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Twenty-eight days elapsed between budget hearings held by the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors, but not much else changed Monday. The levy rate stayed the same, the total expenditures stayed the same and unanimity couldn’t be found, but thanks to a 3-2 vote, the county now officially has...
Pastor Peter Faugstad, who serves three area Lutheran churches, believes the pandemic taught Christians lesson on the importance of not only God’s word but also the gift that comes with worshiping together.
When the pandemic closed churches a year ago, area pastors and priests didn’t just close the doors and nap for a month. If anything, their jobs became that much tougher. Though Pastor Kevin Frey, Father Brian Dellaert and Pastor Peter Faugstad all missed their congregations during that time, all...
Kenzie Bouillon takes some of her creations out of the oven.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, the reporter of this story did a thorough job on this story. He asked the subject of the story a lot of questions. He asked the parents of said subject questions about having a 17-year-old daughter running her own business. And he, of course, checked out the...
The New Hampton Municipal Pool will definitely be open this coming summer, but Parks and Recreation officials say they are still woefully short of applicants. That led the Park Board last Wednesday to increase wages for lifeguards, water-safety instructors (WSIs) and others who will be employed at...
The 49th annual New Hampton Lions Breakfast will be remembered for a good, long time by the club members. And probably not in like the wow-that-was-a-heck-of-a-year way, but then again, as Jim Gorman put it, at least the Lions didn’t have to “skip a year” because of COVID-19. A year ago, the Lions...
It’s the little moments that mean the most to New Hampton individual speech coach Jason Speltz. Sure, the eight Division I ratings his team garnered at Saturday’s state speech contest were important, but the memory that may last the longest for Speltz is one that came after New Hampton students had...
Matt Crayne holds a GPS unit that will be used to hunt for "gold" on St. Patrick's Day.
On a daily basis, Chickasaw County Conservation Board Naturalist Matt Crayne may be rescuing an animal, educating students in the classroom or working on the upkeep and improvements of the 37 areas managed by the county.  But helping families search for a pot of gold ... well, that only happens on...
The Chickasaw Ambulance Council unanimously approved a two-year contract with the county's current ambulance provider during a meeting Tuesday evening in which council members also approved a budget and a rental agreement to house two ambulances. Tuesday's meeting got off to a rocky start when...
Hundreds of Chickasaw County residents became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but it may be a while before they can actually get their shots. The Iowa Department of Public Health last Thursday night announced that it was adding individuals that have underlying medical conditions to Phase...
One of Nashua-Plainfield’s hallways shows off the creative talents of students Madeline Taylor and Hailey Lechtenberg.
Madeline Taylor and Hailey Lechtenberg did the painting; Mason Mitchell did the graphic design. And all three Nashua-Plainfield High School students laughed when asked about how the idea to spruce up the walls of a school hallway came to become a reality. “Well, Mrs. Kalainoff came up with the idea...

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