Mason City http://iowapublicradio.org en Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic http://iowapublicradio.org/post/skeletons-closet-hoods-attic <p>In Iowa, many of us are proud of our progressive history, but that doesn't mean we don't have skeletons in our closets, and even some Ku Klux Klan robes in the attic.&nbsp; After World War I, life in Iowa changed dramatically, and a lot of people didn't like it.&nbsp; That disorientation opened the door to the Ku Klux Klan.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with two historians from Mason City about the history of the Klan in Iowa.&nbsp; We heard from numerous listeners whose families had direct experience with the KKK, including Larry in Des Moines.&nbsp; Charity talked with Larry after the sh Thu, 15 May 2014 21:08:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 40695 at http://iowapublicradio.org Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic 6 Years After the Flood, Last Buyout Homes Go To Auction in Mason City http://iowapublicradio.org/post/6-years-after-flood-last-buyout-homes-go-auction-mason-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a Saturday morning in Mason City, city officials give a group tour of eight homes once flooded in 2008, in the hopes that someone will come to buy one. and move it out of the floodplain.</span></p><p>It can cost thousands of dollars to pay a contractor to move a two-story, historic house, and turnout is minimal. But a handful of former residents show up to walk through their homes one last time.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 40332 at http://iowapublicradio.org 6 Years After the Flood, Last Buyout Homes Go To Auction in Mason City Fictional Iowans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fictional-iowans <p>Iowa is home to a <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/">baseball fan who sees ghosts</a>, one <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N9C2JS9mWc">spunky librarian</a> who owns all the books in River City&#39;s library and a <a href="http://www.berkeleybreathed.com/pages/09bloomlibrary.asp">cat with presidential aspirations</a>.&nbsp; It is also the <a href="http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2081">future birthplace</a> of legendary starship commander <a href="http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001448/">Capt. James T. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:11:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 29690 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fictional Iowans