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Company Name Booths A & M Windows B22 & B23 Accurate Builders B1 Advanced Gutters & Insulation B4 Advanced Door Systems A111-A112 Advanced Foam Solutions A127 Aerus - Electrolux - MC A69 Air Flow Cleaners of Denison B40 American Waterworks A25 - A26 Anchored Walls, Inc. A116 Andersen Windows MC A77-A78 Architectural Seamless Surfaces A110 Bart Pals Construction LLC A118 Big Dog Satellite G10 - G11 Budget Blinds G12 - G13 Cabin Coffee Company A6 Call of the Wild, LC A42 C & L Country D8 Casady Brothers Implement B29 - B33, B43 - B47 CC International D6 Century 21 Preferred A1, A2 Christian Brothers Cabinets, Inc. A104 City Builders & Supply, Inc. A17 & A18 Clark & Associates Real Estate A62 Clear Choice Windows G20 Clear Lake Bank & Trust B50 CNA Company A105 College Pro Painters A14 Complete Basement Systems B9 & B10 Concrete Appeal A92 Country Landscapes B06, B07, B20, B21 Cover-Up Industries A23 - A24 Creative Curb A117 MS-SPAD110221_110131



Crown Point Builders & North Iowa Kitchens A44 Culligan A86 & A87 Curb Appeal by S & S B56 Custom Pro audio/Video, Inc. B55 Custom Seamless Guttering A43 Cutting EdgeTree Service D7 Denise’s Cleaning Service /Mayo Garage Floors B53 - B54 Dreamy Desserts B5 Duct Doctor A61 Dynamic Designs B15 & B16 Eastvold Landscaping B37-B38, B51-B52 Enercept, Inc. B8 Energy Doctor of Iowa A29 Energy Panel Structures A5 Exit Realty Mason City D3 Family Total Health A52 First Citizens National Bank A45 & A46 First Quality Builders A128 Flooring Gallery B3 Flooring America A122 & A123 Frederika Locker A41 Garner Chamber of Commerce A96 GeoComfort/ Mort’s Plumbing & Heating A102-A103 Globe Siding Insulation & Window Co. A55 Granicrete Minnesota B36 Habitat for Humanity of N Central IA A125 Heartland Asphalt, Inc. A34 Heartland Exteriors A93 Hilltop Cabinetry G21 & G22 Home Lumber & Builders, Inc. A19 & A20 A Home of Your Own, Inc. A31 Home Solutions Midwest A107 - A109

Iowa State University Extension C2 Iowa Wall Sawing A79 & A80 Jackson Landscape A59 - A60, A74-A75 Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning A72 & A73 Kensett Celluspray/Butler Construction A13 Kester Stair Lift, LLC A9 Kitchen Craft International A22 Kramer Hardware G14-G15, G17-G19 Lake Fireplace & Spa A129-A131 Linahon Electric A30 Littel Cedar Windows G29 & G30 LM Pump Service A126 Luxury Bath Systems by City Builders A05 & A16 M & B Spas B11-B12, B25-B26 Marquart Concrete Products A02-A33, A50-A51 Mason City Overhead Door Company A89 - A91 Mason City Roofing A38, A39 & A40 Meyer Home Improvement B48 & B49 Midwest Construction A66-A68, A81-A83 Midwest Organics B39 Midwest Radiant Heaters G5 Midwest Medical G2 & G3 Mulford Brothers Corporation A70 MyPillow, Inc. B34 New Era Air -Vollara A35 Nite Time Décor by All American Turf Beauty A98 Nordaas American Homes A88 Northern Energy Homes, Inc. A106 Northland Glass G4 North Iowa Sand & Gravel, Inc. A47 North Iowa Water Company A53 North Iowa Community Credit Union A71 Nu-Tek Builders A58 OmniTel’s Technology Central A10 - A11 Outdoor Design B13 - B14, B27-B28, C1

