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As Homeland Energy Solutions Plant Manager Kevin Howes gave Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds a tour of his ethanol manufacturing facility on Friday, he laid out the company’s ambitious goal. “One of the reasons we underwent this expansion is to be the largest plant in the country,” he said, “and it’s going...
Five to seven inches of snow blanketed parts of Chickasaw County last Thursday night, so it wasn't a surprise that school was called off on Friday. Most roads in northern Iowa were cleared and safe for travel by Friday afternoon, however, so many were left wondering why Friday night activities had...
Some parts of Chickasaw County received as many as seven inches of snow overnight last Thursday, the first substantial snow accumulation of the of the 2018 winter season. By noon on Friday, all the main roads in the county were pretty much free and clear. "We didn't have any problems," said county...
If you buy someone gifts at Schueth Ace Hardware in New Hampton, have them wrapped there. They’ve got one of the “Most Gifted Wrappers” in the world, at least according to Ellen DeGeneres. Ace employee Kelly Stewart was one of the top prize winners in a contest Ellen held during the Christmas...
Sen. Charles Grassley shared his prescription for fighting higher drug prices with a roomful of pharmaceutical manufacturing employees last week in Charles City. The Iowa Republican took a tour of the Cambrex plant, then sat down for a question-and-answer period with Cambrex workers. The first...
New Hampton High School senior Hannah Schwickerath had one eye on the computer screen Monday afternoon. “They had said it would be posted late afternoon, so from after school until the time it was posted, I was hitting the ‘refresh’ button,” she said. Schwickerath was anticipating the results from...
As far as Tammy Robinson is concerned, Monday night’s City Council meeting was just about perfect. “Anytime we can bring three TIFs to the council, it shows we have a lot of stuff going on,” the New Hampton Economic Development Department director said. “It’s exciting, and I think it shows we are...
A former Nashua state champion boys basketball coach has resigned his coaching position as a girls varsity coach in the state of Oregon. The Philomath Express reports veteran basketball coach Dave Garvin has stepped down from his position leading the Philomath (Oregon) High School girls basketball...
It’s a weekend of art for young and old alike at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton. Things get started with the creation of some clay creatures on Saturday afternoon and end with a reception for Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe on Sunday afternoon. “Come Clay With Me,” will take place from 1-...
If you think it seems like this winter has been a little colder, with less snow than normal, you’re absolutely right. The weather system that moved through this area Thursday and Friday and dumped some snow has been a break in the trend. It looks like a chilly weekend ahead, with overnight lows...

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