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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...
Keeping New Hampton’s parks looking spiffy this year will be (from left) Nathan Moore, Todd Baldwin and Steve Chapin.
Normally during this time of year, the New Hampton Parks and Recreation staff is busy getting the area parks, baseball and softball diamonds and New Hampton Municipal Pool ready. However, this spring has been far from normal. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the parks in town to close down for...
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 beheld on Sunday, June 28. In a letter to seniors and parents, Principal Sarah Updegraff said “in working with...
Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit, experts across the world have stressed the importance of social distancing, and law enforcement personnel in Chickasaw County are doing their best to take all the precautions they can in order to limit face-to-face contact. “As sheriff, I have, like many other...
Like all of Iowa’s churches, the Little Brown Church hasn’t held a worship service in more than a month because of the public health crisis.
For the first time in decades, the Little Brown Church in the Vale will not conduct one single marriage ceremony this month. “It’s been at least a month since we’ve had a wedding here,” the Rev. Drew McHolm said earlier this week, “and yes, for us, that’s a long, long time to go in between weddings...
Adam Geerts takes a phone call in his office at Geerts Plumbing and Heating.
Adam Geerts doesn’t mince words when it comes to the shortage of folks seeking employment in the “trades.” “We have to get our schools to understand that not every single kid needs to go to a four-year college,” the owner of Geerts Plumbing and Heating said. “Seriously, we have good jobs available...
If anything, the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis has led to more business for Andy Hintgen and his Superior Lumber store located on the north side of New Hampton as more residents have time to complete home improvement projects they’ve put off in the past.
Hampton’s Superior Lumber store, and he’ll give you a quick smile and laugh. “There are a lot of honey-do items being worked on right now,” the store manager said. “Honestly, we’ve been really busy. I think with people stuck at home, those husbands can’t use the ‘I-don’t-have-time’ excuse. …...
Chickasaw County Public Health officials announced Tuesday morning that the county has had a fifth person test positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19. Public Health Director Lisa Welter said that the latest case is an adult in the 41-60 age group. The first three people diagnosed with COVID-19 in...
New Hampton High School Principal Sarah Updegraff said she’s faced some excruciating decisions as a school administrator, but she never expected picking a commencement date to be one of the toughest in her career. In a letter sent to seniors, juniors and their parents last week, Updegraff informed...
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday that she will allow restaurants, fitness centers, churches, retail stores and malls will be able to reopen this Friday in 77 Iowa counties, including Chickasaw, although they can only operate at 50 percent capacity. She said other businesses and facilities —...

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