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05/24/2017 - 3:45pm
A round of renovations to improve the quality of the Rockwell Aquatic Center wrapped up at the beginning of May. The nearly $28,000 project, funded through the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), included having the pool professionally painted and the slides resurfaced. This was the first time the pool has been professionally painted. In the past, members of the staff did it. This time around, ACCO...
05/24/2017 - 3:42pm
What started as a regular Rockwell City Council meeting turned into a heated exchange about the treatment of city employees on May 17. After presenting routine department reports and updates, Public Works Director/City Superintendent Jay Siefken addressed the council with complaints about the behavior of Mayor James Bills. “I don’t...
05/24/2017 - 3:39pm
Thirty-two rail cars derailed from a southbound Union Pacific train in rural Rockwell on May 18. The cars tumbled from the tracks at around 1:30 p.m., three quarters of a mile west of Highway 65, just south of Mason City. The train was stopped to evaluate the situation, blocking the crossings at 180th and 190th Street. Rockwell Fire and Rescue and...
05/24/2017 - 3:33pm
The West Fork High School Class of 2017 earned their diplomas and celebrated starting a new chapter in life during the school’s commencement ceremony last weekend. A total of 51 students walked in the May 21 graduation ceremony, and were awarded their diplomas by Superintendent Darrin Strike and Board of Education President Jim Tuttle. High...
05/17/2017 - 2:28pm
An email phishing scam designed to hack Gmail accounts surfaced across the country last week, even affecting parts of rural Cerro Gordo County. The scam sent out emails to a reported 1 million Gmail users, according to CNNTech. The messages arrived in Gmail users’ inboxes, posing as an email from a known contact, and asked recipients to open...
05/17/2017 - 2:26pm
As police investigate, one suspect detained, others suspended   In an effort to quell rumors regarding a recent shooting threat against the West Fork School District, a community meeting was hosted at the high school on May 11. According to Sheffield Police Chief Sam Cain, on Friday, May 5, a concerned citizen notified local law enforcement...
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