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Tama County Community Foundation distributes $111,064 to local non-profits

The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) has granted $111,064 to 34 projects of organizations serving Tama County through its 2021 grant cycle. “There are many deserving causes and nonprofit organizations that apply for grant funding each year,” said Sara Forrester, TCCF committee ...

Five things to know from Tama Council

1. The $3,853,850 2022 fiscal year budget passed unanimously Monday evening at a regular council meeting. No oral or written comments were received. Some items of note include an increase in public safety. The budget increased from $992,141 to $1,073,439. The roughly $80,000 increase was due ...

Murph’s makes Top 10 list in Iowa’s Best Burger contest

Toledo’s own Murph’s Creamery and Grill has made the Top 10 list for Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. Murph’s opened its doors in October 2018 after purchasing what was formerly known as both the Butter Cow and Dairy Queen. The business is owned by the Murphy family including patriarch ...

National commander visits Tama Co.

American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford of North Carolina visited Iowa for a series of meet and greet sessions with several posts in Central Iowa. On March 17 Oxford and a group of American Legion state officials stopped at the Gladbrook Post to visit with the members ...

Sculpture project on the moo-ve

The Iowa American Dairy Association of the Midwest has provided a $10,000 donation to help replace the iconic cow-calf sculpture created by Iowa legend, the late Norma “Duffy” Lyon. Lyon began sculpting butter cows for the Iowa State Fair in 1960 and continued this annually for almost 46 ...

Mayne in as new conservation director

The Tama County Conservation Board has hired Stephen Mayne as the county’s next Conservation Director. In his position as the county’s conservation director, Mayne will head a department that oversees more than a dozen land units throughout the county including the 529-acre county park at ...

Superintendent contract extended, tax levy to drop

Superintendent Jared Smith’s contract was extended through the 2023-24 school year after a closed session discussing Smith’s performance evaluation Monday evening. The decision was unanimous for all five school board members including Penny Tyynismaa, Mandy Lekin, Ron Houghton, Clint ...

Fisher hosts STC I JAG students

(DES MOINES) – Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Montour) met with constituents from the South Tama Community School District today in the Iowa House of Representatives.  The group came to advocate on behalf of the I JAG program at South Tama CSD and to learn more about the legislature. Students ...

UK COVID variant confirmed in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed 38 additional cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7. in Iowa. The variant is often referred to as the U.K. variant because it was first detected in the United Kingdom. This increase in the number of ...