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Story City, Roland mayors say: 'Wear a mask'

Ronna Faaborg
Story City Herald
Margie Webb, outgoing president of Roland Kiwanis, received flowers and "thanks" from incoming president,  Andy Webb, who is also Roland's mayor.

Mayors in Story City and Roland are concerned that local residents are not wearing face masks when they're out in public, and both officials are asking members of the Roland-Story community to get on board with COVID-19 protocols. 

"With the continuing sharp rise in deaths and positive COVID-19 cases, Story County Supervisors issued a mask mandate for whenever inside or outdoors with others," Story City Mayor Mike Jensen said in a written statement. "I still see many not wearing masks, going in and out of our stores when signs on the doors ask, EVERYONE PLEASE WEAR A MASK."

Jensen said that he, the Story City Council and city administrator Mark Jackson "urge all Story City residents to cooperate with the mask mandate, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

"Our best defense against this epidemic is working together and helping each other back towards the normal lifestyle we all enjoyed."

City officials in Story City have been serious about mask wearing for months, as shown in this check presentation photo from early September. Pictured for the presentation of $200,000 from Frances Bartlett Kinne's estate are, front row, Mary Constantine-Nelson, Mayor Mike Jensen, Eric Nelson, co-executor of Kinne's estate, Councilman Dave Sporleder, back row, Councilwoman Connie Phillips, City Administrator Mark Jackson and Councilwoman Rhonda Ostrem.

Roland Mayor Andy Webb echoed Jensen's statements, saying that residents in Roland and Story City are not taking the virus as seriously as Ames residents are.

"We have people who have been infected with the coronavirus," Webb said "We just need to stop this before we have to shut businesses down.

"The coronavirus hospitalizations are going up dramatically. The number of people who have COVID is also going up, and I strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask whenever they're out in public and also maintain social distancing."