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The Original

LaJames College Mason City, IA

Cosmetology Massage Therapy Esthetic’s Nail Technology 641-424-2161

lajames@lajames.edu or www.lajames.edu

YOUR KIND OF PLACE! FOR AWARD WINNING GAMING, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT.

FEEL THE Rush

FEEL THE Rush when you step inside to play one of our hot slots or tables games. Featuring 24 hour gaming action with nearly 1,000 slots and video poker machines. Plus live blackjack, craps, roulette, poker room and more!

FEEL THE Rush

when you dine at one of award winning restaurants. The elegant dining experience of the Woodfire Grille features steaks, seafood and pasta. The Kitchen Buffet is a casual dining experience featuring foods cooked right before your eyes.

when you listen to the live music and your feet hit the dance floor. National and regional acts perform at the Big Wheel Bar every weekend.

FEEL THE Rush when your head hits the pillow and you relive it all over again. Hotel accommodations include the Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express.

LOCATED ON I-35 AT THE IA/MN BORDER Must be 21 or older. If you or someone you know needs gambling treatment, call 1-800-BETS OFF.

777 Diamond Jo Lane, Northwood, IA | DiamondJo.com

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Serving All of North Iowa!

2800 4th St. SW, Suite 3 Mason City, IA 50401

417 Main Ave. Clear Lake, IA 50428

513 Central Ave. Northwood, IA 50459

641.424.9400

641.357.9400

641.324.2733

We have 400+ providers ready when you need us.

When you need us, we are here.

1000 4th Street SW Mason City, IA | (641) 428-7000 | MercyNorthIowa.com

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about Mercy – North Iowa!

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No one likes to get sick. But when you do, there’s nothing more important than knowing you’re in good hands. At Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, you’ll find doctors, nurses and staff skilled in almost every medical specialty imaginable. We provide the most sophisticated level of care when you need it - close to home. Visit us at MercyNorthIowa.com to learn more about our r ange of services.

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Excellence in Dental Health!

At Mint Springs Dentistry we focus in Excellent Comprehensive Dental Care. We offer: - A Family Friendly Environment - A Healthy Smile with preventive dental care - A Brighter Smile with teeth whitening, bonding and porcelain veneers - A Complete Smile with crowns, bridges, dental implants and dentures - An Even Smile with Invisalign

We welcome new patients of all ages!

Office Hours:

Mon-Thur: 7:30am - 4pm

Dr. Cruz-Orcutt is fluent in both English and Spanish

851 South Taft Avenue Mason City, IA 50401

P: (641) 424-9398 www.mintspringsdentistry.com

WE’RE PROUD TO CALL HANLONTOWN HOME. At POET, we’re helping transform the world with renewable energy and advance bio-products. In our 12 years at Hanlontown, we’ve always been true to our roots. We know the innovation is the product of hard work. The same values make Hanlontown a great place to live and work.

888.434.0095 poet.com/hanlontown

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Why Go Anywhere Else?

Anyone can provide advice. At Edward Jones, our goal is to provide advice and guidance tailored to your needs.

www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC

That’s why we live and work in your community. When it comes to your ďŹ nancial needs and goals, we believe you deserve face-to-face attention. You talk, we listen, and we get to know you. For more information or to schedule a complimentary ďŹ nancial review, call or stop by today.

Sara Carlsson, CFPÂŽ Financial Advisor 202 1st Street SE Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 423-2093

Jason Geving, AAMSÂŽ Financial Advisor 15 North Federal Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 421-1100

David Stine, AAMSÂŽ Financial Advisor 1917 4th Street SW Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 424-0441

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Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. 160078 2/16

Business Insurance and Employee Benefits Protection & Security Since 1921 641.421.8000 or 800.247.0713 20 East State Street Mason City, IA 50401

Casey Callanan Kelly Draheim Kendall Lundberg John Moran Tel Pappajohn Dick Price, C.P.C.U.

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Welcome GET TO KNOW US

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elcome to a Certified Blue Zones Community®! Mason City earned this certification in 2014 as part of Iowa’s quest to become the Healthiest State. “Blue Zones” is a term that describes a community where people live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

workers. This process results in lower health care costs, higher productivity, and increased economic vitality. Our region benefits from a strong economy, built on a foundation of homegrown businesses and large international firms. A progressive educational system and top-tier health care are just a few of the perks you will find here. We invite you to experience North Iowa’s friendly neighborhoods, vibrant economy, and fun things to do!

The citizens and businesses of Mason City have made a commitment to transform the physical, social, and civic environment to improve the emotional and physical health of residents and

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Mason City Municipal Airport 641-421-3680 www.flymcw.com

We’re More Than Just a Place to Take Your Trash. · FREE Clean Rubble Disposal (bricks, concrete, etc) · ECONOMICAL Yard Waste Drop off · FREE compost and mulch for residents · ECONOMICAL electronic, appliance, and tire recycling · FREE residential hazardous waste disposal. Go ONLINE or call for information or to make an appointment. Small fee for businesses.

New At The Landfill Larger Customer Drop Off Area, Recycling Bin For Plastics, Mixed Paper, Cardboard, Metal, and Habitat For Humanity Restore Donation Drop Off Check our website for additional pricing and services.

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15942 Killdeer Ave. • Clear Lake, Iowa 641-357-5452 • Toll Free 1-877-LANDFIL Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm • Sat 8am-Noon

1-866-I-FLY-VIP Daily flights to and from Chicago O’Hare and ST. Louis International Airports

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HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, LLC SINCE 1996

Comfort for all SEASONS!

24 Hour Emergency Service High Efficiency Gas furnaces & Air Conditioning Geothermal Systems Heat Pumps Service on all Makes FREE ESTIMATES on new equipment

Water Heaters & Boilers

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Licensed, Insured & Bonded Mason City - Clear Lake and Surrounding Areas

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WELCOME

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COMMUNITY PROFILE E D U C AT I O N

Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray

A CERTIFIED BLUE ZONES COMMUNITY®

President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone

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H I S T O RY MASON CITY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Cover Photo – Historic Park Inn | Miller Hall

CHAMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Acquisition & Sales Manager | Michael Holmes

ADVERTISER INDEX

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Rigorous standards Advanced placement courses Gifted ed programming PK-12 Full continuum of special education services PK-12 5-12 Competency Based Education Opportunities FETC National STEM Excellence AwardMiddle School Division All-day/every-day Kindergarten 4-year-old preschool

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Iowa’s only Grammy Award-winning high school music program NAMM 2016 Best In Communities for Music Education 22 interscholastic sports programs and three clubs Supportive parent and community involvement 21st-century facilities for 21st-century students

Providing Quality Education for All in a Caring and Responsive Environment Mason City Community School District

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Historic Park Inn Last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed & built hotel in the world.

FINE DINING & LOUNGE

8,OOO SQ. FT. OF MEETING SPACE 27 UNIQUE SUITES 7 West State Street | Mason City, IA | historicparkinn.com | 641.422.0015

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At a Glance A Q U I C K , C O M P R E H E N S I V E O V E R V I E W O F W H AT ’ S G R E AT A B O U T T H E M A S O N C I T Y C O M M U N I T Y

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BOOMING BUSINESS Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is the county’s largest employer, but Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft Heinz, Cargill, Principal Financial Group, and Smithfield are also well established as employers of choice. Metalcraft, Kingland Systems, and Huber Supply Co. are local firms with a global impact. Lehigh Cement operations are a reminder of Mason City’s roots in the cement and brick & tile industry.

ich in history and heavy on charm, North Iowa epitomizes Midwest living. As the largest city in the region, Mason City benefits from its “crossroads” location – almost equidistant from Minneapolis and Des Moines, and convenient to Interstate 35 and Interstate 90. The community serves as the cultural, entertainment, and economic center for the nine-county region. VIBRANT LIVING A commitment to community well-being, a rich musical heritage, four seasons of fun, and world-class architecture combine to make North Iowa a great place to live.

POPULATION MASON CITY CLEAR LAKE

43,662 28,000 7,500

Our economy is well balanced, and the median household income surpasses $45,000. The county’s retail and trade sector serves a ninecounty region. Businesses enjoy the transportation advantages of our location at the intersection of major interstate highways and access to a regional airport. Our local colleges and technical training institutions help North Iowa maintain a highly-skilled and educated workforce.

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 Mason City was named a “Great Place for Business Travelers” by USA Today

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 CNN referred to Mason City as “An Architectural Hotbed”

 The American Planning Association (APA) recognized Mason City with its annual “Great Places in America” award, citing its unique character

 Conde Nast Traveler listed Mason City as one of the world’s “14 Best Cities for Architecture”  NBC’s “Today” show featured Mason City as one of five “Fast and Affordable Road Trips”  Midwest Living named Mason City the “Best New Midwest Place to Play, Eat and Stay”

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Cavalier Coaches, Inc.

North Iowa Bus Company, Inc.

For All Your Group Travel Needs (641) 424-2600

P.O. Box 1561 • 2101 15th Street SW Mason City, Iowa 50401 www.masoncityia.com

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Industry & Commerce A COMMUNITY ON THE MARCH

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ndustry and commerce have thrived in North Iowa since the days of the first settlers. The local cement industry began in the early 1900s, and that aspect of the regional economy continues to play an important role. Other founding industries such as brick and tile have come and gone, but each left a mark. Today, Fortune 500 companies work hand-in-hand with local, family-owned businesses to provide a wealth of services and diverse employment opportunities.

million to the local economy. Hospital employees alone spend $73 million on retail sales and contribute $4.4 million in state sales tax revenue. Other leading employers include the public schools, Smithfield, Cargill, Curries Company, Mason City Clinic, The Principal Financial Group Pension Center, Woodharbor Cabinetry, Kraft Heinz, and McKesson Corporation. Existing industries continue to expand, and many new companies have been attracted to the area through development efforts. Continuous expansion and investment by several of the region’s most influential employers help the region to thrive and are a tribute to its 

The area’s largest employer is Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. The medical center and its industry partners provide jobs that add nearly $210

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is the area’s largest employer with a staff of more than 2,600, including approximately 400 providers. The network consists of the hospital, primary care and specialty clinics, home health agency, hospice, laboratory, pharmacies, and emergency services.

McKesson Corporation is a leader in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and is ranked #15 on the Fortune 100 list. McKesson’s new distribution center opened in May of 2016 in Clear Lake.

North Iowa is home to exceptional business cost, workforce, and transportation advantages, which make it attractive to companies looking to build or expand. Local architect firms and construction crews, such as Dean Snyder, stay busy with new and expanding facilities.

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641-423-4200 800-286-4202

www.ngpropertymgmt.com

Selling Fire Protection for Over 58 Years!

For more information about our available space, leasing options and rates, please contact Westbrook Office Park at 641-430-7969 today!

