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Norma Anders and Traer public libraries receive state accreditation

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Norma Anders Public Library in Dysart and the Traer Public Library have met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.” Achieving accreditation requires a ...

County Recorder Deb Kupka retires after 17 years of public service

It was the final day at the office for longtime County Recorder Deborah Kupka this past Friday, July 29, as she officially retired from the Tama County position she has held since 2005. Kupka, who resides in Clutier, announced her retirement this past March following a storied career of ...

Union Middle School students meet with Sen. Grassley as part of D.C. trip

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) met with Union Middle School students during their visit to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Grassley and the students discussed how he began his journey in politics and his recent work in the Senate when they met on the steps of the U.S. ...

Complaints against Tama County dismissed by Iowa Public Information Board

The Tama County Board of Supervisors did not violate the state’s open meetings/sunshine laws as it dealt with backlash from an anti-wind-turbine group in recent months, the Iowa Public Information Board decided Thursday. A member of that group, Janet Wilson, alleged the supervisors have ...

Traer Council awards LOST funds

It was a busy night of decision-making for the Traer City Council on July 11 as members worked with city clerk Haley Blaine to approve or deny roughly $91,000 in applications for FY23 local option sales tax funds. Such funds – commonly referred to as LOST funds – are dispersed by the city ...

Petition circulates to expand Tama Co. supervisors from three to five

Is five better than three? It’s been almost 90 years since Tama County last had five county supervisors but if a group of citizens behind a petition currently in circulation in the county have their way, the question to move from three supervisors back to five will once again be put to the ...

Petco Love invests $5k in Tama County Humane Society

The Tama County Humane Society is set to receive a $5,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love during a special celebration at the Coralville Petco (2515 Corridor Way #3) on July 28 at 11:00 a.m. in support of their life-saving work for animals in Iowa. Petco Love is a national ...

Petition filed against Tama Co. supervisors over wind ordinance reaffirmation

After asking the Tama Co. Board of Supervisors week after week to consider enacting a moratorium on future industrial wind energy projects – only to have the requests denied or dismissed – a petition has been filed against the board by a member of the coalition Tama County Against Turbines ...

North Tama school board installs new student member

The North Tama Board of Education welcomed a new member during the regular meeting on June 20 – 2022-2023 student board member Olivia Ketter. Following the call to order and public comments period, rising-senior Ketter was sworn in for her one-year term by board president Rod Zobel. Ketter ...

La Porte City fined for wastewater laden with harmful bacteria

La Porte City has failed for years to adequately treat its wastewater to reduce bacteria and has routinely discharged it into a creek at levels that are hundreds of times higher than state limits, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR recently levied a $7,000 fine ...