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  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Somewhere out there is a 2 year old girl whose mother is a stripper, her father is a crackhead, and her grandpa is the president of the United States.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Very true, tRump has granddaughters does have a few kids but I don’t think any are two. Just think, those kids have a porn star step-grandma too!

    • DJT Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      What’s wrong with strippers?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      And he likes them golden showers!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      That would be the PREVIOUS “president.” Lover of hookers, Russians, and urine.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 7:57 pm

        Who is talkin Presidents? Talkin about good ole Hunter pride and Joy of Joe’s loins

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Ex-Obama Doctor Sounds the Alarm on Joe Biden’s Mental State.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      He’s partisan and Q-tainted it turns out, will do anything to please his rabid base… Biden beat Trump in all their debates, so he can’t be too bad off, right?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      He was Trump’s fake doctor, not Obama’s real one. Try to keep up.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

    sarah huckabee sanders, the orange liars onetime mouthpiece, claims she got the “trump vaccine”. We know this is another lie, because if she had received the “trump vaccine”, she would be dead. She would have been injected with bleach. Like most republicons, she just can’t tell the truth.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      I think it’s funny that Repugnicants whine and fuss about vaccinations yet brag that they exist because of tRump, but claim they won’t get vaccinated because they don’t “trust the government”.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 7:54 pm

        Believe that was Sleepy and Ho who said that

  4. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Charles City police department will be holding their auction with Cedar Valley Realty and Auction on Saturday, July 31st at 9 am behind the police station at 105 Milwaukee Mall (rain or shine). There will be many bikes and bike parts, tools, water pumps, furniture, cubicle dividers, toolboxes, and a lot of other items; too many to list it all. Bidders can view items an hour before the sale. All is sold ‘as is’.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Skipper: You’re incredibly selfish if you don’t get vaccinated….OR maybe you have ‘natural immunity’ from HAVING got the virus. The GLOB is full of 80 year old idiots.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      The problem with that is immunity only lasts so long, I think I read approx 6 months.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Almost like you…no balls & in your case no brains as well.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:55 am

    They let these people in from all over the world, without a background or health check. Yet, Joe Biden’s HomeLand Security Secretary stated, any body from Cuba, coming by water, will be turned back. There is one reason and one reason only for this, Cubans, who have gone through the Democrat Communist ways, would not vote Democrat.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      You’re hilarious! There are more ignorant Repugnicants/tRumpites who refuse to be vaccinated than there are immigrants. Have YOU been vaccinated?! If you haven’t then you have no right to spew garbage blaming anyone else but yourself.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 7:50 pm

        vaccinated or not you can not handle the truth

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:54 am

    IT’S ALL ON YOU BIDEN! AND YOU WONDER WHY THERE ARE SO MANY MORE GETTING COVID-19. IMPEACH BIDEN!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      Biden is telling people not to get vaccinated? When did he say that?

      • Einstein Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        is he vaccinating the illegals as they cross?

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Hey Texas screw the administration and weld that gate shut

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are the virus!!! Wake up

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:53 am

    AMERICA NEEDS JOBS NOT ILLEGAL immigrants

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Nothing is ever going to happen to the Democrats because the Republicans have no balls.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Just like little Mattie Markwart…no balls.

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2021 at 6:51 am

    This Biden administration has to go….away.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Results of northiowatoday.com by analytics sites – traffic report

    “Oops. We couldn’t find enough data about this website. Most likely, there is not enough traffic to get a reliable result.”

    “In internet traffic and engagement over the past 90 days down 63%”

    “https://northiowatoday.com Insufficient traffic to provide analysis”

    “Website server very slow to respond”

  15. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2021 at 11:00 am

    “HAM & EGGS & FLAPJACKS TOO!”
    PUBLIC IS INVITED TO VETERANS
    OUTDOOR BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
    SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 8th, 2021

    Smell the hearty aroma of pancakes, eggs and ham —
    “Hot Off the Griddle” at North Iowa Fair in Mason City,
    Sunday morning, August 8th, from 7am till 11:30am .
    Free gate admission to the fair and close-in parking
    near the outdoor Loafing Shed Shelter for seating.
    All veterans, families, guests and the public are invited.

    Fundraiser is hosted by local Vietnam Veterans of America —
    North Star Chapter 790 for veterans emergency assistance fund.
    Free will donations appreciated. Many gift items also to purchase.

    ***Depending if you like an early breakfast or mid-morning…
    check out the Horse Show in the Arena at 8:00am or the 11:00am
    show of Dancing Horses. There is a Church Service at Noon also.

  16. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2021 at 10:57 am

    (Two publications required)
    NOTICE OF FILING OF THE FINAL PLAT AND SCHEDULE OF ASSESSMENTS AGAINST BENEFITED PROPERTIES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 2020 PAVING PROGRAM, WITHIN THE CITY OF MASON CITY, IOWA
    TO THE PERSONS OWNING LAND LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT DESCRIBED AS THE 2020 PAVING PROGRAM, WITHIN THE CITY OF MASON CITY, IOWA:
    consisting of the properties which are described as follows:
    Segment 1 – Alley between 27th Street Southwest and 28th Street Southwest from Jefferson Avenue to Adams Avenue.
    Lots 498 through 509 and lots 554 through 565 in Midland Heights, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.
    Segment 2 – South Carolina Place from 9th Street Southeast to approximately 450 feet south.
    Lots 38 through 40 in Subdivision L 26, Southeast ¼ of Section 10 Township 96 North, Range 20 West of the 5th P.M.
    Lots 4 through 6 of the Elder Subdivision in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
    The City parcel defined as that part of land in SWSE, NWSE, SWNE, NWNE, NENW Section 10, Township 96 North, Range 20 West desc as follows in deed 2019-915: that part of the Rockwell industrial lead of the Union Pacific Railroad Company (formerly Chicago And Northwestern Transportation Co), as now located, said part extends northerly from a line parallel with and 240 ft, more or less, southerly of the north line of the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of 15-96-20, to the north line of the SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 3-96-20, said Rockwell industrial lead being situated in, over and across the following legal subdivisions of Cerro Gordo county: NW SE 1596-20; SW NE 15-96-20; NW NE 15-96-20; SW SE 10-96-20; NW SE 10-96-20; SW NE 10-96-20; NW NE 10-96-20; NE NW 10-96-20; SE SW 3-96-20 and SW SW 3-96-20.
    The extent of the work completed on the 2020 Paving Program, is as follows:
    This project generally consisted of construction of Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) pavement, along with required grading, subgrade preparation, incidental sanitary sewer adjustment, miscellaneous paving related construction and associated restoration.
    The project location was entirely within the City of Mason City. Special Assessments are to be applied to the two (2) following segments:
    Segment 1 – Alley between 27th Street Southwest and 28th Street Southwest from Jefferson Avenue to Adams Avenue.
    Segment 2 – South Carolina Place from 9th Street Southeast to approximately 450 feet south.
    All segments are within existing City right-of-way. The paving width for the Alley is 12 feet, and the paving width for South Carolina Place is 25 feet.

    You are hereby notified that the final plat and schedule of assessments against benefited properties within the District described as the 2020 Paving Program, for the construction of pavement, sanitary sewer adjustments, miscellaneous paving-related construction and associated restoration improvements, has been adopted and levied by the Council of the City of Mason City, and that said plat and schedule of assessments has been certified to the County Treasurer of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Assessments of $500.00 or more are payable in ten equal annual installments, with interest on the unpaid balance, all as provided in Section 384.65, Code of Iowa. Conditional deficiency assessments, if any, may be levied against the applicable property for the same period of years as the assessments are made payable.
    You are further notified that assessments may be paid in full or in part without interest at the office of the City Clerk, at any time within thirty days after the date of the first publication of this notice of the filing of the final plat and schedule of assessments with the County Treasurer. Unless said assessments are paid in full within said thirty day period all unpaid assessments will draw annual interest computed at nine (9) percent (commencing on the date of acceptance of the work) computed to the December 1st next following the due dates of the respective installments. Each installment will be delinquent on September 30th following its due date on July 1st in each year. Property owners may elect to pay any annual installment semiannually in advance.
    All properties located within the boundaries of the 2020 Paving Program, above described have been assessed for the cost of the making of said improvements, the amount of each assessment and the amount of any conditional deficiency assessment having been set out in the schedule of assessments and plat accompanying the same, which are now on file in the office of the County Treasurer of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. For further information you are referred to said plat and schedule of assessments.

    This notice is given at the direction of the Mayor pursuant to Code Section 384.60, Code of Iowa.
    /s/Aaron Burnett
    City Clerk, City of
    Mason City, Iowa

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Has anyone figured out what is going on in the County Assessor’s Office? Or which one of the supervisors she got to to agree to her going awol as long as she logs in once a week?

