Category Archives: Top Stories

Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at the stories which dominated the headlines in 2015. # 1 It’s McKesson! The biggest story of the year was actually the same story which topped the 2014 review.  In February the McKesson Corporation, the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America, was introduced as the…
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The season of Giving

(Above) Clear Lake High School Assistant Principal Dale Ludwig (left) and Principal Chris Murphy were on the receiving end of several shaving cream pies thrown by students Tuesday morning in celebration of reaching their fundraising goal for The Giving Tree.  Here, junior Nico McPherren delivers a blow.-Reporter photos by Chris Barragy. Student/Family Services Coordinator Sally…
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Shop With A Cop brings officers and students together

(Above) Accompanying Jaxon Schroeder on his shopping experience was Jodie McChesney (center) and Police Officer Dean Anderson Thirty youngsters from Clear Lake and Ventura had the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for themselves and others at the second annual Shop With a Cop event.  This year the Clear Lake Police Benevolence Association program grew…
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School Board votes to end superintendent sharing plan

The Clear Lake School Board has voted unanimously to pursue the hiring of its own superintendent for the 2016-17 school year. On a 5-0 vote Wednesday, Dec. 16, board members decided to discontinue sharing the superintendent position with Mason City.  Anita Micich has served as the leader of the two school districts since a sharing…
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Record ice-in hits a snag, for now

Remember that commercial that said, “Don’t mess with Mother Nature?” Last week it seemed all but certain that a new record for a late “ice-in” date would be set.  After all, unseasonably warm weather had kept Clear Lake ice-free and there was no signs of it letting up.  The record late ice-in date of Dec.…
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Three announce retirements from Clear Lake Schools

One Clear Lake administrator and two longtime teachers have decided to accept the school district’s early retirement incentive package. Clear Creek Elementary School Principal Mike Barkley, along with physical education instructor and coach Gary Weber and special education teacher Gerilynn Berding have announced their intention to retire at the end of the school year. Barkley…
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