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Opioid overdose antidote available at CVS pharmacies in Iowa, officials announce today

Opioid overdose antidote available at CVS pharmacies in Iowa, officials announce today

DES MOINES – Today, CVS Health officials (NYSE: CVS) joined Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter and Office of Drug Control…

NIACC golf preview for 2017 season

NIACC golf preview for 2017 season

By KIRK HARDCASTLE, NIACC sports information director MASON CITY – The extremely short NIACC men’s and women’s golf season is about to get underway. The NIACC women open…

Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

WASHINGTON — Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  this week re-introduced the Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act to increase the criminal penalties for marketing candy-flavored…

Alliant gives Mason City schools nearly $14K

Alliant gives Mason City schools nearly $14K

MASON CITY – Alliant Energy’s rebate program paid off for Mason City Community School District to the tune of nearly $14,000. The Mason City School District reported that…

Two hurt in crash in Dickinson county

Two hurt in crash in Dickinson county

SUPERIOR, IOWA – Two people were hurt and hospitalized after a crash near Superior, Iowa Wednesday. The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred at…

UNI’s Ben Jacobson gets 2-year contract extension

UNI’s Ben Jacobson gets 2-year contract extension

CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson has agreed to a two-year contract extension through March 31, 2027. “Jake is one of…

Belmond man dies after falling from platform at job site

Belmond man dies after falling from platform at job site

BELMOND, IOWA – A Belmond man died this week after a work-related accident. At approximately 2:15 PM Monday, March 27th, grain by-products were being loaded into a semi-truck…

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Some of our City’s leaders, managers and others in positions of significant influence, look myopically at their own pet issues and call it “Vision”. Some of our senior,…

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman who was accused of a felony domestic assault last year but pled guilty to a lesser crime was arrested again recently…

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chinese New Year’s gifts. Meals. International travel and vacations. Tuition at a Chinese fashion school. A fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend. These were…

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

ELDORA, IOWA – The property tax bills for Hardin county residents will be going up by 10% after the assessor’s office there announced it had increased property valuations.…

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Law enforcement put a stop to some alleged drug activity in downtown Charles City Tuesday night. The Charles City Police Department reports that Tuesday night…

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed a bill that puts a cap on the damages livestock producers would face in nuisance lawsuits. Iowa lawmakers passed…

OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City

OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City

One of North Iowa’s most beautiful icons boarded the train to eternity on Friday March 25th, 2017. Paulette Garica entered all our lives when she traded the idealistic…

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in 50 years, American consumers can celebrate a drop in food prices over a calendar year. The United States Department of…



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Village Co-op residents hold annual meeting, elect officers

Village Co-op residents hold annual meeting, elect officers

MASON CITY – The annual meeting of the Village Cooperative of Mason City was held…

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Some of our City’s leaders, managers and others in positions of significant influence, look myopically…

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

ELDORA, IOWA – The property tax bills for Hardin county residents will be going up…

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed a bill that puts a cap…

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in 50 years, American consumers can celebrate a…

Opinion: Don’t let Bookmeyer’s three council members control city’s future

Opinion: Don’t let Bookmeyer’s three council members control city’s future

I just wanted to remind citizens of Mason City, those of you who occupy one…

Mason City Schools Interim Superintendent to move to Arizona to lead Flagstaff schools

Mason City Schools Interim Superintendent to move to Arizona to lead Flagstaff schools

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board announced that they have entered into…

City of Mason City expense report, March 23, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, March 23, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/23/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————— ALL STAR PEST…

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MASON CITY: Yard waste collection will resume on Monday, April 3.

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The public is invited to attend the IA Health Link public comment meeting in Mason City at North Iowa Area Community College on April 12, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. The goal of the public comment meeting is for the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to hear directly from members, providers and stakeholders and to receive feedback on the IA Health Link managed care program.
The public comment meeting will be attended by DHS staff, representatives from the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC) as well as representatives from the three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The MCOs will be available after the public comment meeting to answer questions and provide any necessary assistance to members and providers.
IA Health Link public comment meetings are part of the oversight legislation passed in 2015. These meetings are held in varying locations throughout Iowa to gather input on the managed care program from a wide group of members and providers.

