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Look, it’s as much of a fact as say the earth is round and the sun rises in the east: There aren’t many, if any, bigger Iowa State University Cyclone fans than Dustin and Emily Kleiss and their children. But these Cyclones do have an affinity for at least one thing Hawkeye, the University of Iowa...
It was contentious at times, but when Wednesday night’s public hearing was finished, nothing had changed. Terry Johnson’s dismissal from the Chickasaw County Board of Public Health remained in place. After more than an hour of “testimony,” the Board of Supervisors, in effect, upheld the dismissal...
For the layperson, if you will, it’s one of the mysteries of school finance: How can administrators not know their exact enrollment on any given day of school? Isn’t it just a matter of counting? Ah, if it was only that easy, right Jay Jurrens? “I wish it was, but the way the state figures...
New Hampton Parks and Recreation Program Director Tara Hackman loves the Halloween Parade her department and New Horizons-Chamber put on every year. But she’s also the mother of two young children. “If you look at the pictures of our past Halloween Parades,” she said, “you know it’s dang near...
New Hampton High School senior Avery Throndson was doing a “football interview” a couple of weeks ago when he was asked a non-gridiron question. Are you glad you’re going to school this year? “I can’t believe I’m going to say this,” Throndson said, “but man, I actually missed school last [spring]....
Duncan Slick climbed the ladder to the top of his loft barn, saw the John Deere blanket, the John Deere stuffed toy tractor and the tractor pillowcase. The little 4-year-old stopped for a second and took it all in. “Oh my God,” he said with about the biggest smile a 4-year-old can flash, and the...
New Hampton’s City Council decided last week that it would eschew hiring a new street superintendent and, instead, will create a public works director position. The idea, Councilman Bruce Diiro said, was that having someone oversee the street, wastewater and water departments would help with...
We’re not sure, quite honestly, if Beth Henningsen is going to like this story. She’d rather this tale be about the volunteers, the donors and the recipients of an organization she started … basically anyone but herself. But to understand Heavenly Days Dream Rooms, to recognize why it’s so...
It’s nothing fancy, but that sign, well, it’s a staple of Alta Vista. For 42 years, Dean Folkers “changed out” that sign that sits on the “four corners” of the little town in northern Chickasaw County. Sometimes the sign touted upcoming events in the “Friendly Town,” other times it celebrated an...
Here’s one advantage to voting early: You’d have a great excuse not to watch any more of the presidential debates. OK, that was probably a low blow to the debates, but for those of us who watched or saw the “lowlights” of last week’s first debate, we do have a point. In all seriousness, the first...

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