Travis Fischer

04/26/2016 - 4:35pm
     It was another marathon public forum in Mason City last Thursday as the city council heard both positive and negative comments about entering into a development with Prestage Farms to build a pork processing facility.      The development agreement would require Prestage Foods to create 922 full-time jobs during the first phase of the operation. The bulk of...
03/29/2016 - 3:40pm
     Following a week of speculation, plans to build a pork processing facility near Mason City have been officially announced.      Prestage Foods of Iowa formally announced the project on March 21, declaring their intentions to build a $240 million plant that will employ up to 1,000 people.    ...
03/29/2016 - 11:20am
Monkey say, monkey do?      Political rallies are rapidly starting to mirror the progression of Black Friday sales. They used to be relatively civil events, but the violence is becoming more commonplace and it seems like only a matter of time before somebody gets killed.      But who is responsible?  ...
03/22/2016 - 3:28pm
     A potentially big development for the area economy is in the works.      The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation (NICEDC) recently announced they are in the later stages of facilitating the construction of a pork processing facility south of Mason City. On Monday, officials confirmed that...
03/22/2016 - 3:19pm
A new generation of outrage      I am an adult.      I am an adult.      Sure, I may have spent a fair chunk of my weekend reading comic books, playing video games and watching old Disney cartoons, but I also pay my bills, do my taxes and am generally capable of making decisions for...
03/15/2016 - 11:51am
How low can you go?      Last year I referred to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as a gift from the comedy gods. It was funny.      Then he started winning.      I thought that his second place finish in the Iowa Caucus meant that perhaps his campaign was all bark and no bite,...
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