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One of the best parts of the holiday party season is the popular beverage that is often served - the punch. It is believed that the name punch originated from the Hindi word for five since traditional punch had five ingredients. Interestingly, this popular slushy punch also has five ingredients. No one will ever guess it is reduced in calories.

Today’s meatloaf is an American innovation. During the hardships of the Depression, it provided a cheap, warm and filling meal. However, in recent years, it has started appearing on the menu in restaurants as a favorite comfort food. This recipe from food.com is similar to what is served at …

In 1989, the National Honey Board declared September as National Honey Month, as it is usually around this time that the bees start to secure their hives in preparation for winter.


The annual "Doggie Dip" at the Pella Aquatic Center took place Wednesday night. Pella Community Services Director Jeanette Vaughan said that the count was around 42 dogs at the beginning of the night. The clouds may have kept some families at home. 


As the Olympic games continue in Rio, Lucy Stravers remembers a photo of her daughter, Jean Vreeman, carrying one of the torches in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Vreeman was able to keep the torch she carried.


After one week of Rock Steady, a boxing course to help those with Parkinson's Disease, participants have come to realize they now have a community with whom to share their experiences, have improved sleeping habits and have incorporated boxing as a part of their therapy regimen.

Central College alumnus Francisco Ruiz visited Pella Tuesday, July 19, to see professors, co-workers and friends at the college in an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Ruiz, a Hotdogger, travels all over the country to attend marketing events to promote Oscar Meyer.


David Smart, president of the Board of Directors for the Pella Opera House, announced today that beginning Aug. 1, Ms. Heidi Kelley will take the helm as the new Executive Director.

In the past 24 hours deputies responded to 36 calls for service including, but not limited to, three extra patrols, one accident, five reckless drivers, one transport, one follow up, one suspicious person, sixteen attempts at paper service, four motorist assists, two vehicle unlocks, one ala…


A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marion County Public Health Training Room, 2003 North Lincoln Street in Knoxville, to continue and finalize efforts in developing a concept plan for multi-use trails in Marion County, with the intent of linking trails wi…


Middle School theater camp students will replace the usual summer performance with their production of “Tom Sawyer”. The production is entirely led by students to teach kids what it's like to produce a play.


Congressman Dave Loebsack was back in Pella this afternoon to listen to concerns from mental health care providers 


Thursdays in Pella begins today with the theme “Family Fun for Everyone.” Activities begin at the Tulip Toren at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.


Pella Christian High School is ready for action in the boys' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena tonight (Monday, March 7). The team is set to tip off against top-ranked Dike-New Hartford at 8:15 p.m. in Des Moines. 

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. … But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you …

When adopting a pet for Christmas, there are several things to take into consideration to ensure that the pet does not end up in the shelter shortly after being gifted. Nancy Long with the Marion County Humane Society and Dr. Glenda Van Wyk with the Tri County Veterinary Clinic provided tips…


From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the last Monday of every month, you will find a room inside Third Church abuzz with the sounds of sewing machines, stitching together weighted blankets to help families in need.

Pella's Holly Toom was awarded $25,000 from Hy-Vee's Fuel Saver and Perks Giveaway. Toom was presented her check at the local store Friday morning.

Former Army Ranger Gary Horton of Alabama, age 74, now donates his time telling the young people of the United States about America. He has spoken in 46 states, and last week, he visited Pella Christian High School.

Pella's Nick Showman served as the Iowa Hawkeye football team's Kid Captain for Homecoming Saturday against Illinois. Nick, son of Steve and Rhonda Showman, is the second Kid Captain from Pella for the Hawkeyes this season, and the good times began long before kickoff.

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"When I see that engagement, I have no choice but to be on that journey with them," is how Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell describes as a highlight of his annual summer trek across Iowa libraries. By the end of his trip this summer, he will have visited 71 cities and entertained around …

Saturday March 28th dawned crisp, clear and chilly but that didn't slow down the crowds of children in Pella who were excited to catch a glimpse of the illusive Easter Bunny and hoping to pick up some sweet treats to share back home with Mom and Dad. Hundreds of local children and their pare…

Harmlessly burning the household trash turned into a very bad morning and afternoon at the home of Tim and Ronda DeGeest who live at 1642 G76 (known locally as Long Lane). DeGeest had started the trash burning in the yard and was busy working on a new deck on the front of their home when he …

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Beverly J. Kucera died at eighty-eight in Bloomington, MN on January 1, 2020. She was born in Ivanhoe, MN. After completing a teaching degree, she moved to Hopkins, MN. There she met Allan, her husband of over forty-five years. They started raising a family in Illinois, then Missouri. Afterw…