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  1. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    April 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Mason City Chamber asking for donations for North Iowa Band Fest… but pays $0 tax on $800,000+ building in downtown MC – welcome to North Iowa. Chamber Director Robin Anderson gets huge discount on house tax assessment, down $51,000. She has a lot of nerve asking for $$$ from citizens, if you ask me.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 22, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Monahan guilty of stealing at Lake Chevy now works at chiro office in Mason lol

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2018 at 2:09 am

    WITH Younkers closing I think its the end of the mall and the end of the hotel and hockey rink. I sure hope the city doesn’t do something stupid like guaranting the loan for G8 to get the money, its just a pipe dream and now the pipe got rusty

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

      It always was a wet dream. Time to junk the program, tear out the falling down mall and make Federal a through street again.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 5:13 am

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Students in MC plan to join in the National school walkout today in reference to gun violence. Future Hitlers! Disarming the citizens!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2018 at 5:07 am

      I bet the Aushwits victims and survivors wished they never gave up their guns! These protesters need to read into Hitler history more!

    • N.E.MCMAN Reply Report comment

      April 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Approximately 1,000 student at the high school. 200 show up to protest. Not even 1/4 of the student body participated yet with the special guest speakers, media coverage, etc…you would have thought President Trump was coming, or at a minimum Governor Reynolds.

      According to my kids that attend the high school (they didn’t participate) the vast majority of the students who marched were using it as an excuse to get out of class.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        April 21, 2018 at 8:29 am

        I couldn’t agree more!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 21, 2018 at 9:06 am

        That doesn’t surprise me at all.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm

          Some of the students didn’t go because the y had work to do.

  6. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

  7. Turkey Talk Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    When will I see Buzz coming home for Thanksgiving?

  8. S. Whitehouse Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 9:09 am

    So much for global warming…

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Is bbq bash on this summer or not?

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Do a story on Maddy Poole from Clarksville Iowa. The Globe Gazette hasn’t ran a story on her. She is one of the 20 remaining from American Idol

  11. MattG Reply Report comment

    April 16, 2018 at 11:11 am

    WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR:
    When is hotel money coming through?
    Can we build a sky walk after months in plans?
    Who refunds MC for administrator funds search dollars?
    What happen if general obligation-tax levels aren’t met?
    Can mayor Billy Schiek break open meeting laws?
    Did mayor Billy Schiek get those bogus bills paid?
    Was MC administrators truly signature stamp their own bonuses?
    Do vacant building owners see the light of overpricing?
    Do we have more realtors then teachers?
    Can the council even find the North End?
    Can we use pot holes as swimming pools?
    Is the Glob Gazert even open?
    How many tax dollars are still due from mall owners?
    Will Robin cut her hair and get into the 90’s at least?
    Will councilman Lee give confidential info to Comey for a book?
    Will anyone be more of a ‘yuck’ then Comey?
    Will Stormy Daniels and mayor Billy Schiek hook up?
    Will MC Hockey ever prove they actually have the money?
    Will the mall be condemned before this deal is done?
    Will Yonkers sponsor MC Hockey?
    ……these are questions that MC needs answers to……………………..

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Latest news from the Globe Gazette…not to be seen on NIT due to BS articles and self absorbed admiration.

    http://globegazette.com/news/local/mason-city-doesn-t-intend-to-be-idle-new-city/article_facdfd5d-73c2-551a-9691-0baf0c00daa8.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      I wish Burnett well. We’ll see what the guy is made of eventually (late summer?). He should look at Trout’s history here to learn some valuable lessons. In the meantime, I’m not interested in interviewing him.

      • Matt Marquardt

        Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

        April 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        PS he came here for $170K, not for the downtown train wreck that could sink his fledgling career.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm

          Fledgling career? From where I sit, hardly.

          • Matt Marquardt

            Matt Marquardt

            April 15, 2018 at 8:06 pm

            And where do you sit, exactly? In the corner wearing a dunce cap with the word “anonymous” written on it. How’s the view? This dude is from Humboldt and Keokuk. I’ve been through both … all due respect to those cities, but these towns are small-time to say the least… low-income, middle-of-nowhere, poverty… uncles marry their nieces in places like that and they celebrate with a swig of moonshine. He signed the papers and is set to come to MC. He scored his second raise in a few months (he likes money, no crime there). Big jump up. He’s fledgling until he pulls off something in MC. My guess is he will be Robin and Bill’s coffee boy and will just do what they say. The rest of the time he’ll be cleaning up after Mr. Lee and a few other council with two left feet. We’ll be watching.

          • MattG

            April 16, 2018 at 10:36 am

            This guy had little to no experience and came to a town that needed just that EXPERIENCE. He might be the greatest guy in the world., but he was a bad hire.

        • MattG Reply Report comment

          April 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

          140k should have been the outer limit of his pay scale. 170k is ridiculous.

