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Bulls split series with St. Louis

Bulls split series with St. Louis

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Bulls earn their first standing points of the season with a series split at St. Louis in non-division action. On Friday, September…

Minnesota Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

Minnesota Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that they will replace Ron Gardenhire as manager in 2015.…

Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

DES MOINES – ­­The Senate Oversight Committee met today in Des Moines and approved recommendations in response to a series of revelations that started when it was reveal that…

California bans plastic bags

California bans plastic bags

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. today signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags aligning state law with ordinances passed by a growing number of…

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

MASON CITY – A Man listed by Mason City police as one of their most wanted individuals is now set to return to prison after a previous assault…

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

WESTGATE, IA – An Iowa man is back in jail after police discovered he had snuck back into his girlfriend’s house, where he had been removed from days…

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – She tried to rob a bank, and got caught. She tried to steal from Wal-Mart, and got caught. Now, she’s back behind bars.…

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.…

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News Briefs

  • “Iowans are tired of Congressman Braley’s antics,” said Iowa GOP spokesman Jahan Wilcox Tuesday. “He sided with the EPA against farmers and then lied about it, he mocked Senator Grassley for being a farmer who never went to law school and he skipped 75 percent of the hearings held by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. To put it in plain English, Iowans just don’t trust Bruce Braley.”
  • Jack Hatch blasts Terry Branstad Tuesday morning: "How many elderly or disabled Iowans will have to die before the governor and the Legislature recognize that Iowa has a moral obligation to protect its most vulnerable citizens?"
  • Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested for driving while under the influence early Tuesday morning, according to police.
  • The Winnebago Historical Society canceled the "speakeasy bash" fundraising event -- to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. -- at the Mansion because of limited pre-event tickets sales. Sincere thanks and regrets to the musical performers, partners and sponsors.
  • 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.
  • Mason City boys cross country placed fourth at Algona Invitational Monday night.
  • U.S. Airmen from the 63rd Medical Group on Monday 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 Monday. "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.
  • 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

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

MASON CITY – A Man listed by Mason City police as one of their most wanted individuals is now set to return to prison after a previous assault…

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

WESTGATE, IA – An Iowa man is back in jail after police discovered he had snuck back into his girlfriend’s house, where he had been removed from days…

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – She tried to rob a bank, and got caught. She tried to steal from Wal-Mart, and got caught. Now, she’s back behind bars.…

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.…

World

California bans plastic bags

California bans plastic bags

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. today signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags aligning state law with…

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…

Politics

Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

DES MOINES – ­­The Senate Oversight Committee met today in Des Moines and approved recommendations in response to a series of revelations that started when it was reveal…

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…

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

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

MASON CITY – A Man listed by Mason City police as one of their most wanted individuals is now set to return to prison after a previous…

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

WESTGATE, IA – An Iowa man is back in jail after police discovered he had snuck back into his girlfriend’s house, where he had been removed from…

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.…