WESTBROOK OFFICE PARK

520 S Pierce Ave, Suite 300 Mason City, IA 50401 Phone: (641) 430-7969

902 N. Federal Mason City

• INSPECTION • SALES • SERVICE

Research backed

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Proud to be Family-Owned & Operated since 1958

Solutions

General Construction | Design-Build | Construction Management

3782 9th St SW • Mason City, IA 50401 • 641.424.4798

913 N. 14th St. | Clear Lake, IA 50428 | (641) 357-2283 | www.deansnyderconst.com

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Since 1946, Kelly Services® has provided companies the quality service and commitment they expect from an HR partner. What do you need? Let Kelly® help you find it. Never an Employee Fee! Visit kellyservices.com or call your local office today. North Iowa P :: 641.424.3614

Bring your home to life with Woodharbor products to suit any taste, style - and budget

temporary temporary to hire direct hire

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Business Professional and Technical Outsourcing and Consulting

641/423-0444 Street SW • Mason City, IA

Showroom Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5; Sat by appointment

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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quality workforce. North Iowa is on the leading edge of renewable fuel creation, hosting ethanol plants, a bio-diesel plant, and several wind farms. Through the development and planning stages, businesses can count on the Chamber and its partners to assist with site location, job training assistance, access to capital, incentive packages, and assistance with regulatory requirements. The region boasts several industrial parks, spec buildings, and a varied inventory of commercial real estate, including sites ranging from five to 300 acres. A well-educated and highly skilled workforce combines with a low cost of doing business to place this area at the top of any site selector’s list.

Kingland Systems is a global leader in solving complex data and risk management problems. They are also one of the area’s leading employers.

A family-owned and operated company, Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry manufactures four cabinetry product lines from a state-of-the-art facility in Mason City.

Respecting People Impacting Business • Direct Hire • Eval to Hire • Temporary

• Executive Admin/Professional • Office/Administrative • Manufacturing/Assembly • Warehouse/Forklift

1411 4th Street SW Mason City, IA 641-423-5613 / 888-400-7726 ww.expresspros.com Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce

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J&J MACHINING, WELDING & FABRICATION Over 50 Years Combined Experience Formerly Thomas Machine Co. Welding ★ Repair Fabrication ★ Portable Welding Truck Frame Shortening/Stretching Aluminum & Stainless Welding & Sales Plate Rolled ★ Cast Welding Drive Shaft Repair & Parts

641-424-3456 1580 15th St. SW Mason City, IA

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PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MASON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Architecture Aviation Services Civil Engineering Community Development Construction Services Environmental Services FundStart™

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Land Development Planning Structural Engineering Surveying

2650 4th Street S.W. 641-423-7638

Transportation Services Water and Wastewater Water Resources

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Global Familiarization

ur Chamber views our Global Familiarization Trips as a way to assist in our transition to a global economy. For the most part, our destinations are important U.S. trading partners that people may not feel comfortable traveling to on their own.

China is the world’s largest exporter of silk. On a trip to Shanghai, travelers were given a guided tour of a silk factory.

President Dwight Eisenhower considered global travel to be the passport to world peace. “I have long believed that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals,” he said. Our program is directed toward helping Americans understand the culture, customs, and history of other countries as one step toward bringing the people of the world closer together. The Chamber has spearheaded multiple trips to China, as well as tours to India, Turkey, Cuba, Peru, Australia, and Egypt.

On the Chamber’s trip to India in 2013, travelers learned about the culture and customs of a relatively new country with very old roots.

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Solutions for your business

WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS PLUMBING-HEATING-AIR CONDITIONING

1-844-SKY-BLU9

Plumb Supply Company is a distributor of Plumbing, HVAC, Pipes, Valves and Fittings. Covering the state of Iowa with seventeen locations offering midwestern values, strong customer service and a large inventory. Our company has serviced Iowa since 1946.

45 19th Street SW Mason City, Iowa 50401 Bus: 641-423-0164 Toll Free: 800-685-0131 Fax: 641-423-0462 www.plumbsupply.com

COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON! www.masoncityia.com

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Agribusiness FEEDING THE WORLD

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orth Iowans are proud of our role in feeding the world. The global food and agricultural sector faces a tremendous challenge. Authorities project that food production must increase 70 percent by 2050 in order to keep pace with global population growth and changing diets.

contribute to the transformation of operations of all sizes. In Iowa, agriculture employs one out of every six workers. In addition, ag-related industries are responsible for 27 percent of the state’s economic output, and $1 of every $10 in personal income. Our area, which encompasses some of the world’s richest farmland, is also home to agribusinesses and value chains such as food processing and biofuel production. These businesses

Modern agriculture is not restricted to large-scale, capital intensive agricultural production. Science and technology

CELEBRATING

100 YEARS

of Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County

SOYBEAN PROCESSING

1916 – 2016

Bus: 641-423-4733 • Fax: 641-424-9167 Wats: 800-397-2186 1605 19th Street S.W. Mason City, IA 50401

www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

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Feed is sent through an intelligent feed delivery system to finishing pigs at the NutriQuest Ran Finisher Research Center.

work side by side with organic growers and local food producers. The North Iowa Region is at the forefront of finding ways to combine new scientific knowledge and traditional sources of knowledge to address concerns for the environment, harmony of land use, and the amenities of rural life that is our heritage.

Celebrating 70 Years of Family and Farmland Stewardship Residential, Commercial, Agricultural Consolidated Energy is the leading supplier of independent energy to homes and businesses in the area

www.cegas.com 1711 S. Pierce Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 PHONE: 641-423-4510 FAX: 641-423-3185

• Farmland Sales & Acquisitions • Professional Farm Management • Farmland Auctions • Certified Appraisals

Wholesale and Retail Lubricants ■ Oil Fuel & Air Filters ■ Automotive ■ Agriculture ■ On & Off Road Heavy Duty Celebrating more than 100 Years of Service to North Iowa

2800 4th St. SW, Suite 7, Mason City, IA 50401

641.423.9531

1515 18th St. SW Mason City Iowa ■ 641-423-0734 ■ 800-383-5823 www.masoncityia.com

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Economic Profile

ogether, Mason City and Clear Lake draw a labor pool from the 15 surrounding counties, encompassing a population of approximately 195,000. Our region has a strong heritage of

extremely hard-working manufacturing and agricultural workers that are heralded for their productivity in comparison to counterparts across the country.

Health care is the region’s largest employment sector, providing more than 31,000 jobs.

Motor vehicle use fees 14,165 vehicles = $3,748,118

Taxes Annual lodging tax receipts Mason City $581,809 Clear Lake $337,616

6% State Sales Tax

1% Local Sales Tax

Household Income

7% Lodging Tax

Employment Health Care • 29.4% Education, Health & Social Services • 25.5%

Retail • 13.1% Government • 11%

Number of Firms

3,952 $30,000-$149,000 • 61.5% Less than $30,000 • 33.9%

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Significantly better than U.S. average of 32.0

Manufacturing • 16%

Self-Employed • 5%

$150,000+ • 4.6%

Air Quality Index Level 21.6

Annual Retail Sales

Water Quality Electrodialysis Reversal treatment process Very High Quality

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Prompt Professional Service

Mason City Glass Service Distributors of:

Aluminum Entrances Automatic Door Operators Custom Glass & Mirror Frameless Shower Enclosures www.Masoncityglass.com P 641-423-3960 F 641-423-3964

2127 S. Federal Ave. Mason City, IA 50401

700 25th St. NW Mason City IA • 641-421-3400

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MASON CITY TILE & MARBLE CO. Commercial & Residential Flooring LARGE WAREHOUSEOF IN STOCK FLOORING

1416 18th Street S.W. Mason City, Iowa 50401

HOURS Monday 8-8 Tues-Fri 8-5

115 8th Street SE • Mason City, IA (641) 423-6686 • (641) 424-8423

641-423-3852 Phone 641-423-9481 Fax mctmrs@mediacombb.net

www.blazekelectric.com CENT Credit Union is a financial cooperative who’s mission is to provide outstanding financial services, one cent at a time.

Home of

LIFETIME OIL • TIRES • BATTERY

721 S. Monroe, Mason City, IA

CENTCU.org | 641-424-CENT (2368)

www.schukeichevy.com • 641-423-5402 • www.schukeivw.com

1341 6th St SW | Mason City, IA 50401

1750 Benjamin Avenue, Mason City, IA 50401

Serving North Iowa Since 1932! www.iowaheartland.org 1602 S. Monroe Ave. Mason City Ph: 641-424-5391 Toll Free: 866-571-5066

P:641-494-2268 F:641-494-2237 www.cargill.com www.masoncityia.com

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Workforce IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE

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olleges are able to evaluate a potential student’s readiness for the rigors of a university classroom through national tests like the ACT and SAT. Until recently, employers had nothing similar to objectively assess a potential employee’s readiness for the rigors of the workplace. It was nearly impossible to ascertain which applicants had the right core skills to learn while on the job and could also apply what they already knew to the position and bring value to the company. The Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Iowa Workforce Development, North Iowa Area Community College, the local school districts, Kaplan University, and others to bring the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to the schools and businesses in the North Iowa region. This effort is helping to build a technologically talented local workforce. The North Iowa region has many opportunities for placement in manufacturing, offering employees on-the-job training to hone their craft.

The NCRC was developed by ACT. The three-part exam covers Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. According to employers, even a high school or higher ed diploma really tells them nothing about an applicant’s aptitude in math and reading. That is why members of the North Iowa business community are jumping on the bandwagon to get the NCRC more widely accepted in the area. The goal is to raise the baseline aptitude of the community, and at the same time give those making hiring decisions a sense of the skills and potential of the people they hire. The job skills the NCRC exam evaluates are innate intelligence as well as the core skills that are developed through education. In time, all local high school and college students will have earned the NCRC. North Iowa firms as well as firms seeking to locate here are looking for skilled workers. This program documents that North Iowa has skilled workers that are a good match for our jobs.

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is a teaching hospital and works closely with North Iowa Area Community College to provide training in the medical field.

