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Local Earth Day rooted in lake water quality awareness

(Above) Clear Creek Elementary School Principal Sally Duesenberg leads the “Critter Parade” at local Earth Day activities Saturday.-Reporter photo by Chris Barragy. Earth Day has become such a standard celebration in Clear Lake, it’s hard to believe it has been 20 years since a small group of volunteers first organized an event as a way…
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McIntire headed to National Golden Gloves tourney

Brian McIntire simply loves to compete. He’s been everything from a high school standout athlete to a  First Team college football All-American.  After that it was arena football for six years, helping the Sioux Falls Storm win four championships.  But when a serious knee injury sidelined him in 2011, it was time to retire. Sit down? …
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‘Sentinel’ will watch over Central Gardens

(Above) Central Gardens volunteers Roger Harringa and Joe Plague carefully unloaded “The Sentinel” at Central Gardens of North Iowa Thursday.-Reporter photo. Jim and Ann Kuhlman celebrated a special anniversary with a gift to a place they love. The Mason City couple met in the spring of 1967 and were married later that year.  They marked…
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Board approves raise in Clear Lake school tax rate

Residents of the Clear Lake School District will see the school’s portion of their tax bill rise 80-cents.  The School Board passed its 2017-18 budget unanimously at its April 12 meeting. Under the budget the district’s tax rate will go from $9.59 in 2016-17 to $10.39 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Superintendent Doug Gee…
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The thrill of the hunt

The Clear Lake Jaycees hosted the annual Easter Egg Hunt in City Park on Saturday.  Hundreds of youngsters participated in the hunt, including Jamison Vaage, who got a little help from his dad, Jeff.-Reporter photo by Chris Barragy.
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Brick by brick

Old brick sidewalks have been removed and new ones were being installed Monday as part of the Main Avenue Sidewalk Restoration Project.  The south side of the 300 block of Main Avenue is the first of eight segments of the project.  Businesses remain open during the work.  The next phase will be on the north…
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