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Branstad off to China, Reynolds to Terrace Hill

In a historic transfer of power, Terry E. Branstad, a titan of Iowa politics who has served as Governor of Iowa for an unprecedented six terms, submitted his resignation Wednesday in order to accept his appointment by President Donald Trump as the United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K.…

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Gerdts Recognized by Governor for Academic Excellence

Aaron Gerdts, class valedictorian and 2017 Graduate of St. Ansgar High School, was recognized by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the Fifteenth Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony on April 30 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High…

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Summer Activities at Nissen Library

‘Summer Story Time’ will be held Monday evenings from July 10-July 31, from 6:30 to 7:15 PM .’ Build a Better World’ Summer reading program, to be held June 5-July 8, is for students K-9. ‘Building Fun Day’ will be held Friday, June 16 from 10 to 11AM in the library basement. “Art & Science…

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Photos: Commencement of St. Ansgar’s Class of 2017

Forty-nine members of the St. Ansgar High School Class of 2017 concluded their academic careers at St. Ansgar and were awarded their diplomas this Sunday at commencement exercises held in the new high school gymnasium. Held on Mother’s Day, many proud mothers, grandmothers, and mother-figures beamed with pride as their loved ones strode across the…

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Editorial: Blum Gets ‘Badgered’

Editorial by Alex Schmidt  Representative Rod Blum abruptly cut short a taped TV interview last week after an investigative reporter posed a question on the topic of his campaign finances. Blum’s series of town halls held last week across Iowa’s first congressional district, which Blum represents, required attendees to show ID, and would only admit…

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Charges Filed in Toeterville Drug Bust

One more arrest has been made and charges have been filed against three rural Toeterville residents after Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at 1665 468th St and seized “numerous items indicating the growing and manufacturing of marijuana” including fertilizer, a ventilation system, suspected marijuana seeds, packaging, a digital scale, and a quantity…

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Narcotics Task Force Trains in Town

St. Ansgar saw a host of law enforcement officers in town Wednesday, as the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force met for their bi-monthly training exercises at the former St. Ansgar Elementary School. The tactical team that was in St. Ansgar is formed from 9 surrounding counties, and is made up of deputies and city…

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St. Ansgar Choir Has Busy Semester

By Zachariah Carlson, Vocal Music Director- St. Ansgar Middle/High School The St. Ansgar Vocal Music Department has had a busy spring semester. Eight St. Ansgar students were nominated and accepted into the 2017 Meistersinger Honor Choir held at Warturg College. These students spent two days refining their singing skills, connecting with other singers from across…

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DeMaris Hardware Celebrates Grand Opening

St. Ansgar’s newest retailer, DeMaris Hardware, held their Grand-Opening sale and celebration this weekend to great success, as evidenced by the warm welcome that owners Tyler and Katie DeMaris say that they have received from the community-at large since they opened up shop earlier this April. “The community response has been great,” said Katie. “We…

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‘Fighting Señoritas’ Host Cinco de Mayo

May 5 was a festive Friday night to hold a fundraiser, as four “fighting señoritas” showed by holding a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the St. Ansgar American Legion, to raise funds for the Mitchell County Relay for Life. Championing on after their successful “Dad’s Belgian Waffle” breakfast fundraiser they held last week, sisters Nancy…

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