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Government

Important changes for voters

The regular city/school election will be held as a combined election on November 2, 2021. The city/school election will use the regular general election precincts. Voters will go to the polls for this election at the same place that they vote for a regular general (presidential or ...

Redistricting proposal places Tama County outside Rep. Hinson’s district

New maps could lead to a remaking of the political landscape in Iowa — Tama County included. What is now a quadrant of four U.S. Congressional districts arranged counterclockwise — effectively a northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest set of districts — would become a staggered, ...

County hears UTV ordinance proposal

On Monday the Tama County Board of Supervisors discussed a proposal brought forward by Mike Morrison of Traer that seeks to legalize and regulate the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and off-road utility vehicles (UTV). Morrison presented a draft ordinance that was pieced together from ...

Hinson holds Tama County town hall

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) returned to Tama County this week for a town hall meeting. Around 20 members of the public gathered at the Tama Civic Center Tuesday morning for a question and answer session with Hinson who also gave a legislative update on issues and policies at the federal ...

Grassley Q&A: Afghanistan

Q: What’s the State Department telling Americans who are in Afghanistan? A: Throughout the last week, Iowans have contacted my office about loved ones stuck in Afghanistan. The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has created a perilous situation for thousands of U.S. citizens and ...

Mathis to run against Hinson in IA-1

Democratic State Sen. Liz Mathis announced last Tuesday she will challenge U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson for the 1st District House seat in 2022. “It’s clear Iowans want leaders who care about fairness, honesty, and putting service ahead of politics. That is why I am running,” Mathis said in a ...

Gladbrook partners with Grundy Center EMS

One of Tama County’s ambulance departments that has been in existence for nearly 50 years will be looking to a neighboring community to help bridge the gaps in their 24/7 emergency service. The city of Gladbrook recently formalized an agreement with the city of Grundy Center to provide ...

Grassley makes visit to Tama County

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made his second stop in the last four months to Tama County on Jan. 13. In early September Grassley made a stop in Toledo to meet with local officials and business leaders. Grassley began a day of county visits in Traer, Iowa with a factory tour and ...

Search begins for new conservation director

Tama County Conservation is once again in search of a new director. Former director Logan Roberts submitted her letter of resignation to the Tama County Conservation Board in December and finished her last day with the county on Dec. 25. Roberts has taken a new position as a business ...

The derecho aftermath will be around for a long time

Following the August Derecho damage at Wolf Creek and the Comet Trail, I provided you a news column with some information regarding the storm and subsequent cleanup. This storm proved to be the worst damage of anything I have experienced in my over 40 years with Grundy County. Four and five ...