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With the very eventful off and on rainfalls around the area lately, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau would like to get you more information on the rain gauge in which we had installed at the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm on 200th St., north of New Hampton.It is powered by the Iowa Flood Center.You can...
We were asked by the superintendent to help get an addition to the school built.I thought he was genuine in his asking and I took the offer seriously. So our goal was to reply with a serious offer by adding a 5- 8 grade addition on to the west side of the high school.After attending one meeting,...
The editorial cartoon that appears with this column was drawn by one of the most famous cartoonists in history.Bill Mauldin, who became famous for his World War II cartoons depicting “Willie and Joe,” won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work, but when my phone lit up Sunday morning with the news from...
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about the district’s choice of Facilities Cost Management Group (FCMG) as a consultant in a potential district building project.I hope this letter clarifies a few of the misunderstandings that are in the community.  First, before any contracts...
When I arrived at the office on Sunday, my plans for this space were simple.I was going to try to make some sense out of the last week in national news and to plead for some sanity.I awoke on Friday morning with absolutely no hope as I watched people on social media line up on two sides of a one-...
What are the odds?Iowa's population? Three million. Florida's? Twenty million.And five years earlier I had written a book about growing up 1950s-style in the small northeast Iowa village of Lawler: short essays recalling its unique characters and its character.Five years after selling a thousand...
 Loving memories are what help families and friends deal with a death of a loved one. Nashua residents have had many chances to look back on the memories of the ones who passed in the last month. Many were gone too soon and others lived a full, rich life. Either way it is never easy when you get...
 I take a lot of grief — and justifiably so — for trying to capture “candid” photos of my friends.More than a few times in the past few years, New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer has threatened to stick that camera somewhere that would be — how shall we say this? — uncomfortable....
We sat underneath the big tent at Irish Fest and I kept waiting for my old pal Bill Sheridan to bring up the Cubs.Sheridan is the Lawler native who wrote the book “Depot Street Memories: The Lawler Stories” and I never really tire of telling the story of how I met him.During my first spring here,...
Will eating bacon and other processed meats really make you sick? Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with news stating that processed foods are linked to cancer.   I am a sixth-generation farmer and my husband and I have raised pork for the past 27 years. I am not an expert in...

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