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 24, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Don’t know/haven’t heard anything about it. Please explain and be specific.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm

        According to the Globe, she has not been in the office since May but isn’t resigning until October. Evidently the BOS is allowing her to log in once a week to stay on the payroll. The Conference Board didn’t know about the arrangement.

        • IdaMae Reply Report comment

          July 25, 2021 at 8:22 am

          Now that’s a sweet deal, at $40000.+ a year.

          • Anonymous

            July 25, 2021 at 4:08 pm

            Hmm let’s see. You don’t work, never have. They let you sign in for all the free stuff you can get. Been a sweet deal for you for years!

          • IdaMae

            July 25, 2021 at 4:49 pm

            I work, I’m a potato wrangler.

          • Anonymous

            July 25, 2021 at 5:13 pm

            More like $100k

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2021 at 11:43 am

    tRump supporters are all maggots living in a dream world! I hope that POS runs for president again and WE WILL VOTE the lying, rapist, narcissist POS out again! GUARANTEED!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 24, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      He’s only keeping his campaign fund open so he can continue to fundraise, because he can’t loot the national treasury any more, and is broke again. As long as he’s a potential candidate, no other Republicans will be able to unite the party and defeat the Democrats in 2024. He hasn’t spent one cent of the fund he and his crooked lawyers established to investigate the Arizona election, and obviously just intends to keep it for himself.

  19. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Origins of the surname Marqvardt.
    Derived from the German “ein mädchenhafter Mann’
    English translations “a girly man”

  20. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Mason City Room July 20, 2021
    Mason City, Iowa 7:00 P.M.

    MINUTES
    REGULAR MEETING
    OF THE CITY COUNCIL

    The City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa, met in regular session pursuant to law and rules of said Council, in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library, at 7:00 P.M., on July 20, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the meeting was held as a virtual meeting via Zoom. The meeting was called to order by the Mayor and on roll being called there were present, Bill Schickel, Mayor in the Chair, and the following Council Members: Thoma, Jaszewski, Symonds, Masson, Adams, Lee. Absent: None.

    Adopt Agenda: Motion, Jaszewski; 2nd, Adams that the agenda be adopted. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    The Mayor proclaimed August 3, 2021 as “National Night Out”.

    City Administrator Burnett presented his Monthly Activity Report. Council comments and questions followed the report.

    Prior to adopting the Consent Agenda Item #11, #16, #18 and #19 were removed to be acted upon separately.

    Consent Agenda: Regular Minutes of July 6, 2021; Claims dated July 8 and 15, 2021 in the amount of $1,592,672.59; Applebee’s – Class C License; Hy-Vee Tasting Room – Special Class C Liquor; Family Dollar Store #24822 – Class B Wine, Class C Beer; Market 124 – Class B Native Wine Permit; The Blue Heron – Class C Liquor License, Outdoor Service; Mystic Lanes – Outdoor Service, Class C Liquor; Appoint Kara Ruge to the MacNider Museum Board; Designated Trick-Treat Night on Halloween, October 31, 2021 between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Appoint/hire Krystal Garl to the position of Asst. Finance Director at pay grade N, step two at $36.33/hr.; Resolution No. 21-194, making award of contract to T.J.’s Trucking & Excavating Inc. of Winona, Minnesota for the Sluice Gate Replacement Project at the Water Reclamation Facility; Resolution No. 21-185, authorizing submission of a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Grant Application to the IDNR for the Winnebago River Low Head Dam Mitigation Project at Dams No. 1 and No. 2; and authorizing execution of grant agreement upon application approval; Resolution No. 21-186, approving the Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Projects within the City of Mason City, Iowa; Resolution No. 21-187, accepting work and ordering payment for construction of the “2021 Pavement Marking Program Project No. 21-1002”; Resolution No. 21-188, adopting and levying final schedule of assessments, and providing for the payment thereof for the 2020 Paving Program; Resolution No. 21-189, approving and authorizing execution of a Predesign Agreement with the IDOT Agreement No. NHSX-065-8(73)—3H-17 to establish or make improvements to U.S. 65 (South Federal Avenue) within the corporate limits of Mason City; Resolution No. 21-190, setting dates and times for public hearings to apply for a CDBG for an upper story rental housing conversion project for 632 main with 13 & 15 South Federal Avenue with Foxtrot Properties, LLC as developers and request was presented; Resolution No. 21-191, Fixing a date for a public hearing on the proposal to lease certain real property to and to enter into Site Lease Agreement with Blue Sky Solar Co. Mason City LLC, and providing for publication of notice thereof, was presented.

    Motion, Jaszewski; 2nd, Symonds that all items in the Consent Agenda be approved and Resolutions adopted. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    11. Final Pay – MacNider Campground Improvements: Motion, Jaszewski; 2nd, Symonds that Resolution No. 21-192, accepting work and ordering payment for improvements at MacNider Campground (sewer work for the MacNider Campground Expansion), be adopted. Clarification was made regarding the amp difference and the number of campers, AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    16. Approval of the Transit Design Study: Motion, Masson; 2nd, Jaszewski that Resolution No. 21-193, approving and adopting the Transit Design Study by Bourne Transit Consulting, LLC, be adopted. Discussion followed regarding what would be coming forward next, steps in the process, etc. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    18. Approval of Changes to Police Contract & MCPD Compensation & Recruitment Incentives: Motion, Thoma; 2nd, Adams that Resolution No. 21-194, approving the Memorandum of Agreement Collective Bargaining Extension between the City and Teamsters Local 238 Police Unit, was presented. Discussion followed regarding compensation changes, recruitment incentives, applicants received to date, etc. AYES: All (Motion carried.) Motion, Jaszewski; 2nd, Thoma that Resolution No. 21-195, approval of changes to the MCPD compensation and recruitment incentives, be adopted. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    19. Workforce Housing Tax Credit Benefit Application for River Mason City II: Motion, Adams; 2nd, Symonds that Resolution No., support for a Workforce Housing Tax Credit Benefit Application to be submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority by the River Mason City II, LLC (Steve Boote) for the River Mason City II Apartments Project, be adopted. Discussion followed regarding the proposed project, location, etc. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    20. Status of Funded Activities Housing
    Fund Contract No. 19-HSG-015 Owner-
    Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program: Steve Wendt with the North Iowa Area Council of Governments provided the required comments. The Public Hearing was held as per published notice. Mayor Schickel asked if there were any written comments or objections or anyone on Zoom that would like to comment with Burnett replying there were no written comments and no “raised hands” via Zoom. There being no comments the Public Hearing was declared closed. No further action was required.

    Sale of Bonds: Maggie Burger with Bernie Lowe and Associates provided comments regarding the sale. The Public Hearing was held as per published notice. Mayor Schickel asked if there were any written comments or objections or anyone on Zoom that would like to comment with Burnett replying there were no written comments and no “raised hands” via Zoom. There being no comments the Public Hearing was declared closed. Motion, Adams; 2nd, Jaszewski that Resolution No. 21-197, directing the sale of $3,950,000* (subject to adjustment per terms of offering) General Obligation Bonds, Series 2021A, be adopted. AYES: All (Motion carried.) Motion, Thoma; 2nd, Lee that Resolution No. 21-198, directing sale of $8,185,000* (subject to adjustment per terms of offering) taxable General Obligation Urban Renewal Bonds, Series 2021B, be adopted. AYES: All (Motion carried.)

    The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:18 p.m.

    /s/Bill Schickel
    Bill Schickel, Mayor
    ATTEST:
    /s/Aaron Burnett
    Aaron Burnett, City Clerk

  21. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Mason City Room July 20, 2021
    Mason City, Iowa 6:00 P.M.

    MINUTES
    COUNCIL WORKSESSION

    The City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa, met in Worksession pursuant to law and rules of said Council, in the Mason City Room of the Mason City Public Library at 6:00 P.M., on July 20, 2021. The meeting was called to order by the Mayor and on roll being called, there were present, Mayor in the Chair Schickel and the following Council Members: Masson, Adams, Jaszewski, Lee, Symonds, Thoma. Absent: None.