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Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), one of the ain agencies dealing with illegal immigration, said Wednesday that "reports of ICE checkpoints, indiscriminate “raids” and sweeps are false, dangerous & irresponsible. These reports create mass panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger. Any groups falsely reporting such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim to support."

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The Mason City Community Policing Advisory Board has announced plans for a free Women's Self-Defense Seminar event scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, April 8th, at the Willowbrook Mall, 1631 4th St. SW, Mason City, IA. Jessica Tierney, Executive Director of American Women's Self Defense Assoc. will present an educational seminar. This seminar will include tips and techniques to help keep you out of danger, and easy techniques to employ if you get into harm's way. The Community Policing Advisory Board's goal is to help promote a safer community. Education is one of the keys for keeping citizens safe. All ages welcome. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
The event is co-sponsored with the Mason City Police Dept.

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Celebrate Spring with North Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Violinist David Neely joins the North Iowa Symphony Orchestra for its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium. The ensemble is conducted by Dennis Root.
Neely, the concert's featured artist, is a professor at the University of Nebraska. A graduate of Mason City High School, Neely studied under Maylon Darlington at Iowa State University. He has an active studio at the University of Nebraska and performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician.
Neely will perform a Mozart masterpiece, the "Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major." The orchestra will perform selections from "Ballet Parisienne" by Offenbach, "Last Spring" by Grieg, and the "March of the Prophets" by Meyerbeer.
Tickets are $5 at the door.

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A “For Seniors Only” program will be held on Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Lime Creek Nature Center.
Linda and Robert Scarth of Cedar Rapids will present: Restore It & They Will Come: The Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts Tower.
Learn all about these fascinating birds and enjoy stories and photographs of the three chimney swift families that occupied the tower in 2014, 2015 & 2016.
The program will be followed by a catered lunch and social time. Cost is $5.00 for nature center members and $7.00 for nonmembers. Please call 423-5309 by April 3 to register.

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Cerro Gordo county central committee meeting will be held on Monday, April 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at First Citizens Bank, 2601 4th Street S.W., Mason City.
In a non-election year, the meetings are held quarterly. April 3rd, July 3rd and October 2nd.
Bring a neighbor or a friend, they say.

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Crime

Northern Iowa man caught with meth during traffic stop

Northern Iowa man caught with meth during traffic stop

RURAL DICKINSON COUNTY – A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a Northern Iowa an for meth possession. On March 23, 2017 at around 10:34 PM, the…

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman who was accused of a felony domestic assault last year but pled guilty to a lesser crime was arrested again recently…

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chinese New Year’s gifts. Meals. International travel and vacations. Tuition at a Chinese fashion school. A fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend. These were…

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Law enforcement put a stop to some alleged drug activity in downtown Charles City Tuesday night. The Charles City Police Department reports that Tuesday night…

Webster City woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

Webster City woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 20, 2017, to more than 6 years in federal prison. Deanna Ramirez-Trujillo, 31, from Webster…

Three Charles City teens charged with felony threat of terrorism

Three Charles City teens charged with felony threat of terrorism

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City today announced that three teens have been taken away by juvenile authorities and charged with felony threat of terrorism after an…

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Iraqi “refugees” have been detained after an elaborate story was concocted to fool their way into become United States citizens. Yousif Al Mashhandani (“Yousif”),…

Florida man who once asked cops for cash busted again after foot chase

Florida man who once asked cops for cash busted again after foot chase

CHARLES CITY – He once asked cops for cash and was jailed, then he tried running from officers last week and was promptly pursued and incarcerated again. On…

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State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chinese New Year’s gifts. Meals. International travel and vacations. Tuition at a Chinese fashion school. A fully furnished…

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Iraqi “refugees” have been detained after an elaborate story was concocted to fool their way into become…

Suspect arrested in Israel for making threats to Jewish organizations across the United States

Suspect arrested in Israel for making threats to Jewish organizations across the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An arrest has been made in Israel in connection to threats to Jewish organizations across the United State…