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Spring dreams bloom at Five R Farm

While folks across Iowa were springing their clocks ahead last weekend, rural Reinbeck farmer Holly Roberston was springing into action in her high tunnel – getting a jump start on the season’s early plantings. Robertson and her husband Ben Robertson own and operate Five R Farm – a ...

A worldly perspective

As a kid who grew up in Green Mountain, graduated from GMG High School and took his first job out of college not far from home at the Marshalltown Police Department, James Ulin could never have imagined just how much of the world he would end up seeing in his life. Ulin, who is currently ...

Landfill building back better

As spring cleaning projects kick into gear in the coming weeks, area residents making a trip to the Tama County Landfill will be greeted with a new feature that looks to make the landfill more customer-friendly. Landfill staff, in coordination with the Tama County Landfill Commission, have ...

Plans for new Reinbeck fire station progress

Reworked plans for a proposed new Reinbeck fire station and corresponding land acquisition were unveiled at the regular meeting of the Reinbeck City Council on March 7. Reinbeck Fire Chief Chris Heasley presented to the council a second set of architectural renderings as well as a cost ...

Iowa Attorney General examines huge increase in fertilizer prices for farmers

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is focusing on unprecedented increases in fertilizer prices affecting farmers. Since January 2021, anhydrous ammonia has increased 315%. Urea has increased by 214%, liquid nitrogen by 290%, monoammonium phosphate (MAP) by 171%, and potash by 213%, according ...

EF-2 tornado hits Tama County

A category EF-2 tornado reached the ground in southern Tama County during the evening of March 5. The tornado is believed to have touched down shortly after 6:40 p.m. Saturday in Columbia Township south of Tama. No injuries were reported however two homes in the area sustained significant ...

News and Notes from Tama County Conservation

A new naturalist intern position, an update on the construction at Otter Creek, and conditions at Columbia Wildlife Refuge were a few of the topics addressed at the most recent meeting of the Tama County Conservation Board on March 3. Board members present at the regular March meeting which ...

Jesina earns Tama County pie title

Sheryl Jesina of rural Toledo was named “Best Pie Maker” at the annual Tama County Pork Producers banquet held January 15 at the Traer Memorial Building. Jesina’s apple pie was purchased by Farm Credit Services of America for $600. The other winning division pies and their buyers were: ...

Fly like an eagle

Because of its status as the national bird of the United States, the bald eagle holds a special place in the hearts of Americans. Still, as a crowded program at the Le Grand Pioneer Heritage Library on Sunday demonstrated, there is still plenty to learn about the majestic creatures, and ...

Rebels’ route hits roadblock

After a heart-wrenching defeat in the Class 1A substate finals in 2020-21, there was an unspoken focus and intensity about the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team in 2021-22. The Rebels wanted to get back to the big stage and make amends. They got back to the substate finals and led ...