    1. Presentation from Bourne Consulting on the Completed Transit Study:

    Executive Summary: The purpose of this study was to examine the fixed route service provided by Mason City Transit (MCT) and determined if the circuitous loop routing structure could be modified to reduce travel times for passengers. An additional design goal was to provide a route structure that would be more appealing to a wider range of the public and move the system from a service that primarily serves the transit dependent population. The tradition methods of bus route design had some challenges during the Covid-19 gathering restrictions that were in place during this study. The typical methods of public input, such as public meetings, were not allowed; but the consultant team was able to use electronic methodology for several tasks. Input from bus drivers, Region 2 management and MCT management were conducted in person with appropriate pandemic protocols. Nine tasks were developed to gather input, review system performance, and develop service alternatives. The community input process consisted of electronic interviews with key social service providers; the educational community; local stakeholders and elected and appointed officials of the City of Mason City. The result was a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) which provided the basis for a set of study goals and objectives. A peer group of small urban (less than 50,000 population) Iowa bus systems was established to provide comparative data. Demographic characteristics of the peer group are similar, but service levels and performance varied significantly. In general Mason City Transit performs well compared to the average of the peer group, but opportunities for improvement exist. An on-line survey on the city website resulted in 203 responses. Additional input from NIACC; Good Shepherd; and on-board surveys resulted in additional information. On/off data and broad demographic data resulted in an extensive basis for route review and development. Several options were developed for each area within the community. Infrastructure and vehicle condition were reviewed. The complexities of Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 and 5311 funding and Iowa DOT state Transit Assistance were reviewed. The recommended route structure includes a different service delivery structure for parts of some routes. The East Side route structure eliminates the current North East route and creates a new East Express route that meets most of the origins and destinations of current North East route passengers. Some passengers will use Region 2 service which operates within the city limits of Mason City. On “off only” flex concept for the East Central route will result in significant travel time savings. Bi-directional service on State St. will also reduce travel times. Minor changes to the North Central and South Central routes will improve access to grocery stores and have minimal impact on current passengers. A proposed extension of the South Central route to serve the southwest portion of the community and connect that area with the Walmart commercial area and also downtown. Two options were developed for West Central route which is the busiest route in the system. One option creates an express route with limited stops that can reduce round trip travel times by up to 30 minutes. A low-cost modification to the current route is a second option that will reduce travel times for people traveling from HyVee West and Mercy One to downtown. Two models for Saturday service were developed. One is a citywide demand response service and the other is a combination fixed route and demand response service. Saturday service was identified as a service need. Additionally, two funding options are presented. One is a complete service change at one time that will require significant local funds. The federal and state funding programs do not fund new service immediately but will cover most of the cost of operation after two years. A phased program of one service improvement every other year minimizes local financial support as the federal and state support is phased in. An alternative to implementing a full system change at one time is to add services in three phases. This will reduce the financial commitment and spread it over five years. As the FTA and STA funding is received through the formula funding, new services can be added. For comparative purposes, all dollars are current estimates. There will be some inflationary increases in five-year period. There are many opportunities for service improvements in Mason City and a gradual phasing of new services over the next five years will create a strong transit system that meets many of the travel needs of current passengers and is more attractive to potential customers.

    Bob Bourne from Bourne Consulting provided a presentation pertaining to the completed Transit Study. He stated he thought Mason City had a good system to start with which was positive and mentioned Iowa has had a competitive system for 35 years and listed the factors involved. He also stated our cost per revenue hour was very low because Region 2 did our maintenance and were a wonderful organization that helped keep the cost down. In addition, he stated Mason City was in a “sweet spot” with good total revenue and a good fare to the customer and ridership was stable. He reviewed the various routes and stops and outlined possible changes within each of the different routes, including flexible drop off and pick up depending on demand.

    Adams asked what it meant for the Council to be accepting and approving this tonight (on the Consent Agenda) whether the changes would go through the budget process with Transit Operator and Safety Manager Schulte stating the City was not being asked to commit to anything tonight, but just acknowledging completion of the study.

    Development Services Director Van Steenhuyse stated he thought this was a very good process and the recommendations were pretty spot on, especially the no cost alternatives and believed they should be implemented soon. He clarified this would be brought forward during the next budget process.

    The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 6:55 P.M.

    /s/Bill Schickel
    Bill Schickel, Mayor

    ATTEST:
    /s/Aaron Burnett
    Aaron Burnett City Clerk

  22. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Origins of the surname Marqvardt
    Derived from the French “une chatte”
    English translation “a pussy”

  23. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2021 at 11:44 am

    In the Globe today, there’s a great big ad for the Surf, featuring the Gordon Lightfoot concert that happened last Tuesday.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 22, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      Competing with NIACC? Day late dollar short

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 23, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Who’s ” Jaren Kushner” is there another one?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 23, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        No, he changed it from Jared so he could go out in public and nobody would know who he is. He is, remember, a member of the Trump family and they ain’t very smart.

  24. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Here’s a joke for you, “Please keep your comments on-topic and interesting. Do not attack others.”

  25. Jennifer B Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 8:31 am

    NIACC Performing Arts Series announces 2021-2022 season: What a joke of a line up. Pam Tills, The Righteous Bros and Gatlin Bros…..what are these people 80?

    Their needs to be change in River City. Either their is no money or terrible directors.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 21, 2021 at 8:33 am

      Maybe put $10 in the tennis /basketball courts, they look aweful.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 22, 2021 at 11:08 am

        NOT a priority. But does stick out like a sore thumb.

    • Troy S Reply Report comment

      July 22, 2021 at 11:07 am

      I think NIACC does their best with the monies afforded them, but, that talent schedule is very weak. I think they need more of a professional booking agent at the lead here.
      We questioned what the directors were doing the past 18 months? Where they laid off?
      The seating update was needed for sure, old ones where bad. With such a nice facility, North Iowa should expect more…

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 22, 2021 at 11:12 am

        Really surprised the NIACC directors were aiding the downtown hockey arena. Kind of their competition for events such as school tied, dance recital tied and music tied.
        I think the hockey arena is a terrible concert hall, nothing but echo, but still, why help whom competes against you NIACC?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 22, 2021 at 11:20 am

        They’re NOT doing their best with what they have. If they were, they’d hire a couple of the many people in Mason City who have music industry connections to book these events, instead of secretaries who are relatives of the board members. Somebody with the right connections could negotiate better prices, better dates, and more favorable contract terms. They need to stop treating it like a jobs program for their loser friends and relatives, and start treating it like the entertainment and fundraising organization it’s supposed to be.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 26, 2021 at 9:57 am

          agree. One guy in town has worked in the industry for years and has numerous connections. But doesn’t have the relative connection at NIACC.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 26, 2021 at 9:58 am

          agree. One guy in town has worked in the industry for years and has numerous connections. But doesn’t have the relative connection at NIACC. Guy has worked for major promoters.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 22, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Not to mention the fact that the real Righteous Bros. are dead, and these guys are just impersonators. Does it say that anywhere in the advertising?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 22, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        Bill Medley would be surprised to know that he is dead.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 22, 2021 at 7:38 pm

          Might be planning his finallY at NIACC

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 23, 2021 at 8:24 pm

          We’d be surprised to learn you’re alive.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 5:01 pm

            More intelligent responses from the right.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

        …even Bill is like 80

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Jennifer, did you look at all the other acts coming to NIACC? There are 19 events in the series and you mention 3. Do you know how much it costs to book a big star or big group? Alan Jackson, for example, gets around $400,000 a performance. You can get Aerosmith for under $1,000,000. Ed Sheeran and Elton John? Both cost over a million.
      https://www.bookingentertainment.com/artists_singer-songwriter.php

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

        This is flat out inflated prices. I made one call and found that out. Must be a NIACC director’s response for their badly done job.

        • Jennifer B Reply Report comment

          July 26, 2021 at 10:05 am

          First of all, you will not get ‘A’ list talent to NIACC solely based on the size of the venue. To quote what you did in your response is weak. ‘B’ list is possible with about 40k, as the ask. BE BETTER THEN THIS.

          There is news that a production company is coming to North Iowa, with experience.

          • Anonymous

            July 26, 2021 at 6:36 pm

            Jennifer, that was my point. If we want A-list performers, the cost for admission would be out of reach for most North Iowans. I do agree that some of the artists are for old timers, but we saw “Million Dollar Quartet” there a few years ago and it was excellent. Each year there are a few gems, and for the price, people get a great show.

  26. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Both sides call each other liars, and they are both correct..

  27. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 7:46 am

    We need to vote these dinosaurs out of office..

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 22, 2021 at 11:23 am

      Like Chuck Grassley?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 22, 2021 at 5:58 pm

        Also like Pelosi 42 years
        Schumer 40 years
        Feinstein 29 years
        Dingell 59 years
        Conyers 52 years, retired finally
        and other ilk.

  28. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Even Mexico requires voter ID. I feel we are drowning in stupidity and going down fast.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 21, 2021 at 8:54 am

      So does the US. Have to show driver’s license or other proof. Have you ever voted?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 8:56 pm

        I’ve voted several times. I’ve never been asked to furnish identification. Even more scary, the last election cycle, I got MULTIPLE forms to request a mail in ballot. There is evidence that these mail-in ballots were never reconciled with in person voting rolls. Which means….fraud voter occurred on a heeewwwwwggg scale

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 21, 2021 at 11:00 pm

          I have been asked for my license the last few times I’ve voted and always for verification of my address to make sure I was in the right precinct. One of the pole workers is my neighbor. She asked for my drivers license in the 2020 election. She smiled when she asked for it. I’d that evidence something weird is going on?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 22, 2021 at 11:31 am

          You can send in all the ballots you want to, but they only count one of them.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

          They probably didn’t need to. They recognized you from your mug shot on the jail website.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

          In theory, yes, you can vote multiple times but they should only count 1 of them. But how is that reconciled with millions of mailed in ballots?!?!? Answer: it wasn’t and there is OVERWHELMING evidence of this despite what CNN tries to tell you. That’s the problem. A very high percentage of the mailed in ballots in 2020 are fraudulent.

