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Report: Architecture billings slow to finish 2018
Architecture firm billings growth softened in December but remained positive for the 15th consecutive month, according to The American Institute of Architects. In the Midwest, the index increase 3.2 points from November, said Jessica Reinert, executive director of AIA Iowa. “Construction in the Midwest seems unaffected by the ongoing tariff situation thus far compared to the soft growth in other areas across the United States.”
Junior Achievement seeks volunteers
Junior Achievement is seeking community and business volunteers to serve as "classroom mentors" in the Mason City School District. Junior Achievement is a national nonprofit that works with schools to provide "financial literacy and career readiness skills," according to a release. For more information, email email@example.com.
NIACC hosts workforce diversity workshop
North Iowa Area Community College, IowaWorks and Employers’ Council of Iowa will hold a half-day seminar on "Welcoming and Retaining Diverse Talent," from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 12 at NIACC. Russ Curry, with 28 years of human resources experience, and Victory Oyervides, a native of Mexico and business specialist with Iowa State Extension, will lead the workshop. For more information or to register, visit niacc.augusoft.net or call 641-422-4358.
Anderson moves into president, owner role with Skott & Anderson
Skott & Anderson Architects announced Gary Anderson as its president and owner. Craig Skott, past president and company founder, remains on staff as project architect. Anderson joined Craig Skott Architects in 1994 and formed Skott & Anderson Architects in 2006. He is an Iowa native, graduated from Iowa State and lives in Mason City with his wife.
DreamDirt to open office in Mason City
DreamDirt Auctioneers took possession of its new location in Mason City earlier this month. The facility, located on Highway 18 in front of Walmart, will be developed into DreamDirt’s Northern Iowa Farmland Auction Center, according to a release, and will serve as a bidding and operations center for the company’s live and online auctions. Its other location is in De Soto.
RSVP of North Central Iowa recognizes volunteers
In recognition of National Mentoring Month, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa honored its reading coach volunteers who tutor and mentor middle school students to improve literacy skills. For more information, visit niacc.edu/rsvp or call 888-466-4222 ext. 4256.
Forest City Middle School: Judith Anderson, Mary Baxter, Barb Braun, Annette Bruns, Cheryl Burke, Paul Fitzgerald, Cheryl Hanna, Joan Hansen, Ken Hansen, Cynthia Korth, and Mary Schaefer.
Lincoln Intermediate School, Mason City: Robin Bratvold, Jack Gannett, Don Gettner, Raymond Heimbuch, Vel Mondahl, and Vicki Robertson.
North Iowa Middle School, Buffalo Center: Joe Angstman and Connie Brooks.
West Hancock Middle School, Kanawha: Kathy Johnson and Jean Sheets.
Cabin Coffee promotes Smidt
Becca Smidt was promoted to master barista at Cabin Coffee in October 2018. Smidt has been with Cabin Coffee for a little over two years.
Pork conference set Jan. 23-24
The Iowa Pork Producers Association will host the 47th annual Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 23 and 24 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. For more information or to register online, go to iowaprokcongress.org.
Beef conference set Jan. 24-25
With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference, Jan. 24-25 in Dubuque. More information on topics, speakers and lodging is available at aep.iastate.edu/beef.
First Citizens names donation recipients
Mason City-based First Citizens Charitable Foundation, Inc. announced the 86 area organizations that received $486,500 in donations in 2018. It distributes funds to charitable, religious, educational and health care institutions in North Iowa and Minnesota. Application deadlines are June 1 and Nov. 15 of each year. Since 1995, more than $6.4 million has been donated. Click on "Charitable Foundation" at myfcb.bank for more information.
