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Cerro Gordo supervisors approved 7 of last 9 hog confinements

This news story was published on August 24, 2016.
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board of supervisors cerro gordoMASON CITY – Last week, the Cerro Gordo county supervisors shot down a new hog confinement, but history shows, the board almost always approves – not denies – these controversial developments.

River Edge Farms was denied by the Cerro Gordo county supervisors on August 16 a request to build a 4,992 head hog confinement and driveway near Ventura. The vote was 3-0, against the plan. For the newest supervisor, Republican Casey Callanan, this was his first test on the matter of the environment, hog confinements – that whole interconnected issue of how “big ag” supposedly pillages our water, soil and air. He sided with turning away this latest “CAFO” (acronym for animal confinement).  River Edge Farms can still get the confinement if the state overrides the recommendation from the supervisors.

Supervisor Casey Callanan

Supervisor Casey Callanan

Callahan’s record is now one-sided. Why he voted as he did is anyone’s guess. Word was, he supported the Prestage Foods slaughterhouse, but that was before the tidal wave of public backlash against big ag (Prestage) was unleashed at the end, in May.  Remember, his wife, Hunter, works for the North Iowa Corridor, which was all-in for Prestage.  Yet, oddly in contrast to his support of Prestage, public sentiment in Clear Lake (where he lives and represents those county citizens) was vastly in favor of turning the slaughterhouse away.  On August 16 when he voted “no”, was Callanan attempting to ride the crest of this anti-confinement public sentiment that seems to have washed over the area, to his political advantage?

Supervisor Jay Urdahl

Supervisor Jay Urdahl

At the same time, the word was that his fellow board members Phil Dougherty and Jay Urdahl (Democrats) opposed the Prestage slaughterhouse.  Mind you, none of the three made any public statements on where they stood on the development.  And they were purposely left out of the equation by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, the grand puppetmaster in that ugly affair.  They didn’t need to say or do anything, except privately huddle with their political cronies, and fall in line with their sentiments.

Supervisor Phil Dougherty

Supervisor Phil Dougherty

Now, Jay Urdahl (28 years in office) and Phil Dougherty (16 years in office) have longer track records when it comes to animal confinements than Mr. Callanan.  And in fairness, it should be noted that the supervisors really can only slow down or discourage a confinement by recommending denial to the Iowa DNR.  But, that can be a powerful deterrent for an ag outfit strapped for time and expense who might more-easily move on to another county for faster results – or give up altogether once it’s known they are not wanted.

Hogs lay dead at a confinement near Webster City, Iowa.

Hogs lay dead at a confinement near Webster City, Iowa.

That being said, NIT has learned that since 2002, last Tuesday’s CAFO vote was the ninth such time a confinement (under the Master Matrix state rules) has come before the Cerro Gordo board of supervisors. This time period comes after both Mr. Urdahl and Mr. Dougherty took office. Of those nine development opportunities, every one of the CAFOs passed the board except two (including last Tuesday).  When pressed for clarity on if any supervisor ever voted against a CAFO in those other eight instances before last week’s meeting, NIT was pointed to just one instance, back in 2008, when the Board held a hearing on a request for a 4,800 head confinement facility in Section 27 of Bath Township. That CAFO development failed the state’s scoring system under the Master Matrix and the board turned it down (it got built anyway… just smaller and further from a prairie area).  In other words, hog confinements normally are approved by our supervisors here in Cerro Gordo county… but not on August 16, when a large public hearing was held, complete with extensive county staff presentations, public comment time and full media coverage.

It could be that the board, prior to the August 16 meeting (and the possible anomaly when a CAFO was turned down in 2008) simply didn’t think they could stop confinements from coming to Cerro Gordo county and just rolled over and approved those developments.

Large hog confinement in Hamilton county, Iowa

Large hog confinement in Hamilton county, Iowa

Or, it could be that the board thought those confinements were fair use of those areas and made the approvals.  This would seem to contradict their actions in voting down the CAFO development on August 16.

Or, and some are whispering about this … Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Urdahl – both up for re-election again this year – seized the moment that day, knowing a large media presence would be on hand (NIT, KIMT and the Globe covered the meeting) and, for political advantage over their opponents, put on a grand show and made a spectacle of handing a defeat to River Edge Farms.  We know that both men have voted in favor of CAFOs in the past on numerous occasions.  Isn’t it fair to wonder why River Edge Farms was singled out, especially since it satisfied the Master Matrix?

The confinement issue isn’t going to go away anytime soon, and it’s safe to say that any new CAFO on the county agenda will be scrutinized much more closely than in the past.  It will be of interest to the public how the board votes in the future; do they start a new trend of turning away confinements, or go back to their old ways of approving them once the hype wears off?

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137 Responses to Cerro Gordo supervisors approved 7 of last 9 hog confinements

  1. Darcy Reply Report comment

    September 2, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    @ Peter L, were not thugs no goons neither your sooo wrong. What would you of done the cops didnt do nothing. That D boy, he flashed money around, at our kids to run dope. Them people they are not scared of MC PD, they come from places, that they learn alot of bad shit. You do not know how this went. We give thanks to the good lord his bones got broke, to bad he lived.

  2. Tommy R. Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Hey Peter you don’t know what your bitching about, I do. That D-boy, starts selling meth and heroin out of his house, this was one of them section 8’s. He lived on our street boy, if you think that was good your nuts. Druggys coming & going all hours pretty much 24/7, we seen this from the time he got here. We had kids here then, how would you like that. This went on now, for about 3 years or better. The MCPD was here like 20 times just in the last 6 months before he got what was coming to him. I am saying, they did not do nothing, this is on count of drug pushers, have to many rights. Well he got ran out of town, first tho got stomped like a little bitch. That was thanks to TB he lined up them that did what it took. That D-boy would of never left out if he did not get the fear this put in him. The lady down the street she is dead now, she told us he never even come to get the stuff from his house, one of his kind come here from Chicago drove him right back. And his legs was still in a cast, both. Broken arm to, his jaw wired up, he got it real good. This was great for the good people yes, to bad your on the D-boyz side you puke. TB is a good man your a nothing Petey potty pants. Go cry now to mama get some Greek chicken.

