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Huggable, adorable animals snuggled by children at Willowbrook Mall

Huggable, adorable animals snuggled by children at Willowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – Willowbrook Mall perhaps discovered a way to draw lots of people to the mall: A family-friendly event with lots of pet-able, touchable farm animals. An…

Iowa generates 25% of net electricity from wind in 2013

Iowa generates 25% of net electricity from wind in 2013

NIT – Iowa was one of eleven states that generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double the U.S. average in 2013.…

Armed man in bullet-proof vest shot dead by cops in Iowa Falls

Armed man in bullet-proof vest shot dead by cops in Iowa Falls

IOWA FALLS – On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Iowa Falls Police Department responded to an emergency call of an armed suicidal man at…

Mason City man who traded his dog for a gun to shoot his son convicted in federal court

Mason City man who traded his dog for a gun to shoot his son convicted in federal court

CEDAR RAPIDS – He traded his dog for gun so he could shoot his own son.  Now, Billy Douglas Thorne of Mason City faces at least 15 years in…


Watercooler

St. Ansgar doctor charged with ethics violation; fined $5K

St. Ansgar doctor charged with ethics violation; fined $5K

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa out…

Mercy doctor fined by state board for ethics violation

Mercy doctor fined by state board for ethics violation

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa was…

Clear Lake man arrested again for violating no contact order

Clear Lake man arrested again for violating no contact order

NIT – He is now accused four times of violating a no-contact order with a…

Violent convicted sex offender arrested Saturday

Violent convicted sex offender arrested Saturday

MASON CITY – A Mason City man convicted of violent domestic assault and indecent exposure…

Microsoft to build $1.1 billion data center in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES – West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer announced Friday that Microsoft will…

Supreme court says mom should have gotten court-approval before ordering his vasectomy

Supreme court says mom should have gotten court-approval before ordering his vasectomy

DES MOINES – An Iowa mom who took her intellectually disabled adult son to get…

Steve King thinks Facebook is out to get him

Steve King thinks Facebook is out to get him

WASHINGTON – Right-wing Congressman Steve King said in a statement Friday that Facebook CEO Mark…

Hillary Clinton’s new book titled “Hard Choices”

Hillary Clinton’s new book titled “Hard Choices”

NIT – Hillary Clinton has a new book coming out in June, and her publisher…

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Crime

Wanted Mason City man caught Saturday

Wanted Mason City man caught Saturday

MASON CITY – A wanted Mason City man was caught by police Saturday and taken to jail.…

Convicted sex offender charged with felony theft

Convicted sex offender charged with felony theft

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been charged with felony theft.…

Elma man charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart

Elma man charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – Police were called to the Mason City Wal-Mart Friday for a theft report.…

Sex offender fails to register, Judge Rose sentences him to 21 months in prison

Sex offender fails to register, Judge Rose sentences him to 21 months in prison

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – A sex offender who moved to Iowa for a month, but did not register with the sex offender registry, was sentenced to 21 moths…

Ames police announce more arrests connected to last week’s riots

Ames police announce more arrests connected to last week’s riots

AMES – Ames police continue to investigate and pursue leads related to last week’s riots that ruined the annual VEISHEA celebration. According to Commander Geoff Huff, Ames Police…

Sioux Falls man appears in court on charge of attempting to entice female under age of 14

Sioux Falls man appears in court on charge of attempting to entice female under age of 14

MINNEAPOLIS – United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempted commercial sex…

Seven South Dakotans charged in meth conspiracy

Seven South Dakotans charged in meth conspiracy

MINNEAPOLIS – United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a second group of individuals from Wagner, South Dakota, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for…

Clear Lake man’s jail sentence upheld by appeals court

Clear Lake man’s jail sentence upheld by appeals court

DES MOINES – A Clear Lake man appealed his jail sentence stemming from a conviction on third degree theft, and lost.…

Autopsy completed on murdered Iowa woman

Autopsy completed on murdered Iowa woman

CAMBRIDGE, IA – On April 14, 2014, at approximately 5:17 p.m., the Huxley Police Department responded to 117 Race Street in Cambridge, Iowa, in response to a welfare…

Wanted, violent Mason City man turns himself in to police

Wanted, violent Mason City man turns himself in to police

MASON CITY – A Mason City felon accused of violent crimes and wanted for months for parole and probation violations turned himself in to police Tuesday night.…

World

North Dakota Governor blasts possible EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants

North Dakota Governor blasts possible EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week hosted a meeting between officials from 13 energy producing states that…

U.S. government postpones decision on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON – The US State Department announced Friday that it is extending its review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project…

Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan

NIT – The UN Security Council on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan…

U.S., South Korea discuss ways to deter North’s provocations

American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The United States and South Korea have agreed to bolster efforts…



Politics

Gov. Branstad signs two bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: Senate File 366: an Act relating to radon control in schools. Senate File 2312:…

Steve King takes another swing at Facebook’s Zuckerberg

NIT – Desperately searching for anyone who might contribute $25 or so dollars to his campaign for re-election to Congress, Steve King again took a swipe at…

Business

Non-credit welding course offered at NIACC

MASON CITY – If you are looking for a career change or simply a new skill that could lead to a new job, NIACC may have an…

Branstad to join West Des Moines officials for major economic development project announcement

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he will participate in a press conference tomorrow, Friday, April 18, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at West Des…

Crime

Wanted Mason City man caught Saturday

MASON CITY – A wanted Mason City man was caught by police Saturday and taken to jail.…

Convicted sex offender charged with felony theft

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been charged with felony theft.…

Watercooler

St. Ansgar doctor charged with ethics violation; fined $5K

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa out of St. Ansgar has been charged with an ethics violation.…

Mercy doctor fined by state board for ethics violation

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa was fined last month for an ethics violation.…