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Tama County News

Karina Cooper arrested, charged in husband’s 2021 murder

TRAER – A rural Traer woman has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the 2021 death of her husband. It’s been just over two-and-a-half years since Ryan Cooper, 42, was found dead at his rural Traer residence in the early morning hours of June 18, 2021, following a ...

Tama-Grundy newspapers bring home hardware at annual INA awards banquet

DES MOINES – Newspapers across Iowa celebrated another successful year during the annual INA Convention and awards banquet at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines last Thursday with staff at both the Times-Republican and Tama-Grundy weekly publications winning several accolades. “The Iowa ...

Names changin’

TOLEDO – Last Monday's Tama County Board of Supervisors started like usual, with a report from the engineer. They've finished mixing some more sand and salt and will work on shaping up roads. The K Avenue bridge deck has been poured. An easement for a right of way on E Avenue was approved. ...

How do animals survive the cold?

TAMA COUNTY – While extreme temperatures pose a pretty big threat to most wildlife, having cold weather is also just a natural part of winter! Animals have found many ways to survive in even the coldest conditions, and they have found ingenious ways to make use of it. Many Iowa animals rely ...

Statewide drought conditions improve with January snowfall

DES MOINES – January’s above-normal snowfall has improved drought conditions across the state, according to the latest Water Summary Update. January saw 1.97 inches of precipitation, more than twice the normal amount for the month. The state has received above-average precipitation in ...

Tama-Benton Cooperative opens doors to new Dysart building

DYSART – The towering Tama-Benton Cooperative grain bins have been a familiar fixture on the Dysart skyline for decades – viewable from every direction and operating as a beacon to farmers bringing grain to town. And while that view remains unchanged from a distance, in early January – ...

Tama County senior crowned 2024 Iowa Pork Queen

DES MOINES – Tama County high school senior Lilly Bru recently beat out seven other finalists for the title of 2024 Iowa Pork Queen. Bru of Gladbrook, Abby Elsamiller of Waverly, and Aubrey Johnson of Iowa Falls were honored on Jan. 24 as the 2024 Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team. They were ...

The quick agenda

TOLEDO – Last Monday's Tama County Board of Supervisors meeting was a quick one, as there was only one item on the agenda. As usual, the meeting started with the county engineer giving his report. He stated that over the weekend, they got more snow pushed back and are working quickly during ...