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Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing the loss of a deferred judgement in a felony drug delivery case after pleading guilty Monday to second offense…

Jack Hatch says no one should count him out

Jack Hatch says no one should count him out

DES MOINES – The race for Governor in Iowa has seemed like a foregone conclusion, with incumbent Terry Branstad comfortably ahead in polls, but Democratic challenger Jack Hatch…

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

MASON CITY – A judge sent a Mason City man to jail for 90 days Monday afternoon for violating his probation.…

NIACC among community colleges nationwide that will receive job training funds

NIACC among community colleges nationwide that will receive job training funds

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration announced Monday that it has granted $450 million in job-driven training grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the country, and some of…

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of felony burglary for stealing from his friend skipped his court date Monday morning and was promptly brought to jail.…

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

WATERLOO – A fast-thinking felon tried to out-smart cops this weekend but came up short.…

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City confirmed today that a body found in the trunk of a car in seedy Iowa City neighborhood is that of a…

Capsules found in Iowa prison contain no illegal drugs

Capsules found in Iowa prison contain no illegal drugs

DES MOINES – An investigation is now complete into the finding in an Iowa prison of hundreds of capsules that contained an unknown substance.…

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who lost his appeal on a second offense drunk driving conviction is now serving his sentence.…

Judge grants stay in Flinchum case

Judge grants stay in Flinchum case

MASON CITY – Lawyers for the city of Mason City and embattled home owner Phillip Flinchum today agreed to a stay in the proceedings in his case against…

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

DAVENPORT, IA – A drunk driver has taken two lives after a crash Sunday morning in Davenport, Iowa.…

Lime Creek Nature Center receives financial gift from Cargill

Lime Creek Nature Center receives financial gift from Cargill

MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center recently received financial gifts from Cargill’s local office and corporate headquarters.…

Solar plant for MC library still under discussion

Solar plant for MC library still under discussion

MASON CITY – The Mason City council recently scuttled a proposed solar energy plant for the Mason City library, saying the return on investment would take too long,…

Detroit man arrested after fight at Wal-Mart

Detroit man arrested after fight at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A Detroit, Michigan man was arrested after law enforcement was called to a fight at Wal-Mart.…

NIACC Marketing Department receives awards

NIACC Marketing Department receives awards

MASON CITY – The Marketing Department of North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has received five marketing awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)…

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News Briefs

    Monday the U.S. Defense Department reported that U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria Sunday and Monday, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft yesterday and today to conduct three airstrikes in Iraq, officials added.
  • Starting Wednesday clients will actually go shopping with a client helper at the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. "They will be picking out the food they like from each category that is available too. We think this is a very honorable and dignified approach," the organization said Tuesday.
  • "America leads. We are the indispensable nation. We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world. And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing, they don't call Moscow. They call us." —President Obama on 60 Minutes.
  • Mason City boys cross country placed fourth at Algona Invitational Monday night.
  • U.S. Airmen from the 63rd Medical Group today deployed to help set up an ‪‎Ebola‬ treatment facility in Africa. The airmen will not be involved in treatment of any patients, but will help train international healthcare workers.
  • "U.S. leaders should not fall into the trap of blindly assuming that just because our enemy Iran hates our enemy ISIL, it means that Iran is now our friend," Texas Senator Ted Cruz said today. "We would do much more to defend the national security interests of the United States by seeking common cause with our real allies in the region than by pursuing some misguided and dangerous attempt at détente with the Islamic Republic of Iran."
  • The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health needs your help plugging abandoned wells. Up to $400 per well is available. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis. This funding is provided by the statewide Grants-to-Counties program. Abandoned wells are a pathway for contaminants to enter the groundwater and can also pose a safety risk for people, pets and wildlife. It is illegal in the state of Iowa to have an abandoned well on your property.
  • Dennis Kimmeto from Kenya breaks World Marathon Record with unofficial 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon this weekend.
  • Progress Iowa, a liberal, left-wing political group, claims that Joni Ernst missed 36% of her votes this year in the Iowa Senate. "Aside from votes missed while on National Guard Duty, Ernst missed 103 out of 286 votes."
  • Airmen are working tirelessly to prepare aircraft for shipment back to the United States as part of the retrograde process in Afghanistan, US Defense Department reported Sunday.
  • Iowa’s popular archery deer season begins Oct. 1, with nearly 60,000 hunters expected to head to the timber. Hunters can expect to find similar or slightly fewer deer versus last year.
  • Effective Monday, October 6, 2014, all Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board modern campgrounds will be closed for the season (Weather dependent-If unseasonably cold or wet weather, closing date will be earlier). This includes Wilkinson Pioneer Park in Rock Falls, Linn Grove Park in Rockwell, and Ingebretson Park in Thornton. The three campgrounds will reopen May 2015.
  • South Kentucky Avenue between 4th Street SE (IA-122) and East State Street will be closed to thru traffic for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, September 24th. This closure is necessary for storm sewer improvements and street reconstruction as part of the City’s 2014 Street Rehabilitation Program. Wednesday morning, the school district's Supervisor of Transportation said that the road closure will cause some delays getting to and from the high school in particular. Traffic on Hwy.122 will be backed up during school drop off and school pick up times. The buses will try to avoid Hwy. 122 as much as possible and try alternate routes. The transportation bus drivers will work hard to keep on schedule as much as possible.
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Crime