American Red Cross $1,000; B.A.D.G.E.S. $5,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa $2,500; Charles City Booster Club $1,000; Charles City Community School District $2,500; Charles City Garden Corridor Committee $1,000; Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care $5,000; Chickasaw Athletic Booster Club $3,600; Chickasaw Township Fire Department $10,000; City Improvement Association of Charles City $1,000; City of Forest City $10,000; City of Ionia $2,500;
City of Mason City $10,000; Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce $2,500; Community Bankers of Iowa Educational Foundation $5,000; Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, Inc. $10,000; Community Kitchen of North Iowa $5,250; Comprehensive Systems, Inc. $6,500; Coulter Public Library $1,000; Crisis Intervention $4,000; Cub Cadet Childhood Center $5,000; Elderbridge Agency on Aging $10,000;
Faith Lutheran Home $2,000; Family YMCA of Charles City $2,000; Floyd County Fair Society $15,000; Fossil & Prairie Center Foundation $5,000; Foster Grandparent Program – Floyd County $2,500; Francis Lauer Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. $40,000; Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation $1,000; Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa $5,000; Good Shepherd, Inc. $1,000; Healthy Harvest of North Iowa $2,000;
Homes for Haiti $1,500; Iowa College Foundation $5,000; Iowa Specialty Hospital Foundation $11,000; Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa $2,500; Kanabec County Community Health $25,000; Kanabec County Sheriff Reserves $3,500; Kanawha Christian School $1,000; Kanawha Community Swimming Pool $2,500; KCMR Radio $2,500; Kick Cancer to the Curb $2,000;
Lutheran Services in Iowa $5,000; Mason City Choral Music Guild $5,000; Mason City Family YMCA $8,500; Mason City Police Department $1,500; Mason City Public Library $5,000; Meals on Wheels $5,000; Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton $5,000; Mercy Medical Center Foundation – North Iowa $2,000; Mitchell County Memorial Foundation, Inc. $1,000; Mora Elementary $5,650;
Mora Food Pantry $3,000; Mora High School $2,000; NIACC $1,000; NIACC Foundation $31,950; NIACOG Housing Trust Fund $5,000; North Iowa Band Festival Foundation $5,000; North Iowa Christian School $12,500; North Iowa Community Action Organization $5,000; North Iowa Events Center $10,000; North Iowa Transition Center $1,000;
NIVC Services, Inc. $2,750; North Iowa Youth For Christ $10,000; Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless $21,500; Ogilvie-Mora Swim Team $7,000; One Heartland $5,000; One Vision $1,000; Osage Community Day Care $15,000; Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavior Healthcare $15,000; Project Flo Association $2,000; Rockwell Lions Club $2,000;
Salvation Army $1,000; Salvation Army Adult Day Health Center $11,000; Senior Citizens Center $1,000; Spin Devo $2,500; St. Paul’s Lutheran School $1,800; Stacyville Community Nursing Home $1,000; Stebens Children’s Theatre $1,000; The World Food Prize Foundation $10,000; TLC: The Learning Center $5,000; UNI Foundation $1,000;
Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. $2,000; Visit Mason City Iowa $5,000; Winnebago Council Boy Scouts of America $5,000; Wright On The Park, Inc. $1,500.
MBT donates to Winnebago fund
Manufacturer’s Bank and Trust donated $10,000 to the the Winnebago County Conservation Board and the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, according to a release. The money will go toward an environmental education center. The groups have raised about $474,000 for the $1.2 million facility.
Visit Mason City announces tourism grant recipients
Visit Mason City awarded $5,000 in grants to nine local tourism events and programs from its Tourism Marketing Grant Program.
Award recipients included: Charles H. MacNider Art Museum; Friends of the 457; Healthy Harvest of North Iowa; Iowa Lions District 9NC; North Iowa Band Festival; North Iowa Events Center: Trouble Pool Tournament; North Iowa Events Center: River City Warm‐Ups; River City Society for Historic Preservation; and Wright on the Park for billboard advertising.
The grants provide financial assistance for marketing projects that promote events that attract tourism activity to the community. The next round of applications for the program are due on Feb. 1. For more information, visit visitmasoncityiowa.com/tourism-marketing-grant.
Schneider joins IOOF; IOOF promotes Esser
The IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center announced the addition of Shelly Schneider and promotion of Billie Esser.
Schneider will serve as the director of nursing, managing the nursing department and setting and monitoring care standards. She earned degrees from NIACC and Chamberlain and is pursuing a master's from Capella. She previously worked as an EMT for 12 years and as a nurse for nine years.
Esser will be the assistant director of nursing. She has been with IOOF for 10 years; her experience includes 20 years in long-term care and 14 years as a nurse. Esser has degrees from NIACC and Ellsworth.
Kossuth EDC celebrates intern program
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp. will celebrate its 20th year of its summer intern program in 2019, according to a release.
