The window to apply for a 2020 grant from The Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust is now open.
The Barkema Charitable Trust was organized for the purpose of making grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations. Special consideration is given to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations which are of a charitable, educational, literary, health or public service nature and are located within the Belmond-Klemme, Hampton-Dumont-CAL or West Fork school districts.
Consideration may also be given to hospitals and medical facilities, and to human service (charitable) organizations located outside the school districts but that serve residents in those communities.
Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. Forms may be obtained by contacting Zoe Brown, PO Box 461, Hampton, Iowa 50441, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Hugeback and Alyce (Dietrich) Hugeback of Hampton, Iowa were married July 11, 1970, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Manly, Iowa. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a card shower. Cards can be sent to: 621 Third Avenue S.W., Hampton, IA 50441
The Nettleton Dental Group would like to thank Pat for her 30 years of wonderful care for our patients. We will be having a drive-by Thank You celebration for Pat on Saturday, July 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at our office (946 E State St). Please drive-by and wish Pat well on this next chapter in her life.
Jerry & Maxine O’Connor of Mason City will celebrate their 60th anniversary on July 16, 2020. Jerry also celebrated his 80th birthday on June 23rd.
There will be an open house celebrating these 2 events on Saturday, July 11th from 4-7 p.m. at the Gary O’Connor farm at 23097 200th St., Rockford, Iowa.
Jerry & Maxine were married on July 16, 1960 at St. John Catholic Church in Cartersville, Iowa. Hosting the event will be their children, Don & Carol O’Connor of Mason City, Sue & Joe Paulus, Gary & Laurie O’Connor, & Janet & Dennis Willert all of Rockford.
The couple also has 12 grandchildren & 14 great grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.
Greetings can be sent to: 135 Sunny Circle, Mason City, IA 50401.
Together, with their parents, Stephen (Dragos) Teodor Kruse and Taylor Lauren Menne would like to announce their upcoming marriage. Stephen, the son of Dr. Brian and Ann Kruse of Greene, grew up in Dumont and Greene, and is employed as a fishing manager at the Scheels sporting goods store in The Colony, Texas. Taylor, the daughter of Scott and Nadine Menne of St. Petersburg, Florida, grew up in St. Petersburg, and is employed at Studio 22 in Dallas, Texas. A July 5th wedding is planned at Lake Panorama in Panora, Iowa.
Dot Gerdes turns 99 on July 11th. Her daughter Judy Kruggel Coe and son Ron Gerdes would like to invite you to join in a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at her assisted living. Dot's address is 405 27th Avenue South, Apt. 10, Clear Lake, IA 50428. Dorothy Mae Grattidge Kruggel Gerdes was born in 1921 on the family farm in Wall Lake Township near Clarion.
A card shower is planned for Lois Morris’ 90th Birthday.
Lois was born on July 3, 1930, in Mitchell County. She married Paul Morris on January 13, 1950. He died in 2011. Together they raised 2 children, Gerald Morris of Mason City and Jan Buchanan of Clear Lake. Lois has 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Birthday greetings may be sent to Lois at 620 Briarstone Drive S.W., Apt. 32, Mason City, IA 50401.
Karen Stephany, realtor associate with Century 21 Preferred has been awarded with the Century 21 Quality Service Producer Award for 2019.
This national award is presented annually to those Century 21 affiliates who receive a minimum return rate of 50 percent on their post-transaction client satisfaction surveys sent between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, with a minimum satisfaction index of 90 percent. Surveys are e-mailed to all customers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home.
Karen is a member of the Greater Mason City Board of Realtors, the North Iowa Regional Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Iowa Association of Realtors.
Matthew Low has been promoted to dental director at Community Health Center of Mason City. Low, who joined CHC of Mason City in July 2019, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California-Davis, attended dental school at University of California, San Francisco, and completed an advanced general practice residency at the University of Colorado.
Community Health Center of Mason City provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to the community. The health center is open to all and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance and has a sliding fee scale for those who qualify.
Kayla Gomez has joined the staff at Manly Specialty Care as provisional administrator. She brings with her years of experience working in a variety of roles in skilled nursing care and a wealth of knowledge.
As a child, Gomez often accompanied her grandmother to her job as an activities director in their local long term facility. When she was old enough, she became a CNA, a position she held for 5 years. These experiences led her to study and obtain a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in public administration from Aurora University in Aurora, Ill.
