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Reminder: Keep Hydrants Clear

Posted: Wed, February 10, 2016
The City of New Hampton is asking residents to assist with keeping snow clear from hydrants near their property.
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Radon Program

Posted: Wed, January 6, 2016
Free meeting to help educate homeowners about risk of radon
 
An odorless, colorless gas could be causing a serious health hazard in your home.  The Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office and Chickasaw County ISU Extension will be hosting an informational program about radon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Extension Office, 104 E. Main St., New Hampton.

Behind smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer.  The gas that occurs naturally under certain soil conditions is estimated to cause thousands of death each year.  Chickasaw County and the entire state of Iowa are considered at high risk for elevated radon levels.
A lung cancer survivor will speak about her experience with radon and information will be available on testing and reducing the risk in your home during this free program.

For more information about the meeting or about radon, please call the Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office at (641) 394-2406.
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Child & Adult Care Food Program

Posted: Tue, November 17, 2015
The Great Plays Daycare Center is a proud supporter of the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). They serve nutritious meals free of charge without discrimination to all participants enrolled. For more information you can visit www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/child-and-adult-care-food-program.
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8th Grade Career Week

Posted: Wed, November 11, 2015
On Monday, we kicked off our first ever 8th Grade Career Week with the NH Middle School 8th graders.  The 8th graders have a full week of activities learning about New Hampton & its businesses/industries, the different careers you can have in New Hampton, and what they need for education for the different careers.  Below are a few pictures of the week thus far!  Stay tuned for more pictures to come!

Thank you to all the businesses and industries who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help make this week possible!
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Building Opportunities Breakfast

Posted: Tue, October 6, 2015
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
7:30AM- BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED
COMMUNITY CENTER (112 E. SPRING ST., NEW HAMPTON)

    LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EMPLOYING A PERSON WITH A  DISABILITY
    GET ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS, ABOUT THIS TOPIC, ANSWERED BY THE EXPERTS
    HEAR FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT EMBRACES THIS OPPORTUNITY & HAS EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS

SPONSORED BY: CHICKASAW CO. SOCIAL SERVICES, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICES, NEW HORIZONS CHAMBER, & NEW HAMPTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE


Please RSVP to Bobbi Jo O'Donnell-641.394.3426, ext.2

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Local Company Receives 'Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur' Award

Posted: Fri, October 2, 2015
Family Business Earns Accolades for Spurring Local Economic Growth

Milkhouse Candle Creamery, a leader in the soy candle industry, is the latest winner of Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award.  A new focus and timely business mentoring helped turn the Sparrow's candle making hobby into a booming business, with national clients and a growing employment base.  
    The 'Milkhouse Candle Creamery' success story began in 2002, when the Sparrows set their sights on making the best, and healthiest candle possible.  Through experimentation and selling the experiments to co-workers and friends, the Sparrows discovered an untapped market niche that ultimately led to their company's tremendous growth and success.  
    Most candles are made from paraffin wax, a carcinogen, according to Sparrow.  And, even the 'green' and healthier candles advertised as 'soy-based' have just a small percentage of soy.  The Sparrows learned that consumers were looking for a candle product that didn't have carcinogens, so the couple experimented with different soy blends, trying to get it just right, noted Sparrow.    
    "We were living on an acreage at the time, surrounded by soybeans, so we thought we'd give soy wax a try," said Eric Sparrow.  "It doesn't have any of the carcinogens; it's renewable; it's a product of American agriculture; and hey, you can look right out our window and see the soybeans where this wax comes from."
    As the soy candle market grew, so did the success of Milkhouse Candles.  Following the closure of a candle factory in New Hampton that employed 120 people, the building and machinery went up for auction, and the Sparrows launched their plan to expand their candle business.  
    While Milkhouse Candles doesn't have the staff size as the previous company, county leaders say the company's growth and economic benefit for Osage has been extremely valuable.  
    "I was here when the original candle factory closed down, and I know how important those jobs were to our community," said Chickasaw County Farm Bureau President Travis Swehla.  "It's great to have Milkhouse Candles in our community and getting some of those jobs started again.  I'm looking forward to their future in New Hampton."
    The Sparrows say they're looking forward to their future in the community as well, and business continues to grow rapidly.  Milkhouse Candle's original factory in Osage can produce a couple thousand candles per day; their new operation in New Hampton can produce 30,000-40,000 candles per day. With consumers seeking higher quality, soy-based candles, the future is bright for Milkhouse Candles.  Janet Sparrow is quick to remind folks that despite the rapid growth, they are family focused and part of the community.  "We are a family company," Sparrow said.  "I truly believe that everyone that comes to work with us feels they are part of a family, part of a team, and part of something bigger than just making candles."  
    Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources.  The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar, "The Journey to Your Vision," takes place November 10 at Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium in West Des Moines.  For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com
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Grants Available

