INDICE DE GALERIAS
MASON CITY, Iowa - It's rare to be able to see the inside of Four Oaks.
The mansion is home to more than 40 kids, who live there, and receive help for behavioral issues.
It was built back in 1929, so it's not surprising that it needs some upgrades.
From the outside it may look like the perfect home, but on the inside you can start to see why it may be difficult to keep track of the kids who live here.
For Lee Paul who sent her son here just two years ago she's hoping others see the challenges.
“My son was at four oaks for about eight months. He had a lot of behavioral problems and we had to admit we needed help,” said Lee.
Lee says being back here to tour the mansion is also bringing back a lot of memories and some are hard to re-live.
“I was very, very difficult its heart wrenching to bring your child here and it just affects the whole family,” said Lee.
That's why she's speaking up and telling folks how much she appreciates the place and what employees do for the kids, and that includes Janna Wuttke.
“I have worked here for 28 years and it's a wonderful place to work, it's a wonderful facility for the kids but it is old and getting worn down. It was never intended for 42 kids to live here,” said Wuttke.
She knows first hand how important building this new facility is.
“The kids needing privacy, right now some kids are four kids to a room. They’re very large rooms, plenty of space, but there's no privacy for them,” said Wuttke.
While it may be a costly project to take on, it all comes down to the kids in the end.
“I just hope they get behind them and really support it. It’s really remarkable a town this size has a facility and people don't have to travel further away,” said Wuttke.
According to the director of Four Oaks, so far they have received over a half a million dollars in donations, and that's just within the past month.
The current mansion will stay up, and will be used as offices.
The new facility will be one floor, with better security and more open to move around.
The plan is to build that, near the Mercy west campus.
In just a few weeks many college seniors will be graduating and that means many will have the burden of the dreaded student loan debt.
Early numbers show that the Minnesota legislature will have a lot of extra money to work with next year.
Cathy Gasteiger is typically a quiet person, but when she's around the residents here at Good Samaritan Society she makes sure to be the friend that they need.
Some people in our area looking to complete their education are getting some financial support.
Fire crews have been busy all morning and into the afternoon taking on a large blaze. They were called to a house fire around 9:30 a.m. in Albert Lea.
In just a matter of moments, millions of email and social media passwords were stolen, according to a new report this released this week.
There's a shortage of school bus drivers in one local district.
December 5th, 2012 a dark day in for two Iowa families as the bodies of their young daughters were found, five months after disappearing.