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Destination Retail?

Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com from anonymous sender: I love when politicians come up with and use hot new phrases to push their ideas through. Recently we have (had) Councilperson Scott Tournquist…

Hit and run reported Saturday in Mason City

Hit and run reported Saturday in Mason City

MASON CITY – At approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night a call of a hit and run was called in at North Adams and 5th St. NW. A passerby heard a…

Mason City school teacher busted for 2nd OWI offense

Mason City school teacher busted for 2nd OWI offense

MASON CITY – A Mason City school teacher was serving a sentence for operating while intoxicated Monday evening. Janell Amy Drumheller, 38, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail…

Senator Harkin praises Mason City’s Lionel Foster

MASON CITY – Mason City’s Lionel Foster was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame last week at a ceremony in Altoona. The Iowa African-American Hall of Fame,…

Nelson again calls for vote on arena, says Mason City’s youth population declining

Nelson again calls for vote on arena, says Mason City’s youth population declining

MASON CITY – City Councilman Don Nelson has again called for a referendum on a proposed multi-purpose arena for Mason City should the issue get that far. Nelson, drawing comparisons…

Ending welfare (by Peter Lagios)

Ending welfare (by Peter Lagios)

(Op-ed by Peter Lagios) (Revised and updated 7/31/2011) My plan to eliminate welfare begins with certain assumptions and beliefs. If you do not share these assumptions and beliefs then you…

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

MASON CITY – At-large City Council candidate Alex Kuhn met the public for coffee at Jitters Coffee Bar on Friday afternoon. About 40-50 people attended, and he spoke for about…

Condemned apple tree means a lot to Mason City family

Condemned apple tree means a lot to Mason City family

MASON CITY – An apple tree in the West Haven neighborhood of Mason City that has been condemned by city officials means a lot to the Piper family who owns…

Update on Mason City’s 19th Street widening project

Update on Mason City’s 19th Street widening project

MASON CITY – An update on Mason City’s 19th Street widening project for week of July 25, 2011. Mid-Continent Contracting has finished the demolition of the culvert crossing Mason Creek.…

Sweet corn sales in full swing

Sweet corn sales in full swing

Brandon Pearce bags up 15 ears of sweetcorn Saturday for sale at Monroe Storage, 1625 S. Monroe Ave., in Mason City. The stand is one of several in the area…

Mason City Man Arrested on 6 Sex Crime Warrants

Mason City Man Arrested on 6 Sex Crime Warrants

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested on 6 sex crime warrants from Marshall County. Shortly after 2pm on Wednesday Mason City Police took John James Hudson age…

Nelson wants Trout to provide list of accomplishments, goals

Nelson wants Trout to provide list of  accomplishments, goals

MASON CITY – City council member Don Nelson has asked City Administrator Brent Trout to provide a list of his accomplishments for the previous year as City Administrator. Nelson also…

Dissension & Bile (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed from Peter J. Children) It’s no surprise I write on a ongoing basis for NIT; Some of you agree with the content of my thoughts, and some do not.…

City Council listening post

Several citizens took to the podium for the public listening post after Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Watch the video:…

Things now in progress and things yet to come (by Peter J. Children)

(Op-ed from Peter J. Children) I write about city politics, that’s what I do. I try and uncover hypocrisy whenever I think its present, some of you do not like…

Fate of hedge a test for city government

Fate of hedge a test for city government

MASON CITY – An anonymous complaint to city hall about a “gorgeous” hedge could be seen as a test of how Mason City officials handle citizens’ issues. NorthIowaToday.com was alerted…

“We transformed the world,” Santorum tells Clear Lake audience

“We transformed the world,” Santorum tells Clear Lake audience

CLEAR LAKE – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Clear Lake Tuesday, completing his 21st visit to Iowa. “We transformed the world,” former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick…

Alex Kuhn announces his candidacy for City Council

Alex Kuhn announces his candidacy for City Council

MASON CITY – Alex Kuhn has announced to the media that he will be a candidate for the at-large seat in this fall’s city council election. Max Weaver currently holds…

