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Marguerite Ashley receives her Chickasaw Extension Hall of Fame plaque from her daughter, Sarah, at last month's Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show.
  Marguerite Ashley smiled as she talked about that July evening when she became a member of the Chickasaw County Extension 4-H Hall of Fame. “I wondered why my daughter was going up to the stage to speak,” she said, “and honestly, even when I thought she was talking about me, I really didn’t have...
Homeland Energy Solutions Plant Manager Kevin Howes cues up a new slide during his presentation at the Chickasaw County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on Tuesday.
  To say Kevin Howes is upbeat about ethanol would be understating it. Sure, ethanol is the Homeland Energy Solutions plant manager’s livelihood, but Howes shared a number of facts and figures with Chickasaw County Farm Bureau members Tuesday night to prove his point. “Make no mistake about it,” he...
Nashua-Plainfield Marching Band members practice during their recent band camp.
  The sound of music playing on the streets can only mean one thing to Nashua residents; It is time for the Nashua-Plainfield Marching Band August practice.  School may not be back in session yet but that did not stop the Nashua-Plainfield High School Marching Band from practicing throughout the...
An estimated 22,000 people visited New Hampton on July 27, the day RAGBRAI made its way through Chickasaw County.
  The City Council on Monday night learned that New Hampton will finish with a “RAGBRAI surplus,” and the mayor of the city profusely thanked all those that made the July 27 appearance of the ride in New Hampton a “rousing success.” “It was one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in my 36 years as...
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Swenson celebrated 69 years of marriage at the Marriage Reunion.
  lifetime. Just ask the dozens of couples who came to Nashua’s famed Little Brown Church for its annual Marriage Reunion this past weekend. Giving the message was Pastor John Granchie, the Little Brown Church pastor who oversaw his first Marriage Reunion. “I forgive you. I am sorry. I love you. I...
The Nashua City Council meeting attracts a "packed house" this past Monday night at the Gateway to Northeast Iowa Welcome Center.
  A group of Nashua residents on Monday night presented a petition to the City Council and asked members to consider revamping the city’s Police Department. Larry Johnson presented the petition that was signed by 21 residents, who believe because of the city’s financial woes, Nashua leaders should...
  The renovation project at the New Hampton Municipal Pool gained steam last week as Parks and Recreation Department and Burbach Aquatics officials held a “pre-bidding” meeting with four contractors to discuss the $627,000 project. Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer said that final bids are...
A runner gets "sprayed" during the fifth and final Industrial Park Color Run.
  The Industrial Park Color Run has run its course, but even the fifth and final event that was held Friday night had its charm. “We’re definitely going to replace it with something,” New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer said. “We want to build on something that parents can do with...
Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton physician Jack Kline delivers the message during an ecumenical church service that was held as part of the hospital's 100th anniversary celebration.
  Leo Rasing smiled and laughed as he picked up his hot dog and ice cream Saturday afternoon. “They’re throwing me a heck of a birthday party, aren’t they?” He paused for a moment and his voice turned a bit more serious. “This place is pretty special,” the New Hampton man said. “We’re lucky to have...
If all continues to go well, Chickasaw County farmers could bring in a decent crop this fall.
  Terry Basol recently drove through southeast Iowa, and as he did, the Iowa State University Extension agronomist was feeling pretty grateful on behalf of farmers in Northeast Iowa. “It’s pretty good in our neck of the woods,” he said, “and sometimes you have to see places where it isn’t to...

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