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BEST DANCE STUDIO By Roxanna Johnson Clear Lake Hampton 641-430-5003 www.dancinwithroxie.com

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Bowling Center, Family Fun/Entertainment - Rose Bowl Thanks! We are very happy to receive this special recognition in Readers Choice. We appreciate your support. It’s nice to know that so many people enjoy bowling and enjoying themselves at the Rose Bowl Bowling Center. Our efforts to be more than just a place to bowl have received lots of support from you, our friends and customers. We promise to continue to make the Rose Bowl even better with ongoing improvements. This summer you will enjoy how cool it is because of the major insulation we completed last fall. Come on out. We are open all spring and summer. Our spring and summer leagues are forming now. Check out Thirsty Thursdays $1 night starting at 7 p.m. or Friday night Karaoke at 9 p.m. Kids birthday parties are very popular . Ask about our birthday party packages.

Thanks North Iowa For Choosing Us As Your Favorite Golf Course

Highland Park Golf Course 944 17th St. NE • Mason City • 641-423-9693 ‘11 Readers’ Choice Golf Course - Highland Park

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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Dancin’ With Roxie is North Iowa’s premiere studio for dancers of all ages, abilities, body types, experience levels and a passion for dance. “We offer fun, energetic instruction for ballet, tap, jazz, point, lyrical, pom, hip hop and competition dance,” explains Roxanna Johnson. “I take great pride in the reputation we have built throughout the past six years. We’re known for providing a quality education, having fun, and being the best.” “Our Dance Competition Team is the only one in the area and we’ve been very successful in competing and keeping up with teams from much larger cities.” Three recent graduates from Roxanna’s program have gone on to become collegiate-level dancers in nationally ranked programs. “Succeeding at competition is great, but the key is not in how good the students are, it’s that they love to dance and have a real passion and love of the art.” Roxanna and her team of instructors are ready and willing to customize a program to meet the needs of anyone interested in dancing. “You’re never too young, nor too old, to dance!” For more information on the programs offered at Dancin’ With Roxie, call 641420-5003 or visit the website at www.dancinwithroxie.com.

4173 S. Federal • Mason City, IA • 423-8083 www.masoncityrosebowl.com

Purchase tickets online at www.surfballroom.com or charge by phone at 641-357-6151

Come enjoy our municipal golf course. Parks and Rec board operates the facilities and Class A: PGA professional John Pritchard manages the course and facilities. Highland has two very distinct and different 9 holes. The front 9 is older. This measurers 2,950 yards with an emphasis on tight tree lined fairways and small greens. The back 9 is longer at 3,250 yards with larger greens and long fairly open fairways. Men’s day is Wednesdays from 1:30-5 pm. Ladies day is Thursday from 4 to 5:15 pm. Take advantage of early bird golf discounts on golf membership fees for family, individual week day or youth. Early Bird prices good when purchased by May 1, 2011 Family rates are $825; Full time Individual rates are $430;Weekday rates are $390 if purchased before May 1st; Youth Full Time Rates are $125. There is a special $50 season pass and $100 family pass, A & B passes only for $50 and $100 discounts, Discounts available if purchased before May 1st and you have not been a member the last two years. Green Fees: Mon-Fri 18 holes: $20; Sat-Sun/Holidays 18 holes: $25; after 4 pm everyday: $15 Private motor cart are allowed on Highland Park or you can rent a motor cart. Thanks for choosing us. John Pritchard Class A: PGA Professional and Jon Gansen, course superintendent


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‘11 Readers’ Choice Friendliest Bar & Grill LD’s Filling Station Ld’s is a very popular local family owned restaurant and bar. Since 2001 Ld’s has been serving north Iowa with their complete all day breakfast menu and enjoyable burgers and meals. The first thing you notice when you go into Ld’s is their car theme and all the old time pictures of businesses in Mason City through the years. Ld’s is not a cookie cutter chain restaurant. It’s locally owned and a fun place to go any time of day. Readers this year picked Ld’s as their friendliest bar & grill . They have also given Ld’s lots of recognition as a great place for breakfast and their bar burgers were very popular in the Readers Choice voting. Their Tuesday night $1 bar burger are extremely popular. This is a locally owned restaurant and bar and voters in the readers Choice also recognized Ld’s as being one of their favorite locally owned restaurants and bars. Everyone can relax and enjoy themselves at Ld’s whether they come for breakfast or their Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet. People know the menu is very complete and its affordable too. Looking for a great place to get a tenderloin. Try Ld’s. You won’t be disappointed. They also have a special Wednesday night Rib night. Better get there early for this one since it goes really fast. They cook up a limited number of ribs. You know your ribs are going to be fresh and tasty when you go to Ld’s for Wednesday night’s Rib Special. Ld’s wait staff is very prompt and there is plenty of parking at Ld’s. If you like to set outside to relax or dine you have to come to Ld’s and enjoy their huge outside deck. The deck was added last year and it’s a very popular Place at Ld’s. Need a private room to have a special event, host an anniversary celebration, have a company outing or just need a place where your organization can meet? Try Ld’s they have a huge private room available.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Kids’ Entertainment - Cinema West Theatre

‘11 Readers’ Choice Margarita, Mexican - Cancun

Cinema West Theatres, owned by Cinema Entertainment Corp. (CEC), St. Cloud, MN., provides top entertainment for movie goers of all ages. Cinema West has ten theatres, all with stadium style seating, as well as great concessions. Recently added are their new hot concession items; hot dogs, pretzel bites, White Castle cheeseburgers, and pizza! They also have a digital projection with 3D in two auditoriums. Tickets may be purchased up to 4 days in advance and the Cinema box office accepts Visa and MasterCard. Gift cards in any denomination are also available for purchase at the box office, and are good for both movie tickets and concessions. For current movies and show times, call the MOVIE LINE: 641-421-1617 or visit their web site at www.cectheatres.com. Having a birthday party? They have a room available for your party goers either before or after the movie. Need a location to host your next meeting? Rent a Cinema West Theatres auditorium! Cinema West auditoriums feature stadium seating, comfortable seats and have great media presentation capabilities. Please contact the Cinema West manager for more information.

Cancun is very proud to have been voted Reader’s Choice Margaritas and Reader’s Choice Mexican restaurant again for the 9th years in a row. The food is authentic and fresh, which they feel is the key to the reason for its popularity. They invite you to stop in today and experience the great food, drink and exceptional service that makes them Reader’s Choice.

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Thank You Loyal Customers

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Thank you North Iowa for Voting Us #1 Country Inn & Suites • Hot Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Indoor Pool and Whirlpool • Fitness Center • 88 rooms with elevator • Convenient Parking • Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access • Convenient west side location to:

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Local Hotel/Motel - Country Inn & Suites Caring, consistent and comfortable experience are keys to making Mason City‘s Country Inn & Suites the 2011 Readers‘ Choice for Best Local Hotel. “We have built a reputation for quality service, a clean and hospitable facility, and friendly staff,” explained manager Jim Latham. “Our guests are our focus and we strive to go above and beyond to accommodate their needs and requests. We offer a comfortable and inviting home-like atmosphere and take great pride not only in the services we provide but in our facility as well. So many efforts and improvements go into keeping the facility well-maintained.” Mason City’s Country Inn & Suites provides 88 non-smoking hotel rooms. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, and wireless internet access. “We also serve a complimentary hot breakfast that includes Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, breakfast meats, as well as cereal, pastries, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. It’s a very complete menu,” said Latham. “We also offer a very lucrative rewards program. Guests who enroll in the Club Carlson program earn points for every night they stay with Country Inn & Suites. After just five nights, they can receive a complimentary room. We find many of our guests are really pleased with that.” “We also offer a lending library which guests may borrow books from during their stay. If they like, they can take the book with them when they leave and return it to any Country Inn & Suites hotel when they are finished with it.” “We are in the service business and providing great service is what it’s all about. We would like to thank those who voted for us for recognizing us for what we do best.” Country Inn & Suites is located at 4082 4th Street SW in Mason City.

4082 4th St. SW, Mason City, IA 50401 www.countryinns.com Ph: 641 423 1770 • Fax: 641 423 0640 email: cx_maso@countryinns.com

Thanks North Iowa For Voting Our Meat Counter & Produce Number 1 400 N. Delaware • Mason City Grocery 641-424-4415 Meat 641-424-4533 910 Hwy. 18 W. • Clear Lake Grocery 641-357-5773 Meat 641-357-5769

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Voted Best Place To Meet Singles

‘11 Readers’ Choice Meeting Singles, Fresh Fruits/Vegetables/Produce, Place to Buy Meat - Fareway For the past 12 years, the Fareway stores in Mason City and Clear Lake have been voted North Iowa’s Readers’ Choice for Best Meat Counter. This year they have also been recognized for Best Produce and the Best Place to Meet Singles. “We have the finest quality meats, cut fresh daily,” said Louie Covillo, meat department Manager of Fareway in Clear Lake. “We’re a good old-fashioned meat counter. We take pride in our department and look forward to serving and interacting with our customers.” “We carry only U.S.D.A. choice beef and Chairman’s Reserve all natural pork,” explained Bob Voves, meat department manager of Fareway in Mason City. “Our chicken is all natural, never frozen and we offer a great selection of quality seafood. We do what we can to provide our customers with the best quality at a fair price. Going above and beyond to meet the customers’ needs is what makes us the Readers’ Choice.” Fareway is also committed to providing customers with quality produce. “We strive to provide the freshest selection available,” said Darren Miculinich, grocery manager of Fareway in Mason City. “We also try to be the first in the market to have seasonal items available.” “We take great pride in what we do and our customers know they can trust us as well as the products that they’re getting,” said Louie. “We are here to serve the customers and we appreciate them and their patronage,” added Bob. As for being the best place to meet singles? “That’s a surprising honor,” said Darrin. Fareway is located at 400 North Delaware Avenue in Mason City and at Highway 18 West in Clear Lake. The stores are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Sunday.


