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T-shirts with the hashtag “#LuftTuff” are numerous at the celebration of life service for Logan Luft Wednesday afternoon.
  Tears and laughs. Favorite memories shared. A community coming together in love and caring and support. About 1,300 people packed into the Charles City Middle School gym Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the short life of Logan Luft, a 15-year-old Charles City boy who was fatally injured in an ATV...
Levi Williamson (second from the right) and his fellow Boy Scouts dedicate his Eagle Scout project at Plainfield City Hall.
  Boy Scout Levi Williamson has become one of the elite who have finished his Eagle Scout project for their community.  He joins over 2.5 million young men who have earned their Eagle Scout ranking over the last 100 years. After months of planning, fundraising and hard work many came out for a flag...
  We’re not quite sure how to break this to the students of Nashua-Plainfield Community Schools, so we’ll just come out and say it: Your summer vacation is now half over. Forty-one days ago from today [Thursday], you wrapped up your last day of the 2016-17 school year. Forty-one days from now, you...
  As New Hampton tackled what many are calling its “housing crisis,” the city’s Economic Development director knew that money had to be spent. “I think as we’ve met, we all agree we have an issue with housing,” said Tammy Robinson, “but we also aren’t quite sure what we really need to do.” Some...
Sean Singewald and his two children — Sam and Josie — work on a RAGBRAI Lego project that will provide bicyclists with a neat photo opportunity when they pedal through New Hampton July 27.
  The Carnegie Cultural Center’s Lego Club has been a hit almost from the day it first met several years ago. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the New Hampton museum — with a giant assist from one family — is putting those Legos to good use when thousands of bicycle riders descend upon New...
Julie and Jim Eckenrod are surrounded by family members — (from left) grandchildren Alyssa and Jacob, daughter-in-law Melanie Davis and grandchildren James and Michael — on the track that will hold the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this week.
  All was relatively quiet last Thursday at the track that will host the Kenwood Avenue Nationals this upcoming weekend. The big National Tractor Pullers Association event was still eight days away, and the extended family of Jim and Julie Eckenrod was getting ready for an event that has become a...
Teri Egts talks about the photograph she “caught” in the Big Horn mountains as she displayed her work at the Plum Creek Arts Festival on Saturday.
  Two snapshots from the Plum Creek Arts Festival may say it all when it comes to the quaint little festival that has become a rite of July in Fredericksburg. Snapshot 1: There’s Becky Schoenfeld, the New Hampton mosaic artist talking with a fellow artist in the middle of the festival. “That’s what...
Participants at the New Hampton Public Library’s Insect Zoo get a close-up introduction to Stanley the beetle after a presentation from Iowa State University entomology students Jillian Kurovski and Emily Gamble.
  Although young attentions wavered from time to time, one boy in particular was listening intently to Iowa State University entomology students Jillian Kurovski and Emily Gamble. “A praying mantis can see behind themselves without even turning their heads, it’s crazy!” said Gamble. “Can you guys...
  Jaclyn Tweeten admits that she’s feeling a tad bit of nervousness, which is understandable. The 2017 Chickasaw County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show, after all, is her first “full fair” as the local ISU Extension youth coordinator. “I want it to go well,” Tweeten said, “mostly for the kids who put...
Hugeback-Johnson's Bryan Hugeback talks with council members about parking proposals for the new funeral home on Main Street.
  New Hampton City Council members understand that they may be sending a mixed message, but they asked City Attorney Kevin Kennedy on Wednesday to draft and ordinance that would no longer allow sump pumps that drain into city streets to be installed in the city. After a long discussion during...

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