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Change will be coming to the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors in 2021, thanks to last week’s election that saw two new members elected. Granted, one of those “newbies” is actually a supervisor veteran, but no matter how you look at it, 40 percent of the board will turn over when we flip the...
Chickasaw County voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump Tuesday, and voters also elected two Republicans to the Board of Supervisors and a GOP auditor. Republican Jacob Hackman beat back a challenge from Democrat Joan Knoll, who did not seek a fourth term as auditor, to claim the District...
The one moment that Jason Rude will never forget when it comes to the saga of bringing a piece of the USS Arizona to New Hampton Middle School. And it’s why the social studies instructor believes so passionately in personal history. There he was, standing in his home, pulling out a piece of the...
Look, it’s as much of a fact as say the earth is round and the sun rises in the east: There aren’t many, if any, bigger Iowa State University Cyclone fans than Dustin and Emily Kleiss and their children. But these Cyclones do have an affinity for at least one thing Hawkeye, the University of Iowa...
It was contentious at times, but when Wednesday night’s public hearing was finished, nothing had changed. Terry Johnson’s dismissal from the Chickasaw County Board of Public Health remained in place. After more than an hour of “testimony,” the Board of Supervisors, in effect, upheld the dismissal...
For the layperson, if you will, it’s one of the mysteries of school finance: How can administrators not know their exact enrollment on any given day of school? Isn’t it just a matter of counting? Ah, if it was only that easy, right Jay Jurrens? “I wish it was, but the way the state figures...
New Hampton Parks and Recreation Program Director Tara Hackman loves the Halloween Parade her department and New Horizons-Chamber put on every year. But she’s also the mother of two young children. “If you look at the pictures of our past Halloween Parades,” she said, “you know it’s dang near...
New Hampton High School senior Avery Throndson was doing a “football interview” a couple of weeks ago when he was asked a non-gridiron question. Are you glad you’re going to school this year? “I can’t believe I’m going to say this,” Throndson said, “but man, I actually missed school last [spring]....
Duncan Slick climbed the ladder to the top of his loft barn, saw the John Deere blanket, the John Deere stuffed toy tractor and the tractor pillowcase. The little 4-year-old stopped for a second and took it all in. “Oh my God,” he said with about the biggest smile a 4-year-old can flash, and the...
New Hampton’s City Council decided last week that it would eschew hiring a new street superintendent and, instead, will create a public works director position. The idea, Councilman Bruce Diiro said, was that having someone oversee the street, wastewater and water departments would help with...

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