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After 28 years, Tama Co. Supervisor Larry Vest retires

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After winning seven consecutive elections to the office of District 1 Tama Co. Supervisor – one of the longest county supervisor tenures in Iowa history – Larry Vest made the decision in early 2022 to forgo another run and retire. And last Wednesday, with his wife Anna by his side, he ...

New Year, New District 1 Supervisor: Curt Hilmer takes the keys

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The Tama Co. Board of Supervisors began the New Year with new appointments. On Monday, January 2, retired supervisor Larry Vest performed his last duty of office, swearing in his successor, Curt Hilmer. “Wait, it’s not over. We still have the passing of the ceremonial keys,” said Vest ...

DNR cites rural Traer man for illegal burning, disposal of tires

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A rural Traer man has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,300 for improper open burning and disposal of tires following a September 2022 burn of a pole shed. Jeff Hoeg – who resides roughly 2.5 miles east of Traer – was ordered on Nov. 7 by the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources to pay the ...

Reading Through Time

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The Norma Anders Public Library is celebrating Dysart’s 150 years in 2023 with a year-long reading challenge. Read any 10 books set in 10 different decades from the 1870s to today and win a small prize for completing the challenge. All participants who complete the challenge will also be ...

Ukrainian family builds snowmen

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The Reznik family is from Ukraine and are being hosted in Marshall County. They enjoyed the Christmas snow by working to make snowmen for everyone in the home including mom, dad, grandma, four kids and even the family dog Scruffy. SUBMITTED PHOTO

In the Sky: January 2023

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January will be a great month to enjoy the sky if you bundle up against the cold. Even if you have trouble staying warm, there will be a lot going on that can be observed with just a quick look outside. Early in the month, brilliant Venus will be getting higher in the sky each evening while ...

2022 Iowa Tornado Review

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The 2022 tornado season started much like the 2021 season ended, with several tornadoes during a cool season event. March 5 was a very impressive start to the season with a total of 15 tornadoes of which one was a long track EF4; the first EF4 in Iowa since 2013. Unfortunately, this ...

Tragic end for two ‘aggressive’ dogs at large in Traer

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Two dogs were destroyed in Traer on Monday, Jan. 2 by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office in a tragic, partial ending to an ongoing community issue. According to a Jan. 3 press release, just after 9 a.m. on Monday, deputies responded to a report of “two aggressive dogs running at large ...

2022 T-R All-Area Volleyball Teams announced

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The Times-Republican newspaper recently announced its 2022 All-Area Volleyball Team selections which include North Tama head coach Channing Halstead as Co-Coach of the Year alongside Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Paula Kelley. Both coaches received the same honor in 2021. Several Redhawk ...

Frightful blizzard leads to a ‘White Christmas’

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The prelude to Christmas in Iowa was downright frightful this year. Despite leading to the quintessential ‘White Christmas’ – defined as snow depth of at least one inch – the blizzard that blasted the state with snow, wind, and sub-zero temperatures beginning late Wednesday, Dec. 21, ...