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OBIT: John Richard Gohr, 68, of Charles City

OBIT: John Richard Gohr, 68, of Charles City

John Richard Gohr, 68, of Charles City, Iowa, died Monday, April 23, 2018 peacefully at home following a long illness. A funeral Mass for John Gohr will be…

OBIT: Darlene Anna Elliott, 77, formerly of Osage

OBIT: Darlene Anna Elliott, 77, formerly of Osage

Darlene Anna Elliott, 77, of Mesa, Arizona was called to God on April 19, 2018. A funeral Mass for Darlene Elliott will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April…

Northern Iowa man dies in Wyoming avalanche

Northern Iowa man dies in Wyoming avalanche

TETON COUNTY, WYOMING – A Northern Iowa man died this weekend while snowmobiling in Wyoming. Teton County, Wyoming Search and Rescue said their “team responded (Sunday) afternoon (April…

Police investigate alleged assault of trucker on Interstate 35

Police investigate alleged assault of trucker on Interstate 35

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Cerro Gordo county law enforcement is investigating an alleged assault of a trucker on Interstate 35 early Tuesday morning. On April 24th, 2018…

Northern Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for unlawful possession of multiple firearms

Northern Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for unlawful possession of multiple firearms

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted Northern Iowa felon who possessed stolen firearms was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Joshua Glen Sargent, age 34, from Fayette, Iowa,…

NIACC men tie for 7th at Clarke Spring Invite

NIACC men tie for 7th at Clarke Spring Invite

GALENA, Ill. – The NIACC men’s golf team tied for seventh with a 333 on Monday at the Clarke University Spring Invitational at the Galena Golf Club. Waldorf…

Senate bill offers mental health support for agricultural communities

Senate bill offers mental health support for agricultural communities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Tammy Baldwin recently introduced a bill called the Farmer’s First Act, to provide the nation’s “agricultural community” with critical mental health…

Sales of lottery scratch tickets in Iowa set new overall monthly record

Sales of lottery scratch tickets in Iowa set new overall monthly record

CLIVE, Iowa – Sales of lottery instant-scratch tickets in Iowa set an all-time monthly record in March, helped by the release of a game with oversized, double-sided tickets.…

Iowa Falls company agrees to penalties after burning 1,350 tons of solid waste

Iowa Falls company agrees to penalties after burning 1,350 tons of solid waste

DES MOINES – An Iowa Falls company has agreed to pay $43,000 in civil penalties and avoid future violations after admitting to violating state solid waste and air…

Road rage leads to arrest of Northern Iowa man

Road rage leads to arrest of Northern Iowa man

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Gov. Reynolds signs executive order creating Children’s Mental Health Board

Gov. Reynolds signs executive order creating Children’s Mental Health Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed her second executive order on Monday, creating a…

Opinion: Foreclose on Southbridge Mall now for better future options

Opinion: Foreclose on Southbridge Mall now for better future options

The saga of the Mall refuses to die. There needs to be a foreclosure instigated…

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The notorious Wells Fargo Bank has been fined a record $1 billion…

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz interviews after Spring Game

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz interviews after Spring Game

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Football Media Conference with Iowa head football coach Kirk…

Japan opens markets to U.S. ethanol, creates opportunities for farmers

Japan opens markets to U.S. ethanol, creates opportunities for farmers

DES MOINES – This week, the Japanese government updated its biofuel policy and will allow…

Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence

Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence

MASON CITY – The Mason City High School Student Activist Group has organized an event…

Starbucks to close all stores for one day of “racial-bias education”

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Report: Mason City Younkers store to close

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The second annual NIACC baseball Autism Awareness game will now be played April 17 at 4 p.m. at Roosevelt Field. The nine-inning game against the Luther College Junior Varsity was originally scheduled for April 11 but due to inclement weather the game has been moved back a week.

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LATEST FISHING REPORT:

Black Hawk Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch are being picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie - Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye - Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass - Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40's.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 40 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible, but that can change as the ice moves.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early "pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye - Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught using twister type lures.

Very limited ice fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
With the recent cold snap, skim ice is covering backwaters. Impoundments are fishing well. Walleye - Good: Fish below the dams with a variety of baits for a pre-spawn walleye. A jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler is best. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers fishing impoundments are catching catfish with a hook tipped with dead chubs.

Decorah District Streams
Catchable trout are stocked in all streams as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline (563-927-5736) for daily plans. Plan a trip to your favorite trout stream. Check out this year’s trout stream stocking calendar. Use care when accessing streams. Bank conditions remain variable. Brook Trout - Good: Use a streamer to mimic minnows or subsurface flies like scuds or pheasant tail nymphs. Brown Trout - Good: Melt water and run-off inputs drive Brown Trout into a feeding frenzy. Use small midge, caddis, or flashy streamer patterns. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Float a feathered spinner or crankbait past a freshly stocked fish. A piece of worm under a bobber also works in the deeper holes.

Lake Hendricks
Few anglers have been out. The lake is over half covered with ice still.

Lake Meyer
Anglers have not been out. Lake Meyer has some ice on the south side of lake; smashed the record for latest ice out.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Anglers are finding fish below the dams and in deeper holes. Water levels are unseasonably low. Walleye - Good: Use jigs with twister tails and crankbaits. White Sucker - Fair: Warming temperatures are turning suckers on. A worm fished on the bottom works best.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are low, but clarity is good. Anglers are noticing an up tick in perch bite on the river. Walleye - Good: Float a worm through a deeper hole. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use small crankbaits and spinner baits. White Sucker - Fair: Shore anglers using a worm fished on the stream bottom will catch a hungry sucker.

Volga Lake
Few anglers have been out.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Walleye fishing and catch has been sporadic, some days are good while others are not so good. River conditions remain in good condition, but temperatures need to warm up. Walleye – Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow below low head dams or look for the sandbar drop-offs. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast and retrieve larger spinnerbaits or float a chub or shiner under a bobber in slack, off main channel deep water areas.

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Assault leads to Iowa felon’s guilty plea for illegal possession of a firearm

Assault leads to Iowa felon’s guilty plea for illegal possession of a firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who hit a woman with a gun and threatened a doubled homicide pled guilty on April 19, 2018, in federal court in…

Northern Iowa man accused of stealing cans from donation wagon

Northern Iowa man accused of stealing cans from donation wagon

RUTHVEN, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man is accused of stealing cans from a fire department donation wagon. On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM, the Palo…

Man who transported illegal aliens in tractor trailer resulting in 10 deaths sentenced to life in prison

Man who transported illegal aliens in tractor trailer resulting in 10 deaths sentenced to life in prison

SAN ANTONIO — The driver of a tractor-trailer with Iowa ties charged with an illegal alien smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths was sentenced to life in…

Osage killer’s sentence upheld by Supreme Court

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DEA to share painkiller prescription information with 48 states

DEA  to share painkiller prescription information with 48 states

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on April 17 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reached a prescription drug information-sharing agreement…

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The notorious Wells Fargo Bank has been fined a record $1 billion for harming its customers by charging thousands…

Man who transported illegal aliens in tractor trailer resulting in 10 deaths sentenced to life in prison

Man who transported illegal aliens in tractor trailer resulting in 10 deaths sentenced to life in prison

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