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Historic Downtown Copper Dome Nearly Complete

Historic Downtown Copper Dome Nearly Complete

The Forest City downtown area has been given a remarkable facelift with building tuck pointing, new windows, storefront awnings, and then there is the copper dome which has dominated the Forest City skyline since the late 1800’s. The whole concept of the funding for the makeover came from outgoing Forest City’s Mayor Rick Skjeie according

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USDA: Commodity Prices at Low Point Now Where Production Costs Aren’t Met

Area farmers are taking note that more predictions point toward gloomy financial times ahead for them as commodity prices trend lower for corn and soybeans. Rod Johansson, an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture, says those commodity prices have continued to drop and have now reached a crucial point. Despite predictions for record or near-record


NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Archery Participation Benefiting from Popular Movie Franchise

Archery is experiencing a wave of popularity thanks, in part, to the successful Hunger Games series, and locally to Iowa’s expanding archery in the schools program. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Iowa Bowhunters Association will be giving away a brand new Gen-X Bow valued at $300. To enter the drawing,

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Cow Palace Makes Room for Caseys

Underground piping is being laid along with gasoline fuel storage tanks and a foundation is almost in place for the Casey’s on Highway 69 in Forest City. The new store is across from a tire store and next to another convenience store in Sid’s. The city had been trying to understand where to put the sewer lines


Winning SBDC Entreprenuerial Award Businesses are Located in Mason City and Rudd

America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 special entrepreneur awards. Sarah Novacek, Founder, President and CEO, Legacy Logistics Freight, Inc., Mason City, is the 2016 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner. Tony Halsted, Owner, Hoover’s Hatchery Company, LLC, Rudd, is the 2016 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year

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Grassley Escalates Holds on State Department Nominees Over Agency’s Inadequate Responsiveness to Inquiries

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is escalating his holds on State Department nominees over the State Department’s continued failure to respond in a timely, reasonable manner to numerous inquiries beginning in June 2013.   Grassley has added a hold on the nomination of Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., to be an Under