    • 3rd & N. Monroe Reply Report comment

      September 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Yes, that is about the size of it. Cops can only do so much, some times it takes what it takes to do whats right. Peter you shut up now.

      • Nora Springs widow Reply Report comment

        September 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm

        These comments that approve roughing up people and stomping them are tough to swallow. I think some of you need to go to church. Especially you who believe God would okay violence that puts a man in a hospital with some broken bones.

  3. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Looks like several individuals out there in Mason City land are thugs and goons. Lots of mob type threats being directed my way. You residents taking note of all this? These thugs are essentially stating that this Todd Blodgett guy is above the law and capable of getting away with serious bodily injury and lord knows what else. At this point, more than ever I’m curious to his wherabouts the day of Alex Kuhn’s death. We may have a real live monster on our hands here North Iowa.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Ok, wait a minute. I was out for a run when I read those last comments by Rodney and I interpreted them as a threat and they were, but beyond all this chest puffing, I’m starting to see a point here y’all are trying to make. This Todd Blodgett guy to you is a sort of street justice vigilante hero who deposes drug dealers by beating them to a pulp and sending them packing out of town of which of course you admire. And of course since many of you erroneously have labeled me a drug dealer because of my pro marijuana position you’re essentially grouping me in the same category with these past thugs of which Todd Blodgett successfully eradicated.

      That’s the making for some serious trouble right there based on error and ignorance.

      First of all I’m not a drug dealer. Todd Blodgett has probably touched drugs more recently than I ever have. I do however advocate for full legalization to end a costly, corrupt war on drugs which has done nothing but stigmatize citizens and deprive them of their rights, for personal ingestion purposes, not to mention increase crime.

      I’m willing to slow down on all this speculation if y’all back off on these threats. My true purpose was really to raise awareness about the death of the councilman and inquire whether all angles had been properly covered. I still find it hard to believe that someone would do that to themselves at that particular timing. It was and is highly suspicious.

      But I will say that any threats directed at me or my family will not be met with cowardice or fear but action.

      Am I scared of Todd Blodgett? No I am not. I refuse to be intimidated or bow down to any of that type of thug mentality. I mean if an individual really wants to prove themselves a cowardly murderer or thug, than I have only one thing to say to them…In the famous words of LVS “Don’t miss…cuz you won’t be getting a second chance.”

    • Born again Joyful Reply Report comment

      August 30, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Peter, how can you say such awful, awful things about a member of the Blodgett family? Dr. and Mrs. Blodgett have done so many good things for this area for more years than you have been living. We do not know their children, but Gary and Sandy are delightful people. And the one you are bad-mouthing worked in the White House for the President Reagan and he worked for the FBI. Well I looked up what you said about Dr. Blodgett and his son, about them being on some kind of hate watch list. Well neither one of them are on the hate watch list you said they are. I did see some good interviews that the SPLC did with Todd Blodgett. But they just are not on any hate watch list like you say. Why do you tell such tall tales? I think you are just probably jealous of Todd, or his family, or what-not. You owe him and his good dad an apology. When we saw what you said about Mr. Blodgett and his friend Mr. Alex Kuhn, we were almost in shock. Peter, a group of us ladies from our church will pray for you if you will take this first step and say you are sorry for these awful things you are saying. You need to remember the Book of Matthew, 19:26 – “With Him, all things are possible.” Also, the Book of Acts 3:19 – “Repent, then turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 30, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        You’re up kinda late there Sister. Praying? 2:13 am? My, it must be weighing on your mind. First things first: I’m not saying that I believe Todd Blodgett had a hand in the death of Alex Kuhn. I speculated as to whether his wherabouts were substantiated. Whether he was ruled out, or ever looked at in this highly suspicious and untimely death. Secondly, are you praying for all these anonymous subordinates or “fans” of Todd Blodgett who have written the most ominous of things directing subtle and overt invectives against me? Curious how you omit those Sister when you pray.
        Until I learn otherwise, I don’t believe Alex Kuhn killed himself. Just like I don’t believe Scott Olsen shot himself a couple years back with only Detective Ron Van Der Weerd present on Eisenhower avenue.
        There’s some spooky shit going on around Mason City.
        If this man Todd Blodgett is the choirboy you presume him to be, let him come forward and denounce these comments made against me on his behalf. The way it stands now he either relishes in the notoriety and mythology or it’s true. The responses are what concern me more than my initial speculation, and should concern you too as a Sister of the Cloth.

    • Rhonda Reply Report comment

      August 30, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Let me tell you Peter L you do not know what your talking on. The cops here, I mean Mason City they did not do nothing about that D boy the one was selling meth and crack and heron to the kids. I had two kids living at home when that devil got what he deserve we were all so happy he left out went back to his own kind, I think Chicago maybe it was Waterloo, don’t remember. Least Blodgett, he knew how to make that trash go away that is more then I can say for you. Look what all them drug’s done to your brain well we are glad to know that porch pusher got stomped so good. It was like a answer to alot of prayers.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 30, 2016 at 6:07 am

        You’re praying for the wrong things Rhonda, and I’m no crack dealer from Detroit. All your testimony is duly noted and recorded. Thanks for the information.

        Recap: A conservative mafioso who bloodies people to the delight of his bloodthirsty audience. And I asked whether it was possible he had anything to do with a mysterious, untimely death….”NO,, NO WAY MAN…TODDY BOY? NOT POSSIBLE? HE’s A TEDDY BEAR….SWEETEST GUY YOU COULD KNOW!”

        Do you people even realize how f-in stupid and conflicting you appear when you talk this guy up like you do? Could you imagine such witnesses for the defense? It’s a prosecution’s wet dream.
        Let it go. Stop threatening me. I have my own prayers, as do many others.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 30, 2016 at 6:18 am

        So I see the first wave of Blodgett’s troops have laid out his message, sung his praises and painted his cautionaries…is that it? Or is there more? That all you got? Like King Leonidss throwing those messengers of Xerses into the pit, I’ve one message back to you. THIS IS SPARTA!

        • Pee wee Reply Report comment

          August 30, 2016 at 10:31 am

          Well Petey pityful, if this is Sparta like you say to bad for you, your Greek.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm

          For just once, Peter, just shut up. No one cares what you have to say, and no one cares a thing about you. Go away!

