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Government

North Tama board explores infrastructure financing

Ten members of the public joined the North Tama School Board in the junior high commons on Wednesday, Jan. 12 for a three hour special work session meant to explore the district’s financing options in regards to anticipated future infrastructure projects. Matt Gillaspie from the financial ...

Tama SWCD highlights local stewardship with annual awards

Tama County Soil and Water Conservation District recently celebrated its 2020 and 2021 conservation award winners with an official announcement. Friend of Conservation Award The District’s Friend of Conservation Award is presented annually to Tama Countians who make over-the-top efforts to ...

Five things to know from Traer Council

The first Traer City Council meeting of 2022 took place on Jan. 3 and began with the swearing-in of Mayor Pete Holden and Council Member Jamie Erhardt – who both won their reelection bids in last November’s school and municipal elections – and then it was back to business for the ...

Dysart PD set to add an officer

The Dysart Police Department is poised to grow by one member in 2022 thanks to a recent grant award. At the regular meeting of the Dysart City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Dysart Chief of Police Joe Hols updated the council on a $125,000 grant the city was awarded in 2021 as part of the ...

Local legislators ready to get back to work

The last few sessions of the Iowa Legislature have ushered in a slew of changes to state law, and Marshall County’s delegation — Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour) and Sen. Jeff Edler (R-State Center) — are excited to keep up their work heading into 2022. In recent interviews, they shared their ...

Running rural in the new Iowa House District 76

One local Iowa House district is set to be essentially turned inside out in 2023 as a result of redistricting that affects both Traer and Dysart residents – thereby putting a new face on the horizon for rural voters, state Rep. Dave Williams, a Democrat from Cedar Falls. Williams currently ...

North Tama facility study narrows to 4 options

North Tama’s facility study took further shape last week during the school board’s Monday, Dec. 20 meeting when four options for upgrading district facilities were presented to the board for consideration by Andrew Bell with Align Architecture & Planning and Devin Kack with Plunkett ...

What you need to know about the new ATV/UTV ordinance

As of Jan. 1, owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and off-road utility vehicles (UTV) in Tama County will have a new framework to legally operate their vehicles on county roadways. Last week the Tama County Supervisors approved an ordinance that allows for the legal operation of ATVs and UTVs ...

Iowa Premium to construct new $561 mil facility

Tama County’s largest employer is on track to become much larger in the next five years. The Iowa Premium beef processing plant in Tama has received over $14 million in state and local tax incentives for construction of a new state-of-the-art processing facility that is expected to be open ...

County considering historic salary increases for elected officials

In the coming weeks Tama County Supervisors will be considering a recommendation that would raise salaries of the county’s elected officials by the largest amount in 20 years. Dave Forbes and Nick Podhajsky, members of the Tama County Compensation Board, presented their annual ...