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Past articles by Tom:

Covering Mason City's last major protest

MASON CITY -- I had no fear plunging into a crowd of Vietnam War protesters in Mason City. → Read More

In Business: Visit Mason City is ready for the downtown boom

MASON CITY | Lindsey James cannot wait for groundbreaking on the new hotel and convention center in downtown Mason City. → Read More

In Business: Steady staff, leadership lift Clear Lake's Surf Ballroom to new heights

CLEAR LAKE | When Laurie Lietz started as executive director of the Surf Ballroom and Museum 11 years ago, her office — like her position — was a virtual blank → Read More

Real Estate Extra: Clear Lake work-in-progress gives owners unlimited possibilities

CLEAR LAKE | A work in progress. A blank slate. Countless possibilities. → Read More

Real Estate Extra: Secluded Mason City home offers views, room, ammenities

MASON CITY | When Micki and Steve Smith saw their house in rural northern Mason City for the first time, it was pretty much love at first sight. → Read More

Real Estate Extra: Move-in ready Mason City home offers quality touches, care (with photos)

MASON CITY | Walk up the two steps and into this large two-floor ranch-style house at 2890 Rainbow Court in western Mason City, and several things are immediately striking. → Read More

Dream Homes: Custom work, details add to comfort of Mason City home

MASON CITY | After living in an acreage on North Carolina Avenue for 20 years, John Groninga found it was getting to be too much work. → Read More

Dream Home: View from the shore brings couple to Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE | When Mike and Lana Faust were contemplating moving from their acreage in northeast Mason City, Mike wasn’t sure he wanted to make Clear Lake home. → Read More

In Business: Couple behind Don's Body Shop sets retirement date

CLEAR LAKE | Somehow, a couple of Minnesota kids found their way to Clear Lake after meeting at a roller rink. Forty-five years later, Don and Flo Hauge are about → Read More

Editorial: All-star event hit a grand slam

It was a weekend of “bests” as the best Iowa senior high school baseball players took the field for the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series at one → Read More

Richardson: A food identity dilemma

Why do we eat what we eat? → Read More

McManus: If Hillary wins, can she claim a 'mandate'?

Last week could have been a bad one for Hillary Clinton: a disappointing economic growth report, a misleading answer to a question about her emails — she claimed the FBI → Read More

Capitol Digest: Iowa lottery prizes expiring soon

A roundup of Capitol and state government news items of interest for Monday, Aug, 8, 2016: → Read More

Editorial: Sink your teeth into this debate over flossing

For decades, dentists have drummed the same advice into Americans: Brush regularly and floss nightly because doing so helps prevent cavities and gum disease. → Read More

Reagan: Shut up for a month, Donald

Forget the idea of a Republican intervention. → Read More

Mason City man faces numerous traffic-related charges

MASON CITY – A Mason City man faces numerous traffic-related charges after an incident early Sunday. → Read More

McFeatters: Trump's actions cast him as America's dictator

Imagine a political thriller in which the Republican candidate for president of the United States is in cahoots with a Russian dictator. Sound preposterous? → Read More

Winnebago County Summer Stargazing program is Aug. 21

FOREST CITY — The Winnebago County Conservation Board’s Summer Stargazing program at the Pilot Knob State Park tower will be 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. It will last about an → Read More

Winnebago photo contest winners named

FOREST CITY — Winners have been announced in the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation’s Discover Winnebago County Photo Contest. → Read More

Jensen: Make adjustments for late-summer fishing

I can’t believe I’m thinking this already, but autumn is fast approaching. The month of August signals the end of summer and the beginning of school and football season. → Read More