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Chickasaw County and its cities are moving closer to a final agreement when it comes to settling a lawsuit and agreeing to a new 28E agreement that will give the county a new Ambulance Council. The Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to approve both a new settlement and the 28E agreement after...
New Hampton Middle School student Ben Schuchhardt reacts after giving the "pie" to Jeff Monteith
New Hampton Middle School student Ben Schuchhardt had just been asked a question by the school’s extended learning program advisor Jeff Monteith. Hit me in the face with a pie or pick out one of the prizes? “You act like that’s even a question,” Schuchhardt said. “Pie. Trust me, pie.” So Monteith...
The former Hugeback-Johnson funeral home
Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors member Matt Kuhn put it succinctly: The county has gone too far to turn back. So this past Monday morning, the board voted 3-2 to award a contract for $156,000 to Matt Construction to turn what was once the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home into a county office...
Serving on the New Hampton City Council wasn’t necessarily on Katie Fisher’s radar; actually, it wasn’t at all. But when the educator and owner of the Cotton Market was approached, the more she thought about it, the more she was willing. “I think New Hampton is a cool community,” Fisher said, “with...
Well, that escalated quickly. From a Tuesday forecast that said little, if any, snow would fall on the area Thursday to a forecast that now calls for 4 to 7 inches of snow, strong winds and a little ice, as well. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Chickasaw County...
During his last meeting as a member of the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors, Steve Geerts warned his fellow board members that he thought the cities were going to have some issues with the voting membership of a new Ambulance Council. Turns out, he was right when it came to his hometown as New...
The calls have come in to Chickasaw County Public and Healthcare Services almost on a daily basis, and the callers all have the same question. “When can I get vaccinated?” And the honest answer, the department’s administrator says, is “we don’t know.” So Lisa Welter reached out to the public...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors not only welcomed two new members during its first meeting of 2021, but it also landed a new chairman. Supervisors on Monday elected one of those new members, Rick Holthaus, as chairman in what some courthouse observers saw as a surprise move, although...
When Joan Knoll walked out of the Chickasaw County Courthouse last Thursday, there was Kurt Knoll waiting to give his wife a ride home. The longtime county government employee will miss those daily rides to and from work with her husband. And she will miss a vast majority of the people she worked...
t’s 16 light beams in 16 cities across Iowa, yet it’s more than that, or at least MercyOne officials hope it is. Beginning on New Year’s Day and running through this Thursday, 16 MercyOne hospitals — including New Hampton’s — are shining a light into the sky as a sign of appreciation for the system...

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