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Three Chickasaw County departments were “dinged” by a special audit conducted by the state of Iowa, but county officials said many of the issues found in the audit released last week have already been resolved. Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand released the report on Friday, and he wrote that the...
The phone call that came in on Thursday to Chickasaw Public Health and Homecare Services was a, in a word, stunner. On the line was the Iowa Department of Public Health and the message was curt: You’re not getting any COVID-19 vaccines next week. “It was just shocking,” Public Health Administrator...
Break out the shorts and the flip-flops, a heat wave is on the way. It’s right there in the National Weather Service forecast for Chickasaw County. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. And already, we’re...
The New Hampton City Council last week approved the recommendation from the Hotel/Motel Tax Committee to distribute $25,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and events for the upcoming year. The committee met the week before and made its recommendation, and although members said “no” to one...
New Hampton High School speech coach Kassie Bercik couldn’t have asked for any more from her state qualifiers Saturday. Six acts, all of which got at least one Division I rating, four overall Division I ratings and three “straight I” ratings. That’s a pretty good day. “I’m not sure how long it’s...
Sun dogs have been a common sight around Northeast Iowa in recent days, and unless the National Weather Service is wrong, they will continue to be seen through at least early next week.
For those who believe the glass is always half full, there is this: It’s going to feel refreshing this week. For the rest of us — the glass-is-half-empty crowd — it’s just going to be downright frigid. A strong storm that moved through the area last Thursday deposited five inches of snow, much of...
Gov. Kim Reynolds made a dramatic move last week to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the state, but for the most part, she remained mum on why she did so. In a proclamation she signed on Friday, Reynolds lifted the state’s limited mask requirements that had been in place since November, and she also...
The Chickasaw County Board of Health is back to “full strength” but it took several votes from the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday before a fifth member to the board was appointed. Board members voted down the reappointment of Jim Cook to the board for the third time on a 3-2 vote with Jacob...
A party for Paul Hassman’s 107th birthday was held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center, where his five children — (from left) Gene Hassman, Kevin Hassman, Rebecca Hassman Splittstoesser, John Hassman and Ray Hassman — pose for a picture with their dad as he celebrates his big day.
A party for Paul Hassman’s 107th birthday was on Saturday, Jan. 23rd at 10 a.m.  Five children and three spouses celebrated with him “through a window” at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center.   Because of COVID, Paul was inside, and the guests were outside.    Presents were opened, and two...
Chickasaw County and its cities are moving closer to a final agreement when it comes to settling a lawsuit and agreeing to a new 28E agreement that will give the county a new Ambulance Council. The Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to approve both a new settlement and the 28E agreement after...

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