  13. Who Really Cares Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Heaven forbid the drunks, drug addicts, wife beaters that don’t pay any taxes get woke up by a train at BG Clarke. City is wasting more money for what. Why do the tax paying residents of this town get the short end of the deal especially us that live on the south end of town.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Is it the city or the railroad that is paying for the added signage at quiet zone crossings?

    • Train Gang Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      When a sleep deprived convict goes on a violent crime rampage you might not dismiss the importance of quiet crossings. Trains, like straight pipe Harleys are a public health hazard.

  14. Salary Assassin Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Salaries, aka “compensation”, are at the heart of any budgeting problems. Simply put, people don’t need to be taking in all that dough as income. It doesn’t require hundreds of thousands of dollars to live a good life in Iowa.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Drump sat up all night eating Big macs and fries looking in the mirror saying…MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
    Can’t wait until Mr. Mueller says…MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
    Trump tells a lot of lies, it’s easy to call him out on those lies but

    When you pretend he lied because the wording the pentagon used was slightly different with the same meaning people stop believing you even when you’re telling the truth.
    Maybe this is one of those things where you know no one with a brain still believes your propaganda so you’re just printing this for the 10% that still believe you.
    Trumptards!!

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Looks like Bon-Ton, the owner of Younkers in southbridge mall is facing bankruptcy.
    Another nail in the coffin of the mall and it’s owner, the no tax paying guy and con artist Mehan Kohansiek, who goes by the name Mike Kohan.
    What the hell is up with our city council?
    Do they not ever check into businesses?
    But “say yes” cheerleader Loni Dirksen ,the clueless bimbo is right there, I’m sure.
    Backed up by her controller Robin Anderson

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    It is the far right wing assholes that are destroying our country.
    They support the likes of draft dodging chickenshit assholes like Donald Trump & that numbnuts coward, Ted Nugent.
    They hide under the pretense of “patriotism” yet are nothing more than idiots & cowards.
    Ya, I’m talking to you assholes!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Temper, Temper Mike. The cops are looking for you.

      • Plt. Sgt. Reply Report comment

        April 16, 2018 at 8:54 am

        The F*U*N*K*y dumbass is at it again.

    • GEO Metro Reply Report comment

      April 17, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Sounds just tike the guy from the lake that lives in his mommies basement. He forgot that he voted for Trump too. And he hopes we will too.

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    What a kick in the nuts to Brent Tourt. This new city administrator starting off at more the Brent left at. Hopefully all city employees get the same wage increase. Then I hope all workers in the area get a pay increase. Mason City and area has a low wage scale and the town is showings it. Look at the housing in town. Everyone needs to sit down and have the difficult conversation on what is really going on and why MC is struggling. Time to open the CCC camps of the Roosevelt area and start teaching some people life skills. (How to clean and cook, balance a check book, where to shop- grocery store is cheaper then a convenience store, and more). This covers all people from non-productive welfare recipients to the wealth that show nothing but greed.

  19. Allen Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I just read somewhere that Trump wants to start drug testing some of the people on food stamps. Well, I second that emotion. Why should I, a working person of 45 years be drug tested at least once a year when free loaders are not. Now watch the free loader protectors shoot this idea down. There’s no accountability with tax payer money.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

      So Allen are you going to start drug testing all the farmers that get welfare?
      They call it “subsidies” but it is welfare just the same.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        April 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        If the shoe fits, they should wear it, but we both know that it will never happen. So the working tax payer, keeps on a working.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      There’s a four letter answer as to why this will not happen: ACLU

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        April 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

        The ACLU, and others.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          April 17, 2018 at 11:56 am

          Keep deleting comments Allen.

          • Anonymous

            April 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

            Keep deleting comments, bodacious.

          • dstudent

            April 18, 2018 at 9:11 am

            ain’t that the truth, teach?

  20. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2018 at 11:29 am

    This new, secretive VISION NORTH IOWA group. The new OLIGARCHY formed to run North Iowa? All the hotshots who give each other awards and prop each other up at the expense of the masses are involved. Meeting minutes from their gathering this past week?

    One point in their “strategic plan” …

    “Create a favorable brand and image for the region, and launch an internal marketing campaign. Ensure residents, members, and partners all talk about North Iowa in a consistent, positive way.

    How will they “ensure” that residents only talk about North Iowa the way they want? Perhaps by putting the newspaper man Mayberry on the board, to make sure his stories are skewed and slanted (just more Globe fake news)? Ironic, too, that this plan was rolled out just as all the county and city crime reports were changed, diluted and discombobulated off the internet. No more media reports from our law enforcement … harder to report police and sheriff activity (CRIME). So, let’s keep our crime problem a secret so people will want to move here?

    Controlling the way people “talk” is a very bad goal and speaks to the character of this group. See “Sibley, Iowa” lawsuit as a guide to going down this route.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Who is funding this group, who paid the consultant firm that’s involved?