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McDonalds has been voted the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Place for a Birthday Party, Best Fast Food, Best French Fries, and Best Drive Thru Eating. “It’s an honor to be the Readers’ Choice. Thank you to the readers who voted for us and thank you to our employees. They’re the ones who make us the best. They provide great service and keep the customers happy,� said Nancy Carroll. McDonald’s has been serving Mason City with two locations for nearly 51 years. The McDonald’s crew strives to provide customers with convenience and friendly, quality service. McDonald’s is also committed to providing customers with highquality food choices that meet their needs and preferences. Throughout the past several years, the classic menu favorites have been joined by specialty coffees, smoothies, angus burgers, and variety of healthier options including apple slices, fruit and yogurt parfaits, and salads. In the coming weeks, work will begin on Mason City’s west McDonald’s demolition and rebuild. “The current building is 33 years old,� said Carroll. “It will be demolished and rebuilt in the same location. The new layout will be much more organized and efficient. Currently our stock room is located in the basement which is not very convenient for the employees.� The new layout will include a double drive-thru lane similar to that at McDonald‘s South, which will allow for more efficient drive-thru service. “We will be able to retain most of our employees. They will be working at McDonald’s South and the Clear Lake location until the construction is complete.� The total project is expected to be complete within 90 days, start to finish, with a target re-opening date in mid-summer. McDonalds South in Mason City is located at 2010 South Federal Avenue. The West location is at 1641 4th Street SW. Hours for dining in are 6 AM to midnight seven days a week. Drive thru hours are 5:30 AM to midnight Sunday through Thursday and open until 1AM Fridays and Saturdays.

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

‘11 Readers’ Choice Pharmacy, Wine Selection - Hy-Vee Drugstore

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Hy-Vee Drugstore, located at 875 4th Street SW in Mason City, is the Reader’s Choice for Best Pharmacy. They are located across from Mercy Hospital and the Mason City Clinic on Highway 122. “Our location is definitely convenient for our customers,” said Tally Mertes, store manager. Hy-Vee Drugstore has been your trusted pharmacy in Mason City for 35 years. Pharmacy manager, Tim Leibrand has been a pharmacist with Hy-Vee for 34 years. He and Mertes are pleased that their pharmacy customers have voted their confidence in the services provided. “They’re the ones who made it possible,” said Leibrand, who says the best part of the job is getting to know our customers. He knows 75 percent of his patients by name, leading the way for friendly customer service from all the pharmacy staff. Sarah Arickx and Melissa Jenkins, both Doctors of Pharmacy, join Tim as the experts in customer care. All three pharmacists are graduates of the pharmacy program at the University of Iowa. There are also eight registered pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy team is professional, friendly and knowledable. Providing quality service and customer convenience is very important. Customer safety is a top priority and the staff is always working to monitor medication interactions. Prescriptions are filed under the customer’s name with the prescription number. Any time a patient fills a new prescription it is always checked for drug interactions. Hy-Vee Drugstore provides a very thorough drug utilization review. “We’re dedicated to being helpful and always looking for ways to make your life easier, healthier and happier,” said Mertes. The team is committed to quality service and speed. Prescriptions can often be ready within minutes. Hy-Vee Drugstore offers extended hours - staying open until 9 PM during the week - so that customers can pick up their prescriptions when it’s convenient for them. Prescription refills can be called in 24 hours a day by calling 424-5522. Pharmacy hours are 8 AM to 9 PM Monday thru Friday; 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday; and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Drive-thru service and free in-town delivery are also offered. Hy-Vee Drugstore can also help customers save money by offering over 400 generic drugs available for $4.00 for a 30-day supply or $10.00 for a 90-day supply. “If a customer is interested in finding a generic that may work for them, they can definitely count on our pharmacists for guidance. They’re more than happy to make a recommendation.” Another way to save is to enroll in Pharmacy Saver for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plan Members. Members can get Generic prescription drugs as low as $2 for a 30-day supply. Details are available at the pharmacy department. Hy-Vee Drugstore also offers vaccinations for the seasonal flu, pneumonia and shingles. “We carry a wide variety of home health and home medical products including diabetic shoes, bathroom aids, walkers, rolators, scooters, power and lift chairs. We offer service after the sale and free delivery within a 40-mile radius of Mason City. We do the paperwork for you and file with most insurance providers.” In addition to the 2011 Reader’s Choice, Hy-Vee Drugstore has also been named “Pharmacy of the Quarter” by Hy-Vee Corporate Headquarters for the past 12 consecutive quarters. “Our customers can be confident that they’ve chosen an award-winning pharmacy,” said Mertes.


Hy-Vee of Mason City first opened its door on April 28, 1965. Now 46 years later, we’ve grown from a single store here in Mason City to 3 large stores, all offering quality groceries and merchandise plus a wide variety of services to the residents of North Central Iowa.

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Voted Readers’ Choice for Best Grocery Store, Deli, Catering, Bakery, Liquor Store and Best Wine Selection, Hy-Vee Food Stores of Mason City are definitely doing many things right. “Many customers prefer to do all of their shopping with us because of the experience we provide,” explained Tracy Kading, store director at Hy-Vee East. Clean stores, personalized service, a wide selection of quality products at fair prices, and efficient shopping and checkout create an overall excellent customer experience. “Customer service is definitely key. At Hy-Vee we’re committed to make our customers’ lives easier, happier and healthier. We really make an effort to treat our customers like guests in our home and our employees are treated like family,” said Kading. “We appreciate our employees and firmly believe they are the reason for our success.” “We focus on providing customers with the products they want at prices they can afford,” agreed Tim Flaherty, store director at Hy-Vee West. “We really strive to provide our customers with savings.” With two convenient locations in Mason City, and thousands of products to choose from, Hy-Vee provides a one-stop shopping experience for many customers. “Customers choose our deli for the variety of premium meats and cheese we provide, as well as the friendliness and quick service provided by our staff. We pay attention to the customers’ need,” said Deb Schuffham, Deli Manager at Hy-Vee East. “Our customers are always right and we want nothing more than happy, satisfied customers,” added Denise Lyon, Deli Manager at Hy-Vee West. “We’re proud to offer Di Lusso meats and cheese. We provide customers with a great variety of all natural Di Lusso products which are gluten free, preservative free, and contain no MSG.” Customers can also count on the Hy-Vee Bakery for quality, fresh-made products. “We strive for excellence and quality. We focus on providing customers with a variety of the products they want,” said Steve Schroeder, Assistant Manager of the Bakery at Hy-Vee East. Some of the most popular bakery items include a variety of homemade buns and breads, cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and much, much more. There’s no order too big or too small for the Hy-Vee bakeries. Whether you need a large order of buns for an upcoming family gathering or only want two buns for supper tonight, the Hy-Vee staff is more than happy to accommodate you. Customers can also count on Hy-Vee for fresh baked cakes for any occasion. “We always have a variety of fresh cakes available in the case that can be personalized quickly,” explained Kathy McGuire, Bakery Manager at Hy-Vee West. “Holidays are really special. Customers know they can count on us for fun, seasonal and holiday products and we’re always open to new ideas.” When it comes to special events, Hy-Vee is proud to provide the best catering service in North Iowa. From business meetings, weddings, funerals, graduations, anniversaries, baptisms, retirement parties, to any other social gathering, Gail Schurtz and the Hy-Vee Catering staff are ready to assist you. “We love to impress our customers. We have a variety of menus and choices available. Customers can tell us what they want and we’ll make it happened, said Schurtz. “We can provide everything from food and cake to flowers and ice sculptures for any event. We’re always open to original ideas and have very few, if any, limitations.” Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits is proud to provide the best in wines and spirits. “We are definitely your one-stop-shop for the largest selection of beer, wines and spirits,” said manager Bruce Long. “We offer over 3000 wines, including over 100 varieties from Iowa wineries. We also have a great selection of spirits, mixes for spirits, wine accessories, cork screws and so much more. Our staff is knowledgeable and can help you find just what you’re looking for.” “We’re very excited to have been voted Readers’ Choice in so many categories,” said Flaherty. We definitely offer a wide variety of products and services that customers want. Thank you to our customers, Thank you to our employees and Thank you to North Iowa.”

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Spring Event - Mason City Chamber 73rd North Iowa Band Festival May 26-30, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS HARRY O!

Schedule subject to change. www.nibandfest.com Thursday, May 26 6:00 p.m. Festival Sponsor Recognition 6:15 p.m. All Middle School Band Concert, Southbridge Mall 7:00 p.m. Mason City Municipal Band Concert, Southbridge Mall

North Iowa’s Favorite Radio Personality

Friday, May 27 5:00 p.m. Carnival, Craft Show & Concessions Open, East Park 5:00 p.m. Car Cruise and Exhibit Ends at East Park 6:00 p.m. Boogie & the Yo-Yo’z, East Park

Thank you for waking us up every day. Thanks for making us laugh. Thanks for all you do to make North Iowa a better place to live. You’re looking good!

Saturday, May 28 8:00 a.m. 22nd Annual Stu Nevermann Run, Aquatic Center 8:00 a.m. Car Show Open, East Park 10:00 a.m. 73rd North Iowa Band Festival Parade, Downtown Noon Carnival, Craft Show & Concessions Open, East Park 1:00 p.m. Mason City High School Jazz Band, East Park 1:30 p.m. Sheltered Reality, East Park 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony, East Park 3:00 p.m. United State Marine Corp. Ensemble, East Park 6:00 p.m. The Dweebs

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Since 1985, Harry O has been providing radio listeners throughout North Iowa with laughter and entertainment. “I like to think I’m a fun guy. Entertainment is fun and people love to be happy. If I can make just one person cheerful and make their day, I’ve succeeded,” said Harry. As a young kid, growing up in Osage, Harry aspired to be a play-by-play announcer and DJ. “My name, Harry O, came from the David Janssen’s show,” he said referring to the 70’s crime drama that originally aired on ABC. At the age of 15, Harry took his first part-time job with KOSG Radio in Osage. He started working at KLSS when he was 17, prior to attending Brown College of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. “After my first year of college, I started my first full-time radio job in Sheridan, Wyoming. Following that I worked in Grand Island, Nebraska before returning to Mason City.” The Harry O Morning Show is aired on Star 106.1 (KLSS) weekdays from 5AM to 10AM. “My show is made up of the things I would find entertaining as a listener. I try to keep it interesting, full of energy and exciting for the listeners.” “It’s an awesome surprise to be voted the Readers’ Choice. I’m very humbled and grateful to the listeners Thank You!”

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Local Radio Personality - Harry O


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Thanks North Iowa for Voting This Clear Lake Fall Event Your Favorite!

for Voting This Clear Lake Winter Event Your Favorite! December 2-4, 2011

October 1, 2011 Visit www.clearlakeiowa.com to get the complete schedule and to order your Harvest Festival Bag. Bags will be limited to 1000 & go on Sale July 1st!

Horse Drawn Carriage & Main Street Trolley rides, Craft Show, Lighted Parade, Fireworks over the Frozen Lake, Polar Bear Dip for Charity, Festival of Trees and More make this North Iowa’s Favorite Holiday Festival!

