2017 Was Year of Construction

The 203 Walnut Street building in Eddyville prior to demolition.

Mahaska County residents will look back on 2017 as the year of construction projects that changed the landscape for years to come. One, more than any other, change the look of the rolling hills in the northern part of the county. For one Mahaska community a demolition project has taken on a life of its own.

Over the next two weeks The Sun takes a brief look back at the stories that found their way into the lives of our readers. This week we look at the first six months. Many of these stories continue.

The Prairie Wind Project south of New Sharon was announced in January and the blades began spinning in late November and early December. The project saw the installation of more than 80 wind turbines and is expected to add 168 megawatts of power to MidAmerican Energy’s system. The windmills dot the countryside and can be seen more than 30 miles away as one travels down Iowa 163 from Des Moines or up Iowa 23 south of Oskaloosa.

The first of the year saw the completion of a school renovation project at North Mahaska Junior-Senior High School. The project included renovation of science and consumer science rooms, the front offices, media center, rest rooms and entrance area.

A new track saw its first action in April and May.

Read the full story in the December 28 edition.