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The lesson of Sam’s suicide is to be there for anyone hurting

It’s a phone call that is seared into my mind.
My wife at the time and I were on our way to Mason City, and it was a little after 10 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014.

Lucille C. Whitney, 95

Lucille C. Whitney, age 95 of Waverly and formerly of Plainfield, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.

Farewell Mr. O’Brien and thank you for making an impact

The text message came in on Saturday night, and for a moment my mind wandered back to my high school days.

Robert ‘Bob’ Hubert Lechtenberg, 89

Robert “Bob” Hubert Lechtenberg, age 89 of Lawler, died Monday, August 19, 2019, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.

Ronald G. Nolte, 78

Ronald G. Nolte, age 78 of Waucoma, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his home. 

It’s tough to say goodbye to our mischievous, but faithful, Shelby

The date was June 16, 2010, and I had already made the decision that we were not getting this dog.
But the boys – and they were really boys back then — begged me to go at least see this beagle named Shelby, and I caved.

Austin Lee Rasing, 26

Austin Lee Rasing, age 26 of Ionia, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, New Hampton, with Pastor Candraeah Carey presiding. 

Mayor explains why she voted no to ambulance

Before rumors, emotions, and exaggerations take over conversations I’d like to report the facts that have been discussed in open public meetings.The ambulance council rejected a contract bid Monday from the Chickasaw Ambulance and I would like to

Race is for a great cause, but Trib’s skid must end

I knew we were in deep trouble in the annual Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Grocery Cart Race almost as soon as I turned over the clipboard.No where on the list did I see “Snickers,” “frozen pizza” or “ice cream.”Instead, our list included good food

During a blizzard, countless folks stepped up to help those in need

I don’t often get goosebumps when I’m doing interviews, but Monday morning, despite having a space heater directly in front of me, I shivered as Jeff Bernatz recounted a Sunday maybe never seen before here in Chickasaw County.Bernatz is the Chicka

D. Alice Grove, 107


During the toughest of weeks, NH/TV senior shines on, off mat

I remember the day like it was yesterday even though the story I’m about to write occurred in August 2010.

Caleb Ulrichs was a one-of-a-kind kid we should all emulate

This one hit me especially hard, which is saying something because there is no worse job in this profession than writing about the death of a young person.I’ve been doing this for journalism deal for almost 35 years, and all I can say is that Sund

This guy is grateful to enter another new year on the sober side of life

Back in my drinking days, I have to admit that New Year’s Eve was not my favorite night of the year, which may explain why finding sobriety almost 23 years ago was probably a good thing.When I was “using,” though, I thought Dec.

Gladys W. Lechtenberg, 93

Gladys W.

You never know who you will help by supporting 3D mammography

My youngest son walked out of his bedroom on Thursday morning and to say he was startled by his father would be an understatement of gigantic proportions.“Oh my God, Dad, what happened to you,” Noah said, for what stood before him was something he

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