Pampered Chef A97 PR Connections A3, A4 Pure Water C3 Retro Foam G23 River City Historic Preservation Society B24 S & S Construction B41 Scentsy Independent Dealer G7 Shawver Well Company, Inc. A54 S-N-K Construction B35 Spahn & Rose A99 & A100 Spray Seal G6 St Ansgar Plumbing & Heating A36 & A37 Stillwater Greenhouse A56 & A57 Summerwinds Resorts B17 - B19 Sun Heat D4 Swartzrock Implement Company G24, G25, G26 Terra Therm A94 & A95 Top Hat Chimney Services B2 Twin City Rebath A120-A121 United LP Company/ North Iowa Coop G1 & Outside US Bank A76 US Energy Savers A99 Versa-Lok A49 Watkins A124 Welter’s Custom Cabinets A84, A85 White Oaks Cabinetry G8 & G9 Windows by Pella, Inc. A63 - A65 Window Accents A7 Window World A113 - A114 WindSunn A27, A28, outside Woodford Lumber & Home A8 Xango A115 Young Construction G27 & G28

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Experts will offer tips and help with topics including flooring, kitchens, plants and patios LYNNE BREISTER — Great Kitchens — Bachelors degree Home & Landscaping Show Seminars in housing, emphasis on FRIDAY, MARCH 4 designed environments, space • 5 p.m. In Floor Radiant Heating Jim Foth planning. Extensive practical knowledge of universal • 6 p.m. Paver Power - For Patios & Walkways Shawn Davis design. • 7 p.m. New Plant Varieties Rick Pleggenkuhle She and her husband, Paul, SATURDAY, MARCH 5 have designed, modified and • 11 a.m. Proper Pruning Dennis Carlson built more than 100 homes in North Iowa over the past 14 • 12:30 p.m. Paver Power - For Patios & Walkways Shawn Davis years. • 2 p.m. Great Kitchens Lynne Breister DENNIS CARLSON — Proper • 3:30 p.m. Geo Thermal Jim Foth Pruning — Degree in forestry • 5: p.m. Proper Pruning Dennis Carlson from Iowa State University. Director of Franklin County • 6 p.m. Great Kitchens Lynne Breister Conservation for 32 years. SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Experience includes wood• 12:30 p.m. In Floor Radiant Heating Jim Foth land management, manage• 1:30 p.m. Paver Power - For Patios & Walkways Shawn Davis ment of county parks and facilities, public programming • 2:30 p.m. New Plant Varieties Rick Pleggenkuhle on conservation-related subPRESENTERS jects. Christmas Tree Farm, 10 • Jim Foth Mort’s Plumbing and Heating, Iowa Falls years. Currently working part• Shawn Davis Outdoor Designs, Charles City time for Franklin County Extension, dealing with plant • Rick Pleggenkuhle Cerro Gordo County Extension Service care, disease and insect con• Dennis Carlson Franklin County Extension Service cerns. • Lynne Breister Crown Point Builders, Garner RICK PLEGGENKUHLE — New Plant Varieties — Total of 16 years in the nursery trade — and 11 years at Sherman Nurs- shipping before becoming five years as landscape design- ery in Charles City. At Sherplant buyer. Currently Ag and er. Platt’s Nursery, Waterloo, man, started out in sales and Horticulture Program coordi-

nator for ISU Extension, Cerro Gordo County. SHAWN DAVIS — Paver Power-Patio and Walkway Designs — Certified nursery professional by Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association; certified by Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute. Involved in landscape industry since graduation from Iowa State University, Horticulture, in 1980. Has owned and operated Outdoor Designs Inc., Charles City. JIM FOTH — In Floor Radiant Heating and Geothermal Savings — Joined Mort’s Plumbing and Heating in Iowa Falls in the spring of 2008. Employed by Plumb Supply Co., a wholesale supply company, for 18 years. Background ranges from HVAC sales and service, radiant floor design and installation, geothermal applications and design, hydronics and plumbing application and design. Recently elected to board of the Iowa Geothermal Association. — By Joy Drennen

More than 130 exhibitors at show Wide range of products, services and ideas for home, lawn, garden OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY OF MASON CITY, North Iowa’s dealer of the original Overhead Door, specializing in garage doors and door openers, has the most complete product line of any manufacturer. For your home or your shop, Overhead Door Co. of Mason City can install a new garage door and opener to meet


your specific needs. Many styles and colors can complement your home. If your current door or opener is not working properly the Overhead Door Co. of Mason City has trained field service technicians who can take care of the door and opener to your satisfaction. The Overhead Door Co. of Mason

City invented the first upward-lifting door in 1921 and is recognized as the leading single-source manufacturer for industrial, commercial and residential overhead door products. Overhead Door Co. of Mason City also sells and installs the Beam Central Cleaning systems. They can be See HOME SHOW, C5

