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Union Carolers ready for holiday season

A Holiday staple in the Cedar Valley for the last 18 years is determined to not let the pandemic dampen their ability to spread holiday cheer. The Union High School Vocal Department is currently taking bookings for the Union Carolers for any holiday event in the Northeast/Eastern Iowa area. ...

Become a VITA volunteer

Are you seeking a way to help others and your community? Consider becoming a VITA tax volunteer! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) helps lower-income households file their tax returns for free, enabling them to receive the tax credits they’ve earned. Last year, VITA volunteers ...

Redhawks on the run to state

The North Tama Redhawks cross country team, a small but mighty group, staked their claim in next week’s state cross country meet. Three North Tama runners netted top 10, state-qualifying finishes at the Class 1A District Meet in Manly Thursday. Twelfth-ranked Grace Lidgett took first ...

Prairie comes to life

Just over a month after the August derecho left grain bins and silos decimated all across Central and Eastern Iowa, one farm in rural Dysart is transforming one of their silos into a work of art. Cathy Irvine lives on a small farm five and a half miles northeast of Dysart. She and her late ...

Traer grocery store welcomes new owners

Among an ever-challenging economic landscape, Traer’s grocery store continues to thrive under new ownership. Jill and Doug Eilderts of Waterloo purchased the Hometown Foods grocery store from Lyndon and Joani Johnson late this summer. The Johnsons bought the business in 2011 from Jeff ...

Dysart business owners on board with Tama Co. Economic Development

The Tama County Economic Development Commission (TCEDC) recently welcomed two new members representing Dysart to the organization’s board last month. Sarah Gingrich and Bobby Torres recently replaced retiring commissioners Dwayne Luze and Tom Brandt. The two exiting volunteers provided a ...

La Porte-Dysart FFA members compete at district soil contest

On Wednesday, September 23, four of the La Porte-Dysart FFA members, Tyson Fleshner, Adam Ahrendsen, Gabe Hanson, and Sam Fehl, competed at the Northeast District FFA Soils Contest held at the Farm Lab at Hawkeye Community College. There were four soil pits dug for evaluation. The competing ...

Northey, Naig host roundtable

As crop producers plow ahead through harvest season many are dealing with the impacts of the August derecho and drought conditions that have spread from the western part of the state and worsened over the summer months. USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike ...

Political signs damaged in county

An investigation remains active regarding political sign damage over the weekend. This incident is the latest in an uptick of calls for political sign destruction in Tama County. The Tama County Sheriff’s Office has fielded seven calls in the last week and a half according to Chief Deputy ...

Tree seedlings available

The Aug.10 derecho injured or destroyed trees in every community in Tama county. For some communities, this event followed several storms over the past few years that had already left their mark on the tree population in the area. Trees are an important part of our landscape. They ...