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Lehigh, IA

Mayor Quits, City Clerk Fired, Council Leaderless in Lehigh

Mayor Quits, City Clerk Fired, Council Leaderless in Lehigh

The small central Iowa city of Lehigh is now without a mayor and a city clerk. Mayor Mark Johnson resigned last week so he could spend more time with his family. The Lehigh City Council voted Monday to fire City Clerk Wanda Ganeff, citing poor performance. Councilman Troy Twito says Ganeff wasn’t following orders or

Hancock County Supervisors discuss drainage

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors met in adjourned session Monday with a brief agenda of drainage business.  First, the Supervisors held a conference call with the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors to tentatively approve the Engineer’s report on completion of work and set the completion hearing for Joint Drain #13-128.  Supervisor Jerry Tlach

Fine Arts

Arts Educators Seek to be Part of State Standards

Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group’s executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014,

Toys for Tots

Cerro Gordo 4H Teen Council Helps Toys for Tots

Cerro Gordo County 4-H Teen Council found out that serving the community can be a fun experience in itself. The 4-H Teen Council spent Wednesday evening, December 10, 2014 purchasing Toys for Tots at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City. The group raised money and was able to spend about $300.00 to donate 3 large


Winnebago Supervisors to Discuss Home Base Iowa Initiative

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at 9am to discuss appointments to County boards. The nominees will be appointed at the annual organizational meeting later. At 9:30am, the board will discuss the Home Base Iowa Initiative. This program encourages employers to hire veterans first. It does not encourage discrimination between someone


Wind Advisory in Effect for the Broadcast Area

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the broadcast area until 6am this morning. A strong low pressure system is departing the area generating winds in excess of 40 miles per hour. Precipitation is associated with the system and as the colder air moves in to the area, the precipitation will change

Santa Reading

Mason City Staff Answer Letters to Santa

For 30 years, members of the Mason City Recreation Department have been answering letters sent to Santa Claus. Staffers say they’re still surprised by some of the requests from children. One boy wrote that he wants a blue dinosaur, snowflakes and some cake for Christmas. Another boy says he just wants a puppy. Other requests