Posted: Thu, October 1, 2015
The New Hampton Hotel/Motel Grant and the Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant are now taking applications!  If you are interested in applying for one and/or both of the grants, see the links below!  Application deadline for both grants is December 31, 2015.

New Hampton Hotel/Motel Grant - http://www.newhamptonia.com/hotel-motel-grant-application.html

Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant - http://www.cfneia.org/affiliates/ChickasawCounty/grants
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Curbside Compost Dates

Posted: Wed, September 30, 2015
Compost will be picked up curbside on the following days:

Friday, October 23rd- Compost only
Friday, November 6th- Compost only
Friday, November 20th- Compost & Brush

NO CONTAINERS OVER 33 GALLONS WILL BE ACCEPTED


The compost site will close November 21, 2015 (depending on weather).
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NICC Small Business Consultant

Posted: Mon, September 28, 2015
Steve Horman from NICC's Small Business Development Center will be in New Hampton on Tuesday, November 10.

Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).

For an appointment with Steve on November 10, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or nheconomic@windstream.net
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Another New Welcome Sign!

Posted: Fri, September 18, 2015
Thank you New Hampton Metal Fab for your donation for the east welcome sign located in Mikkelson Park! 

Thank you to New Hampton Light Plant for putting it up for us! 
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NH Farmer's Market Kid's Night

Posted: Wed, August 12, 2015
New Hampton Farmer's Market Kid's Night is rescheduled for next Thursday, August 20 from 4-6 pm in the city parking lot north of Fareway.  Join us!

Face Painting ~ Carnival Games ~ Balloon Man ~ Prizes
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IDC/Chamber Golf Outing

Posted: Wed, August 12, 2015
Our 5th Annual IDC/Chamber Golf Outing is September 14, 2015.  This outing is a social mixer and a great way for business professionals and employees to meet new people!  See the registration form below for more information.
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Carnegie Cultural Center

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2015
The Chickasaw County Community Foundation is a local, non-profit, charitable affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.  Each year the Foundation committee hands out grants to local, non-profit organizations.  Throughout the year on our web site, www.newhamptonia.com,  we will try and feature the different organizations that received grants.   This month we visited Carnegie Cultural Center!

The mission of the Carnegie Cultural Center is to establish a vital presence of the arts, history, and cultural awareness for the benefit, enlightenment, and enjoyment of all Chickasaw County residents and visitors. The Carnegie Cultural Center is made possible through a public/private partnership between the City of New Hampton and the Carnegie Cultural Center, a private, non-profit corporation. It is governed by a ten member volunteer board of directors and currently managed by one volunteer administrator and one part-time paid staff assistant. The Carnegie Cultural Center is funded primarily by private donations and its activities are designed and implemented by volunteer committees.  Carnegie Cultural Center has been the recipient of many Chickasaw County Community Foundation grants and Hotel/Motel grants.

Carnegie Cultural Center is home to many different attractions & exhibits; history records of all sorts; and monthly temporary exhibits!  Visit http://www.carnegieculturalcenter.org/ for more information!

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Earn Your Free National Career Readiness Certificate!

Posted: Thu, June 25, 2015
Earn your free National Career Readiness Certificate in New Hampton

If you want to advance your career opportunities by making yourself more employable, you are encouraged to earn your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Iowa Workforce Development will be offering free testing for the NCRC on Tuesday, July 14th at , 8:30 a.m. at the New Hampton Economic Development office.  
 
The Skilled Iowa Initiative is a public/private partnership dedicated to connecting Iowa employers with highly skilled employees.  Connections are made when individuals take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment to measure crucial workplace skills in areas such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.  To date, more than 35,000 Iowan have earned an NCRC.
 
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for those seeking to advance their career? The Certificate will highlight your strengths in math, reading comprehension and problem solving.  Over 30 Chickasaw County businesses have joined the Skilled Iowa initiative and will ask for your NCR Certificate when you apply for a job. Having the Certificate will help you land that job!
 