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HOME SHOW — FEATURED EXHIBITORS From C4 installed in new or existing homes with the power unit in the garage or basement and PVC pipe outfitted in the walls. Beam Central Cleaning Systems will get your home BEAM clean without lugging around a vacuum from room to room. Overhead Door Co. of Mason City can quote and install a new overhead door or a Beam Central Cleaning System. Call Mike Blickenderfer or Sean Wells at 641-4244114 or 800-422-7150 or visit the website at ••• YOUNG CONSTRUCTION of North Iowa specializes in roofing, siding, painting and remodeling, including kitchen and bathroom. “We’re willing to do small or big jobs, residential or commercial,”

said owner Dan Young. With more than 25 years experience in the construction business, Young believes in “sitting down with my customers and finding out what they want and working together to make their home exactly what they want and need.” For roofing projects Young Construction does commercial and residential buildings. Getting a new roof can be stressful for any homeowner, so Young focuses on doing the job using quality products while completing the job professionally and in a timely manner. On siding projects, material choices range from vinyl to concrete board in addition to metal. Young Construction receives a lot of calls and does a lot of exterior painting jobs on Victorian

homes. With remodeling jobs, Young Construction does the job for every room of the home from top to bottom, including interior painting and dry wall. Young said the company “really likes working on the unique and challenging homes.” “It’s such an awesome feeling when we can bring a home back to life,” he said. “Our goal at Young Construction is to provide quality, trustworthy, professional work at a price that fits our customer’s budget.” For a free consultation and estimate, Young can be reached at 641-430-0665 or online at ••• KENSETT CELLUSPRAY and VAN BUTLER CONSTRUCTION are both

owned by Van and Margie Butler of Kensett, who return to the show for their sixth year. Van Butler is no newcomer to construction, having been a custom home builder for more than 37 years. He loves a challenge and one of his greatest pleasures is making his customers’ dreams become a reality. He specializes in customdesigned and built homes, working on each project from start to finish, including framing, roofing, siding, dry-wall, painting, installing wood and the floors and all finish work. The homes are designed around the needs and lifestyle of his clients. Butler is willing to listen to any ideas his clients have and work together with them to bring their ideas and dreams to reality in their

new home. Butler and his crew take tremendous pride in their workmanship, and their attention to detail is unsurpassed. Energy efficiency and building green are priorities for Butler, as shown by his use of the premium Nu Wool Wallseal insulation system, energy-efficient corners, headers above windows and doors insulated with Styrofoam for increased R-value, 2-by-6 construction, and all doors and windows foam sealed. Also, exterior wall plates are caulked, energy-efficient doors and windows are used and all walls have an effective R-value of 25 and attics an R-value of 50. Making efficient use of space for maximum use and storage is one See HOME SHOW, C7



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and class seminars. Most of the designer blinds come out of Omaha, Neb., from a licensed Hunter Douglas fabricator. Fabrications also come out of Salt Lake City, Utah. One line, Illustra, is exclusive to Hunter Douglas with colors, designs and textures not seen anywhere else, said Steve.

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STEVE AND KATHY SAID they intend to be working for a long time and are looking toward the future. They love the idea of working with window coverings and the chance to see unique windows and homes. It’s challenging, said Steve, who is now a certified trainer for other installers. They pride themselves on being able to take care of problems as they come up, and say it’s not like

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indow Accents started out as a dry cleaning business in 1978, but owners Steve and Kathy Nelson soon added soft treatments — including drapes — for windows. Good friends in Jefferson showed them custommade drapes and piqued their interest. They first sold for other companies, both soft and hard treatments, but dealing with warranty issues became complicated. They now deal exclusively with Hunter Douglas products and fabrications. Hunter Douglas stood behind it warranty and was good to dealers, they said. If there is a problem parts are sent to the dealer. If that’s not the need, the company will fabricate a new blind. Hunter Douglas is the only window fabrication company in the country, said Steve, and has the best warranty in the business. “We want to be able to take care of it here,” said Steve. His specialties are installation and cleaning, along with sales. Kathy

