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Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating ...  for a week.A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to...
I am responding to one person’s view on a hog barn being built near her parent’s farm that she does not live by.  I understand that this person may never be OK or come to understand the need for a hog building near her family.  And so I am reaching out to the rest of the readers to think about this...
We have several things to welcome here in town.Our new EMS Director Austin and his wife Breezy are all moved in, so we welcome them to our town. AJ is doing a great job for Chickasaw County and New Hampton as the county emergency management director.Our bowling alley has been sold, and we welcome...
Attending graduation parties this past weekend really took me back to missing my high school days.Who doesn’t reminisce about returning to their youth, being active in sports, choir, swing choir, extra curriculars?Simpler times when our parents took care of the bills and we just had to attend class...
Both myself and the Park Board want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of New Hampton and beyond for continuing to support the fundraising programs our young participants take part in each season.We realize that it may seem at times that our residents get “hit up” quite often from the...
Dear Brady Reicks,I am writing this letter to you here, in hopes that you will read it.  I have tried reaching out to you but was denied the opportunity to speak with you.  I wholeheartedly hope that you read this letter and think about the impact your decision will make on my family.I received...
May is Beef Month and Chickasaw County Farm Bureau would like thank all the beef farmers in our area and in Iowa for providing us the beef that many of us enjoy throughout the summer when we grill, go camping, or many other things.  We thank you for all your time and hard work to provide us great,...
Another Iowa adventure completed last weekend, I visited the Tulip Festival in Pella with my mom as part of our bucket list of sorts. Quite a trip but worth it!A year ago I had heard how amazing this place was with tulips everywhere and amazing food. And the festival definitely didn’t disappoint....
One quick reminder as I am seeing all this beautiful green grass growing: We have an ordinance as to not blowing your grass clippings into the street. It is a $25 ticket for each time if you choose to do so. We are not talking about the little amount that might come into the street from mowing the...
Once a year, prom occurs in schools throughout the United States.  This can be an event filled with friends, food, laughter, music, and memories.  Turkey Valley prom took place on April 22 and was a beautiful event.  Mother Nature cooperated and provided a wonderful day for photos.  The Grand March...

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