  4. Drug free since 03 Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    @ Rodney I know who your talking about, this happen 5 maybe 6 years ago. That drug dealer he sold some crystal teener’s to a addict. That was trying real hard to not use. This was for maybe $120, 180, around there I think. It would of been ok, till the kid, he gets busted. That dealer did lose better then a week up to Mercy, he was effed up something bad. So bad yes he did leave out of Mason, do not think he has ever came back, here. Would you.

    • Denise M. Reply Report comment

      August 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      @ 03, thats old news, glad it went down to, he got what he should of. He was a slime ball, never has step foot around here since he went away, we are happy.

      • Bobby T Reply Report comment

        August 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        I remember that. We heard he went back to Chicago. For him, it was safer then staying in Mason.

  5. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    So should we return to the question I asked before all this troll static interfered with the programming?

    My question is as follows…I’ll even restate it a bit to make it easier for someone to answer.

    Does anyone know if DCI or detectives from any law enforcement agency questioned Todd Blodgett about his whereabouts during the time Alex Kuhn supposedly shot himself in the head, in a rural setting outside of Charles City?

    I’m just wondering if he was ever considered a suspect, or a person of interest, and whether he needed to provide an alibi.

    That’s all…if you know the answer and you want to share, great…if not, please don’t start harassing and threatening me.

    Thanks a lot.

  6. George and Marilyn Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Peter, you stop it right now!! Do you want a spanking?

  7. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Losing the argument so resorting to the Imposter I see. Have fun with that troll. Screenshots of EVERYTHING.

  8. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Ah, I can feel it in the force…cops excited because they think they have something on me…I can feel them mobilizing now at the behest of their masters Blodgett and Marquardt. I screen shot EVERYTHING. I have records and timeline of every comment. Are you foolish enough to try?

  9. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Peter L baited many of you into his game playing and he won! Shame on you, not on him. Don’t play and he might go away. You see he has nothing to do all day long but to hang out here and masterbate then bait you into a comment, whereas most of the rest of us have a real life. Just saying….

    • chronic fapper Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      yup… agree with “Reality Check”… I’ve seen these threads now for many months. “Peter L” has so much free rent in the tiny minds of North Iowa he could sublease on and make a killing!

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Unfortunately this seems to be true. Yes, Peter’s keyboard is probably gooey and sticky. That’s none of our business. How he suckers some of you into these pointless arguments and debates is not only sad but almost entertaining to those of us savvy enough to stay out of the fray (look at me in it now?). Anyway, think before you type.

  10. Anonymous also Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    So, everyone comments got deleted except Peter Lagios comments. I’m doe with this site.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Because they were all threatening comments. But I agree at this point all of it should be removed. I just asked a question, that’s all, and in return I received death threats. My question was an inquiry hoping to shed more light on what occurred surrounding the mysterious and untimely death of an At Large City Councilman in a rural isolated spot in Floyd County. I had an interesting angle and wondered if investigators had thought of that angle, or ruled it out. As I said before, I’m not trying to implicate an innocent man, but rather probe into all possible explanations and scenarios. Innocent people have nothing to worry about as I lend my mental notes to any potential DCI readers in the audience. I know if I were an investigator I would rule that out by seeking substantiation or alibi. Quarter Billion $$$ at stake people. Lots of incentives to do wrong.

      • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm

        I looked at the comments, I didn’t see any threats coming your way. Maybe you perceive that, but I don’t see it. You wonder out loud too much. I just hope Mr. Blodgett forgives you. He’s a nice guy, from what I heard, but he has his limits. And he doesn’t live far from you, Peter. Head on a swivel, kid.

        • Anonymous also Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm

          Thank you for addressing this Matt.

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

          Even you huh? I guess directing persons to the address of my parent’s house is no big deal to you. You’re not much by way of equanimous are you? And there were plenty of threats. You saw / see them all. I’ll let you something there Bronco, anything happens to my parents, and it’s your head that will need to be on a swivel.

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

          @Matt Marwuardt: didn’t see any threats coming my way? You must have missed this one by Cathy…

          I hope Mr Blodgett sees what Peter L is saying. Maybe he will send over somebody to put Peter L out of his misery. Who ever takes little Petey potty-mouth out will do us good people a big favor. Tired of his mouth, sick of supporting him. Lot’s of folks want to see Petey shut him up for good. He is been around to long as it is.

          • Peter L

            August 29, 2016 at 7:32 am

            You see this poor pathetic woman who goes by ‘Cathy’ exemplifies perfectly the ‘folkish’ simplicity found in the early parts of the 3rd Reich…people of whom Donald Trump…err….Hitler preyed upon to form his base. The same mental composition made up Hitler’s adherants as is found in today’s…a longing for any idyllic “perfect” labor system where every human is diligently working away on an assembly line dreaming idyllic thoughts of Fuhrer and Country as they plan for the nightly rallies to depose of communists, homosexuals, anarchists, and free thinkers. People like Cathy are carry overs of a bygone era. Cathy would have been the perfect loyal white servant to Hitler’s needs. Cathy herself may be too stupid to even know this about herself…but she can rest assured that people know this stuff for her. There’s a reason Todd Blodgett and his father are on the Racist Watchlist at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s web site.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Blame the readers who reported the comments. I restored almost all the comments from everyone, once I got a spare 10 minutes to check on them. Actually, all of them were restored. You needlessly pouted over nothing.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

        Better clear off the fog from your contact lenses there Marquardt. There’s lots of threats directed my way, and someone posted an address to the residence of my family, which I no longer live at. You willing to gamble on this one? Like I said, anything happens to my parents by one of your NIT trolls, and your the one who needs to keep his head on a swivel. That’s a promise.

  11. Downtown Abby Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    @ Buster Keaton: Mr. Blodgett is not the problem here. Peter L did not accuse him of making any threats. These bloggers that see Peter’s comments about Todd offensive are the ones Lagios is talking about. Not Blodgett himself. Toddy boy is totally in the bag with the Globb. All the way. I have never even seen any posts listed on this sight by Todd Blodgett. I do not know if he even reads this sight. Toddy boy disacrates the Globb op-ed page with his right-wing gun nut columns, he blogs there under his name, not on NIT. I am with you tho, these Iowa hillbillies on this sight are cray cray.

