Direct Shots

  • Check for Recalls online: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for U.S. Government Recalls.
  • How Much Does it Cost You to Drive? AAA has created a brochure and provided an in-depth explanation to help you understand what it costs to drive your car. This data is dated 2016.
  • My Little Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading. Did you know there are over 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world?
  • The Cost of Raising a child: allows you to plug in certain variables to determine the cost of child rearing (with all the pertinent disclaimers, of course).
  • 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!  Relish, All Recipes, Dinner PlannerQuick 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. Search by filling in the information in the search boxes.
  • 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.
  • 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 There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax,  Experian, and TransUnion.
  • 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.
  • Appliance Help: If you’re in the market for new home appliances and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit 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.
  • Iowa Hospital Association (IHA): Iowa hospitals and health systems have taken a major step toward transparency. IHA has developed a public website, Iowa Hospital Charges Compare, that allows health care consumers to receive basic information about inpatient and ambulatory services and charges at Iowa hospitals.

Additional Links

Listed alphabetically below are a variety of resource links where of information and data can be found. Please contact Team Mahaska should you find a broken link or if you have a suggestion for a resource link to be added.  Additional fun and useful links can be found on the Direct Shots page.


Information regarding the Mahaska Community’s elementary and secondary school systems appear below. The school systems appear in alphabetical order, and contact information is posted.

Click here for Educational Resources and Higher Learning information.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont: Home of the Rockets. Their mission statement reads “Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community Scool District will provide a quality education in which students become lifelong collaborative learners and innovative problem solvers in a global society.”

Lynnville-Sully: Home of The Hawks, “Empowering students to fulfill their dreams.” In 2015, the Iowa Department of Education “Iowa School Report Card” rated Lynville Sully High School “Exceptional” (top 3% of all Iowa high schools). 12476 Hwy F 62 E, Sully, Iowa. 641.594.4445.

North Mahaska: Home of the Warhawks, located at 2163 135th Street in New Sharon and serving Barnes City, Lacey, New Sharon, Taintor and Union Mills. “Expect the Best!” High School and main phone: 641.637.4187.

Oskaloosa Community Schools:  Home of the Indians, whose mission statement reads “Engaging all students to embrace the power of learning.” The school system is comprised of one high school, grades 9-12, one middle school, grades 6-8, one elementary school, grades KinderPrep-5, and Webster School which includes the community preschool program, the alternative high school program, and Indian Hills Career Academy. The Central Office is located in the George Daily Auditorium between the Middle School and High School at 1800 N 3rd Street, 641.673.8345.

Oskaloosa Christian enrolls over 150 students in grades K-8; approximately 100 families are being served who come from nearly 30 different churches in the Mahaska Community. Their mission statement reads, “The mission of Oskaloosa Christian School is to assist parents in equipping their children mentally, physically, and spiritually to be effective disciples of Jesus Chrsit by offering a quality Christ-center education.” 726 N E Street. 641.672.2174.

Twin Cedars: Home of the Sabers, whose mission reads, “The Twin Cedars Board of Directors, staff and parents, with community support, shall provide a secure environment and the current resources necessary to academically and socially educate all individuals enabling them to lead productive, responsible and fulfilling lives in a diverse society.” 2204 Hwy G71, Bussey Iowa. Superintendent Office, 641.944.5241.

educational resources
  • Indian Hills Community College WPU Center:  Indian Hills Community College has a network of service centers throughout the ten counties it supports including educational extension site on the William Penn University Campus in Oskaloosa. For more information visit their web site or contact Cherri James, 641.673.5451, at the WPU site
  • William Penn University: WPU provides the opportunity or an educational experience with a focus on leadership, technology, and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community, and equality. The college was founded in 1873. Its first graduate, in 1875, was female, and in 1902, their first African-American graduate walked across the stage. Today there are more than 1,000 students who come from 42 states and 24 countries.

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Crime & Safety

Listed below are resource links providing crime and safety statistics and information. Non-emergency numbers are listed within the links of the specific areas as labeled. In an emergency, please call 911.

Please contact Team Mahaska’s Web Site Content Manager in the event there are additional links which need to be added here or if a broken link is detected. Thank you.

Community Development

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Laborshed Analysis Mahaska CountyThe purpose of this laborshed analysis is to measure the availability and characteristics of workers within the area based on commuting patterns into the node community (Oskaloosa). Data generated will facility industry expansion and recruitment. The report was released by Iowa Workforce Development.

Mahaska Community Vision and Priorities: Several organizations from around the Mahaska/Oskaloosa area that strive to advance economic growth, community development, and quality of life in the region have recently partnered together to articulate a common vision for the community. This vision, along with supporting goals and priorities, provide guidance for the partner organizations and local government entities for pursuing strategic action plans.

Mahaska County Revolving Loan Fund
Click here to be redirected to the OACDG site and information about the Mahaska County Revolving Loan Fund.  Click here to view the most recent Revolving Loan Fund informational brochure. The fund application guidelines and the application are also found on the OACDG site. For more information contact Deann DeGroot, MCARD Director, 641.672.2591.

Mahaska County Community Grant Foundation (MCCF)
MCCF was established in 2005 to serve the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to support the betterment of and address the challenges of greater Mahaska County communities, charities and organizations today and in the future.

State of the Local EconomyThis 2014 report is intended to be a baseline report for Mahaska County as the community seeks to establish strategic plans for future growth and prosperity. It was produced by the Mahaska Community Development Group. It provides a perspective on recent trends and portrays how the community has fared over the past decade.

Additional community development resources and tools can be found on the Iowa Economic Development Authority web site.

Mahaska Community Economic Development
Tom Flaherty, Executive Director
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 2577
Phone: 641.672.2591
Fax: 641.672.2047

Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group
Ann Smith
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591
Fax: 641.672.2047

Mahaska County Agricultural & Rural Development (MCARD)
Deann Degroot
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591
Fax: 641.672.2047

Oskaloosa Main Street
Emily Brown
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591 Ext. 228

Fremont Development Corporation
Edd Elder, President
Neil Brown, Vice President
Sharon Van Ringelstein, Secretary
Judy Elder, Treasurer
214 South Miles Street
Fremont, Iowa 52561
Phone: 641.933.4507

New Sharon Recreation and Economic Development Foundation
PO Box 165
New Sharon, Iowa 50207

Area 15 Regional Planning Commission
224 East Second Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641-684-6551
Fax: 641.684.4894

Small Business Development Center
Bryan Ziegler, IHCC-RTC
623 Indian Hills Drive, Bldg. 12
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641.683.5127

Iowa Department of Economic Development (IEDA)
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515.281.3251 or 515.242.4700

Iowa Bioprocessing Center
Primary Contact: Kaye DeLange (Cargill)
Phone: 641.696.3845

Iowa League of Cities
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515.244.7282
Specific services/individuals contact page

Indian Hills Regional Development
Phone: 800.726.2585 ext. 1981

Opportunity 2
Economic Development in Southeast Iowa
224 East 2nd Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641.684.6551

Pathfinders RC&D
304 South Maple, Ste 101
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Phone: 641.472.6177