County News

October 13, 2016

WOW stands for Words on Wellness – Your extension connection to nutrition and fitness. It is a newsletter for families developed by Iowa State University Extension Nutrition and Health Specialists. Published monthly, it promotes a healthy lifestyle for Iowans.

October 13, 2016

Are You a Woman Involved  With Agriculture? Women, Land and Legacy in North Iowa brings you Marji Guyler-Alaniz, president and founder of FarmHer, on Thursday, November 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Diamond Jo Casino Event Center, Northwood, Iowa. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and a meal will be served starting at 6:00 p.m. catered by Diamond Jo Casino.

September 23, 2016

The resources on this page and on the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Finding Answers Now page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water.

September 19, 2016

Find out what's happening in Cerro Gordo County 4-H! Now is the time to re-enroll in 4-H. Go to Link to Iowa 4-H ONLINE to enroll.

September 19, 2016

Please join us on our fun and educational bus tour to: Bily Brothers Clock Museum, Spillville; Decorah Fish Hatchery, Decorah; Lunch & shopping, downtown Decorah; Porter House Museum, Decorah; Whippy Dip, Decorah; and Stillwater Greenhouse, Orchard, Iowa. Call Becky or JoAnn to register or if you have questions, 641-423-0844.

Your Money
August 29, 2016

Your Money Your Future is an online course offered the first Monday of each month, designed to help people live in this difficult economy and plan for the future.

Summer 2016
August 23, 2016

Our Quarterly Newsletter contains information on Agriculture, Communities, Families, Horticulture, and 4-H & Youth programs!

August 18, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that landowners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland. Topics will include land values and cash rent trends, cost of production, methods for determining a rental rate, legislative updates regarding leases, and communicating with tenants or landlords. Check here for video resources.

Barn quilt
July 26, 2016

Cerro Gordo County 4-H held a 4-H Barn Quilt Silent Auction in the 4-H Kinney Building at the North Iowa Fair July 20-23, 2016. All but one of the barn quilts sold. To purchase this barn quilt, email your bid to Cerro Gordo County Extension at or stop by the office at 2023 S. Federal Ave. in Mason City. The minimum bid has been set at $100.

June 7, 2016

A float put together by members of the Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach Council and staff won the Grand Marshal Award-2nd place in the North Iowa Band Festival on Saturday, May 28.

June 1, 2016

Meet Kelsey Warner from Larchwood, Iowa! She has been hired as the new County Youth Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County. You can contact Kelsey at 641-423-0844 or email her at

May 25, 2016

A Women, Land and Legacy Meeting was held on Thursday, May 12, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Lime Creek Nature Center north of Mason City.  Please let us know if you would like to be included on our WLL mailing list or if you have any ideas or suggestions for meeting discussion topics by calling Cerro Gordo County Extension, 641-423-0844.

Community Gardens
April 20, 2016

Mason City Community Gardens: Rent a plot and grow a garden! Two garden locations will be available offering two plot sizes: GARDEN ACRES – 900 block S. Kentucky and Willow Creek Garden - 1ST ST SW & MADISON AVE. Plot fees are required before the plot can be assigned. Look here for more information or call Cerro Gordo County Extension & Outreach at 641-423-0844.

Dare to Excel
April 12, 2016

Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that leads to trust, self-control, and independence. This nine-issue series develops themes such as routines, media limits, and good nutrition. Includes back-to-school tips to get kids ready for a new school year.

April 12, 2016

Follow the adventures of CY as we celebrated Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week here at Cerro Gordo County Extension & Outreach March 27-April 2, 2016! Come visit us at 2023 S. Federal, Mason City. We are here to help build a storn Iowa!

February 25, 2016

To learn more about gardening, contact the Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach office or visit the online ISU Extension store at  .

January 7, 2016

From the Inside Out: Discover Your Super Powers is a  new leadership series for grades 7-12 to discover your leadership powers! Attend one, two, or all three sessions to develop your skills and learn how to lead in whatever group you are part of in 4-H, in school, or in the community.

2015 Awards
November 5, 2015

The 2015 4-H Fall Awards Banquet was held on November 1 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City for 4-H'ers and their families. Over 100 attended the pasta supper, silent auction, and awards program.

October 13, 2015

4-H has been, and continues to be, a positive youth & family experience in Cerro Gordo County!

August 13, 2015

A source of help and information for Iowans in need: Legal, Finance, Caring for Yourself and Others, Crisis/Disaster, Overcoming Adversity, and learn more about Iowa Concern.

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