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HOME SHOW — FEATURED EXHIBITORS MARQUART CONCRETE PRODUCTS, located on Highway 106, Clear Lake, will feature a colorful line of concrete products at this year’s Home Show. Marquart takes pride in the quality and color variety “solid and blended colors” it manufactures for residential and commercial projects. Homeowners are invited to visit the booth and build ideas for your outdoor living space such as retaining walls, courtyard walls, patios and walkways. Also obtain ideas for the facing of your new home or addition with brick, natural stone, or manufactured stone for interior and exterior use. New at Marquart this year is a full line of outdoor lighting. The Marquart Concrete Products

sales staff members also make house calls to assist with ideas for design needs. Visit the Marquart outdoor displays anytime and check the Website for idea starters at ••• CASADY BROTHERS IMPLEMENT in Clear Lake is entering its fourth year with an expanded line of the newly acquired Exmark dealership line of walk-behind and riding zero-turn mowers. The Exmark brand is known as the leading manufacturer of commercial mowers for the landscape professional. Manager Ron Brinkman said that

to the customer’s needs, such as whether the window coverings will be going up and down every day, or if the need is for privacy. She helps customers make decisions and works with them on cornices, side panels, draperies and blinds. The idea is to show customers what’s available and explain the benefits of different treatments. Referrals come from previous customers plus references and leads from the Internet. They’re also on the Hunter Douglas website as well as having their own website. Steve said they enjoy the Home Show and get a lot of leads there, but there’s a lot more that need covering.

The Nelsons have done business in Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha and Florida, and said they will ravel to meet customers’ needs, although most of their territory is in the Midwest. They sold the dry cleaning business six years ago and started cleaning carpets four years ago. Steve is a certified carpet cleaning technician and does professional cleaning on carpet, clothes and window treatment. “I’ve been cleaning all my life,” he said. Window Accents is located at 1916 Call Park Drive in Algona. The phone number is 515-295-7541. The website is

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From C5 of Butler’s specialties. He also offers a variety of ceiling types such as tray, race track, upside-down wedding cakes, barrel vaults and coffered ceilings. A variety of textures is offered for ceilings and walls. Stone work inside and out and tile and wood floors are also popular options. Kensett Celluspray is an Alliant Energy dealer and rebates are available for insulating. Check out Butler’s websites at and Telephone number is 641-590-1558 or 641-8452288. Fax is 641-845-2298. Address is 4173B Nettle Avenue, Kensett. •••

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WINDOW ACCENTS From C6 works with the customer on the design end. Problems with installations are usually caused by an installer’s fault, said Steve, who took certified training for a couple of years. He can see what’s wrong and repair it right on site. He tries to do it all so there’s no need to send it back in. Biggest challenges are that the treatment is not working properly in the window. He can do the repair work in the home, and has built up lots of parts over the years. Steve said he enjoys the challenge of hardwood shutters, saying there’s not much forgiveness on shutters. On the design end, Kathy listens

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HOME SHOW — FEATURED EXHIBITORS Home Improvement and Landscaping Show to discover more about the company. Call for a landscape design appointment and begin the process of making your landscape vision a reality. Phone 641-357-4919 or 800-7949795; website ••• CLEAR CHOICE WINDOWS, Mason City, co-owned by Brian O’Geary and Heather Wulf, opened in July 2009. A franchise of the national company, O’Geary and Wulf sell replacement windows and patio doors for residential and commercial applications. “We’re a locally owned and operated business who takes pride in great workmanship, top quality products at the lowest price,” said Wulf. The company has a showroom in Mason City that is open to the public to view products and meet the staff. Their booth will feature window and patio door displays, product information brochures and professional staff on hand to answer questions. The company is offering $150 off a signed contract with Clear Choice of 10 windows or more if a free estimate appointment is set at the Home Show. Clear Choice Windows is located at 604 N. Federal Ave., Mason city. Phone is 641-423-3234 or visit the website at ••• MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION, Mason City, is a 53-year-old company that has been family owned and operated since it began. Started in 1958 by Alexander Despenas, the company specializes in remodeling, focusing on exteriors. The company offers Uni-Frame Custom Built replacement windows, a high-end window with 50 percent more vinyl than the average window and that is energy-efficient and maintenancefree, American Classic insulated vinyl siding, all season sun rooms, threeseason sunrooms, seamless gutter system and eaves and overhang products and installation. Currently many descendants of Alexander Despenas are involved with the business. See HOME SHOW, C9

