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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
Changes Ahead E-mail

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 a new site is being developed and the look of Team Mahaska On Line will change. You'll still visit www.TeamMahaska.org for community data, but for calendar events, you'll visit EverythingMahaska.org. This is a brand new site devoted to Mahaska Community Tourism. Both sites will also go live within a few weeks.

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.

The Calendar is Moving!

The Ultimate Community Calendar -- Everything Mahaska -- will be your new source of discovering all of the events for the Mahaska Community. It will launch soon on Team Mahaska's sister site. (Stay tuned for complete details!).

Until the new launch, you can continue for discover community events on this site, but we wanted you to know the calendar will be moving and events will have to be repopulated on the new calendar. The new calendar will provide the opportunity for 'front-end calendar submission' which means, you will be able to add your own event onto the calendar (subject to approval and guidelines). Of course, contacting the Calendar Coordinator through email will still be an option. We do ask patience as this new calendar and the events get placed.

Questions? Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it r.

Briefly Put... E-mail

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.
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 Oskaloosa Rides bus route & FAQs

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