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Prairie Lakes Pastor Cory Orr talks to church members during a worship service.
In some ways, the name of this section sums up Prairie Lakes Church in New Hampton. Its members created a new church — one that eventually tied into an established non-denominational church based in Cedar Falls — and it serves its community. The motto is simple: “Serve Purposefully.” But it has a...
New Hampton Community Schools has changed its meal distribution system, in large part to keep those volunteering to drop off its meals as safe as possible. “It’s really about social distancing,” Superintendent Jay Jurrens said, “If we can limit the amount of contact our volunteers have to have, it’...
The Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Department is advising against travel this Easter weekend. “We know many families gather together over Easter and Passover,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter said in a press release. “But, like school, shopping and most other...
Kakery owner and operator Kara Denner removes a cake from the oven at her business that is located at the Blue Iris in downtown New Hampton.
It’s a Wednesday morning at the Kakery in New Hampton, and the smells, oh my, they’re delicious. The bakery’s owner, Kara Denner, talks as she removes a couple of cakes from the oven. “At the very least, we’re going to have some stories to tell our kids and grandkids,” she said. “You think you have...
 The unique consortium continues to operate the hospital that is located in Cresco.
Regional Health Services of Howard County recently announced that it will be expanding its medical services to Elma by opening a new medical clinic in 2020, fulfilling the city of Elma’s goal of bringing a medical clinic to the community.  Regional Health Services is a unique consortium of health...
Chickasaw County has its second case of Coronavirus COVID-19 as the Chickasaw County Public Health Department announced a second positive test late Wednesday afternoon. In a press release, officials said the individual is in the age range of 41 to 60 and is self-isolating at home. “While this is...
NASCAR star Joey Logano talks with New Hampton Middle School students and staff during a Zoom session last week.
It’s not every day teachers are able to bring a celebrity into their classroom, let alone a NASCAR Cup Series Champion, but that’s exactly what staff members at New Hampton Middle School achieved, as they, along with around 55 middle school students, participated in a Zoom session with Joey Logano...
Business has been good so far during “Coronavirus crisis” at Schueth Ace Hardware,  shown here during the Holiday Open House this past November, and New Hampton Economic Development Director Tammy Robinson has confidence that the city and its economy will weather this latest challenge.
Tammy Robinson admits these are scary times. Let’s face it: We’ve never been through something like this. A virus — one we can’t see, one that, as of last week still hadn’t had one case diagnosed in Chickasaw County — is making a mess of our economy. Every day, or at least every week, it seems like...
New Hampton’s city clerk is asking for the pubic’s patience after Mayor Bobby Schwickerath and the City Council approved an emergency proclamation during Monday night’s meeting. The proclamation allows the city’s department heads to “stagger” hours in an effort to make sure offices can stay open...
For the first time since Kevin Frey became pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, the New Hampton church will not have an Easter Sunrise Service because of concerns about the Coronavirus COVID-19.
There’s no question that Easter 2020 will be like no other. Sunrise services are off. Churches will be empty. Worshipers won’t share those Easter words — “He has risen” — and shake hands. “We’ve obviously never been through anything like this in our lifetimes,” said the Rev. Kevin Frey, the pastor...

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