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Kevin Kennedy couldn’t help but laugh Friday afternoon after he was asked how many mayors he’s served as New Hampton’s city attorney. “I think you’re calling me old,” he said with a smile before listing off the seven folks — Wendel Liddle, Don Johnson, Ray Klenske, Darwin Sittig, Bob Martin, Deb...
A train carrying hazardous materials derailed Saturday afternoon about three miles west of New Hampton, forcing Emergency Management Agency officials to order the evacuations of dozens of rural residents from their home. By Tuesday, Chickasaw County EMA Director Jeff Bernatz said progress has been...
Chickasaw County officials say it’s important for residents who have suffered home and property damage from this past weekend’s floods to file reports if the county has any chance of receiving “individual” assistance from the federal government. But they are also warning residents that getting that...
Chickasaw County Sheriff Marty Hemann’s plea to residents Saturday morning was simple: Please stay home. That’s because the county he calls home went through the worst flooding it has seen in five years, and a number of law-enforcement officers and rescue personnel said the flooding caused by...
Two members of the New Hampton High Class of 2015 had an idea that will culminate in the first Maker’s Market, which will be held this Saturday at Mikkelson Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both Kerstin Schwickerath and Marisa Flick have home-based businesses — Schwickerath operates Born Again Boutique...
The scores of runners and walkers who took part in the inaugural Their Fight Is Our Fight 5K this past spring helped create a new scholarship opportunity for area students. Everybody Hurts, a non-profit organization that was founded to help heighten mental health awareness and suicide prevention,...
Marianne Kurash wears many “hats” at MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center. She’s a cardiac rehab nurse, the employee health nurse, and an educator — teaching advanced cardiac classes to her fellow employees. But maybe the most important role Kurash has for her cardiac patients is this: She’s a...
When the New Hampton City Council next meets on Sept. 7, something — or shall we say, someone — is going to be missing. Council members last week approved Mayor Bobby Schwickerath’s appointment of the Prichard Law Firm as the city’s new attorney, effective Sept. 1, which means longtime City...
Ask ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol the keys to getting through what has been an extremely difficult growing season for area farmers, and his answer is twofold. “We need timely rains and, more than most years, we really need to avoid any prolonged heat waves,” he said last week, “but at the...
Fundraising for Phase III of the TRIBE Trail is being put on hold, but that doesn’t mean the proponents of the trail that will eventually connect Mikkelson Park and New Hampton’s west-side Industrial Park are giving up, either. TRIBE Trail Committee members announced last week that they were taking...

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