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  1. Kafeel Reply Report comment

    August 21, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Make Mason City a sanctuary city. Meeting to be held at library soon to kick this off. All will be welcomed.

  2. taxed outrageously Reply Report comment

    August 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Forget about the Gatehouse PROMISE to pay back the $4M after 20 years. Next to worthless absent a third party secured financial agreement to do so. City will be stiffed on the $4 MILLION PLUS INTEREST. Duped dummies who vote in favor of. BE SMART SAY NO.

  3. taxed outrageously Reply Report comment

    August 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Who asked Henkel to do the front end concept and estimating for the ice arena? For what fee arrangement? Odds are, NY owner will hand the arena construction contract to Henkel – no bid deal!

  4. avid reader Reply Report comment

    August 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Tomorrow the State Auditor releases the Special State Audit of the MCSD. A “must read” document. Who knows today just who & what
    is it’s targets.

    Makes one think of potential similarities with recent City plans had fate not intervened in 2016 and come Nov. 7, 2017.

    In 2016 we had a eastern wealthy party wanting millions from the public of MC and Iowa for his pig plant to be IN MC provided we pilled the public money high enough to satisfy him and enough
    votes on the City Council to ram it INTO MC.

    Then maybe certain local entities/individuals would have reaped the $$$ spoils. Construction contracts, bonuses, jobs, rental of shacks & ???

    On Nov. 7th we get to vote on this arena scheme for giving away $12.5M of public money to fund an ice arena in a failing private old enclosed shopping center recently acquired for a pittance by another eastern US party seeking the MC & Iowa public millions. Local entities & individuals may be envisioning no public bid construction
    contract DEALS from the $12.5M given to the NY party who will own it and rent it to the City and it’s citizens-taxpayers who will totally fund
    this $12.5M gift scheme.

    Defeat this ice arena gift scheme on Nov. 7th by rejecting the Lease the City needs in order to deliver the $12.5M bag of money to fund it.

    Plus there will be no need to make a 20 year, public funded $4,000,000. Interest free, no payment loan for a dream hotel being pitched via another under funded so called hotel Developer when “N0″voters in MC prevail on Nov. 7th.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Does anyone know where you can get or purchase eclipse glasses in Mason City?

    • Smackey Reply Report comment

      August 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      You don’t really need those hokey eclipse glasses. You can train your eyes by looking into the arc of a welder for a couple of minutes to get nearly the same effect as looking at the sun.

  6. LVS

    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Dumb Ass!

  7. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    August 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      August 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      That’s just one side of the story, I’d be interested in knowing the other side. Mason City has had recycling since the early 90’s, and some people still can’t get it right, so they blame their ignorance, on the workers. Believe it or not, there are rules and regulations that govern what can be put into a recycling bin for pickup. It’s really not that hard to figure out.

    • watching Reply Report comment

      August 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Sounds like a management failure if employees are acting on their own accord. Hopefully Trout can look into this issue and deal with management or employees if they are not doing their jobs properly.

  8. Blotter Reply Report comment

    August 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    A certain person needs to understand I have nothing to do with anyone from my teenager years to early twenties. I realize it’s nostalgic and all for ya, but really man, if you see me around town…no need to come up behind me and say my name. I have blotted everyone out from my mind and would prefer to keep it that way. Thanks.

  9. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    August 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    For all of you people that believe that all this shit that took place in Virginia with the Confederate statues you guys are fricken morans. Riots,terrorism,and beatings have been going on for ages. This to me has nothing to do with a statue, it is caused by how you are raised. Shit we have punk ass kids here in good ole river city running around calling each other the N-word and the Black kids calling the white kids prejudiced honkies. It’s how we are being brought up. Most of the dirt bags in town think they are owed something cause they were born in America. If you don’t like it here get the f**k out and go to North Korea. Most of you are lazy fat f**ken losers anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    August 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MASON CITY IN THE STATE OF IOWA, ON THE MATTER OF THE PROPOSAL TO ENTER INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH CARGILL KITCHEN SOLUTIONS, INC., AND THE HEARING THEREON

    PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of the City of Mason City in the State of Iowa, will hold a public hearing on September 5, 2017, at 7:00 P.M. in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd Street SE, Mason City, Iowa, at which meeting the Council proposes to take action on the proposal to enter into a Development Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Cargill Kitchen Solutions, Inc. (the “Developer”).

    The Agreement would obligate the Developer to construct certain Minimum Improvements (as defined in the Agreement) on certain real property located within the Mason City Unified Urban Renewal Area as defined and legally described in the Development Agreement, consisting of the construction of a 11,700 square foot addition to the Existing Facility (as defined in the Agreement), together with all related site improvements, under the terms and following satisfaction of the conditions set forth in the Agreement. One of the obligations of Developer relates to employment retention and/or creation.

    The Agreement would further obligate the City to make up to six (6) consecutive semi-annual payments of Economic Development Grants to Developer consisting of 300% of the Tax Increments pursuant to the Iowa Code Section 403.19, the cumulative total for all such payments not to exceed the lesser of $210,000, or the amount accrued under the formula outlined in the proposed Development Agreement, under the terms and following satisfaction of the conditions set forth in the Agreement.

    A copy of the Agreement is on file for public inspection during regular business hours in the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, City of Mason City, Iowa.

