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After reading the April 4, front page article, “Event is winner for TRIBE Trail,” then “In the end, it's the little things that matter most in life” on page A4, did any other subscribers to the New Hampton Tribune think “What really is important when it comes to the health of our young people?”The...
The historian in me — I was after all a history major at what was then Mankato State University long ago — leaves me fascinated with this week in Christianity.And yet, sometimes I wonder if Holy Week doesn’t sometimes mirror today’s times, when opinions turn on a proverbial dime in a matter of days...
Let’s do a little Q&A today in an effort to get this column space filled because my mind is more scattered than normal.• So just how tough is Keaton Geerts?Well, tougher than we even thought back in February when the New Hampton senior was rolling to his second straight Class 2A individual...
If one needs to know just what kind of place Chickasaw County is, one only need to see how we handle adversity around here.Take March 19, for example. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the word went out that a Fredericksburg resident was missing and hadn’t been seen in almost two days. Scores...
Chickasaw County Veterans are being slapped in the face by their own VA Commissioners who are all Veterans; James Geerts, Wayne Moetsch and Lisa Wilkers.They plan to hire as County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO), Rick Holthaus, from Alta Vista. He is a non-veteran who lost re-election this past...
I’m back! And while usually people are sad about leaving vacation, I’m doing ok —  not because my vacation wasn’t a blast by a long shot but because I am so excited for all the upcoming events in the county!Is that weird? I feel like that is weird but just love how their is hardly ever a dull...
As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times.In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists?It would not change the issues at hand. On the one side, you’d have the Republican majority in Congress,...
The Journey is the Destination is New Hampton’s theme for RAGBRAI and I have to say I agree entirely.I have been a traveler for many years now — taking off to Maine for two summers to work at a camp, visiting classmates in places like California and Florida and family vacations to new, exciting...
I don’t recall the exact date that I first met Pete Willadsen but I vividly recall the conversation I had with Sports Editor Dorothy Huber later that day.Me: Hi Dorothy, I met some guy named Pete Willadsen today.Dorothy: Oh, how did that go?Me: I’m about 2 1/2 hours behind, but I don’t care. That...
The snow had just started to fall late Sunday afternoon when I opened up Facebook and saw a post from a long-lost friend.“We made it!”Now, you have to understand that years ago Jami Peterson Maifeld was one of those special people in my work life.She worked for me as a part-timer at the Mason City...

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