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The idea is simple yet twofold: Give Baby Sterling the memorial service he deserves and bring healing to a community. So on Saturday morning, the residents of Alta Vista, the law enforcement personnel, the first responders and the prosecutors whose lives were forever changed that day almost two...
Jason Speltz’s first Heartland Days as a member of New Horizons-Chamber was back in 2012, which means this upcoming weekend’s celebration will be his eighth with the organization that puts on New Hampton’s annual celebration. And here’s the deal: Speltz is adamant that Mother Nature owes him and...
Tara Hackman concedes she’s a bit befuddled by the slow pace of registrations for the New Hampton Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Creamery that will be held, hopefully, later this month. “After last year, so many people said they loved it and urged us to bring it back,” said Hackman, the...
The adrenaline in Christy Roethler’s voice was still loud and clear Sunday morning, but the co-chairperson of the committee that put on one heck of an Alta Vista Days celebration couldn’t help but laugh when she was asked about a possible nap later in the day. “I think I’ll be ready, but right now...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors on Monday moved in the direction of agreeing to for half of a two-year ambulance contract. After a long discussion, board members reached a consensus that they were would pay for half of the contract with the Chickasaw Ambulance Service that the Chickasaw...
New Hampton resident Marge TeKippe speaks during the open forum portion of Thursday's Ambulance Council meeting.
The Chickasaw County Ambulance Council approved a two-year contract with the Chickasaw Ambulance Service Thursday, ending a meeting that lasted more than two hours and was contentious, to say the least, at times. Council members voted 5-4 to send a contract to the supervisors that calls on the...
The New Hampton City Council last week approved providing a couple with an economic development grant for what will be a unique business on New Hampton’s Main Street. Lisa and Lee Pool recently purchased the building at 109 E. Main Street that was formerly the home of businesses like the Coffee...
The basketball hoops have been installed in what will be New Hampton's new competition gymnasium.
New Hampton Community Schools’ $19.415 million building project hit a bit of a hiccup recently, but the School Board approved a change order at last week’s meeting that will take care of an issue with the local fire marshal. Board members at last Monday’s meeting voted to spend $15,742 that will be...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to have the county attorney look at a contract proposed by Chickasaw Ambulance Service, but those hoping the board would bypass the Ambulance Council and approve a contract left the meeting disappointed. Ambulance service owner Jeremy McGrath...
It's quiet now, but Alta Vista will be hopping this weekend when the small town holds AV Days and celebrates its 125th birthday
“The Friendly Town” has spent months planning a birthday party and has thrown out the proverbial welcome mat for the town’s three-day 125th birthday party that kicks off Friday. A slew of activities — ranging from an “all-school, all-town” reunion to live music to historical displays to a big...

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