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Construction workers discuss the next step they want to take as they work on the front entrance to the new middle school that opened in New Hampton this past August.
The 2019-20 school year was less than a month away from commencing this summer, and New Hampton Community Schools Jay Jurrens sat in his office and espoused confidence. “It’s going to be ready,” the school district’s top administrator said. “That’s what the construction people keep telling us, and...
Ambulance Council meetings drew huge crowds throughout the spring.
It was a saga that actually began at the end of 2018 when Chickasaw Ambulance Service owner and operator Jeremy McGrath notified Chickasaw County Ambulance Council Chairman Steve Geerts that he was going to opt out of its contract. And for the next six months — and beyond really — the ambulance...
Iowa BIG North is one of 19 educational programs in Iowa that will receive some additional funding from Iowa’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Advisory Council. The initiative-based program will receive $10,000 of financial support, which the council directed toward the STEM...
“Winter, where art thou?” That was the “lead” headline on the front page of the Jan. 1, 2019, Tribune, and trust us, if we would have known what was coming, we would never have written it. Because from Jan. 18 to Feb. 25, we endured enough winter to last for at least a decade. For more on this...
Theisen’s Vice President Chris Theisen and Store Manager Brian Kellogg pose with Economic Development officials and the American Legion Post 38 color guard on the morning the store moved into the old Shopko store.
The long-rumored closing of New Hampton’s Shopko store became a reality this past spring, but the city and surrounding area came out a winner when Theisen’s agreed to purchase the building and move their store across the street. And early in October, after three hectic months of remodeling, Theisen...
Foreign exchange student Simon Lindquist talks with New Hampton High School teacher Cory McDonald during a recent civics class.
Simon Lindquist came into his foreign exchange year in America with high expectations. He has yet to be disappointed.  He describes his experience as “absolutely fantastic” so far, and he is loving every minute. “Every day here offers something new, fun, and exciting. If it’s not school-related, it...
New Hampton’s mayor and fire chief will not be the same at the beginning of 2020, as city voters and fire department members decided 2019 needed to be a year of change. Start with the mayoral race that was decided during the Nov. 5 combined municipal-school elections as Bobby Schwickerath pulled...
On one of the relatively few days in October where field work could be done, a farmer north of Jerico chops corn.
It’s never a great sign when one sees farmers giving up their Thanksgiving holiday weekend because they still have crops in the field or post-harvest field work to complete. That, unfortunately, was the reality in 2019, a year in which Mother Nature just didn’t want to cooperate. “We probably had...
When the Chickasaw County unit of the Salvation Army began its Red Kettle Campaign last month, Kris Markham publicly hoped it could reach it’s goal. Privately, though, Markham was just hoping that the campaign would reach five digits. So even though it came up a bit short of $15,000 — the exact...
There was much to celebrate in New Hampton’s medical community this year. New Hampton’s hospital rebranded itself as MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center in Feburary, the facility raised enough money to purchase a state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine in June and the hospital also unveiled its new...

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