Hancock County/Forest City businesses will collect 1 percent local option tax

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors made it official Monday, that all businesses located on the south side of Forest City in Hancock County will begin in July collecting a 1 percent local option sales and services tax.  Supervisor Jerry Tlach explains. Two-thirds of the local option sales and services tax goes towards secondary roads. […]

STEM Festival Coming to Forest City on April 1st

Waldorf University will be the host of the “Spotlight on STEM Festival” on April 1st. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Paul Gibbins, North Central Iowa Regional STEM Manager says such achievement is critical to regaining Iowa’s historic legacy as a leader in education and workforce development. North Central Iowa STEM […]

Study Says Prestage Foods Costs Are Lower Than Projected Tax Collections

A comprehensive report is being released on the financial impact of the major new pork processing plant that will be built in Eagle Grove. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss presented the findings in the Hamilton County town of Stanhope Wednesday night. It tallies the pros and cons of the planned $246 million Prestage Farms […]

Mason City Airport Could Lose Commercial Airline Service Under Federal Budget Cut Proposals

Mason City along with two other Iowa airports could lose commercial air service under President Trump’s proposed budget. Airports in Burlington and Fort Dodge depend on federal subsidies to provide regular flights to major cities in the Midwest. Trump has proposed eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which makes those flights possible. Pam Osgood is the director of […]