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 6:19 pm

            There is not “overwhelming evidence” despite what Fox News tells you. Even Bill Barr said so.

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 7:34 pm

            And where is Bill Barr?

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 8:28 pm

            Ignoring the evidence is not ‘no evidence’. Voter fraud occurred at a sickening scale in 2020. The most trite sentiment of 2020 is ‘follow the science’. This actually means, ‘ignore experts and only listen to CNN, NBC, Twitter, etc’. Data scientists are telling you what transpired the night of Nov 6 is statistically impossible, but you ignore them. Good sheep.

          • Anonymous

            July 23, 2021 at 7:43 am

            Tell us the name of one data scientist (who actually went to school to study this) who said this. Just one! You can do it.

  29. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 7:45 am

    It’s time for a house cleaning. Out with the broken, in with the new.

  30. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Want to fix the Republican’t party… get liberal appeasing McConnell out of his leadership role.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 22, 2021 at 11:27 am

      OMG that is fkn hilarious. Pretty soon it’ll be just you and Trump!

  31. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Origins of the surname Marqavrdt:
    dérivé du sac français de la douche ou douchebag
    Translation:
    derived from the french bag of the douche or douchebag

  32. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    This story is a few years old, but was written by the son of Beth Hesse, Forest City Economic Development Dir. It says pretty plainly how apocalyptic evangelical Christians are traumatizing their kids, and driving them away from the religion they’re trying to indoctrinate them into. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/05/religion-evangelical-christian-apocalypse-josiah-hesse?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR0zMN79WmdwEJFunIJosfiz-_ywnb2wq47V-aHbiswJIQJkNtXsOznPdwc#img-3

    • satan Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      anything change in the last couple years?

  33. commen sense manly Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    what is the story on the supposedly wrongly accused man in the forest city jail?

  34. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2021 at 9:53 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 LEASE CERTAIN CITY-OWNED REAL PROPERTY TO BLUE SKY SOLAR CO MASON CITY LLC PURSUANT TO A PROPOSED SITE LEASE, 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 August 3, 2021, at 7:00 P.M., at which meeting the Council proposes to take action on the proposal to lease certain real property (the “Leased Property”) to Blue Sky Solar Co Mason City LLC (the “Tenant”), which Leased Property is located at or about 339 13th Street Northeast, Mason City, Iowa 50401, including Mason City Assessor Parcel ID No. 070317601200 and Mason City Assessor Parcel ID No. 070318000100.
    The City and Tenant previously entered into a Second Amended and Restated Solar Power Purchase Agreement dated June 3, 2021 (the “PPA”), in connection with the installation, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic solar electric system on certain City-owned real property, which is part of the Leased Property. The City has approved a purchase agreement with Bob McKiness Excavating & Grading, Inc. for the City’s acquisition of additional real property, which is also proposed to be part of the Leased Property. Following the acquisition of the additional real property, the City proposes to lease the Leased Property to the Tenant pursuant to a proposed Site Lease Agreement for a term of approximately 25 years, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and of the PPA.
    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 Tenant. 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 lease the Leased Property and authorize said Agreement.
    Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the public may access the meeting electronically, pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.8. The electronic access instructions will be provided on the agenda for the meeting, posted no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please check the posted agenda in advance of the August 3, 2021 meeting for any updates to the manner in which the public may access the meeting.
    This notice is given by order of the City Council of the City of Mason City in the State of Iowa, as provided by Section 364.7, Code of Iowa.
    Dated this 20th day of July, 2021.
    /s/Aaron Burnett
    City Clerk, City of Mason City

    (End of Notice)

    • curious Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      So…what is the net result or what does it cost the city taxpayers?

      • IdaMae Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

        Why would you ask nitwits that question, this is a copy and paste news site. Call city hall for your answer, don’t be scared.

  35. Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Are all you QAnon derelicts and Fox-watchers confused now that the lie-spewing “news” channel now SUPPORTS geting the covid vaccine? Wow, you people are the lowest, must rub off from all Trump loving you do, hahhahaha!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 9:27 am

      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
      The RepublicQns forget about this part of our Constitution. “PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE” What does that mean you Qanon morons?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 10:52 pm

      Why does anyone need to be vaccinated for a disease with a 0.26% fatality rate?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 8:56 am

        Because they prefer not to be one of those who die or pass it on to someone who might die from it. It is called caring for your fellow human beings. Ever heard of it?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 21, 2021 at 7:22 pm

          But people die all the time from the flu, heart disease, cancer, and automobile accidents. Why do you accept risk in certain situations but not for coronavirus (which is far less lethal than these other things)?

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 6:24 pm

            You can’t catch the cancer bug, or the heart disease bug or the automobile accident bug nor can you transmit it. 600,000+ people in the US are dead because of the coronavirus. Car accidents cause about 35,000 each year. In 20 years, they will catch up with the covid dead.

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 8:58 pm

            Does it matter? You can transmit the flu, some types of pneumonia, herpes, and aids. We don’t shut down and demand others acquiesce to your fears over these diseases. BTW, would you rather get herpes or covid 19? We all know the answer and that says an awful lot about how ‘deadly’ covid really is. And the 600K number is misleading and you know it. Do you know the average age of a covid death is ABOVE the average life expectancy in this country?!?!? What does that tell you???? Did they REALLY die from covid? Really??

          • Anonymous

            July 23, 2021 at 7:48 am

            You don’t speak for me. I would rather contract herpes because I know I won’t die from it and it can be cured. Covid would certainly compromise my health. Also, the 600,000 figure is probably low and it is going higher every day you non-vaccinated scaredy cats are walking around spreading it. I can’t understand why you want to diminish your voters.

          • Anonymous

            July 23, 2021 at 10:07 am

            Oh dear god, this site finds the dumbest of the dumb. There is no cure for herpes, buddy. You get those for life. You’d still take painful, raw, unsightly sores for life Covid? I really doubt it.

            Think critically here: the average age of a covid death is HIGHER than the average life expectancy in this country. What does this tell you? Hint: people that die from covid are on deaths doorstep anyways.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 8:18 am

            “Most people infected with HSV don’t know they have it because they don’t have any signs or symptoms or because their signs and symptoms are so mild.”
            You probably have it you dumb shit. Ever had cold sores? A form of herpes. Yeah, there is no cure but there is medicine that controls it if it is a problem. I don’t know of any medicine that controls death.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 8:55 am

            Ok genius. I asked you if you’d rather get the herps or covid-19 (you erroneously responded that there is a cure for herps – now that you understand there is no cure, herps are for life). There is no intelligent person that would choose getting the herps over covid-19 despite the fact that herpes doesn’t kill anyone. This says an awful lot about how dangerous covid 19 really is (it’s not very dangerous at all). Man, this site finds the dumbest of the dumb.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 9:25 am

            Keep believing in your right wing bs. I choose to believe in science, not in agenda-driven conspiracy crap.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 10:36 am

            That is the most trite sentiment of 2020. Follow the science. What does that even mean?!?!? Are the jobs out there as ‘science person’? What does the job pay? Do they have degrees in ‘science’? What schools offer a degree in ‘science’? Call me stupid or agenda driven, but I get my medical advice from licensed medical professionals, not CNN, not Twitter, not Alphabet. As a licensed professional myself (in structural engineering), I know the layperson and media conglomerates have only a dangerously superficial understanding of complex issues like infectious diseases or building collapses. My Dr tells me that unless I’m a geriatric or morbidly obese, Coronavirus isn’t much to worry about.

          • Anonymous

            July 24, 2021 at 4:45 pm

            Well, there are many degrees that are science-driven. I choose the CDC and their infectious disease specialists (people who study infectious diseases). That is the science I follow. You follow the advice of your doctor and that is your right. My doctor says I need to steer clear of it because the outcome would most likely not be too good for me.
            You made a statement that I have trouble understanding. I did call you agenda-driven, but not stupid. That was you who called me stupid and a couple of other names but that is ok. I understand that because you have a degree in structural engineering you have the right to ridicule others or you think you do.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 21, 2021 at 7:48 am

      Aw, Donkey Bitch took time off from her blowjobs to shoot off her big mouth.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm

        Your life long dream is too stuff your BIG MOUTH with Trumps little wiener!

