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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...
Imagine, you’re walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of the sudden — BAM! Someone unexpectedly does something kind for you, for no apparent reason. What do you do? The volunteer group Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) of Chickasaw County hopes that you’ll continue the trend, and...
Remember sitting in those civics classes back in the day and the teacher telling you that every vote mattered when it came to election time? Remember feeling that Mr. Whomever or Ms. What’s-Her-Name was going a little overboard with that lesson? Well, we present you the special election that took...
The Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton will unveil its latest exhbit — one featuring the eclectic, retrospective collection of watercolor and oil paintings by an area artist who has been around for a long time — at the beginning of next month. “A Retrospective — 23 Years of My Eclectic Art...
Headed north just across the Chickasaw County line, a stone’s throw into Howard County, you’ll come into the town of Elma.  At first glance, you might think you’ve stumbled into nowhere. But take a closer look. Sometimes, even nowhere can be somewhere. “We’re in the middle of nowhere, but we’re...
A few dozen men and women and boys and girls arrived at Airport Lake west of New Hampton Sunday morning, drilled some holes in the ice, and tried their luck. Pheasants Forever held its annual Ice Fishery, and organizers said the turnout was good, up from last year, as the temperature as a little...
New Hampton High School large group speech coach Johnny Connor couldn’t help himself Saturday afternoon. He may have been the most dapper coach — the white tie and white shoes, along with the red coat made sure of that — at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s district contest, but he...
  A familiar face will return to the City Council next week, but if there was a lesson in  Tuesday’s special election, it was every vote really does count. Former Mayor Angie Dietz and Hal Kelleher III were elected to the council as Dietz received 83 votes while Kelleher garnered 73, one more than...

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