Michael Hohenbrink

08/06/2018 - 3:30pm
An inn is among the newest businesses for Calmar. After months of remodeling at the former Calmar Guest House, Lavender Fields Inn has taken in its first customers, owner Barb Breza said Aug. 1 by phone. The name comes from an interest of owner Jeff in planting lavender. The two acre property will provide ample space for that. With 6 ½ months of construction behind them, the owners have...
08/06/2018 - 3:26pm
For a third year in a row, a record has been set for new business filings by Iowans. According to an email Thursday from the secretary of state’s office, Iowa saw 23,649 new businesses. That compares to 21,665 in 2017 and 20,300 in 2016, the information noted. Previously, no year had ever seen the 20,000 mark broken, according to the...
07/30/2018 - 1:56pm
The heat of summer might still be around, but the start of a new school year is not too far away. “As summer begins to wind down I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and seeing students in the hallways again,” said South Winneshiek superintendent Kris Einck by email July 23. “Every year I get more...
07/30/2018 - 1:54pm
Barry’s Diesel will join the ranks of Calmar’s business community. “We are hoping for early August 2018, but still not quite sure!” said Kelly de Clerk by email Friday. Kelly, originally from Spillville, and her husband, Barry, are the business owners. “We just moved back from Denver, Colo. after living there for 3...
07/30/2018 - 1:53pm
Jerry Brown was a busy man. With three people coming to see him in a matter of minutes, Brown was the center of attention at Trinity Catholic School for a bit the morning of July 25. Brown talked technology with one person while the Rev. Aaron Junge and a journalist both waited. The halls at the school are empty now, but in a matter of weeks that...
07/23/2018 - 3:56pm
A light drizzle fell Thursday. For Kevin Lee, it was a complicating factor. At work on the main chapel in the cemetery of Our Lady of Seven Dolors, Kevin found himself hampered a bit by the weather. Repointing the chapel is among projects being done. Kevin noted bricks are bad. The roof needs work. Opening the door, though, Kevin did point out the...
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