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Dry conditions spark field fires, red flag warnings

Extremely dry conditions, coupled with wind, have resulted in a number of field fires in North Iowa, like this blaze which broke out Wednesday, Oct. 14, between Clear Lake and Mason City. A Red Flag Warning has been posted statewide for all but a few counties in northwest Iowa. The National Weather Service says the…
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Supervisors show support for grant application for rail facility

The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant application in support of the construction of a trans-load rail facility in Emery between Mason City and Clear Lake. Tuesday, Oct. 13 Supervisors gave their support to a $656,000 facility which would initially employ five persons. Sanders Products, of Lawrence, Kan., serves biofuels manufacturing…
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GHV school leader finalist for top honor

Tyler Williams, superintendent of the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District, was a finalist for the 2015-16 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa. “SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to promoting student achievement and committed to education,” said Roark Horn, the association’s executive director. The GHV School…
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Clear Lake woman spends an ‘amazing year’ battling breast cancer

‘I have an all new outlook on life’ by Marianne Morf Tiffani Ward calls 2014 an amazing year.   It’s a superlative that seems contradictory.  After all, the year included her diagnosis of breast cancer, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. As a medical assistant at Mercy Medical Center’s Regency Clinic in Mason City, Ward,…
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Patriots for Pets leader ordered to return adopted dog

Owner accused of abuse sues One chapter of a bizarre pet adoption case has ended, but another has opened. Last week a Cerro Gordo County magistrate judge ruled in favor of a Jewell, Iowa man whose dog was confiscated by Patriots for Pets Coordinator Debbie Kern, of Clear Lake.  This week Kern and the Patriots…
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Acts of kindness add up for students

Sunset School preschoolers were the first to receive recognition for their acts of kindness during the week. They received gift certificates from the Half Moon Inn for their actions and are helping to reach a goal of 2,000 acts of kindness by World Kindness Day on Nov. 13.-Submitted photos. Students at Clear Creek Elementary and…
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