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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

Beverly 'Tex' Robrock, 87

Beverly "Tex" Robrock, age 87 of New Hampton, Iowa died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare Center in New Hampton.

Simply put, we lost a ‘rock star’ in Diane Day

I’m pretty sure this is only the second time in my almost-nine years at the Tribune that I’ve written a column for the Friday paper.I did so almost six years ago when my friend and colleague Jim O’Connor died, and I’m doing so again today.Jim O’Co

Val Frey had a wonderful way of reaching our children

It’s a memory I know I will never forget, even though the conversation took place five years ago and lasted just a few minutes.Considering the fact that it’s not even 9:30 a.m.

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

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