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The Wall That Heals arrives in Tama County

A little after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, The Wall That Heals – accompanied by more than 100 escort vehicles – made its way across the Tama County line just outside Le Grand, passing through Montour on its way to Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama. As the mobile exhibit moved ...

Local baby safely back at home thanks to watchfulness and a tiny sock

The night of July 26 proved to be one of the scariest of their lives for young parents Bri and Logan Lorenzen but thanks to a little sock known as the ‘Owlet’ and some guardian angels watching over their four-month-old daughter Amelia, the family is back at home in Dysart – safe, healthy, ...

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 ...

Tama Co. 4-H members attend Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

In June, 300 youth delegates gathered at Iowa State University for the 2022 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, themed “Building the Future.” Teenagers from across the state came to the Iowa State campus for three days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, special events, and civic engagement ...

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. ...

2022 Winding Stairs Festival preview

Traer’s downtown Winding Stairs Festival will be celebrating its 25th bash this year from August 11-14, and to commemorate the milestone several new events are in the works including a contest geared toward those with a mustache. The annual town festival’s 2022 theme – ‘If You ...

Worthen achieves All-American, continues to trailblaze

It may be technically ‘offseason’ for high school wrestling, but for one of Iowa’s top female wrestlers – Union’s Jillian ‘Monster’ Worthen – there is no offseason and she proved that in the FargoDome on July 16 by earning All-American. The rising La Porte City sophomore along ...

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 ...

An afternoon on the farm

On Friday, July 22, U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) visited with members of the Tama County chapter of Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) on a farm near Traer. Hinson met with Tama County WLL founder Melody Bro and farmer-member Rebecca Dostal, who opened her farm alongside her husband Calvin. ...