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CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

People watch and take pictures as the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled into Mason City Wednesday.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train making North Iowa stops

MASON CITY | The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled into Mason City Wednesday night, stopping long enough to provide entertainment and spur donations to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank.

The train stopped at the railroad yard at 904 S. Pennsylvania Ave., where Canadian artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott performed.

Non-perishable items and cash were donated to the Food Bank. 

The train stopped in Grafton earlier on Wednesday and is scheduled to stop in Charles City at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue.

— John Skipper


CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

Canadian artists Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott performed Wednesday during the annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Mason City.

Eagle Grove Strong: Business as usual for high school basketball team after racist comments

EAGLE GROVE | With cheering fans decked out in purple and yellow, proud parents and a loud band in the gym, the casual observer Tuesday night would never know the Eagle Grove boys basketball team had faced unearned, unwanted and unwelcome controversy this week.

The Globe Gazette reported Monday that two KIOW Radio employees made racist comments about Eagle Grove players during a game against Forest City last week. Both were fired from the station.

The fans and the team approached Tuesday's game against Belmond-Klemme like any other: it was crowded, and the Eagles won.

“Overcome it and move on,” former Eagle Grove student and basketball player Dalton Schaffer said of the mentality for the game.

Schaffer, 19, graduated last year and played with Spencer Espejo, Enzo Gebara and Nikolas Padilla, the three players mentioned in the video. The three teens and their families declined an interview with the Globe Gazette. 

“It’s devastating that someone would say that about anybody,” he said. “After hearing that, my gut got really sick, and just to hear people talk about Eagle Grove like that.”

Dustin Smith, father of Eagle Grove basketball player Ryan Smith, was also disappointed.

“I was upset by the comments,” Dustin Smith said. “Our players have really united in the face of this controversy.”

He said the boys have been dealing with the controversy in their own way.

“We’ve been really proud of how the boys have responded,” Dustin Smith said.

One of the boys mentioned in the video, Nikolas Padilla, took to Twitter to respond to the comments.

“Thank you everyone for your sympathy," the tweet said. “I am proud to be Hispanic and of my background culture.”

Padilla went on to say that he didn’t want Orin Harris, one of the fired KIOW employees, to be known for his “devastating remarks.”

“He made a terrible decision, I accept his apology and want him to move on with his life as I will with mine,” Padilla wrote.

He and other Eagle Grove supporters used the hashtag, #EGSTRONG.

“Niko, a great young man, stepped up and made a great decision,” Schaffer said. “A lot of kids could have taken it a whole different direction.”


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Court records: Mason City man who allegedly killed grandparents may be mentally ill


MASON CITY | A man who allegedly killed his two grandparents in Mason City last month is asking for a psychiatric evaluation, because he may suffer from mental illness.

Codie Matz, 25, is accused of killing his grandparents, Kenneth Hackbart, 61, and Kathleen Hackbart, 64, in their southwestern Mason City home on Nov. 7.

According to court documents filed by Matz' attorneys, Parker Thirnbeck and Steven Kloberdanz, this week, Matz might be suffering from a mental illness that is preventing him from understanding that he is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, what the court proceedings are and related matters.

Matz psychiatric evaluation request

"...the Defendant appears to be suffering from visual hallucinations, paranoid delusions and is very confused at this time," the court document says. 

Thirnbeck and Kloberdanz, both public defenders in Mason City, have asked Matz be evaluated by a psychiatrist at the state's cost. They added all court proceedings would stop until it is determined whether Matz is competent to stand trial.

Thirnbeck, the lead attorney in the case, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, Matz allegedly stabbed the Hackbarts at their home on Nov. 7. He was last seen in Mason City around 8 a.m. that morning, and apparently fled town.

He was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. that day, when an Iowa State trooper saw Matz in the Hackbarts' vehicle in rural Bondurant, a suburb of Des Moines.

Matz requested a speedy trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 23, 2018, in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

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