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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden listens to New Hampton resident Merle Gorman's reasons why he wouldn't vote for him, just before the exchange became heated. (Photo by Bob Fenske/Tribune)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made his presidential pitch to New Hampton residents Thursday, but at least for a few moments, this wasn’t your typical “Iowa nice” campaign stop. That’s when the 77-year-old Biden and an 83-year-old retired farmer named Merle Gorman had a heated exchange over...
Lawler’s Freedom Rock celebrates those from the area who answered the call from their country.
Freedom and great art have something in common. Neither one is free, but both are very worthy of acquiring. Ten years ago, Gene Blazek didn’t have freedom or art on his mind when he unearthed a massive boulder on his property. He was building a waterway, and the rock was in his way. Took him 45...
Chickasaw County’s elected officials will be getting raises next summer; it’s just not as large as the ones the Compensation Board recommended. The Board of Supervisors last Tuesday voted to cut those pay hikes in half, and Compensation Board Chairman Michael Kennedy said after the meeting that “it...
Ryan Huffman was battling a nasty cold that Monday, but after spending a weekend in Minneapolis watching his beloved Oakland Raiders, he knew calling in sick was out of the question. Midway through the day, his principal knocked on the door of his Osage Middle School social studies classroom and...
Dr. Timothy McMillen, a professor at Simpson College where he directs the Chamber Singers and College Choir, leads students from seven schools at the annual Northeast Iowa Conference Music Festival that was held in New Hampton last week.
When kids who normally compete against each other, play together, beautiful things can happen.  Last Monday night it was New Hampton’s turn to host the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Honor Music Festival with over 200 students from every conference school coming together to make music.  New...
As Doug Scheuth made his way around his hardware store on Saturday, he took a deep breath and smiled as he was asked how Black Friday went? “We had a good day, really good day,” he said. “It was steady all day and it was definitely a good start.” Schueth wasn’t the only person in retail that was...
Two doctors who have worked at both the MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center and the adjoining clinic will be departing New Hampton when their current contracts expire. Drs. John and Shea Epperly sent out letters last week to their patients, informing them of their decision to depart Iowa after 10...
MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center announced last week that the hospital will “pause” its labor and delivery services, beginning July 1, 2020.
  Mercy One New Hampton Medical Center will “pause” the hospital’s obstetric services, effective July 1, 2020, and Chickasaw County’s only hospital is not alone when it comes to dealing with OB issues. MercyOne administrators made the announcement with a press release that was sent out to local...
Sports has been a distraction for Marius Semionov, keeping his mind off being so far away from loved ones.
Becoming a foreign exchange student is no easy task, but it is a childhood dream Marius Semionov wouldn’t give up on.  “It was a dream for me since I was 6 years old to come to the US because of Disney Movies, songs, etc.” Semionov says he found a program called Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) which...
McDonald’s store owner Scott Soifer, his family, New Hampton McDonald’s employees and city officials “cut the ribbon” for the newly remodeled restaurant.
Maybe the best line overheard last week during the grand reopening of the New Hampton McDonald’s came from an elderly gentleman watching his grandchildren romp around the restaurant’s “Playland.” “I have half a mind to go up there and play with them,” he said with a twinkle in his eye, “but dang it...

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