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Both myself and the Park Board want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of New Hampton and beyond for continuing to support the fundraising programs our young participants take part in each season.We realize that it may seem at times that our residents get “hit up” quite often from the...
Dear Brady Reicks,I am writing this letter to you here, in hopes that you will read it.  I have tried reaching out to you but was denied the opportunity to speak with you.  I wholeheartedly hope that you read this letter and think about the impact your decision will make on my family.I received...
May is Beef Month and Chickasaw County Farm Bureau would like thank all the beef farmers in our area and in Iowa for providing us the beef that many of us enjoy throughout the summer when we grill, go camping, or many other things.  We thank you for all your time and hard work to provide us great,...
Another Iowa adventure completed last weekend, I visited the Tulip Festival in Pella with my mom as part of our bucket list of sorts. Quite a trip but worth it!A year ago I had heard how amazing this place was with tulips everywhere and amazing food. And the festival definitely didn’t disappoint....
One quick reminder as I am seeing all this beautiful green grass growing: We have an ordinance as to not blowing your grass clippings into the street. It is a $25 ticket for each time if you choose to do so. We are not talking about the little amount that might come into the street from mowing the...
Once a year, prom occurs in schools throughout the United States.  This can be an event filled with friends, food, laughter, music, and memories.  Turkey Valley prom took place on April 22 and was a beautiful event.  Mother Nature cooperated and provided a wonderful day for photos.  The Grand March...
To be perfectly frank, only one senior on the New Hampton boys track team has a legitimate shot at making the state track and field meet.Jake Usher is a part of the Chickasaw 4x800 team that barely missed making it to Des Moines a year ago.The same quartet — the Usher boys, Nolan and Jake, Alex...
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following “Q&A” was placed Friday afternoon on the website run by  the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.Q: Do you expect Governor Branstad to be confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China?A:  Yes. Governor Branstad had a very good confirmation hearing before...
Wednesday students of all ages will be walking to school for New Hampton’s Walk to School Day.However, some students have been walking to school for weeks now.I am a volunteer for the walking school bus in New Hampton which is up to three routes around town!The walking school bus is not only good...
I’ve got to fly with this column because despite feeling like I spent an eternity in the office this weekend, I’m a mere 125 minutes from deadline as I begin writing this column.If this was all I had left, I’d be fine, but I’m going to have to sprint to the finish.Unfortunately, I do not run — nor...

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