The Kee softball team continued its reign over Class 1A after successfully defending its Class 1A State Tournament Championship won last year with three consecutive victories again this year at the season grand finale held this past week at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Ranked and seeded number-one going into the Class 1A State Tournament, the Hawks' title defense included an 18-1 first-round victory over unranked Montezuma Monday, July 17, a 7-3 semifinals win over seventh-rated Westwood Thursday, July 20 and an 8-1 championship triumph over sixth-rated Clarksville in the Friday, July 21 Class 1A State Championship game to repeat as Class 1A State Tournament Champions. Pictured above with their Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy following their successful "crack at back-to-back" are the following Kee softball team members: Left to right - Front row: Katie Brennan, Kristina Dibert, Elena Rolfs, Meredith Gruber, Nicki Wood, Makayla Peters, Claudia Mathis, Laura Colsch, Sydney Strong, Annabelle Dibert. Second row: Alexis Johnson, Madelyn Gruber, Heather Mooney, Ashlyn Seitz, Macy Manning, McKenzie Hawes, Ella Strong, Makayla Walleser. Back row: Assistant Coaches Julie Welsh and Ellie Cooper, Jenna Rethwisch, Kendra Cooper, Chloe Severson, Courtney Cooper, Casey Welsh, Manager Emily Benzing, Head Coach Liz Hill.
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Members of the Kee softball team hold the Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy over their heads as they celebrate with fans in the stands after winning a second consecutive Class 1A State Tournament Championship. Kee outscored its three opponents by a margin of 33-5 to repeat as the best softball team in Iowa’s Class 1A, a position they earned at last season’s grand finale and maintained throughout this entire season’s team rankings. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more at the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.
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Four Kee softball players, including the senior pair of pitcher/third baseman Courtney Cooper and right fielder Sydney Strong, along with junior third baseman/pitcher Kendra Cooper and sophomore catcher/first baseman Katie Brennan, were named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team after the softball Hawks played to their second consecutive Class 1A State Championship at the season grand finale July 17-21 at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Kendra Cooper was named as Captain of that Class 1A All-Tournament Team. Pictured above, left to right, are members of this year’s Class 1A All-Tournament Team: senior Sydney Strong and sophomore Katie Brennan of State Champion Kee, junior Bethany Negen of State Runner-Up Clarksville, sophomore Katelyn Martian of third-place Westwood, senior Amy Russell of sixth-place Colfax-Mingo, junior Brynn VanEldik of fifth-place Akron-Westfield, junior Autum Barthelman of fourth-place Sigourney, senior Alyssa Mendenhall of third-place Westwood, senior Courtney Cooper of State Champion Kee, freshman Janet Borchardt of State Runner-Up Clarksville and Class 1A All-Tournament Team Captain junior Kendra Cooper of State Champion Kee. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.
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Most return trips in consecutive years to the State Tournament at Fort Dodge would produce a message such as “We’re Back!”. But, in its first-ever return trip to the season grand finale in consecutive seasons, the Kee softball team’s message once all was said and done in... + continue reading
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Availability of book coincides with Mt. Hosmer Challenge for RAGBRAI Saturday in Lansing by Julie Berg-Raymond Other books have been written about Harriet Hosmer (October 9, 1830-February 21, 1908) - a neoclassical sculptor considered the most distinguished female sculptor in America during... + continue reading

