The new year, shoehorned new beginnings for city councils all over the state. In Charles City, Phoebe Pittman and Phillip Knighten took their rightful seats as fresh members of the board.
Mayor Dean Andrews says they will get up to speed awfully quick as city budget planning will fill the next few weeks with intense on-the-job training. Andrews also believes the replaced councilmen did greats jobs.
In New Hampton, the city welcomed a new mayor – Bobby Schwickerath. To become mayor, Schwickerath beat incumbent Deb Larsen. He led his first council meeting on Monday and is teeming to get to work.