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This is not the time to let our guard down, Iowa leaders and Public Health officials say. Yes, the state’s COVID-19 stats — after soaring for weeks — are finally coming down. That’s the good news. But just ask Chickasaw County Public Health Administrator Lisa Welter, and she’ll tell you now is not...
We’ll fess up right away and tell you that we didn’t take any kind of scientific poll as we walked around Mikkelson Park on Saturday night. But anecdotally, we’ll tell you right now: This year’s Little Light of Mine opened to rave reviews. Seriously, here’s what we overheard in just a span of a few...
Park Board won't replace departing member, will now have five members The New Hampton Park Board is going to get a tad smaller while the city’s council will continue to have six members, at least for the foreseeable future. The decisions were made at last Monday night’s City Council meeting, which...
After 41 years in the nursing profession, Lawler’s Nancy Cuvelier probably thought she’d seen it all. Then along came 2020. The former Mayo Clinic nurse and Turkey Valley school nurse has been employed at UnityPoint Health — Allen Hospital in Waterloo for seven years now. Dana Schmitt of New...
COVID-19 continued to spread in Chickasaw County last week, which led to some tragic stories as the death of four area residents was blamed on the Coronavirus. And it’s also taking a toll on those who work in health care. “I think everyone — us, the hospital, the ambulance, the first responders —...
Seven years ago, Mark Folkers wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. The 2006 graduate of New Hampton High School was living in Mason City, working at Staples and was, as he will admit now, a bit rudderless. “I wasn’t really getting anywhere,” he said, “and you know, it was kind of...
A New Hampton High School alumnus lived the dream, albeit a tired one, last week when Randy Feenstra won the Fourth Congressional District race to replace Steve King in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the mainstays in State Sen. Randy Feenstra’s campaign to go to Washington was a former “...
The COVID-19 situation in Chickasaw County has taken a decided turn for the worse in recent days, and at least one area school has pulled the plug on on-site learning for a short period of time. Nashua-Plainfield officials on Tuesday announced the district would not have school on Wednesday and go...
Change will be coming to the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors in 2021, thanks to last week’s election that saw two new members elected. Granted, one of those “newbies” is actually a supervisor veteran, but no matter how you look at it, 40 percent of the board will turn over when we flip the...
Chickasaw County voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump Tuesday, and voters also elected two Republicans to the Board of Supervisors and a GOP auditor. Republican Jacob Hackman beat back a challenge from Democrat Joan Knoll, who did not seek a fourth term as auditor, to claim the District...

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