Engels joins CENT
CENT Credit Union announced that Alanna Engels has joined the organization as a member service representative. Engels attended Newman Catholic and NIACC and graduated from Iowa State. She has nine years of experience in ag sales and marketing. Engels lives in Clear Lake with her husband and two daughters.
Graham joins Jane Fischer & Associates
Jane Fischer & Associates announced the addition of Realtor Sales Associate Jessica Graham. She is a Mason City native and graduated from Iowa State. Graham also owns and operates her own company, Maneuvers.
Dohlman joins Ashley HomeStore
Dan Dohlman has joined Ashley HomeStore in Mason City as the store manager. Dohlman has previous experience in home furnishings and as a sales manager.
Mason City receives Cultural Affairs grant
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded a $9,096 grant to the Mason City Historic Preservation Commission for the "Melson Mausoleum Historic Rehabilitation" project. The local group aims to "develop a treatment plan for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the building," which was designed by prominent Prairie School architect Barry Byrne.
Winnebago donates thousands of meals
Forest City-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. contributed 268,640 meals to its hometown communities, including Forest City and Charles City, leading up to Christmas. The company's goal for the drive was 60,000 meals.
Haas Chiropractic donates to NIVC
Haas Chiropractic Clinic donated $5,000 to North Iowa Vocational Center, or NIVC, on Dec. 20 as part of its annual giving back to the community. According to Dr. David Haas, each year they choose a nonprofit organization to support and collect funds through offers to new patients.
Hofbauer retires from Winnebago board
Rick Hofbauer of Buffalo Center retired from the Winnebago County Conservation Board on Dec. 10. Hofbauer served on the board for 26 years.
Odegaard joins Mercy Behavioral Health
Amber Odegaard, temporary licensed mental health counselor, joined Mercy Behavioral Health Services. Odegaard is the primary therapist for the Intensive Outpatient Program. She earned degrees from Minnesota State and Argosy and previously worked at facilities, health centers and schools in southern Minnesota.
Sonquists earn Entrepreneurs of the Month award
The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC named Dean and Marcia Sonquist of Plas-Tech Tooling as the Entrepreneurs of the Month for December 2018. The couple founded the Garner business in 1993 in their two-car garage while juggling full-time jobs. Plas-Tech specializes in custom molding needs, working with NIACC and Iowa State for staff development and business leads and on technological specs.
Henkel Construction promotes Phillips
Henkel Construction Company announced the promotion of Bill Phillips to business development director. Phillips joined Henkel in September 2016 as a business development representative. He will now oversee business development activities and staff for Henkel’s North Iowa and Central Iowa offices. Phillips lives in Mason City with his wife; they have three grown children.
Thome joins Focus Insurance
Julie Thome joined Focus Insurance Team in St. Ansgar. She brings with her, over 11 years of experience in the insurance industry. Thome, an Iowa State graduate, is licensed to sell health, life, property casualty, annuities and crop insurance. She lives in St. Ansgar with her husband and three children.
Uhde, Jones join Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Clear Lake Bank & Trust announced the addition of two new employees: Tonya Uhde and Hannah Jones.
Uhde, from the Stewartville, Minnesota area, will join the Garner office. She has four years of experience in retail, consumer lending and real estate banking. She lives in rural Meservey with her husband; they have two grown children.
Jones, a Mason City native and graduate of NIACC and Iowa State, will be a a trust assistant in the Clear Lake office. She most recently worked in insurance, and she lives in Clear Lake.
Kossuth EDC plans Ag Education Day
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation will host an Ag Education Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg. Topics include Midwest ag trends and trade policies. For more information and registration details, visit kossuth-edc.com.
Two at Manly Specialty Care win awards
Staff members at Manly Specialty Care claimed two of the seven awards given Dec. 7 at the Care Initiatives annual awards brunch in West Des Moines. Care Initiatives operates 52 facilities throughout Iowa.
Natalie Leewright, a cook at Manly Specialty Care, received the Be Consistent Award. She joined MSC in 2008 at the age of 16.
Monica Meyer, a CNA/CMA, received the Employee of the Year Award. Meyer joined MSC in 2016 as a CNA and is studying to become an LPN.
Cerro Gordo Health grant will go toward five schools
The University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network named Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health one of seven winners in its Community Grant Program. The $3,000 award will be used to install sensory pathways within five elementary schools in Mason City and Clear Lake to provide a physical activity outlet for students between classes. According to a release, "Similar pathways have been found to improve attention and behaviors of students in the classroom, and provide a convenient and effective way for youth to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors."
