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Back 2 School in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

August means the start of school for students throughout North Iowa. It's time to check those school supply lists, pick out your first day's outfit, and get a good night's rest before that first school bell of the year. Mark your calendar with the your district's first day of school!


Central Springs Community School District | 105 South East Street, Manly

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Clear Lake Community School District | 1529 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Mason City Community Schools | 1515 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 29th (Grades 7 & 9) | Wednesday, August 30th (All Grades)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Osage Community Schools | 820 Sawyer Drive, Osage

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 22nd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock CSD | 1460 210th Street, Rockford

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

West Fork Community School District | 210 South 2nd Street, Rockwell

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 23rd (Grades 9-12) | Thursday, August 24th (Grades PreK-8)

2017 - 2018 District Calendar



Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes all students in North Iowa a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

Tips for Buying a Home with a Septic System

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Understanding where the waste from your home goes might be one of the least glamorous aspects of homeownership but it is of the utmost importance. Since many of the homes throughout North Iowa are located in rural areas, the homes have a septic system instead of a sewer line connection. A septic system works by collecting the waste water from a home’s kitchen and bathroom into a tank on the property. There are bacterias and compounds within the tank that help decompose the material and convert it into a harmless byproduct that can be eventually absorbed back into the ground. This is often a greener system than traditional sewer systems. Unfortunately, improperly maintained septic systems can lead to backups causing costly clean ups and dangerous contamination of the local soil. Buying a home with a septic system? Here is all the information you need to keep your septic system running properly for the health and comfort of you and your family!


Inspect the Septic System During the Home Inspection

Not all home inspectors have the right expertise when it comes to septic systems. If the home inspector you hire does not have experience in this area, hire a septic professional to inspect the systems operation as well as the land around it. This will ensure that it is already functioning properly and help you avoid any potential damage to your yard or, worse, your home!


Maintaining Your Home’s Septic System

You’ve ensured that the septic system is working properly upon buying your new home. Now, it’s time to make sure that you maintain it! Avoid putting any oils down your home’s drain and be sure to use a food disposal system to help prevent malfunctions and backups within the system. Add bacteria supplements to the tank by flashing a bacteria pack down the toilet based on the directions from the manufacturer. If your septic system has an electric pump, consider installing a backup battery and/or water level monitoring alarm for additional protection. All septic systems should be pumped out every 3 to 5 years, based on household usage, to help ensure continued functionality. In the unfortunate case that your system does backup, do not run any additional water into the drains, unless absolutely necessary, as this will just perpetuate the issue. Hire a professional septic system servicer to evaluate and repair the problem immediately.



Follow these helpful tips to keep the septic system within your new home operating properly! For more information regarding homes with septic systems in our area or for any other helpful homeowner tips, contact the Jane Fischer and Associates Team! We are here to help your through every step of the home buying process!  


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Fill Your Bellies at the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Fill your bellies in Mason City at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!!! The Globe Gazette is sponsoring this favorite yearly event this weekend, July 21st and 22nd, in East Park! Come dine on the best BBQ in the Midwest as teams compete for the coveted title!  

The Kansas City Barbeque Society has sanctioned the competition and teams will be cooking for certified KCBS judges. Enjoy incredible brisket, chicken, pork shoulder, ribs, and more! There will be an overall grand and reserve champion along with divisional winners. Other competitions include desserts, Spam and Anything Butt!

Although food is the main attraction, there are lots of other fun activities and live music planned for the weekend festivities! Check out everything happening at this incredible, FREE community event in beautiful Mason City!

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 21st

  • 5:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens

  • 5:30 pm | Sheltered Reality

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Sampling

  • 7:00 pm | Standing Hampton

  • 9:00 pm | Kids Inflatable Playground Closes

  • 10:00 pm | Food Court Closes

  • 11:00 pm | Beer Garden Closes

Saturday, July 22nd

  • 11:00 am | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Opens | The Grant Family

  • 11:30 am | KCBS Competition

  • 1:00 pm | Mason City Jaycees Bag Tournament ($20 per team) | The Magic of Mike Prestby

  • 2:00 pm | Bolder Road

  • 4:00 pm | Awards Ceremony

  • 6:00 pm | Beer Garden, Food Court, and Kids Inflatable Playground Closes

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in Mason City a weekend filled with delicious food and good cheer at the 14th annual Up in Smoke BBQ Bash!  

Image Credit: Globe Gazette

Get Ready for the 2017 North Iowa Fair!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Summertime means the return of one of our favorite annual traditions: County Fairs! No state knows how to do a county fair quite like Iowa! And, the 2017 North Iowa Fair is one of the best of the best! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 19th, through Sunday, July 23rd, so you do not miss out on any of the fun at the North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City). With amusement rides, carnival games, delicious food, live music, farming events, events at the Mason City Motor Speedway and so much more, there is something for everyone at the fair! Come celebrate everything that we love about North Iowa at this year’s fantastic fair!