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‘11 Readers’ Choice NI Fall Event - Clear Lake Chamber

‘11 Readers’ Choice NI Winter Event - Clear Lake Chamber

The 7th Annual Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 1st in Downtown Clear Lake. Voted 2011 Readers Choice for Best Fall Event, the Harvest Festival features samplings from Iowa wineries and breweries, seminars and artist demonstrations, farmer’s market, vendors, trolley rides, homemade salsa contest, grape stomp competition, pumpkin roll relay, food, live music and much more! “It’s a great event that people enjoy taking part in year after year,” explained Al Ashland, event chairman. “Iowa wineries are given the opportunity to showcase their products and it’s a wonderful way to showcase Clear Lake and all we have to offer here.” Pre-registration and purchase of an official Harvest Festival Bag are required to take part in wine samplings. Bags go on sale July 1, 2011 and are available at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.clearlakeiowa.com.

Clear Lake’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas by the Lake, has once again been voted the Readers Choice for Best Winter Event in North Iowa. “It is an award-winning event,” explained event chairman, Gene Madson, “and we’re very proud of it.” Christmas by the Lake has received recognition by A&E Television as one of the Top 20 Places to Spend the Christmas Holiday, as well as the recipient of the Tourism Event of the Year in the State of Iowa. This year’s event will be held December 2nd through December 4th. Horse drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, Santa’s House, strolling Dickens characters, lighted parade, fireworks over the frozen lake, Polar Bear Plunge for charity, Festival of Trees, and more family fun fill the weekend. “Since 1995 we have strived to put on the best free family fun festival possible. To see over 10,000 people line Main Avenue for the parade and the fireworks at the seawall is a spectacular site,” said Madson. “We wouldn’t be able to put on such a great event without the support of our sponsors and the commitment of the volunteers.”

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Place to Shoot Pool - Rookie’s Four pool tables, lots of space to play and a fun atmosphere are what makes Rookies in Clear Lake the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Place to Play Pool. “We have lots of customers who are pool players and plenty of space for them to play without having to wait for a table,” said owner Al Hejna. “Our tables are well maintained. We offer a great atmosphere, the right crowd, and the right music, but Rookies is more than just a bar. It’s a great place to come hang out, meet friends and eat. With Sevens right next door, we’re able to offer a great menu as well.” Rookies offers the following specials throughout the week: Free Pool on Tuesday night: Thursday 2fers - 7pm to Close: Friday 2fers - 9pm-12pm Food specials are also available. Music is provided by a DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Rookies, located at 307 Main Avenue in Clear Lake, is open daily at 10am. “We’re proud to be the Reader’s Choice. Thank you to our customers and the readers who voted for us.”

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Window Retailer - Midwest Construction Since 1958, Midwest Construction has specialized in exterior home improvements. “We’re proud to be the Readers’ Choice for windows,” said Paul Despenas. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best quality products and the best quality installation.” Midwest Construction offers custom built replacement windows, permanent siding products, eaves and overhangs, seamless gutters and down spouts, insulated doors, screened-in patios, three season rooms, and all season sunroom enclosures. “Since the beginning, our father aligned our company with the best manufacturers in the industry and found the best people in the industry to install the products,” explained Paul. “All of our products improve energy efficiency and come with a lifetime warranty. Our crews have received some of the highest certifications in the country. We place a lot of importance on knowledge and training and all of our products are installed according to the manufacturers’ specifications. If any problems should arise, customers contact us directly for service.” “We have been successful because of the high standards set by our father when he founded this company and have built a solid reputation amongst our customers and take great pride in knowing many of our customers trust us and refer us to their friends and family.” “Thank you to our customers for believing in the Midwest Construction family and choosing us. We are committed to providing nothing but the best of the best.”


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Voted the 2011 Readers Choice for Best Convenience Store, Casey’s General Store is convenient and a whole lot more. “We have five locations in Mason City and Clear Lake, as well as many other locations throughout North Iowa and the Midwest,” said Sherrie Oelschlager, Area Manager. “Customers know they can count on Casey’s for our clean stores, restrooms, and our friendly, courteous employees.” For many customers, stopping at Casey’s locations become part of their daily routine. Casey’s staff strive to make customers feel at-home in their stores. “We get to know our customers and they get to know us,” said Sherrie. Casey’s offer quick, friendly service, as well as a wide variety of food items including made-from-scratch donuts and pizza. “We use quality, fresh ingredients and our food items are served in a timely manner.” Customers can start off the day with a hot cup of Casey’s always-fresh coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Select Casey’s locations also offer an expanded coffee bar with up to six different varieties of coffee. Of course, what’s a cup of coffee without a made-from-scratch cake donut, brownie, fresh-from-the-oven cookie or other baked good fresh from the Casey‘s kitchen? For customers who prefer a heartier breakfast, Casey’s offers delicious croissant or biscuit sandwiches, available with sausage, bacon, or ham. Beginning at 10:00 AM each day, customers can find any number of quality, hot food items to get them through the long afternoon. The menu offerings include chicken tenders, ham n’ cheese sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, and of course Casey‘s famous homemade pizza. Several North Iowa locations have been undergoing remodeling to make room for a new sub sandwich station. “The remodel will add 15 feet to the store to make room for a larger beer case and the sub shop,” explained Sherrie. “We will offer 6-inch and 12-inch sub sandwiches, in 12 different varieties. Sandwiches can be prepared hot or cold with a variety of meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables, and up to 13 different sauces. We will also offer soup, pita wraps, and soft-serve ice cream.” Locations in North Iowa with the new sub shop will include Northwood, Manly, St. Ansgar, Clear Lake, and Osage. “We would like to thank all of our loyal customers and the readers who have voted us Readers’ Choice. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you.”

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Mason City Wellness Center LLC and Mason City Tai Chi & Chi Kung LLC have been voted the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Martial Arts Instruction. Dr. Glen Hepker, Master Instructor and Wellness Coach offers instruction in wellness philosophy and practices as a healthful way of life. “I offer instruction in exercise, traditional meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, stretching, and guided imagery arts. I also offer wellness coaching and individual/marital counseling,” said Glen. “I also offer my services as a speaker and in seminars and workshops.” Tai Chi and Chi Kung private and group classes are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students throughout the week. “I am humbled and quite appreciative to be recognized as the Readers’ Choice. It truly means a lot. Mason City and North Iowa have been very good to me. I am truly blessed, on multiple levels,” said Glen. Mason City Wellness Center LLC and Mason City Tai Chi & Chi Kung LLC is located in Willowbook Mall, next to Brown’s Shoe. For more information on services and instruction, call 641.423.2648.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Chinese - Hunan Chinese Restaurant Thank you North Iowa for voting us the Readers’ Choice Chinese Restaurant! At Hunan Restaurant we offer an All You Can Eat Chinese Bufffet featuring over 80 items. Our customers choose us because of the variety of food we offer and the quality taste. We have a clean and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy throughout your dining experience. We are open seven days a week 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Stop in today and enjoy the great food and service.


‘11 Readers’ Choice Pizza - Godfathers Pizza

‘11 Readers’ Choice Salad Bar - Bonanza

Godfather’s Pizza, voted Readers’ Choice for pizza, has been serving customers for over 35 years. First, thanks to everyone who voted for us for this award! Customers always come first, said Melode Balek, Store Manager. Godfather’s offers pick up or dine in meals. Pizzas are made to order. Dinners are made from the freshest ingredients possible. Dough is made from scratch twice daily. Godfather’s also offers sandwiches, chicken wings, popcorn chicken, desserts and cheese bread. Fresh salads are made every day. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Bonanza Steakhouse is proud to be the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Salad Bar, as well as recipient of the 2010 National Beef Backer Award winner in the “Chain Restaurant” category at the Annual Cattle Industry Conference & NCBA Trade Show in Denver, Colo. Jon Rice, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, stated, “Bonanza Steakhouse is extremely honored to accept this award. We believe a delicious steak dinner should be affordable for the everyday family,” says Rice. “Industry reports show beef dollar sales are up 10%. Thanks to foodservice professionals’ creativity and passion for our product, beef has not only gained sales momentum, but also remains at the ahead of new menu trends. It is important that we recognize and thank establishments that are providing outstanding beef-eating experiences away from home,” notes Iowa cattleman Scott McGregor, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Joint Foodservice Committee. The Bonanza Steakhouse at 2700 4th Street SW in Mason City has been serving guests since 1985.

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Voted the Readers’ Choice for Best Chiropractic Care, Haas Chiropractic is committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. Dr. Richard Haas and Dr. David Haas are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives — combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Patients seeking treatment at Haas Chiropractic Clinic are assured of receiving only the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Services include chiropractic care, corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling , spinal and postural screenings, and physiotherapy. Dr. Richard and Dr. David Haas and the staff have a genuine concern for your wellbeing! Haas Chiropractic Clinic is located at 1403 South Federal Avenue in Mason City.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Chiropractic Care - Haas Chiropractic

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Northwestern Steakhouse Mason City, IA Established 1920

North Iowa’s Best of the Best Readers’ Choice 12 years running! Best Steak!

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Nursing Home - Good Shepherd, Inc. Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is a big decision, and sometimes it’s a decision that has to be made in a short period of time. Good Shepherd Health Center has the experience and resources to be the best place for your loved one’s long term care placement. Our Health Center has been certified by the State of Iowa and federal government to provide skilled and intermediate nursing care. Good Shepherd is Medicare, Medicaid, V A and other insurance program approved. Good Shepherd Health Center should be your choice for nursing home care because we have: • Skilled & intermediate level nursing care • 200 licensed beds in private and semi-private rooms • Certification for Medicare, Medicaid, V A & other insurance • Physical, Occupational and Speech therapist on duty • A registered dietitian on staff • A full restorative & therapy program • A caring social services program A busy activities program • An enriching spiritual program with a Full-time chaplain on staff • Secured area for dementia residents Our commitment is to support you in maintaining or improving your quality of life. To further that goal we provide a pleasant, healthy environment and a wide range of services and activities. Our professional staff is dedicated to respecting and serving you, according to your choices, abilities, and needs. Contact Good Shepherd anytime with questions at 641-424-1740 or at our website goodshepherd- inc.com. Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living appreciates the confidence the public has shown by voting us the Readers Choice. Kentucky Ridge has been the recipient of this honor each year since 2004. Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living is a combination of housing and services, emphasizing independence, dignity and choice for our tenants. We have staff 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with your activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medications and meals. There are personalized supportive services designed to meet your needs in a home like environment. Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living provides peace of mind in a safe and secure environment. Thank you to our tenants, families and public for putting their trust in us. Contact Kentucky Ridge anytime for more information at 641-423-5707.


