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After a lot of talk and some spirited debate — complete with a lesson from the county sheriff — the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to keep the salaries of elected officials at the same levels they had already decided on in December. At that time, the board voted 3-2 to reduce the...
The Bremer County Attorney’s Office has released the names of law enforcement officers involved in a standoff and ultimately fatal shooting incident on Jan. 18. The incident occurred on Highway 218 southbound at the 211.5 mile marker, which is inside Bremer County. Jihad Merrick, age 29, of...
It doesn’t look like the flu bug is going away anytime soon. Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton announced this week that due to the prevalence of influenza, the facility has implemented visitor restrictions.  According to the most recent Flu Surveillance Report by the Iowa Department of Public...
The Heartland Days Committee announced on Wednesday that Suellen Kolbet will be the 2018 Heartland Days Grand Marshall. The committee planned to surprise Kolbet with the news, and it worked. “I was completely shocked,” Kolbet said. “I’m guessing because I’m retiring in May, they kind of thought...
Last week, the Iowa Legislature sent a state water quality bill to Gov. Kim Reynolds for her signature. The bill passed along mostly party lines in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but four Democrats voted for it in the House. One of them was Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City. The bill...
The New Hampton High School Jazz Band earned an “excellent” and two “good” ratings last Wednesday — and also gained some valuable experience — at the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Festival in Charles City. Wednesday’s contest was postponed from its earlier date Monday because of the...
Put simply, the Mishaks went out with a bang this past weekend. The New Hampton couple that has organized and coordinated Cowboy Poetry for the past 13 years couldn’t have asked for a better “sendoff” as the event played to capacity crowds both Friday and Saturday nights at the Starlite Ballroom in...
An Alta Vista mother accused of killing her four-month-old infant son last August has been granted a continuance in her murder trial, and her case won’t see the courtroom until June. The trial of Cheyanne Renae Harris, 20, was tentatively set to begin later this month, but she waived her speedy...
Ask Kim Hopp about what makes St. Joseph Community School special, and the resource teacher at New Hampton’s PreK-8 Catholic school will throw out a quote from Mary Poppins. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” And St. Joe’s will have plenty fun next week as it celebrates...
The good news today for school administrators and teachers is that there will be no need to worry about having to deal with an “indoor recess.” The bottom line is that when kids can get outside and play, they learn more. OK, that might be simplifying it a bit, but during a winter in which Old Man...

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