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Back to school, finally

After 161 days watching, waiting, video chatting, and quarantining; students and staff both North Tama and Union schools finally had the opportunity to return to class. The first day of school arrived and was met with excitement and anticipation as school staff have been hard at work over ...

ISU Extension to hold storm damage meeting

MARSHALLTOWN - Marshall County and Tama County Iowa State Extension and Outreach is organizing a Derecho Storm Damage meeting together. It will bring together ISU Extension Agronomy, Ag Engineering, livestock and insurance specialists. Speakers will cover assessing the crop, grain quality ...

Remembering Levi

All that could be heard was the soft crunch of gravel and low sobs as three tractors, two bikes and one car slowly rolled into the North Tama Athletic Complex Sunday at noon. Tragedy struck the North Tama community over the weekend. Levi Beenken died in a UTV accident Saturday evening. He was ...

Ernst makes Tama County stop

Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, made a visit to Tama County on August 19 during a tour that was focused on the business community as well as impacts of the August 10 derecho. Ernst met with over a dozen individuals from the Traer area at a closed event at the Farm to Flame Bar & Grill in ...

Tama Co. sees spike in COVID cases

Tama County numbers are inching closer to 700 total positive cases. The county is currently at 660 cases with 36 remaining in isolation. That is up from the 25 that were in isolation last week. The spike could be for a variety of reasons including more events starting to happen, more ...

Alliant Energy offering aid program

CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy and community partners have teamed up to create the Project ReConnect program to fund electrical repairs that will allow power to be restored after the derecho on Aug. 10. As Alliant Energy has restored power to communities following the storm, many customers ...

Tama BOS sign disaster declaration

A disaster declaration dated for August 10 was approved by the Tama County Board of Supervisors Monday. The declaration allows the county to execute the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources and invokes mutual aid agreements and the applying to the State of Iowa for ...

Library News

Norma Anders Public Library Where’s Bear Been? Checkout our Facebook page for clues about Where Bear’s Been. Message us on Facebook or email us at n.anders.lib@dysart.lib.ia.us to turn in your guesses for our weekly drawing. MakerSpace “To Go”: Stop in at the front desk or arrange a ...

Tama County Bookings and Arrests

July 18 3:59 p.m. - Steven Ray Henson, 31, Traer, arrested by Tama County Sheriff’s Department in the 200 block of Vista Street, Traer on charges of possession of controlled substance. Released on July 18 at 8:39 p.m. on promise to appear. July 19 4:49 p.m. - Brent Joseph Thompson, ...

Gov. Reynolds makes Dysart stop

Gov. Kim Reynolds made a stop in Dysart on August 17 shortly after announcing a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration had been signed to cover the August 10 derecho. Tama County was one of 16 counties approved to receive the Public Assistance Program through FEMA as part of the declaration. ...