Focused on empowering tomorrow’s leaders, Leadership North Iowa exposes young professionals to all the region has to offer. Participants are highpotential prospects that are well-poised to play a more prominent role in the community and in their profession. Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce

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Coverage for all things you care for. • More options more discounts • Evening appointments • Life Insurance

Chad Vance Agency

1160 Briarstone Dr. Suite 2 Mason City

Sales • Printing • Signs

AUTO • HOME LIFE • BUSINESS

Promoting Your Business Is Our Business! Improve Traffic at Trade Shows • Motivate Staff Thank a Customer • Increase Safety Awareness

641.330.7166

1-800-325-5308 • (641) 423-9487 Fax (641) 423-3068 • signs.ddsales@gmail.com www.ddsalesonline.com

cvance1@farmersagent.com farmersagent.com/cvance1

DAVID LANE President 840 12th Street NW Mason City, IA 50401

Full Line Electrical & Solar Distributor

2001 15th St. SW • Mason City, IA

800-392-2320

www.culverhahn.com Residential ~ Municipal ~ Commercial ~ Industrial

ENGINEERING & LAND SURVEYING, INC. Licensed and Insured for over 50 years

Ryken@Rykeneng.com

From Everyday Collection to Environmental Protection

www.RykenEng.com

Offices in Ackley, Mason City & Webster City

Office Locations

Mason City

Webster City Webster City Office 511 Bank Street Webster City, IA 50595 Phone: 515-832-1876 Fax: 515-832-1932

641-423-7170

Mason City Office 103 East State St., Ste. 430 Mason City, IA 50401 Phone: 641-423-1451 Fax: 641-423-1659

or Toll Free 888-964-9716

Ackley Ackley Office 739 Park Ave. Ackley, IA 50601 Phone: 641-847-3273 Fax: 641-847-2303

640 19th Street SE Mason City, IA 50401

www.wm.com www.masoncityia.com

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Worksite Wellness

Businesses can take simple steps to promote wellness in the workplace, such as encouraging walking meetings.

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ccording to Blue Zones research, people who know their purpose live up to seven years longer than those who don’t. North Iowa employers provide challenging, fulfilling work, and have a proven commitment to worksite wellness.

Nearly 40 worksites have taken the Blue Zones Project challenge to become certified. They empower employees to collaborate, innovate, and offer superior goods and services. They support employees and their families in feeling their best so they can perform at their best. Changing social norms and environments in the worksites has resulted in a 15 percent improvement in worker well-being, as measured by the GallupHealthways Well-Being Assessment.

By creating worksites that use the same well-being principles and support systems as the Blue Zones Project, the business community benefits from the sustained well-being of employees, resulting in improved performance.

The Chamber’s Worksite Wellness standing committee serves as a resource to local businesses to sustain worksite wellness efforts.

202 1st Street SE, Mason City • 641-420-1823 O F F I C E R E N TA L S Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce

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Transportation YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE

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deally located on Interstate 35, Mason City and Clear Lake are midway between Des Moines and Minneapolis. Mason City is bordered to the south by the Avenue of the Saints (US 18/IA 27), which links St. Paul to St. Louis.

In addition, Mason City is centrally located in the Midwest, within easy driving distance to major markets such as Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. The North Iowa Corridor is the hub of our centrally located ď ľ

2071 15th St SW Mason City, IA 50401

Hours Mon-Fri • 8:00AM-5:00PM

JeffreyRepair.com

www.masoncityia.com

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N O RT H C E N T R A L IO WA MINNEAPOLIS SIOUX FALLS

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transportation network. Interstate 35 splits the region, the four-lane divided Avenue of the Saints (US 18/IA 27) borders Mason City to the south and Interstates 80 and 90 are both close by. The region is served by two Class I railroads, Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific (DM&E), one short-line railroad (Iowa Traction), and the Manly Terminal rail intermodal. The Mason City Municipal Airport offers commercial flights to and from Chicago O’Hare, Minneapolis/ St. Paul and St. Louis.

Air Choice One flies the Cessna Grand Caravan in and out of Mason City. This aircraft is a topof-the-line turbo power plane with plush leather seats, extra leg room, and temperature control.

Built On Service

2111 S. Federal Ave. • Mason City

641-424-4973

Tires | Services 24/7 ERS

Your collision repair specialists since 1976 • Recognized as a certified repair facility for - GM, Ford, Honda, Chrysler Corp. & Nissan • Auto detailing • Lifetime warranty on paint & body • We handle all insurance needs

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WHEEL MAN AUTO LLC FINANCING AVAILABLE

JERRY FLAHERTY OWNER

641-422-1422 641-430-1422

1201 South Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401

wheelmanautollc.com Four Oaks Mason City Campus 80 N. Elsenhower Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 Phone: 641-423-3222

SINCE 1978

www.fouroaks.org

641-424-3352 EST.1978

WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED QUALITY DEALER OF THE YEAR

10536 265th • Clear Lake, IA • Just east of the airport ONE OF THE OLDEST & LARGEST INDEPENDENT DEALERS IN IOWA FINANCING & WARRANTIES AVAILABLE BUY ★ SELL ★ TRADE CARS & TRUCKS LARGEST SELECTION OF VEHICLES AVAILABLE

We assure children become successful adults

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Graham Country We are your full service auto, truck, semi & farm equipment specialists!

130 1st ST N.W. • Mason City

641-423-1933

1501 S. Taft Ave • Mason City

641-201-1751

www.masoncityia.com

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Health Care T O P - Q U A L I T Y H E A LT H C A R E , C L O S E T O H O M E

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orth Iowans have access to the very best in health care. Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has a reputation for quality, based upon past performance and a total dedication to excellence.

The Mason City hospital referral region ranks 24th out of 306 health markets in the United States, according to the Commonwealth Fund, which does scorecards for health care performance. The area is ď ľ

Mercy Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art equipment for diagnostics and treatment.

Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

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INTEGRATED HEALTH TEAM:

CLINICAL SERVICES:

Outpatient Therapy Psychiatric Evaluation Medication Management Crisis Intervention Community Outreach Education & Training Consultation & Referral

Formerly known as the Mental Health Center of North Iowa

SATELLITE OFFICES:

Garner, Osage, Forest City, and Charles City

235 S. Eisenhower Mason City, IA 50401 24/7 Crisis: 1-800-700-IOWA www.wellsourcehealth.org

FOR: Medicaid-enrolled adults with serious mental illness and children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbance.

Clinical IHT T 641-424-2075 T 641-424-5071 F 641-424-9555 F 641-243-7071

COUNTIES COVERED: Cerro Gordo, Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, Mitchell, Floyd and Franklin

Turning Leaf Counseling Executive Clinician

Associate Clinicians

Cody Williams, LMHC

Val Tichy, LMHC Sarah Morrison, LMHC

Lead Clinician

DEMRO ORTHODONTICS

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Holly Ruter, LISW Individual Marriage Couples Family Children Adolescents Adults

WHAT: A service provided by a team of professionals and peer/family specialists who work to see that you have the healthcare and resources you need to stay healthy.

New patients welcome! • Children and adults • Invisalign® Utilizing the latest orthodontic technology for fewer appointments and faster results • Multiple satellite locations

Issues dealt with but not limited to: EMDR Depression Anxiety Anger Grief and Loss Stress Management Communication Parenting Difficulties Parent Child Interactive Therapy People seeking personal growth

Specialist in Orthodontics Practicing Since 1990

Counseling expands awareness. It provides the opportunity for you to discover your own voice and find the courage to express it.

641-421-2089

Dr. Judith G. Demro, P.C. 655 S. Illinois Avenue, Mason City (641) 424-3375

www.turningleafcounseling.com

www.demroorthodontics.com

Brick & Tile Bldg 103 East State Street, Suite 613 Mason City

“A truly great place to live and work!”

Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Lymphedema Therapy Certified Parkinson’s Therapy

Skilled Care Long Term Care Memory Care Outpatient Therapy

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extremely privileged to have a health care organization with this size, stature, and breadth of medical specialties and capabilities. As one of the region’s largest employers, Mercy played a leadership role in Mason City’s quest to become a Certified Blue Zones Community. Our health care professionals understand the importance of total well-being to overall health. Local specialists in cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic and vascular surgery, urology, dermatology, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, dialysis, and many other fields supplement a strong network of family physicians, internists, obstetrics/ gynecology specialists, and pediatricians. Medical specialists in private clinics treat patients of all ages. The area’s largest, Mason City Clinic, is located on Mercy’s East Campus and is managed by the basic tenet that specialists working together in the same organization can provide patient-centered services in one convenient location. In addition, each month physicians travel to rural communities throughout the 14-county area, providing more than 100 specialty clinics ensuring rural residents receive needed specialty care close to home. Health care does not end with a visit to the family doctor in 

Hearing Associates provides expert audiology services to patients in the North Iowa area.

The Clear Lake Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic offeres comprehensive care for children and adolescents.

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Suffering from leg pain, heaviness, restless legs, tiredness? Chances are, you have varicose veins.

Minimally invasive laser procedures • No downtime No painful vein stripping • Covered by most insurance

Call to schedule your FREE consultation today!

(641) 243-2154 Visit VeinCareCenterNorthIowa.com 1306 4th Street SW • Mason City, IA 50401

Board Certifed Ophthalmologists

SPECIALIZING IN DISEASES OF THE EYE

Randall S. Brenton, M.D. Mark D. Meyer, M.D. Brandt M. Riley, D.O. Melissa Summerfield, M.D Bradney L. Carter D.O. Therapeutically Certified Optometrists Kent H. Juffer, O.D. Vonda J. Capper, O.D.

SPECIALIZING IN EYE SURGERY CATARACT SURGERY SPECIALTY LENS IMPLANTS YAG AND ARGON LASERS

VILLAGE GREEN OPTICAL, P.C. A full-service optical shop with a wide range of optical products including:

Eyeglasses, Contact lenses, Sunglasses, and Magnifiers. 3121 4th STREET S.W. HWY. 122, MASON CITY 641-423-8861 IOWA TOLL FREE NUMBER 1-800-392-9473

3223 4th St. SW • Mason City 641-424-6461 24 S. Hawkeye • Nora Springs 641-749-5430

familydentistrymc.com

GOOD SHEPHERD:

Meeting the needs of the elderly in the North Iowa Area. Rehabilitation services to independent living.

goodshepherdhealthcenter.org www.masoncityia.com

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Good Shepherd, Inc.

The Manor

302 2nd St. NE

43rd Street Northwest

Mason City, IA 50401

Mason City, IA 50401

641-424-1740

641-424-1740

Cornerstone

Shalom Tower I

300 2nd St NE

304 3rd St NE

Mason City, IA 50401

Mason City, IA 50401

641-424-1740

641-424-1740

Kentucky Ridge

Shalom Tower II

2060 South Kentucky Ave

321 4th St NE

Mason City, IA 50401

Mason City, IA 50401

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Urologists at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa provide state-of-the-art care and treatment for their patients.

Mason City. Chiropractors, optometrists, dentists and therapists are readily available.

the worry of preparing meals. For social interaction, senior centers in Clear Lake, Mason City and Ventura offer a well-rounded calendar of activities each month.

North Iowa senior citizens have the choice of several independent living facilities, assisted-living complexes, nursing homes, and adult day care/ health facilities. For those wishing to remain at home, the Meals on Wheels program helps seniors maintain good nutritional health without

North Iowa residents enjoy the technology, services and resources of a major modern medical center within a family atmosphere of a hometown health care center.