  36. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Horse face, Neanderthal marjorie Greene Taylor gets kicked out of Twitter for 12 hours for lying like her daddy fat ass orange man. NOT LONG ENOUGH!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      prove the relationship little orange boy

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 6:55 am

        Wasn’t your daddy and lord fat ass orange man kicked out of Twitter and Facebook because of lies, tRumpTARD???!!! DUMB ASS!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 21, 2021 at 7:43 am

          Government is not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem..

          • Anonymous

            July 21, 2021 at 9:11 am

            EXACTLY!!!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 21, 2021 at 7:50 am

          Look at you, a keyboard tough guy calling people names and still to chickenshit to put your name on here.

          • Anonymous

            July 21, 2021 at 9:26 am

            Where’s yours?

          • Anonymous

            July 22, 2021 at 7:12 am

            (TO) Chicken shit????? (TOO). DUMB ASS! LMFAO!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 21, 2021 at 7:44 am

      HOW CAN YOU VOTE THEM OUT WHEN THE VOTING SYSTEM IS RIGGED.

  37. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    We should ban all country music festivals.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      where would you find your sheep? Oh not county fairs
      Sorry

  38. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 11:32 am

    treasonous bastards! clint eastwood says HANG EM’ HIGH !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      I think you need to move somewhere else. You really don’t like this country because it has people who don’t see things the way you do and I’m getting worried that you’re going to do something stupid (other than reproduce). Then I’ll have to chip in to have you incarcerated and use my tax dollars to support your rear end until they let you out. I don’t want my taxes spent that way.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2021 at 4:52 pm

        More of us than there is of you. All you can do is run!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2021 at 5:30 pm

          If you can’t live peacefully among law-abiding citizens who happen to have different views than you then I do think you should find another area of the country to live. You don’t get to make up your own laws to suit YOUR needs, and you don’t get to threaten others. I highly doubt that there are “more of you” than the rest of us.

          • Benedict

            July 19, 2021 at 7:27 pm

            l would not bet on it ,,,when it comes down to it

          • Anonymous

            July 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

            I would. Decency runs deep in most Americans. That is why trump is holded up in MaraLago.

          • Anonymous

            July 20, 2021 at 8:03 am

            Anonymous July 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

            You said, “I would. Decency runs deep in most Americans. That is why trump is holded up in MaraLago.”

            That needs to be fixed to be accurate. It should read, “I would. Decency runs deep in most Americans. That is why the Democratic party leaders in gated communities, walled properties, or security buildings, and most have a security detail to boot.”

            Now it reads right.

          • Anonymous

            July 20, 2021 at 9:25 am

            Ha ha. You don’t think the RepublicQns live in gated communities and have armed guards? That is laughable.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 11:47 am

      At 91, nearly 15 years older than Pres. Biden, Clint Eastwood is senile, and said as much in an interview the other day.

  39. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 10:17 am

    What a sad state of affairs when the Federal government FAILS to protect the country and its citizens, forcing individual states to do the job!

  40. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

    California, a state where it’s legal and perfectly ok for homeless people to take a dump in the street and leave their crap anywhere is telling people to once again mask up.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 8:05 am

      California, a state where it’s legal and perfectly ok for homeless people to take a dump in the street and leave their crap anywhere, EXCEPT ON PELOSI’S DRIVEWAY. Then you’ll get arrested.

  41. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

    We are now the laughingstock of the world.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

      We WERE, from 2016 to 2020, but we’re not anymore

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm

        Now the rest of the world tells the pedophile (Hand Puppet Joe) to shut up because the grownups are talking.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 24, 2021 at 12:52 pm

          Trump is the pedophile. It’s not a secret that he molested Ivanka, practically did it in front of reporters. There were pictures of him fondling her inappropriately in People magazine as far back as the 80s.

  42. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Mike Lindell, Qanon’s spokesperson, says trump will be “re-instated” as President in August by a 9-0 vote of the Supreme Court.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2021 at 9:34 am

      He’ll always be a crackhead.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2021 at 10:05 am

        Yeh, he’s just a millionaire. What are you other than a bigmouth?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2021 at 5:31 pm

          I guess that makes you a broke nobody with a big mouth.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 24, 2021 at 12:56 pm

          He’s not a millionaire any more than Trump is a billionaire. They’re in debt up to their eyeballs, and their net worth is near zero. When the banks get tired of their BS and foreclose, they’ll be gone like the low-rent con men they are.

  43. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    “At Least Three Texas Democrats Who Fled State Without Masks Test Positive for COVID.”

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2021 at 10:07 am

      I hope they get really, really sick and pass it on to the rest of the fools. Thin out the herd.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2021 at 10:08 am

        They all need to be charged with treason!!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2021 at 10:09 am

          I WANT PEOPLE TO START GETTING HANDCUFFED!

          • Anonymous

            July 21, 2021 at 8:57 am

            I WANT PEOPLE TO START GETTING VACCINATED!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2021 at 10:13 am

      The press’s total incompetence is costing us dearly.

  44. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    It’s so hard to believe that in this country of over 300 plus million Americans, a number of probably less than a few hundred could try and destroy it! They need to be held accountable and never allowed to hold office again!

  45. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

  46. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    The lockdowns were only a test, the best is yet to come!

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Do you predict a stock market crash?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

        Wait for the hyper-inflation to kick in. Like under Carter. The gas lines, unemployment through the roof.
        A Mar, Com, Soc, no, Democrats dream. Everybody with little money, only what they get from the government. No job.
        People will vote for the Communists to keep getting that little bit of money for “free”.

  47. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Get the government out of my personal life.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      Nobody wants to be in your life, personal or any other way

  48. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I didn’t do anything different during the covid pandemic and I’m not going to do anything different with these climate bulshit lockdowns.

  49. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    If they want to have lockdowns let’s start with private planes.

  50. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Joe Biden wants to get rid of gasoline cars. Who in the hell has 45 or 50 thousand dollars to buy one of Biden’s preferred electric vehicles.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      President Biden personally owns a 1967 Corvette Roadster.

  51. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Government—they will revolt against us using weapons.
    Citizens— Armed and ready to defend the constitution.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 18, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Good afternoon, Comrade bot. How is the weather today in Moscow? Your 10 day forecast looks about like ours. Your handler should be out enjoying the weather not sitting in front of a computer. Oh, but the troubles of being a propagandist, right?

  52. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Ida – don’t forget to wear you woke face mask – you might run into the Lone Ranger – PS – Planski says you can save money also because you don’t have to brush your teeth. You socialists are so woke !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Psaki is the face of a true communist her corrupt issues run far and they run wide both in word and in deed Did someone say Stalin was her father and Pelosi was her mother evil knows the way CTR .

  53. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Considering the free refreshments, how many of nit’s derelicts attended the celebration of life for Dr. Blodgett. Asking for a friend.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Show list of friends

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

      I’m sure that Markwart was there. The refreshments were free & he’s the biggest mooch in Mason City.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Every person in the room is a daily NIT reader.

  54. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Ida Mae – hit all the bars – tell them you voted for the commie ambassador biden. You won’t have to buy a drink all nite. HONEST !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      More idiotic decisions by the crazy Biden administration. They haven’t a clue! They are destroying our great country!

  55. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Anyone else sick of seeing Gary Blodgett every time you go to any page on this site?

  56. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Who is the cheap ass bastard that owns this site?
    It is slower than molasses running uphill in January.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 6:59 am

      That would be little Mattie Markwart.
      Mason City’s resident loser & douchebag.

  57. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I plan on hitting the bars tonight. Any suggestions for a fun time?

  58. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Governor Reynolds says that the covid vaccine causes communism. Could she be right?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Partially right, it’s being pushed by communists!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      I pray all hell hits the fan and they are all out of office by august-September for stealing an election.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 17, 2021 at 3:48 pm

        Bidens sucking good air. He needs to stop.

  59. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Ida Mae – had your sorry azz kicked yet today ! bet you don’t call anyone a coward to their face wearing a red hat . Oh yea – mumbling under your mask makes you POWERFUL .

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      And hiding behind a keyboard makes you tough, doesn’t it tough guy.

  60. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Hey guys, hold onto your ass. Mason city raised water rates. Last two months Mt Bill was $42.00, just got the new bill for this month, $81.00, almost double. WOW

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 16, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Jiggle the handle.

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 16, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      In Pocatello the bill is $90 a month.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

        You’re full of shit, (of course everybody knows that). Considering the water rate in Pocatello, you would have to use 32000 gallons of water to get a bill like that.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 18, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Stop watering your grass!

  61. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Excerpts from Iowa Board of Parole monthly meeting, June 3rd.

    Vice Chair Update
    Vice Chair Boettger stated that he appreciates all of the hard work everyone is doing.
    Incarceration numbers are going up again, so we need to continue to lean toward releasing
    offenders if we feel they are not a threat to the community. Everyone is doing a good job.

