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They may not be anywhere near as big as the tractors and trucks but the "minis" definitely produce noise and excitement at the Kenwood Avenue Nationals.
  Ed Anderson, his son and two of his grandchildren walked behind the stands and checked out the tractors and trucks Friday night. “I like that one ... and that one ... and that one,” said 6-year-old Toby, the grandson of the former Nashua-Plainfield Elementary School principal as his grandfather...
Soon-to-be Chickasaw County Fair Queen Bailey Schinker reacts after finding “her card” in a bag of potato chips during a magic show put on by Jeffrey Reicks at the Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show’s Family Barbecue Night Sunday.
  Bailey Schinker wanted to be Chickasaw County’s fair queen, but she may have been the most shocked person on the Big Four Fairgrounds Sunday night when her name was announced. “I wouldn’t have been devastated, but yeah, I wanted to win and I tried hard,” she said moments after receiving her crown...
  It’s a simple equation — 44 > 40 — and it’s bad news for New Hampton Community Schools students. You see, their summer is more than half over. The halfway point — to be exact — was last Wednesday, and while 40 days may seem like an eternity to some, summer is flying by. “It’s crazy to think we...
Sam Hake laughs with his judge during the Static Show at the Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show.
  Sam Hake carefully listened to the judge, and one could almost see he was taking mental notes on how to improve his woodworking project next year. “They can be critical,” the soon-to-be Nashua-Plainfield High School junior said, “but it’s not in a mean way. You really do learn a lot from them.”...
T-shirts with the hashtag “#LuftTuff” are numerous at the celebration of life service for Logan Luft Wednesday afternoon.
  Tears and laughs. Favorite memories shared. A community coming together in love and caring and support. About 1,300 people packed into the Charles City Middle School gym Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the short life of Logan Luft, a 15-year-old Charles City boy who was fatally injured in an ATV...
Levi Williamson (second from the right) and his fellow Boy Scouts dedicate his Eagle Scout project at Plainfield City Hall.
  Boy Scout Levi Williamson has become one of the elite who have finished his Eagle Scout project for their community.  He joins over 2.5 million young men who have earned their Eagle Scout ranking over the last 100 years. After months of planning, fundraising and hard work many came out for a flag...
  We’re not quite sure how to break this to the students of Nashua-Plainfield Community Schools, so we’ll just come out and say it: Your summer vacation is now half over. Forty-one days ago from today [Thursday], you wrapped up your last day of the 2016-17 school year. Forty-one days from now, you...
  As New Hampton tackled what many are calling its “housing crisis,” the city’s Economic Development director knew that money had to be spent. “I think as we’ve met, we all agree we have an issue with housing,” said Tammy Robinson, “but we also aren’t quite sure what we really need to do.” Some...
Sean Singewald and his two children — Sam and Josie — work on a RAGBRAI Lego project that will provide bicyclists with a neat photo opportunity when they pedal through New Hampton July 27.
  The Carnegie Cultural Center’s Lego Club has been a hit almost from the day it first met several years ago. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the New Hampton museum — with a giant assist from one family — is putting those Legos to good use when thousands of bicycle riders descend upon New...
Julie and Jim Eckenrod are surrounded by family members — (from left) grandchildren Alyssa and Jacob, daughter-in-law Melanie Davis and grandchildren James and Michael — on the track that will hold the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this week.
  All was relatively quiet last Thursday at the track that will host the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this upcoming weekend. The big National Tractor Pullers Association event was still eight days away, and the extended family of Jim and Julie Eckenrod was getting ready for an event that has become a...

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