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furniture selections in color prior to building. Product designs, material choices, photos, samples, information, plans and estimates will be available in the Hilltop Cabinetry booth at the Home and Landscaping Show. Hilltop Cabinetry draws customers mainly from Southern Minnesota and most of Iowa as well as a wide area from Western Iowa into Wisconsin. The phone number is 641-220-3225. For a preview of products and services, visit the website at ••• COUNTRY LANDSCAPES INC. was established in 1981 with the simple philosophy and goal of providing unsurpassed quality in landscape design and installation services. Thirty years in the business have positioned the company as one that can help customers with any type of design/build landscape job. From residential to large public and commercial projects, customers can expect creative and professional results. Country Landscapes has refined the design process to provide the most efficient and effective service possible. The complimentary design service is extended to customers looking for a design plus build partnership. At the initial meeting the landscape designer will discuss landscaping priorities and concerns and how the homeowner would like to use his or her outdoor living space. A realistic budget will be established. The designer will seek the homeowner’s input until the expectations for the project goals are met. The designer will use one of a variety of graphic tools to help homeowners envision how their completed landscaping project will look. Fine-tuning continues until the scope of work and the budget are decided upon. Upon approval of the final design and final estimate, and receipt of a deposit, the job is scheduled for installation. The landscape project is made a reality by Country Landscapes’ experienced installation team, and your new landscape is covered by the best warranty in the business. Stop by and visit the Country Landscapes Inc. garden at the North Iowa

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From C7 Casady Brothers Implement has everything you would need to take care of your lawn or acreage, from walk-behind mowers up to 135-hp tractors. The company also has a full-time certified mechanic. The company carries Kubota dieselpowered tractors, utility vehicles and excavating equipment. Other lines include Gravely walk mowers and zero turns, Simplicity tractors and zero turns, Stihl chain saws, string trimmers and other hand-held equipment. Casady Brothers is best known for the Kubota products and for having everything needed for lawn care, acreage maintenance and small farm tractors. The booth will feature a sample of all products and lines. The company is located at 712 Highway 18 East, Clear Lake. Phone number is 641-357-1161. E-mail is ••• HILLTOP CABINETRY from Riceville returns to the show this year. Owned by Matt Holdeman and his father, James, the company has been in business six years. It focuses on quality workmanship and service using a high grade of materials and components. “We are continuing to try to better our products and services,” Matt said. The company now carries hardwood flooring and interior doors and millwork. There have been a number of changes in the last year, said Matt. The company continues to offer green-certified products and finishes that are environmentally friendly. This year saw a move to even more environmentally friendly cabinets. No added formaldehyde goes into the actual products. Working in both the residential and commercial markets, the Holdemans’ custom-built kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and office furniture are on display in the showroom at 3336 Highway 9, Riceville. Hilltop Cabinetry can special order other styles from a cabinet manufacturer upon request, and will travel to customers’ homes and offices to consult over their needs, style preference and wood choice. Customers can view their cabinet or


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HOME — FEATURED EXHIBITORS From C8 “As us kids got older we got into the business and we each had a specific attribute that we brought to the business,” said Paul Despenas, the middle son and market director. Dad’s philosophy was and still is to this day, “Quality Products, Quality Installation.” If we provide that to our homeowners, then we will be in business a long time.” Despenas challenges Home Show visitors to “see what the Midwest Construction difference is for themselves.” Call 641-424—4717 or visit online at ••• ADVANCED DOOR SYSTEMS is “The Garage Door Experts” and deals in residential, commercial and industrial applications for new construction or retro-fit. Offering a wide range of door styles and manufacturers. Advanced Door Systems is located in Forest City, Spencer and Fort Dodge. A staff of 14 installs and services doors throughout Iowa and southern Minnesota. Advanced Door Systems repairs all makes and models of garage doors and gives free estimates on jobs. The company is an authorized distributor of Raynor, C.H.I., Clopay, Wayne Dalton, Hormann, Cookson, Airlift, Linear and Liftmaster. “The right door the right way” is the motto and no job is too big or too small. The Forest City location is 605 East J. St., Suite 100. Telephone 641-585-1900. Fax is 641-582-2840. Tollfree number is 866-5901562. For more information, visit ••• THE RIVER CITY SOCIETY FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

