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Union’s budget woes draw crowd to monthly school board meeting

LA PORTE CITY – More than 40 members of the public turned out on Feb. 19 for Union’s monthly school board meeting in hopes of halting a proposed change to the district’s administrative structure that would reduce the number of principals from four to three. Due to the anticipated ...

Union’s Bohnsack, Olson crowned 2024 state wrestling champions

DES MOINES – In the battle for best, Union wrestlers Brayden Bohnsack and Caleb Olson were crowned with championship titles at the 2024 Iowa high school boys’ state wrestling tournament held last Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. The two were part of a combined ...

Iowa Lieutenant Governor winds up in Traer for economic development tour

TRAER – Last Friday just ahead of five o’clock, Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stopped by Traer’s downtown for a quick tour courtesy of Tama County Economic Development Executive Director Katherine Ollendieck. His first stop was Traer’s public library. “This is just one of the ...

North Tama looks to reduce costs by more than $409K

TRAER – A combination of the worst inflation the U.S. has experienced since the early 1980s, state supplemental aid not keeping pace, and the exhaustion of pandemic school relief funds has led many area school districts to consider cost-reduction measures including North Tama which is ...

Remembering Terry Shay, Dot Day founder

On September 28, 2023, North Tama educator and consummate dot connector Terry Shay, of Waterloo, passed away suddenly. The outpouring of grief around the globe was a testament to the fact that Terry truly made his mark on the world. In 2009, Terry shared The Dot book, written and ...

Traer Legion Auxiliary gifts poppies to area veterans

TRAER – Recently, members of Traer Legion Auxiliary presented vases of poppies to veterans residing at Sunrise Hill Care and Rehab Center. Pictured in the first photograph is veteran Roger Corbin (second from left) alongside Auxiliary members Bridgett Barthelmes, Judy Zmolek, and Kathy ...

Karina Cooper arrested, charged in husband’s 2021 murder

TRAER – A rural Traer woman has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the 2021 death of her husband. It’s been just over two-and-a-half years since Ryan Cooper, 42, was found dead at his rural Traer residence in the early morning hours of June 18, 2021, following a ...

Tama-Grundy newspapers bring home hardware at annual INA awards banquet

DES MOINES – Newspapers across Iowa celebrated another successful year during the annual INA Convention and awards banquet at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines last Thursday with staff at both the Times-Republican and Tama-Grundy weekly publications winning several accolades. “The Iowa ...

Public library directors express serious concern with recent legislation

Iowa legislators have placed a focus on public libraries recently. House Study Bill 678 (HSB678) was introduced last Wednesday, and the Local Government subcommittee recommended passage the following day. The bill pertains to the hiring of library directors and utilizing funds for policies. It ...