Residents at the I.O.O.F. Home & Community Therapy Center take part in a weekly exercise class.

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· Rehab to Home · Long Term Care

Specialty healthcare services – close to home!

· Outpatient Therapy · Assisted Living

Specialties include: • Allergy • Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery • Cardiology • Ear, Nose & Throat • General Surgery • GI/Internal Medicine • Hand Therapy • Infectious Diseases • Neurology • Orthopaedics

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We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, United Healthcare and other health plans. See center for details. *Call our toll free number, go online, or stop in to the center for details. Offer expires 07/31/17. All major health plans accepted.

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♦ Memory Care ♦ Respite Stays ♦ Assisted Living Country Meadow Place is thee only specialized Alzh Alzheimers and memory care comm community unity in North Iow Iowa.

“In finding a facility for Mother is was extremely hardd she was always very active walked alked de if 2 - 4 miles a day outside or inside she could not get out. After she had an acti accident and was unable to return to her active life it was very hard for her to accept. accept. invo We wanted mother to be happy and involved with people as she always had been. Kim could coul not have been nicer after picking this facility Lloyd helped move Mother (bless this man for settle her into his kindness). While we worked to settle her new home, staff came in and assisted us so Mother would become familiar with them. The staff is truly amazing, loving, kind, and attentive to Mothers needs and ours when we have requests. They keep us informed, by pictures of what she is doing and return our emails with any questions we have.”

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Christine Heintskill, Au.D., CCC-A; Stuart Trembath, M.A., CCC-A; Rachael Dolezal, M.A., CCC-A; Jeffrey King, Au.D., CCC-A; Tanya Harper Rowe, Au.D., CCC-A

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Call Kimberly Boyd to schedule a tour today Immediate Openings

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Cost of Living A BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

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ow does Mason City stack up when it comes to cost of living? The Chamber participates in research to assist the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) in producing the quarterly Cost of Living Index. Raw data from metropolitan and micropolitan areas across the United States is analyzed to compare the cost of living in various geographic locations.

Here’s an example of how to use this information: Assume that City A has a composite index of 98.3 and City B has a composite index of 128.5. If you live in City A and are contemplating a job offer in City B, you can calculate how much of an increase in your after-tax income is needed to maintain your present lifestyle. In this case, 30.72 percent, or about a 31 percent increase in after-tax salary to maintain the same living standard.

According to 2016 data, Mason City has an index of 88.4. By comparison, New York City – the most expensive place to live – has an index of 227. The least expensive locale in the study is McAllen, Texas, with an index of 76.9.

The table below illustrates the most recent data for area Micro-Urban communities. (100.0 represent the mean; the lower the percentage, the lower the cost-of-living.) Mason City compares very favorably to our peer Iowa communities.

COST OF LIVING INDEX City & Composite Score

Groceries

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Mason City – 88.4

102.5

72.9

91.5

78.3

98.4

97.1

Ames – 94.5

93.6

98.6

82.7

101.6

96.3

92.4

Burlington – 85.4

94.4

73.6

99.8

89.1

95.2

84.8

Dubuque – 88.3

97.8

67.4

92.1

90.4

93.2

99.6

CATER CRIB

515 S. Delaware Ave. | Mason City, IA (641) 424-5395 www.Hardees.com Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce

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Homes & Neighborhoods N O R T H I O WA N E I G H B O R S

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ccording to the Blue Zones Project, a healthy “habitat” is necessary for well-being. Habitat comprises the places where we spend most of our waking hours – workplaces, homes, grocery stores, schools, and restaurants. Whichever way you turn, North Iowa provides a great environment to live, learn, and do business.

A micropolitan region, Mason City and Clear Lake offer the small town atmosphere – low crime rate, excellent schools, affordable housing, and amenities – without sacrificing important assets. Just one look around shows how much people care about their homes and neighborhoods. Yards are well maintained, and most housing is owner-occupied. 

Several neighborhoods in Mason City offer easy access to walking and biking trails in the community.

Find Your New House or Apartment

www.AmericanRealty-ia.com

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It’s all there on the web! Now accepting online rent payments!

REALTY & MANAGEMENT, INC. 25 FIRST STREET NE, MASON CITY, IA 50401

641 424-6705

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The area boasts several exquisite residential developments for discerning buyers. The average sale price for a home is $128,340, with the median sales price at $104,500. A nice inventory of properties is available in all price ranges.

Housing is affordable and plentiful. Home styles embrace the region’s heritage while incorporating modern convenience. A wide range of styles, from the historic and classically designed Prairie homes in Rock Crest/Rock Glen to modern waterside dwellings, are located throughout the area’s welcoming neighborhoods. Many condos and twin homes are available for those who desire less upkeep, while neighbors with green thumbs can choose from the many homes with spacious yards 

In the past year, the average days on market was 151 days. Mason City’s home ownership rate is 71.2 percent.

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Larry Zilge Kathy Zilge

Kris Zilge

ZILGE’S APPLIANCE CENTER

26 6TH ST. S.E., MASON CITY, IA 50401 423-2473 SALES • 423-2470 SERVICE

www.myzilges.com

Since 1968 609 S. Adams Avenue • Mason City masoncityroofinginc@hotmail.com www.masoncityroofing.com

T & R Custom Tops Laminate & Solid-Surface Countertops Undermount Karran Sinks 1075 15th St. S.W. | Mason City, IA 50401

Julie McQuaid, CRS,GRI, SRES

Broker - Owner Licensed Real Estate Professional in the State of Iowa Office: (641) 357-3330 • Cell: (641) 529-3799 Email: jmcquaid@cltel.net 415 1st Avenue South • P.O. Box 902 • Clear Lake, IA 50428 “*Buy or Sell a Home With Us, Use our Moving Truck FREE.”

641-424-0252

Fax 641-424-0263 sam@trtops.com | www.trtops.com

*Some restrictions apply.

www.McQuaidAgency.com • www.LakeHomesAndMore.com

Homeownership! Building Communities One Dream at a Time. Visit www.IowaREALTORS.com”

LINAHON electric, inc

COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL • FARM

Generac Generator Dealer HydroVac Excavation Serving Our Customers for Over 30 Years

www.masoncitymls.com www.greatermasoncityboardofrealtors.com

641-423-5528

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and gardens. A beautiful lakefront dotted with year-round and summer homes can be found in Clear Lake. If you are looking for a place on the water, both Clear Lake and Mason City offer lakefront options.

Renters have a choice of houses, duplexes, and apartments located throughout the area, including downtown apartment living in Mason City and Clear Lake. North Iowa neighborhoods provide clear evidence that residents embrace the Blue Zones philosophy. Neighborhood parks and community gardens bustle with activity, and block parties and neighborhood gatherings are a frequent sight. Several options are available for senior living in North Iowa. Seniors who choose to live in their own houses have access to home health services. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are located throughout the county. The hometown spirit runs strong in North Iowa, and your future neighbors are waiting to show you what Midwest hospitality is all about.

Architectural walking tours are offered in the Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood of Mason City to highlight the treasured Prairie School architecture.

Country Meadow Place Assisted Living & Memory Care is one of several options available for senior living in North Iowa.

MC Home Inspections

Residential and Commercial Water Solutions Water Softeners | Reverse Osmosis Bottled Water | Salt Delivery Drinking Water Systems

Providing Peace of Mind

Martin Eyberg

Mason City Chamber Member 1martineyberg@gmail.com

641-210-9892 Fax: 641-696-5578

40 Years Experience in All Types of Construction!

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CULLIGAN OF MASON CITY

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Mason City All Risk Insurance,Inc. Dave Bernhardt, Owner

HOME • AUTO • FARM • CROP Commercial Insurance Workers Compensation Group Health Insurance 1415 S. Monroe Ave. • Mason City, IA 50401

800-427-8785 Fax: 641-423-7645

www.masoncityallrisk.com

Restore Fire & Water Damage Restoration Specialist

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

ServiceMaster of Mason City 641-424-0155 | 800-234-2108 20847 Osprey Avenue www.smofmc.com

North Central

Mechanical Services residential & commercial Apartments and Townhomes for Rent Income Restrictions Apply:

Lake Plaza Apartments

20 N. 4th St., Clear Lake • 641-357-2009 Independent Living for Ages 55+ 1 & 2 BR Apts., units from 627-866 sq. ft.

heating & air conditioning

Legacy Manor of Mason City

3310 9th St. SW, Mason City • 641-423-1005 Independent Living for Ages 55+ 2 BR Apts., all units 800 sq. ft.

North Central Mechanical Services offers your family of business in the Mason City and surrounding area the best products and services combined with a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations. Thank you for visiting North Central Mechanical, and we look forward to serving you!

Legacy Manor of Mason City II

3300 9th St. SW, Mason City • 641-424-4556 Independent Living for Ages 55+ 2 BR Apts., 800-1648 sq. ft.

We service all makes and models

Meadow Lake Apartments/Townhomes

1109 Buddy Holly Place, Clear Lake • 641-357-5119 1, 2 & 3 BR Apts., 3 BR Townhomes, units from 656-1120 sq. ft.

Pebble Creek Apartments/Townhomes

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amed a Certified Blue Zones Community in 2014, following a highly competitive and rigorous certification process, citizens are hard at work adopting the proven strategies to improve the region’s showing in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI). This measure is the preeminent source for health and well-being data in the United States. Local leaders use WBI findings to quantify and benchmark the well-being of employees and citizens to make informed decisions regarding health benefits, work environments, corporate culture, and community investment. AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$58,810

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

Educational Attainment

$116,000

(Population age 25+) High School Diploma • 47.3%

MEDIAN 2BR APARTMENT RENT

Associate Degree • 22.3%

$554

Bachelors Degree • 19.3% Graduate/ Professional Degree • 4.5%

Ancestry German • 40.2%

WEATHER

Norwegian • 16.3%

Mason City has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons. Average winter temperatures are 18.2 degrees F and average summer temperatures are 70.7 degrees F. Annual rainfall averages 31.4 inches and annual snowfall averages 37.8 inches.

Irish • 13.3% English • 9.6% Greek • 5.1% Swedish • 3.1%

Ethnicity White • 93.8% Hispanic • 3.79% Black • 1.16% Asian • .89% Native American • .36%

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“Martin Brower Mason City services 159 restaurant and we are proud to have been a part of the Mason City community since fall of 2007.”

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Education A CORE C O M M U N I T Y VA L U E

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owa’s workforce is educated and productive. The state has taken a proactive approach to transform its public education system to focus on student achievement and meeting the skills gap. Quality education to ensure a quality workforce is a shared community value. Our schools strive to meet students where they are, and educators have committed to incorporating the Blue Zones Power 9 Principles into the learning environment. In fact, students and educators played a key role in the Blue Zones certification process. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds attended a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) event at the Mason City Middle School.

