Tama County, IA

Tama County Fair Queen Applications Available

Miss Frances Jackson, 2021 Tama County Fair Queen has been representing Tama County at fair activities, parades and other activities throughout the year. Her Reign will soon be coming to an end. Frances, daughter of Matt and Ann Jackson of rural Garwin has participated in a wide variety of activities,...
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Weekly Record May 3-9

May 3 – May 9, 2022. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Anthony Joseph Mahler, 57, of Iowa City was arrested by the Toledo Police Department for OWI (first offense) and driving or towing an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle. Mahler was released the same day under his own recognizance.
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South Tama locks up seven state bids

BONDURANT — South Tama County senior JoJo Tyynismaa went 4-for-4 at the Class 3A state qualifying track and field meet on Thursday at Bondurant-Farrar High School, advancing to next week’s state meet with a quartet of top-two finishes. Tyynismaa claimed first place in the 100-meter dash and the 400 hurdles, winning in respective times of 13.20 seconds and 1:06.47.

South Tama students travel to Des Moines for showcase

South Tama County Vocal Music and Theatre Department will participate in the 2022 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its November production of Into the Woods. Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 85 schools from across the entire state.

Youth Beef Team Promotes May Beef Month

Members of the Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team (MIYBT) have a mission to educate, advocate, and promote the beef industry and its producers. The team shares beef information using newsprint and social media (the team shares facts, recipes, and general information relative to the beef industry on their public Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team Facebook page), and many other promotional activities.

A Meteoric Rise

How STC went from video game club to state tournament. Esports is one of the fastest growing sports not only in the United States, but across the entire world. In 2018, the National Federation of State High School Associations recognized esports as an official sport. According to the National Education Association, over 8,600 high schools now have recognized esports programs at the high school level.

Grow a Row for Tama County

Tama County Master Gardeners and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Tama County encourage farmers and gardeners to grow a little extra food again this year. “Grow A Row for Tama County–Backyard Gardeners Fighting Hunger” is a campaign to encourage residents to grow and share extra food in 2022. The campaign is a continuation of a successful effort begun in 2021 to address food challenges created by COVID-19 and rising food prices, as more people were finding themselves needing a little extra help keeping nutritious food on the table. This initiative aims to improve access to fresh vegetables for those using county food pantries. Last year over 1680 pounds of fresh produce was collected through this program and donated to local food pantries.

Otter Creek Lake and Park campgrounds reopen

In an update to a decision made during the regular board meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, to keep Otter Creek Park campgrounds closed, the Tama County Board of Conservation reversed course on Thursday, May 12, in an emergency meeting held by Zoom – voting in favor of reopening the campgrounds effective at noon on Friday, May 13.

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi awarded $372,891 for affordable housing

On Monday Congresswoman Ashley Hinson announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $372,891 to the Sac & Fox Tribe of Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation) for affordable housing initiatives on the settlement. Hinson advocated for and supported this funding in the FY2022 appropriations package,...