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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...
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst talks with Deb El Food Products Elliot Gibber after he and his employees gave her a tour of the plant Deb El purchased from Sparboe earlier this year.
As U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, made her way around the Deb El Food Products plant in New Hampton last Wednesday, she was asked her thoughts about the facility that the New Jersey company recently purchased from Sparboe. Her answer was quick: “Fascinating.” She paused for a moment and smiled. “I’...
A couple of kids relax at Lawler’s Croell Park, which soon will get an update, courtesy of the Lawler Lions Club.
The Lawler Lions Club is at it again. The service club that has donated thousands of dollars, including more than $30,000 in scholarships to Turkey Valley High School students, has a new project on its plate, modernizing Lawler’s Croell Park. “There’s always people there, and it doesn’t have a lot...
The TRIBE Trail Committee received two nice surprises last month, and as a result, Phase II of the trail will be built later this summer. Last week, the City Council formally approved a contract with Croell Inc. to build the trail from Logan Street to West Linn Avenue and work on Phase II could...
It’s a done deal: Theisen’s Home Farm Auto is moving across the street this fall. Officials from the Dubuque-based family-owned corporation announced last Wednesday that they had finalized the deal to purchase the building that housed the old Shopko Hometown store at 660 W. Milwaukee Street.  “We...
Chickasaw County residents won’t get the chance to vote on making ambulance service an “essential” one this year, after all. The Board of Supervisors last week decided that it would postpone the question until the 2020 General Election, and in an interview on Friday, Board Chairman Jacob Hackman...
Julia Havlik, one of the two new “head lifeguards,” at the New Hampton Municipal Pool keeps a watchful eye on the “deep end” of the pool last week.
Watch out pool-goers, there are new sheriffs in town!  Isabel Pool and Julia Havlik are veteran lifeguards at the New Hampton pool and have been promoted to head guards for the summer. Both have worked at the pool for years and are enjoying their new positions.  Michelle Nystel, the manager at the...
The scene at a New Hampton mobile home park on the city's east side Saturday afternoon, when neighbors said they heard an explosion that caused a fire. (Bob Fenske/Tribune)
New Hampton firefighters responded to an explosion in a New Hampton mobile home park Saturday afternoon. Parkview Trailer Court residents said they heard and felt the explosion around 3 p.m. and they said the explosion caused a shed and adjoining mobile home to catch on fire. New Hampton police and...

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