More than 97%* of our career and technical graduates

At NIACC, your success is our top priority. For the

are employed in their field. A NIACC education will

past several years NIACC has been ranked as one

prepare you for a high-wage, cutting edge, in-demand

of the top community colleges in the U.S. for student

career in healthcare, business, agriculture, or industrial

success.Why? Because we care. If a bachelor’s degree

technology - some of the fastest growing industries

is in your future, choose NIACC first, we’ll help you

in North Iowa and across the nation.

get there.

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School menus are prepared with a “plant slant,” and students are taught at a young age to move naturally and to listen to their bodies to prevent unintentional overeating. 

More than 97%* of our career and technical graduates

At NIACC, your success is our top priority. For the

are employed in their field. A NIACC education will

past several years NIACC has been ranked as one

prepare you for a high-wage, cutting edge, in-demand

of the top community colleges in the U.S. for student

career in healthcare, business, agriculture, or industrial

success.Why? Because we care. If a bachelor’s degree

technology - some of the fastest growing industries

is in your future, choose NIACC first, we’ll help you

in North Iowa and across the nation.

get there.

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A N A R R AY O F C H O I C E S

In addition to the Pre-K programs offered by the school system, Charlie Brown Preschool & Childcare also offers preschool curriculum.

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Test scores prove Iowa’s public schools are doing a tremendous job. The Mason City Community School District and Clear Lake Community Schools take pride in promoting learning for all ages. Instructional programs are coordinated pre-K to grade 12 with low 13-to-1 student/teacher ratios to ensure all students experience consistent and coherent programming. All public school teachers are licensed in their assigned teaching areas. In Mason City, the district has been reorganized to provide more developmentally appropriate learning environments in state-of-the-art buildings. Elementary schools serve pre-K-4, the intermediate schools grades 5-6, and middle school grades 7-8. Mason City High School includes grades 9-12. In Clear Lake, schools are organized pre-K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

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High school students benefit from a large choice of Advanced Placement courses, courses offered in partnership with North Iowa Area Community College, and many other post-secondary enrollment options. In addition, Mason City’s outstanding music education program has received national recognition, including designation by the Grammy Foundation as a Grammy Signature School. Mason City High School was one of just a few high schools across the nation to receive such a recognition and the only Iowa high school to be recognized.

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The public schools take pride in responding to the needs of all learners through a full spectrum of services, from special education programming to gifted education services.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Private Christian-based schools are available for students of all ages. The Newman Catholic School System offers a traditional parochial school education to students of preschool age through the 12th grade on a single integrated campus. Newman provides a safe environment for Christian learning while emphasizing intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values. The ratio of students to teachers is 15-to-1. The day care center, preschool, and school are open to children of all faiths. North Iowa Christian School is another choice for parents seeking a faith-based learning environment. The school features quality teachers and academics, a warm environment, and close communication with parents. Students enjoy a student to teacher ratio of 7-to-1. PRESCHOOL Early childhood education is a community value. Voluntary 4-year-old free pre-K programs are available from multiple sources, thanks to partnerships with the Mason City Community School District. In addition, parents can choose from several quality private programs and integrated day care/ learning environment at a choice of convenient locations.

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Each of these educational choices promotes a sense of belonging for young people and families. Blue Zones research emphasizes the long-term impact of friends on a person’s well-being. North Iowa schools are focused upon developing social circles of healthy-minded, supportive people. 

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Our mission: To provide a stable, nurturing environment to children that encourages social, emotional, and developmental growth through building positive relationships in a preschool and child care setting.

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Online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes available to fit your busy schedule.

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A LW AY S L E A R N I N G & G R O W I N G NORTH IOWA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Businesses and educators in North Iowa work together closely to ensure our students are well prepared for the workforce. Mason City is home to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), which serves a ninecounty region. In addition to the more traditional degree programs, NIACC boasts many excellent continuing education and training courses that are heavily utilized by industries throughout North Iowa.

Kaplan offers degree and certificate programs in fields such as health, arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, information technology and legal occupations at its Mason City campus and online.

Much of this training is housed at NIACC’s Murphy Manufacturing Technology Center. Designed by industry and education leaders, this Center is positioned to provide North Iowa’s manufacturing community with an elite technical workforce. A current initiative is underway to ensure all Mason City and Clear Lake students have access to the National Career Readiness Certificate program assessments prior to high school graduation.

Students at LaJames earn their Iowa license in cosmetology, nail technology, and massage therapy.

LAJAMES COLLEGE OF COSMETOLOGY – MASON CITY

WORLD WIDE COLLEGE OF AUCTIONEERING Mason City’s auction college (which ranks first in educating world-class auctioneers) trains students in developing the auction chant, bookings, laws and licenses, appraisals, advertising, personal image, and many other aspects of the auctioneering industry.

THE JOHN PAPPAJOHN ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER (JPEC) Located on the NIACC campus, the JPEC helps to spur economic growth by providing programs, services, and resources for aspiring and existing business owners. Programs include business start-up and expansion services, technical assistance, access to capital, creating entrepreneurial communities and regions, and entrepreneurial education.

KINNEY PIONEER MUSEUM The early legacy of the region is preserved at the Kinney Pioneer Museum located near the Mason City Municipal Airport. The living history and vintage exhibits transport patrons back to life on the Western frontier. The pioneer village blacksmith shop and log cabin feature frequent demonstrations. A visit to the museum is the perfect activity for life-long learners.

BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY Buena Vista, based in Storm Lake, Iowa, operates a satellite campus at NIACC. They offer a professional and online studies program with 19 majors and secondary education endorsements in a variety of flexible formats.

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In addition

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls

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Iowa State University

Ames

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University of Iowa

Iowa City

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University of Minnesota

Minneapolis

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to these educational opportunities, Mason City and Clear Lake are only a short distance to many other colleges and universities, several of which have local course offerings.

America Will Need Nearly 3 Million College Graduates By 2024. You can become one of them.

Make your future a priority. Call 641.423.2530 or visit KaplanMC.com For comprehensive consumer information, visit www.kaplan.edu/info. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Industry Employment and Output Projections to 2024,” December 2015, www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_education_summary.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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A Certified Blue Zones Community A P L A C E W I T H H E A LT H I E R , HAPPIER, AND MORE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

cultures and healthy living that produced longer life expectancy. This research has been used to develop tools and programs that help people live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic disease and higher quality life.

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environment conspire against you, making the goal difficult to achieve. It’s the same challenge faced by traditional health improvement programs that rely on behavior changes alone. The Blue Zones Project is different because it takes an environmental approach to improve well-being. By optimizing our environments – those settings where we spend our time and which influence our behavior – we can make the healthy choice – the easy choice, so that we naturally adopt healthy behaviors. The Blue Zones Project optimizes four key environments:

 Community  Social network  Habitat  Inner self

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Smithfield Foods is the world’s largest pork producer with approximately 50,000 employees in 12 countries and 54 processing facilities.

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Smithfield Foods in Mason City produces hams, lunch meats, and semi-dry sausage under the brand names of Armour, Eckrich, Healthy Ones and various other private labels.

Harold R. Winston Attorney at Law

Smithfield Foods has enjoyed being part of the Mason City community for over 100 years working together to provide families worldwide with “Good food Responsibly”

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BLUE ZONES POWER 9 PRINCIPLES

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esearchers found that people who live in Blue Zones Communities share nine common lifestyle behaviors that have a direct impact on their increased well-being and longevity. These healthy behaviors, called the Power 9 Principles, center on moving naturally, eating wisely, knowing your life’s purpose, and belonging to a social community. The Power 9 Principles are easy, small steps that everyone can take in their daily lives to feel better, live longer and be happier. These simple behaviors are patterned after the lifestyles of people who live in Blue Zones areas. 1

3 Down shift To reverse inflammation related to every major age-related disease, find time each day to meditate, nap, pray, or enjoy a happy hour. 4 80 percent rule Hara Hachi Bu is a 2,500-year old Confucian mantra; saying it before meals reminds us to stop eating when we feel 80 percent full.

Move naturally We can get more physical activity naturally if we live in walkable communities, de-convenience our homes and grow gardens.

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2 Know your purpose People who know why they wake up in the morning live up to seven years longer than those who don’t.

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Plant slant Eat a mostly plant-based diet that is heavy on beans, nuts, and green plants. This is consistent with the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations to make fruits, vegetables and grains the majority of your intake.

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Wine at 5 Meet your friends at a cozy pub or lounge. Blue Zones research indicates that one or two glasses of wine daily could add years to your life, especially when consumed with a healthy diet.

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Family first Living in a thriving family is worth half a dozen extra years of life expectancy. Invest in time with your kids, nurture a monogamous relationship, and keep your aging parents nearby.

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Right tribe Research shows your friends have a long-term impact on your well-being.

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Belong Recommit, reconnect, or explore a new faith-based community. No matter which faith, studies found that people who participate in their faith community functions four times per month live an extra four to 14 years.

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Worship B E L O N G I N G : A B L U E Z O N E S L I F E S T Y L E B E H AV I O R

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another. Newcomers to the area are welcomed and are encouraged to find a worship service to meet their needs. Each congregation has its own personality, and you are sure to find one that suits you.

lue Zones researchers discovered that no matter which faith, people who show up to their faith community four times per month live an extra four to 14 years. Residents of North Iowa are deeply rooted in their faith. People embrace the religious diversity that exists in the community, where Catholic masses and Lutheran sermons are among the voices heard.

North Iowans are servant-leaders. Volunteers hold frequent food drives to fill the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank and serve daily meals at the Community Kitchen of North Iowa. The homeless are offered shelter at Trinity House of Hope and the Northern Lights Homeless Shelter. In a time of emotional need, people can turn to their choice of top-notch counseling options.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ built a chapel in Mason City shortly after the area was settled. Today, more than 55 congregations representing many denominations meet weekly to uplift, strengthen and support one

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Cultural diversity and religious diversity go hand in hand, as many faiths are represented in Cerro Gordo County. Recommit, reconnect, or explore a new faith-based community. A congregation warmly awaits you.

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Local churches provide an opportunity for family experiences and expanding your social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. The following churches are members of the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce and welcome your participation:  First Baptist Church  First Congregational United Church of Christ

 Praise Community Church  St. James Lutheran Church

 First Covenant Church

 St. John’s Episcopal Church

 First United Methodist Church

 Trinity Lutheran Church

 Grace United Methodist Church

 Victory in Christ, FMC  Wesley United Methodist Church

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Rock Crest/Rock Glen Historic District This development was completed in the early 1900s by colleagues from Wright’s Oak Park Studio who worked on The Park Inn/City National Bank project. The young architects eagerly accepted commissions for projects in the booming community, because Wright, who was notorious for mismanaging his finances, was frequently late in making payroll. The Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood is the largest collection of Prairie School architecture in the world that is unified by a common setting.

arcelona, Spain. Istanbul, Turkey. Tel Aviv, Israel. Florence, Italy. Miami, Florida. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Marrakech, Morocco. Seattle, Washington. Oxford, England. Portland, Oregon. Chandigarh, India. Mason City, Iowa. What do these cities have in common? According to Conde’Nast Traveler, these are the World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers.

