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Lake Mills

Committee Clears Lake Mills Police Chief Thomas of Allegations

Committee Clears Lake Mills Police Chief Thomas of Allegations

The Lake Mills City Council has accepted the findings of an committee assigned to investigate complaints about the Lake Mills Police Department. The committee, labeled the Public Safety Committee was made up of Mayor Steffens, Tony Sorenson, and Stephanie Steffens, both of whom are on the city council. The council did try to look at retaining

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Buffalo Center Groups Benefit from W. D. Ley Foundation

The Buffalo Center area benefitted from the awarding of monetary gifts to nine different groups. The W. D. Ley Foundation gives money to several groups in the Buffalo Center and surrounding areas. The organization has a $500,000 fund it uses to make the gifts available to groups. The foundation was founded in 2000 after the


Men Get to be Queen for a Day

Men and male high school students have the chance to become a “Queen of the Court” during the West Hancock vs. Forest City showdown on Tuesday. The competitors must dress “appropriately” in this contest to become the Queen. The event raises money for the After Prom Committee along with other functions during the game like “Chuck


Local Casinos may be Affected by New Smoking Ban Legislation

A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would force casinos to comply with the state’s smoking ban. Casino floors in Iowa are now exempt from following a 2008 law that prohibits smoking in public places. A bill sponsored by Sen. Herman Quirmbach, of Ames, would eliminate that exemption. Quirmbach said Tuesday there

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Group Plans Mason City Downtown Housing

A Mason City organization plans to build a three-story upscale housing development near the city’s downtown. The Good Shepherd Inc. board of directors on Friday approved a plan for the 32 units of housing. Most will have two bedrooms, and the development will include underground parking, outdoor patio areas and green space. The housing will

Some Officials Uneasy with New Budget Discussion Approach

Some Mason City City Council members say they’re uncomfortable with a new practice in which they meet behind closed doors for budget discussions. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer implemented the approach this year. It requires that the council split into two subcommittees to work privately without public access. Budget discussions previously involved the entire council and were

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Forest City Family Fun Night Planned

Organizers with the Forest City Family Fun Night want to know if your family needs some fun together entertainment during these cold winter months? If so then they encourage you and your family to spend an evening at the Forest City YMCA with your family on Saturday, January 31th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The evening begins


VITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Preparation in Rural Counties

Betty Abel is entering her fifth year of preparing tax returns at the Welcome We Help Inc. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site in Corydon, Iowa. Abel joins a team of accountants, clergy, retired professionals and students throughout the state who volunteer to prepare tax returns for low-income clients through this program, known as VITA. Rules


Warriors Sweep NCHL Series on Senior Day

The Waldorf College hockey team secured a 1-0 win over Northern Michigan University to cap a Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL) series sweep on Saturday. “It was another complete team effort,” Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. “Everybody sold out for the team and did the little things that it takes to win.” The Warriors (20-5-2,