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Businesses south of Waukon experience damage ... Area businesses located along Highway 9 just south of Waukon experienced damage from the Wednesday, July 19 storm, most of the damage caused by high winds reported to have gusted higher than 70 miles per hour. Pictured above, a warehouse shed at Builders FirstSource (formerly Pro-Build) just south of Waukon had a portion of its roof torn off by winds, much of the debris blowing across Highway 9 into the Waukon Power Sports property. The adjacent properties of Waukon Power Sports and Bodensteiner Implement on the south side of Highway 9 also experienced some damage, with some of the Waukon Power Sports trailers on display (pictured below) being toppled and blown into a fence, along with other debris, on the Bodensteiner Implement property.
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Area crops take a beating as well ... Crop areas located mainly in the southern half of Allamakee County suffered some wind damage during the Wednesday, July 19 storms, being bent over and/or having leaves shredded by the high winds. Area ag officials feel a majority of the crops will "bounce back" from the wind damage.
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Wednesday evening, July 19, a storm producing high winds and heavy rain blew through the tri-state area, leaving a path of damage in its wake. According to the National Weather Service, the storm ultimately produced a confirmed F-1 tornado that caused severe damage in the Clayton County town of... + continue reading
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The Kee softball team continued its reign over Class 1A after successfully defending its Class 1A State Tournament Championship won last year with three consecutive victories again this year at the season grand finale held this past week at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Ranked and seeded number-one going into the Class 1A State Tournament, the Hawks' title defense included an 18-1 first-round victory over unranked Montezuma Monday, July 17, a 7-3 semifinals win over seventh-rated Westwood Thursday, July 20 and an 8-1 championship triumph over sixth-rated Clarksville in the Friday, July 21 Class 1A State Championship game to repeat as Class 1A State Tournament Champions. Pictured above with their Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy following their successful "crack at back-to-back" are the following Kee softball team members: Left to right - Front row: Katie Brennan, Kristina Dibert, Elena Rolfs, Meredith Gruber, Nicki Wood, Makayla Peters, Claudia Mathis, Laura Colsch, Sydney Strong, Annabelle Dibert. Second row: Alexis Johnson, Madelyn Gruber, Heather Mooney, Ashlyn Seitz, Macy Manning, McKenzie Hawes, Ella Strong, Makayla Walleser. Back row: Assistant Coaches Julie Welsh and Ellie Cooper, Jenna Rethwisch, Kendra Cooper, Chloe Severson, Courtney Cooper, Casey Welsh, Manager Emily Benzing, Head Coach Liz Hill.
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Members of the Kee softball team hold the Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy over their heads as they celebrate with fans in the stands after winning a second consecutive Class 1A State Tournament Championship. Kee outscored its three opponents by a margin of 33-5 to repeat as the best softball team in Iowa’s Class 1A, a position they earned at last season’s grand finale and maintained throughout this entire season’s team rankings. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more at the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.
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Four Kee softball players, including the senior pair of pitcher/third baseman Courtney Cooper and right fielder Sydney Strong, along with junior third baseman/pitcher Kendra Cooper and sophomore catcher/first baseman Katie Brennan, were named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team after the softball Hawks played to their second consecutive Class 1A State Championship at the season grand finale July 17-21 at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Kendra Cooper was named as Captain of that Class 1A All-Tournament Team. Pictured above, left to right, are members of this year’s Class 1A All-Tournament Team: senior Sydney Strong and sophomore Katie Brennan of State Champion Kee, junior Bethany Negen of State Runner-Up Clarksville, sophomore Katelyn Martian of third-place Westwood, senior Amy Russell of sixth-place Colfax-Mingo, junior Brynn VanEldik of fifth-place Akron-Westfield, junior Autum Barthelman of fourth-place Sigourney, senior Alyssa Mendenhall of third-place Westwood, senior Courtney Cooper of State Champion Kee, freshman Janet Borchardt of State Runner-Up Clarksville and Class 1A All-Tournament Team Captain junior Kendra Cooper of State Champion Kee. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.

Dr. Jay Alberts ... Submitted photo.

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Businesses south of Waukon experience damage ... Area businesses located along Highway 9 just south of Waukon experienced damage from the Wednesday, July 19 storm, most of the damage caused by high winds reported to have gusted higher than 70 miles per hour. Pictured above, a warehouse shed at Builders FirstSource (formerly Pro-Build) just south of Waukon had a portion of its roof torn off by winds, much of the debris blowing across Highway 9 into the Waukon Power Sports property. The adjacent properties of Waukon Power Sports and Bodensteiner Implement on the south side of Highway 9 also experienced some damage, with some of the Waukon Power Sports trailers on display (pictured below) being toppled and blown into a fence, along with other debris, on the Bodensteiner Implement property.
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Area crops take a beating as well ... Crop areas located mainly in the southern half of Allamakee County suffered some wind damage during the Wednesday, July 19 storms, being bent over and/or having leaves shredded by the high winds. Area ag officials feel a majority of the crops will "bounce back" from the wind damage.
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