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A group of runners take a break from the “Jingle Jog n’ Roll 5K” to pose for a picture at the entrance of the Little Light of Mine display Saturday evening.
It was a frigid evening last Saturday for the first annual Jingle Jog n’ Roll 5K.  Temperatures dipped below 10 degrees as the runners, walkers, and “rollers” (bike riders) started out. Their routes showcased area Christmas lights, including the “This Little Light of Mine” display, decorated homes...
New Hampton resident Janine Babcock rings the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell at Fareway this past Friday evening.
The Chickasaw County unit of the Salvation Army is more than halfway to its Red Kettle Campaign goal, but time, which was always short this season, is running out. It’s why Kris and Liz Markham, who coordinate the campaign out of Conway-Markham Funeral Home, are asking for volunteers to step up and...
Theo Miller wasn’t all that sure about this dude named Santa Claus Saturday morning, but he was willing to give him “knucks” and visit with him during the Breakfast with Santa event that was held at the New Hampton Community Center.
Suellen Kolbet retired as New Hampton’s city clerk in May 2018, but when it comes to retiring from Breakfast with Santa … well, that’s going to be a while. “It’s the favorite thing I do at Christmastime,” Kolbet said Saturday morning after the at the annual  New Hampton Parks and Recreation event...
The good news is that the value of Iowa farmland inched up a bit — breaking a six-year trend — in 2019, but the bad news is that the 2.3 percent statewide increase didn’t hit Northeast Iowa. The results of the annual Iowa State University survey showed that the average price of Iowa farmland sold...
It might not take much to constitute a “White Christmas,” but it’s still looking highly doubtful that we’re going to see snow on the ground when Dec. 25 rolls around. “Basically, you guys just keep missing out,” said Jeff Makowski, a forecaster and meteorologist based out of the National Weather...
Piper Lechtenberg fist bumps Santa.
“He’s making a list and checking it twice..” Last Saturday the Big Man himself came to town to check for himself who’s been “naughty” or “nice” in New Hampton.  Santa Saturday at the Carnegie Cultural Center drew large crowds with all of the kids hoping for a chance to tell Santa their heart’s...
New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer knows it sounds corny, but he believes the reason Breakfast with Santa always draws a big crowd every single year is that it’s … well, just simple. “I think people really like it because it gives them a sense of helping out,” he said of the...
Former U.S. Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden shares a laugh with the audience who attended his campaign event last Thursday in New Hampton, which ended up making national news when Biden and a retired farmer got into a heated exchange about Biden’s age and the employment of one of Biden’s sons in the Ukraine.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivered his talking points — ranging from making healthcare more affordable to cutting prescription drug prices to the Trump Administration’s failure to promote renewable fuels to the need to take on climate change. That and the obligatory photo taking took...
The Chickasaw County ambulance saga took yet another turn recently when the Board of Supervisors made a settlement offer to cities. Supervisors designated their chairman, Jacob Hackman, and County Attorney Jennifer Schwickerath to serve as the negotiating team that came up with the offer that will...
New Hampton’s new fire chief, Toby Schwickerath, is a 13-year veteran of the department and he says he’s excited to lead what he believes is a first-class organization of dedicated volunteers, who have great support from their families and the community.
Toby Schwickerath knows transitions are never easy, and while he’s proud of the New Hampton Fire Department’s history and tradition, he’s also looking to the future. The 39-year-old Schwickerath was elected fire chief by the department’s members during annual elections and officially replaced Steve...

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