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Frank Lloyd Wright: America’s greatest architect Although not a native North Iowan, famed architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright made his mark Architectural Walking Tour during an early 1900s stay in Mason City. Local attorneys Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Visitors can purchase a guidebook and businessmen James Markley and James Blythe at the Historic Architecture commissioned Wright to design a new hotel and bank Interpretive Center and embark on a selfbuilding that incorporated their law offices. Markley’s neighbor, Dr. G.C. guided tour of Mason City’s unique Stockman, persuaded Wright to design a residence for his family. architecture. The Interpretive Center houses a gift shop The Historic Park Inn Hotel and informative The Park Inn Hotel is the world’s only remaining hotel designed by exhibits. Wright. The ambitious renovation was completed in Fall 2011 when it opened as a 27-room boutique hotel and conference center. The hotel includes an upscale restaurant and lounge, conference rooms and a ballroom. Many of the hotel’s original features remain. Guided tours are provided daily by trained docents. The Stockman House Museum The Stockman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1908 for Dr. George and Eleanor Stockman as their family home, is now a museum. Restored to its 1908 presentation, the house is furnished with period pieces, reproductions of Wright furnishings and original possessions from the Stockman family.

The Historic Park Inn is the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built hotel in the world. Photo Credit: Miller Hall

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Mason City Public Library The historic public library, made famous in the library scene of “The Music Man,” was extensively renovated in 2010. The library was originally designed by the renowned architects Holabird & Root, and the Chicago firm also oversaw the renovation and addition. In addition to its breathtaking setting, the library features a rare and distinctive literary autograph collection and the most beautiful reading rooms in the world. The library provides the perfect atmosphere to Down Shift – a Blue Zones Power 9 behavior.

Musi c A love for music is deeply entrenched in our region’s heritage. Composer Meredith Willson gave Mason City the nick-name of “River City” in his Broadway musical “The Music Man,” which he wrote as a valentine to his hometown. North Iowa’s signature celebration is the annual Band Festival, held Memorial Day weekend in Mason City. It serves as a tribute to the community’s rich musical heritage and talented young musicians who carry on this tradition.

The River City Streetscape at The Music Man Square is based on the sets used in the Warner Bros. 1962 film version of The Music Man.

The Music Man Square A sculpture of famous composer and musician Meredith Willson greets visitors to The Music Man Square, where the sounds of his music fill the air. At the heart of the square are the Meredith Willson Museum and the Meredith Willson Boyhood Home, which display artifacts from his life. Tunes for the Town To showcase Mason City’s rich musical heritage, the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce’s YIELD (Youth Investing Energy in Leadership Development) students completed a community impact project installing refurbished pianos for the public to play, entitled “Tunes for the Town.” Five public pianos are located throughout the city, both indoors and outdoors. This project aligns with the Blue Zones Project philosophy of community engagement. 

Tickle some keys on one of the public pianos downtown as you explore the musical history of Mason City.

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Each year the Band Festival festivities include multiple concerts throughout the holiday weekend.

Rock ‘n’ roll legends “The Day the Music Died” is remembered each February during the “50s in February” celebration, held at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. This annual tribute honors the memory of the original Winter Dance Party at the venue where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson performed their final concert. The three singers perished in a plane crash just outside of Clear Lake in 1959.

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The Surf books many high-profile entertainers each year who are eager to play concerts in this historic venue.

The North Iowa Band Festival provides a weekend of wholesome family entertainment and celebrates the rich musical heritage that began with the accomplishments of Meredith Willson. The annual festival, which is celebrated each year on Memorial Day weekend, showcases the talents of young musicians and accomplished professionals who are a part of North Iowa’s musical legacy.

A hometown boy who made it big, Meredith Willson was born in Mason City on May 18, 1902. At the tender age of 17, he left Mason City to study music at The Julliard School in New York City. He soon earned a place with the legendary John Phillip Sousa band and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. By age 27, he was an accomplished composer and lyricist.

Vocal music Mason City sings! The Mason City High School Vocal Music Department has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation for its outstanding program. Its choirs are routinely invited to perform at national competitions and world class venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Marching bands from across the North Iowa area compete each year as part of the North Iowa band festival parade.

The River City Barbershop Chorus is a men's chorus of volunteer musicians who perform across the region. It originated in 1922 as the Chamber of Commerce Glee Club, and transitioned to the Barbershop Chorus in 1952. The organization allows men of all ages and walks of life to enjoy camaraderie and amplify their love of music, while touching the hearts of loyal fans. The Una Vocis Choral Ensemble is open to adult singers through audition. In 2013, they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall with choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.

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Art Charles H. MacNider Art Museum One of the first stops on any cultural tour should be the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, home to an impressive permanent collection of American art that includes work by Grant Wood (a common visitor to the region) and Thomas Hart Benton. The museum also hosts an extensive collection of puppets – including the marionettes used in the movie “The Sound of Music” – made and collected by world-renowned puppeteer Bil Baird (a graduate of Mason City High School). Temporary exhibits, films, concerts, art classes, an art library, and a sales/rental gallery make the museum the cornerstone of the local arts community. The site is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is wheelchair accessible.

The MacNider Arts Museum is well-known for its Arts Festival which takes place each June and features area artists, kids crafts, and entertainment.

River City Sculptures on Parade This outdoor sculpture walk winds along a 1.7 mile loop through Downtown Mason City and leads participants to the Cultural Crescent. More than 50 works of well-regarded sculptors from around the world are included in the exhibit. The sculptures are available for sale or lease. The exhibit is changed annually. 

“Mr. Eggwards” is a local favorite in the River City Sculptures on Parade exhibit and is one of a growing number of permanent sculptures on display.

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Bob White Fused Glass Creations Artist Bob White developed and perfected the fused glass technique. Fused glass captures and traps light and colors inside permitting a detail of design not possible with stained glass. Several Mason City buildings feature Bob White fused glass creations including the First Presbyterian Church, Greek Orthodox Church, First Congregational UCOC, and the MacNider Art Museum.

tailored to the younger crowd. The 120 seats of this theater provide the audience with an intimate setting in which to enjoy incredible young talent. Classes are offered year-round. North Iowa Performing Arts & Leadership Series The stage of the 1200-seat North Iowa Community Auditorium brims with talent that spans the world. Talented entertainers and musicians, Broadway shows, ballet companies, bestselling authors, and captains of industry grace the stage each year.

Theatre Mason City Community Theatre Members of the troupe provide an array of performances throughout the year. But get your tickets early, with only 146 seats in the theater, performances frequently sellout. Stebens Children’s Theatre From September to May, this freestanding, award-winning children’s theater displays the talents of area youth in productions

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The Historic Surf Ballroom The Surf Ballroom is best remembered as the site for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper’s final performance in 1959, but the ballroom continues to host a variety of musical talent. It has been restored to its original splendor and boasts a 6,300-squarefoot dance floor. The Surf Ballroom’s walls bear the autographs and photographs of past performers, and it is the perfect place for a great concert or for a free self-guided tour.

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arm weather or cold, indoors or out, fun activities abound in North Iowa. An extensive recreational trail system in the county provides a safe place for hiking, running, biking, and cross-country skiing. 

More than 35,000 people visit the Lime Creek Nature Center each year as it offers a wide array of outdoor activities, including great fishing.

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North Iowa is home to many great public swimming pools, which are a hit in the hot summer months.

The North Iowa Bulls hockey team has won multiple national championships and has a strong fan base in North Iowa.

Try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood.

NORTH IOWA’S PREMIER FAMILY CLUB

MASON CITY COUNTRY CLUB We’re All About Helping You Care for Those You Love. Providing information, programs and services to older Iowans and adults with disabilities to live with dignity and independence.

3331 19TH STREET • MASON CITY, IA 50401 CLUBHOUSE: 641-424-3014 • GOLF SHOP: 641-424-2173 WWW.MASONCITYCOUNTRYCLUB.COM

Proudly serving 29 Iowa counties, including Cerro Gordo and 6 neighboring counties. Visit us at 22 North Georgia Ave., Suite 216 in Mason City or on the web at www.elderbridge.org or call us at 1-800-243-0678

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North Iowa Bucket List

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A QUALITY COMMUNITY WITH A UNIQUE SENSE OF PLACE onsider this the ultimate list of must-sees and must-dos in North Iowa. These ideas span all four seasons, with a perfect blend of city and nature. From flying kites in the winter to tasting Greek delicacies, this is one bucket list you’ll want to complete.

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Stay for a night in the Historic Park Inn Hotel – the only remaining hotel designed by America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Enjoy chips & salsa at Pastime Gardens, the "Taco Heaven of the Midwest."

Try your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. Attend an MCHS choir concert: Iowa’s only Grammy Signature School award winner.

Go roller skating at Roller City … Limbo, anyone?

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Cheer on the Dames of Anarchy at a Roller Derby bout at the North Iowa Events Center. Tour The Music Man Square and view the first-ever Grammy Award presented to Meredith Willson in 1959. Head to the Northwestern Steak House for Greek-style filet mignon, freshly-baked bread, and rice or Greek noodles (served family style!). Support the area’s budding talent by attending a Stebens Children’s Theatre production. The theater is one of the only self-supporting children’s theaters in the country. 

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Witness the Mason City High School marching band playing “76 Trombones” in the North Iowa Band Festival parade – the official start of summer!

Enjoy a Baklava sundae at the annual Greek Festival.

Sit on the deck at Ge-Jo’s by the Lake and enjoy their signature pizza and margaritas. Play a few tunes (your childhood recital pieces?) at one of the Tunes for the Town public pianos in Downtown Mason City.

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View Iowa’s largest fireworks display over Clear Lake on July 4. Sit outside on the Federal Avenue Plaza and indulge in a Moscow Mule at The Quarry.

Eat fresh barbecue at the “Up in Smoke BBQ Bash” in East Park.

See Clear Lake via paddleboat on the Lady of the Lake. Enjoy a fresh peach sundae at Birdsall’s Ice Cream Parlor. Stroll along the 1.7 mile Sculptures on Parade sculpture walk. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice competition.

