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Due to the most recent concerns regarding COVID-19, the Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) board of directors exercised their right to amend the Butler County REC by-laws to accept mail-in ballots for determining a quorum for director elections. As a result of the change to the by-laws...
Let’s just put it this way: The June 2 primary, at least when it comes to a couple of county races, will be pretty interesting. So, too, will the general elect this fall. As the filing deadline for candidates nears, there are already two contested races in the Democratic primary and at least two...
The chance to save an additional $68,000 in interest payments led the New Hampton School Board to levy an additional 25 cents for its 2020-21 levy, but the levy will still drop somewhat dramatically next year. School Board members wrestled with the issue during last Monday’s regularly scheduled...
Maybe one of the best ways to show how the Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting our little corner of the world is this picture of downtown New Hampton taken around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Because bars are closed and restaurants can only provide carryout and delivery meals, Main Street is almost deserted.
By day, it almost seemed normal. Folks were out and about, going to work, getting groceries and doing those day-to-day things like filling up with gas and grabbing a cup of coffee or a bottle of pop.  Granted, if you drove by an elementary school, the absence of kids on the playground was a hint...
Here’s hoping you got that haircut if you needed it, because if you didn’t, you’re going to wait at least nine days before you can go to a salon or barber shop. That’s because Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday ordered the state’s salons, barber shops, tattoo shops medical spas, massage therapists and...
Officials from MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center, Chickasaw County Public Health and Homecare services and Chickasaw County Emergency Management are reminding residents that the county’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is open and has an emergency response structure in place to deal with...
MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center received permission Friday from the New Hampton City Council to close one block of North Maple Avenue so that the hospital can test for Coronavirus COVID-19 without patients having to get out of their vehicles. When exactly that will happen, though, remain up in...
Bennett Pharmacy in New Hampton will maintain pharmacy access, but beginning on Saturday, those receiving prescriptions will have to do so by either the pharmacy’s “curbside pickup” or Bennett’s free delivery services. Bennett received permission from the New Hampton City Council earlier this week...
Kathy Babcock will retire after 14 years as the administrator of Chickasaw County Public Health and Homecare Services.
The administrator of Chickasaw County Public Health and Homecare Services will retire from her position early next month. And Kathy Babcock said making the decision was excruciatingly difficult. “A lot of prayer and a lot of thinking went into this,” she said, “but when it came right down to it, it...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors will hold its annual public hearing on its budget and tax levy this morning (Tuesday), but its chairman has yet to make up his mind if he will vote for it. “I know we’ve worked really hard on this,” Jacob Hackman said, “but I think we really need to find a...

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