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MAHASKA COUNTY BOARD HIRES OUTSIDE COUNSEL FOR EMA LAWSUIT

The Mahaska County Board voted Wednesday (5/18) to hire an outside firm to defend the County in the newest lawsuit filed by the Mahaska County EMA Commission. Belin McCormick from Des Moines was hired to defend the County. Mahaska County Attorney Andrew Ritland told the Board of Supervisors that in the past, outside counsel has spent 300 hours on such litigation. Ritland says that’s two months’ worth of work. The County Board also voted Wednesday to change the health insurance for County employees to Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellmark, following a recommendation from the County’s health insurance committee.
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REMINDER ABOUT JUNE 7 POLLING PLACES COMING IN THE MAIL

If you’re a registered voter, you should be receiving a card in the mail reminding you where to cast your ballot in the June 7 primary election. “The State is mailing a postcard to every voter in Mahaska County. We had them do that for us so that people will get that in the mail and it will tell them where the voting location is.”
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MAHASKA COUNTY BOARD, SHERIFF, 911 EMA BOARD TALK

The battle between the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors and the County’s 911 Emergency Management Board has now spilled over into the County Sheriff’s Office. At Monday’s (5/16) meeting, the Board considered rescinding the authority it had earlier given to the Sheriff to hire a new deputy. This was after Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem voted with the 911 Emergency Management Board to file a fourth lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors regarding 911 funding. VanRenterghem asked the County Board to not go after his department.
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SUMMER FOOD SERVICE FOR OSKY SCHOOLS

Oskaloosa Community Schools, in partnership with United Way of Mahaska County will once again be providing Summer Food Service in the community this year! In June bulk meal packs will be handed out, as was the case in the previous two years. Beginning in July, there will be a switch to traditional, on- site Summer Food Service. If there are any questions about summer meal service, contact Morgan Johnson at 641-676-9772, extension 1823.
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DEJONG SCORES FIRST, AGEE REPEATS AT SOUTHERN IOWA SPEEDWAY

Oskaloosa, Iowa: The Southern Iowa Speedway located on the Mahaska County Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa held the second night of the 2022 racing season on Wednesday as temperatures set new record highs in Oskaloosa. Mahaska Bottling hosted kids night with all kids receiving a free new product from Pepsi called Hog Wash. A swift night of racing action was held with the final checkered waving at 9:50 pm.
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Mahaska County Men to Register as Sex Offenders, Serve Probation for Washington County Incident

Three Mahaska County men who pleaded guilty to a lesser sex abuse offense in Washington County have been ordered to serve probation. Court documents show 31-year-old Ryan Craig Montgomery, 24-year-old Parker Jay Davis, and 24-year-old Lucas Benjamin Anderson are all convicted of assault with the intent to commit sex abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor. A two-year prison sentence is suspended with the three men all placed on two years probation. Conditions of the probation include that they shall all be placed on electronic monitoring with a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., have no internet access or usage, and no contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless the supervising officer permits otherwise. They must also successfully complete the Eighth Judicial District Sex Offender Treatment Program, pay a $625 fine with surcharges and a sexual abuse surcharge of $90, Category B restitution, and any victim restitution. In addition, the defendants are committed to the Iowa Department of Corrections under a special sentence for a 10-year period. They shall each register as a Tier II sex offender and pay the registration fee, and a civil penalty of $250. Davis must also reside in the Ottumwa Residential Correctional Facility for 180 days or until maximum benefit is achieved.
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SOUTHERN IOWA SPEEDWAY RAINED OUT TONIGHT (MAY 4)

Oskaloosa, Iowa: The racing action scheduled for the 4th of May has fallen victim to rains that moved through Oskaloosa on Tuesday leaving the Mahaska County Fairgrounds saturated. Racing will now be scheduled to return to the Mahaska County Monster ½ mile dirt track on Wednesday, May 11. Hot laps will get underway at 7:15 with racing action in five divisions to follow.
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MAHASKA COUNTY VS. COUNTY EMA CONTINUES

The squabbles between the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors and the County’s Emergency Management Agency continue. At Monday’s Mahaska County Board meeting, Board Chairman Mark Groenendyk said a lawsuit filed by the EMA against the County Supervisors and Auditor Sue Brown had been dismissed by a judge. Then Groenendyk said the EMA, at its meeting on Thursday, decided to file a new lawsuit against the County Board. Groenendyk says going to court is expensive.
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Significant bridge closure in Mahaska County

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - On May 2nd, a bridge closure over the North Skunk River on I-92 is set to take place. The project involves replacing the existing three-span I-beam bridge with a three-span pre-tensioned and pre-stressed concrete beam bridge. Crews will install a new guardrail and paved shoulders.
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RETIREMENT PARTY FOR MAHASKA COUNTY JAIL ADMINISTRATOR

The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office is holding a retirement party Friday (4/22) for jail administrator Larry Septer. Septer began working for the Sheriff’s Office in 1988 and was appointed jail administrator in 1997. The retirement party will be Friday from 2 to 4pm at the Mahaska County Law Enforcement Center in Oskaloosa.
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CITY AND COUNTY APPROVE GRANT APPLICATION FOR CONNECTOR ROAD IN OSKALOOSA

The Mahaska County Board and City of Oskaloosa are both authorizing an application for a state grant to build a road to connect US Highway 63 and State Highway 23 on Oskaloosa’s south side. At their respective meetings Monday (4/18), the Mahaska County Board and Oskaloosa City Council both voted to support the application for a $7.3 million RISE grant—that’s Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy—to go toward building a road linking the two highways. The new road is still years in the making, but the idea is to direct truck traffic coming from the south toward the industrial area along Highway 23 without going through residential neighborhoods. The overall project is expected to cost about $11.2 million. Mahaska County and the City of Oskaloosa will split the remainder of the cost.
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