    • Buster Keaton Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Nice Abby.

    • Buzz's Turd Cutter Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Peter, stop it. Go to your room right now. We are sick and tired of you causing problems for us. We were harassed when you ran your little city council campaign, and now you are getting us involved in this? Nah, it’s okay Peter, come home to momma’s titty, you know I like the way you nibble on it and run your tongue around my nipple. You want momma’s milk? We enable you, so it’s time to suck mommy’s titty for rent.

  12. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I’m here to declare you all free. Free from fear. Free from myth. Free from tyranny. You have only to walk thru the open door.

  13. U.S.M.C. (ret.) Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Pete, you have went too far on this one, you can see there’s people on here that will go to the wall for Mr. Blodgett, they like him. Best be real careful buddy. The wall they go to might be one that gets you pinned between it and their truck.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      If these Blodgett fanatics are as you suggest, they belong in prison, not free on the streets. Not gonna live in fear or under threats from no vampire or its minions. Let the dice roll where they may.

      • Road King II Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        hey Petey your right you POS, Todd does know some people been in prison, he knows me and I did some time. You got a problem with that. Better do like Buzz Crumcutter says you POS. Stop flapping yours, you POS. Maybe you can live longer if you do you POS.

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm

          Trying to get back to prison Road Apple? Your threat is duly noted. Ever heard of IP addresses? It’s what DCI will use to track every one of you POS S they tear apart NIT to reveal each and every one of your identities. Best you watch more Forensic Files episodes.

  14. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    As usual censors are busy censoring, doing everything they can to give themselves an advantage with the unsuspecting viewer. I noticed Marquardt deleted his own comment as well. If you are going to pick apart the comments in such a way just delete them all. Why wouldn’t I believe NIT favors conservative buttheads if my well-reasoned, insightful comments are deleted, while the anonymous troll comments are left to remain?

    The more people go apeshit over this Todd Blodgett guy, the more it makes me curious as to WHY. Like I said in a previous comment…I’ve long suspected there is a “head vampire” in North Iowa, and also like I said, I may inadvertently spilt holy water on it. Because I heard a muted cry, and I saw steam rising from the skin.

    North Iowa is something else. Holy Water for everyone.

    • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Well, little mister, you are the one who ran his flaps and started all of this the way it looks too me. Now people are calling you out on it, so why not hobble your scrawny little ass over to Todd’s place and let him know what’s on your mind. I’m sure that you’ve got guts enough to ask him face to face all the questions you brought up since you have all those college credits. After all, you are a ninja, fist fighter vegan. Oh, and a butcher, baker and candle stick maker too.

      • Pee Wee Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

        @ Buzz, good ones. You got him real good, he deserve it to. So now Petey thinks Blodgett is a vampire might be a murder and this and that. That is crazy talk. Good idea for little Petey to stop over Blodgett’s place, we will see how that goes down. If Petey has the gut’s to try I mean. Bet we could sell some tickets to that one, oh yes.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Your “well-reasoned, insightful comments”?

      Hardly that Peter, yours are the inane ramblings of a delusional man-child whose sole purpose is to leech off of the backs of others because you are unable & incapable of supporting yourself.
      You Peter are the epitome of a total loser.

      You do not have any redeemable qualities, you have accomplished nothing in your pathetic 45 year existence, you have contributed nothing to society and are a complete embarrassment to your family.

      By the way, how about you reply to 12 Steps comment below.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

        I did reply, and my comments were deleted. I’m still waiting for Matt to restore several others which have disappeared over several days. If you can’t handle the full conversation, then you need to improve your reading skills, or stop pressing Report Comment and leave the writing to the intelligentsia. Ignorant people feel inadequate around me. And that’s good. They should.

      • Cathy Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

        I hope Mr Blodgett sees what Peter L is saying. Maybe he will send over somebody to put Peter L out of his misery. Who ever takes little Petey potty-mouth out will do us good people a big favor. Tired of his mouth, sick of supporting him. Lot’s of folks want to see Petey shut him up for good. He is been around to long as it is.

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

          It’d be like a wet dream for you all. To see this hero of yours Todd Blodgett come riding in on a black Harley to “take out” your nemesis of NIT. You people are more delusional and pathetic than I imagined. I mean it’s like a really bad spaghetti western. This Blodgett guy is like John Wayne to you all.

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

            You are going to find out soon. Todd has resources and WILL find you.

          • Buster Keaton

            August 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm

            Wow… “he will find you!” … maybe this Blodgett guy is bad news… He “finds” people and “gets” them… and has a whole cure of chronies that will rough up a guy for disrespect. Not knowing the guy and reading these posts make him sound like the Don of an organized crime ring. Maybe this Blodgett guy needs to be taking down a peg or two.

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm

            You can try. You won’t succeed, but you can try. Let us know what hospital you are in.

          • Buster Keaton

            August 28, 2016 at 6:18 pm

            I think what needs to happen here: trace IP address of all the people that are threatening violence on this site. Submit that list of IP addresses to law enforcement referenced by ISP so the name of the posters are provided to law enforcement. If you are threatening “in state” … well that is a Serious Misd. if you are threatening across state lines on electronic media that puts it into Federal Felony territory. By the way… I can pull everyone’s IP here rather quickly… its not too difficult. Consider yourself in a database. Permanently recorded.

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm

            So Buster first you state “Maybe this Blodgett guy needs to be taking down a peg or two”

            Then you turn around and state “I think what needs to happen here: trace IP address of all the people that are threatening violence on this site”

            So which one is it Buster?

          • Buster Keaton

            August 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm

            “taken down a peg or two” is pretty ambiguous. Taken down a peg or two in popularity, taken down a peg or two in community reputation or public standing, taken down a peg or two in socioeconomic and political influence. Funny how you infer it as a violent statement. That tells me a few things about you. Mainly, that you are focused on violence. It is a phenomenon called “projection”. You have violent thoughts so you see my statement as “violent” in nature when it never was. Just sayin’

          • Peter L

            August 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm

            “Taken down a peg or two” usually references reputation and stature, and says nothing of violence unless it were specifically used within the context of say a wrestling match, but even then it means the ‘standing’ of an individual’s fame, and not a specific directive for violence.

