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JoEllen Martha Madsen, 64

JoEllen Martha Madsen, age 64, of Plum City, WI passed away unexpectedly, in her sleep, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 after having survived several different types of cancer in the past.

Seniors showed doubters are indeed the best motivators

Josh Fenske launched a high fly ball to center field Saturday night, and he knew almost immediately that his high school sports career was over.He put his hands to is face as he stopped just short of first base and the pain was agonizing.Josh is m

Most reporters, believe it or not, just want to tell a good story

As the ball jumped off Logan Havlik’s bat and sailed into right field last Tuesday night, two immediate thoughts came to mind.Please, Waukon right fielder, whomever you are, don’t pick this time to make a sensational catch.And, this is a story; af

Alfred B. 'Fritz' Muetherthies, 87

Alfred B. “Fritz” Mueterthies, age 87 of Lawler, IA passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 with family by his side at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA.

In times like this, let’s remember the smile, not the manner of death

Almost immediately Saturday evening I knew something was wrong.Josh and his girlfriend, Morgan, had just walked through the door after a long, hot day at the New Hampton Invitational baseball tournamentMorgan looked like she was about to burst int

Track athlete’s disappointment should not deter from great season

On the front and back pages of this edition of the Tribune are pictures of absolute joy and disbelief.The photographs of Savannah Anderson and Marcy Uglum capture the “thrill of victory” that makes high school sports — OK, sports of any kind — so

Marvin R. Westendorf, 89

Marvin R. Westendorf age 89 of Fredericksburg, Iowa died Friday, May 4, 2018, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

There’s nothing quite like coming home

The kids were ecstatic when I told them we were moving home in just one week.  April and I were pretty darn happy as well. You see, we had been in Guatemala for two and a half months living and working with a group of missionaries, and we were hea

High school sophomore’s dance moves a gymnasium full of people

I will be the first to admit that I’m not a “dance expert” by any means, but I didn’t need to be on Saturday night.Art is art, and when done right, it moves us.And on Saturday evening, all of us in the New Hampton gymnasium were touched by a high

Candlelight vigil provides crystal clear perspective to weekend

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

Sometimes, plays just have to take priority

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.

It was one heck of a week to be a football father and a Chickasaw

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 h

Teen's death should remind us all to keep life in persepctive

 
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.

Let’s put healthy snacks into vending machines

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

Thankfully, the ‘encounter’ wasn’t an omen for the holiday weekend

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,

Congress still hasn’t figured out how to deal with the budget

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.

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