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A New Hampton resident made a pitch last week to the City Council to have members of the New Hampton Light Plant Board elected, rather than appointed, but he may have to first lobby the Iowa Legislature to change state law. Larry Throndson, a former member of the Light Plant Board, last Monday...
The ballots are in and that means voting for the Nov. 5 municipal and school elections is now underway. The Chickasaw County Auditor’s Office received the ballots last Thursday and early voting started on Friday and will run through Election Day, and election officials are reminding voters that...
Area farmers were praying for a little rain a month ago; today, they’d love Mother Nature to turn off the spigot. “It could stop anytime,” said ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol, who is based in Nashua. “We have quite a few soybean fields that are coming around — we’ve even had a few taken out...
New Hampton Rotary Club members Kris Markham and Bill Riley work a “booth” in which the club gave away free fire extinguishers to area residents during Saturday’s New Hampton Fire Department’s Open House.
Let’s face it, a fire station is pretty much like a candy store to children. If you wanted proof, you should have been at the New Hampton Fire Department Open House on Saturday, where kids proudly wore their fire “helmets,” climbed in and out of fire trucks and got a chance to knock down a few...
The long-rumored lawsuit is now a reality after Chickasaw County last week filed a petition for a “writ of mandamus” against the county’s cities and their council members in district court to help pay for ambulance service in the county. The suit asks the court to enter an order “compelling all...
New Chickasaw County Youth Coordinator Eleni Parsons (left) shares a light moment with 4-H and Youth Development Specialist Kendra Crooks at the Chickasaw County ISU Extension office.
Eleni Parsons has a big goal — a utopian one at that — when it comes to Chickasaw County’s 4-H clubs. “I’d like every kid to be in it,” the new Chickasaw County ISU Extension youth coordinator said, “and I know that’s probably not realistic, but why not dream big, right?” For Parsons, her new...
Before the new Theisen’s store in New Hampton opens for the first time, city and company officials pose for a photo with the American Legion Fae Stine Post 38 color guard that raised the flag at the old Shopko building. Pictured are New Hampton Economic Development Director Tammy Robinson; Theisen’s Vice President of Operations Chris Theisen; the Legion’s Paul Kruger, Clark Budweg, Jeff Macon, Ron Pethoud and Brian Quirk; Theisen’s Store Manager Brian Kellogg and Economic Development assistant Megan Baltes.
A dream 10 years in the making came to realization Friday morning when New Hampton’s new Theisen’s store opened. And the new store’s “soft opening” came with a little style as the American Legion Fae Stine Post 38 Color Guard held a short ceremony before raising the flag for Theisen’s first day. “...
Kannon Leuenberger and Liza Herold
Crowned 2019 Homecoming Queen Friday night was Turkey Valley's Liza Herold. She joined King Kannon Leuenberger as they were crowned by 2018 royalty Karissa Schmidt and Carter Reicks. Turkey Valley's football team capped the night with a 60-0 win over Kee High to stay undefeated on the season. More...
Turkey Valley Homecoming King Kannon Leuenberger (center) joins fellow candidates Parker Poor (left) and Sam Kout for a photo after the coronation ceremony Thursday evening. (Photo by Dorothy Huber)
Half of Turkey Valley's homecoming royalty has been set as Kannon Leuenberger was crowned king in between the varsity and junior varsity volleyball matches Thursdasy night. Leuenberger was joined by fellow king candidates Parker Poor and Sam Kout as Turkey Valley continued its homecoming...
Celebrating the ribbon cutting of The Gathering Place are, from left: Bobby and Emma Schwickerath, Jason Speltz, Deb and Kendall Larsen, Lisa and Lee Pool, Jean and Lee Foster and Dee McGrath.
This has been a dream of Lisa Pool’s for a long time.  “I’ve always had this kind of coffee shop or retreat center dream. The reality is I’ve been with the Department of Agriculture for 19 years. I can’t quit my day job to have this dream, but why can’t I intermix this to create both?”  It was from...

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