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All About North Iowa 


  • At 2.4 billion bushels, Iowa produces the most corn of any state, and even more corn than some countries, like Mexico.

  • Wright County has the highest percentage of grade-A topsoil in the nation.

  • The town of Fort Atkinson was the only fort ever built by the U.S. government to protect one Indian tribe from another.

  • Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the country.

  • Contrary to popular belief, Iowa’s population is actually more urban than rural, at 61.1 percent urban vs. 38.9 percent rural.

  • It's home to the house in Grant Wood's American Gothic.

  • You can thank Iowa for your sliced bread! 

  • More then 25% of the state's electricity comes from Wind Energy. 

  • Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" all died when their plane crashed into a field near Clear Lake in 1959 after performing at The Surf Ballroom. The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is now a famous music hall for many famous musicians. 

Clear Lake is a city that sits in Cerro Gordo County. Not far from Mason City the 2010 census reported a population of 7,777 people. The city is named for the large lake that is located in this city. It is home to a large number of marinas, parks, and touristic-related businesses. Home to the Surf Ballroom this town is very historic. In the winter of 1959 Buddy HollyRitchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, who had been performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, took off in a plane which crashed after taking off killing all aboard. The Surf Ballroom has since then become a historic site, in which many famous performers have come to play at the Surf Ballroom. 

Charles City, the county seat for Floyd County, was reported to have a population of 7,652 according to the 2010 census. A random fact about Charles City is that it is known for the role it played in the American role of the tractor. It was here that the term "tractor" was founded. You can visit the Floyd County Historical Museum for more information as they preserve history and memories about this. Go to Charles City for a walk by the dam, a bite to eat, or to visit the downtown local shops! Charles City is home to Iowa's very first whitewater park. 

West Fork school district was founded in 2008 and is home to Rockwell/Swaledale and Sheffield/Chapin/Meservey/Thornton, towns. These small towns all make up the West Fork school district now.  Both of these towns are on the outskirts of Mason City. Between Rockwell and Sheffield, according to the 2010 census, the population was 2,211. Rockwell has a couple parks, a swimming pool, a camping area, and a golf course.Rockwell pool is often entertainment for students during the summer time

Nora Springs school houses half of the elementary students and all of the middle school students for Central Springs school district. Manly, Hanlontown, Plymouth and Nora Springs and Rockfalls residents belong to the Central Springs school district. Nora Springs has a couple of cute cafe's to eat at a gas station, a park, and a new aquatic center. Spend a day at the Nora Springs golf course with some buddies! According to the 2010 census, the population for Nora Springs was reportedly 1,431. This town is situatied partially in Cerro Gordo County and Floyd County.  

All Around North Iowa

Osage is the county seat of Mitchell County. The 2000 census listed a population for Osage of 3,451.The City of Osage owns and maintains nine park sites! One of the major attractions to the area is the CRC (The Cedar River Complex). It is a community recreation destination that includes an events center, wellness center, museum and auditorium. The Watts Theatre also offers great entertainment for the town featuring many popular movies for citizens to see for a low cost! Osage also hosts many events year round. You will enjoy walking down main street and browsing through all of the neat shops! Check out this beautiful town and all that it has to offer. 

Mason City is the county seat of Cerro Gordo County. The 2000 census listed a population for Mason City of 29,172. This popular city once known as River City grew up centered around the Winnebago River. Mason City is largely known for its musical legacy, being that the boyhood home for Meredith Wilson is located in this town. Wilson is popular for the famous musical "The Music Man".  Celebrating the towns musical heritage every year Mason City puts on it's annual celebration, "North Iowa Band Festival"; featuring a large parade, along with many events throughout town that weekend. This city also has a municipal airport offering flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and St. Louis airports at a cheap rate. Mason City has plenty of shopping and places to eat for you to enjoy. Stop by this City and see all that it has to offer. 

RRMR is the school district for Rudd, Rockford, and Marble Rock towns. The school is located in Rockford which supports all elementary, middle school and high school students. Each of these individual towns sit on the outskirts of either Mason City or Charles City.. All of these towns are situated within Floyd County. Between all three towns the 2010 census reported a population of 1,536 people. Visit the Fossil and Prairie Park located in Rockford which is home to the Devonian Fossils and great scenery. This area was originally a clay pit for the Rockford Brick and Tile Company until they opened it to the public. Stop by the Rudd Pond for some sun during the summer and good camping. You can also check out Whitetails in Marble Rock for some great food or drinks! Rockford and Marble Rock host a "fun day" every year that offers lots of entertainment and a parade. Stop by some year to celebrate! 

Manly school district holds half of the elementary students and  all high school students for Manly, Hanlontown, Plymouth and Nora Springs and Rockfalls residents. It is situated in Worth County. One perk of sending your child to Central  Springs school district is they are currently receiving a scholarship from the Northwood Casino at graduation. In the 2010 census it was reported that the population sat at 1,323 people. Spend some time at the golf course, park or aquatic center in Manly. 

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