One Vision receives accreditation
Clear Lake-based One Vision recently received a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, following a three-day onsite visit in October. The review included a look at programs, services, employment, policies and procedures. The evaluation highlighted One Vision's "dedication, compassion, and enthusiasm for the services they provide," according to a release. One Vision, which provides personal and employment supports for individuals with disabilities in 30 Iowa communities, has been accredited by CARF since the 1980s.
NIACC Pappajohn Center offers free workshop
The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in room 117. The workshop is for anyone who is considering starting a business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. To register, call Mary Spitz at 641-422-342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa State Extension hosts annual crop seminar
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold its annual Crop Advantage Series Jan. 11 in the Muse-Norris Conference Center at NIACC. The seminar aims to help producers "make smart, informed decisions for the farming operation," according to a release.
Topics include: market outlook, crop production, soil pH and liming research update, soybean disease management, herbicide resistance, nitrogen management in variable environments, and current status of tariffs.
For fee and registration information, visit cropadvantage.org.
North Iowa Fair receives award
Mason City's North Iowa Fair was awarded the 2018 Blue Ribbon Fair Award by the Association of Iowa Fairs during the group's annual meeting, Dec. 7-9 in Des Moines. The award recognizes the fair that shows progress in providing youth programs and community service in the group's North Central District. The Association of Iowa Fairs is the organizational body of the fair industry in Iowa.
Young selected to lead new respite group
Karen Young, Mason City, was named Respite Companions Group’s first program coordinator. The group, launched in October, utilizes a volunteer network to provide family caregivers time off. Young, a native of Clear Lake, served as an ordained Methodist minister for 21 years.
Siems joins CASA volunteer network
Linda Siems, Nora Springs, was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, or CASA, volunteer Nov. 27 by Judge Adam Sauer. The group advocates for abused and neglected children in North Iowa judicial settings.
Wessels joins CENT Credit Union
Christopher Wessels joined CENT Credit Union as investment advisor. Wessels, who graduated from Osage, NIACC and Northern Iowa, has held a securities and insurance license since 1996. He lives in Clear Lake with his wife; they have three adult children and one grandchild.
Seidel joins Hertz Farm Management
Nevada-based Hertz Farm Management, Inc. announced the addition of Carrie Seidel, farm manager, to the Mason City office. Seidel, who grew up on a diary farm in northeast Iowa, graduated from Iowa State. She previously worked for Wyffels Hybrids and is a licensed real estate agent in Iowa and Minnesota.
FCIS acquires New Jersey agency
Forest City-based Farm & City Insurance Services, or FCIS, announced the acquisition of The Tobin Agency located in Collingswood, New Jersey. The deal is scheduled to close Jan. 2; terms were not released in a press release. FCIS has an office in Lake Mills, as well, but the Tobin Deal is its first outside of Iowa. Both agencies, who've had a "business association in a related area since 2014," specialize in recreational vehicle insurance.
Thomas leads two seminars at NIACC
NIACC will host author and productivity consultant Audrey Thomas on Jan. 10 in the Muse Norris Conference Center on the NIACC campus. Thomas will lead two seminars, one on productivity and one on organization. For more information, including cost, call 641-422-4358.
MacNider family donates to museum
The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Foundation received $50,000 from Margaret MacNider, who died Sept. 19. The museum also received several gifts in her memory.
MacNider, according to a release, "understood the museum’s importance to the North Iowa community and the need for funding its future." The foundation is a private nonprofit, while the museum receives about half of its funding from the city. Grants, donations, memberships and classes are the other funding sources.
Whalen receives national EDC award
Rick Whalen, director of economic development for Butler County REC and Franklin REC received the 2018 NREDA Rural Economic Development Leadership Award at the National Rural Economic Developers Association's annual conference, Nov. 7-9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The award "recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of rural economic development" and a project that improves quality of life and creates new jobs.
Mason City Clinic announces grant recipients
The Mason City Clinic Charitable Giving Committee recently awarded grants to several organizations in the North Iowa area for "projects that enhance health, safety and educational programs in North Iowa communities," according to a release.
Health: Elderbridge Agency on Aging, $1,500; Living Free Ministries, $1,500; Mason City Soccer Club, $3,710.
