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Top Public School District Found in North Iowa!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The 2018 Best School Districts in Iowa have been announced! Congratulations to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools for being ranked the 15th best out of the Top 25 districts throughout the state!

 

Who put GHV Community Schools at the top of the class? Educational review and ranking website Niche is responsible for the rankings. They gathered data from the US Department of Education and reviews from statewide students and teachers. Important factors such as academics, athletics, facilities, extracurriculars, teachers, and more were analyzed to find the best of the best. When the results came in, GHV received top grades!

 

#15 Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community Schools  | 605 West Lyons Street, Garner



SEARCH ALL HOMES FOR SALE IN THE GARNER-HAYFIELD-VENTURA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

If you are interested in Buying a home within this top school district, give Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.

Iowa Independent Film Festival in Mason City!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Enjoy the finest independent films from around the world at the IOWA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL!! Head to downtown Mason City on Friday, August 18th, and Saturday, August 19th, for 29 films! The 10th annual IIFF features feature films, short films, and documentaries, and discussions with some of the filmmakers! Films will be screened at The Main Event (112 2nd Street Southeast) and a student film showcase will be head in the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library (225 2nd Street Southeast). Tickets cost $30 per person and include access to ALL movies on both days as well as coffee, lunch, dinner, and popcorn on Saturday! Purchase tickets at the door or in advance HERE! Don’t miss out on any of the cinematic fun!

 



FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th | THE MAIN EVENT

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • The Gurgle (6 minutes)

  • King in the Mountain (55 minutes)

  • Controlled Burn (3 minutes)

  • Elly* (10 minutes)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Ten More (12 minutes)

  • Untruth* (11 minutes)

  • Camp Algona* (57 minutes)

8:00 pm - 10:15 pm

  • Bakemono (49 minutes)

  • Repartiation (72 minutes)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

9:15 am - 11:00 am

  • Everything’s Gonna Be OK (15 minutes)

  • Beyond the X (17 minutes)

  • The Way Out (26 minutes)

  • Running Condition (16 minutes)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • The Canjoe Man* (20 minutes)

  • Release* (84 minutes)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Fish (4 minutes)

  • A Night at the Movies* (16 minutes)

  • Bridging Color (24 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Rise of the Sea Urchins*

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th | THE MAIN EVENT

10:00 am - 11:45 am

  • North & Nowhere (12 minutes)

  • Falling South (39 minutes)

  • No Name Maddos (26 minutes)

11:45 am - 2:00 pm

  • Strongroom (23 minutes)

  • The Tree* (94 minutes)

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • After Hours Trading* (103 minutes)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • The Whole World (30 minutes)

  • The Barn Raisers* (56 minutes)

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

  • The Ragman - A Hobo’s Story Untold (16 minutes)

  • The Gatehouse* (96 minutes)

8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Gary Kroeger Awards Ceremony



Mason City is filled with incredible cultural events, such as the Iowa Independent Film Festival, all year round! If you want to call this incredible community home, give the Jane Fischer & Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.



Image Credit: Iowa Independent Film Festival  

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!  


 

Information from CinciNKYRealEstate.com

Clear Lake: Iowa's Charming Beach Town!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

There is no better place to beat the summer heat than the beach! Think that living in Iowa means that a beach is out of your reach? Guess again!! The beautiful North Iowa community of CLEAR LAKE was just featured by website Only In Your State as The Tiny Beach Town In Iowa You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit!



This carefree, laid back lake town is home to around 7,000 people. Despite its small size, it is filled with so much to do on and around the beautiful waters of Clear Lake!



  • Take a stroll down Main Street to find unique gift shops, antique stores, and more.

  • Head to City Park (Main Avenue) for a paddlewheel cruise, delicious sweet corn, and live music by the municipal band on the weekend.

  • Explore the great outdoors and go fishing at McIntosh Woods State Park (1200 East Lake Street, Ventura).

  • Lounge on the beach and splash around at Clear Lake State Park (2730 South Lakeview Drive).

  • Grab a delicious bite to eat with incredible views of the lake at one of the great local spots, such as The Anchor Inn (468 North Shore Drive) or The Landing Patio Bar & Grill (1603 South Shore Drive).

  • Dance the night away to live music at the historic Surf Ballroom (460 North Shore Drive).

  • Enjoy family fun community events that occur throughout the year, including Thursdays On Main and Lakeside DixieFest.



Don’t just visit Clear Lake! Make it your home! Whether you are looking for your permanent residence or a great second home for your family, there are so many options in Clear Lake. Check out the incredible Homes for Sale. Give Jane Fischer and Associates Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.janefischer.com/.  



Content and Image Credit: Only In Your State

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

Rockford Fun Days and Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It’s time for Rockford, Iowa’s biggest celebration of the year…..9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!!! Celebrate summer and everything you love about living in this charming town at this great annual festival on Saturday, July 15th! The day is filled with family fun activities. Dine on delicious food, compete in the disc golf and kickball tournament, catch the parade, play some games, see incredible live performances, and so much more! Be sure to participate or cheer on the runners in the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge and Kids Frogman Fun Run! This great event honors the memory of Navy Seal and local hero Jon T. Tumilson, who along with 29 other men and one service dog, gave his life for his country on August 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan. Do not miss the stunning fireworks show at the end of the evening! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the 9th Annual Rockford Fun Days!


