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The local attention given to the recent Iowa State Auditor’s report on Chickasaw County -- which was released in November -- was a lot like those old fast-food commercials. At first glance, it looked like there was a great big cheeseburger on your tray, but when you opened the bun for a closer look...
If you’re coming down with the flu, there are a lot of things you can do, but one thing is among the most important. Stay home. Keep it to yourself. “If you have symptoms, stay home,” said Kathy Babcock, RN, Administrator at Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services. “Keep yourself warm...
The old guy walked by Cameron Maas and laughed. “So really, all you’re doing is playing card games for a couple of weeks?” Maas smiled — a grin that said “old folks just don’t get it” — and delivered an answer his principal would have loved. “It’s way more than that,” the New Hampton High School...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has a new chairman after Jacob Hackman was elected to the post during the first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Hackman, who began his second year on the board, was elected by a 4-1 vote, with Steve Geerts dissenting. Geerts nominated Tim Zoll, who served...
The New Hampton City Council kicked off the new year with a meeting that consisted mainly of organizational items for 2018. The meeting — held on Tuesday evening, rather than Monday, due to the holiday — was preceded by the swearing in of three city council members. Newcomer Matt Kuhn, who easily...
Voters will have the choice between four candidates when they head to the polls later this month to fill two City Council vacancies. Rolland Cagley, Angelina Dietz, Harold Kelleher III and Terry McGinnis all filed candidate papers by last Friday’s deadline and will appear on the ballot for the Jan...
If you’re looking for some relief from the cold, you’ll have to wait until Sunday. Until then, bundle up. A long-lived arctic outbreak has brought dangerously cold conditions to much of the central and eastern United States since Christmastime and will continue into this weekend. The National...
As temperatures nosedive, the City of New Hampton is encouraging people to take precautions to avoid frozen water pipes to their homes. Residents can hold a common outdoor thermometer under a running cold water faucet. If the water temperature registers below 40 degrees, it is suggested a small...
In one sense, Keith Turner feels like he’s coming home; after all, Nashua-Plainfield was a huge part of his professional life for a long time. “It is exciting because Nashua-Plainfield, well, it has a special place in my heart,” said the district’s new superintendent. “My experiences there for 18...
The New Hampton School district received mixed grades from the Iowa Department of Education’s third annual Iowa Report Card, made public last month. All three New Hampton public schools were better than the state average in most categories this past school year, as the high school saw a small...

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