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Chickasaw County’s top election official says the interest in this coming Tuesday’s primary, combined with the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, may mean long lines at the polls. “We’ve been pushing the vote by mail, and I think a lot of people are responding to that,” said Chickasaw County Auditor...
The “reopening” of Iowa accelerated on Tuesday when Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that  she will allow casinos and amusement parks to reopen next week. Coupled with her announcement last week that she would allow bars to reopen today [Thursday], virtually every type of business she shut down because...
The New Hampton School Board Wednesday morning approved a new administrative plan its superintendent recommended and one that keeps three principals in the district. Board members unanimously voted for the plan — one that Superintendent Jay Jurrens said can save the district $175,000 next year —...
A pair of employees paint the New Hampton Municipal Pool last week in order to prepare it for opening - which may or may not happen this summer due to COVID-19.
Patience is a virtue. On Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered public facilities - including swimming pools and playgrounds - to remain closed through May 27 due to COVID-19. This means the playgrounds in New Hampton and the New Hampton Municipal Pool will remain shut down until at least this...
As Dollars for Scholars Committee member Raelene Maas announces scholarship winners during a Facebook Live event, her fellow committee members watch New Hampton High School’s unique Scholarship and Awards Night.
Michael Kennedy virtually stood before the members of the New Hampton High School Class of 2020, and took a moment to talk to them last Tuesday night. And we’re hoping they listened and took the longtime New Hampton attorney’s advice and filed it away. In a typical year — OK, in any other year but...
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a sweeping new round of “re-openings,” as movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, wedding reception venues will all allowed to reopen Friday. During her daily press conference on Wednesday, Reynodls said those businesses must follow social distancing guidelines and have...
New Hampton residents and sisters Vonnie Shannon (left) and Pat Weigel show off a couple of the masks they have sewn since the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis began.
The handiwork of two New Hampton sisters can be found on the faces of folks both in New Hampton and elsewhere. And we mean like all over the country. And they’re doing it to remember one of the sisters’ grandsons, who passed away in January 2019. Since the middle of March, Vonnie Shannon and Pat...
New Hampton High School graduate Savannah Anderson says she started her new business as way to alleviate the stress she faces in college.
Savannah Anderson, if she had to guess, worked on the video that lasts a mere 194 seconds for eight to 10 hours. The New Hampton High School 2020 Graduation Preview may not be long, but boy oh boy, that 3 minutes and 14 seconds is, in a word, powerful. “I really wanted to do something special, and...
The Chickasaw County Courthouse will be closed to the public until at least June 3 and even when it reopens, it may be by by “appointment only.” The Board of Supervisors discussed the matter for more than 35 minutes on Monday morning and decided to hold off reopening the building for at least...
Madison Kolbet came prepared for the rainy conditions as she sports an umbrella while waving to a group of people congratulating her.
So what if it rained on their parade; after all, the senior year these New Hampton High School students have had is one for the books. Getting wet was the least of their concerns as they celebrated their “virtual graduation” Sunday with a 29-minute parade that began at the high school, made its way...

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