‘11 Readers’ Choice Audiologist/Hearing Aid Provider Hearing Associates

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Gary Dockum started Hearing Associates, P.C. on January 2, 1987 to help meet the needs of people with hearing difficulties in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Stuart Trembath started as an employee of Hearing Associates, P.C. and became a partner in the company in 1992. As more people turned to Hearing Associates, P.C. for help. It wasn't long before audiologists Tanya Harper Rowe and, later, Linda True joined Gary and Stuart. Because of your turst, Rachael Dolezal joined our staff in January of 2009. The most recent addition to our Hearing Associates, P.C. staff is Abram Vore, who joined us in October of 2010. In addition to our Mason City office, located just inside the Mason City Clinic building, Gary, Stuart, Tanya, Linda, Rachael and Abram also see patients our outreach clinics in Albert Lea, Belmond, Britt, Cresco, Hampton, Iowa Falls, New Hampton and Osage. Our goal is to provide breakthrough technology in health care with exceptional service and high quality products. This is true the first day you walk in our door, as well as the many years to come. Thank you for your trust in us and selecting Hearing Associates, P.C. for this honor. We can’t begin to say what an honor it is to be selected as top Readers’ Choice Award winner. We look forward to many more years of exceptional service, one patient at a time.

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Central Park Dentistry is humbled by the continued support and trust from our patients. They have once again voted for us a Readers’ Choice in 2011. Central Park Dentistry believes going to the dentist will be an enjoyable experience in a relaxed environment. Patient comfort is very important to Dr. Jay Lala, who opened Central Park Dentistry in 1993. In 2004, he expanded the practice by bringing in a partner, Dr. Matthew Hansen. Both are graduates of the University of Iowa and hold Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificates. Drs. Lala and Hansen utilize modern technology for the patient’s comfort. “At Central Park Dentistry, we are dedicated to bringing you the most comprehensive dental care available,” said Dr. Lala. Central Park Dentistry’s greatest asset is a staff filled with caring individuals.Whether it is an extra pillow or blanket or a conversation to make you more comfortable, they go the extra mile to ensure a calm environment for your care. The practice utilizes digital xrays, computers in every treatment room, intraoral cameras, Invisalign orthodontics and electric handpieces for root canals. Keeping their patients informed and understanding their treatment options is also a priority for Dr. Lala and Dr. Hansen. In the office they have numerous models to view and a full library of short videos explaining procedures. “A patient who understands their treatment is more comfortable and more satisfied with what they choose to have done,” says Dr. Hansen. They have a great website with an online dental library for clients to view and do their own research. The practice is located downtown Mason City. The historic Parker Opera House provides a uniquely warm atmosphere and positive setting for dental care. They are open from 8-5 on Monday and Wednesday; 8-6 on Tuesday; and 8-7:30 on Thursday.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Local TV News Anchor/Sportscaster/Weatherman - Adam Frederick “I have a real passion for the weather,” says Adam Frederick, 2011 Reader’s Choice for Best Local TV News/Sports/Weather Personality. “I love what I do and it shows.” Adam was born in Mason City but moved to Michigan at an early age. “We spent ten years in Northern Michigan where it snows about ten feet every year. You can’t help but become interested in the weather when you grow up and experience that much snow.” Eventually life took Adam to Eastern Iowa, where he discovered all of the severe weather that Iowa had to offer. “I became truly fascinated by the weather.” “I decided to pursue a career in meteorology because it combined my fascination with the weather and my interest in the behind-the-scenes aspects of TV and movies, as well as my interest in computers,” explained Adam. He attended Iowa State University majoring in meteorology and minoring in journalism. In 2000, Adam joined KIMT’s StormTeam 3 and now works as their Chief Meteorologist. “I love the variety of my job. The weather varies day to day. It’s never mundane or boring. It also provides me with the opportunity to help people as they use the weather to plan their day. During severe weather, the information I pass along helps keep viewers safe.” “It’s important to me to provide the absolute best severe weather coverage,” says Adam. “The most memorable moments of my career are related to severe weather.” Adam has chased over 60 tornadoes, including the May 11th 2000 Dunkerton, Iowa tornado and the May 1st, 2001 Glenville May Day Twister. “The most memorable was the 2010 tornado in Albert Lea. We were able to air thirty minutes of live coverage of that tornado on the ground.” He hopes that his experience with severe weather will further enhance severe weather coverage for KIMT viewers by being able to relate and explain what is currently happening and what is going to happen when severe weather threatens. Adam says, “Severe weather happens and we have to be prepared to jump in and alert our viewers. Our goal at KIMT is to bring you the most accurate, fastest and complete severe weather information to help keep you safe.” While not on air Adam enjoys spending time with his wife Allison, new daughter Natalie, and dog Winnie, as well as building computers, creating web pages, and of course, chasing storms. “Being a meteorologist is not a job, it’s a lifestyle that requires being prepared and ready, day or night,” says Adam. “It’s really an honor and a pleasant surprise to be voted the Readers’ Choice. I do what I do because I love doing it. Receiving recognition from the Globe Gazette readers really means a lot to me.”

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Winner Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa’s services receiving a 2011 Readers’ Choice Award:

Best Pediatrician – Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic Best Obstetrics/Gynecology – Dr. C. Debrah, Mercy Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinic Best Medical Staff – Mercy Family Clinic – Forest Park Best Family Doctor – Mercy Family Clinic – Forest Park Best Physical Therapy – Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa Best Medical Supply – Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa Best Home Health Care – Mercy Home Care Best Rehabilitation Facility – Mercy HealthWorks, Occupational Medicine

is proud of all its associates who make a difference every day! We want to recognize these Readers’ Choice award winners.

BEST PEDIATRICIAN Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic

BEST OBSTETRICIAN / GYNECOLOGIST Dr. C. Debrah, Mercy Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinic

BEST MEDICAL STAFF Mercy Family Clinic – Forest Park

BEST FAMILY DOCTOR Mercy Family Clinic – Forest Park

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

BEST MEDICAL SUPPLY Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

No one likes to get sick. But when you do, there’s nothing more important than knowing you’re in the hands of the right healthcare professional at the right time. At Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, you’ll find doctors, mid-level providers, nurses and clinicians skilled in almost every medical specialty imaginable, providing nothing less than the most sophisticated level of care when you need it. Offering the atmosphere of a hometown health care center along with the technology, services and resources of a major modern medical center. There’s no substitute for knowing you’re in good hands!

BEST HOME HEALTH CARE Mercy Home Care

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Thank You For Voting North Iowa Eye Clinic Your Preferred Eye Care Provider

Thank you for voting the YMCA your Readers’ Choice!

We are happy to be able to provide North Iowa with full time ophthalmologists and optometrists for all your family eye care needs. Our professional practice also provides cataract surgery with specialty lens options, in house yag & argon lasers, low vision clinic, retinal specialist in office weekly. We also provide full service optical including contact lens fittings.

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YMCA & Rehabilitation Center 1840 S. Monroe • Mason City • (641) 422-5999 • www.masoncityymca.org

‘11 Readers’ Choice Eye Clinic - North Iowa Eye Clinic

‘11 Readers’ Choice Fitness Center - YMCA

Originally founded in the 1920s, the North Iowa Eye Clinic remains as this area's most advanced diagnostic and surgical eye clinic and is proud to be the 2010 Readers’ Choice for Eye Care. North Iowa Eye Clinic is a full-service clinic providing North Iowa with full-time ophthalmologists and optometrists for all your family eye care needs. Their professional practice specializes in disease treatment, surgical procedures including cataract surgery with specialty lens options, as well as in-house yag and argon laser treatment. North Iowa Eye Clinic also offers a low vision clinic, and a retinal specialist is available in the office weekly. Village Green Optical, a division of North Iowa Eye Clinic offers a full range of optical products and services including eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, magnifiers, and other optical accessories. Stop by and allow our experienced staff to assist you in choosing the perfect products and services for your vision needs. North Iowa Eye Clinic is located at 3121 4th Street SW in Mason City.

It is an honor for the Mason City YMCA & Rehabilitation Center to be named the 2010 Reader’s Choice Fitness Center. The facility houses three racquetball courts, lap pool, therapy pool, three court gymnasium, child care, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, track, Mercy Aquatic Therapy and a youth center with a 16 foot rock climbing wall. The YMCA offers youth programs like Golf, Dance, T-Ball, Day Camp and swimming lessons. Adult programs include a wide variety of aerobic and water aerobic classes offered from morning to night, as well as basketball, volleyball, racquetball and indoor cycling. If you have never been to the YMCA please stop by for a free tour at anytime. The YMCA believes no one should ever be denied membership or program participation because of an inability to pay. Please inquire about financial assistance if you or someone you know could benefit. For more information about the YMCA call (641) 422-5999.


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‘11 Readers’ Choice Bicycle Shop Wayne’s Ski-Cycling-Fitness

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Wayne’s Ski & Cycle is a full-service shop offering the best brands including Trek, Scott and Haro. Matt Curtis and his knowledgeable staff are committed to helping riders of all abilities find the bike best suited to fit their needs and specialize in providing the best final fit. “Bike styles vary and each has their own benefits and drawbacks. We help our customers find the right bike by matching their riding style and their body geometry,” explains Matt Curtis. “Bikes come in up to 11 different sizes. Finding the proper fit ensures comfort and control, maximizes performance and reduces the risk of injury.” Wayne’s Ski & Cycle also offers full-service bicycle repairs and provides a large variety of bike accessories including helmets, gloves, shoes and much more. In addition to being the area’s best bike shop, customers will discover a great selection of fitness equipment, patio furniture, sunglasses, in-line skates, downhill skis, cross country skis, snowboards, snowshoes, hockey skates, and winter apparel. “Our attention to detail and understanding of our customers’ needs are what make us the Readers’ Choice for best bicycle shop. We treat our customers with great value and respect. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with quality service. We look forward to serving you throughout the years to come.”

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Camper/RV Dealership - Lee’s Campers Thanks North Iowa for selecting us as the #1 Camper Dealer in North Iowa. Since we opened our doors back in 1967, we have helped campers get the best camper at the best price. We have grown our business to what it is today by avoiding tacky sales gimmicks, by keeping a low overhead, and by treating our customers with respect. Lee’s Campers is the best place to start when shopping for a camper for 4 reasons: #1 Quality, #1 Service, #1 Warranty, and you still get the best price! Stop out and see us today!