again this year will be at the Home Show. In cooperation with the Mason City Public Library and the Historic Preservation Commission, this year’s attention will be on the Prairie School structures of Mason City. The Mason City community is blessed to have worldrenowned buildings produced by some of the greatest American architects such as Frank LLoyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin. The group’s focus will be on education, not only to tell the history of some great buildings like the Historic Park Inn Hotel, Stockman House and the houses of Rock Glen-Rock Crest district, but also on the identification of structures built in Mason City inspired by these masterpieces. Most Prairie School-style buildings have common architectural features. A trifold flyer will be available for distribution. Photos and models of several Prairie School structures will be on display, including photos of new Prairie School-style buildings in Mason City. Tourists come from all over the United States and the world to see Mason City’s architectural wonders, and those visits soon will be enhanced by the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center. ••• CLEAR LAKE BANK & TRUST offers a more personal relationship with your bank? Look no further than locations in Clear Lake, Garner and Mason City. Stop by the booth to see how we can help make your money work for you! For more information on Clear Lake Bank & Trust’s services, visit

••• JOHNSON HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING LLC has something for the whole family in Booth A72 & A73 in the Olson building. The company will have a Bryant furnace and air conditioner displayed, along with Climate Master Geo reps in the booth Saturday and Sunday for mom and dad. For the kids there will be free Bryant coloring books, tattoos and action figures for kids under 14 while supplies last. Johnson Heating has furnaces from 80 percent to 98 percent efficient, air conditioners from 13 seer to 21 seer, as well as Bryant and Climate Master Geothermal units. The cooling season is just around the corner, but there’s plenty of North Iowa winter left to install a new Bryant high-efficiency furnace, air conditioner or geo unit. For the most comfort and efficiency for your home or business, stop in and talk to the staff from Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning and see what’s new for 2011. Johnson heating has certified Generac generator service techs to assist you with warranty repairs, general maintenance or the purchased and installation of a new unit. Johnson heating wants to remind everyone of the Bryant spring consumer rebate program that starts March 1, 2011. Don’t forget that geothermal units have a 30 percent tax credit available until 2016. There are also some tax credits available for qualifying furnaces and air conditioners. ••• MIDWEST ORGANICS is a

local manufacturer of Pure latest in lawn and patio furni- be displayed. Country ClipCast Worm Castings, an per has a mower for everyture will also be on display. organic fertilizer marketed Country Clipper Zero Turn one, including acreages, by the company. estates and commercial use. lawn mowing equipment will The all-natural fertilizer, See HOME SHOW, C10 produced from worms, provides many benefits to plants. Besides vigorous plant growth, Pure Cast Worm Castings increase yield, reduce transplant shock and reduce germination time. According to company owners Jay and Jill Burgardt, worm castings are known to “rejuvenate worn-out soil and increase both plant growth and crop yields.” Mother Nature’s “finest natural fertilizer,” Pure Cast Worm Castings is considered a living fertilizer. It helps break down the nutrients in the soil, making them available to root systems. Nutrients include nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and many more. Pure Cast Worm Castings also contain beneficial enzymes and bacteria. Along with Pure Cast Worm Casting organic fertilizer, Midwest Organics will be showcasing Potting Soil Plus, a high-end soil consistCLEAR LAKE • GARNER • MASON CITY ing of peat moss enhanced ~Booth B-51~ with earthworm castings. To learn more visit the website at ••• KRAMER ACE HARDWARE will again feature the latest in grills and accessories. According to Larry Kramer, Weber gas grills will be on display and demonstrated during the Home Show. Kramer ACE Hardware’s grilling demonstrations are always a favorite with Home Show attendees. Kramer ACE Hardware will be featuring Snapper mowers, riders and tractors. The

