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Here is a look at the unofficial election results for contested races in Chickasaw County:   FREDERICKSBURG MAYOR James F. Mitchell 158 Write-Ins 63   FREDERICKSBURG CITY COUNCIL (2 SEATS) Kyle Wendland 150 Dean Speicher 146 Sheriton L. Dettmer 142   IONIA CITY COUNCIL (3 SEATS) Ted Geerts Jr. 36...
New Hampton elected a new mayor on Tuesday as challenger Bobby Schwickerath knocked off incumbent Deb Larsen by a relatively large margin. Schwickerath, the 32-year-old president of the New Horizons-Chamber who serves as the warehouse manager and in sales at Dungey’s Furniture and Flooring,...
Megan Nosbisch and Amelia Nosbisch make a Christmas ornament together at the New Hampton Public Library.
Songs like “Jingle Bells,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Mary Did You Know?” carried down Main Street as shoppers bustled in and out of stores and up and down the sidewalks during Saturday’s Holiday Open House.  Transitioning from Halloween over to Thanksgiving and Christmas in a mere 37...
New Hampton voters have a decision to make next week when they head to the polls to select a new mayor. Do they want to stay the course or do they want a change? The race between incumbent Mayor Deb Larsen and challenger Bobby Schwickerath is one of several contested races in the area during the...
Howard and Marty Wilshire help Jolene Dungey at their jewelry store in downtown New Hampton.
It wasn’t a decision Howard and Marty Wilshire took lightly, but after 44 years of owning and operating the New Hampton jewelry store, they have decided, as they put it, “to smell the roses.” And sometime this winter, once the store’s liquidation sale is complete, New Hampton will lose the oldest...
The enrollment numbers didn’t surprise New Hampton Community School officials, yet they still stung. Board members last week learned that the district’s certified enrollment, as of Oct. 1, was 916, a drop of 2.6 percent from the district’s Oct. 1, 2018, enrollment. “Last year’s seniors were in one...
Little Arlo Brown is all smiles as he is hooked up to a high flow oxygen device at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.
Let’s get one thing out of the way before we get started with this story. You want to hug Arlo Brown, don’t you? Seriously, is he the cutest little boy you’ve ever seen or what?  And the 15-month-old who has a smile that would warm the heart of even the most cantankerous among us is one of the...
Michelle Good helps a student with a workbook activity in her kindergarten classroom last Wednesday morning.
By the time Michelle Good was in high school she had a passion for teaching.  “At the time, I didn’t realize it was “teaching,” but in high school I loved working with other students on the dance team and the elementary kids in mini-pom dance. It was rewarding to meet them at their level, see the...
The Bethany Lutheran College Chamber Orchestra will perform in New Hampton, Jerico and Saude this weekend.
Pastor Peter Faugstad has more than just a casual interest in the Bethany Lutheran College Chamber Orchestra. It may have something to do with the director, Benjamin Faugstad. “Ben is my brother, but I don’t call him professor,” quipped the pastor of Redeemer, Saude and Jerico Lutheran Churches....
A farmer chops corn for silage in a field north of Jerico last week as the weather finally gave area growers a chance to get into their fields.
Last week was a boon for area farmers; the weekend and the start of this week … not so good. “We have a lot of guys out in the fields and they’re making good headway,” ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol said Friday, “but what they really want is to keep the momentum.” Unfortunately, that momentum...

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