Small Stage Music Festival

Enjoy incredible live music at The Olson by the best local and regional performers.

Official Lineup


“On The Rise” Events

The theme for this year’s North Iowa Fair is “On The Rise”! There are many incredible events and activities planned for you and your family to spend time rising above the fair!

2nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally

  • Come to the NIEC Green Space on Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning for tethered rides ($10), sponsored balloon rides, walk-in balloons ($1), “Glow Shows”, and more! Call (641) 423-3811 to learn more about purchasing tickets.

Carolina Helicopters

  • Take a helicopter ride to see a bird’s eye view of the fair every day of the event. Rides cost only $20 per person!

River City Radio Control “Fun Fly”

  • See the most incredible radio control airplanes and more during the “Fun Fly” on Saturday, July 22nd, from 10:00 am until sundown. There may be opportunities to co-pilot one of the radio control devices.


Other Special Events

There are other unique events occurring throughout the fair. Do not miss out on any of these family fun events!

Antique Machinery Day

  • Date: Thursday, July 20th

  • Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Heritage Arena

Darling Dog Show

  • Date: Friday, July 21st

  • Time: 6:00 pm

Chapter 790 of the Vietnam Veterans Annual Breakfast

  • Date: Sunday, July 23rd

  • Time: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Location: The Loafing Shed




Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you all at the 2017 North Iowa Fair in beautiful Mason City!  


Image Credit: Mason City Motor Speedway

Cannonball Day this Saturday in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Enjoy a day filled with railroad fun at Cannonball Day! Head to East Park (717 3rd Street Northeast) in beautiful Mason City on Saturday, June 24th, from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm for lots of family fun! Now in its 12th year, this event celebrates trains and railroad history. The festivities go on all day with a kids fun run, talent competition, inflatable playgrounds, car show, Smoky the Train rides, live music, and so much more! Stick around for the delicious Mason City Evening Lions Club Chicken BBQ. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintanence, preservation, and restoration of the Cannonball 457, East Park's own Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad steam locomotive.



2017 Cannonball Kids Fun Run

Register your children for the annual Cannonball Kids Fun Run. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, medal, and tickets for Cannonball Day activities. There will also be water and healthy snacks available at the end of the race. Click HERE for the downloadable registration form!

Age Group Divisions

  • Ages 5-6 | ½ mile

  • Ages 7-8 | ¾ mile

  • Ages 9-10 | 1 mile

  • Ages 11-13 | 1.5 miles



Bill Riley Talent Search

 Let your child showcase their incredible talent during the Bill Riley Talent Search, which is held during Cannonball Day. The competition is open to any ages 2 to 21 years old. Each competitor will receive a ribbon and cash prizes are awarded to the top winners! Click HERE for the entry form.


Jane Ficher & Associates Team wishes all the families in Mason City a very happy and fun Cannonball Day!


Image Credit: Visit Mason City

2017 North Iowa Band Festival this Memorial Day Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Check out the Midwest’s largest FREE marching band competition this Memorial Day Weekend in Mason City! It’s time for the 2017 North Iowa Band Festival! Now in its 79th year, this favorite annual festival features incredible live musical performances, spectacular community parade, carnival, marketplace, and so much more! The festival takes place all weekend long from Thursday, May 25th, through Monday, May 29th. Check out the full schedule of events below so you do not miss out on any of the fun!


Thursday, May 25th

6:00 pm | Middle School Band | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Carnival Open | Downtown

6:45 pm | Mason City Municipal Band | Downtown Plaza


Friday, May 26th

5:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

5:00 pm | MCHS Mohawk Danzers | Downtown Main Stage

5:15 pm | Mason City High School Orchestra | Downtown Plaza

6:00 pm | Thrillbillies | Downtown Main Stage

8:00 pm | Chris Hawkey | Downtown Main Stage


Saturday, May 27th

8:00 am | 28th Annual Stu Nevermann Memorial Run | Aquatic Center

10:00 am | 79th North Iowa Band Festival Parade | North Penn and East State Street

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown

1:00 pm | Newman Catholic Dance Team | Central Park

1:15 pm | Mason City High School Jazz Band | Downtown Plaza

2:00 pm | NIACC Extreme Makeover Announcement | Downtown Main Stage

2:00 pm | Awards Ceremony | Downtown Main Stage

5:00 pm | Betty and the Gents | Downtown Main Stage

7:00 pm | The Pork Tornadoes | Downtown Main Stage


Sunday, May 28th

9:00 am | Outdoor Worship Service | Trinity Lutheran Church

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown


Monday, May 29th

12:00 pm | Carnival, Marketplace, and Concessions Open | Downtown




Although Mason City and North Iowa will be filled with lots of festive fun this Memorial Day weekend, it is important to take the time to remember the real reason why we have this long weekend. Memorial Day is for us to honor and salute those brave men and women of our armed services who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms and our nation. Be sure to show your appreciation to veterans and active service members this weekend and beyond.



