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Requiem for Professor Harold Hill

Requiem for Professor Harold Hill

Publisher’s note: The following opinion article was submitted to NIT by James Sayles after it was allegedly censored by the Globe Gazette. Mason City lost a pioneer this past Tuesday.…

Mason City council ready to award first bid for work on multi-purpose arena

Mason City council ready to award first bid for work on multi-purpose arena

MASON CITY – The Mason City council is set to award the first bid for work on the planned multi-purpose arena that will be constructed in the former JC Penney…

Alleged bum checks written by Southbridge Mall owner for late taxes revives lawsuit from county

Alleged bum checks written by Southbridge Mall owner for late taxes revives lawsuit from county

MASON CITY – The owner of Southbridge Mall allegedly wrote a number of bad checks to cover his overdue tax fees, prompting Cerro Gordo county to renew a lawsuit. On…

Southbridge Mall owner pays overdue taxes; Cerro Gordo county drops lawsuit

Southbridge Mall owner pays overdue taxes; Cerro Gordo county drops lawsuit

MASON CITY – Southbridge Mall’s owner has paid his late taxes owed to Cerro Gordo county, and the county announced it is dropping its lawsuit in pursuit of those funds.…

Southbridge Mall owner faces lawsuit over overdue property taxes

Southbridge Mall owner faces lawsuit over overdue property taxes

MASON CITY – The owner of Mason City’s Southbridge Mall is being called on the carpet with a lawsuit for not paying property taxes on the beleaguered structure. Southbridge Mall…

Report: Mason City Younkers store to close

Report: Mason City Younkers store to close

MASON CITY – A major news outlet is reporting that 7 Younkers retail stores in Iowa will be closing, and Mason City’s is on the list. KCCI is reporting that…

Council OK’s $24.5 million in General Obligation bonds for Renaissance Project; Max Weaver says citizens were lied to (video)

Council OK’s $24.5 million in General Obligation bonds for Renaissance Project; Max Weaver says citizens were lied to (video)

MASON CITY – The Mason City council on Tuesday night gave final approval to sell $25,400,000 in General Obligation bonds and the city named a new source to help pay…

Some wonder if Mason City’s Younkers store will survive 2018

Some wonder if Mason City’s Younkers store will survive 2018

MASON CITY – It might be too late for Mason City’s fabled Renaissance Project to save it’s biggest downtown retailer. The Younkers store in Mason City’s Southbridge Mall has been…

Opinion: Renaissance Project was engineered to turn ‘public’ money into ‘private’ money and avoid voters

Opinion: Renaissance Project was engineered to turn ‘public’ money into ‘private’ money and avoid voters

The so-called ‘Renaissance’ Project is a fiasco designed by Eric Bookmeyer and others to transform public money from the taxpayers into cash stuffed into the pockets of private business owners,…

Mason City releases agreement with non-profit on multi-million dollar renovation of Music Man Square

Mason City releases agreement with non-profit on multi-million dollar renovation of Music Man Square

MASON CITY – Today, Mason City released a document detailing an agreement between the city and a local non-profit to renovate the Music Man Square as part of the downtown…

Citizens successfully submit petition to force vote on arena (video)

Citizens successfully submit petition to force vote on arena (video)

MASON CITY – Citizens concerned about the viability of a $13 million plan to build an arena in Southbridge Mall and then spend millions to lease it back from the…

Council moves ahead on arena plan with mysterious New York mall owner; citizens vow petition to derail Bookmeyer (photos and video)

Council moves ahead on arena plan with mysterious New York mall owner; citizens vow petition to derail Bookmeyer (photos and video)

MASON CITY – Southbridge Mall’s mysterious owner – who calls himself by at least three names – won’t have smooth sailing snagging $18 million in upgrades and rent to his…

Citizens scrambling for details on fast-moving arena deal introduced by city hall

Citizens scrambling for details on fast-moving arena deal introduced by city hall

MASON CITY – City Hall in Mason City has cobbled together yet another path to a multi-use facility in Southbridge Mall and is moving quickly to finalize the project, leaving citizens to scramble…

Mason City seeks lease with new owner of Southbridge Mall to build ice arena

Mason City seeks lease with new owner of Southbridge Mall to build ice arena

MASON CITY – Despite the questionable track record of the new owner of Southbridge Mall, Mason City officials are quickly moving ahead with a plan to build an arena there. A…

Mason City officials scrambling to salvage downtown “Renaissance Project”

Mason City officials scrambling to salvage downtown “Renaissance Project”

MASON CITY – According to information coming to NIT, Mason City’s downtown development involving a hotel, parking ramp, pavilion, mixed-use building and ice arena (so-called downtown “Renaissance”) is changing dramatically.…

Southbridge Mall is sold to out-of-state investor

Southbridge Mall is sold to out-of-state investor

MASON CITY – Southbridge Mall is sold, and not to a local group, NIT has confirmed. An asset manager with a real estate outfit in Irving, Texas told NIT this afternoon that…

Joni Ernst campaign spokeswoman caught drunk driving

Joni Ernst campaign spokeswoman caught drunk driving

WEST DES MOINES – A spokeswoman for the Joni Ernst campaign was caught drunk driving just days before the election that sent Ernst to the Senate, and she resigned, according…

CBS cancels ‘Partners’; third casualty of the season overall

by Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — CBS is breaking up its low-rated “Partners.” The network is canceling the comedy about the professional and personal relationship of…

Fall TV 2012: Your guide to the new shows

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – From country crooners and crime-fighting superheroes, to monkeys and mob doctors, television seems to have something for everyone this fall. But before revving…