    At the above meeting the Council shall receive oral or written objections from any resident or property owner of said City, to the proposal to enter into the Agreement with the Developer. After all objections have been received and considered, the Council will at this meeting or at any adjournment thereof, take additional action on the proposal or will abandon the proposal to authorize said Agreement.

  11. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    August 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      August 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Wow, that was a violent encounter. He must have been to ashamed to answer the question. If he had been drinking a bottle of, Angel of Darkness, I’m sure the outcome would have been different.

  12. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    August 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    TRUE OR NOT TRUE (via News & Guts):

    “There’s considerable evidence that there’s a consensus developing in the military, at the highest levels, in the intelligence community, among Republicans in Congress, including the leaders in the business community that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is unfit to be the President of the United States. That’s the undercurrent.
    I’ve talked to you about it for weeks, that I’ve been hearing in Washington. There is increasing talk about his emotional and mental stability. As David Gergen referred to earlier, this is extraordinary. It’s a dangerous moment in our history.”
    -Carl Bernstein, Investigative Journalist on CNN
    August 17, 2017

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      August 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Absolutely true, Matt. They are lining up all over to put the 25th amendment into action.

      • LVS

        LVS Reply Report comment

        August 19, 2017 at 8:05 am

        Nothing but FAKE news from the FAKE news source CNN.

  13. Matt Marquardt

    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    August 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Regarding the wind turbines located south of Mason City:

    The following parcels are where the wind turbines are located:
    PARCEL NUMBER OWNERS NAME
    07-29-400-001-00 JAMES & DEBORAH STANTON
    07-29-400-003-00 JAMES & DEBORAH STANTON
    07-32-100-002-00 ROBERT EVANS
    08-17-200-001-00 MARY TEVIS
    08-17-200-003-00 MARY TEVIS

    The Planning & Zoning Department issued permits for construction of the wind turbines to Optimum Renewables.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      boy, an award winning effort to come up with that info. lol

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 15, 2017 at 5:20 am

    MATT use your investigative powers and find out about the windmills

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 15, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I asked before and no one answered and ive asked numerous people and no answers. the 3 windmills on the avenue and the 2 by Portland., who owns them?? I had heard the 3 were built for the pig slaughter house and the 2 by Portland for a future planned hog farm. now they sit idle. have never been on line for a estimated 1 million dollars each you would think that someone would do something with them. anyone know whos they are for sure???

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Carly — What is your opinion as to what the end game of the democratic party is?

    What is your opinion on what the end game of the Republican party is?

    I value your thoughts.

  17. I vote Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    If you ask and find that a 2017 Council candidate would have voted for Prestage, and favors getting Prestage type new jobs into MC, should that be known before we vote? Or are we living in
    the past to be asking?

    Of course if your company was IN deep on the Prestage spin job and got called out by the DM Register for it you surely want us
    to forget it. Not so fast. Nov. 7, 2017 counts.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      typical mason city resident, living in the past and not focused on the future. Move on and get a life. there should be and are more important issues to concern yourself with. Quit playing the 20/20 hindsight game in your head

  18. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Where are the atvs being rode on city streets?? Never see them except golf carts.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      8th ST SW

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      13th Street SE

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      I don’t know, she seemed a lot better after she ate and then I went to go get Lucas and when I got home I’ve given her applesauce and cereal. She has not complained to me at all about her throat
      Should I give her some ??

  19. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    August 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    any news on a dead body found in the woods between S.Tennessee and N. Ohio today. Straight east off 9th st ne, MC??

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Rumor has it as a hanging.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm

        rumors are the foundation of mason city, the citizens prefer rumor over facts in this town that is why it is so dysfunctional

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

          Regular visitors to NIT know that Allen is a frequent contributor to the rumor mill. And his crude discription of an alleged suicide, speaks volumes about Allens character.

          • LVS

            Anonymous

            August 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

            You are a testament to a bad character. Allen is a great guy with honest opinions.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 14, 2017 at 7:37 am

          Well its not a rumor… it was a hanging. Someone killed themselves. Word travels fast in this town.

          • Anonymous

            August 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

            Bullshit. As of 8 am there is no official announcement regarding the loss of human life. Still rumor.

          • Allen

            Allen

            August 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

            For anonymous, 14 Aug. 8:18am. You must have missed the NIT news yesterday.

            Body taken from wooded area today in Mason City
            MASON CITY – A deceased person was taken from a wooded area today in Mason City by police and paramedics. The incident originated Sunday morning around 9:00 AM,…
            August 13, 2017

            Reads like a loss of life to me, and others that can comprehend. Besides, an official announcement will not be given out until all family has been notified. A person of your wisdom should know that. Try and keep up with reality. (Reality) is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined

          • Anonymous

            August 14, 2017 at 10:14 pm

            Blah blah blah. No one but YOU Allen called this a rumored hanging. Shame on you for your disrespect for human life and the cheap terms in which you label someones death.

          • LVS

            Anonymous

            August 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

            What disrespect?? The guy is dead. End of story.

  20. Moscow Mule Reply Report comment

    August 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Currently, all elected officials in Mason City are having IPERS deductions from their earnings at city hall.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      As they should. You got a problem with that? Whats the beef?

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      August 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      It’s kind of like a 401k, that some working people have, but only managed better.