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Tama County News

Local UAW 838 members part of strike at Deere Waterloo Works

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 838 who live in Tama and Grundy counties and work for John Deere Waterloo Works were part of the more than 10,000 Deere union workers in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas who went on strike at midnight on Thursday, October 14 after the tractor ...

Make your voice heard in the 2021 city/school elections

Early voting in Iowa’s 2021 combined city/school election began Wednesday, October 13 as part of the lead-up to Election Day which falls on Tuesday, November 2 this year. Voters will have the opportunity to select candidates for mayor, for their local city council, and for school board. ...

Reward issued in Traer homicide case

Four months to the day since the murder of Ryan Cooper at a rural Traer residence, an area non-profit organization has put forward a reward. On Tuesday, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers announced a $17,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Cooper case. Cooper was found dead in ...

Clutier Legion and Auxiliary hold pancake breakfast/bale sale

The Clutier American Legion Post 453 and the Legion Auxiliary held their first pancake breakfast/bake sale fundraiser since the pandemic this past Sunday, October 17. Manning the stove flipping pancakes from 8 a.m. to noon was Legion Commander Rich Wiebbecke, but it was a Svoboda family affair ...

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 ...

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 ...

Traer Theatre lights up the night after long absence

The beautiful Traer Theatre marquee lights were glowing brightly along Second Street this past Friday, October 1 — beckoning the public back after more than 18 months of closure. Following Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' public health disaster emergency proclamation on March 17, 2020, the ...