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

            As I suspected, Buster and Peter.

          • Peter L

            August 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

            Well said Mr. Keaton! I was writing my comment as you must have just posted yours. They are nearly identical, although yours I must say is better stated and more expansive. Nice work!

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 29, 2016 at 7:07 am

          And Cathy, you poor, disturbed, sick in the head woman, good people don’t solicit for someone who writes what you don’t agree with to be murdered on a blog page. The tattoos stamped across your ass are those of the devil.

  15. 12 Steps Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Peter Lagios, your pissing us off. Todd is our friend, he helped me and the wife get off the meth. We are clean on count of him, Blodgett is a good man. I am saying, lay off. Do you understand. If you dont, type your address here. Me and some dude’s will stop over we will change your mind. Ok Peter, you like to talk real tough. Ok, tough guy. Where do you live.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Slow down 2 step. I’m not saying anything about your friend. I asked whether investigators ascertained the wherabouts of Todd Blodgett at the time they believe he was killed. But since all of this was quickly swept under the rug, how can anyone be sure an investigation was done at all? Kinda getting tired of having to do Marquardt’s job for him, asking the tough questions. If Todd truly had nothing to do with it, fine, move on. I’m merely working with the circumstances of the situation which present themselves. He was intertwined with the situation so it was and is a fair question to ask. Only people scared of a godfather type figure would be too scared to even consider the possibility, which is why so many cases in Mason City go unsolved. Break the glass. The only people who belong in ditches are the people who think snitches belong in ditches. Changing this stagnant culture in Mason City involves getting to the core of how people think and disrupting those thought patterns.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

        Could you attempt to back peddle any quicker there Lagios.

        You stir shit up, piss off all sorts of people with your bullshit accusations and then when confronted, you tuck your tail between your legs and show your true yellow color.
        You then attempt to camouflage your cowardice with more of your lying bullshit.

        One of these days you’re going to go too far.

        • Sue S. Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 11:13 am

          Peter your abcessed with Mr Blodgett, you got Blodgett on the brain. You have gone way to far this time, you went after a good man from a good family that has done lot’s of good for alot of people this area for along time. You need to get a life, a good way to start would be to say your sorry for this shit your putting on here. Then go away before Todd sends some people your way, that you will not want.

      • I aint afraid of no ghosts Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

        People in North Iowa are all talk. Sounds like some hillybilly mafia wanna be bullshit if you ask me. Keep rolling.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Peter L

      August 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Come get me tough guy. I’ll be waiting.

    • Anonymous also Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Didn’t bother to post your address did ya Petey? Peter the pussy!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Here it is straight from the Clear Lake City Council minutes ~~ Peter Lagios, 308 4th Ave S,

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

          I don’t live at that address. Police are being called after I finish typing. You got a death wish or something?

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm

          This comment needs to be deleted immediately Marquardt. You have your warning.

          • Anonymous also

            August 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

            It’s public record.

          • Peter L

            August 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            It’s being posted as a threat to direct people to do me harm. I do not live at that address, and if anything were to happen to the occupants, it will be on Marquardt…which is why I told him that he has been warned. Ultimately he is responsible for the content of this publication. And if anything happened at that point, I wouldn’t give two shits about the law. He’d have to barricade himself behind 9 feet of concrete wall. So it’s up to him if he wants to gamble.

          • Anonymous

            August 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

            You don’t live there? Awe, are you homeless again? Living in a van down by the river? Get a job and a new hobby other than this site.

          • Peter L

            August 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

            Shut up, it’s not your call what I do. So, should we return to the question at hand before all this static started interfering with the broadcast?

        • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

          August 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm

          My goodness Peter, why are you so upset. Gosh, to hear you rant, you’d think the world was coming to an end. Whats the big deal about an address getting published since it is public record. And besides, (using your own words) this is just SATIRE anyway.

          Now relax and make more of them funny movies you’ve been putting on Facebook. Have a nice day.

          • Peter L

            August 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm

            When I see your home address and name printed up here on NIT with a bunch of shadowy anonymous trolls insinuating how you need to disappear and be exterminated, we’ll see how indifferent you are…til then Buzz…well you know the drill. But the caveat has been issued to Marquardt…so if he wants to gamble with his own “swivel” that’s up to him. But anyone messes with or touches the occupants of that house in any way, shape or form and I won’t wait until police investigate. I’ll be going straight to the source.

          • Buzz Crumcutter

            August 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm

            Sure, we know the drill. And don’t you worry or fear for one second that any of us have forgotten that you are a warrior, fist fighting, vegan, prophet and part time middle aged mutant ninja turtle either. No sir, we won’t forget, we can’t forget, because you remind us so often.

            Please enjoy the rest of your day.

          • Anonymous

            August 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

            He is going straight to the source, and, get his ass kicked. No one is afraid of the Greek Sissy.

          • Rodney

            August 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm

            @ Anon, pitty party Petey is a nothing but a Greek sissy, your right on. But if Blodgett or his fans do their thing, Petey won’t be able to do shit about it. One of my coworker’s nephews, he got on the wrong side of Mr. Blodgett, the guy sold some meth to a drug addict. Turns out, Blodgett was helping that junkie that bought it, keep off the drugs. Well the pusher, he ends up with two broken legs, a f’d-up jaw had to be wired shut, a real bad broken arm, ect. He left MC soon as he got out of Mercy. No charges got slapped on nobody. We heard one of the goons that got him was a MC cop. If pitiful Petey don’t know what is coming, he will find out real fast if he don’t STFU.

          • Peter L

            August 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm

            So what you’re telling us is Mason City is corrupt and Todd Blodgett is the equivalent of a local mob boss. Noted. Thanks for sharing. That stuff may work with low level thugs and criminals with something to hide but I’m no drug dealer. I handle my own legal affairs. Let’s hope your veiled threat doesn’t enter into the conspiracy phase. I get it, you’re angry cuz you see your idol portrayed in a less than glowing light. Well I asked a question that’s all. And thus far received no answers and nothing but threats and warnings. So now, why would I believe that my original speculation is LESS probable to be true given all that you’ve written here?