Editorial takes the cake

(Op-ed submitted by Pat Steinfort of Mason City) The editorial in Sunday’s paper takes the cake! How much lower can the Globe Gazette get? Then we have John Skipper’s column…

Car fire in Mason City

Car fire in Mason City

MASON CITY – Around 6:45 Friday night, a report of a car on fire on Eisenhower and Highway 122. There was a lot of smoke coming from the engine area.…

Decline (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed submitted by Peter J. children) Nothing drives a decline in subscriptions like a economic downturn, especially when the subscription rates are $200.00 a year. I am talking about the…

Green Tree Scooters grows in new direction

Green Tree Scooters grows in new direction

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — After a roaring first year when high gas prices drove huge interest in fuel-efficient transportation, business began to sputter at Green Tree Scooters.…

City Council discusses moral obligations insurance

City Council discusses moral obligations insurance

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council heard about a new form of insurance available to the city Tuesday night that would allow the city to pay claims that its…

Council to vote on Bookmeyer’s appointment of Steve Palmer to Human Rights Commission

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission on Thursday, June 2, voted unanimously to consent to the mayor’s appointment of Steve Palmer to the commission.  Palmer will face…

Bookmeyer makes appointments to boards and commissions

MASON CITY – At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved the following appointments to boards and commissions from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer: Jennifer Raemaker to the Housing Authority Board;…

Solberg claims Mason City loses 3,000 in 2010 census

Solberg claims Mason City loses 3,000 in 2010 census

MASON CITY – In recent memo at City Hall, Don Nelson told Janet Solberg she had it all wrong. At a City Council meeting held May 24, when a task…

Opinion: Broken Promises

Opinion: Broken Promises

Mary Madison lives on Mason City’s west side and is a member of a group of citizens called Concerned Citizens for Clean Air (CCCA). Mary and the CCCA are addressing…

Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I met last Monday morning with city officials in City Hall. Pat Otto the neighborhood coordinator along with her two associates that work along side of…

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

MASON CITY – Investigators from the Mason City Police Department arrested two suspects in connection to recent reports from Mason City businesses receiving counterfeit money. Bradley Gene Gouge (19) of…

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Construction of a new 83,000-square-foot warehouse at United Sugars Corp. is expected to be finished in July, helping the company save money on…

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

MASON CITY – Mason City police were called to John Adams Middle School, 29 Illinois S. Avenue Wednesday morning at 8:16 a.m. due to a disturbance at the school. Gary…

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

MASON CITY – On Thursday, May 12 at approximately 11:24 a.m., a subject ordered food from a local business and asked that it be delivered to a residence. The business…

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I want to address everyone who spends time at this site, whether you simply read the blogs or actively jump into the discussions taking place at…

$2.1 million for new biodiesel refinery near Forest City

May 11, 2011(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Power Fund Board approved awards of over $2.1 million for projects to build a biodiesel refinery near Forest City, create jobs for the…

State Record White Bass Caught at Spirit Lake

SPIRIT LAKE – A new state record white bass was caught from a dock Saturday evening on Big Sprit Lake. Josh Zylstra, 23, of Laurens, landed the 18.7-inch, 4.16 pound…

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

A Forest City, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a Mason City area methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Jessica Risius, age 32, of Forest City, Iowa,…

Auto accident in Frankiln county Monday injures two

Auto accident in Frankiln county Monday injures two

Two people were injured in a Monday afternoon accident in Franklin county. The incident took place on northbound Interstate 35 in Franklin county at about 5 p.m. Monday. A vehicle…

Mason City Bulls is newest minor league hockey team in Mason City

Mason City Bulls is newest minor league hockey team in Mason City

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that its Board of Governors has accepted the membership application for a team in Mason City, Iowa, to begin play for…

Fatal hit and run this Tuesday morning in Worth County

KENSETT – Around 8:00 a.m., person was struck by a burgundy GMC Chevy truck on Raven Avenue in Worth County 1 mile north of Kensett. Air Med was dispatched but…

NIACC Recognized 675 Graduates at Commencement

NIACC Recognized 675 Graduates at Commencement

During the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6, approximately 675 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded to graduates. Several honors and awards were also…