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Nora Springs struggles to cope with juice bar


This news story was published on March 4, 2016.
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Resident flocked to the town council meeting on March 3, 2016

Residents flocked to the town council meeting on March 3, 2016

NORA SPRINGS, IOWA – A juice bar has roared to life in the sleepy little town of Nora Springs, and Thursday night, officials and residents there tried to find answers on how to oust the joint and its owner from their community.

The town council passed on a unanimous vote new zoning regulations aimed at adult businesses. The town’s zoning board approved those rules earlier this month. There was much passionate discussion on the business the rules seem to be aimed at – “The Pole Barn”. Citizens were allowed to ask questions during a public discussion with mayor George Andersen, the town council and the town’s attorney Todd Prichard (who is also a state legislator). There was substantial confusion as to how the town would proceed on ridding the business from the community. The consensus in the room was that no one there wants The Pole Barn to be able to operate.

At the same time, however, the town council was adamant that the owner of the juice bar, Dale Peterson of Minnesota, also has rights protected under the Constitution.

Town council tries to answer questions from citizens

Town council tries to answer questions from citizens

“They have rights to set up a business in accordance with the laws that are on the books,” said council member Brian Hanft, who has served for 5 years on the board.

Another councilman agreed, saying “you can’t just carte blanche tell a person he can’t have a business here.  You have to go through the motions and get everything right.  This ordinance is in no way designed to single out any single business, alright?  You’ve got to understand that.  Everyone has Constitutional rights.  You can’t just trample them.”

The council and their attorney Mr. Prichard could not promise anxious citizens when – or if – The Pole Barn would be put out of business.  Citizens offered a plethora of possible means that the city could take to shut down Dale Peterson – who several citizens named as a sex offender.  Some want building inspectors to go into his building – which he is leasing with an option to buy from a man named Kevin Wedeking of Charles City, who is a wrestling coach and industrial technology teacher there.  Others want a noise ordinance or nuisance ordinance applied.  The town’s code seems fairly weak on both, and has been ill-equipped to deal with the adult business issue until now.

Residents of Nora Springs voice their concerns

Residents of Nora Springs voice their concerns

As the meeting opened up at 7 PM, The Pole Barn was humming with life – right across the street. A soft yellow glow from a single light bulb illuminated the plastic red sign adorned with shapely women on it, tied to the front of 14 North Hawkeye Avenue above the front door. A pack of men in black hoodies and blue jeans emerged from around a corner, walking quickly past the fire station straight to the front door of The Pole Barn and went inside.

After the meeting, Dale Peterson could only shrug.

“Well, I guess they aim to shut me down,” Mr. Peterson told NIT in a brief 5-minute interview conducted inside his front door, about 10 feet from the bar.  A dance pole has been installed there, and about 10 men sat around the bar/dance runway.  They stared longingly as a nude woman – clad only in fishnet stockings – strode toward them.  She danced  provocatively to rock n roll music and left absolutely nothing to the imagination as she grabbed the pole and spun around with her ankles as far apart as possible.  Several other women – apparently “entertainers” – were also present in various stages of undress.  They laughed and used their index fingers to tickle the chins of some of the gentlemen in the establishment.

“I ain’t breaking no law,” Mr. Peterson explained.  “People are having fun, coming to town to come here.  I just want to stay open and have a good business.”

He is making improvements to the building and hopes to open a “VIP” area.  He also hired a new bouncer, Aron Bierl, a former Cerro Gordo county jailer.  Bierl was present Thursday night.

March 3, 2016, Nora Springs, Iowa town council meeting

Posted by NorthIowaToday.com on Friday, March 4, 2016

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22 Responses to Nora Springs struggles to cope with juice bar

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    Polio Loco Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Well, if he’s a sex offender and everyone is up in arms about it, where are the people holding signs in front of the local Ice Cream Shoppe on North Federal? Remember the YMCA “episodes” and the games of “Mumbly Peg” and “Jumping Jacks??” He’s a sex offender too and is now hiring!! It seems only fair.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Great point… The person who mentioned it being a fire hazard…. Maybe he should be put through a thorough inspection even for a theatre there are inspections

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Does the establishment have handicapped bathrooms on the premise? Probably not…is it a FIRE HAZARD??…. Maybe.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Darn, he is pulling in some big dollars. Talked to some people and the place was just packed last night. He is getting done good young talent to dance

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    Rockford Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    your to late if you want to be a investor with Mr. Pederson. He already has a partner in this…. Mr. Kevin Wedeking , the industrial arts teacher in Charles City !!!!!!!

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    Prestin Waldschmitt Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    The Pole Barn is da bomb.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Will do. Thanks

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    How do you get ahold of Dale Peterson? I wonder if he is interested in taking on any investors?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I heard he opened a Juice-bar in Nora Springs recently. You might try to find him at The Pole Barn.

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      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      NIT published his business card in a previous story. Search “Pole Barn” or “juice bar” and it will show up.

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    Randy Potsnpans Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    It is funny to see all these folks all worked up.

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    YoMamma Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Dale Peterson will only be in town for couple more weeks then the trash can move on !! Pole Barn Theater will b short lived!!!!

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      Polio Loco Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2016 at 12:45 am

      Ha! He’s grandfathered in… Your flimsy law will mean nothing to him!

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        WaitnSee Reply Report comment

        March 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm

        Lol. Time will tell check his record!! Hes good at being shutdown & noone has said he was grandfathered in. Its a process since hes already open doesnt mean anthing. We will see

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you NorthIowatoday for making me famous! BTW the bowling alley burnt down

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    Grey Diamond Head Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Trying to rid North Iowa of only place for all dance class graduates to get work . Most had 10 plus years lessons. Now is time to use all skills gained from Denny and Chris. Nice to see chance to put performing arts skills to use.

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      Sock-a-Rang Reply Report comment

      March 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Maybe Dance Unlimited and Denny’s will start offering pole dancing lessons.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Sounds like this strip club is the best thing to happen for Nora springs in years.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Main street Nora Springs is a shell of what it was in early 80’s.Nothing is there.Too bad sleepy little town can get this riled up on this subject but bring in no new store fronts filled at all.Nora Spring has,lost and lost for years.Lost Hardware stores(2of them)Huff Drive inn,Bowling alley,Kum Go.,2 Food Stores.Cafe,Coop gas Station,Numerous of Bars,Laudry,Fields gift store,White Imp.And on and on.Only thing different on main is couple of buildings burnt down.And Motel and Restaurant on west side is very under utilized.Biggest employer in probably the Nursing Home and Liberty Square. (Not sure of the name).Oh yah! wasn’t the lady that got caught stealing Victoria Secret Coupons (Many of them from the mail when worked at Mason City Post Office).Sure that is her on u-tube video@ about 8:00 in standing in door way.Nora Springs is full of glass houses.

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    sherryl Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    If you don’t like it–then don’t go into it! small town—small minds??

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      That is why people leave smalltowns in Iowa because everyone has to get into others business,most of small towns cause all this by being up tight about everything.Small town politics they always never really take to outsiders,small towns aren’t progressive they are stuck on the past.30 more years you may have a ghost town like many out west where all you have is tumble weeds going down Main or what was Main Street.You have a real good start on that development.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Mr. Peterson could form an obuma TPP port authority – basically meaning according to Merlin Bartz/worthless county supervisor wants to do at the casino area – more or less lease this property to a foreign corporation which is govened by international laws in that country and not U S laws . Socialism/communism at it’s best approved by the elected corporate owned traitors in DC. Smile and grease the pole.