Travis Fischer

05/03/2016 - 3:14pm
     As the Prestage Foods pork processing facility nears approval, concerns continue to grow about how the area will be impacted by the project.      Even more than the issues raised by a sudden influx of new people, area residents are worried the facility will encourage pork producers to build additional hog confinements.      Once opened,...
05/03/2016 - 1:51pm
Let's (not) get physical      It’s interesting how much physical media is ingrained in our culture. As a kid, I don’t think I was ever more excited than when I received a VHS copy of a movie I wanted. The ability to watch a movie on a whim, unbound from the schedule of broadcast television, was among the...
04/26/2016 - 4:35pm
     It was another marathon public forum in Mason City last Thursday as the city council heard both positive and negative comments about entering into a development with Prestage Farms to build a pork processing facility.      The development agreement would require Prestage Foods to create 922 full-time jobs...
04/26/2016 - 3:13pm
Potty pettiness        Having utterly and completely lost the cultural battle against gay people, social conservatives have moved on to the next battle line in their never ending mission to be on the wrong side of history.      Their new target for bullying: Transgendered people.    ...
04/19/2016 - 4:15pm
White as a ghost      This week Paramount released the first image of Scarlet Johansson as “The Major” in their upcoming adaptation of “Ghost In The Shell,” and people were shocked to discover that Johansson was, in fact, white.      Outrage ensued.      Let’...
04/12/2016 - 3:54pm
     Area residents packed City Hall in Mason City April 5 to offer support and opposition prior to the council’s vote on a development agreement with Prestage Foods to build a new pork processing plant south of town.      The has project has become the talk of the area since its announcement last month....
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