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You’ve heard of absentee balloting and voting by mail, but here’s a new one for you: Drive-up balloting. And it’s a reality in Chickasaw County these days as early voting for the June 2 primary began on Monday, even though the courthouse will remained closed to the public through at least mid-May....
New Hampton High School principal Sarah Updegraff (second from left) poses with her fellow administrators before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Sarah Updegraff will be the first one to admit that this was one of the toughest decisions of her life — to stay or to go? But the New Hampton High School principal chose the latter, resigning from her position to become the grades 7-12 principal at Lansing Kee. “What made it so hard is that in so...
Chickasaw County Public Health officials announced Wednesday morning that a COVID-19 positive case was incorrectly credited to Chickasaw Coiunty on Tuesday. In a press release, officials said that further investigation showed that the person lives outside of the county, and that the error came from...
Bob Ayers takes a break during his final week at work as New Hampton Community Schools’ business manager.
Bob Ayers concedes he has mixed emotions when it comes to his retirement as New Hampton Community Schools’ business manager. “It’s time, probably, and we have some grandkids I’d like to give a little grandpa to,” Ayers said. “With our kids — one lives on the East Coast, one on the West Coast — that...
The Chickasaw County Courthouse will remain closed for at least the foreseeable future, the Board of Supervisors decided during its meetings last week. Although Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday that she would allow 77 counties, including Chickasaw, to begin the “reopening” process on Friday,...
New Hampton High School is hoping it will be able to hold two commencement ceremonies in 2020 — a virtual one that will be released on Sunday, May 17, and a traditional one that will be held on Sunday, June 28. In a letter to seniors and parents, Principal Sarah Updegraff said “in working with...
The New Hampton City Council, despite uncertainty about how the Coronavirus crisis will affect the amount of Road-Use Tax dollars the city will receive, gave permission last week for the city’s street superintendent to take bids for a street restoration project. Junior Mai told council members...
Dan Sumner stands in his “new” shop that was rebuilt after his old building (below) was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2013.
Dan Sumner remembers one of his daughters bringing him a “care package” after a fire destroyed his shop back in September 2013. “It had a tape measure, a hammer, a pliers, a screwdriver,” he said before his wife, Diane, reminded him about “the Lifesavers.” He paused for a moment and smiled. For...
Garrett Boeding works on planting and fertilizing a field this past week, when area farmers were able to kick off the planting season.
Terry Basol couldn’t help but chuckle when it comes to farmers and the “virus crisis.” “Farmers are the cat’s meow when it comes to social distancing,” said the ISU Extenstion agronomist based near Nashua, “especially this time of the year. You’re pretty much guaranteed that no one’s going to be...
On the day in which Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she would begin the process of “reopening the state,” Chickasaw County Public Health officials confirmed a fourth confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19. And also on Friday, Public Health and Homecare Services Director Lisa Welter made a plea to...

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