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Bailey Kriener shows off a catapult she and her group made in their J-term and plan to enter in a physics competition this spring.
The new gym and commons area were packed last Thursday night as community members came out to see what exactly New Hampton High School has been up to these last two weeks.  The J-Term Showcase included booths and tables from every J-Term course where students presented projects cumulating their...
Vaping has become a real issue for schools around the country.
Vaping, drug use, and mental health issues have become even more significant problems in this community and county in recent years, especially in the area of young people.  Chickasaw Connections, a local group made up of individuals dedicated to promoting healthy choices and lifestyle for area...
Snow begins to fall on New Hampton Friday afternoon as traffic makes its way down Main Street near Mikkelson Park.
The first major winter storm of the season was, to some at least, a “dud.” Still, it gave us a potpourri of weather conditions — ranging from snow, freezing rain, sleet, frigid temperatures and plenty of wind. But … it also wasn’t as bad as originally forecast, which meant the second-guessers were...
Six remarkable people — (from left) Cecilia Malinowski, Lynn and Dee Boeding, Bob Denner, Matt Malinowski and Roxy Denner – pose for a photo after the three couples met for the first time in October.
There’s a moment as Dee Boeding shares the saga when she must pause, and during that instant, it’s no longer January 2020 but instead it’s Oct. 8, 2019. It was on that morning in a hospital conference room in Des Moines when Boeding met the life of the woman she saved, and her brother, Bob Denner,...
Hunter Carey returns a volley while playing pickleball at the Chickasaw Wellness Complex Friday.
When the Carey family is teaching the sport of pickleball, they are patient, kind and considerate. Going up against each other, they’re ruthless. Hunter Carey hit a shot at the Chickasaw Wellness Complex Friday morning so hard that his dad, Scott, didn’t stand a chance. “Sorry,” said Hunter. “No...
New Hampton Park Board members and their staff look over the agenda for last Wednesday’s meeting.
The members of the New Hampton Park Board come from vastly different backgrounds, but when they gathered last Wednesday night — as they do once a month January to December — they shared a common bond: A love for the city’s parks and its recreation programs. And New Hampton Parks and Recreation...
For those who know Parker Poor, a Turkey Valley High School student, the smile says it all about the 17-year-old who has battled numerous medical challenges throughout his life.
Parker Poor has been beating the odds his whole life, and he’s done so with a smile that, in a word, is infectious. Now his friends want to give back to the Turkey Valley High School senior who has impacted so many lives with his grit, determination and, yes, that grin that lights up a room. So on...
We are now less  than three weeks away from that event that always has Iowa leading the national news. Yep, the caucuses are almost here, and for some, that’s great news because when the last “vote” is counted, that means the rest of the country will leave us alone for a while. Chickasaw County...
It was short and sweet for New Hampton’s new mayor and the City Council last week when they held their first meeting of 2020. Enjoy it while it lasts, and quick, “easy” meetings aren’t going to be around all that long. Mayor Bobby Schwickerath and City Council members, including Bob Boos who took...
St. Joseph Community School kindergarten students work on a variety of projects with their iPads in teacher Jill Flugum’s classroom last week.
Jill Flugum’s day begins at 7:45 a.m. when she readies her classroom and herself for her day as a kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph Community School.  All is quiet in the room, but she knows the silence won’t last long, and after gathering with her colleagues for a prayer and a brief meeting, life...

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