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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris makes a point during a campaign stop at Klunder's Kafe on Tuesday.
  John Norris said there’s a reason he’s spent most of the first month of his gubernatorial campaign in rural settings. “We have to reconnect with rural voters,” he said during a campaign stop in New Hampton on Tuesday, “and if we don’t do that, it doesn’t matter what we do. We have to show them...
Junior outfielder Josh Fenske makes a valiant effort at a foul ball in the third inning during New Hampton’s 8-0 win over Hampton-Dumont.
   Carter Stochl — or for that matter, any of his New Hampton baseball teammates — doesn’t need a dictionary to define the word sacrifice.   Instead, they personify the meaning of sacrifice — “the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as...
Sky lanterns honoring veterans and fallen soldiers are released during a Plainfield Days event last Friday night.
  Plainfield Days were definitely “Happy Days” this last weekend for all who attended the annual event.  The four-day celebration began Thursday as Plainfield Veterinary Service staff thanked the Plainfield community for its 40 years of patronage.  Drs. Alan Van Arkel, Randy Groth, Dane DeBower and...
With nine strikeouts in the Turkey Valley 4-1 victory over Tripoli Tuesday night, Evan Busta pitched the win, which sent the Trojans back to New Albin Thursday.
   The baseball field at New Albin holds a certain mystique for Turkey Valley coach Dan Stepan, with good reason.    Under legendary coach Gene Schultz, the Kee High program — which plays its games at New Albin — won four consecutive state baseball titles in Class 1A and Schultz was the winningest...
Turkey Valley’s Cody Hackman, shown here scoring a run earlier this season, will take a team-leading batting average of .468 into the postseason that begins today [Tuesday] in New Albin.
    Gladbrook-Reinbeck threw a 1-2 punch at Turkey Valley's baseball team as they combined a very good pitching display with a solid batting effort when they hosted the Trojans last Thursday.    But it was the TV boys that delivered their own knockout punch.    "We were in the game until we started...
Mason Cleveland, shown earlier this season, tossed a two-hitter in a record-setting win over Clear Lake for the New Hampton baseball team Saturday.
   Cory McDonald sat on top of the riding mower and took a break from dragging the infield Saturday morning.   He was asked about the celebration — or more to the point, the lack of one — after his New Hampton baseball team set a school record with their 30th win of the season Friday night with an...
New Hampton softball players make the walk to their final team meeting of the season after suffering a tough 10-5 loss to Center Point-Urbana in the Class 3A regional semifinals Friday.
   The score didn’t look close, but Jack Seelhammer felt his team was right there with Center Point-Urbana Friday night.   In the end, the eighth-ranked Pointers came away with a 10-5 victory over New Hampton in the Class 3A semifinal game, but Seelhammer was right: This was one of those “what-if” ...
Bailey Knowlton scores one of New Hampton’s 17 runs in the regional first round game against Waukon.
By the time Savannah Anderson took the mound to pitch in New Hampton’s first round regional game against Waukon Wednesday, the Chickasaws had an 8-0 lead.    “Yes, that was very comforting,” said the junior. “It’s nice to have that insurance.”        And while Waukon — the home team on the...
Turkey Valley’s Shayla Kuennen had a double and a triple in the Trojans’ split with Starmont.
   After struggling to get their first win of the season at Riceville, the Turkey Valley softball team won their second on the very next try when they beat Starmont in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday on the road.   The Lady Trojans won 3-2, but the Stars came back for the second-game win...
Savannah Anderson had two hits and pitched a two-hitter for New Hampton on Friday.
   When the regional softball pairings were released a couple of weeks ago, New Hampton's second round opponent — should they get by their first round opponent, Waukon — was going to be Beckman.   But when it was discovered right after the pairings came out that the Dyersville school was actually a...

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