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Kevin Laue is probably the only motivational speaker working today who begins his presentation with the sentence, “Wave to the nub!” At nearly seven feet tall with bright red hair and size 17 shoes, Laue is bound to attract attention anyway, and that only intensifies when people notice that he’s...
Dropping unemployment numbers are a good thing, right? Not necessarily. According to Tammy Robinson, director of New Hampton Economic Development, although low unemployment numbers do mean that more people in the workforce have jobs — which is good — those numbers also present many challenges for...
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) believes that pheasant hunting this year will be about the same as last year, despite a low pheasant count in August. “Survey results indicate a statewide average pheasant population decline of 30 percent and quail population decline of 23 percent, but...
Let’s face it, the weather forecast for Saturday morning looks more like Christmas than Halloween. Then again, New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer remembers the year it rained on New Hampton’s Halloween Parade. “We still had a huge turnout,” he said, “but just in case, we do have...
For children’s author Maribeth Boelts, sometimes the best story to share with kids is her own. Boelts, who lives in Cedar Falls, met with groups of preschool and elementary students at St. Joseph on Thursday, reading them her books, leading them in classroom activities and teaching them some simple...
David Swenumson sat at his kitchen table in his Ionia home, and talked about the end of what has been truly a remarkable political career. “It’s time for someone else,” he said. “It’s time for the young ones to take over.” He thought for a moment and smiled. “But I’ve had a pretty good run, don’t...
Take one look at the bid documents or the building plans that contractors have in their hands today and one realizes this is a pretty complicated process. “It’s not a milk bid or a fuel bid,” New Hampton Superintendent Jay Jurrens said. “It’s a heck of a process. There’s a reason we don’t just open...
The National History Day honors just keep piling up for Caleb Lines. The Nashua-Plainfield senior learned recently that he will help host a “virtual classroom” on the recent documentary “The Vietnam War,” an 18-hour documentary that recently aired on PBS. Lines will serve as the student moderator...
New Chickasaw County Clerk of Court Elizabeth Nuss swears in Jennifer Schwickerath as Chickasaw County Attorney Tuesday. Schwickerath replaces Pat Wegman, who was recently appointed a district court associate judge for District 1. Wegman had served as county attorney for 15 years. Schwickerath...
There’s plenty to see around the area if you just slow down, take a look, and enjoy. If you bring a camera with you, you might preserve some interesting moments. Here, students at St. Joseph Elementary enjoy a “tug of war” on the playground earlier this month. It looked like this match might have...

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