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Since 1891, Krieger’s Greenhouse & Garden Center has been providing Mason City and North Iowa with exceptional service and quality products. “We have the largest selection and variety of plants in North Iowa,” said Karen Krieger. “We are a fourthgeneration, family-owned greenhouse and garden center, offering the best quality annuals, perennials, bedding plants, and some produce. Our customers know they can depend on us.” Krieger’s Greenhouse & Garden Center is open year-round with extended hours in the summer and fall. In additional to the garden center, they also offer a variety of garden-related gifts and memorial items. “One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of this business is working with our customers. Thank you to our loyal customers and those who voted us Readers’ Choice.

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In Home Gallery is pleased to be the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Home Décor and Gift Shop. Since 2001, owners Dave and Donell Doering have carried a wide variety of wall art, decorative home accents, window treatments, kitchen products and collectibles. More recently, Iowa wines have been added to In Home Gallery from seven different Iowa wineries along with a large assortment of wine accessories. “We like to think of ourselves as a lifestyle store, always looking to add new product that will meet the needs of our customers,” said Donell Doering, co-owner. “Thank you for your business and for voting us Readers’ Choice. We take great pride in our store and our staff is eager to provide you with a unique shopping experience.”

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Is proud to be named North Iowa Readers Choice for children’s clothing. We strive hard to have a great selection of name brand children’s clothing at everyday low prices. STORE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Thursday & Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Green ServiceMaster Clean Green Carpet Cleaning is ideal for people with chemical sensitivities, leaving less detergent residue behind to ensure your carpet stay cleaner, longer.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Kids’ Clothing - The Goodnature Store

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Paint/Wallpaper - Diamond Vogel

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Great staff, great selection and exceptional customer service are what make Goodnatures the 2011 Readers Choice for Best Childrens Clothing. Goodnatures offers a wide variety of brands including: Carhartt, Redwing, Columbia, Under Armour, Tribal, Silver Jeans, IT jeans, Sketchers and so much more. The baby department also offers an extensive selection. Brands include OshKosh, Baby Under Armour, Carhartt Kids, John Deere, and Carters to name a few. “Our staff is very knowledgeable and always ready and willing to help,” explained Marie Frederick. “We can find the right fit for any child and will make alterations if needed. Laurie can fit any hard-to-fit child in a pair of great jeans, I promise.” “We take pride in offering quality clothing at a fair price,” said Frederick. “We have a large selection, and will work hard to find exactly what our customers are looking for.” Many customers turn to Goodnatures for hard-to-find childrens items such as baptism gowns and tuxedos and suits for boys. In addition, Goodnatures also offers mens clothing - including big and tall sizes, womens clothing - in misses and plus size, shoes, they stock Carhartt apparel for men, women and children. Juniors and young mens clothing is also available at the State of Wear. “We’re proud to be voted the Readers’ Choice and would like to thank all those who voted for us. It is a great honor. We’ll continue to offer great service and work to meet our customers’ needs.”

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“Our ability to meet challenges definitely makes us the Readers’ Choice,” explained Randy Stoltenberg, manager of Diamond Vogel Paint Store in Mason City. “We offer a full line of the finest residential and commercial paints and stains you'll find anywhere, in literally thousands of colors and formulations. Our large inventory allows us the ability to meet our customers’ needs. There‘s no project too big or too small.” Having trouble finding the perfect paint color? Randy and his experienced staff are ready to help. “Many times, our customers will come to us with a swatch of fabric, a pillow, or carpet. Chances are, we can match it with one of our colors,” said Randy. Diamond Vogel’s new color sampler program allows customers the opportunity to “test drive” any of their 1302 colors. “Customers can purchase a sample quart and test it out in their lighting with their carpet, their furniture. They can be sure it’s the color they want before committing to a gallon or more.” In addition to paints and coatings, Diamond Vogel is also a major supplier of home decorating products. “Our service center offers an outstanding selection of in stock and special order wallpaper, window treatments, and carpet.” Customers can count on Diamond Vogel for quality paint and quality service. “I’ve been with Diamond Vogel for 38 years and I’ve been blessed to have employees who have been with this store for many years as well. We‘re committed to providing customer satisfaction.” The newly renovated showroom has been expanded to better serve the needs of all customers. Do-it-yourselfers can now see all the options available to them. Diamond Vogel is located at 1025 South Federal Avenue in Mason City. The store is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM; Thursday nights until 6 PM; and Saturday, 8 AM to Noon.


Thank you to our customers for Voting us Best of the Best!

If You’re Looking for a Great Deal on a Vehicle and a Great Place to Buy, Come Experience the Difference.

Your Pre-Owned Auto Experts!

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Tires - Graham Tire & Service

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Thank You NORTH IOWA

For Voting us #1 in Tires

Voted Readers Choice for Best Tires, Graham Tire Co. of Mason City is known for its excellent customer service, nationwide warranties, and everyday low prices on tires and auto services. Graham Tire only offers the best quality brands including: Goodyear, Dunlop, and Kelly. In addition to being the best in the tires category, Graham was also recognized by readers for their brake service, oil change, and complete auto service. “We strive to be a one stop shop for tires, auto service and preventative maintenance. We go above and beyond to provide our customers with the best service and great experience,” said manager Sean Kuhl. All service technicians are ASE Certified. “Together our mechanics have over 67 years of experience,” said Kuhl. “Customers know they can depend on us for our honesty, friendliness, and they trust in our abilities. Our customers truly are our number one focus.” For convenience, Graham Tire offers courtesy vehicles for customers who are unable to wait for their auto service to be complete. A comfortable waiting area is also available for those who chose to wait. “We would like to thank our customers and those who voted us Readers’ Choice. If you haven’t tried us, stop in and see what we can do for you!” Graham Tire is located at 130 1st Street NW in Mason City.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Resale Shop - Affordables

Voting Us Best Resale Shop

Affordables has been voted 2011 Readers Choice for Best Resale Shop. “We are a resale store that provides retail training and employment for individuals with disabilities,” explained assistant manager Tiffany Yaw. “Staff learn skills such as operating the cash register, stocking merchandise, providing customer service, accepting donations, preparing donated items for resale, as well as many other positive work habits.” Affordables restocks over 300 different items each day and serves an average of 150-200 customers each day. Clothing and household items are available at Affordables, located at 315 North Delaware, while furniture is sold at Affordables on 1st, located at 219 1st Street SW. “We do depend on the generosity and support of the community through donations of merchandise,” said Yaw. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm. Affordables and Affordables on 1st are part of NIVC Services, Inc. which has been committed to helping individuals with disabilities achieve their fullest potential and live productive lives as contributing members of the community for 40 years.

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Affordables on 1st Helping people work

219 1st SW, Phone: 423-0236 Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm

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Helping people work

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315 N. Delaware • 641-423-7071 Mon.-Fri. 9-7 • Sat. 9-5

A part of NIVC Services - Your Donations help people with barriers to employment become productive citizens.


‘11 Readers’ Choice Autobody - Hawkeye Auto Body

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Get to know us better at www.hawkeyeautobody.com

THANKS AGAIN NORTH IOWA for voting us the Reader's Choice in Auto Body Repair!

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2111 S. Federal • 424-4973

Thank you North Iowa for voting us

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For Honoring Us As The Top Auctioneer! COL. GORDON E. TAYLOR & ASSOC. AUCTIONEERING

Best Adult and Kids Hair Cut

Just walk in. No Appointment necessary. Relax. You’re at Great Clips®

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Indian Head Square • 473 Indian Head Dr. • 641-424-0424 Midtown • 319 5th St. SW • 641-424-4480 Over 2800 Salons in the US/Canada, including 7 Rochester/Mason City/Austin area locations. Call 1-800-GREATCLIPS or visit www.greatclips.com for the salon nearest you!

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SELLING FARMLAND? TRUST MY EXPERTISE!

Give us a call or stop in for all the details. Thanks.

408 S. Monroe, Mason City • 424-1775, 423-6396, evenings • “Selling the Country”

‘11 Readers’ Choice Auctioneer Col. Gordon E. Taylor & Associates Auctioneering Col. Gordon E. Taylor grew up attending livestock auction barns with his father and brothers. The auctions fascinated him, not knowing then that his early interest would continue on to become a lifetime career. Gordon attended Auction College in Mason City in 1961, with a friend who was a partner for 15 years. In 1974, Gordon and his wife acquired the World Wide College of Auctioneering and continued with it for 20 years, teaching approximately 8000 students during that time from all 50 states, from all providences in Canada and other foreign countries, including many from North Iowa. At the same time, he continued his personal auction career. “Professional Auctioneering is a most enjoyable and satisfying career, requiring a lot of dedication and hard work. There are no two Auctions exactly alike,” Gordon says. The greatest part of his 50-year career has been Farm Auctions and Farm Real Estate Auctions. As time moves on, he will continue on also!

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Keep the style for Less

“Our commitment to our customers has been and always will be our first priority,” said Ryan Knoll. “That’s how our family owned business started back in 1976. Customer service is not an accident; it’s a commitment at Hawkeye Auto Body.” The staff at Hawkeye Auto Body recognizes that when you’re in an accident, it can be a very stressful situation. “We try to create a worry-free environment, working one-on-one with our customer,” said Knoll. They are a direct repair facility for several insurance providers. That allows them to understand and help process your claim quickly and efficiently so they can get you back on the road as soon as possible. Their technicians use the latest technology available in the collision repair industry. They constantly upgrade technology and equipment to ensure they can continue to provide the highest quality of repair and service. Their technicians are al tested through the Automotive Service Excellence program. “It’s the customers that have allowed our business to grow. Our customers know exactly what to expect and how they will be treated by everyone here,” said Knoll. Readers’ Choice is a great way to be recognized. They are also very proud of the recognition that they receive from Customer Service Index, a national trade industry service that tracks customer service and experience. Quarterly reviews from insurance companies also give Hawkeye Auto Body very high ratings each year. Insurance companies have very detailed expectations of them, and they work hard to earn their certification and approval. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce recognized Hawkeye Auto Body as the Small Business of the Year in 2010. “This truly was a terrific honor. To be recognized out of many small businesses in Mason City really means a lot to us and our employees. We thank them on behalf of all our employees for this special recognition too,” said Knoll. Hawkeye Auto Body strives to be the very best in serving customers. They provide customers with vehicle pickup and delivery, rental car services, written warranty and their complete vehicle detailing has proven very popular with customers who take great pride in their vehicles. They have recently added a new service: express scratch repair. Leather repair services will be another new service that will be added in the near future. To be able to see all of the services Hawkeye Auto Body has to offer, log on to their web site at www.hawkeyeautobody.com. Knoll shared, “We’re proud to be the Readers’ Choice. We’ve had continual growth over the years and will continue to grow because of our loyal customer’s. We’ll do our best to continue serving North Iowa for years to come.”

