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    What is One Vision?

    By Admin | April 19, 2023

    In 1971, Handicap Village opened their doors in Clear Lake.  Back then, people with disabilities had two options: to be kept at home or put into a state institution.  While many parents chose to raise their children on their own, there seemed to be little help or guidance available to families.  And then when the... Read More

    Four Oaks Through the Years

    By Admin | April 5, 2023

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    Successful Christmas at Four Oaks 2022

    By Admin | January 4, 2023

    Thanks to your generosity, Christmas at Four Oaks was special for the kids who had no where else to go. Listen to Kaci Vandeventer talk about what it's like for those kids. Read More

    New Year’s Resolutions

    By Admin | December 27, 2022

    The New Year’s Resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to make a significant change in theirlife. Going forward, the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity for one to settle a wrong or makea conscious decision to improve themselves.Some choose to change their health habits in order to lose weight.... Read More

    Making Christmas Dreams Come True

    By Admin | November 23, 2022

    Making Christmas Dreams Come True People often use the phrase “like a kid at Christmas” when describing their excitement level.  It makes perfect sense, really.  When I hear it, my mind instantly thinks of happy, smiling children amongst a pile of torn wrapping paper.  Of families gathered in a living room with a beautifully decorated... Read More

    Mason City Chamber Earns Prestigious Award

    By Admin | August 19, 2022

    Chamber of Commerce organizations work in a variety of ways to support local businesses, helping them grow and thrive in every economic atmosphere.  Some work is done behind the scenes, unbeknownst to the public, and some is out in the spotlight, front and center for all the community to see.  For over a hundred years,... Read More

    End of Summer Fun in North Iowa

    By Admin | August 1, 2022

    We’ve officially entered the dog days of summer.  As a kid, I used to wonder what that term meant.  I always thought it had something to do with youngsters being lazy because they’d become bored.  You know that spell in between playing ball and school starting where we just… survived. Turns out, it’s called the... Read More

    North Iowa Staycation

    By Admin | June 30, 2022

    With inflation on the rise across America, many families are feeling the crunch in their bank accounts. Between gas and groceries, the squeeze is tightening on disposable incomes, making our vacation budgets dwindle into oblivion. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to skip the scheduled summer-time fun! By: RACHEL WUMKES Read More

    Mason City & The Music Man

    By Admin | June 8, 2022

    There’s nothing quite like the sound of a marching band. The toot of the trumpet. The deep timbre of the trombones. The cadence of the drumline as they pass by in their perfectly straight lines. The rich history of marching bands runs deep in Mason City. In fact, over Memorial Day weekend, there was an entire weekend celebration dedicated to these bands. Read More

    De-Cluttering in North Iowa

    By Admin | May 3, 2022

    By: Rachel Wumkes For years, Americans have been accumulating stuff, thinking the more options we have available at our fingertips, the more satisfied our lives will be.  Studies have shown people tend to tie their piles and piles of stuff to their self-worth.  Rather than viewing our many objects as “mine” we tend to view... Read More