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CL, MC School Districts interested in new school



Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:05

    The Clear Lake School Board joined its Mason City counterparts Monday and authorized Superintendent Anita Micich to send in an application of intent to establish an Iowa Innovation Zone School.
    Kelli Mason, Technology Integration coach for the district, presented information about New Tech Network, a type of academy school which uses “project-based learning” for high school students.   Mason recently visited four New Tech schools located in Indiana and Illinois in mid-September.  Clear Lake and Mason City are thought to be the first districts in the state considering establishing a New Tech Network School. 
    Currently, New Tech Network supports 62 public high schools in 14 states.


Local phone company joins peers in criticism of FCC plan



Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:02

Rural customers could see rates up, service down


    The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to meet Oct. 27 to act on the new rules, which will significantly impact rural Iowans.  Local telephone and Internet providers fear the new rules will hurt their ability to serve rural areas by redirecting their funding, which could lead to sharp price increases, degraded service and a larger digital divide.
     The biggest issue for rural telecommunications companies


Three Stars remembered at park



Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:38

   The families of Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were in Clear Lake last week to attend the dedication of a new park just west of the Surf Ballroom which honors the memory of their loves ones, along with rock and roll icon Buddy Holly.
    The centerpiece of “Three Stars Plaza” is a large record spindle with three stacked records; the bottom record displays the names of Valens, Richardson and Holly, who died in a tragic plane crash just north of


Departments team up to stop field fire



Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:36

150 acres destroyed


    A large field fire charred more than 150 acres of farmland Monday afternoon, Oct. 10.
    The Clear Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a large field fire at the intersection of 310th Street and Cardinal Avenue.  The fire began racing through a big field of CRP at 12:19 p.m., endangering cattle and a residence.   A quick attack by local fire departments in the area contained the blaze and no property, other than the value of the


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