Sample the house-made craft beer selection at Mason City Brewing Company or Fat Hill Brewing. Enjoy a top-rated Spic N Span tenderloin at the SuzieQ – one of the last historic Valentine Diners in the nation. Witness the re-enactment of the 1934 John Dillinger gang robbery of the First National Bank at the Great River City Festival. Skate where the ice never melts – the North Iowa Ice Arena. Steal a kiss with your sweetheart on the Meredith Willson Footbridge. …and while you’re there, take a stroll through the nearby Rock Crest/Rock Glen (the largest collection of Prairie School architecture unified by a common setting in the world.) Check out the Mason City Public Library’s literary autograph collection which includes hundreds of original letters by authors and writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oscar Wilde, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Fielding, Winston Churchill and more. Enjoy a touring Broadway show at the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

Try the “Hashbrowns Everything” and a giant pancake at PM Park in Clear Lake.

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Lea Mobile Glass, Inc. Auto Glass Tractor Cab Glass Storefronts - Mirrors Drive In or Mobile Service 801 S. Federal Ave. Mason City, Iowa www.leamobileglass.com 641-424-3497

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See the Bil Baird marionettes (featured in “The Sound of Music”) at the Charles H. MacNider Museum.

Dennis Muyskens, CPA – dmuyskens@hoganhansen.com Mike McCoy, CPA – mmccoy@hoganhansen.com Robert Williams, CPA – rwilliams@hoganhansen.com

Enjoy a classic holiday custom by attending Christmas by the Lake events (including fireworks following the lighted parade). Take a quick dip in Clear Lake’s frigid waters during the annual Polar Bear Swim (to benefit Make-A-Wish). Cross-country ski at Lime Creek Nature Center. Fly kites during the annual Winter Kite Festival. Attend the 50s in February celebration at the Historic Surf Ballroom, and pay your respects to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson at the crash site. Get a group pedicure on-the-cheap at LaJames College of Cosmetology. Ice fish on Big Blue.

HUBER SUPPLY has been in the welding and industrial tool business since 1939, and has been family owned and operated for all of them. Our business is "old school". We work our very hardest for our customers. Come and take a look around and see why we have been in business for 77 years. Your business is important to us!

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s the region’s retail hub, North Iowa is a dynamic epicenter of suburban shopping. The historic downtown areas of both Mason City and Clear Lake offer a blend of stores in an upscale, hometown environment. Specialty shops and boutiques mingle with national retailers in a walkable circuit of shopping delights. Designated as an Iowa Cultural and Historic District, Downtown Mason City serves as a community gathering place where annual events such as

Lucy & Olive, in downtown Mason City, features a unique variety of home dĂŠcor items.

concerts, festivals, sidewalk sales, and holiday-themed programs flourish. In the heart of downtown is Southbridge Mall, an enclosed mall that houses large chain stores and an array of small retail and service-oriented shops. Downtown Mason City has earned the national Main Street designation. Several shopping centers and other areas of the city complement the central business district with unique and varied products from clothing and furniture to quilting and jewelry making. To the west of Mason City, shoppers rely on a large contingent of big box stores to make shopping for everyday and specialty items convenient and pleasurable.

National chain stores such as Mills Fleet Farm, Target, and Wal-Mart are located on the west side of Mason City.

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Dining Y O U R G U I D E T O G O O D TA S T E

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ining options span the culinary spectrum from fine dining fare and ethnic flavors to take-out and casual meals. Local restaurants have adopted Blue Zones principles to help make healthy choices the easy choice. Locally grown and organic fare reinforce the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations to make

fruits, vegetables and grain the majority of daily dietary intake.

WINE AT 5 Meet your friends at one of several cozy pubs or lounges. Blue Zones research shows if you have a healthy relationship with alcohol, one or two glasses of wine daily could help add years to your life, especially when consumed with a healthy diet.

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The Perfect Place to Relax & Unwind Whether you’re looking for an intimate setting or casual dining, 1910 Grille’ and Lounge is the perfect choice. Drawing inspiration from around the world, our in-house Chef Kurt Nyguard puts his unique twist with locally-sourced ingredients and signature style into each dish he creates. Located inside the Historic Park Inn.

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History W E ’ R E P R O U D O F O U R H E R I TA G E & T R A D I T I O N S

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he history of this region, with its winding rivers and rolling prairies, dates back to long before the area was settled by farmers and trappers. The early inhabitants of Cerro Gordo County were the Winnebago and Sioux tribes. The tribes relied upon the lush forests and bountiful lakes for many years before Joseph Hewitt and James Dickirson arrived in 1851.

many of the buildings in nearby Mason City. The Clear Lake region is believed to have been visited in 1832 by Nathan Boone (son of famed explorer Daniel Boone) although it was not officially settled until 1856. Hewitt and Dickirson’s settlement soon became a Midwestern oasis. Hewitt traded with the Indians, and Dickirson farmed the rich soil. The town of Shibboleth was settled in 1853 at the convergence of the Winnebago River and Willow Creek by Hewitt, John Long, and George Brentner. The town changed names several times – to Masonic Grove, to Masonville and eventually to Mason City – all reflections of the

Hewitt and Dickirson settled on the shores of Clear Lake, a spring-fed body of water formed by glaciers that is now seven miles long and 2.5 miles wide. At an elevation of 1,247 feet, the lake is actually higher than

Brick & Tile: In 1912 the area was one of the largest producers of brick & tile in the world. While that industry has disappeared, the cement industry is still prominent today.

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community’s early reliance upon the brick and tile industry.

“The Music Man” debuted on Broadway on Dec. 19, 1957, and ran for 1,376 performances. Mason City served as the inspiration for the play’s fictional hometown of River City, which was also the setting in the bigscreen Hollywood adaptation starring Shirley Jones and Robert Preston. The musical won six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, and has since been revived on Broadway and in the movies – a Walt Disney version starred Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. The Beatles even performed a cover version of “Till There Was You.”

A sawmill set up on the west side of the Winnebago River became the new city’s first commercial business. Settlers soon flocked to the region for its abundant water supply and additional resources. Nearby, the City of Clear Lake was settled in 1856; in 1859 the railroad brought more economic success to the area. Soon after, Mason City was incorporated.

Large deposits of limestone and clay opened the doors for “Music Man” Meredith Willson waves to the crowd in the 1950 Band Festival parade. a thriving mining and cement industry, and by 1911 two large cement companies were operating in Mason City. The cement industry Each year, locals recall another famous event. On March 13, 1934, continues to be an important part of the community, where brick notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his accomplice, John and tile were also once made. In 1912, the area was one of the largest Hamilton, each sustained gunshot wounds while attempting to rob the producers of brick and tile in the world, but the industry has since First National Bank in Mason City. They only netted $52,000 from the disappeared. Mason City has now evolved to become a service, retail, robbery, far less than the $240,000 they expected. Dillinger had become and distribution center. somewhat of a Robin Hood figure to the public and had planned to use his share to flee the country. The Mason City Municipal Airport was founded in 1927 by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and the Clausen-Worden Post of the American Legion, hence its airport code MCW. Charles Lindbergh attended the Mason City Airport dedication shortly after his historic transatlantic flight. Sadly, more than 30 years later, the airport became known for another historic – and tragic – event. On Feb. 3, 1959, singer and musician Buddy Holly left a performance at the Surf Ballroom’s Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake and boarded a private plane with Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. While departing the Mason City airport in icy weather, the plane crashed in a field near Clear Lake. Today, a memorial in that cornfield is a tribute to these rock ‘n’ roll legends and “The Day the Music Died.” The boyhood home of composer Meredith Willson, who is best known for his Broadway musicals “The Music Man” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” can be found in Mason City. Willson also wrote the familiar Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

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Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce H E R E T O S E R V E ... F O R 1 0 0 Y E A R S & C O U N T I N G

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ur mission is to promote progressive community and economic development to benefit Chamber members and the North Iowa region.

We are a membership-based organization more than 650 strong whose members provide more than 16,000 jobs in the region. We work for the success of our members, and we strive to promote and educate to ensure the future growth of North Iowa. The Chamber Ambassadors welcome new business development to the area with ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies.

In the business of better health. As the leader in healthcare services and information technology, McKesson Corporation is committed to better health — better health for our customers and their patients, for our employees and for the communities where we reside.

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VISION Our vision is grounded in our mission and we challenge ourselves to paint a picture of the region we want to be: a place with well designed community programs and economic development best practices that assist free enterprise to create jobs and prosperity. Tomorrow’s headlines will be the product of actions we’re taking today behind the scenes to keep North Iowa vibrant.

Leadership North Iowa participants attend 12 weeks of leadership training coupled with tours of area businesses. The group also completes a service project for community betterment.

Iowa and YIELD. People who commit to our leadership programs are difference-makers; our loyal sponsors and supporting businesses are a strong testament to their effectiveness. ADVOCACY The Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 organization. We are nonpartisan, but we do take positions on issues at the local, state, and federal level to stimulate economic growth opportunities for local business. We challenge our elected officials to be responsible stewards of taxpayer money and to invest in programs and policies that will enable North Iowa to grow.

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The Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce provides leadership on key issues and strategic policy recommendations to stimulate economic Chamber leadership travels to Washington, D.C. each year to advocate Joining the Chamber is a good thing growth in North Iowa. Such growth is for small businesses in North Iowa. to do, but what exactly does an active achieved by creating an environment chamber membership say about you or your company? Studies show conducive to business success, that being active in the local chamber of commerce is a good strategy for which leads to job expansion and increased state and local revenues. businesses to use in communicating to consumers that their company uses good business practices, is involved in the community, cares about In addition, the Chamber provides two signature programs with customers, and is reputable and trustworthy.  a rich tradition of helping to shape future leaders: Leadership North

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N O R T H I O WA R E G I O N A L C O M M E R C E C E N T E R THE BUSINESS HUB

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embers of the Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce have the option to use the many amenities of the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center.

The Band Festival Room is one of the meeting rooms perfect for a classroom style presentation and is free of charge with a Chamber membership.

 Use of meeting rooms is available to members free of charge, and the special events room, patio, and board room can be reserved for a small charge.  Spacious, climate-controlled storage units are available for off-site records storage and other needs.

The Third Floor Event Room is a popular choice for office parties and corporate trainings. Room features include a kitchenette and an outdoor patio.

 Beautiful, well-appointed, “virtual offices” are rented by the hour, day, week, or month.

A professional team you can trust to deliver successful projects

The North Iowa Regional Commerce Center was beautifully renovated in 2012.

