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I stood up against the wall painted with an American flag Saturday night and silently wept.In front of me, scores of people held candles and listened to several speakers remember the much-too-short life of Sterling Koehn and raise awareness of the tragedy that is child abuse and neglect.The night...
We had an article in our paper last week about New Hampton High School’s upcoming musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” It sounds like it’s going to be a great show, and it got me thinking about theatre.It’s kind of one of my things. I had a theatre arts minor in college, I’ve written a...
I turned 52 last week, and although my boys would argue that I’m 16, at least maturity wise, there are days I feel like an old man.Saturday was one of those days.Throw in the fact I slept for a mere couple of hours the night before — a thrilling high school football game will do that to this guy —...
  I don’t know where to begin today, for I am at a loss for words. In my business, that’s not a good thing, but as I sit here at my desk on a summer Monday morning, I’m trying to come to grips with the death of a boy I never met. Logan Luft was 15 — 15 for crying out loud — and since I first heard...
Ministries across Trinity Health, including Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, are implementing healthy vending programs to provide convenient access to healthy options in our vending machines for patients, visitors and colleagues.This effort is a part of Trinity Health's People-Centered 2020...
Thankfully, the encounter with an unhappy reader on Friday afternoon was not an omen for the entire weekend.I may not be the smartest guy in the world, but I had an inkling that I was about to get blasted when Ruth Walden came back and whispered, “He says he wants to talk to the dumb son of a ...”...
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...

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