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for businesses? Ask job applicants to present a NCR Certificate and you immediately have an understanding of the skill levels of your potential employee.  The Skilled Iowa NCR Certificate will help you optimally connect your new hire with the position to be filled. Contact Megan Gleason, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant, to learn about becoming a Skilled Iowa Business.
 
Register to take the NCRC by calling Megan at 641-394-2437.   Visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about the Skilled Iowa initiative and the benefits it provides for students, workers, employers and communities.
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Study Finds Chickasaw County Tax Burden Among Lowest in Iowa

Posted: Tue, June 23, 2015
Chickasaw County is ranked 5th lowest for tax burden in the State of Iowa.  To see the full article, click on the following link: https://smartasset.com/taxes/iowa-tax-calculator#us/tax
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NICC Summer Fun Classes

Posted: Tue, June 9, 2015
Add a little fun creativity to your summer and take these NICC classes!

NICC OFFERING "YOU'LL BE CHARMED: MAKING A BEADED CHARM BRACELET" COURSE

NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet", with instructor Melissa Nelson on Friday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. 

The class will be held at New Hampton High School, Room 206, at 710 West Main Street in New Hampton. In this class, participants will make a charm bracelet using beads, chain and other objects of their choice. NICC provides the tools, supplies and instruction, and students need only bring their creative ideas and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of creativity, conversation and charms. A $15 supply fee for one bracelet is due to the instructor at class. Additional bracelets are $10 each.

To register and pay online for "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet"(#41872), or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area), or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).



NICC OFFERING "THE ART OF MOSAIC: MAKING A GARDEN STEPPING STONE" CLASS


NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "The Art of Mosaic: Making a Garden Stepping Stone", with instructor Becky Schoenfeld on Wednesday, July 8, and Wednesday July, 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

This class will be held at Becky Schoenfeld's home, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue in New Hampton. This two-session class provides the materials and teaches the basic skills needed to create simple mosaic stepping stones. Starting with a precast cement stone, participants learn to plan, arrange and finish a project using different types of adhesives and basic grouting and sealing techniques. In the course, stones may be customized with "Tessarae" china, stained glass, marbles and tiles - all materials provided - but students are welcome to bring jewelry parts, beads or even items of sentimental value, such as family-heirloom, antique china.

Students should bring an apron or smock to protect their clothing and pair of Playtex gloves to wear for grouting. A $30 supply fee is due to the instructor at class for materials and the use of the instructor's tools.

To register and pay online for "The Art of Mosaic:  Making a Garden Stepping Stone", or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area,) or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).
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Heartland Day's Schedule

Posted: Mon, May 18, 2015
Click on link below for all the details on Heartland Days!
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Business Consultant

Posted: Tue, April 21, 2015
Steve Horman from NICC's Small Business Development Center will be in New Hampton on Tuesday, April 28.

Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).

For an appointment with Steve on April 28, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or nheconomic@windstream.net
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Milkhouse Creamery

Posted: Tue, April 14, 2015
Milkhouse officials, Eric & Janet Sparrow, are busy getting the portion of the building (Soy Basics Manufacturing building) that they are leasing (40,000 sq. ft.) ready for manufacturing.  Zip's Truck Equipment owner Paul Rottinghaus is working with Milkhouse to accomplish this.  "We are working with a top notch guy and a great community," stated Eric Sparrow.  The new candle company will employ 30 people at their facility.  They have not started hiring at this point but hope to be hiring come this summer.  Governor Brandstad recently toured the facility when visiting New Hampton.
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Workplace Training

Posted: Thu, April 9, 2015
Pathways Behavioral Services will be providing a 2 hour Drug-Free Workplace Training for supervisors.  See the flyer on the right.
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2014 Statewide Laborshed Analysis

Posted: Tue, April 7, 2015
The 2014 Statewide Laborshed Analysis is complete and available online.  The full report, executive summary, trends analysis (2008-2014), and Iowa College Student Analysis can be accessed through the following links:

Full Report - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/2014statewideonlinereport.pdf

Executive Summary - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/2014statewideonlinesummary.pdf

Trend Analysis - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/statewidelaborshedtrendsanalysisonline.pdf

Iowa College Student Analysis - http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/college_student_survey_2013.pdf
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Congressman King Visit

Posted: Wed, April 1, 2015
Thank you Congressman Steven King for visiting New Hampton yesterday!
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10 Best States to Retire In

