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The “Chickasaw Explorers” get ready to play a little soccer last week during a visit to Stoltz Park last Wednesday.
Take 30 or so kids ages 4-8, count them off by fours and don’t expect it to go quickly. There was Tara Hackman Wednesday morning, counting “1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 …” when a little girl said, “I’m not 3; I’m 4!” It wasn’t the last time that Hackman had to remind her “Chickasaw Explorers” that she was...
The steps leading to the front entrance of the school are pictured.
As Jay Jurrens recapped last week’s School Board meeting Thursday morning, he paused and smiled. “When this goes into the paper, we’re exactly a month from having students in the building,” the New Hampton superintendent said. “Summers always seem to go fast, but this one is flying by.” And how...
One of the most popular summer programs the New Hampton Public Library sponsors each year is the Animal Ambassador Program, put on by the Blank Park Zoo. Emily Link tells the parents and kids in the audience all about the frog she is holding named Louie.
Did you know that box turtles can live up until their eighties? Or that corn snakes were given their name because of the corn-like pattern on their stomach, not because they like to eat corn? Or did you know that even one snake on a farm can save a farmer $10,000 a year by eating the pests that...
The heat is definitely on in Northeast Iowa, and Chickasaw County is under an excessive heat warning until 7 p.m. on Saturday. After a relatively cool start to the day, temperatures climbed into the upper 80s in New Hampton by mid-afternoon and throw in a tropical-like dew point of 79 degrees, the...
Cedar Valley Chamber Music is returning to New Hampton this weekend, and let’s just put it this way: Carnegie Cultural Center Director Jill Eike is pumped. “It’s great for our community,” she said, “and last year went so well, we’re really excited to see what this year brings.” The Cedar Falls-...
Sheila Kobliska says youth mental health issues are becoming more prevalent, and it’s why MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center and Senior Life Solutions is combining to put on a unique course next month. A “Youth Mental Health First Aid Course” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hospital’s...
Lavonne Suhr is all focus as the Fredericksburg woman takes part in the AgOlympics Saturday afternoon.
As Lavonne Suhr made her way through the AgOlympics obstacle course, she looked at the photographer, smiled and delivered a warning. “Karma is …” Both busted out laughing, although the photographer is watching his back this week because of the photo that appears on page 8 of this edition of the...
Faced with what at least one member called an “emergency,” the Chickasaw County Board of Health last Thursday voted to hire an outside contractor to be the county’s environmental health director. Board members, on a 3-1 vote, approved paying Regional Utility Service Solutions (RUSS) $6,875 a month...
This is the view from the “outdoor classroom patio” that is located on the southwest corner of what will soon be the New Hampton Middle School.
New Hampton’s top school administrator’s biggest fear was that New Hampton’s new middle school building wouldn’t be completed on time. “I know everyone doing a construction project goes through that,” Superintendent Jay Jurrens said, “and I’m going to be honest, I went through it, but walking...
Melissa Nelson, a New Hampton artist and high school art teacher, will be the featured artist of the month in July at the Charles City Arts Center.
A college art class changed the direction of New Hampton artist and teacher Melissa Nelson. “At Marshalltown Community College, I took a required class, and I enjoyed the class so much that I continued to take art classes along with my psychology classes,” said Nelson, who will be the featured...

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