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Our family adopted, Wyatt, from SNAP of Chickasaw County February 2016. He has been doing very well and is so smart.Our son, Kolton, entered him in the dog program through4-H and competed with him at the Winneshiek County Fair in obedience, agility, and rally. They both loved it!Our family enjoyed...
We live in a state known for its good people. I have lost count of the amount of times I have heard praise for the good people in Iowa from those who live in other states and regions.We as Iowans take pride in being “Iowa nice.” How often have we lifted our fingers from our steering wheels to waved...
Warmer temperatures are finally in the outlook and spring planting season is just around the corner if not already begun for many area farmers.With that in mind, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that the tractors, trucks and equipment will soon...
Thirty-four years ago, I sat in Ron Newell’s classroom and soaked it all in.My peers, however, did not love history as much as I did; to be honest, I don’t know if many of them even tolerated Mr. Newell’s lectures.And that’s what they were.He wasn’t alone at little old Mapleton High School, or any...
For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government.I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full.This is not a good thing.Public officials should feel strongly obliged to do their business in an open and upfront manner. When...
After reading the April 4, front page article, “Event is winner for TRIBE Trail,” then “In the end, it's the little things that matter most in life” on page A4, did any other subscribers to the New Hampton Tribune think “What really is important when it comes to the health of our young people?”The...
The historian in me — I was after all a history major at what was then Mankato State University long ago — leaves me fascinated with this week in Christianity.And yet, sometimes I wonder if Holy Week doesn’t sometimes mirror today’s times, when opinions turn on a proverbial dime in a matter of days...
Let’s do a little Q&A today in an effort to get this column space filled because my mind is more scattered than normal.• So just how tough is Keaton Geerts?Well, tougher than we even thought back in February when the New Hampton senior was rolling to his second straight Class 2A individual...
If one needs to know just what kind of place Chickasaw County is, one only need to see how we handle adversity around here.Take March 19, for example. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the word went out that a Fredericksburg resident was missing and hadn’t been seen in almost two days. Scores...
Chickasaw County Veterans are being slapped in the face by their own VA Commissioners who are all Veterans; James Geerts, Wayne Moetsch and Lisa Wilkers.They plan to hire as County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO), Rick Holthaus, from Alta Vista. He is a non-veteran who lost re-election this past...

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