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   Rick Kramer today is New Hampton Parks and Recreation director, but back in 1977, he had just graduated from high school, and he remembers the bicyclists camping at Mikkelson Park in New Hampton.   “It was a big deal, but nothing — I mean nothi

Airport runway almost complete

    Dan Scott admitted that he almost had tears in his eyes as his good friend and fellow New Hampton Airport Foundation member Jason Lahmann flew him over the airport runway recently.    As he looked below, the retired New Hampton businessman got

Jobs have changed in hospital’s 100 years

   Maggie Peterson couldn’t help but laugh when she was asked about what her job looked like 100 years ago when Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton opened.   “That’s easy,” she said, “because it didn’t exist.

The big day is almost here

   Julie Winter-Havel sat in her office at the Blue Iris and went through her list.   Vendors? Check.   Information booths? Check.   Volunteers? Check.   T-shirts?

Hoops Club is ready to welcome back alumni

    It wasn’t that the Chickasaw Hoops Club didn’t find its annual golf outing to be a fun, enjoyable or even a profitable fundraiser.    But something was missing.    “We honestly didn’t get a lot of former basketball players back,” said Hoops Cl

Summer weather woes

    As Chickasaw County residents cleaned up after a thunderstorm with winds up to 70 miles per hour moved through the area last week, Mother Nature delivered another punch Friday and Saturday.    Residents in the southeastern part of New Hampton

Seven Chickasaws take positions on NEIC teams

While at the plate, New Hampton’s Lauren Frerichs had the fifth-best batting average in Northeast Iowa Conference softball games this season, which helped her earn first team honors at the end of the Chickasaw campaign.    Frerichs was the only fi

Heartbreak again

    It wasn’t supposed to end in Cedar Falls; instead, the script called for this brilliant season to finish on a Saturday afternoon in Principal Park.    This isn’t Hollywood, however; it’s baseball.    And on Tuesday night, the best baseball sea

A wild night for Trojans

   After Turkey Valley's Evan Drilling laced a home run down the left field line to start a district semifinal game against Kee High Thursday, Jaden Bruess was trying to be helpful.   Except he was wearing a mischievous grin.   "Evan too

Chickasaws claim district title

Top-ranked New Hampton ran out to a 6-0 lead, survived a mini-South Winneshiek comeback and rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Warriors Saturday in a Class 2A district title game.

Democratic candidate makes pitch in New Hampton

John Norris said there’s a reason he’s spent most of the first month of his gubernatorial campaign in rural settings.

‘Happy Days’ indeed

Plainfield Days were definitely “Happy Days” this last weekend for all who attended the annual event. 

Top-ranked Chickasaws understand meaning of sacrifice

   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 de

Win sends Trojans back to face Kee 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 basebal

Killer errors hampers TV in regular season finale

    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

Chickasaws ho-hum about record victory

   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 wit

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