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Anna Toomsen, ARNP, has joined the medical team of Mercy Family Clinic-Rockford.

Toomsen graduated from Maryville University in Missouri as a family nurse practitioner. She also earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Allen College in Waterloo.

Most recently, Toomsen completed clinic rotations at Franklin General Hospital, Hubbard Medical Clinic, Hansen Family Hospital Women’s Health Clinic and Mercy–North Iowa Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic.

Prior to joining Mercy Family Clinic–Rockford, Toomsen worked with patients at the Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls and Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.

The clinic is welcoming new patients of all ages. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 641-756-3303.

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The Humane Society of North Iowa is honoring employee Rachel Garcia, who is celebrating her 30th anniversary with the organization.

Garcia was hired in 1986 on a part-time basis to clean kennels and care for the shelter animals when the shelter was located on the north end of Mason City. Over the years, she has been promoted to kennel manager and works full time for the organization at its location on South Birch Drive.

In the past 30 years, Garcia has provided care to almost 10,000 animals, which is the number of animals that have been adopted through the Humane Society of North Iowa since 1986.

“I love taking care of the animals now as much as I did when I first started 30 years ago,” said Garcia. “Knowing that I’m helping these animals find loving forever homes is what keeps me going.”

For more information, call the Humane Society at 641-423-6241 or visit

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Harrison Truck Centers has presented the North Iowa Area Community College Diesel Technology Center with a new Freightliner Cascadia.

This gift is a yearly commitment for the use of a new truck each year for five years and is part of the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign.

Harrison Truck Centers has seven locations in Iowa and Minnesota, including Clear Lake.

For more information, visit For more on the NIACC Diesel Technology Center, visit

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The North Iowa Landlords Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Pierce Ave., Mason City.

Speakers will be from the Cerro Gordo County Public Health Department and Civil Rights.

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Chad Heggen, Joice, won the Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association directory and calendar photo contest.

His winning photo was taken off of a gravel road in Worth County. He received $100 and his winning photo will be featured on the cover of both publications.

Ellen Jordan of Forest City was the second-place winner.

She received $50 and will have her photo featured in the calendar. Shane Dahl of Emmons was the third. He received $25 and will also have his photo featured in the calendar.

Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association is a member-owned cooperative providing service in North Central Iowa and southern Minnesota.

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