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Ready for a revival

Local News

A set of Second Street buildings located east of US 63 in downtown Traer will soon undergo a much anticipated revival. During the January 9 Traer City Council meeting, Daron Jacobs, owner of the Wind Up Lounge located at 606 Second St. told the council he was in the final stages of ...

Forever young at heart, Kathleen Keefer celebrates a century

Local News

This past Sunday, Jan. 15, Traer resident Kathleen Keefer radiated the warmth and joy of a life well lived as she welcomed both family and friends to her 100th birthday celebration held at the Traer Public Library. Keefer, who has called Traer home for the last 14 years, officially ...

‘King’ Cole Day: A Baseball Celebration

Local News

On the weekend of April 29, 2023, the Tama-Toledo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a memorial dedication in Toledo to honor the life of Leonard “King” Cole. Leonard Leslie Cole was born on April 15, 1886, to Hiram Henry and Cora A. Cole in Toledo. He attended Toledo public schools ...

Clutier Legion Auxiliary holds January sewing day

Local News

The Hora-Machacek Unit #453 held a sewing day on Thursday, Jan. 5. at 9 a.m. There were eight present who sewed carpet balls for the Iowa Veterans Home and also tied plastic bag strips together and rolled them into balls for use in making plastic mats for the homeless. Those present were ...

Iowa State honors December 2022 graduates

Education

Nearly 1,800 graduates received degrees from Iowa State University in December. Graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies were held Dec. 16-17 at Hilton Coliseum. Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, spoke at the graduate ceremony. Alumnus Suku ...

Traer Sesquicentennial online store up and running

Local News

Traer’s anniversary year is finally here! Join us as Traer celebrates its 150th year of incorporation in 2023. We will be hosting a year-long anniversary celebration with events, festivals, tours, exhibits, contests, classes, and more! See a current list of planned events here: ...

Tama County families with children under 5 eligible for free books

Education

Better Tomorrows Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) is launching a new, ambitious early literacy initiative to bring the joy and pride of book ownership to children across Tama and Benton counties. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, this initiative will provide one ...

Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offered in Tama County

Local News

Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is again available in Tama county this year, according to Barb Wollan of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The service is only possible thanks to the efforts of several local volunteers and begins in early February. In addition, ...

Despite injury and loss, Redhawk wrestling keeps eye on state

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What started as a season full of promise for Redhawks wrestling with a newly sanctioned girls team and two ranked boys wrestlers, has hit a few hurdles due to injury in the final weeks but the athletes are remaining focused and still banking on several state appearances. “The girls did have ...