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HOME AND LANDSCAPING SHOW — FEATURED EXHIBITORS From C9 Kramer ACE Hardware offers free delivery in its market area. The Mason City store is at 440 S. Illinois Ave., telephone 641-424-6101. In Clear Lake, the address is 580 Highway 18 East, telephone 641-357-7080. The Garner store is located at 160 Highway 18 East, telephone 641-923-3003. See more at ••• FIRST CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK understands the importance of finding the best financing option to make your dream home a reality. Choosing a home is one of the biggest investment decisions your family may make during your lifetime. First Citizens has a variety of real estate loan solutions to fit your needs, from first-time home buyers, fixed rate and variable rate loans to VA loans. The bank’s real estate loan experts will be glad to work one-on-one to help determine which financing program suits your needs. Also, now may be an excellent time to consider refinancing. Stop in to see a home loan expert for more information. First Citizens National Bank has locations in Mason City, Charles City, New Hampton, Alta Vista, Osage, Clarion, Kanawha and Latimer. Hours and locations can be found online at ••• IOWA WALL SAWING offers a service that many people probably know little about until the service is needed. The company’s primary services is concrete sawing. From egress windows in basements, doorways for home additions or just miscellaneous concrete sawing, Iowa Wall Sawing is the company to contact. Ahomeowner favorite is the start-to-finish egress installations in basement foundations.These windows not only give access out of your basement if there is a fire,they also let in a lot of light,making the basement a much more livable,enjoyable area. Adding a window to the basement for a bedroom can add significantly to the resale value of your home. Sprague said, “We look at it as adding safety and value to your home in a half day.” For homeowners doing new construction, Iowa Wall Sawing is the Iowa distributor of Rockwell Window Wells (for


egress), a beautiful fiberglass window well surround molded to look like a stone wall. See them at Also for new construction, every new house needs a driveway, on new lots when a home is built, Iowa Wall Sawing can cut curbs for a new driveway approach. A new feature Iowa Wall Sawing has to offer homeowners is a concrete floor coating application called Vortex/Granitex Linings. This is an extremely versatile product that can be used on not only concrete floors, but will adhear to plastic, metal, or wood. Making it a great product to refinish wood decks, trailers, walls, boat bottoms, exc. Your imagination is your limitation with this product! Iowa Wall Sawing has been in business for more than 15 years. The phone number is 1-800-717-4577 or see them on-line ••• THE DUCT DOCTOR wants Home Show attendees to know that he does make house calls. Operator Dan Versteeg said his company does residential and light commercial heating and cooling air duct cleaning as well as dryer vent cleaning. The method used by the Duct Doctor is known as the source removal method, which is considered the most thorough. Every inch of your ductwork is washed and swept with high pressure air. Just as you would sweep your kitchen floor, source removal physically sweeps your air ducts from one end to the other, depositing dirt, dust and debris in the triple-filtered (including HEPA) vacuum. Versteeg has added carpet cleaning to his company for an effective cleaning combination for a healthier and cleaner home. Versteeg will have literature as well as a video demonstration in his booth at the Home Show. Stop by and learn what a difference the two services can make in the air quality of your home or office. Attendees who schedule their air duct or carpet cleaning at the Duct Doctor booth will receive a Home Show special discount. ••• CUSTOM SEAMLESS GUTTERING is a residential and commercial provider of seamless rain gutter systems. The gutter products come with a

manufacturer’s life-time warranty on materials and Custom Seamless Guttering provides a 20-year warranty on craftsmanship. Owner Keith Main said Custom Seamless Guttering also offers the Heartland brand of replacement windows. The Heartland window is unique in that it is made in Iowa. Custom Seamless Guttering staff pride themselves on continually researching the market to improve products to provide the best to their customers. ••• HABITAT’S RESTORE is North Iowa’s “Premier Home Improvement Discount Outlet.” The ReStore provides area homeowners with great products to maintain and beautify their homes at affordable prices. Habitat’s ReStore sells new and gently used building materials and other home improvement items to the public at 50-75 percent off retail prices. Some of the merchandise available includes sinks, cabinets, toilets, countertops, carpet, tile, vanities, light fixtures, appliances, hardware, paint, windows and doors. All inventory sold at the ReStore is donated by contractors, businesses and the public to support the work of Habitat for Humanity North Central Iowa. In addition to raising funds for Habitat for Humanity NCI, the ReStore helps the environment by diverting tons of reusable building materials away from area landfills. Donors may benefit by avoiding landfill fees and by receiving a tax deduction on contributions. The ReStore is located off of South Taft Avenue at the end of Commercial Park Road in Mason City. Store hours are Mondays-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Habitat for Humanity NCI is a notfor-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, which believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this goal in partnership with families to build simple, decent and affordable housing for those who might not otherwise become homeowners. Habitat partner families purchase their homes at discounted prices See HOME SHOW, C11


