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Readers in Chickasaw County evidently are not “followers,” at least if the Great American Read says anything.The winner of the nationwide PBS competition for the best book — among 100 selected as finalists — was “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the classic by Harper Lee, which made the “top 10” in a...
The Salvation Army of Chickasaw County has been able to provide needed aid to the community over the last three years thanks to the generosity of locals during its “red kettle” fund drive, both through cash and the “in kind” voluntarism of bell-ringers.Kris Markham, who, with her daughter Liz,...
The independent committee that organizes a spectacular holiday light display in New Hampton has been hard at work in concert with the community to outperform last year’s inaugural event.It’s the hope of committee member Lisa Pool that the community will once again come be entertained at the...
If Lydia Klinkel, who began Monday as the Ionia Community Library director, looks familiar it’s because she worked the previous 17 months part-time at the New Hampton Public Library.She has some big shoes to fill, as Jane McGrane retired last month after 44 years overseeing the library.Looking back...
In conjunction with the Veterans Day week, New Hampton fourth grade students inspected the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial, noticing things they might not have seen before.Teachers a couple of years ago walked through the memorial and  developed questions students could answer, teacher Dennis...
Learning to value freedom, and making sure men understand she is their equal, helped Joni Ernst to achieve the career success she has.A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, now-U.S. Sen. Ernst, R-Iowa, retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel and spoke of her...
The importance of Veterans Day shined through the snow on Monday morning when the Nashua-Plainfield Middle School/High School welcomed the veterans for an assembly honoring past, present and future veterans.The National Anthem began the ceremony and was sung by Kaitlyn Fury, Dom Griffin, Caleb...
Reporting takes some journalists many different places across the world to cover the numerous stories breaking daily. Everyone finds interest in some kind of news whether it is a birth of a baby or political upheavaloverseas.The latter will be the topic as KXEL Radio General Manager Jeff Stein...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution for the county attorney to transfer $32,000 from Health Flex Fund 8999 (inactive pre-2013 health reserve) to the Capital Projects Fund for the “old veterinary building,” which stands east of the Community Services building...
Stories headline the news about young girls who go missing or are found dead, even in small-town Iowa where they may have thought they were safe.Of crimes against women, young girls are at a higher threat of being targeted, and now Nashua-Plainfield junior high girls are learning self defense in...

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