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In the early 2000s as a reporter for the Mankato (Minn.) Free Press,  my “beat” was education.That meant I covered everything from school board meetings to classroom happenings to referendums. While Mankato Area Public Schools, which had about 7,000 students, was my priority, our coverage area...
I have had numerous conversations about the new school bond and improvements.  Everyone I spoke to is in favor of it.One hundred years ago, the fine people of New Hampton voted yes to build a new school for our community.  Then in 1965 they voted again to build a new high school.  Today it is our...
Please join me in voting YES on the Feb. 7 school bond referendum.Serving on the school building Committee, I have learned many reasons why we need a new school.I have also come to the realization about what this investment means not only to our students and how they learn, but what it will mean...
Are you proud to be a Chickasaw?  I wasn't born or raised in New Hampton but I do consider myself a proud Chickasaw!  Our schools are the forefront of our community and we all need to show our Chickasaw spirit by voting YES for the school bond issue on Feb. 7.The average home in the New Hampton...
First off, I would like to thank everyone for the replies to my letters to the editor.Some need to realize that I sometimes use sarcasm or tongue in cheek humor to get my point across. I will have to apologize if I misspoke about the cost of the balloting. That's what I had in my notes from...
As a young, newly married member of the New Hampton Community School District, I am voting YES on the upcoming school bond election.  Graduating from the New Hampton Community School District, New Hampton and the surrounding communities have always had a special place in my heart.  Some day, when...
Each day in our department, New Hampton Parks and Recreation, we continue to work to provide good quality programs for the youth in our communities.  The programs we have today are nothing like the programs we had over 100 years ago. The same goes with our school curriculum and its facilities.  The...
On Nov. 29, the New Hampton boys basketball team played its home opener.Three days later, the Chickasaw girls hoops team did the same.The wrestling team? Well, it traveled ... a lot. The Chickasaws have visited Charles City, Independence and Waterloo twice. They’ve also ventured to Waukon, Calmar...
Before we plunge into 2017, we want to take a quick look back at the end of another year that showed why in and around Chickasaw County is such a great place to live, work and play.Let's face it, the holidays can be a stressful time of the year, yet so many people stepped up to the proverbial plate...
I’m not sure when the Christmas spirit hit me this year, but it was awfully late in the season.I’m going to be totally frank here: I can’t wait to bid 2016 farewell, but I’m not going to dwell on the negatives — even if they seemed to come in waves this year — today.Instead, I’m going to realize...

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