Education: Boy Scout troop 1012, $400; Charles City Garden Corridor, $6,400; Charles H. MacNider Museum, $3,000; Choral Music Guild, $10,000.
Safety: Exceptional Opportunities, $500; Mason City Schools – Phys. Ed, $5,000; North Iowa Christian School, $3,000; One Vision, $5,850; Spin Devo Junior Cycling, $2,630.
Building and Reconstruction: Mason City Senior Activity Center, $5,000; North Iowa Vocational Center, $2,000.
Fischer attends CEO Mastery program
Jane Fischer of Jane Fischer & Associates attended the CEO Mastery program Oct. 17-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Topics included: helping home sellers price their properties, marketing, navigating the financing process with minimal stress, negotiating, and work-life balance.
Moormans earn Entrepreneurs of the Month award
The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC named Scott and Susan Moorman of Moorman Clothiers as the Entrepreneur of the Month for November 2018. The couple purchased Quinn's Clothing in 1993; added a women's line to the store in 1997; added a location in Ames catering to Iowa State fans; and moved to its current location in 2009 to make way for the renovation and reopening of the Historic Park Inn.
Iowa Association for Justice adds 3 North Iowa attorneys to board
The Iowa Association for Justice installed new executive officers and members of its Board of Governors for 2018-19 during its annual convention Nov. 8-9 in Des Moines. North Iowa trial attorneys elected to the Board included: Tim Lapointe, Mason City, subdistrict 2A; and Kim Snitker, Mason City, at large. Algona's Conrad Meis will also serve as the group's immediate past president.
Spotts earns award from Iowa 4-H
Cerro Gordo County Youth Coordinator Kelsey Spotts received the Iowa 4-H Achievement in Service award Oct. 30 in Ames. The award recognizes new staff members who have made a difference in a short time, according to a release. Spotts has increased the number of programs, educational contact hours and total youth reached.
Dean Snyder Construction receives Best of Des Moines award
Clear Lake-based Dean Snyder Construction received the Best of Des Moines General Contractor runner-up honor from the Business Record based on more than 5,000 votes by the publication's readers. The firm received the award for the second consecutive year.
NIACC Pappajohn Center offers free workshop
The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in room 117. The workshop is for anyone who is considering starting a business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. To register, call Mary Spitz at 641-422-342 or email email@example.com.
Clear Lake Arts Center reaches capital goal
The Clear Lake Arts Center surpassed its $350,000 capital campaign goal, according to a release. The latest tally of $410,000 will complete several projects at the facility and start a capital reserve fund. The to-do list includes: replacing the roof; repairing interior and electrical damage due to leaks from the roof; relocating a handicap entrance; updating other electrical needs; painting; repairing restrooms; adding storage space; and begin work on a sculpture garden. The facility drew more than 20,000 visitors and hosted more than 500 events in 2017, according to the release.
Rosburg joins Boston Mutual
Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, named Doug Rosburg its regional sales director for the company’s Heartland region, which includes Iowa. Rosburg, a graduate of Iowa State, previously worked with Lincoln Financial, Time Warner Cable Media and Florida Weekly.
Vogelson receives Iowa Public Health Hero award
Kara Vogelson, organizational development and research manager and assistant deputy director of administrative operations for Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, will receive one of three Iowa Public Health Hero awards Nov. 28 in Iowa City. The awards recognize "leaders whose contributions across a range of disciplines are helping to promote better health and prevent disease throughout the state of Iowa."
Vogelson has held multiple positions with Cerro Gordo Health since 2002. She led the department's accreditation, just the second department in Iowa to attain it, in February 2018.
Award recipients were nominated by Iowa public health practice peers.
Lathrop, Bleile join First Citizens
Terry Bleile and Bryan Lathrop have joined First Citizens Wealth Management, according to a release.
Bleile, a wealth advisor, previously worked as a CPA with McCoy & Co. and Hogan-Hansen CPAs & Consultants. He was also a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial Services. Bleile, a Dubuque native, graduated from Northern Iowa. He lives in Mason City with his wife and four children.
Lathrop, a NIACC graduate, is a wealth management assistant. He joined First Citizens as a personal banker in August 2016 and previously worked at Godfathers and Titan Machinery.
