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You learn a lot about middle school students when you spend a few days in class with them.Trust me, I know because for the past couple of weeks I’ve stopped by New Hampton Middle School to visit with Patty O’Hallearn’s “Chickasaw Chat” Midmester class.So here’s what I’ve learned about students in...
The two lawmakers who represent Chickasaw County in the Iowa Legislature said Saturday that they are cautiously optimistic that lawmakers will finish their work this month despite the fact that they’re dealing with a challenging budget.And both State Sen. Waylon Brown, R-St. Ansgar, and State Rep....
The number of child abuse cases confirmed and founded rose 93 percent in 2016 in Chickasaw County over a dip in most categories in 2015, with the notable exception of physical abuse, Department of Human Services data show. The upward trend looks smaller, however, when compared to five-year averages...
Jamie Ohrt will be the first one to admit that she was shocked Saturday morning.Not only did a majority of those who pre-registered for the New Hampton Running Club 5K Run/Walk show up, but so, too, did 10 people who decided it was a good morning for a run or a walk.“That surprised me since it was...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors discussed a request for a renewal of contract for human resources consulting with its current consultant. “We can either consider options or accept this contract with a motion,” Chairman Jacob Hackman said during last week’s meeting.“I think we need to look...
The final day to preregister and be eligible to vote for the June 5 primary election is Friday, May 25, by 5 p.m.Registration forms can be obtained from the Chickasaw County Auditor’s Office, second floor of the Courthouse or the state or county auditors’ websites at www.sos.state.ia.us and www....
On the one hand, Saturday’s weather was perfect for shopping.On the other hand, New Horizons-Chamber Director Jason Speltz was hoping for at least a better day.But when it was all said and done, “Ladies, It’s Your Day” proved one thing: It’s never too cold to shop.— For more on this story, see the...
After two lengthy discussions, the New Hampton City Council on Monday night decided to keep the status quo when it comes to its garbage pickup system.Council members first discussed the issue of switching to a bin system on March 5, but because that meeting occurred on a snowy night, Jendro...
Clint Aegerter knows it’s not a scientific term, but he’ll go with the word “stuck” when it comes to our early spring weather.“We’re basically stuck in of those patterns,” said the National Weather Service meteorologist based out of La Crosse, Wis. “We’re in a trough where it’s been cold enough...
On the morning of March 24, if you would have told Dave Anderson that the Turkey Valley Education Foundation Gala was going to raise $65,000 that night, he would have given you one heck of a look.“I would have thought you were nuts,” said Anderson, who serves as the foundation’s president. “I mean...

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