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New Hampton High School is hoping it will be able to hold two commencement ceremonies in 2020 — a virtual one that will be released on Sunday, May 17, and a traditional one that will be held on Sunday, June 28. In a letter to seniors and parents, Principal Sarah Updegraff said “in working with...
The New Hampton City Council, despite uncertainty about how the Coronavirus crisis will affect the amount of Road-Use Tax dollars the city will receive, gave permission last week for the city’s street superintendent to take bids for a street restoration project. Junior Mai told council members...
Dan Sumner stands in his “new” shop that was rebuilt after his old building (below) was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2013.
Dan Sumner remembers one of his daughters bringing him a “care package” after a fire destroyed his shop back in September 2013. “It had a tape measure, a hammer, a pliers, a screwdriver,” he said before his wife, Diane, reminded him about “the Lifesavers.” He paused for a moment and smiled. For...
Garrett Boeding works on planting and fertilizing a field this past week, when area farmers were able to kick off the planting season.
Terry Basol couldn’t help but chuckle when it comes to farmers and the “virus crisis.” “Farmers are the cat’s meow when it comes to social distancing,” said the ISU Extenstion agronomist based near Nashua, “especially this time of the year. You’re pretty much guaranteed that no one’s going to be...
On the day in which Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she would begin the process of “reopening the state,” Chickasaw County Public Health officials confirmed a fourth confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19. And also on Friday, Public Health and Homecare Services Director Lisa Welter made a plea to...
Keeping New Hampton’s parks looking spiffy this year will be (from left) Nathan Moore, Todd Baldwin and Steve Chapin.
Normally during this time of year, the New Hampton Parks and Recreation staff is busy getting the area parks, baseball and softball diamonds and New Hampton Municipal Pool ready. However, this spring has been far from normal. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the parks in town to close down for...
New Hampton High School is hoping it will be able to hold two commencement ceremonies in 2020 — a virtual one that will be released on Sunday, May 17, and a traditional one that will beheld on Sunday, June 28. In a letter to seniors and parents, Principal Sarah Updegraff said “in working with...
Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit, experts across the world have stressed the importance of social distancing, and law enforcement personnel in Chickasaw County are doing their best to take all the precautions they can in order to limit face-to-face contact. “As sheriff, I have, like many other...
Like all of Iowa’s churches, the Little Brown Church hasn’t held a worship service in more than a month because of the public health crisis.
For the first time in decades, the Little Brown Church in the Vale will not conduct one single marriage ceremony this month. “It’s been at least a month since we’ve had a wedding here,” the Rev. Drew McHolm said earlier this week, “and yes, for us, that’s a long, long time to go in between weddings...
Adam Geerts takes a phone call in his office at Geerts Plumbing and Heating.
Adam Geerts doesn’t mince words when it comes to the shortage of folks seeking employment in the “trades.” “We have to get our schools to understand that not every single kid needs to go to a four-year college,” the owner of Geerts Plumbing and Heating said. “Seriously, we have good jobs available...

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