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Morrison honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

David Morrison, a highly successful researcher and policy analyst, who is currently a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology at a ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021 ...

MEET YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES: James Erhardt, Traer City Council

AGE: 47 PROFESSION: Business owner Anderson Collision, Erhardt Motorsports EDUCATION: North Tama High School, Hawkeye Community College, AMI continuing education in business and finance FAMILY: Wife Carmen, Son Ethan, Daughter Emily What motivated you to run for school board/city ...

MEET YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES: Jon Panfil, Traer City Council

AGE: 64 PROFESSION: Retired after 20 years as City Clerk EDUCATION: College Graduate-Accounting FAMILY: Wife Diane, Children Ben and Lucy What motivated you to run for school board/city council/mayor? My desire to stay involved in the city since my retirement. What qualities and behaviors ...

MEET YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES: Kennan Seda, Traer City Council

AGE: 63 years young PROFESSION: Computer scientist EDUCATION: North Tama High School Class of 1976; Iowa State University, B.S. Computer Science FAMILY: I came back to Traer to care for my parents - Marvin and Florence Seda. My father is now deceased. What motivated you to run for school ...

Area farmers reap benefits of warm, mild fall

As it stands now, the 2021 grain harvest in Tama County is shaping up to be a successful one thanks to a warm and mild autumn — a welcome change from the harvest of 2020 which took place in the wake of the devastating August 10 derecho. Ryan Vavroch and his young family farm in rural ...

State Senate rejects proposed legislative map

The Republican-controlled Iowa Senate rejected a proposed map of new legislative districts by a 32-18 vote along party lines during a special session convened at the statehouse on Tuesday. Because the Senate turned down the proposal, the House opted not to bring the matter up for a vote. The ...

Hora-Machacek holds sewing day

Five members of the Legion Auxiliary met on Tuesday, October 5th to sew. Members were Pauline S, Linda D, Diane C, Collette W, and Veronica P. Linda and Collette sewed strips for carpet weaving at Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Pauline balled the sewed strips. Diane worked on plastic ...

Fire Prevention Week observed in Dysart and Traer

Fire Prevention Week took place October 3-9 this year. The annual event has long been celebrated by local fire departments across the country as an avenue to educate children — and by extension the greater public — around fire safety and prevention. Both the Dysart and Traer fire ...