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Hunter Carey returns a volley while playing pickleball at the Chickasaw Wellness Complex Friday.
When the Carey family is teaching the sport of pickleball, they are patient, kind and considerate. Going up against each other, they’re ruthless. Hunter Carey hit a shot at the Chickasaw Wellness Complex Friday morning so hard that his dad, Scott, didn’t stand a chance. “Sorry,” said Hunter. “No...
New Hampton Park Board members and their staff look over the agenda for last Wednesday’s meeting.
The members of the New Hampton Park Board come from vastly different backgrounds, but when they gathered last Wednesday night — as they do once a month January to December — they shared a common bond: A love for the city’s parks and its recreation programs. And New Hampton Parks and Recreation...
For those who know Parker Poor, a Turkey Valley High School student, the smile says it all about the 17-year-old who has battled numerous medical challenges throughout his life.
Parker Poor has been beating the odds his whole life, and he’s done so with a smile that, in a word, is infectious. Now his friends want to give back to the Turkey Valley High School senior who has impacted so many lives with his grit, determination and, yes, that grin that lights up a room. So on...
We are now less  than three weeks away from that event that always has Iowa leading the national news. Yep, the caucuses are almost here, and for some, that’s great news because when the last “vote” is counted, that means the rest of the country will leave us alone for a while. Chickasaw County...
It was short and sweet for New Hampton’s new mayor and the City Council last week when they held their first meeting of 2020. Enjoy it while it lasts, and quick, “easy” meetings aren’t going to be around all that long. Mayor Bobby Schwickerath and City Council members, including Bob Boos who took...
St. Joseph Community School kindergarten students work on a variety of projects with their iPads in teacher Jill Flugum’s classroom last week.
Jill Flugum’s day begins at 7:45 a.m. when she readies her classroom and herself for her day as a kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph Community School.  All is quiet in the room, but she knows the silence won’t last long, and after gathering with her colleagues for a prayer and a brief meeting, life...
Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer talks with voters after concluding his question-and-answer session during a campaign stop at Klunder’s Kafe on Saturday, when he joked that he was glad “I wasn’t driving our bus because that was a tight turn.”
Tom Steyer believes one way Democrats can beat Donald Trump in 2020 is to run an outside-of-the-box candidate, and guess what? That describes the California billionaire to a proverbial T. “I’m not your typical Democrat,” he said, “but a typical Democrat is not going to beat Trump.” And he went...
Members of the state runner-up New Hampton Dance team include (front row, from left) Makenzie Cox, Julia Havlik, Maddie Hoeck, Jessica Kuennen, (middle row) Ariana Meyerhoff, Izabel Willadsen, Luca Moody, Lauren Smith, Katie Steinlage, Maddie Hidding, (back row) Natalie Marr, Kelli Jirak, Elliot Throndson, Meryl Schmitz, Coach Emma Schwickerath.
It was — as Maddie Hoeck put it so well — “nine hours of agony.” Oh, but the wait was so worth it for the New Hampton dance team last month as they finished as the state runner-up in the Level IV hip-hop division at the Iowa State Dance and Cheer Championships in Des Moines. “I can’t tell you how...
New Mayor Bobby Schwickerath poses for a photo with his parents, Sarah and Jim Rahlf, after taking his oath.
Bobby Schwickerath laughed last week when he was asked if he was ready for Monday night’s City Council meeting? “I’m very excited, and honestly, I can’t wait,” New Hampton’s new mayor said, “and seriously, I can’t wait to get to work on making this city an even greater place. … But yeah, I’m also...
Construction workers discuss the next step they want to take as they work on the front entrance to the new middle school that opened in New Hampton this past August.
The 2019-20 school year was less than a month away from commencing this summer, and New Hampton Community Schools Jay Jurrens sat in his office and espoused confidence. “It’s going to be ready,” the school district’s top administrator said. “That’s what the construction people keep telling us, and...

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