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New Hampton Superintendent Jay Jurrens walks through the school district’s construction zone once a week, and every time, the same thought hits him.“It’s a different building every time I come through here,” he said. “For all the challenges the construction folks have faced, they’re doing great. …...
With the installment this month of recently-elected Supervisor Jason Byrne representing District 5, the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors reconsidered its public comment policy on Monday and changed direction.“I think there should be public comment on everything we discuss up here,” Treasurer...
John Ott has appreciated the welcome he’s received from Nashua residents, which is why Monday night was so important to the man who is now Nashua’s city clerk.“People are really nice,” said Ott, who was in and out of City Hall for several days before the City Council officially approved his...
Nashua’s Gateway to Northeast Iowa Welcome Center is looking for a new volunteer director after a meeting Monday night in which the City Council denied a request from the director to be paid for the hours she puts in at the center.Shelly Johnson has been the volunteer director for six months, but...
A Nashua native who served as Nashua police chief and with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office has been confirmed as the U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Iowa.The U.S. Senate confirmed Douglas J. Strike to the position on a voice vote last week. He had been nominated by President Trump...
A Compensation Board member said last week that he wasn’t surprised that the Board of Supervisors slashed the raises board members had recommended last month, and he also said that he remained comfortable with the intent of the Comp Board when it proposed giving elected county officials a $10,000...
Lee Pool laughed when asked by a Rotary Club member last week how the Little Light of Mine will use the money donated to the annual Christmas season event at Mikkelson Park.“Trust me, my wife will find great deals,” he said. “I don’t know how she does it, but if she has a 100 bucks, she’s going to...
Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton provides more than $1 million in community benefits contributions each year, according to figures compiled by the Iowa Hospital Association.The association reported that Mercy contributions totaled $1,055,847 in fiscal 2017, and the hospital’s development and public...
As his students tinkered with their “robots” Friday morning, New Hampton High School science teacher Chad Pemble explained why the school’s J-Term is so valuable.“When you’re doing things like this, a normal class period just doesn’t give you enough time,” he said. “You’re just getting going, but...
When New Hampton High School students returned to class Thursday morning, they didn’t head to English, social studies, math or science classes.Instead, they embarked on J-Term, a unique two-week program in which they immersed themselves in just one class.Two weeks of specialized classes and only...

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