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05/24/2016 - 3:24pm
Multi-million dollar pork plant voted down in MC earlier this month        Despite stiff competition from other communities, Franklin County officials have rolled out the welcome mat in hopes of wooing a $240 million pork processing plant that was recently canned in Mason City.      Franklin County Supervisor Mike Nolte and Franklin County Development...
05/10/2016 - 4:45pm
Increased biosecurity standards play vital role in keeping virus at bay        Last year’s devastating bird flu outbreak put local producers on the defensive against an enemy they had no idea how to stop.      “It seemed like anything and everything people tried, it didn’t work,...
05/10/2016 - 4:44pm
     After weeks of controversy, the debate surrounding the proposed pork processing facility was finally put to rest by the city council of Mason City on May 3 as the development agreement between the city and Prestage Foods of Iowa failed to pass a vote for approval.      Last December, Mason City was...
05/10/2016 - 11:39am
HAMPTON – Hurdle by hurdle, Hampton-Dumont junior Cassy Miller cleared the way to earn three North Central Conference titles on Thursday, May 5. She led off the season-best shuttle hurdle relay time of 1 minute, 9.36 seconds that earned the first NCC title for herself as well as teammates Makayla Severs, Dakota Sliter and Nadilee Eiklenborg...
05/03/2016 - 3:17pm
     Since its humble beginnings back in 1966, Franklin County Development Association (FCDA) has grown to become the driving force behind nearly every large-scale business project in the county.      “Economic development is a give and take process that doesn’t happen over night,” said Karen...
05/03/2016 - 3:14pm
     As the Prestage Foods pork processing facility nears approval, concerns continue to grow about how the area will be impacted by the project.      Even more than the issues raised by a sudden influx of new people, area residents are worried the facility will encourage pork producers to build additional hog...
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