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Matt Dodge Insurance employee slams NIT

MASON CITY – An employee of Matt Dodge Insurance has slammed NorthIowaToday.com and has implored others not to visit the site.

Lisa Grouette, who works for Matt Dodge Insurance as a Licensed Agency Specialist, said late Friday evening on August 2nd, 2013 to “Stop going to that website!!”

Grouette was commenting on Facebook along with others about a story published in NorthIowaToday.com – that included video – where her boss Matt Dodge (a Mason City Human Rights Commissioner) ripped Human Rights Commission Chairman Dean Genth for “chastising” him. The story was “shared” on Facebook by Matt Dodge’s wife – Christina Reynolds Dodge – and several others were also commenting on the story.  The comments left on Facebook were very supportive of Matt Dodge and some were simply making fun of some comments left below the story by NIT readers.

But Matt Dodge’s employee Lisa Grouette seemed especially angry at NIT.

“I could buy a Ouija board, hold a seance, conjure the spirit of my dead Uncle Frank, and get a more accurate account of the local news,” she said on the message board.

“Every time you click that site,” Grouette continued, “self-purported martyr puts a dollar in his pocket. So stop. Do it for Uncle Frank.”

NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt was made aware of the comments Saturday morning by another NIT reader.

“I was shocked and saddened that Ms. Grouette harbors such hostility and anger towards not only my business, but apparently me, personally,” Marquardt said.

“I recently purchased insurance with Mr. Dodge,” Marquardt continued. “Lisa emailed me about finalizing my policy and she was very nice. I do know that Mr. Dodge was quite upset with me immediately after that for disclosing to the public in a story that he had taken a case he had before the Mason City Human Rights Commission all the way to a federal agency in Kansas City.  That was disclosed as our Mayor and Council were approving him to serve on the MCHRC.  He summoned me to his office and chastised me for writing that.  Perhaps that issue has been talked about at greater length at his office.”

A comment from Matt Dodge Insurance employee Lisa Grouette.  "
Screenshot of a Facebook comment written by Matt Dodge Insurance employee Lisa Grouette, posted August 2nd, 2013.
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