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Education

GMG begins to tackle budget woes, stave off insolvency

GARWIN – The Green Mountain-Garwin Community School District’s financial health has reached a critical juncture requiring a series of sustained, smart budget decisions over the next five years to keep its solvency ratio in the black. Such was the assessment of district consultant and ...

Iowans observe total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse was visible from the United States this past Monday, April 8. While Iowa was not in the path of totality which stretched from Texas to Maine in a narrow band, the state did experience somewhere between 70 to 85 percent of the eclipse depending on location. The peak time ...

Mercedes Wedeking named to Mercy College of Health Sciences Dean’s List

DES MOINES – Mercedes Wedeking of Reinbeck has been named to the Dean's List for the Winter 2024 quarter at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must attain a grade point average (GPA) between 3.50 and 3.749, in their most recent ...

Hawkeye CC to host open house April 18 for newly-renovated Grundy Hall

WATERLOO – Hawkeye Community College will host a public open house for the newly-renovated Grundy Hall on Thursday, April 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Hawkeye’s Main Campus located at 1501 E. Orange Road in Waterloo. After a two-year, $21 million renovation, Grundy Hall was transformed into a ...

Children’s Theatre Camp returns this summer

TOLEDO – “The School for Spies” is coming to The Wieting Theatre in Toledo. This musical is designed for students of all levels of theater experience. Campers will audition, rehearse, and perform a musical alongside three professional teaching artists… in one week. “The School for ...

Gladbrook-Reinbeck Facility Task Force 2.0

REINBECK – Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s 1921 secondary building is old. Out of date. Deteriorating in multiple places. And running out of time. Such was the consensus last Wednesday of many of the roughly 20 community members who attended the district’s fourth of six planned Facility Task ...

Central Rivers AEA, area school district leaders react to new law

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the much discussed Area Education Agencies (AEA) reform bill into law last Wednesday, March 27, just a day after the Iowa Senate approved the legislation. House File 2612 (HF2612) passed the Senate on March 26 on a 30-18 vote, with Sen. Annette Sweeney (R-Iowa Falls) ...

Garwin Public Library to host Live Animal Wednesdays

GARWIN – The Garwin Public Library will be hosting Live Animal Wednesdays in April beginning Wednesday, April 3 with snails followed by Ms. Strawberry the Sheep on April 10, Olive the Hedgehog on April 17, and a Tama County Humane Society special guest on April 24. As part of the April 17 ...

Petersen hired to lead GMG

GREEN MOUNTAIN – The Green Mountain-Garwin Community School District is hoping third time’s a charm when it comes to new superintendents this school year. Last week Monday (March 18), Kimballton native Chris Petersen, 42, was officially hired as GMG superintendent, replacing interim ...