Covered Bridge News

Winter 1879 In researching Madison County’s rich history of bridge building, a figure who commands great respect and admiration is John P. Clark (1820-1881). Imes Bridge in Saint Charles, formerly known as Wiggins Bridge and then Munger Bridge when it spanned Middle River, is a testament to his skills as a master bridge builder. After nearly two decades of building and […]

Need for masks prompts at-home how-to

Much like during WWII, when youth of America were asked to search for milkweed pods so that the insides of pods could be used for stuffing for items such as life vests and other equipment, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some sewers to come up with creating sew-at-home projects, creating face masks for individual protection.Although the patterns, are available on […]

Health administrator recommends 6-foot rule

Madison County Health Administrator Sharon Miller recommends that all members of the community adhere to the 6-foot social distancing rule.To comply with this rule, employees may need to relocate to other parts of the building, find separate cubical space, or telecommute if possible.These recommended guidelines come from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Governor Kim Reynolds, the CDC, and President […]

Legislative update: Iowa Senate

More On Coronavirus: There have been many changes since I wrote my last newsletter. That is the risk you run when you write a newsletter that will not be published for up to a week. On March 16, we passed several resolutions and bills to pause the legislative session for up to 30 days while the state works to slow […]

Winterset grab-and-go serves 268 first-day meals

The Winterset schools’ first day of grab-and-go sack lunch meals for school-age students served 268 meals on Monday.The school district is handing out student sack lunches to students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the time being.Each sack lunch provides two days worth of meals.The meals are served up at the Winterset Elementary School. Families are asked to use the […]

Tornado drill scrubbed amidst COVID-19 concerns

The National Weather Service (NWS) has canceled Iowa’s 2020 tornado drill, which was to have been held today (Wednesday, March 25) at 10 a.m., in response to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the call of social distancing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most sheltering locations are in confined spaces, which is not where people should be congregating […]

Swine Spectacular junior participants

Swine Spectacular junior participants included (from left) Stella Schieffert of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Mason Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Landry Mabry of Earlham; McKinley Kaysen of St. Charles; Taylor Rohrig of Orient; Kambria Donscheski of Dunlap; Klaire Meyers of Elma; Collin Conklin of Tingley; Jaxson Martin of Central City; and William Voyles of Sac City.

Swine Spectacular intermediate winners

Swine Spectacular sweepstakes winners in the intermediate division are (from left) Landry Kaysen of St. Charles; Tucker Rohrig of Orient; and Brady Allan of Le Mars.

Chipmunk Chatter

As the saying goes, April Showers bring May Flowers, but what do March showers bring us? Recently, I heard someone say that the lightning in early spring thunderstorms causes the grass to green up. After having a wave of thunderstorms move through our area in the last week and seeing the significant greening of the grass, I decided to investigate. […]

Government response ‘disastrous’

Dear Editor:I feel angry. The federal government’s response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic has been disastrous and many thousands of people’s lives will be turned upside down through death, long-term health consequences, economic hardship, and financial ruin. In early January we learned that China was experiencing an epidemic from a new cross-species virus with potential to cause a world pandemic. With […]