Posted: Tue, March 24, 2015
Iowa made the list!  Iowa made the top 10 list, ranked 6th best state to retire in!  To see how we made it to this spot, click on the following link:

http://money.cnn.com/gallery/retirement/2015/03/23/best-states-retirement/6.html
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Resurfacing of Linn Ave

Posted: Mon, March 16, 2015
Tired of all the pot holes on Linn Ave?!  They will soon be gone!  On April 6, work on Linn Ave from Main Street to Milwaukee Street will begin.  Crews will begin with redoing all the sidewalks & crosswalks so they meet ADA requirements.  They will then start work on the resurfacing of Linn Ave from Main Street to Milwaukee Street.  The total project is expected to be done by the end of June.  As of now, there will be no rerouting of traffic as two lanes will be open at all times.
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News

DEB EL Food Products LLC

Posted: Tue, May 21, 2019
Great afternoon meeting the owners of DEB EL Food Products LLC.  DEB EL Food Products LLC is the new company taking ownership of the former Sparboe Foods facility.  Thank you for your investment in our community!  Stay tuned for more information to be released soon.
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TRIBE Trail Lands $100,000 Grant

Posted: Thu, May 9, 2019

The TRIBE Trail's second phase is definitely a go after committee members learned last week that the Wellmark Foundation has awarded the trail a $100,000 grant.

That means the TRIBE Trail Committee has enough money to go ahead with the bidding process for Phase II of the trail that will run from Logan Street to Linn Avenue and cost about $625,000 to build.

Committee member Megan Baltes said the committee had used the Wellmark grant in its preliminary calculations on how much money it had raised so "this is really big for us to have it secured and we're very appreciative of the Wellmark Foundation's belief in our project."

Along with grants from the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Black Hawk Gaming Association, the Chickasaw County Community Foundation and Wellmark, the committee has also received about $249,000 in private donations to help fund Phase II of the trail that will eventually connect trails in Mikkelson Park and the city's west-side Industrial Park.

Because the Iowa Department of Transportation's grant comes from its Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) that is funded by federal dollars, the committee must bid out Phase II of the project.

Baltes and fellow TRIBE Trail Committee member Rick Kramer expect to bid the project in June and work will begin sometime this August and be completed by the fall.

Phase I of the TRIBE Trail runs from Mikkelson Park through the Boy Scout Playground, down Fourth Avenue and through Garnant Park and was built in the fall of 2017.

Article courtesy of: Bob Fenske, editor@nhtrib.com
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Summer Employment Opportunities for College Students

Posted: Tue, May 7, 2019
Summer Employment Opportunities for College Students

Leisuretime Golf Cars -  Sales Representative.  This position would require a person with an outgoing personality that is engaging.  It would be a commission based part time position.  Please contact Nick Noehl at Leisuretime 641-394-3944.
 
Linn Haven Rehab & Healthcare - Housekeeping, Laundry, Dietary Department and Certified Nursing Assistants.  They will hire for summer help in all areas.  Please apply at Linn Haven (530 S. Linn Ave). 

New Hampton Transfer and Storage - Warehouse and office position.  Please apply at NH Transfer (1970 North Linn Ave) or email info@nhwarehouse.com and they can email you an application.

NH Nursing & Rehab - Part-time dietary aide.  Must be 16 years of age.  Email Lori Hanson (lhanson@nhnursingandrehabcenter.com) for more information or stop in at the Nursing home for an application.

NH Park and Rec - Job applications available at their office. Various positions. Please fill out an application and drop it off at the Park and Rec office or call 641-394-5464.

Milkhouse Candles - Full-time production floor positions available.  (Must be 18) Come work with an amazing team and go home smelling good everyday!  Hours are Monday-Friday, 7-3.  Please apply at:  http://www.milkhousecandles.com/team

Croell, Inc. - Dump Truck Drivers.  Full time position.  Requires a Class B CDL.  This position is a traveling position, typically Monday thru Friday.  To apply, please contact Jordan at 641-394-6789 or apply online at www.croell.com/careers/positions

Five Star Coop - Part-time help this summer at the Hardware Store.
The positions available are Warehouse Assistant and Retail Associate.  After school hours until 6:00 pm, and rotating Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  More hours available during the summer.
Competitive wages; Candidates can apply in person at Five Star Cooperative Hardware, or online at https://www.fivestarcoop.com/Careers

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