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Spotlight shines on two North Iowans at 2018 Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction

MASON CITY | Two North Iowans will be recognized during the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame induction weekend in September.

Rich Mock, a longtime musician of Clear Lake, and Lorados, a restaurant owned by Julie Bergo in Mason City, are among the 2018 class of hall-of-fame inductees announced earlier this winter.

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Julie Bergo at Lorados  

“It’s been an honor for us to be asked to be part of this,” said Bergo, who opened Lorados, a Southwestern-style restaurant at 18 S. Federal Ave., with her husband, Rex, in 1993.

A year after opening the restaurant, Bergo started offering live music as a thank-you to the patrons who supported the business in its first year, and it’s since become a popular draw to the establishment.

Lorados hosts local and regional musicians spanning a variety of genres, including rock ‘n’ roll, blues and jazz, nearly every week, she said, noting she never imagined the restaurant’s entertainment offering would grow so much.

“We’ve been blessed with some really top-notch entertainment,” Bergo said.

The first musician Lorados hosted was Larry Myer, a folk rock singer from the Ames area, who still performs at the restaurant from time to time. Others include Nicholas David, who was a finalist on the third season of “The Voice,” and Kevin B.F. Burt, an Iowa City blues musician who recently won the International Blues Competition.

Bergo said it was never her goal to be inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She just wanted to provide a friendly atmosphere for people to enjoy.

Mock, a self-described working musician, could relate.

“I never really thought about it, but it’s exciting,” he said.

Mock said music has always been a part of his life. He learned to play the guitar at 8 years old and piano at 10. He played in school bands and sang in his church choir.

“To me, that was just the best thing ever,” he said. “I couldn’t hardly believe it.”

After earning a performance degree in guitar a college, Mock went on to play at weddings, restaurants, street dances, the Surf Ballroom and more throughout Iowa.

Mock, a singer-songwriter, plays the guitar and keyboard and has performed for 31 years — all except five in Iowa. He spent four in Nashville, Tennessee, after accepting a job tuning pianos for artists, and one in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He is currently a member of The Mockingbirds, a band with his wife, Tina, and neighbor, Nate Benzing, which performs rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘50s to ‘90s, rockabilly, honky-tonk and blues throughout the state. Mock said he books between 20 and 30 shows a year.

“I’m honored and privileged that I’m able to do this,” Mock said.

Mock credited his wife, Tina, and the community of music-lovers who’ve supported him and his music throughout the last three decades for his induction into the Hall of Fame.

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Floyd County supervisor to testify before U.S. Senate on animal confinement emissions

CHARLES CITY | Mark Kuhn has studied the impact of animal confinements for over the past decade.

And on Thursday, the Floyd County supervisor will testify in front of the U.S. Senate why the Fair Agriculture Reporting Act (FARM) would be a bad move for Iowans.

The bill aims to exempt animal waste produced by concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, from penalties, along with reporting hazardous air emissions requirements, as noted under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.


Kuhn told the Globe Gazette Wednesday that Iowa lawmakers have failed to act on creating and enforcing environmental requirements, specifically conerning air emissions, for CAFOs.

The FARM bill has a lot of support, he said, but it would eliminate regulation on air emissions. Kuhn pointed out a joint 2002 study by the University of Iowa and Iowa State illustrating key issues.

The study states: "CAFO air emissions may constitute a public health hazard and that precautions should be taken to minimize both specific chemical exposures (hydrogen sulfide and ammonia) and mixed exposures (including odor) arising from CAFOs."

Kuhn said not enough regulation has happened in this area, a key reason why he has decided to testify.

"That was the line in the sand," he said about the study. "We absolutely had a university-reviewed and peer-reviewed study that showed the information about this issue."



U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is one of the members on the subcommittee holding the hearing. A spokeswoman said she is a co-sponsor of the bill, and she supported the bill when it was introduced.

"Agriculture is driving Iowa’s expanding economy, and by exempting agricultural operations from these requirements, the FARM Act provides the relief Iowa’s farmers and ranchers deserve while promoting continued growth across the state," Ernst said in a statement.

Kuhn, however, noted the tension that air quality issues cause between CAFO owners and neighbors and community members. 

"It’s been an issue that has spanned my entire career in public service," Kuhn said. "This is an issue that’s vitally important to the livestock industry and also nearby residents and communities. It’s a health issue to them."

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Clear Lake woman arrested for possessing ecstasy, marijuana with intent to deliver


CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake woman is accused of possessing ecstasy and marijuana with intent to distribute.

Morgan Doe Darveaux, 19, is charged with two felony controlled substance violations and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Darveaux was stopped by Clear Lake police for a traffic offense about 10:15 a.m. Feb. 24 while driving her 2010 white Chevrolet Impala in the 1600 block of Fourth Avenue South in Clear Lake.

Court documents said the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Darveaux allegedly stated that she was in possession of marijuana and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and provided the marijuana to the officer.

Upon further investigation, the officer found four ecstasy pills, .5 to 1 gram of powdered ecstasy and four packages of marijuana.

“On completion of the investigation it was learned the defendant possessed the MDMA with the intent to distribute it to another person,” the criminal complaints said. “Subsequent statements by the defendant and investigation showed the defendant possessed the marijuana with the intent to distribute it to others.”

The drugs were located along with unused drug packaging and a black digital scale with marijuana residue in it.

A nationwide warrant was issued March 1 and she was arrested March 3.

Darveaux was booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail and later released on own recognizance following her initial court appearance.

She is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court for the controlled substance charges March 23. A non-jury trial for the drug paraphernalia charge is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Mason City man found slumped over in vehicle in Clear Lake arrested for drugs


CLEAR LAKE | A Mason City man who was found slumped over in his vehicle at Kwik Star has been arrested for possessing drugs.

Logan Scott Smith, 30, is charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, first offense following an incident at 3205 Willow Creek Court in Clear Lake.  

About 4:47 a.m. Jan. 27, a Clear Lake police officer checked the welfare of driver who was reported to be at the Kwik Star gas pumps for an extended period of time.

Smith was found slumped over inside the vehicle with an uncapped hypodermic needle in his lap, according to court documents. A 10 mg tablet of methylphenidate was found during a search of his vehicle, court documents said. 

“Methylphenidate is a Central Nervous Stimulant which is a Schedule Two Controlled Substance and also a prescription drug which the defendant did not have a prescription for,” the criminal complaint said.

A warrant was requested due to several unsuccessful attempts to contact the Smith by phone, according to court documents. A statewide warrant issued Feb. 28.

Smith was arrested in Polk County on March 1. He was transported to Cerro Gordo County Jail Sunday. Smith then posted a $500 bond and was released.

He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court March 16.