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Klemme Deals with Flooded Areas (Audio)

Klemme Deals with Flooded Areas (Audio)

Thunderstorms have left destruction in several areas around the Forest City area. Rivers are almost out of their banks as are creeks and farmland is facing serious ponding issues. Some of the drainage districts which were in need of cleaning or repair are also backed up. In Klemme, the town is supposed to be celebrating

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Water Ponding on Roads in Lake Mills

Early morning rains caused water to overtop gravel roads throughout the county.  Despite the damage, all roads have been made passable except for two locations northwest of Lake Mills which are at 205th Avenue, ½ mile north of 470th Street and at 190th Avenue, 1/3 mile north of 460th Street. These roads have parts under

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Robert Olsen Retires From Winnebago Industries Board

Winnebago Industries, Incoporated has announced that Robert J. Olson, Director, has notified the Board of Directors that he will not seek re-election and will retire from his position on the Board when his current term expires at the 2014 Annual Meeting on December 16, 2014. Olson previously served as Chairman, CEO and President of Winnebago

RSVP Volunteer Receives Governor’s Volunteer Award

Stuart Vold of Mason City received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony Monday in Cedar Falls. Vold was honored with an Individual Volunteer Award by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa for serving as a Reading Buddy in Mason City. “Stu Vold

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Hancock County Health System Foundation Expands Board Membership

Hancock County Health System (HCHS) Foundation welcomes Kristen Bruckhoff to its Board of Directors. The ten member board represents communities across Hancock County. Bruckhoff is Assistant Vice President at Reliance State Bank in Garner and lives in Forest City with her husband, Josh and their two dogs, Holden and Marley. She looks forward to serving


Waldorf College Associate Professor Publishes First Book

Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor, Waldorf College associate professor of music, has dedicated over five years of her life to researching Icelandic composer and musician Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson and his influence on the nation’s music. Dr. Taylor’s journey to publishing The Complete Solo Piano Works of Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, a collection of piano compositions created over 42 years,did

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Thursday On Main is Cancelled for Tonight

With the weather forecast calling for a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its weekly Thursday on Main Street event for tonight. The event highlights businesses on Main Street and often stores have discounts associated with the nighttime event. There are also vendors who will have tents along

Small Iowa town losing gathering place at cafe

A small northern Iowa town is losing a favored gathering place, the Chit Chat Café. Owner Richard Dorenkamp said that he must close the Thornton restaurant after 39 years because business has waned in the town of around 400 and his health has declined. Over the years the Chit Chat Cafe became a popular place


Klemme Quasquicentennial Opens Friday With Busy Schedule

On Friday, the City of Klemme will become 125 years old joining several cities and towns throughout Iowa who have attained that age. The city will open its quasquicentennial celebration with a garage sale which begins Friday at 12pm. It will go through the afternoon till 4pm. The city officials will then hold an opening