          • NIT Publisher

            August 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm

            Todd Blodgett writes for the Globe Gazette. Right-wing stories. He’s also interviewed by news outlets across the world. Research it to see.

          • Peter L

            August 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

            What was his position on the hog plant? And why so many coming out of the woodwork to warn me what he’s capable of?

  16. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I mean yeah…I’m literally shitting on your premise right now. Calling it out. Looking it in the eye. Not buying it. There are no tough guys…there are only circumstances. And circumstances are unpredictable. The real mentally tough know that. The poseurs go on about “who is tough and badass”. If I were this Todd Blodgett guy, I’d be embarrassed so many surrogate kiss asses come on NIT to sing my praises. That’s real Lord of the Rings bullshit going on right there. Anyway. Get over it. I’m tired of this glass shatter. See you at the next one.

    • Rookies regular Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Peter, what is your obsession with Todd Blodgett? Why are you saying he is potentially a bad guy who might be murderous? You say you do not even know the man, yet you libel him. What is this all about?

  17. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I think you’re all a bunch of kids playing tough guy with your patron saint Todd Blodgett. Whatever. You want to make me disappear? Come try. While I didn’t set out to make this an issue, your cultish responses have me believing North Iowa more than ever needs a giant enema stuck up its ass…to DRAIN. If anything to relieve pressure. Mason City Iowa has to be cleaned out of all its phony Christians, Vampires and gangsters. It’s pretty clear now.

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Peter, if you have such an issue with Todd, go to his house, knock on the door and ask to speak with him. And since you love recording yourself , record the conversation. Or call him and offer him a beer in a public place. (If there’s one you haven’t been kicked out of ). Grow a pair and say this shit to his face, not hiding behind a keyboard.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I don’t know Todd Blodgett and I have no desire to meet Todd Blodgett. Inquiring about an investigative angle into a mysterious death has zero preclusion on whether I meet Todd Blodgett or he approves or disapproves of my line of questioning. Again, more mob tuff guy stuff coming out of you. You all must obey pecking orders of which I give not two shits about. They say with Republicans it’s all about the man, and not the idea. Shows. No wonder nothing ever gets done with your group. No one dates speak out of turn. Anyway, I’m tiring of this. My question is still valid. Where was Todd Blodgett at the time of Alex Kuhn’s death? Simple question really.

    • MCHS class '82 Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      @ anonymous, good luck getting Pete to have the balls to knock on Blodgett’s door or invite him for a beer. Sorry Peter will not grow a pair like you ask him to, he will not say any words to Blodgett’s face, it just will not happen. Never. I know both these guys. Todd Blodgett is a stand up man, he does not know fear, he does not take any shit off anybody. Pete Lagios is a damn weasel, he talks shit about people just like on here. Blodgett, he would be done with Pete in about 10 seconds. It would not go good for Peter, trust me.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        Any fool can pull a trigger. Your sauce is weak.

        • Ventura Vince Reply Report comment

          August 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm

          Sauce is weak? Why are you Greek’s always talking about food. Get a life. Better yet, go back to Greece where you belong. They are broke, just like you.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 11:43 pm

        And peter is just a coward with a big mouth.

      • They Make It Too Easy Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        @ MCHS class ’82 … done with him in 10 seconds? If that does not reference violence than what does that mean? done sucking him off in 10 seconds? done giving him a hand job in 10 seconds?

  19. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Seriously, you people have like an 8th grade understanding of “Karma”. What you are really doing is threatening me, by saying that a potentially bad man (who may be murderous) is going to “get me” for suggesting that he had anything to do with Alex Kuhn’s death. By your idiotic formulas that means investigators and detectives must face “karma” everyday when they interview possible suspects when a homicide has occurred. The more you stupid people talk, the more you make me think there’s something to my phishing expedition. I merely asked if investigators covered all their bases by ascertaining the whereabouts of Mr. Blodgett the day/night Alex Kuhn perished, and for a mere inquiry (very logical I might add) you are all basically stating that “karma” should “get me”, and that I should be in fear of a man named Todd Blodgett who can make people disappear if he wants to. North Iowa really does drink from a special kind of stupid don’t they? Now I’m hoping DCI or Detectives with a brain, might be out there reading to pick up on my postulation / inquiry, because clearly something is going on to necessitate this level of response.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      The problem a lot of you hapless souls suffer from is the belief in mob mentality. It’s been a problem with Mason City’s so-called affiliation with “Little Chicago” and a gangster past. You all need to wake up out of your fairy tale delusions about tough guys and mobsters because clearly it’s stunting your ability to critically think and think logically. Under mob rules, of course no one can think, or ask questions, because they all live in fear. Stop feeding into that bullshit.

  20. Stacey Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    @ Peter L, ok so why do you say the DCI should look into if Todd B might of did this bad thing. Him and Kuhn was very good friends. Use to see them over to Rumorz alot of times, them two would sit out on the patio and drink the night away. No I am not Republican in case you would like to know, your just making me mad. Your going after two good families here, the Kuhn’s and the Blodgett’s. Karma will get you, I wish.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Karma will get me? For what? Innocent people have nothing to fear from karma. The more you people reveal the relationship between Blodgett and Kuhn the more you answer your own questions. Hopefully INTELLIGENCE will get you Stacey, whoever you are.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        Peter. You just never shut up. Keep yapping! You are just a llittle speck of nothing that has contributed nothing your whole life. These families that you seem to want to terrorize, the Blodgett’s and the Kuhn’s. They are good families, good people who have contributed their lives to their families, careers, serving the public, etc. You have done NOTHING. You aren’t even a nice person. You’re a narcissistic ass. I hope these families and their lawyers come after you.

