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Get to know Natalie Umsted

By |February 3rd, 2017|

Natalie and her husband, Zach, moved to Newton in 2013. Natalie is involved with several community boards and committees, including Implementing Newton’s Future/Hometown Pride, the Centre for Arts and Artists, Chamber Ambassadors, and Young Professionals of Jasper County. Natalie recently completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and was a 2015 finalist for the Central […]

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Get to know Rob Burdess

By |February 1st, 2017|

Chief of Police Rob Burdess has worked in law enforcement since 1997 and has been with the Newton Police Department since 1999, serving as a patrol officer, detective, and patrol Lieutenant. Chief Burdess has served as President of the Iowa State Police Association, Newton Police Association, Rabiner Treatment Center and is also a member of […]

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Get to know Miranda Kulis

By |February 1st, 2017|

Miranda started her first term on Newton City Council in January 2016.  Miranda is a Production Supervisor at Thombert, Inc. in Newton. In addition to Newton City Council, Miranda serves on the following boards:  Chamber of Commerce, Thunder Nites in Newton, Rotary Club and as an ex-officio with Newton Development Corporation.  She is also involved in numerous […]

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Get to know Nathan Unsworth

By |February 1st, 2017|

Nathan Unsworth is the Administrative Parks Superintendent for the City of Newton. He actively volunteers is a wide variety of roles throughout the community, including serving on the boards for Young Professional of Jasper County, Project AWAKE, and others. He has brought many new community events to Newton including the Summer Concert Series at the […]

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Get to know Jessica Lowe

By |January 30th, 2017|

Jessica Lowe serves as the Executive Director of the United Way of Jasper County in Newton and is a 2016 finalist for Young Professional Connection and the Des Moines Register’s YP of the Year Awards in the Ashley Oakland Community Service Award category. Jessica spends countless hours working to make the Newton community stronger, including […]

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Ideas for DMACC’s Greenspace

By |January 10th, 2017|

Over the course of the fall semester, the City of Newton, through the Hometown Pride program, partnered with the Iowa State University Landscape Design Studio to develop concepts for the three acre greenspace between DMACC’s Newton campus and the recently-acquired DMACC Maytag Campus. The class, which was composed of senior and graduate students, brought energy […]

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Sustainability in the Police Department

By |January 10th, 2017|

The Newton Police Department and Alliant Energy partnered this fall to add new technology to the city. A Zero electric motorcycle has been purchased for the Newton Police Department to use in patrol. This high-performance vehicle is capable of reaching speeds of up to 100 MPH. The motorcycle also operates very quietly, allowing for stealth […]

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

By |January 10th, 2017|

Earlier this year, the Newton Public Library launched a new program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten”. It is a nationwide program in which many public libraries are participating. The program’s purpose is to encourage parents and caretakers to make daily reading with their child a habit.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is […]

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Get to Know Director of Planning and Zoning Erin Chambers

By |January 10th, 2017|

Erin Chambers has worked for the City of Newton for the past 10 years- first as the City Planner, then as the Director of Planning and Zoning. Erin also serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M. A. in […]

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Get to know the Newton American Legion

By |November 21st, 2016|

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and […]

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