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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...
04/19/2016 - 4:27pm
Engineer: Curved wall ‘beyond the point of salvaging’        The Hampton Public Library’s curved brick wall will have to be torn down and rebuilt following a recent discovery that froze ongoing renovations at the historic building.      Engineers have determined that a bulge in the...
04/19/2016 - 4:25pm
     Project officials are optimistic construction work at Hampton’s new wastewater treatment plant will wrap up ahead of its September deadline.      Engineer Tom Madden met with the Hampton City Council last Thursday to discuss the $8.4 million project and explain recent expenses. Despite previous...
04/19/2016 - 2:39pm
     The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for local dance instructor Nina Esslinger.      This spring, Esslinger sold Ms. Nina’s Dance Center to former student Summer Jo (Pearson) Schmidt. The transition will close out Esslinger’s storied career in dance, which began decades ago when she was...
04/12/2016 - 3:56pm
     Officials in Latimer are contemplating the future of the former Corner Market building on Akir Street.      Landon and Anne Plagge are in the process of purchasing the property from Gary and Jan Stratmann, who operated a grocery store there until 2014. The Plagges plan to donate the building to Latimer...
04/12/2016 - 3:54pm
     Area residents packed City Hall in Mason City April 5 to offer support and opposition prior to the council’s vote on a development agreement with Prestage Foods to build a new pork processing plant south of town.      The has project has become the talk of the area since its announcement last month....
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