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Before rumors, emotions, and exaggerations take over conversations I’d like to report the facts that have been discussed in open public meetings.The ambulance council rejected a contract bid Monday from the Chickasaw Ambulance and I would like to share some of the reasons for the no vote. So this...
I knew we were in deep trouble in the annual Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Grocery Cart Race almost as soon as I turned over the clipboard.No where on the list did I see “Snickers,” “frozen pizza” or “ice cream.”Instead, our list included good food — like vegetables, canned fruits and staples that...
New Hampton resident Mark Dungey tries to help a stuck motorist in the city's west-side Industrial Park Sunday morning.
I don’t often get goosebumps when I’m doing interviews, but Monday morning, despite having a space heater directly in front of me, I shivered as Jeff Bernatz recounted a Sunday maybe never seen before here in Chickasaw County.Bernatz is the Chickasaw County emergency management director, and to say...
D. Alice Grove, age 107, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Hampton. Funeral services for Alice will be held at 10:30 AM on Sautrday, January 26, 2019 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in New Hampton...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Mason Cleveland works to finish off a takedown of Osage’s Averee Abben on Thursday night, just hours after attending the funeral of a family member.
I remember the day like it was yesterday even though the story I’m about to write occurred in August 2010. Mason Cleveland was a fourth-grader playing flag football, and I was his coach. He had scored three touchdowns in the first half of a game, and at halftime, I made the decision to move him to...
Caleb Ulrichs joins his fellow Nashua-Plainfield Marching Band members and performs during a football game this past fall.
This one hit me especially hard, which is saying something because there is no worse job in this profession than writing about the death of a young person.I’ve been doing this for journalism deal for almost 35 years, and all I can say is that Sunday night when I found out that Caleb Ulrichs’...
Back in my drinking days, I have to admit that New Year’s Eve was not my favorite night of the year, which may explain why finding sobriety almost 23 years ago was probably a good thing.When I was “using,” though, I thought Dec. 31 was just a pain in the you-know-what.It was like freaking amateur...
Gladys W. Lechtenberg, 93, formerly of New Hampton, IA passed away at The Western Home in Cedar Falls, where she made her home for 20 years.A graveside service for Gladys will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton.Conway-Markham Funeral Home is...
My youngest son walked out of his bedroom on Thursday morning and to say he was startled by his father would be an understatement of gigantic proportions.“Oh my God, Dad, what happened to you,” Noah said, for what stood before him was something he had never seen — his father without a lick of...
Beverly "Tex" Robrock, age 87 of New Hampton, Iowa died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare Center in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg with Pastor Michael Christie officiating....

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