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  Nashua-Plainfield Superintendent Randy Strabala knows it seems strange that some voters will literally drive past the Gateway to Northeast Iowa Welcome Center on their way to vote in Plainfield. “There’s really no way to make this work perfectly,” he said, “and we just had to make a choice.” And...
Nashua Postmaster Craig Goetsch (middle) presents Million Mile Awards to Deb Holzer and Randy Sinnwell last Friday morning.
  Two Nashua postal carriers receive quite an honor from the United States Postal Service last week for their service.  Rural carriers Deb Holzer and Randy Sinnwell received the Million Mile Award on Friday morning from Postmaster Craig Goetsch. Holzer has been a carrier for 33 years while...
Donya Schroeder helps one of her Art Safari students with a visual arts project Wednesday afternoon.
  Upstairs, a group of older children were working on the performing arts Wednesday afternoon. In the Carnegie Cultural Cultural basement, meanwhile, younger kids were putting together some pretty cool visual arts pieces. Welcome to the Art Safari, a summer tradition at the New Hampton museum in...
Grant Anderson and Madison Kolbet present New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer with a check for $1,000 for the TRIBE Trail.
  Madison Kolbet stood near the sweet corn field and wondered aloud. “I really don’t know what the big deal is,” the New Hampton High School sophomore said. “I mean when people need help, you help them, right?” So before she and Grant Anderson presented a check for $1,000 to New Hampton Parks and...
A groundbreaking ceremony for the $19.415 million building project was held earlier this week.
  New Hampton School Board President Joe Rosonke admitted he was stealing a line often uttered by teacher and coach Cory McDonald. But, on this day, the one in which the school district broke ground on its $19.415 million building project, it had to be said. “It’s a great day to be a Chickasaw.”...
  Nashua-Plainfield Elementary and Intermediate School students will get one extra day of summer vacation this year. As junior high and high school students head back to school next Wednesday, students in grades K-6 can enjoy one last day of sleeping late because the elementary and intermediate...
  Tony Trower will be the first to admit that he’s learning as he and Boy Scout Troop 48 continue preparations for the first-ever New Hampton Motorcycle Rally. “I took a call from someone who can’t make it this year and she said, ‘Make sure, you save me one of the lapel pins,’” the scoutmaster said...
  Matt Crayne will be the first to admit he’s not an expert in astronomy, but the Chickasaw County Conservation Board is, in a word, pumped for next week’s Great American Eclipse. “It’s something you’re not going to see every day,” Crayne said, “and the more I’ve learned about it, the more I can’t...
Josh and Laura Novak, along with their children Braxton and Ella, have thrown their lives into Bowlaway Lanes since purchasing the New Hampton bowling alley earlier this summer.
  Some important events have happened in bowling alleys for Josh Novak. For example, his met his wife Laura while playing in a mixed league in Mason City. That was a life-changer.  But so too was a recent event, when the couple found out Bowlaway Lanes was for sale at a bowling tournament. The...
A team of horses plows a field at the Northeast Iowa Antique Engine and Power Show Saturday afternoon.
  Kenneth Benning sat on the hay rack Saturday afternoon and talked about why events like the Northeast Iowa Antique Engine and Power Show are important. There’s the celebration of Northeast Iowa’s agriculture heritage. There’s the history of farming on display.  Instead, Benning, one of the...

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