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Kristi Peterson, On-Site Director

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Cindy’s Cleaning Would Like to Thank You For Voting Us #1 6 Years in a Row

Let us do the dirty work for you We’re growing! Employment opportunities available now!

Thank You

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Call The Best! Gift Cards Always Available

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Residential & Commercial General Cleaning Deep Cleaning • Spring Cleaning • Graduation Cleaning • New Construction Clean-ups • Commercial Floor Care • On Call, Weekly or Bi-Weekly • Bonded and Insured • • •

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Florist - Baker Floral Baker Floral has been named the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Florist. “We would like to extend a big Thank You to all of North Iowa for choosing us,” said new owner Nancy Umphress. “Customer service is and always has been our number one focus. We place great importance on listening to our customers and go beyond their expectations.” Baker Floral is a full-service flower shop offering a vast fresh flower selection with new stock arriving daily. Nancy and her staff of experienced designers work to create unique arrangements of fresh-cut flowers ranging from traditional to high styles. Seasonal selections of blooming plants, dish gardens and green plants fill the Baker Floral greenhouse. Silk flower arrangements, plush animals, candy, art work and balloons are also available. Nancy and her staff are committed to providing the best product and service possible to assure customer satisfaction for each and every order. “We’re pleased to be your first choice for flowers and look forward to serving you for many years to come.”


‘11 Readers’ Choice Credit Union North Iowa Community Credit Union

Over 9,000 Members & Growing

North Iowa Community Credit Union is celebrating 53 years of serving its members. Anyone living or working in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth or Wright counties is eligible for membership by opening a savings account with a mere $25. NICCU members receive higher dividend rates on savings, lower loan rates and lower fees for services. New benefits to members include free checking account, free automatic bill paying and a no-fee debit card. In 1956, eight north central Iowans pooled $5 each to form Trades and Labor Credit Union. After receiving a Community Charter in 1988, Trades and Labor Credit Union was renamed North Iowa Community Credit Union. With a Community Charter, NICCU has grown to become a full-service financial institution serving over 8,000 members today. And have a second location at4063 4th St.SW. Stop in and see what North Iowa Community Credit Union can do for you and your family. Tell your friends about us! We have a fully-trained staff of 21 ready and waiting to serve your needs. Our credit union is about service and member benefits. NICCU is grateful to their loyal customers for nominating them for this distinguished award. We thank you, and we're glad to be here for you.

We Offer For Your Convenience • FREE ATM/Debt Card • FREE Online Bill Pay & Personal Banking • FREE Electronic Statements • FREE Checking

Thank You for your Votes

We Get It Done.

12 YEARS IN A ROW!

115 8th St. SE • Mason City 641-423-6686 www.blazekelectric.com

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Electrician - Blazek Electiric Thanks North Iowa for voting us the Readers’ Choice eleven years in a row. We want to thank our customers and friends for their loyalty and support over the years. Our employees are what makes us the best. Therefore, we would also like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

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For decades, Edward Jones has been committed to providing financial solutions and personalized service to individual investors. You can rely on us for: • Convenience: Locations in the community and face-to-face meetings at your convenience. • A Quality-focused Investment Philosophy: A long-term approach that focuses on quality investments and diversification. • Highly Personal Service: Investment guidance tailored to your individual needs.

Call or visit today.

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WE UNDERSTAND COMMITMENT.

Clear Lake Warren G Anderson, AAMS®

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Garner Hampton ® Doug S Hayes, AAMS John F Rowe, AAMS®

10 South 3rd Street 641-357-7161

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Mason City Nelly K Bodeen, AAMS®

Mason City Sara J Carlsson, AAMS®

Mason City David R Stine, AAMS®

202 1st Street Southeast 641-423-2093

202 1st Street Southeast 641-423-2093

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Financial Investors/Planners - Edward Jones Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction According to J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study For the fifth year out of the past six, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study, announced the 7 financial advisors in the North Iowa area announced.. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, portfolio performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution. The J.D. Power and Associates study found that Edward Jones “performed particularly well across the two highest-weighted factors: Investment Advisor and Investment Performance.” “As stated on their website, Edward Jones advisors strive for personal attention and believe in providing one-on-one service,” according to the J.D. Power study. “This is evident in their efforts to engage in proactive conversations regarding a multitude of their investors’ concerns, including reviewing an existing strategic plan or developing one for a new investor, and initiating discussions regarding portfolio/asset allocation or investment needs.” Edward Jones’ overall score climbed 10 points over last year, when it also was ranked highest among the 12 largest firms rated. The 2010 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,460 investors who primarily invest with one of the 12 firms included in the study. The study was fielded in May 2010. Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates in 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began. Edward Jones in Canada twice ranked highest in the J.D. Power and Associates Canadian Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Investments and Services offered:

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Call or visit today. Clear Lake Warren G Anderson, AAMS®

Clear Lake Spenser S Rahm

Garner Hampton ® Doug S Hayes, AAMS John F Rowe, AAMS®

10 South 3rd Street 641-357-7161

641-357-1434

200 State Street 641-923-3295

Mason City Nelly K Bodeen, AAMS®

Mason City Sara J Carlsson, AAMS®

Mason City David R Stine, AAMS®

202 1st Street Southeast 641-423-2093

202 1st Street Southeast 641-423-2093

1917 4th St SW 641-424-0441

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Member SIPC

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Retirement: IRAs and retirement saving plans. For individuals and businesses. Education: Learn about your education savings options and compare different plans. Investments: Learn the basics of stocks, mutual funds, annuities, and fixed-income investments. Edward Jones Advisory Solutions: Discover the benefits of an advisory program that offers professtional investment selection and portfolio construction, dynamic threshold rebalancing and ongoing review. Estate Considerations: Access checklists and get answers to frequently aksed questions about estates and trusts. Borrowing Solutions: Manage your credit and learn how our borrowing solutions can help. Saving Solutions: We can help with today’s needs as much as your plans for tomorrow. Spending Solutions: Learn about our no-annual fee debit card, online bill payment and more. Insurance: Protect yourself with life insurance, long-term care insurance and long-term disability. Trust Management Services: It’s never too early to start thinking about the future and security of loved ones. The Edward Jones Trust Company can work with you and your tax and legal advisors to develop a strategy best-suited for your needs. Services: We offer quick and convenient online account access, e-delivery, bill payment, downloads to personal financial management software, and more.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Funeral Home - Fullerton Funeral Homes

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Mason City, Charles City, Rockford, Rockwell Mason City Phone: 641-423-8676 or mail@fullertonfh.com www.fullertonfh.com

From Foundation to Finish

Pappajohn, Shriver, Eide & Nielsen P.C. North Iowa, for your confidence! Socrates G. Pappajohn • Jay M. Shriver • Larry S. Eide Randall E. Nielsen • Kristen N. Ollenburg • David A. Grooters Sarah A. Reindl 103 East State Street, Suite 800 Mason City, IA 50401 • 641.423.4264 www.pappajohnlaw.com

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North Iowa for putting your trust in us and voting us #1 Funeral Home! We’re here for you!

Voted 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Funeral Home, Fullerton Funeral Home in Mason City offers many choice for families from traditional burial services to immediate cremation. The Fullerton Funeral Home staff is available for information, tours, and educational seminars on various aspects of funeral-related topics such as cremation, grief support, embalming, pre-arrangements, disaster preparedness and funeral service as a profession. “We have an on-site crematorium so that we can offer safe, secure and protected cremation in a time frame that will fit any memorial service time frame,” explained Jim Fullerton. “Our selection of merchandise for caskets, vaults, memorial packages, urns, and urn vaults is the largest in North Iowa.” “Our personal attention to all of the details pertaining to any of the services we provide makes us the Readers’ Choice,” said Jim. “We listen carefully to what the family needs and wants in regards to their services. Personalization is very important to us. Many times we have additional options available to families that will make the service exactly what they want it to be.” “We also recognize the importance of the deceased looking the very best that we can. Above all else, we want our families to be very happy with the way their loved one looks.” “We’re proud to be the Readers’ Choice and realize that we work for the families we serve. Without their support we would not have received this award. We thank all of them for having trust in us to do our job with excellence.” Fullerton Funeral Home is located at the corner of 2nd Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue in Mason City.

• Residential • Commercial

Serving North Central Iowa LICENSED • BONDED • INSURED

CONCRETE CONTRACTORS • Basements • Footings • Flatwork • Driveways • Parking Lots

Mike Momberg Phone: 641-420-5644

‘11 Readers’ Choice Home Builder, Remodeling Contractor M. Momberg Building Contractors, Inc. M. Momberg Building Contractors proudly accepts North Iowa’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Home Builder and Best Home Remodeler. Together with North Iowa Foundations & Concrete, we are a dual business that completes your custom home, remodel or commercial project from start to finish with a cost effective price combined together with the highest quality workmanship possible. If you are only needing a foundation or concrete flatwork, we can suit your needs as well. A special thank you to our talented crew whose flawless work of perfection and high attention to detail is why we were voted the Readers’ Choice. Pleast visit our website or see us on the Builders Tour in April.


‘11 Readers’ Choice Insurance Agency - State Farms Agents

Ride with # the 1 car insurer in IOWA. With competitive rates and personal service, it’s no wonder more drivers trust State Farm.Ž Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.Ž CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7.

