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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!

Spend Time Outdoors This Spring At These Great Local Spots!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Today marks the first official day of Spring! After a long winter, we are all looking forward to warmer weather, blooming flowers, and days in the great outdoors. With spring finally here, it is the perfect time to start planning our adventures out in the sun. There are many fantastic recreational spots throughout the Mason City area for you and your family to enjoy this spring and beyond. Here are our favorite local spots that we recommend checking out this season!


Lime Creek Nature Center | 3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City

This facility is the perfect spot in the area to explore the great outdoors. The center offers educational exhibits and programming about North Iowa’s natural resources and wildlife. Outside, the Conservation Area includes a variety of natural habitats, including forest, prairie, and wetland. There are over 8 miles of trails that wind through these areas and allow for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.



East Park | East State Street, Mason City

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fantastic community park. Covering 57.6 acres, there are endless facilities for your family to use. If you like to remain active outdoors, check out the basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, as well as the 9 hole disc golf course. For a more relaxing afternoon, wander through the natural spaces of the park or fish along Willow Creek or the Winnebago River. Your children will love playing on the city’s largest playground and in the wooden maze.


River City Sculptures on Parade | Downtown Mason City

One of the most notable features of our community’s downtown is the amazing display of public art located throughout. There are unique sculptures created by artists from around the United States. Take a self guided tour and marvel at these beautiful works of art. It is also a great way to explore downtown and all its amazing architecture, cultural facilities, and dining and retail options.


Central Gardens of North Iowa | 800 2nd Avenue North, Clear Lake

This tranquil and relaxing spot might truly be the most beautiful natural setting in our area. Located on 2.75 acres, it is currently home to 11 unique gardens. These gardens include wildflower, wetland, Victorian Shrub Rose, butterfly, children’s, container, and so much more. There are also ponds and terraces located throughout the gardens. It is a peaceful place when you want to get away from it all.


How to Care for Your North Iowa Home After this Week's Snowstorm!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Although spring is almost here, March weather can still mean plenty of snow in North Iowa….as we just saw this week. Snow and wintery elements can cause damage to your home. Be sure to properly take care of your home after this latest snowfall and prepare it for any potential storms in the near future. Follow these tips for winter home care to keep your North Iowa home in its best shape and ready for the warm spring weather ahead!

Concrete takes a beating in the winter. Ice and snow can cause cracks. Be sure to clear off your Driveway and Walkways as soon as possible after a snowfall. Take care of those slippery spots with eco-friendly gravel or salt. Once your driveway and walkways are clear, check for any damage that you might need to take care of this spring.  

The weight of snow can cause Dead Branches to fall from trees. If any of these branches are large and hang over an area of your home, they can cause serious damage when they break off. Go around your home to look for any potential issues and cut away the dead branches that you find.

Your Roof can crack under large accumulations of snow. Cracks in the roof can lead to more serious water damage in your home. Inspect your roof for areas with heavy snow accumulation. Safely remove some of the snow. Be sure to check inside your home for any signs that damage has already occurred and hire a professional to fix the problem if necessary.  

Ice and snow up against your home can cause moisture to enter the Foundation. Make sure you shovel all the way around the base of your home. Go inside and check for cracks in the foundation where moisture might have entered.

 

Cold temperatures can cause Pipes to burst. A burst pipe leads to expensive water damage if your home floods. Until spring, make sure that you keep the temperature at at least 55 degrees throughout your home. Check your pipes to see if any feel cold to the touch and add insulation to keep them warm.

Mason City High School One of Top Schools in Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Mason City High School (1700 4th Street Southeast) has made it to the top 12% of its class for 2017! Educational review and ranking website Niche recently ranked 330 public high schools throughout Iowa to determine which were the best of the best. Based on data from the US Department of Education and user reviews, Mason City High School was found to be the 40th best high school in the state!


The data analyzed looked at factors such as state test scores, graduation rates, teacher quality, college readiness, SAT/ACT scores, high school ratings, and more. Mason City truly proved that it is dedicated to setting its students up for success. The school has a graduation rate of 97%. It was ranked the 19th best school in Iowa for college readiness. 15% of its students enroll in AP courses. Beyond the classroom, Mason City High School provides excellent extracurricular opportunities for its students. It is the 21st best high school for athletes in the state.


Check out the full report card for Mason City High School!


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Great local schools is one of the many reasons why Mason City is the perfect community for families to call home. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in Mason City, give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.    

Top Tips for Buying or Selling Your North Iowa Home this Spring!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Spring will be arriving soon throughout North Iowa. Along with warmer weather and greener leaves, spring makes the start of the busy housing market. If you have been waiting until spring to list or find your dream home, you can begin the process now! Follow these helpful tips for sellers and buyers to help you succeed in the Mason City area housing market this spring!



Selling this Spring!

The first step sellers should take is knowing Your Home's Value. This allows you to list your home at a correct price that fits with the current market trends. In addition, you need to make your home stand out from the other competition. This can be done by improving curb appeal, staging, and finishing those home improvement projects. Also, consider making some updates that will provide you with a great return on investment. Experienced Realtors in the Mason City area can help you throughout all of these steps and the rest of the selling process.  



