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Wed
16
Jan

County updated on EMS part-time pay

Hamilton County Commissioner Beck Richter updated the board during Monday’s commissioner meeting regarding EMT part-time pay.
“Gregg and I worked and spoke with Kirt Smith,” Richter said. “There again we had some transition with the different managers and interim managers and there has been some apparent inconsistencies. So in an effort to straighten that out we came up with some amounts that we thought were fair that would help Kirt Smith fill in some of these part-time positions.”

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Wed
16
Jan

New board members sworn in at HPC meeting

The first board meeting of 2019 for High Plains Community Schools saw a range of topics approved from new lockers to the resignation of their activities director and social science teacher, Andy Vrbka.
“He is going to ride off in the sunset after this year,” HPC Supt. Brian Tonniges said. “We want to thank him for his years of service at High Plains Community Schools and all he has done not only in the classroom but also with activities as well.”
Also taking place was the swearing in of two new board members -- Shane Van Pelt and Kent Helgoth.

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Wed
16
Jan

Hampton school board approves staff, board changes for 2019

he Hampton School Board approved a number of staff and school board member changes Monday during the first meeting of the new year.
Grant Dose joined other board members in taking the official oath of office as a newly elected member. He replaces Ryan Bamesberger, who opted not to seek another term. The board later accepted the resignation of board member Craig Van Housen, who recently moved out of the district and is therefore no longer eligible to serve.

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Wed
16
Jan

Hampton auto businesses sharing space

JS Auto in Hampton now has company.
Hampton Ag & Auto has moved in and joined forces with JS Auto at 123 2nd St. to provide an extensive array of services from small engine repair to complete restoration.
Leland Stump, owner of Hampton Ag & Auto, said they plan to offer a wide range of services.
“Pretty much anything from oil changes to full overhauls,” he said. “We will be doing over the road truck repair work (class 8) to combines and tractors. I have a pretty vast background in all that stuff.”

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Wed
09
Jan

City, county continue EMS talks

City and county officials talked for more than two hours Monday about the status of negotiations regarding local ambulance service, agreeing to meet again Wednesday to continue the conversation.
No specific details were shared by either party, though both expressed a desire to keep working toward a solution.
“We had invited former Mayor Long and current Mayor Seeman to come in (to executive session) and discuss some things concerning the EMS situation with the entire board,” reported Rich Nelson, county board chairman.

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Wed
09
Jan

Recall election set for Feb. 12

A resolution regarding the special election to determine the possible recall of Commissioner Gregg Kremer was adopted Thursday during the Board of Commissioners meeting.
The special election is currently set to be held Feb. 12.

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Wed
09
Jan

Girls now allowed to join Scouts BSA

Hamilton County’s Troop 28 of Scouts BSA will be holding an informational meeting Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Aurora Veteran’s Club.
The first of February will mark a new chapter in Scouts BSA history as they will officially be allowing girls to participate, including earning their own Eagle Scout status.

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Wed
09
Jan

New Leadership Center campaign touts Aurora as a wedding destination

Couples planning to tie the knot need look no further than Aurora, where local vendors are teaming up to offer a one-stop-shop wedding destination.
The newly coordinated marketing effort is the vision of Micheala Olsen, who believes everything a bride and groom need to make their day extra special is available right here in Aurora.
“For the last several years we have done weddings and receptions at The Leadership Center and when I saw what this venue was doing in Texas I was really inspired,” Olsen said.

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Wed
09
Jan

4-H 101 Club set for January beginning

Hamilton County Extension Office Program Coordinator Deborah Fahrnbruch and support staff Hillary Fuhrman will be launching their second annual 4-H 101 Club starting Monday at the fairgrounds, both for adults and kids ages 5-18.
“It is a club where we will meet January through October, once a month,” Fahrnbruch said.

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Wed
09
Jan

HPC kindergarten in search of junk

The High Plains Community School kindergarten class is reaching out to the community in search of small, broken, appliances to help provide projects for their very own “makerspace.”
According the official Makerspace website, a “makerspace” is a work space inside a school, library, or separate public or private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses anything from high-tech to no-tech tools.

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