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The status of the New Hampton Municipal Pool, seen from the top of the drop slide, remains very much up in the air this year because of concerns about the Coronavirus and the availability of staff to work at the facility that is a popular Mikkelson Park attraction each summer.
New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer would take a June snowstorm over what’s transpiring this year at the Mikkelson Park pool his department runs. “Seriously, we joked about that May snowstorm a few years back,” he said, “but even a June storm would beat this. We’ve never been...
Julie Winter-Havel can’t imagine what high school seniors are going through these days. Their last year of high school has gone south — very, very south — because of this thing called the Coronavirus COVID-19.  No classes, no final year of spring sports, no final concerts, a Prom that has been...
The University of Iowa campus, just like iowa State’s and UNI’s, is eerily quiet this spring.
One of the biggest fears people have about the Coronavirus pandemic is the unknown it entails. And while every individual across the world is hoping it be over sooner rather than later, Grinnell College freshman and New Hampton High School graduate Will Throndson believes it is a realistic...
Father Brian Dellaert of Holy Family Parish carries the Blessed Sacrament around the block as parishioners follow and then shows the Sacrament, the body of Christ, to those watching the procession from their cars before returning to the church where public Masses have not been held since March 19 because of the Coronavirus.
It wasn’t as solitary as Father Brian Dellaert thought it would be, but to know that so many parishioners wanted to “follow Jesus Christ” was enough for the priest of Holy Family Parish. And it made for a wonderful scene Sunday morning as dozens of parishioners either watched from their cars or...
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that she would begin the process of “reopening” the state on Monday by allowing farmers markets to reopen and elective surgeries to be performed. She made her announcement on a day in which the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that 521 new positive...
Chickasaw County Public Health officials announced a fourth confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 Friday, the same day that they said the third person who had tested positive for the virus had “recovered” and been released from Public Health monitoring. The latest positive test came in an adult in...
Hannah Heit, a 2018 graduate of New Hampton High School, poses for a picture with two Uganda boys before she was ordered to return home from what was supposed to be a semester-long internship.
When New Hampton High School graduate Hannah Heit departed for her internship in Uganda for the spring semester, she had done extensive research on zoonotic diseases, and the main focus of her research projects were to educate people about these illnesses.  Little did she know that during this...
Chickasaw County’s Public Health director is asking residents to remain vigilant when it comes to following Coronavirus COVID-19 guidelines after a third Chickasaw County resident tested positive for the virus on Friday. The good news is that the two residents who earlier tested positive for the...
The New Hampton Dollars for Scholars will hold its annual Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, May 12, as scheduled, but it is going to look entirely different from past events. Instead of being held at the New Hampton Elementary School Auditorium with students, parents and presenters present, the 2020...
New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Recreation Director Donna Rosonke works with resident Roger Nosbisch during a computer activity last week.
Kaitlain Schmitt totally gets the anxiousness some of her employees and the residents of New Hampton Nursing and Rehab are feeling these days. The Coronavirus COVID-19 has hit nursing home and long-term care facilities around the nation especially hard, but Schmitt also knows how important it is...

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