    Board Decisions Report Ms. Jay presented the Board Decisions Reports for May. Ms. Jay stated that the Board reviewed 755 cases for the month; 245 were paroled, 62 to work release, 26 to special
    sentences and 442 were denied. She also stated that the Board agreed 76% of the time with the Department of Corrections (DOC) recommendations to grant parole and 47% of the time with the DOC recommendations to grant work release.

    One of those granted parole was Mason City’s Ruthann Veal, who at the time of her imprisonment, was the youngest person ever moved to an adult court in Iowa. She was convicted of first degree murder in 1995.

    P

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 7:32 pm

      Hope she learned something…good

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 16, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      she must be a RepublicQn because none of the usual suspects has shown up to scream about liberal judges.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 17, 2021 at 2:21 pm

        We have had republicans in power the last 10 years. The vast majority of judges have been appointed by them and the same goes for the parole board. Most of them are conservative so criticizing them means criticizing the right wing so naturally we don’t complain.

  62. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    “Biden Implies Trump Supporters Are Worse Than Confederate Soldiers.”

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Good thing they’re all cowards or we’d have a problem!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 16, 2021 at 7:08 am

        At least he didn’t call them losers like your daddy FAT FU#! ORANGE MAN called Vets that were captured by the enemy.

        • Bill Reply Report comment

          July 16, 2021 at 8:14 am

          is that a deplorable?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 17, 2021 at 11:04 pm

          To use Killary Clinton’s line about Benghazi,“What difference at this point does it make?”

          • Anonymous

            July 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

            Our politicians are KILLING THIS COUNTRY. OUT WITH ALL OF THEM!

          • Anonymous

            July 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

            Both sides call each other liars, and they are both correct.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      The military better take control of this debacle in DC…..it’s only going to get worse…..

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 18, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      We need to vote these dinosaurs out of office.

  63. Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Trump’s Russian pee tape is not a peep tape it’s a snuff tape prove me wrong

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      Don’t know what you are talking about, can you be more specific?

      • Bill wanna be Reply Report comment

        July 15, 2021 at 7:29 pm

        Film at 11:00 with Donkey Girl,,,,probably not what you expected

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Biden needs to go back to Delaware where his basement is and hide out there for the rest of his term.

  64. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Spammers have nothing factual to share, but they sure think what they have to say is important enough to themselves so they shove down everyone elses’ throats.

  65. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Should we thank the city for public notices.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      That would be copy and paste, public notices.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 15, 2021 at 7:26 pm

        At least you can be informed…kinda like copy and paste CNN,MSNBC and all the rest

      • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

        July 16, 2021 at 10:38 am

        City Hall emails the notices to The Glob and NIT. You want to come over and re-type, or can I use technology to post it in seconds? You think the Glob types anything? Get a clue.

  66. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 10:08 am

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
    CITY OF MASON CITY, IOWA

    The City of Mason City will be holding two sequential public hearings at 7:00 p.m. on August 3, 2021, at the MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 225 2nd St. SE, Mason City. The first hearing will focus on developing a Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment (CDHNA). Input from the public is requested in identifying needs and projects to improve the city. You can participate by attending the Council Meeting at the Mason City Public Library, or virtually via Zoom (meeting agenda, available on the city’s website at least 24 hours prior to the meeting) or phone in comments prior to 9:00 a.m. on the day of the Council Meeting at 641-421-3600, or complete a written comment form available at City Hall, 10 1st St. NW, Mason City, IA 50401. The second hearing will focus on input regarding the submission of a CDBG Upper Story Rental Housing Conversion Program Grant application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for the development of residential apartments in an upper story of a downtown building located at 13/15 S Federal Ave., Mason City. The grant application is expected to be submitted by August 11, 2021 to the IEDA.

    No persons or businesses will be permanently displaced as a result of the project. The Mayor and City Council urge all interested parties to attend. Everyone will be invited to provide input. A representative from the North Iowa Area Council of Governments (NIACOG) will be available to respond to questions regarding the CDHNA and grant application. Please contact the City at (641) 421-3600 if you require special accommodations in order to attend the public hearing, such as handicapped accessibility or translation services. For further information, please contact the NIACOG office at 641-423-0491, ext. 211.

  67. Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Hillary was right about EVERYTHING

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Donkey Bitch is still shooting off her mouth.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Especially about Bill being a faithful husband

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 18, 2021 at 8:21 am

        Fat Ass Orange Man is a faithful busband????? LMFAO!!!!

  68. Observer Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Pretending to be a Christian? Not sure I can be a morally superior person nor can be considered a follower of Christ, because I have sinned.

    That said, killing innocent people is believed to be wrong. Most belief systems, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, or Judaism believe the same as those who follow Christian teachings.

  69. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Spammers have nothing factual to share, but they sure think what they have to say is important enough to shove down everyone elses’ throats.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      Sounds like the Dems, Libs and The Media

  70. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    IT IS TIME TO CHANGE FROM A BANANA REPUBLIC TO A LAW AND ORDER AMERICA!

  71. retard Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I wonder if they will let Michael Avenatti out of prison for the democratic wing ding this summer. He is the shining star of the party!

  72. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Taxes going up, did you see how many school employees make over $80,000 a year. A little overpaid, a new teacher makes around $50,000 a year to do the exact same job. Just because a teacher has their masters doesn’t automatically make them a better teacher.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      You are not very smart. How many exactly are making over 480,000? Do you know if they coach, sponsor activities, or do extra work?

  73. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Building up for lease? Does that mean no more nit?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2021 at 4:40 pm

      Say that it isn’t so!!
      No more NIT…oh no!
      What will NI’s resident loser & biggest douchebag Mattie Markwart do?
      No more shitpit of a website created by a loser, hypocrite & taxpayer mooch.

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Are you saying that the NIT World Headquarters building is up for lease? I’m thinking that if he got free money from the city, one of the stipulations is that he has to stay there for 7 years or pay it back. So what’s going on, inquiring nit readers want to know. Maybe some of nit’s sidewalk lawyers can explain.

      • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

        July 16, 2021 at 10:45 am

        The building has been leased for the last year already (nice $, btw) now it’s time to upgrade… you can have a tour, only $10 fee to come inside for 5 minutes… we know you can’t afford the rent 😉

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      July 16, 2021 at 10:48 am

      NIT World Headquarters is merely a building, an investment some might say. This worldwide news organization is much, much more than a mere headquarters … no operational changes are expected. Just more outstanding news and entertainment for our many thousands of daily readers.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 16, 2021 at 4:02 pm

        Is there a screen shot to prove how many thousands of readers each day?

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 16, 2021 at 4:48 pm

          As usual, little Mattie Markwart is blowing smoke out of his pathetic ass.
          He’s a life-time loser, a beggar, a blowhard, a hypocrite and basically just a douchebag.
          He’s the laughing stock of Mason City, pretty much a waste of skin.

          • Anonymous

            July 17, 2021 at 3:54 pm

            At least he wasn’t married to a Tawney!

  74. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 10:31 am

    TENTATIVE AGENDA
    NIACC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    July 15, 2021 Meeting

    5:30 p.m. – Dinner/Workshop – NIACC Campus, Activity Center, Room 128A, 500 College Drive,
    Mason City, Iowa
    Workshop Agenda: Institutional Advancement Monitoring Report
    Strategic Plan Review
    7:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting – NIACC Campus, Administration Building, Room 100

    1.0 Preliminary/Information Items
    A. Call to Order and Declaration of Quorum
    B. Additions to the Agenda and Adoption of the Agenda

    2.0 Board Items
    A. IACCT Update
    B. Preliminary 2021 – 2022 Board Meeting Schedule
    C. Board Member Forum
    D. Agenda Items for August Board Meeting

    3.0 Consent Agenda
    A. Approval of Minutes – Board Workshop and Meeting: June 17, 2021
    Board Meeting: May 18, 2021 (corrected minutes)
    B. Financial Report and Actions
    I. Bills for the Month of June 2021 and Budget Statements through June 30, 2021
    II. Fourth Quarter Investment Report
    C. Personnel Items
    I. Retirements, Resignations, Terminations | Authorizations | Appointments | Other
    D. Action Items
    I. FY21-22 Contract for Educational Services for Concurrent Enrollment Career Link Programs & Courses
    Central Springs Community School District
    Charles City Community School District
    Clear Lake Community School District
    Forest City Community School District
    Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District
    Hampton-Dumont Community School District
    Lake Mills Community School District
    Mason City Community School District
    North Iowa Community School District
    Osage Community School District
    Pella-Christian Community School District
    Riceville Community School District
    St. Ansgar Community School District
    West Fork Community School District
    West Hancock Community School District
    II. FY21-22 Contract for Educational Services for Provision of an Entrepreneurship Academy
    Forest City Community School District
    West Hancock Community School District
    III. FY21-22 Contract for Educational Services for Provision of an Industrial Technology Academy Program
    a. Hampton-Dumont Community School District
    b. West Fork Community School District

