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The kids were ecstatic when I told them we were moving home in just one week.  April and I were pretty darn happy as well. You see, we had been in Guatemala for two and a half months living and working with a group of missionaries, and we were heading home — back to New Hampton. The journey had...
New Hampton High School sophomore Madison Hoeck performs a solo dance dedicated to her mother during Saturday’s Dance Showcase.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not a “dance expert” by any means, but I didn’t need to be on Saturday night.Art is art, and when done right, it moves us.And on Saturday evening, all of us in the New Hampton gymnasium were touched by a high school sophomore performing a solo dance dedicated...
I stood up against the wall painted with an American flag Saturday night and silently wept.In front of me, scores of people held candles and listened to several speakers remember the much-too-short life of Sterling Koehn and raise awareness of the tragedy that is child abuse and neglect.The night...
We had an article in our paper last week about New Hampton High School’s upcoming musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” It sounds like it’s going to be a great show, and it got me thinking about theatre.It’s kind of one of my things. I had a theatre arts minor in college, I’ve written a...
I turned 52 last week, and although my boys would argue that I’m 16, at least maturity wise, there are days I feel like an old man.Saturday was one of those days.Throw in the fact I slept for a mere couple of hours the night before — a thrilling high school football game will do that to this guy —...
  I don’t know where to begin today, for I am at a loss for words. In my business, that’s not a good thing, but as I sit here at my desk on a summer Monday morning, I’m trying to come to grips with the death of a boy I never met. Logan Luft was 15 — 15 for crying out loud — and since I first heard...
Ministries across Trinity Health, including Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, are implementing healthy vending programs to provide convenient access to healthy options in our vending machines for patients, visitors and colleagues.This effort is a part of Trinity Health's People-Centered 2020...
Thankfully, the encounter with an unhappy reader on Friday afternoon was not an omen for the entire weekend.I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I had an inkling that I was about to get blasted when Ruth Walden came back and whispered, “He says he wants to talk to the dumb son of a ...”...
Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating ...  for a week.A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to...
I am responding to one person’s view on a hog barn being built near her parent’s farm that she does not live by.  I understand that this person may never be OK or come to understand the need for a hog building near her family.  And so I am reaching out to the rest of the readers to think about this...

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