Kristy Marquis CPCU ChFC, Agent 15 East State Street Mason City, IA 50401 Bus: 641-423-7930 Toll Free: 888-423-9263 www.kristymarquis.com

Clint Thomas Ins Agcy Inc Clint Thomas, Agent Mason City, IA 50401 Bus: 641-423-7924 Toll Free: 800-926-4555 www.clintthomas.org

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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Tim Ihlenfeldt, Agent 525 S Washington Avenue Mason City, IA 50401 Bus: 641-423-5620 Toll Free: 800-380-8192 www.calltim4insurance.com

Founded in 1922, by retired farmer and insurance salesman George Jacob “G.J.� Mercherle, State Farm has grown to become the leading insurer of cars and homes in North America. Insurance coverage at a fair price and fair claim settlement are the cornerstones of the company’s success. In addition to insurance, State Farm also provides its customers with a wide array of financial products. The State Farm agent has always been at the forefront of the company’s business. At the first agency convention in 1925, there were 175 agents in attendance. Today more than 16,000 agents and 76,500 employees serve over 64 million policies. Mason City is home to three locally-owned and operated State Farm agencies. Each is very proud and excited to have State Farm recognized as the Readers’ Choice for Best Insurance Agency. Kristy Marquis has been with State Farm for 18 years. She and her team, consisting of Laura Schissel and Terry Abendroth, have 37 years of combined experience in the insurance business. Clint Thomas has been with State Farm for 14 years. His team consists of Lori Schmidt, Jane Balkenede, and Cathy Kaune. Together they have 65 years combined experience. Tim Ihlenfeldt has been an insurance agent for 16 years. His team is made up of Courtny Trappe, Sara Zilge and Dick Kelly. Together they have over 60 years of experience. All three agents agree the company’s success is built on a foundation of shared values and quality customer service. “People choose State Farm and my office in particular because of the great customer service we provide,� said Kristy. “We know people have a choice when it comes to their insurance and financial needs, and we don’t want them to choose anyone but us. We strive every day for knock-your-socks-off customer service.� “Local representation is key,� said Clint. “State Farm agents are exclusive to State Farm which means we know our company’s products very well.� “This award reflects our dedication to client service and we are extremely honored,� said Tim. “Our team members strive every day to ensure we‘re exceeding expectations within our industry. We will continue to listen to our clients and prospective clients and provide solutions that manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected.� And being there when needed is a promise that comes with every State Farm policy. “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.�Ž is a philosophy that each State Farm agent strives to live by. “For us, good neighbor service means being there when and where we’re needed to do what we’ve promised,� said Kristy. “And we’ve been keeping that promise since 1922 when we paid our first claim.� The company’s claim service is another reason why the Mason City agents feel customers prefer State Farm. Whether dealing with their local agent or the company’s 24/7 service hotline, customers will always be able to talk to an actual live person. “It’s important to our customers to be able to contact us directly and not have to deal with an impersonal automated phone system,� said Clint. State Farm has always been committed to safety at home, at work, and on the road. In the 1920s, education efforts encouraged customers to develop safe habits to protect them from harm. Today, the company and its agents continue to provide customers with information ranging from fire safety to tips on teaching your teenager to drive. Kristy, Clint, and Tim would like to thank Mason City and North Iowa for choosing State Farm as the 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Insurance Agency and look forward to providing quality insurance and excellent service for many years to come. Stop in and visit them today! Kristy Marquis’ office is located at 15 East State Street in Mason City. Clint Thomas’ office is located a 2790 4th Street SW in Mason City. Tim Ihlenfeldt’s office is located at 525 South Washington Avenue in Mason City.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Oil Change - Jiffy Lube Can we honestly say that things are better today than they were nine years ago? A gallon of gas has more than doubled in price. So has unemployment. The housing market is in shambles, and the national debt is out of control. No, things are not better. But one thing that’s as good as it was nine years ago is the service you’ll receive at Jiffy Lube, where its services and products have been voted Best of the Best for the ninth straight year by readers of the Globe Gazette. “We’re in a period right now where people are hanging on to their vehicles longer, and taking better preventative care of them because money is tighter,” said Managing Partner Chris Orman, who oversees Jiffy Lube stores in Marshalltown, Cedar Falls, and Waterloo in addition to the Mason City location. “Jiffy Lube is all about preventative care, and it’s our mission to keep your car on the road, running well, and saving you money along the way.” The flagship service offered by Jiffy Lube is the Signature Service Oil Change. Customers’ cars receive 5 quarts of quality motor oil, replacement of the oil filter, inspection of the brake fluid, a check of the antifreeze/coolant reservoir levels, inspection of the air filtration system, re-filling of the windshield washer fluid, a check of the wiper blades, lights, the condition of the belts and the air pressure in the tires. Customers’ windows are also cleaned, and their interiors are vacuumed. Orman and Mason City manager J.C. Jensen, have become fixtures in the North Iowa area over the last decade, and remain steadfast in their belief that winning Best of the Best nine years in a row has a lot more to do with the personal touch that comes along with their service, rather than the actual service itself. “One of our longest-running customers has a Ford Explorer that he bought new the first year we won this award,” Orman said. “Nine years later we’re still winning the award, he’s still got that vehicle, it’s now got 176,000 miles on it, and he’s still loyal to Jiffy Lube. And I know the reason why. It’s because we value him, not just his business. “Give us a try and let us show that we value you, too! And thank you more than I can say to all our other loyal Jiffy Lube customers!”


‘11 Readers’ Choice Photographer - Photography by Michelle A big thanks to everyone for selecting us for the Readers Choice honor. This is also a great time to thank all our customers that have made our business so successful. For the past 23 years I have worked as a photographer. During this time I have developed so many wonderful friendships with my customers. Assistant editor Michele Nicole Schmidt continually showcases her talents with great new ideas and she is such a valuable part of my studio. Chelsea Siefken puts photography orders together and fills in with versatility and willingness to pitch in whenever needed. Their efforts help me to focus on creating beautiful, quality images for you to enjoy. We strive to be flexible and listen to what you want so we can help turn your life’s moments into treasured memories. I feel very blessed and privileged to be chosen for this award. Thank you! Michelle

‘11 Readers’ Choice Travel Agent - AAA Travel The Mason City AAA office has served this area since 1932 and would like to thank North Iowa for voting us as the Readers’ Choice for Travel Agencies this year. Field Manager, Steve Musson, is a Certified Travel Counselor and has spent over 30 years in the Travel Industry. He has traveled to more than 50 countries worldwide. Sandy Huntley-Loup, Certified Travel Associate, is a lifelong resident of Mason City and has been with AAA for 11 years. She is a Travel Sales Agent, Cruise Specialist, Italy Specialist and working toward becoming a Luxury Travel Specialist. Joyce Deike is our Membership Representative and is your perfect resource for driving trips. Joyce has lived in the Mason City/Clear Lake are her entire life and is very familiar with the ins and outs of driving travel. Marilyn Fites rounds out the office as the local AAA Insurance Agent. Marilyn offers a fully array of AAA Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance and can also help you with your Life Insurance needs. Marilyn grew up in the Mason City area and is pleased be back working in Mason City to help you with all your Insurance and Membership needs.

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‘11 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mention Greenhouse Stillwater Greenhouse Stillwater Greenhouse, located at 3110 Shadow Avenue in Orchard, is proud to offer the largest selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, fruit trees, and vegetable plants in Mitchell County. “We focus on creating a fun shopping experience for our customers. Our friendly staff is happy to help our customers find just what they’re looking for,” said Daniel Zimmerman, owner. If a customer has something in mind but can’t find it at the Stillwater Greenhouse, chances are pretty good that Daniel and his staff can get it. Stillwater Greenhouse also offers a unique landscape coaching service. “We’re not landscape architects, but we do know plants. We can help our customers choose which plants would work well in their project and where to place them.” Convenient hours provide even the busiest customers with lots of opportunity to stop in and visit. “We’re open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday, and open all summer long.” Saturday, April 30th, Stillwater Greenhouse will be hosting an all day Open House and a Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 7th. Customers are invited to stop out and see for themselves the broad selection. Lunch will be served for both events. During the Mother’s Day event, children will receive a free basket and soil in which to plant a special gift for their Mother. Staff will be available to help.


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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Category Entertainment/Leisure Banquet Facility Bar/Lounge to Socialize Bed & Breakfast Birthday Party Bowling Center Camping in North Iowa Dance Studio Dancing/Nightclub Family/Fun Entertainment Friendliest Bartender Staff Friendliest Tavern Golf Course Happy Hour Kids Entertainment Liquor Store Live Music Venue/Establishment Local Fundraising Event Local Hotel/Motel Local Museum Local Radio Personality (DJ) Local TV News Anchor/Sportscaster/Weatherman Local Website Margarita Martial Arts Instruction

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Martini Meeting Singles North Iowa Fall Event North Iowa Spring Event North Iowa Summer Event North Iowa Winter Event Performing Arts Venue Place to Shoot Pool Selection of Beer at a Bar Wedding Reception Location Women’s Night Out Food/Spirits Affordable/Value Eats Bakery BBQ Best Appetizers Caterer/Catering Services Chicken Chili Chinese Coffee House Convenience Store Cookies Deli Desserts Drive Thru Eating Family Restaurant Fast Food French Fries Fresh Fruit/Vegetables/Produce Grocery Store Hamburger Italian Food Late Night Eats Locally Owned Restaurant Lunch

Readers Choice Entertainment/Leisure Clarion Inn Papa’s American Café Blue Belle Inn McDonalds Rose Bowl MacNider Campgrounds Dancin’ with Roxie Surf Ballroom & Museum Rose Bowl Papa’s American Café LD’s Filling Station Highland Park The Other Place Cinema West Theatres Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - West Surf Ballroom & Museum Relay for Life Country Inn & Suites Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Harry O Adam Frederick

Honorable Mention Entertainment/Leisure Entertainment/Leisure The Music Man Square Prime N Wine Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Sidewinder Lounge Sherman House Decker House Bed & Breakfast Rose Bowl Roller City Mystic Lanes Osage Bowl State Park McIntosh State Park Denny’s School of Dance Ms. Nina Dillinger’s Bar & Grill Island Bar & Grill Cinema West Theatres North Iowa Golf - Miniature Golf Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill The Other Place - Clear Lake The Other Place Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Mason City Country Club Riceville Country Club Papa’s American Café Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Rose Bowl Roller City Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Drugstore Northside Liquors Diamond Jo Casino Lorado’s United Way of North Central Iowa Make-A-Wish Foundation Clarion Inn Comfort Inn Pioneer Kinney Museum Mitchell County Historical Museum J Brooks Tim Flemming Jamie Copley Amy Flemming

Globe Gazette Cancun Mason City Wellness Center Tai Chi & Chi Kung Prime N Wine Fareway Harvest Fest Bandfest Up In Smoke BBQ Christmas by the Lake North Iowa Area Community College Rookie’s Bennigan’s The Music Man Square Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Food/Spirits Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Hy-Vee Rib Crib Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Hy-Vee East KFC Wendy’s Hunan Chinese Restaurant Cabin Coffee Casey’s General Store Cookies etc. Hy-Vee Perkins Restaurant McDonalds Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill McDonalds McDonalds Fareway Hy-Vee Wendy’s Italian Garden Restaurant & Pizza Taco Johns Papa’s American Café Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

