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Aug. 23, 2016

2016 First Day of School in North Iowa

Good news for those of you that have been looking forward to this time of the year... It's time for the kids to start the new school year! Summer flew by as it always does so we want to help ensure you know what day your child's first official day of school is.

First Day of School North Iowa Bus

The Mason City Community School District schools first day of school for 7th, 9th graders, alternative high schoolers, and any student new to the district in grades 10-12th is Tuesday, August 30th. Students in K-4th, 5th, 7th & 8th, and all high school students will start on Wednesday, August 31st. Headstart and 4 year old pre-school will start on Wednesday, September 7th.

Mason City Community School District

Clear Lake schools will start Wednesday, August, 24th for all high school students 9-12th grade. Students K-8th will start Thursday, August 25th.

Clear Lake School District

The Central Springs school district first day of school for all high school students 9-12 is TODAY Tuesday, August 23rd. Wednesday, August 24th will be the first day of classes for all students K-8.

Central Springs School District

West Fork School District's first day of school is also TODAY August 23rd for 9-12th grade with PK-8th starting Wednesday, August 24th. The first day of school for 4 year old preschool will be Friday, August 30th and 3 year old preschool Tuesday, August 30th.

West Fork School District


Be sure to mark your calendars!

Aug. 19, 2016

Back to School - Getting your kids back into a good routine

Is it already the end of the summer ALREADY?? The beginning of the school year is upon us so now is a great time to start planning ahead and getting your kids back on their school schedule routine. 

 Back to School North Iowa

One of the many challenging parts of getting back into the school year routine is the bedtime. A good plan to begin the transition is to have your child go to bed 10 minutes earlier each night a week or two before the first day of school. It will help them feel well rested when the first day of school finally arrives.

Kids Regular Sleep Routine

Back to school clothing shopping is a must after your child has been more than likely living in swimsuits and any mismatched clothes they can find because it's the summer after all! Hopefully, by going school shopping together your child can pick out some clothing options that will satisfy both of your clothing tastes. A good idea may be to have your child set out a few options for outfits for the first week of school, that way you don't risk running late worrying about clothing choices. It may be helpful to start having your child set out their clothing for the next day the night before.

Back to School Clothes Shopping

The food and meal time schedule will both be important factors in getting back into a healthy routine. Kids tend to graze and eat a little more freely over the summer months but it's a good idea to get them adjusted back to school breakfast and lunch routines if that's what they're used to eating at school or having their lunch packed for them daily. A few ideas include juice boxes, whole fruit, granola bars, and cereal. Hopefully, your child will get back into knowing breakfast and dinner times at the table daily.

what's for dinner

Many parents recommend having your child bathe in the evening versus in the morning since some kids tend to run behind as it is in the morning without having to worry about taking a shower and brushing their teeth. It will be helpful to decide ahead of time if they will be bathing in the evening or the morning time that way you're able to plan your mornings accordingly.

 Good luck on getting back into a routine!

Posted in Mason City, North Iowa
Aug. 16, 2016


Hey did you know the Old Farmers Almanac 2017 Weather Forecast is predicting it will be much colder than normal? 
The Almanac is said to be 80% accurate, see where the snow is predicted to pile up this season.

old farmers almanac 2017 weather prediction for iowa

Are you prepared for what's to come?

snow shoveling

Every region of the U.S. will be hit with a different type of terrible. The Northeast and Midwest can expect "colder than normal" temperatures and precipitation is supposed to be "above normal." If you're in the Pacific Northwest, you can expect a lot of rain and chilly weather.

north iowa weather

Now is a great time to look to get into your new home before winter

Aug. 13, 2016

Lots Of "Days" Today!

Oh, the "days" of summer--some of the best things about living in North Iowa, and we have a couple of them:

Hobo Days continue today in Britt, with the big Hobo Parade, famous Mulligan Stew, entertainment, and the opportunity to chat with and learn about those fascinating people of the road. They're really interesting, nonconformist personalities, and many are even quite well-to-do! The Armstrong-Larson House and Hobo Museum are open today, too. Here's a link to a video about hobos and their way of life:


Fertile Days are happening this weekend also, celebrating the 160th birthday of Fertile! The event is centered in William Rhodes Park, with a parade, Blue Star Memorial Dedication, petting zoo, inflatables, hayrides, fireworks tonight, and lots more! Fertile knows how to celebrate a birthday.

Fertile IA sign

The Clear Lake Farmers Market runs from 9:00-noon today, in the Surf Ballroom Parking Lot.  A couple of special features today include the Taste of Market, with sampling opportunities, and a scavenger hunt!

