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Traer lands natural gas utility

Nearly 15 years in the making, the city of Traer this week completed the purchase and has taken possession of the natural gas utility from Alliant Energy. As most residents will remember, in the mid 2000s electric utility rates in the state were unstable and prone to spiking. At the time, the ...

Wilson Zmolek Memorial sculpture installed in Traer park

Some residents of Traer recently noticed an addition to the Wilson Nature Preserve with the installation of a memorial sculpture in the northeast corner of the Preserve. The sculpture is in memory of Ellen Wilson Zmolek who died April 8, 2019 in Rochester MN. Ellen was the only child of ...

Dysart Arbor Day set for Sept. 22

Dysart Mayor Tim Glenn in partnership with the Dysart Tree Board recently signed a proclamation designating September 22 as Arbor Day in the city of Dysart. The tree board is composed of nine resident board members that work to plan for the care, preservation, planting, removal or disposition ...

North Tama parent teacher conferences Sept. 28, Oct. 1

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held by Zoom or telephone for grades K - 12 on Monday, September 28 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm and on Thursday, October 1 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. Students will have an early dismissal on Monday, September 28 at 2:20 pm. On Thursday, October 1, students will attend a ...

Dysart memorial unveiled

A Memorial honoring Dysart’s namesake and co-founder, Joseph Dysart was unveiled at the Dysart City Center on Wednesday, September 9th. During the unveiling ceremony Pastor Daniel Hartwig spoke about some of the history related to Joseph Dysart and the impact of his contribution to the ...

Tama County approved for individual assistance

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, Tama County was approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual Assistance Program. Gov. Kim Reynolds received notification 10 counties impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho were approved for the program. Individuals and business owners in Marshall, ...

18th Annual Dysart Old Iron Days Car, Truck, & Bike Show

Record numbers turned out for the 18th annual Old Iron Days Car, Truck and Bike Show. The event which was sponsored by the Dysart Development Corporation was held Friday, July 24 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. An estimated 1200 people attended. A family friendly atmosphere provided entertainment from ...

Masks, gowns, and caps, oh my!

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the year 2020 a historical year. Many of you may have been asked how have you managed your family life, what did you do to fill your days, and how did you communicate with neighbors and friends? During the first week of the shutdown, in March, the ladies of St. ...

Activity Center closes after 20 years

After 20 years in operation the North Tama Activity Center has been closed and is up for sale. The former grocery store building on North Main Street in Traer was renovated and reopened as an activity center in 2000 by a group of local citizens. In its early years it facilitated youth and ...

Taking care of child care providers

VINTON, IA-Better Tomorrows Early Childhood Iowa and the Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) have joined forces to launch a campaign to increase the recognition of child care providers as essential, professional workers. The statewide campaign, the CAREforce for our WORKforce, will also provide the ...