OELWEIN (KWWL)-- Oelwein has been recognized as a 2009 All-Star Community. It shares the honor with Cresco, Marshalltown and Mondamin.
The communities were recognized at a conference by the Iowa League of Cities September 23-25.
Communities are recognized for innovative efforts, such as urban renewal, development, preservation, service sharing or quality of life improvements. Oelwein was recognized for its Regional Academy for Math and Science Project.
In 2007, Oelwein, along with local schools and foundations, began work on the 12,000 square foot RAMS facility. It serves residents of all ages, from elementary to adult advance degrees.