Author Archives: AJ Taylor


November 9th is Hancock County 4-H Awards Program

November 9th is Hancock County 4-H Awards Program

Hancock County 4-H will be celebrating and recognizing the hard work 4-H members have put into their 4-H projects at the annual 4-H Awards & Recognition Program on Sunday, November 9th from 4:00 -5:30pm at the Garner Hayfield Ventura high school auditorium.  4-H members will receive awards in their project areas by meeting the required

Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City

Iowan Cleared of Theft Charge Files Libel Suit

A northern Iowa woman whose theft case was dismissed has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging libel and slander. 44-year-old Tracy Hassman filed the lawsuit on Monday against Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City and its executive director. Hassman, of Nora Springs, was charged in March 2013 with stealing more than


Treats on the Streets This Saturday

Area businesses in Garner are being encouraged to participate in the “Treats on the Streets” event downtown. They are asking that those who want to be a part of the event should be ready by 9am on Saturday with whatever decorations and a candy dispensary site. Garner Chamber officials say that even if you are

Election 2014 2

Five Candidates on Nov. 4 Ballot for County Extension Council

Voters will have the opportunity to elect five members of the Cerro Gordo County Extension Council at the Nov. 4 general election. “The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Cerro Gordo County for the next four years,” John Sjolinder, County Director said. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Farmer Sculpture

‘The Farmer’ Sculpture Wins Mason City Award

A statue of a farmer leaning on a spade has been selected among 20 other sculptures as the most popular in Mason City. The work, called “The Farmer,” is this year’s winner of the People’s Choice award in the north Iowa city. The city will buy it for $15,000 and put the sculpture on permanent

Brooke Banse

Trial Continued for Banse into December

Brooke Banse who is a former at-risk coordinator at Garner-Hayfield Elementary School, will have her trial continued to December 3rd. She is accused of receiving fraudulent Medicaid payments. She has been formally charged with first degree fraudulent practice and tampering with records. Officials claim that she received federal payments for services she did not provide

Manure application

Manure Applicators Certification Class Sign Ups in Progress

Manure applicators that haul or handle manure from a confinement site facility with more than 500 animal units and all commercial manure applicators are required by Iowa law to be certified to apply manure in Iowa. “My best estimate based on historical numbers of certified applicators is somewhere between 300-800 applicators still need to attend