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Dr. Kara Speltz loves her family, don’t get her wrong, but she’s probably never looked forward to going to work as much as she did on Monday morning. “I am beyond thrilled,” said the Boeding, Speltz and Wernimont dentist. “Eight weeks is enough. I think we’re all ready to see our patients and get...
The advice from the State Library Board was to remain closed, and the New Hampton Public Library Board took it. Library Board members last Wednesday voted to keep the library closed to the public until June 1, although it was also decided to increase public access to library materials by expanding...
Never, ever did Jamie Ohrt and Jenny Adam figure they would get this much time with their first-born children. And while both New Hampton teachers — Ohrt teaches high school science; Adam directs the middle school band program — will tell you they dearly miss their “other kids,” they know that if...
MercyOne Family Clinic’s newest nurse practitioner, Nicole Wurzer, talks with nurse Krista Hackman before seeing another patient at the New Hampton facility.
It’s no secret that one of the big issues facing rural America is the shortage of medical providers. In other words, we need more people like MercyOne Family Clinic Nurse Practitioner Nicole Wurzer, who recently began working at the New Hampton clinic. “That was an absolute must for me,” she said...
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last week that she would allow restaurants, fitness centers, churches, retail stores and malls to reopen in 77 Iowa counties, including Chickasaw, although they can only operate at 50 percent capacity. Reynolds made the announcement during her daily press conference on...
MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center RN Jayda Dietzenbach sits behind a plastic barrier in the hospital’s Emergency Department last week.
Jayda Dietzenbach sat behind the plastic barrier in MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center’s Emergency Department. She had her mask on, and the thought hit the reporter: Wow, this is way different than a few months ago. In February, the Emergency Department, Dietzenbach and tech Lisa Stevenson were...
This wasn’t the way Turkey Valley Principal Carol Knoll planned on her career in education ending, but there will be a bit of normalcy later this month when the school holds its commencement ceremony. That’s because Turkey Valley, unlike numerous schools that will hold “virtual” commencements or...
The Chickasaw County Conservation Board will open Airport Lake Park and Split Rock Park campgrounds on Friday at 6 a.m., officials announced in a press release issued Thursday. Conservation Board Director Brian Moore said only campers with self-contained units will be permitted at this time.  All...
For the first time since March 17, Klunder’s Kafe welcomed customers back into their restaurant located on New Hampton’s west side.
When it comes to the Coronavirus, there is no such thing as being too cautious. That’s why the majority of restaurants in New Hampton are continuing to only offer carry-out or delivery services.  Nevertheless, there is one establishment that has already opened their doors to the public. During her...
You’ve heard of absentee balloting and voting by mail, but here’s a new one for you: Drive-up balloting. And it’s a reality in Chickasaw County these days as early voting for the June 2 primary began on Monday, even though the courthouse will remained closed to the public through at least mid-May....

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