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Time to start planning your garden t’s never too soon to start thinking about your spring garden. If you haven’t started doing that, now is the time. A few hours of planning, organizing and preparing now can save some money and give you a more manageable and efficient garden come spring. And what gardener doesn’t enjoy dreaming about all those beautiful new plants and vegetables? But first things first. Make note of the locations where plants did well and where they didn’t thrive. Which vegetables were successful and which disappointed? Read some garden books and improve your gardening skills where necessary; then spend time considering exactly what you want to plant. If you’re into salsa, for example, plan lots of space for peppers, onions and tomatoes. Do your research. By now, you should have quite a collection of seed catalogs. Use them and the Internet to sort through information on the varieties you’re interested in growing. Order seeds as soon as possible. The earlier you get your order in, the better your chances of getting


all the varieties you’re looking for. Once they’re ordered, you can create a growing time line. Work backward from the last average frost date in your area and start seeds indoors so they’ll be ready to set out when the temperature warms enough in the garden. To begin, just use soilless sterile seed-starting mix and something to contain it. Plastic or paper cups, pizza boxes, takeout containers, soda bottles or just about anything else you can think of will work. Poke a few small drainage holes in the bottom, add the soil and then plant the seeds according to the package’s directions. Hang up a grow light, like a fluorescent shop light, over the plants. Attach a simple timer that allows the light to remain on 16 hours each day. Adding a plastic or clear covering over your container will help hold moisture in, which is very important for seeds to germinate. But you can skip this step as long as you make sure you supply the necessary moisture. This could be every day. Although it’s probably too cold for the compost to be actively working, keep tossing eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable waste

and other kitchen scraps (except proteins and fats) into the pile. When the weather starts warming up add water and soil and soon you’ll have some great compost to add to your garden soil. It’s the best soil amendment you can ever provide, and any time is the right time for adding compost. Maintain your tools. Clean them up, oil wooden handles and repaint metal surfaces. Sharpen shovels, pruning shears and other edged tools. Once spring arrives, they’ll be ready to go and you can head right out into the garden. Start getting together all the miscellaneous items you’ll need, too: sturdy wire for trellises and black plastic or other covers to start warming the soil and killing weed seeds. How about covering the garden with several layers of newspapers? Topped with a layer of straw or any type of mulch (leaving openings for plants to come through), they’re a great way to keep weeds at bay. I did this often in my large vegetable-garden set of “Fresh from the Garden” on DIY Network. It worked great and was a super way to recycle those newspapers. Just be sure to wet down

the paper as you spread it out. This weighs it down and helps keep it from blowing away until you get the mulch on top. This technique is also great between your planting beds and in paths as well. Finally, use last year’s bounty to inspire you. Remember the satisfaction you felt when those shrubs and trees started breaking their buds, and the sweet peas started poking through the soil? Gardening is about promise and anticipation. And winter is the best time to make plans and get motivated for the coming spring, while you still have a little time.

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is financed through individual and business donations, profits from ReStore sales, grants and the Fund for Humanity. Habitat utilizes volunteer labor and in-kind donations to build safe and affordable homes throughout the six county region. For more information

about Habitat and the ReStore, visit or call 641-423-1688 for the Restore or 641-4248978 for the Habitat office. Items from the ReStore will be displayed at the Home Show, as well as pictures of the store. Prizes will also be given.


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ampered Chef makes cooking more fun, said Consultant Sherry Wilcox-Wharam, and it also offers a way to be able to work on your own schedule. So many people are staying home and cooking these days, said Wilcox-Wharam, and more are eating together around the table, which is good for kids. Besides kitchen tools, Pampered Chef offers recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. There’s also a “one-pot wonder,” with a deep covered baker that looks like the liner of a crock pot with a lid. The stoneware pot is perfect for soup, stew, roasts and desserts, said Wilcox-Wharam, and is quite different from a crock pot. It can also be used in a microwave. New spring projects,


wants. Pampered Chef presentations can be used as fundraisers. Bridal showers and a bridal registry serve to stock a new kitchen. Wilcox-Wharam has been with Pampered Chef for 16 years, starting out with six to 10 shows. She said she fell in love with how much the tools help in the kitchen and has now done more than 1,900 shows. Tools make the job so easy, said WilcoxWharam, and make cooking fun rather than

drudgery. As a consultant, you “create to fit what you need and want,” she said. She still loves the program, and said she has been fortunate to take trips through the company. Attendees can stop by the booth for more information. Wilcox-Wharam can be reached at 641-4257267 or 641-357-6388. Her e-mail address is The website is sherrywilcox.

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