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Rick Kramer wasn’t going to lie when it came to the annual Halloween Parade that his Parks and Recreation Department and the New Horizons-Chamber sponsored on Saturday. “I was hoping we’d get 40, 50 people,” Kramer said, “and then about 10:20, 10:25, they just kept coming through the doors....
John Norris believes his experience stands out above the rest of the candidates running for Iowa governor in 2018. “I have a passion for rural Iowa and an understanding of the issues we face in rural Iowa, and I have a life set of experiences in both business and government that sets me apart from...
One of the better success stories in the New Hampton School District in the last couple years has been the involvement with “Iowa BIG North,” along with three other northern Iowa School Districts, and that four-school cross-district partnership received a big boost this week. Iowa BIG North’s is...
Contested municipal elections were a rarity in New Hampton … at least until recent years. Now, they almost seem to be a rule. While two City Council incumbents — Scott Perkins and Bruce Dirro — are running unopposed in the Nov. 7 election, a third seat is up for grabs as both Matt Kuhn and Jeremiah...
Kevin Laue is probably the only motivational speaker working today who begins his presentation with the sentence, “Wave to the nub!” At nearly seven feet tall with bright red hair and size 17 shoes, Laue is bound to attract attention anyway, and that only intensifies when people notice that he’s...
Dropping unemployment numbers are a good thing, right? Not necessarily. According to Tammy Robinson, director of New Hampton Economic Development, although low unemployment numbers do mean that more people in the workforce have jobs — which is good — those numbers also present many challenges for...
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) believes that pheasant hunting this year will be about the same as last year, despite a low pheasant count in August. “Survey results indicate a statewide average pheasant population decline of 30 percent and quail population decline of 23 percent, but...
Let’s face it, the weather forecast for Saturday morning looks more like Christmas than Halloween. Then again, New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer remembers the year it rained on New Hampton’s Halloween Parade. “We still had a huge turnout,” he said, “but just in case, we do have...
For children’s author Maribeth Boelts, sometimes the best story to share with kids is her own. Boelts, who lives in Cedar Falls, met with groups of preschool and elementary students at St. Joseph on Thursday, reading them her books, leading them in classroom activities and teaching them some simple...
David Swenumson sat at his kitchen table in his Ionia home, and talked about the end of what has been truly a remarkable political career. “It’s time for someone else,” he said. “It’s time for the young ones to take over.” He thought for a moment and smiled. “But I’ve had a pretty good run, don’t...

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