Jane Fischer & Associates extends a sincere THANK YOU to all current and retired United States military members for your service! We wish everyone a very happy & safe Memorial Day weekend!


Image Credit: Mason City Chamber of Commerce

North Iowa Farmers Market Opens this Friday!!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

This Friday, May 19th, marks the opening day of the North Iowa Farmers Market! Find the best produce, artisan goods, baked goods, eggs, and so much more from incredible local vendors every week until October 27th! The market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. It is located on the corner of 1st Street and Delaware in Mason City. Click HERE for an updated list of vendors who will be selling their goods at the market.

Come meet the newest member of the North Iowa Farmers Market team this Friday! The North Iowa Farmers Market is excited by the recent hire of Sarah Tweeten as the new Market Manager. An Iowa native, Sarah graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Agricultural Communications. She volunteered with AgriCorps in Ghana after graduation, working in agricultural development. She now works for the Worth County Extension and Outreach office. Sarah will be a key role for the North Iowa Farmers Market as its Market Manager. She serves as the market representative while it is open, acts as a liason between vendors and the board, and will be managing NIFM’s marketing and social media. Welcome Sarah Tweeten to NIFM!

Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you this Friday at the North Iowa Farmers Market in Mason City! It is the perfect way to support local farmers and put fresh, healthy food on your table for the whole family to enjoy!  


Image Credit: North Iowa Farmers Market

Help Support Our Community with the Empty Bowl Project!

by Jane Fischer and Associates


The Empty Bowl Project is back for another year! Help support those in need in our community and celebrate our local artistic talent by purchasing an Empty Bowl now through Friday, May 19th! As an added bonus, you will get some beautiful, handmade wares for your Mason City home!

There are 100 Empty Bowls for sale at Mason City’s new CENT Credit Union (25 West Street and 3124 4th Street SW). All proceeds from the bowls benefit those most in need in our community. The Empty Bowl project supports Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank (122 South Adams Avenue, Mason City), a great local organization that provides emergency food for families referred to the organization. Help make a difference in someone’s life and buy one of these beautiful bowls!

The Empty Bowls were designed by Pamela Bergo Coffey, Peggy Cornick, Rebecca Hill, Linda Hunt, Margie Kline, Bill Mateer, Tina Wilhm, Katie Jo Wold, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Newman Catholic High School art students. Bowls created by professional artists are available for a $50 or more donation. Bowls by individuals and students are available for a $20 or more donation. Each bowl purchase also includes a ticket to the Empty Bowl Luncheon which will be held Friday, May 19th.

The Empty Bowl project raised over $3,000 last year. Let’s beat that number to help Hawkeye Harvest Food Bowl to reach even more in our community this year!


Image Credit: Hawkeye Harvest Food Pantry

Firehouse Breakfast Fundraiser this Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The Mason City Fire Department is hosting a special breakfast this weekend for the community to enjoy. Head over to the Fire Department Headquarters (350 5th Street Southwest) on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast.


The breakfast is a benefit for the Mason City Fire Department’s Fire Explorer program. The MCFD Explorer Post 2300 is an hands on career exploration program for youth ages 14 to 20 who are interested in fire and emergency medical services. This year long program provides them with weekly training in a variety of skills, including CPR and first aid and extensive firefighting. It is a fantastic program for the youth in our community. The nation-wide program sponsors camps, competitions, and conferences throughout the year that members of our local explorer post attend.

The firehouse breakfast has been conceived off and will be served by the MCFD Fire Explorers to help them pay for competitions they plan to attend this April and August in Minnesota. Tickets for the breakfast are $10.00.

Come support these amazing Mason City youth and have a delicious firehouse breakfast this Saturday!

Easter Events in Mason City and Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It is almost time for Easter! Mason City and Clear Lake have several great Easter events planned for the whole family. Get in the holiday spirit by spending time with your loved ones at these fantastic community events! 

2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 11:30 am

Location: North Iowa Area Community College Activity Center (500 College Drive, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Come meet the Easter Bunny the Sunday before Easter. Bring your own basket to fill it with the eggs you find during the hunt. There will be designated egg hunts based on age groups, including 4 and under, 5-6 year olds, and 7-10 year olds. Enjoy a day of fun Easter activities for the whole family.

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: City Park (Main Avenue, Clear Lake)

Cost: FREE!

The Clear Lake Jaycees are hosting their annual egg hunt. During the hunt, look for the Golden Egg for a special prize. The Easter Bunny will be there to join in on all the fun!

Easter Bunny Pictures

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Willowbrook Mall (1631 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Have your photo taken with the “Crayola Bunny”! Be sure to bring your own camera!

Easter Tea

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: North Park (200 East Dove Road, Southlake)

Cost: $15 per person

Enjoy a special Easter Tea in the parlor at The Decker House. Dine on three courses of scones, sandwiches, and treats as you sip on tea served in antique cups. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (641) 423-4700​​.

The Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

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