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Globe Gazette building is sold, suffers fire


This news story was published on June 11, 2021.
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300 North Washington Ave. in Mason City is now the former home of the Globe Gazette

MASON CITY – The town newspaper in Mason City, the Globe Gazette, is leaving its long-time headquarters near downtown after the building was sold and suffered a fire.

The owner of the Globe Gazette, Lee Enterprises, sold the home of the Globe Gazette on June 1, 2021. It was listed for sale on Friday, October 23, 2020 for $599,000 and sold for just $300,000, records show, to Tierney South, LLC. The Globe had been in the building since 1985.

On June 10, 2021 sometime around 10 PM, the building suffered a fire. Mason City Fire Marshall Jamey Medlin told NIT, “the cause of the fire was an overheated bearing on an air handling unit. Minor fire/heat damage to the air handling unit with no fire or heat damage to the building.  MCFD ventilated the building of light smoke before we left.”

NIT is told the Globe Gazette will be vacating the downtown area, which appears to possibly be in the middle of boom time for Mason City standards, in favor of a low-profile, aging, small office on the city’s west side, where most people may not even notice it exists. The tiny office will be more in-line with the Globe’s dwindling employee count and the fact the Globe no longer prints its newspaper locally despite spending $2 million for a used, “refurbished” Goss Urbanite “offset printer” press back in 2014.

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10 Responses to Globe Gazette building is sold, suffers fire

  1. John Reply Report comment

    June 14, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Yet another example of Matt’s poor reporting because he has a ax to grind with the Globe. He stated there location was in a “low-profile, aging, small office on the city’s west side.” They are in new offices in the old Anytime Fitness location. I would hardly describe it as an old aging office building, far from it. Also this location has better public access than their old building.

    • Robby Reply Report comment

      June 15, 2021 at 12:32 am

      this dipshit thinks anyone would possibly have any reason to go to Globe

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 15, 2021 at 4:25 am

      Yes indeed.
      Made a comment about that earlier but that pussy Markwart deleted it.
      He’s such a pathetic loser.

  2. Lefty Reply Report comment

    June 14, 2021 at 8:23 am

    good discussion here related to the story I see. I’m gonna jump in . Im so glad the election was stolen

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    My first thought was, disgruntled x employee.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    The elite won’t hold its own members accountable, but we normal people can.

  5. Helen Martin Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 11:04 am

    The Globe is like the democratic party…old news.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 12, 2021 at 9:24 am

      You are like the Republicans….irrelevant

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 13, 2021 at 11:07 am

      You are like the Republican party…. Irrelevant.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 13, 2021 at 8:14 pm

        That’s why the Demonrats are so scared.