Current News

  • Event/Gathering Guidance

    Event organizers and the public look to Cerro Gordo Public Health to provide guidance for a safe event. CG Public Health does not offer “approvals” for events; however, they offer guidelines for...

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  • Marching Foward with Band Fest Plans

    When the Band Festival Committee cancelled the 2020 festival due to COVID-19 concerns, they vowed the festival would be back bigger and better than ever in 2021. No one could’ve predicted the...

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  • COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a comprehensive new digital resource center to ensure the business community has the information, tools, and templates it needs to navigate this critical phase of the...

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  • Breaking Glass

    Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney is the featured speaker for this month’s Breaking Glass Leadership Series. Scheduled from 8-9:30AM on Thursday, February 25 at the Commerce Center, a virtual option...

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  • Iowa Restaurant Bar Relief Program

    Governor Reynolds has allocated $40 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial relief for eligible restaurants and bars that were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief...

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  • Picture Day 2021

    Start the year off right with Picture Day, set for 10AM-2:30PM on Thursday, January 7 on the third floor of the Commerce Center. Anthony Djuren Fotography will take professional headshots to...

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  • Breaking Glass – November 19

    November’s Breaking Glass, sponsored by Clear Lake Bank & Trust, will featuring Mason City native, Sarah Stanton Kurz. This session will be held from 8-9:30AM on Thursday, November 19 at the Commerce...

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  • Life in North Iowa is a Bargain

    Mason City continues to rank favorably among Midwest communities in the most recent Cost of Living Index Report. The Chamber of Commerce participates in research to assist the Council for Community and...

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  • Quarantine Guidance from IDPH

    The Iowa Department of Public Health recently released new quarantine guidelines for business, education, and child care settings in response to COVID-19. For non-healthcare, non-residential settings, quarantine is no longer recommended if a...

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  • Mask of Wellness – FREE Starter Kits

    Vision North Iowa partners believe that Public Health = Economic Health and have adopted the Mask of Wellness initiative. This positive movement supports and promotes ‘COVID-Conscious’ businesses so together we can...

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  • COVID-19 Business Guidance

    Preventing outbreaks is key to continue to protect your employees and their families from COVID-19. Below is the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine guidelines as of June 29, 2020. These guidelines should be...

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  • Mental Health Resources

    If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty...

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  • Interview with 2019 Band Festival Royalty

    Chris Frenz, who typically serves as the master of ceremonies for the Festival, interviewed the 2019 North Iowa Band Festival King Jacob VerHelst (Central Springs) and Queen Alana Noss (Rockford) to see what they...

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  • North Iowa Band Festival Spirit Week

    Despite the heartbreaking cancellation of the 2020 North Iowa Band Festival, the community can enjoy “spirit week” activities – from a distance. Daily activities will honor Mason City’s rich musical heritage and...

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  • CEO Conversations – March 26

    The second session of the CEO Conversations series is scheduled from 11:30AM- 1PM on Thursday, March 26 at the Commerce Center. This educational series is led by well-recognized CEOs and encourages thoughtful, valuable conversations among...

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  • Ag Breakfast Tickets Available

    The Ag Breakfast is set for 7AM on Thursday, March 19 at The Music Man Square.  This annual event brings together hundreds of attendees to connect farm and business for an...

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  • February Breaking Glass

    Local plant managers, Janelle Kruger (Kraft Heinz) and Jessica Reith (Cargill Protein), are leading the way in the predominately-male field of manufacturing. The third session of the Breaking Glass Leadership Series, sponsored...

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  • Ag Tax Seminar

    Agricultural Taxation Updates: Stay up to date with current laws and regulations in the agricultural world Kristine Tidgren is an adjunct assistant professor in the Agricultural Education & Studies Department and the director...

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