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It’s the little moments that mean the most to New Hampton individual speech coach Jason Speltz. Sure, the eight Division I ratings his team garnered at Saturday’s state speech contest were important, but the memory that may last the longest for Speltz is one that came after New Hampton students had...
Matt Crayne holds a GPS unit that will be used to hunt for "gold" on St. Patrick's Day.
On a daily basis, Chickasaw County Conservation Board Naturalist Matt Crayne may be rescuing an animal, educating students in the classroom or working on the upkeep and improvements of the 37 areas managed by the county.  But helping families search for a pot of gold ... well, that only happens on...
The Chickasaw Ambulance Council unanimously approved a two-year contract with the county's current ambulance provider during a meeting Tuesday evening in which council members also approved a budget and a rental agreement to house two ambulances. Tuesday's meeting got off to a rocky start when...
Hundreds of Chickasaw County residents became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but it may be a while before they can actually get their shots. The Iowa Department of Public Health last Thursday night announced that it was adding individuals that have underlying medical conditions to Phase...
One of Nashua-Plainfield’s hallways shows off the creative talents of students Madeline Taylor and Hailey Lechtenberg.
Madeline Taylor and Hailey Lechtenberg did the painting; Mason Mitchell did the graphic design. And all three Nashua-Plainfield High School students laughed when asked about how the idea to spruce up the walls of a school hallway came to become a reality. “Well, Mrs. Kalainoff came up with the idea...
Rosalie Busta plays flute in the high school concert band.
The advantages of being a small school? Turkey Valley was able to distance its entire concert band — 16 members strong — when the school held its POPS Concert last Thursday. Choir members also performed, but with face masks on, guidelines didn’t require distancing. Save for the percussion section,...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors — in somewhat of a surprise — last week approved the maximum tax levy it will be able to set for the 2021-22 fiscal year that begins on July 1. Although the levy rate will actually drop, the county will receive 3.65 percent more from local property owners...
When Judy Knoll walked out of the New Hampton Public Library late Thursday afternoon, she was ready. She was primed for retirement, but that doesn’t mean the longest-tenured library employee didn’t feel a twinge of sadness. “It’s time, and I’m ready, or at least I think I am,” Knoll said with a...
The new Chickasaw County Ambulance Council moved closer to reaching an agreement with the Chickasaw Ambulance Service during a lengthy meeting Tuesday, just one day after a number of city councils, including Nashua’s, rejected a proposal made by the service. The two sides compromised on a number of...
Micah Johnson and Kendall Larsen enjoy their snacks as their fathers — Drew Johnson and Colin Larsen chat at the Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance.
They came dressed to the hilt. The girls shined in their dresses and showed off their corsages to their friends, other dads and, yes, complete strangers. The dads showed that they clean up very well, too. They broke out the ties, the sweaters and sport coats. In other words, it was your typical...

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