Manly Specialty Care is a non-profit, 43-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Manly Specialty Care is owned and operated by West Des Moines-based Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit skilled nursing care and senior care provider.
North Iowa Area Community College recently announced its honors graduates of 2020.
The following North Iowa students were honored:
HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES (Graduates earning all A’s at NIACC): Emma Lee Davison, Mason City; Paige Diane DeArmoun, Northwood; Justyce Renae Henaman, Clear Lake; Jessica Jane Malecek, Osage; Michael LaMont Nielsen, Forest City; Aricka Lynn Oppman, Manly; Payton Danielle Reams, Charles City; Alaina Nicole Scott, Micah John Wacker, Garner.
PHI THETA KAPPA GRADUATES (Graduates inducted into the Alpha Psi Beta Chapter of this international honor society for two-year colleges): Megan Lee Adams, St Ansgar; Shane' Ahmedoska, Isaac Lou Kyoo Branstad, William Read Cooney, Staci Ann Andrea, Justyce Renae Henaman, Elizabeth H. Ann Lakose, Carter Michael Olk, Natalie Kay Rolling, Reva Lee Louise Winkelman, Clear Lake; Dakota Martin Bang, Forest City; Cassandra Jean Bishop, Paige Diane DeArmoun, Lindy Sue Marie Harris, Northwood; Audrey Michelle Casperson, Jadyn Christyne Joynt, Madison Lee Westcott, Lake Mills; Emma Jean Cox, Belmond; Emma Lee Davison, Katie Marie Dorenkamp, Austin Louis Eckenrod, Mohammed Ali Elbermawy, Jessalyn Rae Frenz, Erika Ann Klus, Brennan Lee Laugen, Danielle Rae Lorentzen, Kaitlyn Nicole Meleney, Sarah Elizabeth Penn, Emaan Jaffar Shaikh, Tyler Boy Trout, Sarah Ann Wendel, Alana Cayla Wickering, MaRyah Linda-Dupree Woolery, Miranda Marie Wulff, Mason City; Marissa Ann-Renee Deeter, Payton Danielle Reams, Tayler Jean Schmidt, Ciana Kaye Sonberg, Mackenzie Ann Wilson, Charles City; Aaron Charles DeVries, Jacy Bella Guerrero, Sheffield; Christina L. Greiman, Jillian Jo Heitland, Cherrice Nichole Risius, Alaina Nicole Scott, Micah John Wacker, Garner; Ryann Rochelle Hagen, Britt; Ciara Anne Hansen, Hampton; Nicole Rae Harrington, Nashua; Katelyn Elizabeth Knudsvig, Fertile; Taylor Marie McEachran, Aubrey Sue Wyborny, Nora Springs; Rachel Mina Milbrandt, Nadezhda Ekaterina Murphy, Osage; Alexis Marie Oppman, Aricka Lynn Oppman, Manly; Amy Anne Reynolds, Ventura; Easton Robert Smith, Tristan David Wessels, Belmond; Megan Marie Swope, Joice.
OUTSTANDING ATHLETES/SCHOLARS: Emma Lee Davison, Austin Louis Eckenrod, Mason City
2019 AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Bergland & Cram Scholarship: Sarah Ann Wendel, Mason City
Bonnie Baia Memorial Scholarship: Emaan Jaffar Shaikh, Mason City
Earl Ashland Scholarship: Jackson Lee Hamlin, Clear Lake
ALDI is expanding its curbside grocery pickup. After a successful pilot in select markets, Curbside Grocery Pickup will be available in nearly 600 ALDI stores, including Mason City, across the country by the end of July.
At shop.ALDI.us, customers can access the full selection of ALDI products. To find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside Grocery Pickup, please visit shop.ALDI.us or open the ALDI mobile app. Shoppers simply fill their online carts and select a pickup time and location at checkout. Designated parking spots are clearly marked when they arrive at their ALDI and an employee will load groceries into their car.
ALDI has nearly 2,000 stores across 36 states, and is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.
KCMR Radio 97.9 FM and Clear Lake Bank & Trust have joined together in a month-long campaign during July to support several local nonprofits.
The Give Where You Live fundraising campaign will be used to help raise much needed funds for local nonprofit organizations.
The goal is to raise funds during the month of July to help these organizations continue providing their services to those most in need during this time.
They will be assisting Habitat for Humanity, Living Free, Community Kitchen, Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, Mason City Family YMCA, 43 North Iowa, Climb N’ Crawl, Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless Shelter, My Happy Place, Crisis Intervention, One Vision, Everybody Plays in Clear Lake, YSS Francis Lauer Youth Services, and United Way of North Central Iowa.