      • Master Plan Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

        Fair points. But rehab of criminals starts when the county jail starts growing vegetables using inmate labor.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm

          Every year we have meetings and hear all the wet dreams by these people and nothing ever happens. Same old shit, new year.

    • MattG Reply Report comment

      April 16, 2018 at 10:46 am

      There is a real group of concerned business owners out there.It is about 90 businesses strong and has some strong ties to MC. It is not this group your talking about, these “VISION” people are glorified chamber members who have done -zero-. This group has got people elected and ask certain people to leave.

    • MattG Reply Report comment

      April 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Matt you should post a countdown to the day that hotel money must be confirmed and a countdown to when the hockey association comes up with a payment confirmation to the monies they verbalized.

  21. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2018 at 11:16 am

    The Globe forces the mailman to bring the dirty SHOPPER to my house so I took a gander at their ridiculous SPRING SALE insert ad … wow. Better read the fine print, folks, there are some whoppers lurking in there.

  22. Elephant > Donkey Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Time to privatize all schools and disband the corrupt teacher’s union. Public schools are out of control and a disgrace.

  23. WTH Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    hey hey everyone Davenport fired their chief for bad conduct but mason city had to negotiate a settlement to get rid of theirs he got $50k in pay and benefits, wasnt he out at the bars a lot in a sports jacket and bow tie lol hmmmm nice work mr LEE

  24. NIT Publisher

    NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Email from an NIT subscriber this evening:

    Hey Matt,

    The price for 2 months of the Glob went from $67.00 to $80.00. Needless to say we dumped it after 26 years.

  25. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Now, isn’t that f*u*n*k*y, and a dumbass to boot.

  26. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Oh wow, look at little Matty Marqwart deleting comments that get’s his little panties in a bunch.
    You’re such a puss Marquart.
    You denigrate & demean people all the time, yet when you are called out for your bullshit and lies, you just run and hide by deleting comments.
    You then make a feeble attempt at blocking people, but you are just not that smart. You never were,
    You’re just a wannabe and a loser little Matty, just like in High school when you were a little pussy then and still are all these years later.

    • NIT Publisher

      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      I’ll be at the MC Library tomorrow at 5:15 pulling into the parking lot. Walk up, let’s discuss it in person.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm

        The keyboard tough guy won’t show up. He has a pussy where his balls should be.

        • Poised 3x Reply Report comment

          April 16, 2018 at 3:13 am

          stop interfering with the campaign buildup for a 3rd attempt at candidacy.

        • Fooz Ball Reply Report comment

          April 16, 2018 at 4:37 am

          His balls are in the back of his throat where they belong. Keep them there, and try not to make him laugh.

  27. Wave Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Paul Ryan. LOL.

  28. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

    We like the shopper – hy-vee and fareway ads save us money – its free bozo unlike the welfare democrap programs that take money out of the pockets of hard working private citizens – notice I left out public servants because all their money comes from the private sector to begin with – non-producers and spoiled brats.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      All money comes from the private sector, dumbass, even the welfare that you collect monthly. Poor me, everybody makes more money then me, and I hate them for that. If I wasn’t such a lazy good for nothing, I’d apply for a job with the city. But no. never mind, I’m not smart enough to pass the test because I didn’t pay attention in class. I don’t have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot or pound sand in a rat hole. I’m just a lazy whiner.

  29. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Trump Supporters
    They gain 100% of their knowledge from FOX News. They do not research facts or care about integrity/honor.
    Any logical statement or facts supporting truth will be met with illogical fear mongering and regurgitated propaganda.
    Ultimate dumbasses.

    • MattG Reply Report comment

      April 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      let’s see CNN ranks behind the Cartoon Network at #16 and Fox News is #1 by a landslide, kinda like the states Hillary lost by.

      • bodacious Reply Report comment

        April 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

        Fox News #1? If they are so fair and unbiased why then do their reporters (Ingraham, Hannity, Carlson) keep finding ways to get themselves in trouble?

  30. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Could someone else please start running the Redemption Center. Never open when they are supposed to be.Now they took over for Walmart.Not wasting my time with Hy-Vee’s slow broken down machines.Please get someone else.

  31. Judge Judy Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2018 at 9:27 am

    ???? Democrat = Liberal ????

    What’s liberal about suing to have traditional religious items like the Ten Commandments removed from court rooms and other government buildings?

  32. WTH Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    ONE interview was conducted by mason city council of the new admin man and BOOM he is hired. HE will make 6 figures drive a new car and get bonuses. McDonald’s is more careful than that when they hire the night assistant manager.

    • Jason Voorhes Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2018 at 6:48 am

      You are correct. This was a horrible debacle. We wound up with the guy who appears to be 5’7” tall slightly overweight, too young, and lacks a lot of experience

  33. where is Lionel when we need him? Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    After hearing about council man John Lee saying that youth is great thing and why they hired the really young guy from Keokuk I got to thinking. Did the council and mayor consider any candidates, say, in their 50’s? How about women, were any female candidates considered? How about minorities? Any one with a disability get an interview?