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Women have long been integral to their family farming operations. A census of agriculture shows women are taking on increasing leadership roles, be it in a partnership or as principal operators, says Melissa O’Rourke, a farm and agribusiness management specialist for Iowa State University Extension...
What started out as a bit of a joke on a local radio station turned into one fun-filled morning in a New Hampton parking lot Friday morning.And while it was just a “Chicken Dance,” the radio announcer who pulled it off said maybe, just maybe, Friday’s event that attracted at least 750 people —...
Ken Rasing remembers those early days of the Chickasaw County Rescue Squad like they were yesterday.“We basically had an old Dodge truck and the Jaws [of Life],” he said, “but we were a squad. A lot has changed over the years, but that camaraderie hasn’t. I’m very proud of what we’ve become. We’ve...
The numbers were up — not by a lot, but up — but maybe the most important words New Hampton Boy Scout Troop 48 Scoutmaster Tony Trower and his scouts heard were these:“We want this to continue.”And the New Hampton Motorcycle Rally will, Trower said Sunday morning.“Absolutely,” he said. “We had a...
Rescinding a resolution made two weeks ago in which the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors set Sept. 17 as the public hearing on whether to bond for the communication tower project was voted down 2-3 by the board after discussion on Tuesday.Supervisors Steve Geerts, Tim Zoll and Jacob Hackman...
The way it’s been going we may need Noah to show up with his ark soon.The Nashua area received more than eight inches of rain in an eight-day period that ended Monday, and the rest of this week didn’t look all that great; in fact, National Weather Service forecasters were busy Tuesday issuing...
Come rain or frost, Debby and Kevin VanderMeyden have been attending the motorcycle rally in New Hampton for a good two decades, before they were part of the group of regulars dubbed the Skunk Valley Riders.The Des Moines couple met Gene Davis, who had founded the rally in 1979, when he joined...
Julie Winter-Havel and Jason Speltz aren’t expecting 20,000 or so folks to descend upon New Hampton today and Saturday, but they both have high hopes for the first-ever “Route 24 for the LOVE of Junk.”The festival will run from noon to 7 p.m. today [Friday] and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and...
Chuck Stanton spent his Sunday afternoon diving for golf balls, and maybe the New Hampton Golf and Country Club board member was on to something.“There’s nothing we can do about the weather,” he said, “so I guess I was just trying to have a little fun with it. Heck, I think I came up with a dozen...
When Nancy Hillesheim says she has never experienced a Big Four Fair quite like this one, that’s saying something; after all, she’s been the Fair Board secretary since 1980.“We’ve had a storm or two, but this was absolutely crazy,” Hillesheim said after the fair ended its five-day run on Monday. “...

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