Information about each of these local nonprofit agencies will be posted on the KCMR Radio website, as well as information on how to give.
Dick and Kay Leet of Mason City were married on June 26, 1960.
Cards and wishes may be sent to them at 1149 Manor Drive Mason City, IA 50401
The couple’s children and their spouses are: Kim (Jon) Funkouser, Fairfield, IA; and Todd (Jennifer) Leet, Mason City, IA. They have six grandchildren: Joanna (Gabriel) Esser, Rachel and Jeremiah Funkouser, and Mara, Raina and Landen Leet.
The gift shop run by Wright On The Park, the non-profit organization that owns, maintains, and preserves the Historic Park Inn Hotel reopened on June 17.
The shop, located at 17 S. Federal Ave. (on the plaza in downtown Mason City) will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Everyone entering the gift shop will be asked to wear a mask to protect staff and volunteers. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Wright On The Park is also announcing the return of docent-led Historic Park Inn Hotel tours and docent-led Rock Crest/Rock Glen architectural walking tours. Both tours must be booked in advance online at wrightonthepark.org.
Maximum tour group size is six, and everyone in the tour must be with the same group. All tour guides and guests will be asked to wear face masks for the duration of the tours. Hotel tours take place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday at 11:30 a.m, and begin in the Historic Park Inn Hotel lobby. Walking tours take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and begin at the Wright On The Park gift shop.
Anyone with questions about the Wright On The Park Gift Shop, Historic Park Inn Hotel tours, or Rock Crest/Rock Glen architectural walking tours should visit wrightonthepark.org or call 641-423-0689.
The United Way of North Central Iowa has awarded the second round of funding to help local nonprofits struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. Nearly $25,000 will be allocated to nonprofits in the north Iowa region.
Twelve organizations, chosen by a committee of United Way, public health, emergency management and nonprofit representatives, were awarded money from the United Way’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief emergency funds:
Food Bank of Iowa, $3,000.00 for emergency food assistance
Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care, $3,000.00 summer activities for children
Lake Mills Community Preschool and Daycare, $1,000.00 for increased sanitation needs
Mosaic in Northern Iowa, $3,446.00 for increased sanitation needs
Greater Iowa Youth For Christ, $500.00 for increased sanitation needs
Kossuth County Child Assistance Resource Education Team, $750.00 for client assistance in Kossuth County
43 North Iowa- $2,500.00 for increased sanitation needs
YSS Francis Lauer- $2,000.00 for increased sanitation needs
North Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program-$1,000 for technology to provide remote visits with children in need of assistance.
One Vision-$3,999 for increased sanitation needs
Crisis Intervention Service, $1,500 for client assistance and technology for remote work.
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa, $1,500 for increased sanitation needs
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School and Clear Lake Bank & Trust traditionally hold an annual Academic Achievement Banquet each spring for GHV students who have achieved high academic excellence. This year, the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year 30 students were recognized for their academic achievements, hard work, commitment, and dedication.
For the past 14 years, Clear Lake Bank & Trust has been sponsoring and partnering with the GHV schools for provide this event for students and their parents.
The following students were honored (number denotes years qualifying for academic banquet):
SENIORS: Samuel Childress, 4; Madeline Hinz, 4; Jacob Leerar, 4; Lucy Schmidt, 4; Moriah Stewart, 2; Jordan Upmeyer, 4.
The Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce committee that organizes the annual Fourth Celebration is coming up with some alternative activities that will allow for safer social distancing, while still celebrating our country’s big holiday.
State restrictions and public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the traditional Fourth of July Celebration activities in Charles City like the downtown parade, Central Park activities and fireworks being postponed until 2021.
So for 2020 the Chamber is promoting a do-it-yourself parade/drive around town.
“Rather than lining up along the street and watching the parade roll past you, this year you can roll past the decorative displays and floats,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Jen Solomon. “In place of the traditional parade on July 4th, we are organizing a ‘Spirit of Charles City Drive’ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents and visitors can drive around town to check out holiday displays, including static floats, as well as business and residential entries in our Holiday Decorating Contest.”
Businesses and organizations that usually participate in the Independence Day Parade are being encouraged to create a float or display in front of their own location that people can drive by. The Chamber is also arranging for a variety of food trucks to be located around town to enjoy, as well as promoting and supporting local restaurants and bars open that day.
