“It takes a good town to make a good newspaper. If a town is not live and progressive and sociable, there is nothing to write about. If the businessmen are not enterprising and liberal, they will not support a paper. Kalona is a good town and full of good people, and that is why we have a good paper.”


-Emma Allen, Dec. 17, 1891

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Emma Allen became editor of the new Kalona News in 1891. She reported on local businesses and encouraged many developments that improved life in Kalona. Do you have what it takes to build the kind of town that Emma Allen described? Use the button below to start exploring Emma Allen's writings and see if you can follow her suggestions to help create a "live and progressive and sociable" town.