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Blaire and Colt Venner sprinted Thursday morning at first sight of Mom and Dad — Emily and Keith Venner — rounding the corner carrying their new little sister.

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A Saturday morning fire that destroyed a Carroll apartment's kitchen and caused significant smoke damage elsewhere might have been ignited by an espresso and cappuccino machine, according to Fire Chief Greg Schreck.

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A group of Halbur siblings and their 4-H friends have taken on a considerable task: providing a tangible thank-you to every nurse at St. Anthony Regional Hospital and McFarland Clinic through the gift of “blessing bags.”

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Four people were seriously injured when two vehicles collided at the crest of a hill on a gravel road near Arcadia on Saturday, and three of them were flown by medical helicopters to metro hospitals, according to an Iowa State Patrol report.

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Carroll was relatively spared Tuesday by widespread winter storms that dropped up to a foot of snow in eastern parts of the state.

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Plans to build Lil’ Wildcat Education Center in Glidden to serve as many as 56 to 60 infants through 11-year-olds received a boost recently when the Iowa Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Casey’s, awarded $8,000 for the project.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for many Iowans, including the most basic need of food security.

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Carroll-born and Manning-raised Mary Swander, a former poet laureate of Iowa and a prolific playwright and author with international reach, has launched an increasingly popular podcast spotlighting a wide spectrum of rural life, from the farming she knows deeply to cultural and social life, …

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Collin Schultes was thrilled with the surprise parade featuring 50 vehicles, four firetrucks and even an appearance by Santa that celebrated his 15th birthday earlier this month.

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During a year that was overtaken by a pandemic, many kids didn’t get the chance to see Santa Claus, sit on his lap and share wishes with him.

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There was a celebratory mood and a sense of relief Tuesday at St. Anthony Regional Hospital when the first doses of a long-awaited coronavirus vaccine were administered to doctors, nurses and others who have been on the front lines of the battle to contain the virus and heal those infected by it.

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First, Lynda Franey tossed and turned and couldn’t sleep.

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The Carroll Masonic Lodge has called off its annual community Christmas dinner because of the COVID pandemic and instead will make a donation to the Community of Concern food pantry, which serves households in need throughout Carroll County.

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have dealt the Carroll Chamber of Commerce’s annual Carroll Hoops youth basketball tournament a setback for 2021, but tournament officials already are eager for the event to make a big comeback.

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Thanks to a “dream team” effort, All Strings Attached Orchestra Studio Director Rebecca Windschitl says, ASA will be premiering its “A Classic Christmas” concert online at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

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The Carroll Chamber of Commerce is canceling the 2021 Annual Carroll Hoops youth basketball tournament scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2021 due to concerns and uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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While Santa and Mrs. Claus’ schedule has been limited this holiday season in order to keep everybody healthy, you can enjoy a visit from the jolly couple anytime at your convenience via the Carroll Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, where they can be found reading Christmas stories, promot…

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In their decades of portraying Santa and Mrs. Claus, Harvey and Annabel Smidt of Lake View never have experienced a Christmas season like this one.

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At this most wonderful time of the year, All Strings Attached Orchestra Studio musicians decided they couldn’t let the coronavirus pandemic idle them.

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Westside Fire Department’s annual steak dinner on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, is changed to a drive-thru event this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

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Are your holiday plans looking a little different this year? The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc on our normal traditions. Creativity is a must this year, as we may not be able to gather in person.

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GLIDDEN: Bumper-to-bumper traffic filled downtown Glidden for an hour Sunday night, Dec. 6, as the community’s Winter Wonderland Cruise proved to be a big hit.

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MANNING: Starting January 1, Manning Regional Healthcare Center will take part in a statewide program for those who want to quit smoking, chewing or vaping, the “Cold Turkey Challenge.”

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Four Iowa bishops, including R. Walker Nickless of the Sioux City Diocese, released the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccines:

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After Doris Handlos, of Audubon, one of Pearl Quandt’s six children, received a snowflake ornament in memory of her mom during Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s fifth annual holiday remembrance service, she knew just the place where it needed to be displayed.

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Editor’s note: This is the last story in a three-part series about a group of friends infected by the coronavirus. Part one is here, and part two is here.

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You can hear the excitement in the voice of Auburn resident Jane Barto when she talks about all that’s been happening in her community lately.

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The Carroll American Legion post recently conducted its annual raffle raising funds for operational capital, including upkeep of the hall at 1124 Heires Ave.

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MANNING: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Nov. 16 announced a new proclamation that required Main Street Manning’s Promotion Committee to make a number of changes to the annual Weihnachtsfest community celebration to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 27.

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This is the second story in a three-part series about a group of friends who were infected by the coronavirus. Part one is here.