Other activities around town are being arranged for July 3 and 5 (check out the schedule at charlescitychamber.com), but aside from the Spirit of Charles City drive, the only planned public activity at this point on July 4th will be the Charles City Farmers Market adjacent to Central Park from 9 a.m. to noon.
If your business or organization has an activity or offering to add to the holiday weekend calendar of events, or is interested in having a float or display on July 4th, be sure to contact the Chamber. Spirit Drive registration forms are due in by 5 p.m. on July 1 in order to be included on the online participant list. There is no fee to participate.
There is no fee to enter the Holiday Decorating Contest as well, which will run from June 19-July 5, with the winners and awards announced on July 6th. To enter simply email a photo of your display to the Chamber by 5 p.m. June 18. You must include your name, address and whether it is for the Business of Residential category. Voting for the decorating contest will be done through Facebook by “liking” entries at Chuck Town: Charles City, Iowa through July 5.
Iowa Lakes Community College has released the spring honors list of full-time students (12 credits or more) who have demonstrated academic excellence by earning a grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.00) or higher.
Spring semester students who have achieved a 3.25 grade point average or better are recognized by inclusion on the dean's list. Those with a 4.00 (A) average are on the President's list.
Iowa Lakes Community College, with accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, Iowa Department of Education, and Veterans Administration, has campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.
Individuals who would like to know more about Iowa Lakes may visit the college website at www.iowalakes.edu or call 1-866-IA-LAKES.
The Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 call center located at the Emergency Operations Center has closed.
The following numbers: 641-494-3546, 641-494-3547, and 641-494-3543 will no longer be used for COVID-19-related calls.
“We cannot express enough the deep gratitude we have for the volunteers who staffed this call center for months,” said Brian Hanft, CG Public Health Director of Public Health. “These volunteers dedicated hundreds of hours responding to individuals concerned about exposure to COVID-19, symptoms of the illness and many other questions.
Call CG Public Health at 641-421-9300 for questions related to COVID-19 guidance. For testing inquiries, please continue to call the MercyOne family health line at 641-428-7777, Quick Care Urgent Care Clinic at 641-450-7000, and TestIowa at 515-575-2131.
A family-friendly, day-long celebration will be held 1-7 p.m. Friday, June 19, in Monroe Park, in Mason City, commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday denoting the 1865 emancipation of the last remaining slaves of the Confederacy.
The free event will include games, kids activities, water toys, inflatables, a cookout and for-fun grilling contest, and educational talks about the history of Juneteenth and the future of Mason City at the top of every hour.
Free hot dogs will also be served all day.
Those with portable grills are welcome to bring them, along with any special food they wish to cook.
Free gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer stations will be available to protect against COVID-19.
Scheduled activities are as follows:
2-3 p.m. - Corn Hole tournament
4-5 p.m. - water balloon fight
5-7 p.m. - potluck dinner
The celebration is open to everyone, and was organized with a focus on community unity. Volunteers are appreciated.
The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center will offer a free, two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, discuss different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business.
Start Smart will be offered on Wednesday over Zoom Online from 6-8 p.m.
The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility (the business plan) and administrative tasks. While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Start Smart provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics, including:
• Business registration
• Doing customer research
• How bankers evaluate business concepts and loans
• Start-up costs
• Business plan tips
• And more
After attending Start Smart, you can make an appointment to meet over the phone individually with the Small Business Development Center Counselors to assist you in reviewing your business plan, or to provide guidance with other issues. Registration is required to get the Zoom link, contact Mary Spitz-SBDC office at NIACC: 641-422-4342 or email@example.com.
Fred Greder with Benchmark Agribusiness Inc., in Mason City, was recently recognized by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for 35 years of membership.
Greder is an agricultural professional who provides services for clients which may include farm and ranch management, rural appraisal and/or agricultural consulting.
ASFMRA represents nearly 2,000 agribusiness professionals across the United States and Canada, who provide farm or ranch management, rural appraisal and appraisal review or agricultural consulting services.
Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recently recognized local broker associate Lola Vaith with the Masters Ruby Award.
Ruby level status is awarded to an agent who has met minimum sales production of 34 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
Vaith also received the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. The national award is presented annually to those Century 21 system members who receive a minimum satisfaction index of 95% or better for two consecutive years. Surveys are e-mailed to all customers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home.
Vaith is a member of the Greater Mason City Board of Realtors, the North Iowa Regional Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Iowa Association of Realtors.