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North Iowa School Board election results – Sept. 12, 2017

Below are unofficial results of school board elections, which will be confirmed by the respective county's Board of Supervisors.

(* denotes winner; (i) denotes incumbent)


At-Large (select two)

*Gary Berkland – 297 votes

*Marc Schlichting – 175 votes

Jim Swenson – 163 votes

Laura LaRue (i) – 140 votes

Write-in – 1 vote

District 4 (select one)

*Rick McDaniel – 308 votes

Robert Arnold – 79 votes

Write-in – 1 vote


District 1 At-Large (select one)

*Mitch Vanness (i) – 76 votes

District 2 At-Large (select one)

*Beth Podolan – 73 votes

District 3 At-Large (select one)

*Jacob McNutt (i) – 70 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

Central Springs

District 1 North A (select one)

*Jean Schilling – 140 votes

District 1 North B (select one)

*Amber Nuehring (i) – 138 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

District 2 South A (select one)

*Nathan Lindsay – 79 votes

Mark Frandle – 53 votes

Lynn Brady (i) – 27 votes

Charles City

At-Large (select three)

*Joshua Mack – 213 votes

*Missy Freund – 211 votes

*Scott Dight (i) – 160 votes

Write-in – 28 votes

Clear Lake

At-Large (select two)

*Tony Brownlee – 306 votes

*Chyrl Bergvig (i) – 252 votes 

Rick Knudson – 237 votes

Forest City

District 1 (select two)

*Eric Kingland (i) – 528 votes

*Cynthia Carter (i) – 501 votes

Beth Clouse – 490 votes

Jeremy Archer – 277 votes

Write-in – 7 votes

District 2 (select one)

*Pat Hobbs (i) – 860 votes

Write-in – 12 votes

District 3 (select one)

*David Bartlett (i) – 862 votes

Write-in – 8 votes


At-Large (select three):

*Jay Larkin – 240 votes

*Jack Toppin (i) – 222 votes

*Steve Watson (i) – 191 votes

 Brian Roberts (write-in) – 113 votes

Other write-ins – 6 votes


Hampton At-Large (select two)

*Jeff Rosenberg (i) – 222 votes

*Chad Hanson (i) – 183 votes

Karen Koenig – 171 votes

Write-in – 7 votes

Hampton-Dumont At-Large (select one)

*Stephanie Powers – 153 votes

Hortencia Saldivar – 148 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

Lake Mills

At-Large (select one)

*Donald Knudtson (i) – 46 votes

Write-in – 6 votes

District 1 (select one)

*Kristie Smith (i) – 50 votes

Write-in – 6 votes

Mason City

At-Large (select three)

*Jodi Draper (i) – 862 votes

*Jacob Schweitzer – 819 votes

*Alan Steckman – 787 votes

Richard Haas – 637 votes

Janna Arndt (i) – 546 votes

Write-in – 18 votes

North Iowa

Ballot measure: Renewal of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

YES – 235

NO – 114

At-Large (select two)

*Emily Angstman – 287 votes

*Rachel Wubben (i) – 242 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

District 1 (select one)

*Mark Ostermann (i) – 318 votes

Write-in – 1 vote

District 3 (select one)

*John Helland (i) – 319 votes


Ballot measure: A $5.9 million general obligation bond for new heating and ventilation and adding air conditioning at the secondary building as well as replacing the industrial technology and vocational agriculture building.

YES – 214 votes

NO – 90 votes

At-Large (select two)

*Roger Harris (i) – 264 votes

*Susan Kliment (i) – 257 votes

Write-in – 23 votes


At-Large (select two)

*Angela Nasstrom (i) – 203 votes

*Rick Sletten (i) – 177 votes

Jim Seward – 71 votes

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock

At-Large (select two)

*Jeff Kuhlers – 75 votes

*Mike Staudt (i) – 71 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

St. Ansgar

Ballot measure: Renewal of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

YES – 195

NO – 104

District 3 (select one)

*Donna Brumm (i) – 255 votes

District 4 (select one)

*Lowana Hannam – 173 votes

Michelle Mayer (i) – 122 votes

District 5 (select one)

*Tara Bork (i) – 236 votes

District 6 (select one)

*Lindsey Falk (i) – 269 votes

West Fork

Ballot measure: Renewal of Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

YES – 300

NO – 223

At-Large (select one)

*Grant Petersen – 256 votes

Toni Lauffer – 195 votes

Stacy Tompkins – 86 votes

Kevin Zeitler – 58 votes

District 1 (select one)