Buying This Spring!

As a buyer, you need to have a good understanding of the Mason City housing market by knowing what options are out there as well as current prices. Working with a Knowledgeable Real Estate Team can help you with this from the very start. Before you actually start looking for homes, have your Home Financing in order. This allows you to know exactly what your budget is. Once you find your dream home, realize that there might be competition from other buyers in the busy spring market. There are ways to make you stand out from the crowd when there are multiple offers on the table. First, try to remain flexible with some of your conditions such as closing date. Next, write a personal letter to the seller expressing why you fell in love with the home and how it fits you and your family’s needs. This can really help you ensure that the house becomes yours.



Ready to buy or sell your Mason City home this spring? Give Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show This Weekend!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Looking for great ways to update and renovate your Mason City home? Come to the 26th Annual North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show this weekend at the North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)! On Friday, February 24th, through Sunday, February 26th, you can find everything that you need inside and outside your home!

 


Turn your North Iowa abode into your dream home by discovering millions of ideas and meeting with 120+ exhibitors for the following areas and more:


Bath Repair | Carpet | Decorating | Doors | Energy Saving Products | Equipment | Fireplaces | Flooring | Garage Doors | Gardens | Grills | Heating & Cooling | Homebuilders | Hot Tubs | Insulation | Kitchens | Landscaping | Lawns | Mowers | Paving | Remodelers | Saunas | Security | Siding | Sunrooms | Water Treatment | Windows



There are also amazing home and garden seminars scheduled all weekend long! Here is the full schedule:


Friday, February 24th

4:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

6:00 pm - Backyard Birds and How to Attract Them (Ellen Montgomery)

7:00 pm - Transform your Garden & Bring your Living Space Outdoors (Steve Katkowsky)

Saturday, February 25th

11:30 am - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

1:00 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Bathroom (Steve Katkowsky)

2:00 pm - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

3:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

5:00 pm - Backyard Birds and How to Attract Them (Ellen Montgomery)

6:00 pm - Transform your Garden & Bring your Living Space Outdoors (Steve Katkowsky)

Sunday, February 26th

12:00 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Kitchen (Steve Katkowsky)

1:30 pm - Want a New Home and No Energy Costs for under $175,000? (Gregg Bacon)

2:30 pm - Increase the Storage Space and Update your Bathroom (Steve Katkowsky)



North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show Details

Dates: Friday, February 24th - Sunday, February 26th

Times: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: North Iowa Events Center (3700 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)

Cost: $5 regular admission, FREE for kids 12 and under!

*Click HERE for special discount coupon!  


If you are interested in Buying or Selling your North Iowa home, give Jane Fischer & Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Iowa: A Great State for Well-Being!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Homebuyers looking to relocate want to find a place that promotes happiness, health, and overall wellbeing. The state of Iowa is the perfect place for just that! In fact, Iowa has been named the 19th best state for well-being in America, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!


Gallup polled 177,192 adults over the telephone in order to determine the overall well-being of Americans nationally as well as statewide. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale for the overall score as well as 5 element scores. 5 key elements of well-being were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).


Iowa was ranked 19th overall for residents’ well-being. It ranked high for financial and community well-being.


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Mason City and the North Iowa region are the perfect spot for homebuyers looking for a sense of well being. With annual community events, endless park and recreational facilities, and strong economic development, every day brings happiness to residents in this beautiful area.



If you are interested in moving to the Mason City area, give Jane Fischer and Associates a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

Which North Iowa Town Will Make the RAGBRAI Route Cut?

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowa RAGBRAI Route 2017

The big announcement for the RAGBRAI 2017 host towns along the route will be held on Saturday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, many cities representatives from across the state will be in attendance to find out if their town was chosen for 2017. The Register's Great Annual Cycle Ride Across Iowa will be July 23-29th with eight cities being chosen as overnight stay hosts.

Officials from both Clear Lake and Charles City plan to be in attendance for the announcement this weekend, Charles City Administrator Steve Diers was staying hopeful that Charles City will end up as a choice for this years ride. Although Clear Lake hosted an overnight stop in Ragbrai 2010, Mayor Nelson Crabb applied to be considered for a stop along the route this year; Crabb along with Clear Lake's City Administrator and Mayor Pro-Tem will be attending Saturday's event. In 2014 Clear Lake was one of the towns that was passed through but they hope to host again this year. Mason City recently hosted an overnight of Ragbrai so although they applied to be on the route it wasn't likely they would be chosen according to Mason City Manager, Brent Trout. The committee tries to spread the hosting towns around the state but Trout stated Mason City really enjoyed hosting and would like to do it again in the upcoming years.

Barb Smith, the Forest City Administrator, said hosting Ragbrai is a good community thing that brings people to town. Smith wasn't sure if Forest City had applied to host in 2017 or not but hopes to be a part of the ride at some point in the future. Algona also applied to host although they hosted overnight in 2010, the City Administrator Curt Wiseman said they won't know until after the announcement is made whethere Algona will host again or not they're just waiting anxiously.

 

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