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Don Nelson sworn in to Park Board

This news story was published on December 23, 2011.
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MASON CITY – Don Nelson was sworn in as a Mason City Park Board member on Monday, December 19th at 1:30 PM.

Nelson won a seat on the Park Board as a write-in candidate in this fall’s election.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Mason City on the Parks and Recreation Board,” Nelson said.

Meanwhile, three new City Council members were sworn in on Wednesday.

City officials say the public was not invited to this event, although a Globe Gazette reporter was present.  “The swearing in was not intended to be a public event,” City Admininstrator Brent Trout said. “I did the swearing in ceremony of Don Nelson for his Park Board seat on Monday without anyone present.”

Out-going City Councilmen Max Weaver and Jeff Marsters said the norm is to open these types of events to the public.

“This was always announced for the 12 & 8 years Don & I have been on (the Council),” Marsters said.

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14 Responses to Don Nelson sworn in to Park Board

  1. Howie Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2011 at 12:55 am

    lol,,,Nelson will now stymie progress at the park board. I wonder if he will put a war memorial in the middle of the softball diamonds? He single handedly ruined central park which should have had a bandshell instead.

  2. Joe Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    The one thing about democracy is that people have the choice to vote for the candidate of their choice. They also have the right not to vote. To say those that won the election are not the majority is just moronic.

  3. Zeeman Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Well Larry, What exactly did you do to see your people elected? Oh I know, you ranted and moaned. I didn’t say I agreed with the people we put in, but I’m damn sure believe in the process that put them there. If you didn’t get out and campaign then you’re part of the problem. Take your blood pressure meds or move to Syria.

    • Peter Reply Report comment

      December 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      I’m pretty sure that given the low numbers of who actually voted…it’s not really representative of the population. Why more people didn’t vote? I don’t know…maybe the process needs to be revisited. Perhaps polls should be kept open all week, instead of just one day.

    • Peter Reply Report comment

      December 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      4496 voters were pre-registered and voted.

      839 absentee ballots were cast.

      10 new registrations were completed on voting day.

      19,987 registered voters in Mason City.


      So 14642 people didn’t vote that day. 73% of the people that could vote…didn’t. What kind of democracy is that?

  4. Larry Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Zeeman-who the hell do you think you are making comments like that?? If you don’t like what we say don’t read it. It seems to be very hard for you to accept the truth, so you must be one of the spendthrift idiots who like our drunken mayor. I have lived in this city for al of my life (almost 70 years) and have never seen a worse bunch of socialists.

  5. Zeeman Reply Report comment

    December 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Would all you badmouthing naysayers do us a big favor. Please please move to country where the citizens don’t have the right to vote. Live there for one year and come back, then get an x-ray and see if your bitch gland has shrunk. Just because you don’t agree with the outcome doesn’t mean the populous was wrong and your choice got cheated. The winds of democracy blow in both directions.

  6. Larry Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Don will do an excellent job on the Park Board just as he did on the City Council. It won’t take long for the people to find out how important Nelson and Marsters were in keeping our drunken Mayor and his co-horts under control. There is no one to stop them now. Get ready to subsidize the old whore house (Park Inn) and for a new Hockey Rink that we don’t need or want. The rink needs to stay at the fair grounds to help support that facility. Good Job Don.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Nelson will screw this up just like he did the city council. bookmeyer will be trying to push his agenda onto these guys & nelson will have his back all the way. what a F@#!king joke. >.<

  8. comment Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Now that the three members that actually looked after out tax dollars are gone expect the real circus to begin. Tornquist has already made moves to shove the multipurpose boat anchor down our throats which will also put the final dagger into the heart of the North Iowa Fair Grounds. Clear Lake has always been known for high taxes. They are now at $27 per thousand of valuation and MC is at$35. They have also been able to have a balanced budget for the last five years. Great job Clear Lake leaders any of you willing to be on the MC council.

    • Anonymos Reply Report comment

      December 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Only that part of Clear Lake in the Ventura school district is at $27. Clear Lake in the Clear Lake school district is at $32. That’s for all taxing entities. Mason City’s part is about 13.50 including the voter-approved library bond. Clear Lake’s levy’s about $10.54.

  9. Charlie Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    So the circus that was once known as the City Council is now found at the Parks Board. Why the citizens elected this dinosaur, I can’t fathom.

  10. comment Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Expect this type of activities to be the norm under the extreme rule of backdoor bookmeyer and the seven thieves. Hold onto your pocketbooks.

  11. sandy Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’m I the only one that gets upset that everything has to be so private!! We the citizens elected these people and we can’t even be there to see them get sworn in. Why does everything have to be so private?