*Roger Witte (i) – 483 votes

Write-in – 44 votes

District 2 (select one)

*Mary Schlichting (i) – 234 votes

Amber Marzen – 226 votes

Eric Reicherts – 143 votes

Write-in – 2 votes

West Hancock 

At-Large (select one):

*Jon Harle (i) – 89 votes

Paul Kumsher – 62 votes

Write-in – 2

District 1:

*Angie Johnson – 139 votes

Write-in – 3 votes

District 3:

*Jay Burgardt (i) – 124 votes

Kevin Eisenman (write-in) – 9 votes

Other write-in – 7 votes


District 3: 

*James Niemants (i) – 696

Write-in – 8

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'Rest in heaven': Tree at heart of Mason City double-fatal crash becomes memorial

MASON CITY | Notes and tributes have turned a tree — the site of a double-fatal crash in northwestern Mason City — into a memorial. 

“U will always b in everyone's heart," is written in black marker on a small pumpkin, placed near the base of the tree. 

A framed poem dedicated to beloved granddaughter rests near the pumpkin. 

Jerrick Rinnels, 29, lost control of a 2005 Chrysler 300 at Third Street Northwest and North Jefferson Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Sept. 7 and rolled the vehicle into a tree. He and passenger Jessica Herker, 28, died at the scene, according to law enforcement.

Family and friends wrote notes to Rinnels and Herker on the exposed bark, where the vehicle hit the tree.

“Fly high, spread your wings,” "our shooting star," “rest in heaven” and “watch over us” are included among the notes. A small John Deere tractor toy was placed among them. 

Below the notes, an Xbox controller, balloons, flowers, candles, cards and other small items make up the memorial. A few bottles of liquor, including Fireball, were left for a final toast. 

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash. Officials estimate the full report, which involves a medical examiner's report, could take as long as three to four months. 

Police say Rinnels was wanted on a warrant and led law enforcement on a brief pursuit before losing control of the car. 

Records: Asbestos caused delay in Mason City building demolition

MASON CITY | Records obtained by the Globe Gazette show the more than 100-year-old Armory building near downtown Mason City underwent two asbestos abatements since March, causing a delay in its demolition.

Nathan Stueve, a member of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' asbestos program, said he inspected the building, located at 130 West State St., less than six months ago. He added the issue is common with older buildings, especially given the materials in those structures.

"The thing you have to understand is there are over 3,000 building materials that could have asbestos in it," he said. "Sometimes, it's hard to find everything with asbestos."

DNR records show that there were two asbestos abatements on the building: one from June 22 to July 9, and another from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. Both times, Site Services, Inc. of Algona was in charge of the asbestos removal.

Photos: Armory Building in Downtown Mason City

Complete demolition of a building cannot be done until most of the asbestos has been removed, Stueve added. If it gets airborne, it could present a health hazard, he said.

Wayne Clegg, president of Site Services Inc., said there was nothing abnormal about the asbestos removal. 

"It's just another abatement process," said Clegg, who has been in the business for 37 years.

According to EPA guidelines, demolition cannot occur if asbestos covers 160 square feet or more of facility components. DNR records indicate that 150 and 50 square feet of asbestos was removed during the first and second abatements, respectively.

Jeff Tierney, the owner of the building and the crew completing the building's demolition, didn't return multiple calls from the Globe Gazette this week.

By Wednesday afternoon, most of the building's north, east and west sides had been destroyed.

This past March, workers started demolition by removing the roof of the building. That continued last week, shortly after the second abatement had finished.

DNR Records

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

Demolition began last week at the vacant Armory building in downtown Mason City.

Clear Lake Dairy Queen closes

CLEAR LAKE | The Dairy Queen in Clear Lake has closed its doors.

The restaurant’s last day was Sunday, Sept. 10, according to signs posted at 1006 N. 20th St.

“We want to thank you for your years of loyalty,” the sign said. “We truly appreciate it.”

The sign continues by inviting patrons to visit “Hannah and her team in Mason City to say Hi and grab a blizzard.”

Representatives at Fourteen Foods, who own the Clear Lake and Mason City locations, could not be reached for comment Thursday, and messages left by the Globe Gazette with the company went unreturned last week. However, the Clear Lake location is no longer listed on the Fourteen Foods website.

Fourteen Foods is a multi-unit owner and operator of more than 200 DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and Dairy Queen Braziers in nearly a dozen states, including Iowa, the company's website states.