    4.0 Action Items
    A. Resolution Approving Assignment and Assumption Agreement of an Iowa Industrial New Jobs
    Training Project of Sukup Manufacturing Co. and R&T Grain Enterprises, Inc. (f/k/a Global
    Fabrication, Inc. and Global Ag, Inc.)
    B. FY21-22 Working Budget
    C. Request for Approval of FY22 Equipment
    D. Resolution Directing the Sale of Dorm Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021A
    E. Resolution Appointing Trustee, Approving the Second Supplemental Indenture and Authorizing the
    Execution of the Same
    F. Approval of Tax Exemption Certificate
    G. Approval of Continuing Disclosure Certificate – Dorm Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021A
    and Series 2021B
    H. Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Dorm Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021A
    I. Resolution Directing the Sale of Dorm Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021B
    J. Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Dorm Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2021B
    K. Approval of Release of Mortgage
    L. Approval of New Mortgage
    M. Resolution Instituting Proceedings to take Additional Action for the Issuance Not to Exceed
    $2,300,000 in Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates, Series 2021-1
    N. Resolution Directing the Sale and Delivery of the Issuance Not to Exceed $2,300,000 in Industrial New
    Jobs Training Certificates, Series 2021-1
    O. Resolution Authorizing Issuance Not to Exceed $2,300,000 Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates,
    Series 2021-1, and Providing for the Securing of such Certificates for the Purpose of Carrying out an
    Industrial New Jobs Training Program Project Designated as 2021-1 Multiple Project
    P. Approval of Continuing Disclosure Certificate – Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates,
    Series 2021-1
    Q. Approval of Architect for NIACC Dining Facility Project
    R. Board Policy Manual – First Reading

    5.0 Additions to the Agenda

    6.0 President’s Report

    7.0 Adjournment

  75. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 10:26 am

    NOTICE TO BIDDERS AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PLANS, SPECIFICATIONS, FORM OF CONTRACT, AND ESTIMATE OF COST FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RIVER CITY RENAISSANCE UTILITIES PROJECT, IN AND FOR THE CITY OF MASON CITY, IOWA, AND THE TAKING OF BIDS FOR SAID IMPROVEMENTS

    Sealed proposals, subject to the conditions contained herein, will be received by the City Clerk of the City of Mason City, Iowa, at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall, 10 First Street NW, Mason City, Iowa, before 2:00 o’clock p.m. according to the clock in the City Council chambers on the 5th day of August, 2021 for:

    Construction of “River City Renaissance Utilities Project”, as hereinafter described in general and as described in detail in the plans and specifications now on file in the office of the City Clerk, Mason City, Iowa.

    Bids received after the deadline for submission of bids as stated herein shall not be considered and shall be returned to the late bidder unopened.

    Proposals received will be opened, read aloud, tabulated, and referred to the City Council for consideration at a meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. on the 17th day of August, 2021 in the Mason City Room, Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd Street SE, Mason City, Iowa. Bids will be acted upon at such time or at such later time as may then be fixed. Prior thereto, at said time specified above, a hearing will be held on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for said Improvements, and at said hearing any interested person may appear and file objections thereto.

    The extent of the work involved is the furnishing of labor and new materials for the construction of storm sewer and water main including, but not limited to the following:

    River City Renaissance Utilities Project

    The Project includes all labor, materials, and equipment necessary for constructing storm sewer and water main improvements, including pavement removal, parking lot island restoration with concrete curb and gutter, and granular surfacing.

    The Proposal shall be made out on the form furnished by the City of Mason City and obtained from WHKS & Co., Engineers, Planners, and Surveyors, and must be accompanied in a sealed envelope by either: (1) a certified check, or a cashier’s check drawn on an Iowa bank, or a bank chartered under the laws of the United States, in an amount of 10% of bid amount; or (2) a certified share draft drawn on a credit union in Iowa or chartered under the laws of the United States, in an amount of 10% of bid amount; or (3) a bid bond executed by a corporation authorized to contract as a surety in the State of Iowa, in the penal sum of 10% of bid amount.

    The bid security shall be made payable to the City Clerk of the City of Mason City, Iowa.

    The bid security must not contain any conditions either in body or as an endorsement thereon. The bid security shall be forfeited to the City as liquidated damages in the event the successful bidder fails or refuses to enter into contract within ten (10) days after the award of contract and post bond satisfactory to the City insuring the faithful fulfillment of the contract and the maintenance of said work, if required, pursuant to the provisions of this notice and the other contract documents. The City will accept bid bond forms that meet the requirements of Iowa Code section 26.8.

    Sales Tax Exemption. Contractors and subcontractors shall not include sales tax for material purchases. At the time of the contract acceptance by the City Council, the prime contractor and all subcontractors will be issued a certificate of exemption.

    Bidders shall not be permitted to withdraw their bids for a period of forty-five (45) days after the same are opened.

    The City of Mason City, in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d to 2000d-4) and the Regulations, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full and fair opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin in consideration for the award.

    Prospective bidders’ or contractor’s attention is specifically called to the Mason City Human Rights Commission Specifications which mandates that female and minority business enterprises shall be afforded the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of this project. Prospective bidders’ or contractor’s attention is also directed to the fact that the Mason City Human Rights Commission will notify firms designated as Minority, Women, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, of this project and determine if they are interested in participating as subcontractors for this project. Prospective bidders or contractors shall then be notified by the Commission of those interested parties.

    The established DBE goal for this project is 0% of the total amount bid.

    By virtue of statutory authority, a preference will be given to products and provisions grown and produced within the State of Iowa.

    In accordance with Iowa statutes, a resident bidder shall be allowed a preference as against a nonresident bidder from a state or foreign country if that state or foreign country gives or requires any preference to bidders from that state or foreign country, including but not limited to any preference to bidders, the imposition of any type of labor force preference, or any other form of preferential treatment to bidders or laborers from that state or foreign country. The preference shall be equal to the preference given or required by the state or foreign country in which the nonresident bidder is a resident. In the instance of a resident labor force preference, a nonresident bidder shall apply the same resident labor force preference to a public improvement in this state as would be required in the construction of a public improvement by the state or foreign country in which the nonresident bidder is a resident.

    Bidders will be required to complete a Bidder Status Form from the Iowa Department of Labor regarding the Contractor’s resident status within the State of Iowa. Failure to submit a fully completed Bidder Status Form with the bid may result in the bid being deemed nonresponsive and rejected.

    The Contractor shall commence work after the Notice to Proceed is issued and work shall be completed on or before November 19, 2021.

    Payment to the Contractor for said Project will be made in cash derived from the proceeds of the issuance of bonds as may be legally used for such purposes, governmental grants and/or from cash on hand. Any combination of the above methods of payment may be used at the discretion of the City.

    The Contractor will be paid each month ninetyfive (95) percent of the Engineer’s estimate of the value of acceptable work completed at the end of the preceding month. Final payment will be made in accordance with Iowa Code chapters 26 and 573, as amended. No partial or final payment will be due until the Contractor has certified to the City that the materials, labor and services involved in each estimate have been paid for in accordance with the requirements stated in the specifications.

    The successful bidder will be required to furnish a bond in an amount equal to one hundred (100) percent of the contract price, said bond to be issued by a responsible surety approved by the City and which shall guarantee a faithful performance of the Contract and the terms and conditions therein contained and shall guarantee the prompt payment of all materials and labor and protect and save harmless the City from claims and damages of any kind caused by the operations of the Contractor and shall also guarantee the maintenance of the improvements constructed for a period of two (2) years after completion and acceptance by the City.

    Plans and specifications governing the construction of the proposed improvements have been prepared by WHKS & Co., Engineers, Planners, and Surveyors, which plans and specifications and the proceedings of the City referring to and defining said proposed improvements are hereby made a part of the Notice by reference, and the proposed contract shall be executed in compliance therewith. Copies of said plans and specifications are now on file with the City Clerk and at the offices of WHKS & Co., and may be examined by the bidders.

    Plans and specifications are available to download free of charge at http://www.questcdn.com. Plans and specifications for private use may also be obtained from WHKS & Co., Engineers, Planners, and Surveyors, 1412 6th Street SW, Mason City, IA 50402-1467, for a refundable deposit of $50.00. If the plans and specifications are not returned to WHKS & Co. within fourteen (14) days after the award of the project and in reusable condition, the deposit shall be forfeited.

    The City does hereby reserve the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, and to enter into such contract, or contracts, as it shall deem to be in the best interest of the City.

    Published upon order of the City Council of the City of Mason City, Iowa.

