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08/23/2016 - 4:30pm
     The trial of Ronald "Lee" Rand began at the Mitchell County Courthouse in Osage on Monday, Aug. 22.      Rand, 61, of Hampton was charged with first degree murder after allegedly killing his girlfriend, Michelle Key, 51, of Waterloo on Dec. 13, 2015. Rand has pled not guilty to the charge.      Prosecuting the case is District...
08/09/2016 - 3:58pm
     A pesky pest is becoming a bigger problem for Hampton's trees.      Popillia Japonica, or the Japanese beetle, is a shiny green insect that has been gradually making its way across the country over the last century. Arriving in the Midwest about a decade ago, the beetle is now likely a permanent fixture...
08/09/2016 - 3:57pm
     Big changes are on the way for Rainbow Feed & Garden.      Owned by the Westhoff family, the feed and garden business has serviced Hampton for 13 years, but the future of the store is unknown as the Westhoffs prepare to close a deal with Kwik Star to sell the property for the development of a new gas...
08/09/2016 - 3:54pm
     In an unassuming brick building in a residential area just north of Central Avenue, Dr. Larry Alquist has quietly been serving the Hampton community for almost half a century.      For the last 45 years many Hampton residents and members of the surrounding communities have come to Dr. Alquist for their...
08/09/2016 - 3:53pm
     After four decades of staring into the eyes of Hampton area patients, optometrist Dr. Craig Semler is finally ready to start taking it easy. As of August 1, Semler has turned over his optometry practice to Drs. Jarod and Amanda Wood of Iowa Falls.      The Woods own Wood Vision Clinic in Iowa Falls and...
08/02/2016 - 2:53pm
Alliant Energy will invest $1 billion at Whispering Willow        Alliant Energy recently announced a $1 billion investment in wind energy focused in Franklin County.      On July 27, under the shadow of a wind turbine on the Kirkwood Community College campus in Cedar Rapids, Alliant Energy and Iowa Gov...
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