Tama County

Tama County, Iowa

PO Box 306
Toledo, IA 52342
Phone: (641) 484-3721
Fax: (641) 484-6403

In central IA, west of Cedar Rapids; established Feb 17, 1843 (prior to statehood) from Boone and Benton counties. Name Origin: For either a Fox Indian chief or for the wife of Chief Poweshiek. Meaning is uncertain; has been interpreted as 'beautiful,' 'lovely' or 'pleasant' when referring to a woman, or 'a bear with a voice that makes the rocks tremble' when applied to a man. A nearby Mesquaki Indian suggested that the name derives from tewaime, associated with the sound of thunder.

Area (sq mi):: 722.37 (land 721.30; water 1.07) Population per square mile: 24.80
Population 2005: 17,919 State rank: 42 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.00%; 1990-2000 3.90% Population 2000: 18,103 (White 89.20%; Black or African American 0.30%; Hispanic or Latino 3.80%; Asian 0.20%; Other 9.20%). Foreign born: 2.00%. Median age: 39.10
Income 2000: per capita $17,097; median household $37,419; Population below poverty level: 10.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,308-$23,141
Unemployment (2004): 6.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): 3.30% Median travel time to work: 20.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 38.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids, $20,000 to assist the Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission with purchasing containers and educational materials to update and expand its drop-off recycling program for residents and businesses.
Soldier life; many must fall, two narratives of the Civil War; true histories of the 14th Iowa Infantry in camp and combat, told by the Wolf Creek Rangers of Tama County.
This reprint of the classic 1907 history of Iowan soldiers' participation in the Civil War was written by ten members of the Tama County Wolf Creek Rangers and documents their experiences in both camps and in combat.
The saga finally ended when Frankie tried to cut through a Hardee's parking lot, where he was rammed and blocked by a Tama County deputy.
The ABE students, lead by members of the Iowa State University Student Branch of ASABE, volunteered their time during a week in September to help the Shawn and Amy Kibe family of Tama County, Iowa.
You've got to get people in the community who are trusted to support you," says Larry Molacek, superintendent of the South Tama County Community School District in Tama, Iowa, which passed a $9 million construction bond issue on the second try, after organized opposition torpedoed the first attempt with attacks on the honesty and competence of his administration.
The Marshall County banking market is defined as Marshall County and Carlton, Highland, Indian Village, and Spring Creek Townships in Tama County, Iowa.
Young Bear is a member of the Mesquakie settlement in Tama County, Iowa, a community of Fox Indians unique in its origins.
Taylor Petersen, 17, of Gladbrook, a member of the Tama County 4-H in Toledo and a senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School in Reinbeck, coordinated two "Nutrition Wellness Days" for seventh- and eighth-graders in her community.
In one of the odder sessions I went to, Larry Molacek, superintendent of South Tama County Community School District in Iowa, spoke passionately about how his district was able to fend off a professional political consultant hired to defeat a school bond issue.