ABCM facilities make Best Nursing Homes list
Hampton-based ABCM Corporation, a long-term care provider, had 16 of its Iowa homes named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes in Iowa list for 2018. The ABCM Corporation homes in North Iowa with the "Top Performing" rating included: Concord Care Center of Garner, Dumont Wellness Center, Rehabilitation Center of Allison, Rehabilitation Center of Belmond, Rehabilitation Center of Hampton, and Westview Care Center of Britt.
The magazine rated 439 facilities in Iowa; 80 received the highest rating. Ratings were calculated using an average of several monthly federal quality and performance reports.
NIACC Pappajohn Center offers free workshop
The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Pappajohn Center Room 117 on the west side of the NIACC campus. The workshop is for anyone who is considering starting a business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. To register, call Mary Spitz at 641-422-342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanft to serve as public health ambassador
The State Hygienic Laboratory named Brian Hanft, deputy directory with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, as its 10th Public Health Ambassador.
Hanft, the environmental health service manager for Cerro Gordo County, has been with county for 16 years. He previously worked for Polk and Black Hawk counties.
In the program, Hanft plans to improving planning between the state lab and local agencies and boards.
Accord wins People's Choice Award
Mason City- and Ames-based Accord Architecture, a subsidiary of Henkel Construction, was awarded the People’s Choice Award by the Masonry Institute of Iowa for its architectural design of Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Mason City.
Good Shepherd starts addition, renovation project
Good Shepherd announced the development of a new therapy center located in the existing health center.
The space, according to a release, will triple the facilities therapy space, including a kitchen and bathroom areas and additional equipment and privacy. Plans also include remodeling the front entrance, lobby and dining area.
Work on the project, designed by Bergland and Cram Architecture, is scheduled to begin this month under Henkel Construction.
TechTalk focuses on AI
Three artificial intelligence experts will share their experience and tips at the Cyber Security TechTalk, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center in Mason City. The event will feature 15-minute presentations by the speakers – Dr. Drew Zhang, Iowa State; Jason Toyne, Kingland Systems Corp.; and Dr. Kristi Thiel, Immortagen – and then a question-and-answer panel discussion. RSVP at bit.ly/AITechTalk.
Servantez joins CENT Credit Union
Casey Servantez joined CENT Credit Union as a mortgage lender. Servantez, a graduate of NIACC, has worked in lending for 10 years. She lives in Mason City with her husband, two daughters and one son.
Learning Connection earns state credential
The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health announced that the Learning Connection programs of Mitchell and Floyd counties earned the Iowa Family Support Credential. The designation is awarded to family support and parent education programs "that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards."
Fabrian offers breakthrough surgery
Dr. Matthew Fabian, with Mason City Clinic, is the first North Iowa surgeon to offer the LINX procedure to address gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a chronic condition that affects the digestive system. The procedure involves the laparoscopic implantation of the LINX device, which is made up of magnetized titanium beads, around a person’s esophagus just above the stomach, according to a release. An education seminar on the procedure is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Nov. 14 in the main Lobby of Mercy–North Iowa.
3 from First Citizens complete Lending School
Dalton Hamm, Sara Kriener, and Tiffany Nonnweiler of First Citizens Bank successfully completed the Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School held in October in Ankeny. The one-week training program included macroeconomics, business structures, management analysis, analytics, and banking roles.
Hamm, a credit analyst at the west Mason City office, joined First Citizens Bank in 2016. He graduated from Iowa State.
Kriener, also a credit analyst at the west Mason City office, joined First Citizens Bank in 2015. She, graduate of Northern Iowa, was also elected to the advisory board of IBA’s Commercial Lending School.
Nonnweiler, AVP lending officer at the west Mason City office, joined First Citizens Bank in 2009. She graduated from Northern Iowa.
Physician assistant group honors Mason City PA
Jay M. Thomas was recognized as the Iowa Physician Assistant of the Year by the Iowa Physician Assistant Society at the group's fall medical education conference. He was recognized for his patient care and for educating medical professionals. Thomas received a similar award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants earlier this year.
RBKS receives FedEx award
Randy Huling, president of Sheffield-based RBKS’ Inc., was recently awarded District Entrepreneur of the Year recognition from FedEx Ground. The award recognizes customer service and safety. Huling partners with FedEx ground for pickup and delivery services in the Mason City area.