This Summer

While classes have been out of session since May, Pella FFA students have been busy throughout the summer. The chapter participated in State Horse and Ag Mechanics, a summer fun day, Ag in the City, and Chapter Officer Leadership Training. The following were written by Pella FFA Reporter Maylei Ruggles:

Larson Goes Back To Back For $21,000

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Another August, another Kyle Larson victory in the state of Iowa. For the second year in a row, the Elk Grove, Calif., native claimed Southern Iowa Speedway‘s Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge and earned a $21,000 payday for his efforts. With the victory, Larson joined...

Oskaloosa day care owner enters guilty plea after closure

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Parents were allowed to return to Busy Bee Day Care Monday to pick up items left behind when the center closed suddenly last month, and the center's director confirmed she is leaving daycare permanently after pleading guilty in a court case. Owner Belinda Ramirez's written plea...

Pella Volleyball Bringing New Look Into 2022

It’s probably fair to describe the Pella volleyball team as very new in 2022 — but that doesn’t mean they won’t be competitive this coming fall. The Dutch were co-Little Hawkeye Conference champions with Oskaloosa and Indianola and graduated five seniors that all played in at least 101 of the team’s 103 sets last fall. Pella Head Coach Mallory Peterson says this is definitely a different look, but she believes by late in the season, they can be a dangerous opponent.

Pella Christian Coaches Reflecting Missions of Eagles Athletics

Consistency and continuity are valuable assets to have in an athletics coach at the high school level. Pella Christian will have that across almost all of their sports for the 2022-2023 school year. Of the Eagles 17 varsity sports, Pella Christian has just one new head coach entering this school year. Athletic Director Dan Branderhorst says that he is thankful to have great coaches that reflect the mission of Eagles Athletics.

Local Option Sales and Service Tax Revenue Pays for Additional Road Projects, According to Pella Mayor

While the main focus for extending the Local Option Sales and Service Tax in Pella has been on a potential new rec center and renovations to the Pella Community Center, half of the funds generated contribute to other functions of city government. Mayor Don DeWaard says if voters were to pass the extension of the currently existing levy, it would allow the city to complete several road projects otherwise harder to accomplish without the funding.
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Mahaska County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Jody Van Patten, announces that pursuant to a Federal Court Order, the filing period for candidates for Nonparty Political Organization (NPPO) and Non-Affiliated persons for the upcoming General Election, held on November 8, 2022, has changed. Anyone interested in running as an NPPO...

Marching Dutch Show in 2022 to Highlight Rose Parade Experience

A new season is about to begin for one of Iowa’s best marching bands. Drum Majors Stephen Gaul, Elisabeth Pumphrey, and Tess Hopkins are leading the Pella Marching Dutch into another competitive season that starts in September. The trio says this year’s show centers around the group’s participation in the esteemed Rose Parade on January 2nd, an invitation that’s considered the highest honor a high school marching band can receive in the United States. The first public performance of the Pella Marching Dutch comes at the opening football game vs. Norwalk on Friday, August 26th, and the complete show will be unveiled on Saturday, September 17th as part of a fundraiser to support the upcoming trip to California. A mattress fundraiser to support the effort is returning on Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.