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It took a while last Monday night, but two boards made up of the same members approved issuing bonds totaling $22.65 million for improvements to the city’s electrical system and the start-up of a municipal-owned telecommunications utility. The New Hampton Light Plant Board approved issuing $14.75...
Retired Army Sgt. Todd Schwickerath embraces his father, Army National Guard veteran Tom Schwickerath, after both received Quilts of Valor last week.
It was a special moment during a special ceremony. Then again, Quilts of Valor programs always bring out the emotions for both the veterans and their families. But the latest ceremony — held at the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial last Tuesday — provided one of the most memorable moments in the...
The Rosonke family — Chelsi, Austyn and Ben — pose for a picture at their rural home.
Chelsi Rosonke took a shop class back in her high school days in Colorado, and she found her calling. “We did some welding, and honestly, I was hooked,” she said with a smile. “Around here, you don’t see a lot of women welders, but it’s really not as uncommon as you think. I’m really glad I do what...
Kristina Manson talks with her math students on the first day of school on Aug. 23.
Kristina Manson is a woman who wears many hats.  During the day she teaches math at New Hampton high school; after school she coaches middle and high school cross country. And on top of that, she is a wife and mother of two young boys.  “Balance is hard... I'll continuously need to keep working at...
The Senior Life Solutions team of Nicole Nava, Sheila Kobliska and Julie Mann pose outside MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center.
For the women of MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center Senior Life Solutions, sometimes it’s the small things that provide the rewards in their jobs. It’s the quiet senior who all of a sudden becomes a “talker” in the group. It’s seeing a client who has gone to the doctor on an almost weekly basis be...
Mother Nature may give Chickasaw County a round of severe weather this afternoon and evening as the area is under a flash flood watch. As of 3 p.m., storms were intensifying to the west and northwest of New Hampton and forecasters say some of the storms may spawn tornadoes. Residents are reminded...
New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Administrator Kaitlain Schmitt says she will always be grateful for the support she’s received as she made her way from a CNA to administrator. “I have to tell you that Mary was so supportive and told me that this was the field I should go into,” she said of the facility’s former director, Mary Ayers. “You have a great facility not because of who the boss is but because of all the people that put our residents first.”
It’s a Friday morning at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Kaitlain Schmitt is meeting with her “team.” Ten years ago, she was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the facility on New Hampton’s southeast side, and who knew that one day she would return as the director of both...
A chuckwagon race gets off to a wild start.
Nancy Hillesheim had a one-word answer when she was asked about this weekend’s Big Four Fair. “Overwhelming.” And the longtime Big Four Fair Board secretary meant that in a positive way as the annual Labor Day weekend drew huge crowds throughout its four-day run that came to an end with the last...
Construction on a remodeling project has started at New Hampton’s McDonald’s store, but the restaurant remains open.
The McDonald’s restaurant in New Hampton is getting a whole new look, thanks to a project that began this past week. McDonald’s owner and operator Scott Soifer said in a press release that, when finished, the restaurant will have several upgrades, including a new PlayPlace, digital menu boards,...
A job shadowing experience led Megan Boeding to becoming a speech therapist at area hospitals, including MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center.
The plan for Megan Boeding was relatively cut and dry when she was graduated from New Hampton High School in 2010. She was going to go to college and become a teacher, but plans have a way of changing, and for Boeding, it came when she “job shadowed” a good family friend, Area Education Agency...

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