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Redhawks runners take flight into postseason

The North Tama Redhawks cross country team took off into the post-season last week, competing in the Iowa Star Conference meet held at the Wartburg College course in Waverly. The temperature was unseasonably chilly and winds were gusting up to 21 mph to add a degree of difficulty on the ...

Dysart girl gives back

During the last Dysart Farmer’s Market of the year, 8-year-old Ainsley Reese hit a fundraising goal that’s been part of a three-year effort. Reese is the daughter of Greg and Jennifer Reese of Dysart and each summer for the past three years has undertaken a different project to help give ...

Fall is a festival at Fox Ridge

The sights, sounds and smells of autumn were on full display last Sunday at Fox Ridge Winery’s annual Fall Festival. Owners Mike and Gwen Seda reported a record turnout for the event that has been a marker for the beginning of the fall season in Tama County over the past five years. As ...

Former city clerk arrested on theft, forgery charges

Following a special investigation report from the State Auditor’s office on Aug. 17, Tama County Sheriff’s Office opened a criminal investigation into former Clutier City Clerk Keri Kopriva. Kopriva was later charged with six counts of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree ...

State issues new COVID-19 guidelines

New guidelines regarding quarantining and wearing masks were issued by the State of Iowa last week. It is no longer recommended that people outside of healthcare and residential settings quarantine when potentially exposed. That is as long as the person infected with COVID-19 and the person ...

Sunrise Hill caring amid outbreak

EDITORS NOTE: The article below was originally published on Oct. 2. As of Oct. 8 the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported two long term care outbreaks in Tama County including Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer and SunnyCrest Nursing Center in Dysart. Sunrise Hill had reported 25 ...

Absentee ballot voting to begin

Absentee ballot request numbers are trending upward in Tama County as absentee ballots will begin to be mailed starting Oct. 5. The June primary saw record breaking voter turnout in both overall votes cast as well as absentee ballots submitted. 529,586 Iowans cast ballots in the June ...

North Tama announces Elementary to return to 100% capacity

The following is a letter sent to parents of students at the North Tama Community School District: Dear Parent: On Thursday, October 1, North Tama’s K-6 Elementary School will return to 100% capacity. Elementary students from both the Red Team and the White Team will begin attending school ...

North Tama falls 3-1 to No. 4 Janesville on Senior Night

TRAER—The North Tama Redhawks celebrated Senior Night last week Thursday in a matchup with Class 1A fourth ranked Janesville. Seniors that were honored included Outside Hitter Abby DeBoef, Middle Hitter Alexis Hansen, and Outside Hitter Dylan Rohlfsen. After each senior was announced in ...

Traer lands natural gas utility

Nearly 15 years in the making, the city of Traer this week completed the purchase and has taken possession of the natural gas utility from Alliant Energy. As most residents will remember, in the mid 2000s electric utility rates in the state were unstable and prone to spiking. At the time, the ...