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Lifting the spirits of veterans was the mission Catherine Roberts took away from a dream of bestowing a quilt on her son serving in Iraq when she founded the Quilts of Valor Foundation in 2003.All veteran recipients interviewed showed appreciation for the volunteers from the Chickasaw County...
Data Processing Director Ray Armel got added to the agenda and addressed the Board of Supervisors on “county email domain and [its] use” last week. “Last year the board directed … the [information technology] manager at that time, to establish an email domain for all county employees … so that all...
The calendar may say it’s 2018, but at least at the New Hampton Rotary Club meeting last week, it was 1985.“Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far,” said former University of Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, who spoke before a crowd of more than 60 Rotary members and their guests. “Trust me, I don’t...
New Hampton fourth grade students left class on Thursday knowing a watershed is an area of land that drains into a common water body and some things they could do to protect it.Two Iowa State University staffers, Todd Stevens, outreach specialist, and part-timer Taylor Kuehn, New Hampton High...
Readers in Chickasaw County evidently are not “followers,” at least if the Great American Read says anything.The winner of the nationwide PBS competition for the best book — among 100 selected as finalists — was “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the classic by Harper Lee, which made the “top 10” in a...
The Salvation Army of Chickasaw County has been able to provide needed aid to the community over the last three years thanks to the generosity of locals during its “red kettle” fund drive, both through cash and the “in kind” voluntarism of bell-ringers.Kris Markham, who, with her daughter Liz,...
The independent committee that organizes a spectacular holiday light display in New Hampton has been hard at work in concert with the community to outperform last year’s inaugural event.It’s the hope of committee member Lisa Pool that the community will once again come be entertained at the...
If Lydia Klinkel, who began Monday as the Ionia Community Library director, looks familiar it’s because she worked the previous 17 months part-time at the New Hampton Public Library.She has some big shoes to fill, as Jane McGrane retired last month after 44 years overseeing the library.Looking back...
In conjunction with the Veterans Day week, New Hampton fourth grade students inspected the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial, noticing things they might not have seen before.Teachers a couple of years ago walked through the memorial and  developed questions students could answer, teacher Dennis...
Learning to value freedom, and making sure men understand she is their equal, helped Joni Ernst to achieve the career success she has.A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, now-U.S. Sen. Ernst, R-Iowa, retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel and spoke of her...

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