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Shannon Wurzer sat at her desk filling out some paperwork in a school building that has been, for the most part, filled with the sounds of silence since March 13. She looked up, smiled and told the reporter that she couldn’t wait for that to change. “I think every person who gets into education...
A Chickasaw County Board of Health member who was accused of “sexual harassment” and “unprofessionalism” will remain on the board, thanks to a 3-2 decision by the Board of Supervisors during a contentious meeting Monday morning. Last month, the Board of Health voted 3-0 to ask Terry Johnson to...
The boys were sitting around after the annual tractor pull at Steeple Days in Lourdes last month. They shot the breeze. They talked about the number of pulls that had been canceled this year. And they came up with an idea. “Basically, we just came to the conclusion that we wanted to do a little...
It was Sunday afternoon when Mark and Jackie Ashley passed through New Hampton on their way home to the northeast corner of Iowa. In tow, they had their two grandchildren — Alisha and Allison — who live in Cedar Falls. “We’ve heard about this park for a long time,” Mark Ashley said, “and since we...
The New Hampton Rotary Club will hold a computer recycling drive on Friday in the parking lot of Carquest. The event that will benefit Goodwill Industries of North Iowa will run from 4 to 6 p.m., and Rotary members will be on hand to help. Only computers and related equipment will be accepted. No...
Maybe we ought to hold off on judging 2020; after all, it’s turning out to be a pretty dang good year for the New Hampton FFA chapter. Its members won not one, but two state championships last week during the state horse judging competition. And in the process, the chapter ended an 89-year “drought...
When Ed Conway made his daily trek to New Hampton Cemetery, he saw more than gravestones. Instead, he was a witness to stories. “That’s a good way to put it, every stone has a story,” he said, “and that’s why I think I always loved going out there and why I thought it was so important to make sure...
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a new 28E agreement that would change voting procedures for the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council and come up with a 60-40 split when it comes to paying the costs of EMS contracts. The new 28E agreement would have cities pay 60...
The Carnegie Cultural Center will hold its annual Farewell to Summer Concert this coming Sunday at Mikkelson Park. The Sugar Daddys Jazz Band, which has performed in Northeast Iowa for more than 33 years, will provide the music, beginning at 7 p.m. in the band shell. The group specializes in jazz...
How did empty shopping malls lead to bustling main streets? Well, you might call it one of the “good things” that has come from COVID-19. In keeping with the local shopping trend, some people are finding out exactly what this town has to offer, starting by walking the streets or, in the case of...

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