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Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday questioned the Obama Administration’s decision to ban flights to Israel while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid…

Up to 139 undocumented children relocated to Iowa, according to reports

Up to 139 undocumented children relocated to Iowa, according to reports

DES MOINES – Multiple news outlets have reported that as many as 139 undocumented children have been relocated to Iowa in recent months.…

Not guilty plea, trial date set for man who allegedly burglarized Sears

Not guilty plea, trial date set for man who allegedly burglarized Sears

MASON CITY – A man caught seemingly red-handed last month inside the Sears Department Store, allegedly looking to commit a burglary, has pleaded not guilty and has a…

Sicko who molested 2-year-old girl at Seaworld sent to prison for decades

Sicko who molested 2-year-old girl at Seaworld sent to prison for decades

ORLANDO, Fla. — A sexual predator who molested a child while her mom rode a roller coaster has been re-sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexual…

Man and woman who led cops on search after drunken 911 call still in court

Man and woman who led cops on search after drunken 911 call still in court

MASON CITY – They were allegedly drunk in a Mason City forest, this couple, and both find themselves still in court weeks later, albeit for different reasons.…

RAGBRAI riders find comfy accomodations at Mason City library

RAGBRAI riders find comfy accomodations at Mason City library

MASON CITY – Mason City has rolled out the welcome mat for RAGBRI this year, happy to have the event for the first time since 1985. One of…

Human Rights puts out no brochures, makes no effort to update bare website

Human Rights puts out no brochures, makes no effort to update bare website

MASON CITY – During its regular meeting in January of this year, the Mason City Human Rights Commission declared that the city’s web page dedicated to Human Rights…

Business leaving downtown Mason City to “upscale” in Clear Lake

Business leaving downtown Mason City to “upscale” in Clear Lake

MASON CITY – A business that had been located on the downtown plaza in Mason City is leaving for Clear Lake.…

Mason City puts final touches on town for RAGBRAI (photos)

Mason City puts final touches on town for RAGBRAI (photos)

MASON CITY – Volunteers and officials were putting the final touches on Mason City last night in preparation for thousands RAGBRAI riders and others now entering town. The…

Garner man violates terms of pre-trial release with alleged hate crime

Garner man violates terms of pre-trial release with alleged hate crime

MASON CITY – A man from Garner already facing serious charges after an incident at Clear Lake earlier this month was arrested on a new charge described as…

RAGBRAI riders to be greeted by new sculpture installed near downtown

RAGBRAI riders to be greeted by new sculpture installed near downtown

MASON CITY – A new sculpture was installed Monday evening near downtown Mason City, just in time to greet the RAGBRAI crowd set to visit town Wednesday. A…

Iowa man dies on RAGBRAI ride; MC man seriously injured

Iowa man dies on RAGBRAI ride; MC man seriously injured

GRAETTINGER – An Iowa man died Monday during the annual RAGRBAI ride across Iowa. Meanwhile, a Mason City man was seriously injured after being struck by car in…

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Mason City teen reported missing by mom

Mason City teen reported missing by mom

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen is missing at this time. Robert J. Wilson, age 13, was reported missing to Mason City police Monday. “Wilson apparently ran…

Liquor store now open on Monroe Avenue

Liquor store now open on Monroe Avenue

MASON CITY – Just in time for RAGBRAI, a new liquor store on Monroe Avenue has done just enough work to open for business.…


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Crime

Not guilty plea, trial date set for man who allegedly burglarized Sears

Not guilty plea, trial date set for man who allegedly burglarized Sears

MASON CITY – A man caught seemingly red-handed last month inside the Sears Department Store, allegedly looking to commit a burglary, has pleaded not guilty and has a…

Sicko who molested 2-year-old girl at Seaworld sent to prison for decades

Sicko who molested 2-year-old girl at Seaworld sent to prison for decades

ORLANDO, Fla. — A sexual predator who molested a child while her mom rode a roller coaster has been re-sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexual…

ICE boots 2 Mexican murder suspects captured in Los Angeles area

ICE boots 2 Mexican murder suspects captured in Los Angeles area

SAN DIEGO — Two Mexican nationals captured recently in Los Angeles, who are wanted on murder charges in their native country, were turned over Tuesday to Mexican law…

Former Fort Dodge landfill director arrested

Former Fort Dodge landfill director arrested

FORT DODGE – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Michael Dean Grell was arrested by the Division of Criminal Investigation for Theft by Misappropriation in the First Degree.…

Man and woman who led cops on search after drunken 911 call still in court

Man and woman who led cops on search after drunken 911 call still in court

MASON CITY – They were allegedly drunk in a Mason City forest, this couple, and both find themselves still in court weeks later, albeit for different reasons.…

Iowa man sent to prison for child porn

Iowa man sent to prison for child porn

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed child pornography was sentenced July 17, 2014, to five years in federal prison.…

Five persons arrested for trying to help terrorists

Five persons arrested for trying to help terrorists

WASHINGTON – Three defendants were arrested today on charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in…

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

VAN BUREN COUNTY, IOWA – A Swaledale man already incarcerated and convicted of burglaries from around the North Iowa area was convicted last week of more felony burglary…

Jury convicts man of impeding Boston Marathon bombing investigation

Jury convicts man of impeding Boston Marathon bombing investigation

BOSTON – A federal jury in Boston has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for impeding the bombing investigation.…

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

CORALVILLE – A Minnesota man who, when he was 17-years-old, came to Iowa and killed a convenience store clerk and robbed the store and then was sentenced to…

World

Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday questioned the Obama Administration’s decision to ban flights to Israel while,…

U.S. announces $47 million in aid for Gaza

U.S. announces $47 million in aid for Gaza

WASHINGTON – As the war between Hamas terrorists and Israel rages, the United States announced Monday millions of dollars in humanitarian…

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it deported adults and children that recently crossed the U.S.…

President makes update on wars in Ukraine and Gaza (video)

President makes update on wars in Ukraine and Gaza (video)

WASHINGTON – President Obama made a statement Monday on the current situation in Ukraine, as well as the situation in Gaza,…

Politics

Governor Branstad appoints Lars Anderson District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed Lars Anderson District Court Judge in the Sixth District. Anderson, of Iowa City, earned his law degree from…

Liberals wanted Branstad to give up on “worst economic development deal ever”, but Egyptian company gets $25 million more from state

DES MOINES – Liberals wanted an Iowa economic development board to just say “no” to an Egyptian company seeking $25 million more in tax breaks to go…

Business

Business leaving downtown Mason City to “upscale” in Clear Lake

MASON CITY – A business that had been located on the downtown plaza in Mason City is leaving for Clear Lake.…

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Crime

Not guilty plea, trial date set for man who allegedly burglarized Sears

MASON CITY – A man caught seemingly red-handed last month inside the Sears Department Store, allegedly looking to commit a burglary, has pleaded not guilty and has…

Sicko who molested 2-year-old girl at Seaworld sent to prison for decades

ORLANDO, Fla. — A sexual predator who molested a child while her mom rode a roller coaster has been re-sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for…

Watercooler

Up to 139 undocumented children relocated to Iowa, according to reports

DES MOINES – Multiple news outlets have reported that as many as 139 undocumented children have been relocated to Iowa in recent months.…

Human Rights puts out no brochures, makes no effort to update bare website

MASON CITY – During its regular meeting in January of this year, the Mason City Human Rights Commission declared that the city’s web page dedicated to Human…