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing the loss of a deferred judgement in a felony drug delivery case after pleading guilty Monday to second offense…

Man gets death sentence after murdering woman and her daughter

Man gets death sentence after murdering woman and her daughter

NEW ORLEANS – A federal jury in the Western District of Louisiana today returned a verdict imposing the death penalty on a Las Vegas man for the brutal…

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

MASON CITY – A judge sent a Mason City man to jail for 90 days Monday afternoon for violating his probation.…

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of felony burglary for stealing from his friend skipped his court date Monday morning and was promptly brought to jail.…

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

WATERLOO – A fast-thinking felon tried to out-smart cops this weekend but came up short.…

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City confirmed today that a body found in the trunk of a car in seedy Iowa City neighborhood is that of a…

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who lost his appeal on a second offense drunk driving conviction is now serving his sentence.…

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

DAVENPORT, IA – A drunk driver has taken two lives after a crash Sunday morning in Davenport, Iowa.…

MC man arrested at Big Blue, allegedly passed-out drunk with two young kids

MC man arrested at Big Blue, allegedly passed-out drunk with two young kids

MASON CITY – Circumstances have been revealed surrounding the arrest of a Mason City man who was recently found passed-out drunk with two young kids and at the…

Iowa man flees cops on freeway, finished by head-on collision with semi

Iowa man flees cops on freeway, finished by head-on collision with semi

MITCHELLVILLE, IOWA – An Iowa man lost his life Sunday as he fled law enforcement on Interstate 80 just east of Des Moines.…

World

Stikes on ISIL in Middle East continue

Stikes on ISIL in Middle East continue

AL-HASAKAH, SYRIA – U.S. Defense Department Saturday described new strikes on the ISIL terrorist army in Syria.…

Bomb threats evacuate Florida elementary schools

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL – A bomb threat cleared elementary schools in a Florida community and prompted a large response from law…

Obama expands Marine Monument from 87,000 to over 490,000 square miles

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of this Year of Action, President Obama signed a proclamation Thursday to designate the largest marine…

First shipment of the ramped up U.S. military response to Ebola arrives in Liberia

First shipment of the ramped up U.S. military response to Ebola arrives in Liberia

LIBERIA – A C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia late last week with the first shipment of increased U.S. military…

Politics

Jack Hatch says no one should count him out

DES MOINES – The race for Governor in Iowa has seemed like a foregone conclusion, with incumbent Terry Branstad comfortably ahead in polls, but Democratic challenger Jack…

Detroit man arrested after fight at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A Detroit, Michigan man was arrested after law enforcement was called to a fight at Wal-Mart.…

Business

Alliant Energy’s electric rates fixed through 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a rate plan for Alliant Energy’s Iowa retail electric utility customers that continues a three-year base rate freeze…

US Bank caught ripping off its own customers, ordered to pay back millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rip-off artists at another big bank got caught red-handed screwing its own customers, and now it has to pay them back. On Thursday,…

Crime

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing the loss of a deferred judgement in a felony drug delivery case after pleading guilty Monday to second…

Man gets death sentence after murdering woman and her daughter

NEW ORLEANS – A federal jury in the Western District of Louisiana today returned a verdict imposing the death penalty on a Las Vegas man for the…

Watercooler

NIACC among community colleges nationwide that will receive job training funds

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration announced Monday that it has granted $450 million in job-driven training grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the country, and some…

Capsules found in Iowa prison contain no illegal drugs

DES MOINES – An investigation is now complete into the finding in an Iowa prison of hundreds of capsules that contained an unknown substance.…