Schedule of Events

8:00 am | Opening ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Go Crush It 5K Challenge | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Race Registration and Packet pick up on Friday, July 14th, 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Rockford Fossil Prairie Park

  • Register HERE!

8:30 am | Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run starts

9:30 am | Kickball Tournament | Town Hall Fields

  • Open to anyone ages 16 and older; 5 girls and 5 boys per team

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 to participate

10:00 am | Jon Tumilson Frogman Fun Run | Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park

  • Open to kids ages 12 and under

11:00 am | Parade | Downtown Rockford

  • Parade Line Up at 10:30 am in the RRMR School parking lot (1460 210th Street)

  • Contact Monica Murray at (641) 430-5253 for parade inquires

11:30 am | Awards Ceremony for the Jon Tumilson Memorial 5K Run | Central Park

11:30 am - 3:00 pm | Food, Games, Inflatables, and Vendors | Central Park

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Photo Booth | Central Park

  • $1.00 for one 4x6 photo

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Kids Disc Golf Clinic & Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

1:30 pm | Pedal Tractor Pull | Central Park

  • Open to kids ages 3 to 8

  • Register that day at the Wrist Band Stand

3:00 pm | Magic Show | Central Park

3:30 pm | Greased Pig Catch | Rockford Fire Station

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Adult Disc Golf Tournament | Central Park

  • Contact Jeremy Schlader at (319) 415-6055 to participate

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Dead Engine Drag | Main Avenue

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BBQ Rib Dinner | Rockford Fire Station

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Hypnotist Show | Rockford Fire Station

8:00 pm - 12:00 am | Sideshow Bob (80’s & 90’s Rock) | Rockford Fire Station

Dusk | FIREWORKS! | Central Park



Jane Fischer and Associates Team would like to take this time to remember the sacrifice that Navy Seal Jon Tumilson made for us and our country. And, we wish everyone in Rockford a very happy & fun day at this year’s Rockford Fun Days!

Mark Your Calendars for Clear Lake's Lakeside DixieFest!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Be a part of a great 25 year tradition in beautiful Clear Lake…..the Lakeside DixieFest!! Enjoy the very best regional and national Dixieland jazz performers the last weekend of July! This incredible, FREE music festival takes place downtown City Park (Main Avenue & Lakeview Drive). Bring the whole family down to the shores of Clear Lake for two days filled with live music, dancing, and good times!

 

Saturday, July 22nd Lineup

6:00 pm | Foxtrot Hotshots

7:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

8:00 pm | The Fat Babies

Sunday, July 23rd Lineup

12:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

1:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

2:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

3:00 pm | The Fat Babies

4:00 pm | Raiders of the Lost Art

5:00 pm | New Red Onion Jazz Babies

6:00 pm | Les Fields and the Turkey River All Stars

7:00 pm | The Fat Babies

 


Jane Fischer & Associates hopes everyone in Clear Lake has a great time during the Lakeside DixieFest!

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

Celebrate Freedom at Clear Lake's July 4th Celebration!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Head to Clear Lake this weekend for their premiere annual festival…...the July 4th Celebration! Celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday and all of the freedoms we have enjoyed since achieving independence at this fantastic community event. From Thursday, June 29th, through Tuesday, July 4th, fill your days with amusement rides, bingo, a midway, open-air vendor market, live music in the bandshell (North Lake View Drive), and so much more in beautiful Clear Lake! The week long celebration will culminate in an Independence Day parade down Main Avenue and North Iowa’s most spectacular firework display over the lake! Don’t miss out on any of the 4th of July fun this year!

 

 

Thursday, June 29th

5:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

7:00 pm | Live Music by Crossfire

 

Friday, June 30th

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair 10am-9pm

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Wristband Day for $17)

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by The Punching Pandas

 

Saturday, July 1st

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by Arch Allies

 

Sunday, July 2nd: Family Fun Day

11:00 am - 5:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Wristband Day for $17)

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

1:00 pm | Family Feud Game Show

3:00 pm | Family Fun Time Games

7:00 pm | Live Music by StraitRun Band

 

Monday, July 3rd

10:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

7:00 pm | Live Music by The Hepperly Band

 

Tuesday, July 4th

10:00 am | Parade (Click HERE for parade route)

11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Arts & Craft Fair

12:00 pm | Evans United Shows Carnival

12:00 pm | BINGO tent

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | ​Denny's School of Dance

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm | Clear Lake Municipal Band

10:00 pm | ​Fireworks over Clear Lake (Musical Tribute on 106.1FM, AM1490, & AM1300)

 

 

Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes everyone in North Iowa a very Happy & Safe 4th of July!  


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