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The seniors of New Hampton's baseball team — (from left) Noah Fye, Josh Fenske, Braydon Fisher, Logan Havlik and Aden Zwanziger.
Josh Fenske launched a high fly ball to center field Saturday night, and he knew almost immediately that his high school sports career was over.He put his hands to is face as he stopped just short of first base and the pain was agonizing.Josh is my son, yet, the reporter in me lifted my camera and...
As the ball jumped off Logan Havlik’s bat and sailed into right field last Tuesday night, two immediate thoughts came to mind.Please, Waukon right fielder, whomever you are, don’t pick this time to make a sensational catch.And, this is a story; after all, it’s a senior getting his first career...
Alfred B. “Fritz” Mueterthies, age 87 of Lawler, IA passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 with family by his side at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Father Kyle Digmann celebrating. ...
Almost immediately Saturday evening I knew something was wrong.Josh and his girlfriend, Morgan, had just walked through the door after a long, hot day at the New Hampton Invitational baseball tournamentMorgan looked like she was about to burst into tears at any moment.“Is everything OK?”“A Nashua...
Evan Gossling runs the shuttle hurdle relay during last week's Northeast Iowa Conference meet.
On the front and back pages of this edition of the Tribune are pictures of absolute joy and disbelief.The photographs of Savannah Anderson and Marcy Uglum capture the “thrill of victory” that makes high school sports — OK, sports of any kind — so much fun to cover.Both New Hampton high jumpers had...
Marvin R. Westendorf age 89 of Fredericksburg, Iowa died Friday, May 4, 2018, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg with Pastor Michael Christie presiding. Interment will...
The kids were ecstatic when I told them we were moving home in just one week.  April and I were pretty darn happy as well. You see, we had been in Guatemala for two and a half months living and working with a group of missionaries, and we were heading home — back to New Hampton. The journey had...
New Hampton High School sophomore Madison Hoeck performs a solo dance dedicated to her mother during Saturday’s Dance Showcase.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not a “dance expert” by any means, but I didn’t need to be on Saturday night.Art is art, and when done right, it moves us.And on Saturday evening, all of us in the New Hampton gymnasium were touched by a high school sophomore performing a solo dance dedicated...
I stood up against the wall painted with an American flag Saturday night and silently wept.In front of me, scores of people held candles and listened to several speakers remember the much-too-short life of Sterling Koehn and raise awareness of the tragedy that is child abuse and neglect.The night...
We had an article in our paper last week about New Hampton High School’s upcoming musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” It sounds like it’s going to be a great show, and it got me thinking about theatre.It’s kind of one of my things. I had a theatre arts minor in college, I’ve written a...

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