Tim Schupick, CPA Dirk Jacobson, CPA

Building Trust for Over a Century

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Chamber Accomplishments 100 YEARS & COUNTING

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n 1916, Mason City’s population stood at 17,712. The industrial revolution, a youthful population, a flood of immigrants, vast natural resources, and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism were propelling Iowa, and the rest of the nation, forward at a dizzying pace. It was 1916 when business leaders in Mason City, with a passion for economic growth and prosperity, formed the Mason City Chamber of Commerce. Almost immediately, the Chamber began making an indelible mark in North Iowa:

 In 1920, the Chamber sponsored a 20-piece band of professional musicians that performed two concerts daily for ten weeks. The only “local” musician on the roster was Meredith Willson—playing the flute and piccolo. These performances led to the establishment of the Mason City Municipal Band.  The Chamber of Commerce Glee Club originated in 1922 under the direction of Harry Keeler. In 1952, this acapella group transitioned to the River City Barbershop Chorus. Today, more than 70 men of all ages participate in this program.  The Chamber established a “Community Chest” in 1923 to benefit the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, YMCA and YWCA. The Chamber continued to operate this organization until 1946 when it was launched as the United Fund, and later became today’s United Way.  In 1927, the Chamber’s Aviation Committee founded the Mason City Municipal Airport with assistance from the Clausen-Worden Post of the American Legion. Charles Lindbergh attended the airport’s dedication ceremony shortly after completing his historic transatlantic flight.  In the dark days of the Great Depression, the Chamber organized a scrip program by issuing 10,000 one-dollar certificates. For each transaction with a Mason City merchant, a stamp was affixed to the certificate. When 52 stamps were collected, the certificate could be redeemed for 98 cents at the First National Bank.

 The Chamber sponsored the very first North Iowa Band Festival in 1936, a tradition that continues today and serves at the official kick-off to the summer season.  In 1971, the Chamber began admitting women to its membership. It had operated as an all-male organization since 1916.  In the late 1990s, the Chamber spearheaded a program to install “WELCOME SIGNS” at the four major entrances to the Mason City community. The limestone masonry structures are a nod to Mason City’s heritage.  In 2002, the Chamber began leading annual trips to Washington DC to advocate for the business community and the North Iowa region. These efforts have resulted in improved relationships with federal officials and staff members as well as significant federal investment in the region.  The Chamber served as the applicant and lead organization for Mason City’s Vision Iowa project —which resulted in a $9.2 million renovation to the public library; the $20 million restoration of the Historic Park Inn; construction of the Architectural Interpretive Center; and the Federal Avenue streetscape improvements.

 The Chamber offers Global Familiarization Travel opportunities as a means of helping North Iowans transition to the global economy. Destinations are important U.S. trading partners that our members may not feel comfortable traveling to on their own. Since 2011, Chamber travelers have visited China, India, Turkey, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, and Peru to name a few.  In 2012, the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center opened in a formerly vacant downtown building. The renovation was made possible through previous Chamber fundraising efforts earmarked for a permanent location and an I-JOBS grant from the state. The Commerce Center serves as the business hub for North Iowa.  The Chamber served as a key partner in Mason City’s 2012 bid to be selected as a pilot Blue Zones Project community. Today, Mason City is a certified Blue Zones Community, and the Chamber continues to partner as the lead for the Worksite Wellness component.  River City Sculptures on Parade has its home at the Chamber of Commerce. This sculpture walk takes participants on a 1.7 mile winding loop through the Cultural Crescent and back to the Downtown Core. Nearly 50 sculptures by artists from across North America are included in the exhibit.

Today, the Chamber of Commerce remains true to its mission of promoting progressive community and economic development to benefit Chamber members and the North Iowa region. We remain an independent organization operated by a small group of paid staff and hundreds of volunteers. The Chamber is not supported by tax dollars and has no power to impose taxes or other measures that would directly increase the cost of living for the citizens of our community. The Chamber is simply a private business with a vested interest in activities to grow the local economy and improve the business climate. As the Chamber enters its second century, it will continue to serve its members and the North Iowa region.

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Advertiser Index 1910 Grille................................................................................ 67

Hardee’s Restaurant................................................................. 34

Mystic Lanes............................................................................... 8

1st Insurance.............................................................................. 5

Hawkeye Auto Body.................................................................. 26

Newbury Living......................................................................... 39

Aesthetic Touch Day Spa.......................................................... 31

Hearing Associates, P.C............................................................. 33

Newman Catholic Schools........................................................ 44

Ag Processing, Inc.................................................................... 18

Heartland Ashphalt, Inc............................................................. 63

NIP Fitness................................................................................ 59

Air Choice One.......................................................................... 27

Heiny, McManigal, Duffy, Stambaugh & Anderson, PLC ...............49

NIVC Services, Inc..................................................................... 15

American Realty & Management, Inc........................................ 35

Henkel Construction Company................................................. 72

North Central Mechanical Services.......................................... 39

Baker Floral.............................................................................. 65

Hertz Farm Management, Inc................................................... 19

North Iowa Area Community College................................... 42,43

Bauer Built Tire......................................................................... 26

Historic Park Inn......................................................................... 9

North Iowa Collision Center...................................................... 27

Bergland + Cram Architects..................................................... 68

Hogan-Hansen, P.C................................................................... 63

North Iowa Community Credit Union........................................ 41

Blazek Electric, Inc.................................................................... 21

Holiday Inn Express & Suites.................................................... 57

North Iowa Eye Clinic, P.C......................................................... 31

Bliss Bridal and Formalwear.................................................... 64

Hosmer Toyta/Hosmer Honda................................................... 52

North Iowa Golf......................................................................... 59

Brick Furniture.......................................................................... 65

Huber Supply Co....................................................................... 63

NSB Bank.................................................................................. 15

Buena Vista University.............................................................. 45

IOOF Home and Community Therapy Center............................. 29

NutriQuest, LLC......................................................................... 13

Buffalo Wild Wings.................................................................... 67

Iowa Heartland Credit Union..................................................... 21

Otto’s Oasis............................................................................... 64

Care Initiatives – Manly............................................................ 33

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach............................ 18

Petersen Plaza.......................................................................... 24

Cargill....................................................................................... 21

J&J Machining, Welding & Manufacturing................................ 15

PetroBlend Corp........................................................................ 19

Carlos O’Kelley’s....................................................................... 67

Jeffrey Auto Repair Service...................................................... 25

Plumb Supply Company............................................................ 17

Sara Carlsson, CFP® – Edward Jones......................................... 5

Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC................................... 7

POET Biorefining – Hanlontown.................................................. 4

Cavalier Coaches, Inc./North Iowa Bus Company, Inc...................11

Kaplan University...................................................................... 47

Point Builders North, Inc........................................................... 15

CENT Credit Union.................................................................... 21

Kelly Services........................................................................... 13

PostNet..................................................................................... 65

Century 21 Preferred.................................................................. 3

KIMT-3 News............................................................................ 17

ProBuild.................................................................................... 69

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum............................................. 55

LaJames College of Hairstyling.................................................. 2

Purina Animal Nutrition............................................................. 15

Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care Center.......................... 45

Landfill of North Iowa................................................................. 7

Quality Inn & Suites.................................................................. 67

Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co........................................................ 7

Larson Contracting................................................................... 14

Rib Crib BBQ & Grill.................................................................. 34

Connect Hearing....................................................................... 33

Lea Mobile Glass, Inc................................................................ 63

Ryken Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc................................ 23

Consolidated Energy Company................................................. 19

LeDoux Signs............................................................................ 64

Schukei Chevrolet..................................................................... 21

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson............................................... 55

Lehigh Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group................................ 21

Schupick & Associates, P.C....................................................... 72

Country Meadow Place............................................................. 33

Linahon Electric, Inc.................................................................. 37

SEH, Inc..................................................................................... 15

Culligan of Mason City.............................................................. 38

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory............................. 53

ServiceMaster of Mason City.................................................... 39

Culver-Hahn Electric Supply..................................................... 23

Martin-Brower.......................................................................... 41

SkyBlue by CL Tel..................................................................... 17

Curries/Graham........................................................................ 69

Mason City All Risk Insurance, Inc............................................ 39

Smithfield Foods....................................................................... 49

Custom Auto Builders, Inc......................................................... 53

Mason City Clinic...................................................................... 33

Stadheim Jewelers................................................................... 64

D&D Sales  Printing  Signs.................................................... 23

Mason City Community School District....................................... 9

David Stine, AAMS® – Edward Jones.......................................... 5

Dean Snyder Construction........................................................ 13

Mason City Country Club.......................................................... 60

Super 8 Mason City.................................................................. 66

The Decker House Bed & Breakfast.......................................... 57

Mason City Ford Lincoln........................................................... 11

T&R Custom Tops...................................................................... 37

Demro Orthodontics.................................................................. 29

Mason City Glass Service......................................................... 21

Theilen Auto Sales.................................................................... 27

Diamond Jo Casino..................................................................... 2

Mason City Motor Company...................................................... 71

Tried & True............................................................................... 65

Edwards-Brandt and Associates, Inc........................................ 11

Mason City Municipal Airport...................................................... 7

Trinity Lutheran Church............................................................ 53

Elderbridge Agency on Aging.................................................... 60

Mason City Red Power.............................................................. 41

Tugs Daycare & Preschool........................................................ 45

Express Employment Professionals.......................................... 14

Mason City Roofing................................................................... 37

Turning Leaf Counseling........................................................... 29

Family Dentistry........................................................................ 31

Mason City Tile & Marble.......................................................... 21

United Beverage, LLC................................................................ 66

Farmers Insurance – Chad Vance Agency................................ 23

MC Home Inspections............................................................... 38

United Sugars Corporation....................................................... 68

Federal Fire Equipment Co....................................................... 13

McCloskey Appliance................................................................ 65

US Bank...................................................................................... 5

First Citizens Bank.................................................................... 76

McKesson Corporation............................................................. 70

Vein Care Center – North Iowa................................................. 31

First United Methodist Church.................................................. 53

McQuaid Agency....................................................................... 37

WWA – Waggoner + Wineinger Architects................................ 23

Flooring America....................................................................... 65

Mechanical Air Systems........................................................... 41

Waste Management.................................................................. 23

Four Oaks of Iowa – Mason City Campus................................. 27

Mediacom Business................................................................. 51

Wells Fargo Bank of Iowa......................................................... 24

Jason Geving, AAMS® – Edward Jones...................................... 5

Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa........................................... 3

WellSource................................................................................ 29

Godfather’s Pizza...................................................................... 67

Midland Concrete Products...................................................... 39

Westbrook Office Park.............................................................. 13

Good Shepherd, Inc................................................................... 31

Midwest Construction & Supply................................................. 5

Wheel Man Auto, LLC................................................................ 27

Graham Tire Company.............................................................. 27

Mint Springs Dentistry................................................................ 4

Harold R. Winston, Attorney at Law.......................................... 49

The Greater Mason City Board of REALTORS®.......................... 37

Moorman Clothiers................................................................... 65

Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry................................................. 13

Hampton Inn & Suites............................................................... 75

Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce

Zilge’s Appliance Center........................................................... 37

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