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Cindy and Mory Bandel, who have been married for 30 years, ring the bell to start the Little Brown Church’s annual Marriage Reunion.
Forgiveness, attitude, incentive, trust and happiness equals FAITH and is the key to a happy marriage was the message of the annual Marriage Reunion at the Little Brown Church this past weekend. Keeping the love alive was the message from Pastor Drew McHolm at the historic Little Brown Church...
After a slow start to the 2019 pool season caused mostly by cold June temperatures, attendance picked up dramatically in July.
In sports, it’s called the sophomore slump, and New Hampton Parks and Recreation officials were a little worried that was what the city’s pool was going through in the first month of the “swimming season.” Attendance was down a year after the New Hampton Municipal Pool had a banner year in large...
The Science Center of Iowa’s Rena Parker shows children how NASA uses liquid nitrogen to test the safety of its space suits.
Carrie Becker doesn’t have any regrets about moving New Hampton Public Library’s summer reading program to July this year. But the library director said the annual program designed to keep children reading during their vacations may not stay in July for long. “We didn’t get quite the numbers we...
The New Hampton City Council on a unanimous vote reinstated a New Hampton sergeant who has been on paid administrative lead since Sept. 24, 2018.   Council members went into closed session for almost 80 minutes, and when they returned, Mayor Deb Larsen announced that the council members had voted...
A young boy on the Kids Corner/Kellogg’s Honey float gets ready to fire some candy into the crowd while Ionia Fun Days Parade Grand Marshal Jane McGrane (below), the longtime director of the city’s library, waves to the crowd Saturday morning.
Seen at the Ionia Fun Days Parade Saturday morning: A shirt that read “some call it the middle of nowhere … we call it I Own Ya.” It’s an old story but a good one when it comes to how Ionia got its name. But that fun shirt in so many ways is a microcosm for Fun Days. Nothing — well save for that...
Cedar Valley Chamber musicians perform during a recent concert that was held at Trinity Lutheran Church and sponsored by the Carnegie Cultural Center.
As the seven o’clock hour approached on a recent Saturday evening, musicians make their last minute preparations at Trinity Lutheran church while eager patrons filed into their seats ready for a night of music.  Carnegie Cultural Center Director Jill Eike took to the front of the aisle to welcome...
Jennifer Sterling, a University of Iowa archivist, talks about the project that focused on celebrating the 6-on-6 girls basketball game that Iowans played until 1993.
When the 25th anniversary of the final Iowa high school girls’ six-on-six  basketball game approached in 2018, assistant professor at the University of Iowa Karen Mason wanted to do something special to commemorate this piece of the state’s history. “I’ve really been interested in the phenomenon of...
The New Hampton City Council last week approved a request by the TRIBE Trail Committee to extend the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit on West Main Street near what will be the high school and middle school complex. And that was welcome news to New Hampton Community Schools Superintendent Jay Jurrens. “...
A Mick Gage Plumbing and Heating “mega mower” clears small trees and brush last week for what will eventually become Phase II of the TRIBE Trail that will eventually connect existing trails in Mikkelson Park and Industrial Park.
Phase II of the TRIBE Trail began to take shape last week, thanks in large part to a pretty cool machine. Mick Gage Plumbing and Heating’s mega mower cleared what will eventually be the second part of the trail and those that are driving on Logan Avenue need just look to the south before the bridge...
The Chickasaw County Board of Health moved a step forward Friday evening in its search for a new environmental health director as it agreed to interview four candidates for the job and also set “parameters” for the position. Although it is rare for public meetings to be held on a Friday evening,...

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