    CITY OF Mason City, IOWA
    Attest:/s/Aaron Burnett
    City Clerk

  76. NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 10:26 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 LEASE CERTAIN CITY-OWNED REAL PROPERTY TO BLUE SKY SOLAR CO MASON CITY LLC PURSUANT TO A PROPOSED SITE LEASE, 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 August 3, 2021, at 7:00 P.M., at which meeting the Council proposes to take action on the proposal to lease certain real property (the “Leased Property”) to Blue Sky Solar Co Mason City LLC (the “Tenant”), which Leased Property is legally described as follows:
    Parcel 1 (Parcel ID No. 070317601200):

    Lot 1, Block 1, of Decker’s Addition to the City of Mason City, Iowa, as shown on Plat of Survey dated May 3, 1979, prepared by Francis E. Holland, EXCEPT a parcel of land designated as Parcel “A”, located in part of Block 1, Decker’s Addition, Mason City, Iowa, described as: Commencing at the Southeast corner of Block 1, Decker’s Addition; thence on an assumed bearing North 18 degrees 58 minutes 22 seconds West 354.54 feet along the East line of said Block 1 to the point of beginning; thence North 89 degrees 34 minutes 58 seconds East 138.22 feet to the East line of said Block 1; thence North 07 degrees 17 minutes 46 seconds West 61.00 feet along said East line; thence North 86 degrees 10 minutes 24 seconds West 107.73 feet; thence South 50 degrees 58 minutes 04 seconds West 46.91 feet; thence South 18 degrees 58 minutes 22 seconds East 41.41 feet to the point of beginning.

    AND

    Parcel 2 (Parcel ID No. 070318000100):

    Lot One (1) in the Subdivision of the Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section Three (3), Township Ninety-six (96) North, Range Twenty (20) West of the 5th P.M., according to the Auditor’s Plat dated April 21, 1875 and recorded in Plat Book One (1), on Page Seventeen (17).

    AND

    That portion of vacated Thirteenth Street Northeast lying North of Lots One (1), Twenty-five (25) and Twenty-three (23) in the Subdivision of the Northwest Quarter (NW1/4) of Section Three (3), Township Ninety-six (96) North, Range Twenty (20) West of the 5th P.M., according to the Auditor’s Plat dated April 21, 1875 and recorded in Plat Book One (1), on Page Seventeen (17).
    The City and Tenant previously entered into a Second Amended and Restated Solar Power Purchase Agreement dated June 3, 2021 (the “PPA”), in connection with the installation, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic solar electric system on certain City-owned real property, which is part of the Leased Property. The City has approved a purchase agreement with Bob McKiness Excavating & Grading, Inc. for the City’s acquisition of additional real property, which is also proposed to be part of the Leased Property. Following the acquisition of the additional real property, the City proposes to lease the Leased Property to the Tenant pursuant to a proposed Site Lease Agreement for a term of approximately 25 years, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and of the PPA.

    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 Tenant. 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 lease the Leased Property and authorize said Agreement.

    Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, the public may access the meeting electronically, pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.8. The electronic access instructions will be provided on the agenda for the meeting, posted no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting. Please check the posted agenda in advance of the August 3, 2021 meeting for any updates to the manner in which the public may access the meeting.

    This notice is given by order of the City Council of the City of Mason City in the State of Iowa, as provided by Section 364.7, Code of Iowa.

    Dated this 20th day of July, 2021.

    /s/Aaron Burnett
    City Clerk, City of Mason City of Mason City
    In the State of Iowa

    • curious Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      What are the addresses involved? l do not know how to look up the legal descriptions

  77. Observer Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I find it appalling that anyone would say people crossing the border should be shot. It is reckless and immoral.

    I am not going to deny that entering the country illegally is a major problem. Many who do so are trying to escape the destitute and dangerous situations of where they come from. People in that situation far out number those with criminal intent.

    For over two centuries, our country has become a beacon of hope for those who seek refuge from violence and destitution. Of course how we handle this current surge of immigrants is open to civilized debate.

    We expect summary executions in places like North Korea, but it is uncharacteristic of the values we hold in the United States.

    • poncho Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2021 at 6:48 am

      No entiendo, porque soy estúpido

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 14, 2021 at 9:34 am

        If you can’t understand what Observer is saying, you are stupid.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 14, 2021 at 10:29 am

          As usual Observer is full of crap. They are CRIMINALS who are making a choice to invade our country. That is a reason to shoot if necessary. If that was to happen they would stop coming real fast. People like Observer are the reason we are in this messs.

          • Observer

            July 14, 2021 at 12:39 pm

            “As usual Observer is full of xxxx. They are CRIMINALS who are making a choice to invade our country. That is a reason to shoot if necessary. If that was to happen they would stop coming real fast. People like Observer are the reason we are in this messs” (sic)

            And speaking of criminals, murder and executions are illegal in a civilized society.

            People like Observer, in truth, do not take the law into their own hands, and take the lives of others in order to assuage their own over-inflated ego.

            Or is “thou shalt not kill” only a suggestion to you?

          • Anonymous

            July 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm

            Are you pretending to be a Cristian again????

          • IdaMae

            July 14, 2021 at 8:46 pm

            AT: “Are you pretending to be a Cristian again????”

            Only when it fits his agenda!!!

          • Anonymous

            July 16, 2021 at 6:56 pm

            Well, we know neither of you two are Christians but I suppose bots don’t have a religion.

  78. retread Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    @ anonymous @ 5:08 pm You are a pr**k!

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 13, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      From the little I’ve seen, Anonymous is correct.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2021 at 5:31 am

      Perhaps he is a prick.
      But that does not change the fact that you are indeed a retard & a dumbass.

  79. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I’m predicting that Trump ends up doing 20 months for his various crimes. He will also file personal bankruptcy.

  80. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    If you take away guns from citizens, the only ones with guns are criminals that progressive DA’s refuse to hold accountable or put in jail.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 13, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      18 straight, bot. Slow morning? Do you realize that many criminals are citizens?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2021 at 2:51 pm

        And a lot of them hold public office. What’s wrong with his posts, don’t you like reading the truth. It’s not as if what he is saying isn’t true, it’s happening everyday, you just refuse to see it.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

          I don’t refuse to see the truth. The bot posts without providing facts. All it posts are perceptions of what is going on in the country and most of those perceptions are lacking depth. It also copies and pastes from extremely right-wing sites whose agendas are clearly not in line with mainstream America. Biden is doing the best he can despite people like McConnell who refuses to allow bills to be debated because they are Republican driven ideas. Fear is the #1 component of most of the bot’s posts which follows along nicely with the extremists on the right. Finally, I don’t disagree that there are many crooks holding public office but it is hypocritical to say they are all Democrats especially after the past 4 years.

          • Anonymous

            July 13, 2021 at 7:50 pm

            another page from the lib/dem playbook

  81. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Democrats have lost all common sense. It’s as if progressives have declared war on common sense, and America is losing because of it.

  82. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 9:59 am

    The rich can afford electric cars and the resulting higher costs for gas, but the poor and middle class are seeing their energy prices going through the roof.

  83. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Not a citizen NO VOTE!

  84. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 8:15 am

    IDA MAE has seen the LIGHT ! Meanwhile South Africa is going bonkers – not much coverage but whole towns looted – raping white babies -killing all white farmers – wheres AOC when you need her -citizens with shotguns holding them off – number 2s and rifled slugs hurt like hell.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 13, 2021 at 8:41 am

      Report the whole story you moron. I haven’t seen anything about killing white farmers or raping white babies. You are pushing the fear that the right depends on to win elections.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2021 at 7:45 pm

        took a page out of the dem playbook did he

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 14, 2021 at 9:39 am

          You wouldn’t know a playbook if someone slapped you in the face with it.

  85. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 13, 2021 at 6:06 am

    Covid Kim said that the state of Iowa or (US) will pay for troopers sent to border. What do you idiots that support her think now??? Another republiCON doing what is best for the state of Iowa.

    • IdaMae Reply Report comment

      July 13, 2021 at 7:20 am

      I think that she’s doing what’s right, It’s obvious that your government isn’t going to stop the flow of illegals coming into this country.

      • just what I have to say Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2021 at 8:59 am

        You and I don’t often agree, but this time we do. If the “ELECTED” officials (Clowns in DC) would do their job. The state governments wouldn’t have to.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2021 at 5:25 pm

        Considering how many illegal aliens make their way here. Considering Mollie tibbets murderer. Ya she made the right call and as an Iowans I have zero problem with less troopers here in our state and out preventing actual crime perpetrated by illegal aliens. Fvck illegal immigrants. They should be shot at the border.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 14, 2021 at 9:41 am

          You are a moron and certainly not a patriot. We don’t shoot people just because we don’t like them.

          • Anonymous

            July 14, 2021 at 10:26 am

            Yes we do.

      • IdaMae Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2021 at 5:35 pm

        It’s a fake IdaMae. I’m a woke communist who has visited Cuba.

  86. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 12, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    The vaccine is safe and effective and doesn’t cause blood clots nor will kill you. Pfizer has our best interest at heart. (opposite day btw)

  87. IdaMae Reply Report comment

    July 12, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Idaho has a lot more militia interest than Iowa.