• Several Mingo kids bundled up on Nov. 22 to check out the latest addition to their local hangout spot at Railroad and East Streets. After nine years of fundraising, the city park in Mingo finished the installation of new playground equipment. The new playground features four unique slides, monkey bars and a rock climbing wall. Events such as Mingo Days which raised $13,250 for the park; donations and grants of $14,750 from the Jasper Community Foundation, $5,000 from Mingo Development Corporation and $500 each from the Mingo Men’s Club and IMT Insurance allowed the group to purchase the equipment. — Jasper County Tribune


• Heartland Singers Community Chorus will present “Sweet Sounds of Christmas” at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 400 NE 56th St., Pleasant Hill. The choir will sing sacred and secular Christmas music, old and new, including carols and favorite songs. Refreshments will follow. A free will donation is requested. The community chorus is comprised of members from Altoona, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Urbandale, Prairie City and Monroe. — Monroe Legacy

Winfield-Mt. Union

• When the Winfield-Mt. Union Elementary School started its month-long fundraiser to collect money for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, teacher Barb Phelps thought it would be great to raise $500. They started the first week collecting pennies; the second week nickels; third week was dimes and the fourth week quarters and any other coins or bills anyone wanted to donate. The school surpassed that goal within the first week and at an assembly on Nov. 20, it was revealed the school had collected $3,025. — Winfield Beacon/Wayland News


• Sawyer Osborn’s hair reached several inches below her waist when wet. On Nov. 22, kindergartner Osborn went to AllyCuts Salon in Sully for her first hair cut. She cut nine inches off to make sure there was enough to donate to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that makes wigs for children with hair loss. — Hometown Press