  21. Mason City J. D. Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

    These wild accusations have done the impossible. They have made a Democrat (me) feel the need to defend a Republican. Beth, I am familiar with the case you mentioned, and have seen the police report. Mr. Blodgett did not shoot anyone. He was robbed (this was established) and to subdue one of the thieves, he pulled a gun. He was in legal possession of said firearm, as he holds a concealed-carry permit. He probably overreacted, and in my opinion, he used excessive force and could have been charged with that. But he was not charged. His claim that he was robbed proved to be correct, and he cooperated with the Clear Lake PD. Todd Blodgett may be to the right of Attila the Hun, but every one of my acquaintances who know him have told me that he is honest. Peter L., why do you state that Blodgett should be questioned in connection with the matter of the death of Alex Kuhn? Until I read your comments, I had never heard anyone suggest that Todd Blodgett should be considered a suspect in the death of Alex, who was by all accounts a very close friend of his. I believe that the DCI considers this matter closed, insofar as it having been a suicide. It also does not behoove any of you to use words like “Republitard”. With such usage, you lose all credibility.

    • Peter L Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      I did not use the word Republitard. My intention was not to implicate an innocent man but to inquire whether all bases have been covered. Upon hearing the relationship between the two men it made me wonder whether investigators ever considered Todd Blodgett’s wherabouts during the alleged suicide.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

        Yep wise guy I hope karma is going to get you now. You ran yur smart mouth about something you don’t no nothing about one two many times. You said you are going to be a lawyer, no wonder some people do not trust them either,

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm

          Come get me tough guy. I’ll be waiting.

          • IC Fraternity

            August 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm

            Pete man!! Get drunk again man!! Make another video in the mirror calling these dudes out! It was classic bro!! THE GREEK WARRIOR!! WE LOVE YOU DUDE!! IOWA CITY FRAT GUYS IDOLIZE YOU BRO!! We are all tuned in right now watching this unfold and snooping your FB page waiting for a video!! Get’m PETE!!

          • Anonymous

            August 27, 2016 at 11:51 pm

            You obviously know Peter very well. He’s a 45 year old narcissistic loser who lives in his mommy’s basement. He routinely shits his own pants, and brags about it. He’s never held a job for more than 2 days. Work is beneath him. So he lives off of our tax dollars receiving social security for his mental health issues. He’s insane and needs to be institutionalized. But good old Terry Branstad has closed most if the mental health facilities in the state.

          • Calling the Kettle Black

            August 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

            Ahhh… who cares if he lives off your tax dollars… most of your degenerate kids either go to college or will go to college on Pell Grant’s off our tax dollars cause Mommy and Daddy here don’t even break $36k per year and just end up baristas at Starbucks or working for Curries like the rest of the people here who are slightly above broke and slightly above deadbeats. It’s like comparing a guy who has 2 cents as so much mightier than a guy who has 1 cent in his pocket.

  22. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Way off the subject regarding Jay & Phil and their ineptness

    • Roxanne Reply Report comment

      August 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      @ anon we do not want this republitard crack head in our mist. STFU. Now that he is a murder suspect maybe they will put him in jail where he should of been along time ago. MYOB, we will talk about what ever we want, your dumb

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Unfounded accusations of this sort should never be allowed. Where is the integrity of this site?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 7:22 am

        NIT and the word integrity in the same sentence?
        Now that is hilarious.

    • Debbie T. Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      When I first seen what Peter L said I was like, oh this is so not nice for Todd, gets his name all drug through the mud on count of Peter L. So my BF took a look at what crazy Pete said. He goes, no hon, cuz if Todd sees this, Peter will be the one that has got a problem.

  23. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but where was Todd Blodgett at the moment Alex Kuhn “shot himself”? Before everyone goes apeshit, think about it for a moment…access, trust, incentive. What was the Blodgett’s position on the Hog Plant anyway? I say this not to smear, but merely to inquire whether all investigative bases have been covered. We’ve all seen those movies where sometimes the family friend who is closest to the situation turns out to be the culprit. And no, this isn’t defamation since a good alibi would quickly remove Todd as a suspect, and it remains an unsolved mystery. Have detectives considered this?

    • Dawn Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 12:21 am

      Peter your terrible to say this, it is so awful. Todd is one of the kindest guys I ever known, a very nice man. Him and Alex Kuhn, they were good friends, I know. Todd got Alex to visit our N. A. meeting, this was about 5 years ago. How can you say this awful thing. You just have no shame Peter you are crazy. You better hope Todd don’t see this.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

        I don’t know Todd from anyone, other than what is written about him here. But what is written about him here would beg to ask his whereabouts when Kuhn perished, and his position on the hog plant. Any good investigator would.

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

        Dawn, it is not my intention to hurt Todd Blodgett. I don’t know the man. I have nothing against him. But this town / area is notorious for botched investigations on homicides, and it appears they are attempting to sweep Kuhn’s death under the rug like they did my 10 month old baby. Todd himself should understand the logic in wanting a full investigation. Innocent men have nothing to worry about. They owe the public a detailed investigation and report. Even if it was suicide, the details if known leading up to the suicide need to be reflected upon and learned from.

        • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

          August 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

          There’s no logic in throwing a decent person’s name under the bus in this case. Now, we know the man that played a role in this tragedy. He was banned from Alex’s funeral but went anyway. Only a real sociopath and hideous individual would have the gall to do that, even if he did sneak in surrounded by his cronies and then put on a crocodile tear acting job. No one is fooled, least of all those closest to Alex who are not dumb people. Some say the other show will eventually drop on this faker. It will be a “bad day” (Prestage words) for the Exalted Plump One, just like the piggies he wanted dead. Anyway, leave TB out, he only messes with people who mess with him (he’s got a gun).

          • Anonymous

            August 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

            Why even waste your time responding to Peter. Kick him off the site. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick and tired of his b.s.

          • Phact Check

            August 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm

            Peter L = ad revenue … Peter L is too profitable to this site to be deleted… he keeps the nincompoops refreshing their browsers while they are on the edge of their seat waiting for the next troll bait to raise their blood pressure. Every time Matt gets a page load that is another little credit towards ad revenue for this site. So lets see the dynamic here… Peter L baits fools with his troll bait, fools take bait, Matt makes money and Peter L gets free rent in all of fools heads. Fool is standing with limp dick in his hand, a little less of his life left and some not needed anxiety that reduces his or her’s life.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Peter, have detectives interviewed you for your whereabouts? What are you covering up by throwing suspicion on someone else? Stop watching TV detective shows to learn about law enforcement.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Maybe Todd and his family will get Peter run out of Clear Lake. If we could only wish.

