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Dennis Collins, who has worked as a maintenance mechanic and in plant operations at Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, works in the boiler room Wednesday.
  ennis Collins couldn’t help but laugh when asked about his extended career as a maintenance mechanic and plant operations employee at Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton. “Well, I was born here,” he said, “and I always tell the story that when I was born, they slapped me, I liked it and never left...
  It’s taken a while but the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is that a new Chickasaw County veterans affairs director will be in place this coming Monday. Veterans Commission Chairman  David Boss met with the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors on Monday to discuss pay for the new...
 Farmall tractor owned by Jerome Kuhn is snapped in half after a severe thunderstorm destroyed a barn and a shed just south of North Washington.
  A powerful thunderstorm packing winds of 70 miles per hour blasted Chickasaw County late Wednesday afternoon and left hundreds of residents without power. The storm led to numerous downed trees and power lines throughout the county, a number of farm buildings destroyed by the storm. The National...
Project AWARE volunteers scour the Cedar River near Charles City last week as they work to remove garbage from the waterway.
  The hunt for trash continued this past week as volunteers embarked on the last leg of Project AWARE’s 2017 route along the upper Cedar River. It’s the first time AWARE has visited Mitchell and Floyd counties, Project AWARE coordinator Lynette Seigley said. “There was interest locally in having us...
They may not be anywhere near as big as the tractors and trucks but the "minis" definitely produce noise and excitement at the Kenwood Avenue Nationals.
  Ed Anderson, his son and two of his grandchildren walked behind the stands and checked out the tractors and trucks Friday night. “I like that one ... and that one ... and that one,” said 6-year-old Toby, the grandson of the former Nashua-Plainfield Elementary School principal as his grandfather...
Soon-to-be Chickasaw County Fair Queen Bailey Schinker reacts after finding “her card” in a bag of potato chips during a magic show put on by Jeffrey Reicks at the Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show’s Family Barbecue Night Sunday.
  Bailey Schinker wanted to be Chickasaw County’s fair queen, but she may have been the most shocked person on the Big Four Fairgrounds Sunday night when her name was announced. “I wouldn’t have been devastated, but yeah, I wanted to win and I tried hard,” she said moments after receiving her crown...
  It’s a simple equation — 44 > 40 — and it’s bad news for New Hampton Community Schools students. You see, their summer is more than half over. The halfway point — to be exact — was last Wednesday, and while 40 days may seem like an eternity to some, summer is flying by. “It’s crazy to think we...
Sam Hake laughs with his judge during the Static Show at the Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show.
  Sam Hake carefully listened to the judge, and one could almost see he was taking mental notes on how to improve his woodworking project next year. “They can be critical,” the soon-to-be Nashua-Plainfield High School junior said, “but it’s not in a mean way. You really do learn a lot from them.”...
T-shirts with the hashtag “#LuftTuff” are numerous at the celebration of life service for Logan Luft Wednesday afternoon.
  Tears and laughs. Favorite memories shared. A community coming together in love and caring and support. About 1,300 people packed into the Charles City Middle School gym Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the short life of Logan Luft, a 15-year-old Charles City boy who was fatally injured in an ATV...
Levi Williamson (second from the right) and his fellow Boy Scouts dedicate his Eagle Scout project at Plainfield City Hall.
  Boy Scout Levi Williamson has become one of the elite who have finished his Eagle Scout project for their community.  He joins over 2.5 million young men who have earned their Eagle Scout ranking over the last 100 years. After months of planning, fundraising and hard work many came out for a flag...

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