KIMT Carlos O’Kelly’s Kick USA

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Toast Dillinger’s Bar & Grill Autumn Artistry Home Show Clear Lake 4th of July Buddy Holly Stebbens Theatre Burke’s Bar & Grill Papa’s American Café Clarion Inn The Other Place Food/Spirits McDonalds Target Bill’s BBQ Papa’s American Café Rib Crib Pizza Ranch Lorado’s China Buffet Jitters Coffee Bar Kum N Go Perkins Restaurant Pete’s Kitchen Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Wendy’s Bonanza Culvers Wendy’s Hy-Vee Fareway McDonalds Prime N Wine Perkins Restaurant Northwest Steakhouse Papa’s American Café

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill The Other Place High School Football City Wide Garage Sale Party in the Park - Osage High School Basketball Mason City Community Theatre Ransom’s Cigar Store The Other Place Cedar River Complex Carlos O’Kelly’s Food/Spirits Wendy’s Kountry Kupboard Whiskey Creek Whiskey Creek Starboard Market The Barrel Drive-In The Other Place Wok N Roll Coffee Cat Qwik Star Hy-Vee Starboard Market Kountry Kupboard Culver’s Papa’s American Café Taco Tico Culver’s North Iowa Farmers Market Super Target Culver’s Papa’s American Café Denny’s - Clear Lake LD’s Filling Station Lorado’s


Cancun Godfathers Pizza Papa’s American Café Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Birdsall’s Perkins Restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings Fareway Rib Crib Bonanza Papa’s American Café Northwestern Steakhouse Mulligan’s Bar & Grill Health Kentucky Ridge Hearing Associates Haas Chiropractic Clinic Central Park Dentistry North Iowa Eye Clinic Mercy Family Clinic - Forest Park

Fitness Center Health & Natural Foods Home Health Care

YMCA GNC Mercy Home Care

Massage/Spa Medical Staff

Kush Spa and Salon Mercy Family Clinic - Forest Park

Medical Supply Nursing Homes OB/GYN

Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa Good Shepherd Dr. C. Debrah - Mercy Obstetrics & Gynecology Shopko Dr. Judith Demro Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic Hy-Vee Drugstore Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa Mercy Healthworks - Occupational Medicine North Iowa Laser Skin Solutions Brookview Animal Hospital Retail Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. Aj’s Attic- Osage Zilges Appliance Center Hobby Lobby Lyons Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Wayne’s Ski – Cycling – Fitness Formalities Lees Campers Floor To Ceiling Verizon Hallmark - West Hobby Lobby Best Buy Mills Fleet Farm McGregors Furniture In Home Gallery North Iowa Golf Kriegers Greenhouse Kramer Ace Hardware In Home Gallery Stadheim Jewelers

Optical/Frames/Lenses Orthodontist Pediatrician Pharmacy Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Facility Skin Care/Aesthetics Facility Veterinary Services Retail Adult Shoes Antiques Appliance Retailer Art & Frame Retailer Auto Dealership Auto Parts Bicycle Shop Bridal Camper/RV Dealership Carpet/Flooring Store Cell Phone Retailer Collectibles Craft Store Electronics Store Fishing Gear/Suppllies Furniture Gift Shop Golf Equipment Greenhouse Hardware Store Home Décor Jewelry Store

Plaza D Mexico Pizza Hut LD’s Filling Station Papa’s American Café Stan’s Drive-in LD’s Filling Station Dominos Hy-Vee Bill’s BBQ Ruby Tuesday Buffalo Wild Wings Prime N Wine Stan’s Drive-in Health Apple Valley Assisted Living Beltone Hearing Aid Center Street Chiropractic Polking & Polking Clear View Eye Clinic Dr. J. Nasstrom - Mercy Family Practice Ironhouse Gym Hy-Vee West Cerro Gordo County Dept. of Public Health Salon 220 Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa Cancer Center Midwest Medical IOOF Home Dr. T. Tan - Mercy Obstetrics & Gynecology In Home Optics Alpha Orthodontics Dr. S. Hunt - Mercy Family Medicine Walgreens Accelerated Rehab Accelerated Rehab

Carlos O’Kelly’s The Other Place Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill Whiskey Creek

Salon 220 Pioneer Retail Kohls Cobweb Corner McCloskey Appliance Call of the Wild Mason City Ford Arnold Motor Supply Lake Cyclery Bliss Bridal & Fromalwear Gansen RV Mason City Tile & Marble US Cellular Ralphenes JoAnn Frabrics Custom Pro Audio Cabelas Slumberland Furniture Hallmark - West Highland Park Pro Shop Stillwater Greenhouse Menards Kohls Riddles

Estetico @ Wright Medical Center Animal Medical Center Retail Tradehome Shoes Legacy Antiques Sears Benish Studios Community Motors O-Reilly Auto Parts Bennetts Bike & Fitness Bridal Theatre Lichtsinn Motors Master Floors Cell-U-Byte In Home Gallery & Gifts Larsons Mercantile Sears The Crazy Minnow Brick Furniture Ralphenes Decker Sports Otto’s Oasis Hardware Hank - Osage Eva Maries Grunwald-Kiger

Pies N More Rib Crib S&S Locker Mulligan’s Bar & Grill Pizza Ranch The Other Place Whiskey Creek Suzie Q Health The Willows Stephens North Iowa Hearing Mason City Chiropractic Nettleton, Hoffman, Hehr & White Dr. Korthals Dr. T. Mixdorf - Mercy Family Practice Anytime Fitness - MC Health Country Mitchell County Health Department Just Cuts - Osage Mason City Clinic Hy-Vee Drugstore Hy-Vee Drugstore Dr. M. Faust - Mercy Obstetrics & Gynecology Vision World Cedar Valley Orthodontists Dr. J. Behr - Mercy Family Medicine Shopko Nora Springs Care Center Nora Springs Care Center

Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Mexican Pizza Place for a Bar Burger Place for a Business Lunch Place for a Frozen Treat Place for Breakfast Place for Wings Place to Buy Meat Ribs Salad Bar Sport Bar & Grill Steakhouse Tenderloins Health Assisted Living Audiologist/Hearing Aid Provider Chiropractic Care Dentist Eye Doctor Family Doctor

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Readers’ Choice 2011 • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Globe Gazette

Kids Clothing Kids Shoes Mattress/Bed Store Mens Clothing Motorcycle Dealership Outdoor/Sporting Goods Store Paint/Wallpaper Pet Supplies Preowned Auto Dealer Resale Shop Teen Clothing Tires Window Retailer Wine Selection Womens Clothing Service Adult Hair Cut Auctioneer Auto Service Autobody Bank Brake Service Car Wash Carpet Cleaning Child Care Facility

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Cleaning Service Computer Repair Credit Union DJ Service Dry Cleaner Electrician Employment Agency Finanical Investors/Planners Florist Friendliest Bank Tellers Funeral Home Gutter Hair Salon Heating & Cooling Home Builder Insurance Agency Kids Haircut Landscaping Law Firm Lawn Care Service Limosine Service Mortgage Provider Nail Salon Oil Change Pet Grooming Photographer Plumbing Preschool Real Estate Office Remodeling Contractor Rooffing Tanning Salon Tax Preparer Travel Agent Tree Service

The Goodnature Store Kohls Slumberland Furniture Moorman Clothiers Harley-Davidson of Mason City Mills Fleet Farm Diamond Voegel Petco AutoEdge Affordables The Buckle Graham Tire Midwest Construction Hy-Vee Wine & Spirts Kohls Service Great Clips Taylor Auction Lyons Toyota Hawkeye Auto Body First Citizens National Bank Midas Mills Fleet Farm Service Master Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care Centers Cindy’s Cleaning Best Buy North Iowa Community Credit Union Kirks Custom DJ Marshall & Swift Blazek Electric Express Personnel Edward Jones Baker Floral First Citizens National Bank Fullerton Funeral Homes Custom Seamless Guttering Hair West Mechanical Air M. Momberg Building Contractors, Inc State Farm Agents Great Clips Blackmore Gardens Pappajohn, Shriver, Eide & Nielsen All-American Odyssey Limousine First Citizens National Bank L&D #1 Nails Jiffy Lube Mary Kays Photography by Michelle Claussen Plumbing & Heating Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care Centers Century 21 Preferred M. Momberg Building Contractors, Inc Midwest Roofing Hollywood Tan H&R Block AAA Travel Blanchard Tree Service

Kohls Walmart McGregors Kohls Mason City Honda Decker Sports Menards Mills Fleet Farm Mike Molstead Motors Goodwill American Eagle Mason City Tire Window World Back Alley Wines Shopko Service Cost Cutters Fox Auction Charlie’s Auto Repair North Iowa Collision Center Clear Lake Bank & Trust Graham Tire Wooz’s Heaven’s Best Tugs

Shopko Payless Shoe Stores Furniture Mattress Outlet Flemmings Mason City Powersports Cabelas Sherwin Williams Feathers N More Pritchards Auto Shirley’s Attic State of Wear The Tire Experts Clear Choice Windows Uncorked JC Penneys Service Reflections Mike Hegtvedt Auctions Graham Tire Rays Collision Center Bank of America The Tire Experts Auto Wash Steam Brothers Newman Day Care

Jaslyn Cleaning Services The Computer Guy Iowa Heartland Credit Union Harry O Experience Apparel Care Linahon Electric Iowa Workforce Center First Citizens Financial Services Hy-Vee North Iowa Community Credit Union Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel The Gutter Guy Salon 220 Comfort, Inc Larry Elwood Construction Haines Insurance Cost Cutters Natural Plus Nursery Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, PLC Tru Green Enchanted Evening Limousine Wells Fargo Diamond Nails Graham Tire Pioneer Animal Arickx Photography Hank’s Plumbing Sugar Plum Pre-School

Merry Maids Staples Mercy-Lehigh Credit Union

Knudtson Real Estate Larry Elwood Construction Mason City Roofing Tan World Schupick & Associates Allen Travel Cutting Edge

Machin & Wilde Electric Services, Inc Kelly Services Edgar Financial Red Geranium Clear Lake Bank & Trust Erickson Funeral Homes A-1 Seemless Gutter Portfolio Claussen Plumbing & Heating Kellar Construction All Risk Insurance La James Wagner’s Landscaping, Inc Arzberger Law Firm Outdoor Services Inc Clear Lake Bank & Trust Salon 220 The Tire Experts All About Dogs Images by Craig Stricker Plumbing Newman Day Care Schoneman Realtors Meints Construction Beyer Roofing Mystic Sun Gobeli Tax Services Four Seasons Travel Miller Landscaping

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