      • Pee wee Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

        If Todd wants Peter to be ran out of Clear Lake he won’t need no family pull. He knows people that can make that POS dissapear for good. It will be good riddance to.

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 27, 2016 at 5:42 pm

          You do realize such statements by yourself feed directly into my original line of questioning do you not? If this man is as dangerous and mafia powerful as you contend, then most definitely his wherabouts the night Kuhn died need to be substantiated, and an inquiry made into his connections if any with those poised to profit from the Prestsge deal. No better way to kill a depressed recovering drug user than to be close to him and gain his trust.

  24. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    And Phil has been Jay’s yes boy far to long. Vote both of these “lifer’s” out of office.
    Watts & Latham both want term limits established, as they should be!

    • Local #238 Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Ok, so your going to pony up the money Doc Blodgett has gave to Urdahl, raise for him over all these years to run Latham a good campaign to kick Jay out. Tell me another one.

  25. 10th & N. Jefferson Reply Report comment

    August 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    @ observer, Jay’s good buddy Toddy Boy, Gary Blodgett;s problem child the one put Urdahl in there. I do know this. If it would not of been for old doc’s son Todd, Jay would still be just a money mooching box loader that chase’s down pop cans for beer money. Now he is a greedy box loader with a office that still chase’s down pop cans for beer money. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa, what a loser he is, kick his greedy butt out.

    • Retired Lehigh Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Your on to something here but it goes way worse then you think. Gary raises money for Callanan to, Casey use to work for him down to the state house. Then he mails out all them letters last time, they went against Chris Watts. They said if you vote forb him your tax will go up, vote for Phil D. Watts got beat on count of them letters, they went out to alot of people. We got one to, our neighbors did, we are not even Repiglicans. I have heard people say old doc puts people in so when his little trouble maker does it again he won’t go back to jail. Why do you think Toddy boy never got busted for shooting that carny worker at Rookies a couple years ago that he said took his money. People don’t do something for nothing you know. Ok, my 2 cents.

  26. Observer Reply Report comment

    August 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    @ Terri, good question. I went online, and ordered the campaign finance reports from Des Moines, even going back to Mr. Urdahl’s first three races. Those earlier records are not filed online, so I paid for hard copies. Between what members of the Blodgett family have contributed to (maybe invested in?) Jay’s previous 11 races (includes the primaries and general elections, dating back to 1988), Urdahl is into them for almost $45,000. In a healthy democracy, one family should not have that kind of influence on our local elections. Your question deserves an answer. I, too, wish to know why the members of one of north Iowa’s best known Republican families have taken such an interest in the political well-being of a politician who belongs to the opposing party.

    • Observer Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      P. S. I should clarify that this $45,000 includes funds that were raised by letters signed by Dr. Blodgett on behalf of Urdahl, sent to his friends and political supporters. I matched names of Gary’s contributors against all of Urdahl’s reports. Most of Jay’s big donors were and are either Republicans who did not give to his first three races (a primary and a general election in 1988, and the 1992 general election), or they are Blodgett supporters whose names were on Doc’s 1991 and 1992 reports, hard copies. These people started contributing to Urdahl in 1996, when old Doc began shaking people down for money for Jay’s races. A retired teacher who used to file such reports for a local Democrat was Blodgett’s neighbor, and he brought some of this to light when I asked him about it a number of years ago.

      • Beth Reply Report comment

        August 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        Your talking about this teacher use to do reports for Groniga back in the day? Did not know they use to live by the Blodgett’s. This would of been out in Fair Meadows I guess. Here is what I think. I think Dr. Blodgett put them people in to keep Toddy Boy out of jail. That is how Republitard’s do. If our son did some the stuff that Blodgett boy done he would be in prison. Still probably. People it is not what you know it is who know and how much you have. That sucks.

  27. Peter L Reply Report comment

    August 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Mr. Callanan is smart to know the people of the Lake area don’t want to smell hog confinement shit in their tourist area. Good decision protecting what’s valuable. And by the way…people need to lose their taste for pork. GO VEGAN.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      You are full of shit. I traveled through Wright and Franklin Counties all day and never smelled anything bad at all. I also didn’t see a single fly. We are tired of being lied to by a bunch of liberal freaks.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      I will eat more bacon. Yum yum Go piggy piggy

    • Amy Reply Report comment

      August 26, 2016 at 12:10 am

      @ UPS, Todd don’t do crack no more. I do know this. He has been clean for alot of years, your a liar.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Maybe the people of Clear Lake would like you out of their town.

  28. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 25, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Phil & Jay have been in office mooching off the people way to long. Let’s make some changes!

    • UPS 16 years Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Urdahl is the biggest worse mooch you ever seen. I use to work with him out to UPS. Love’s the dollars like nobody you ever saw, he is mental sick about $$$. He would of never got in but for his sugar daddy, old doc Gary Blodgett and his rich buddys that give Jay all that money ever time since he first run, Urdahl is no good. I am telling you. Jay’s crack smoker friend Todd Blodgett, he pulled a bunch of strings to, helped Jay to get in, stay in. Vote this bad guy out people, Urdahl is just a greedy nose picking mooch, boy does he ever need to go and I really do mean how, and now.

    • Terri S. Reply Report comment

      August 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      @ UPS, everybody knows the Blodgett’s bought Jay’s way in. We know to, their money and their friends money keeps him in. So, can anybody on here tell me, why? Old doc, Toddy Boy, Mrs. B., the whole family, they are Republican nutso’s. Urdahl is Democrat. So, how come? Anybody? We really want to know please.

  29. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    It was Grandstanding for political reasons. Urdahl & Dougherty did it for votes–not because of anything else.
    They both have valid candidates running against these long time politicians and are worried they will lose there over-paid positions.

  30. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 24, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    It is just start of many more to come the cerro gordo get ready cerro gordo prestage need the hogs and cerro gordo county is close enough to to the factory they will not put any in wright

  31. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    They can vote any way they want – their vote has abolutely no impact on the final decision, made by the DNR. Even the DNR actually has little control. If the factory farm doesnt violate the skimpy regulations that pretend to protect people and the environment, it goes through. Period. Thank Braindead for that lack of democracy!