Clear Lake Farmers market

Charles City's Farmers Market is open from 9:00-noon today as well, in Central Park. Eat fresh and local!

Charles City sign

When the 'day' is over, you can take the kids, or just you, and hit Moonlight Movies at the East Park Bandshell in Mason City. Showtime is dusk, and it's a movie you may have heard of: "Frozen!"


Check often for all the news that is news!

Aug. 12, 2016

The Rain Has To Stop Sometime!

We're sticking with that, anyway! Here's what's planned for this weekend in North Iowa:

Britt Hobo Days are underway, with the carnival, entertainment, craft show, memorial service, and lots more. One-of-a-kind event, only in North Iowa.

Hobo Museum

The North Iowa Farmers Market is open for their usual 3:00-6:00 hours today, but there's another activity going on as well: you can cast your vote for your favorite tomato!

Tomato Tasting

The Farmers Market in Hampton starts at 5:00 today in Bandshell Park, as well.

KCMR Radio's Summer Street Dance, "Malt Shop Memories" happens tonight from 7:00-9:00 in front of their downtown studios at 316 N. Federal in Mason City. Feel free to bring a classic car if you have one, but you may want a lawn chair, too; enjoy an ice cream sundae from Birdsall's, and polish up those saddle shoes!

KCMR Street Dance 

In Charles City, it's another Party In The Park from 5:00-9:00, with food, family activities and fun, including music  by Endless Summer.

Endless Summer

Check often to find the fun in our neck of the woods!



Aug. 11, 2016

It's Raining On Our Parade!

Well, our festival, anyway--Thursdays On Main in Clear Lake is cancelled for tonight, due to the inclement weather.



There's still fun to be had inside, though--country artist Randy Houser is playing the Surf Ballroom tonight, with opening act Courtney Cole. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, which opens at 7:00.

Randy Houser

Check often for all the info!

Aug. 9, 2016

What's In This, Anyway?

Just about every health advocate and healthcare provider tells us to read the labels on our food carefully--but if you've tried, you know that's easier said than done! This should help: "Making Sense of Food Labels" is being presented today at 1:00 at the Clear Lake Public Library. Presenter is Kathy Mellen, University of Iowa nutrition and health expert. Admission is free, and one attendee will win the door prize, a $25 gift card from BeWellness in Clear Lake. 

Woman Looking At Food Label

Of course, you could just buy fresh, locally-grown food that doesn't need labels! There are three Farmers Markets in the area today: Forest City from 3:00-6:00 pm in the Shopko parking lot; Mason City from 3:00-6:00 pm in the Mills Fleet Farm parking lot; and in Hampton, starting at 5:00 in Bandshell Park. No can opener required!

Farmers Market

Check often to stay up on what's going down!

Aug. 6, 2016

An Evening At The Theatre

Have you caught a performance of this play at the Mason City Community Theatre yet? You still have a couple of chances! Tickets available at the Box Office beginning at 6pm tonight, with performance at 7:00 pm. The show closes after tomorrow's matinee.

The Laramie Project


Aug. 6, 2016

What A Beautiful North Iowa Saturday!

The weather seems willing to let us have some fun outside for a day or two, so let's not waste any time, shall we?

  • Dows Corn Days are this weekend in the downtown park and gazebo, with a fun run and parade starting the day. Then, a $5 button gets you in on the free entertainment, petting zoo, and inflatables for the kids. Sweet corn, watermelon, and ice cream served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm!

Dows Corn Days

  • The circus is in town! The Culpepper and Merriwether Circus, that is, in Riceville, in the lot behind the senior center, at 915 Woodland Ave. in Riceville. Shows are at noon and 2:00 today.


Culpepper and Merriwether Circus

  • In the mood for a Moonlight Movie tonight? Done! "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" is playing tonight at the East Park Band Shell in Mason City; bring lawn chairs and some popcorn, and enjoy this funny, family-friendly movie, which starts at dusk.

Moonlight Movies

  • In Clear Lake, the Clear Lake Auto Social Society Summer Cruise continues today, with the Show 'n Shine from noon until 3:30 at City Park. We're pretty sure that, if you ask, the owners will be happy to tell you ALL ABOUT their prized possessions!

CLASS logo

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Aug. 5, 2016

There's No Business Like Show Business!

A Broadway show in Mason City?? Yes, sort of! "Gilded and Golden" will presented Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 pm at Music Man Square. It's a VERY special event, a fundraiser featuring high school students singing the songs of Broadway shows. Call 641-424-2852 for tickets or stop in at The Square Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5 PM.

Gilded and Golden