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Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to review and vote…

Mason City man faces probation revocation in marijuana dealing case

Mason City man faces probation revocation in marijuana dealing case

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who police say was dealing marijuana and later got a deferred judgement in that case is accused of violating his probation.…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to a possible deal with Iran over its…

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, obtained a U.S. passport, and voted in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced today…

Seth Tuttle named Larry Bird MVC Player of Year

Seth Tuttle named Larry Bird MVC Player of Year

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2015 MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year is senior Seth Tuttle of the University of Northern Iowa. Tuttle, the MVC’s active leader…

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who unlawfully re-entered the United States after having been deported following his convictions in Iowa for child endangerment and domestic abuse assault…

Iowa Senators propose medical cannabis reform

Iowa Senators propose medical cannabis reform

DES MOINES – Several members of the Iowa Senate today released an Iowa proposal for medical cannabis reform. If it becomes law, the legislation would allow Iowans who…

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

MASON CITY – A man who previously pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving is behind bars after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Chase Christopher Penfold, age…

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

ALGONA – A Kossuth county man was taken to jail after a domestic incident in a rural North Iowa town. Kossuth county deputies were called to a Fenton,…

Names released in fatal crash

Names released in fatal crash

ADEL, IOWA – Officials today released more information on a fatal crash in which two vehicles struck a house. On Saturday February 28, 2015, just after midnight, the…

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman found guilty in 2012 of leaving the scene of an accident that caused a person to be injured failed to show…

UPDATED: Supervisors approve $500,000 for downtown development

UPDATED: Supervisors approve $500,000 for downtown development

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors has approved $500,000 in aid for a redevelopment project in downtown Mason City. Eric Bookmeyer, Brent Trout, Alex…

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

CEDAR RAPIDS – A mother and her son who were convicted of selling synthetic cannabinoids (commonly known as “K2”) and synthetic cathinones (commonly known as “bath salts”) from…

Former Charles City man shot dead in Des Moines

Former Charles City man shot dead in Des Moines

DES MOINES – A former Charles City man was shot and killed in Des Moines this weekend, and a suspect is in jail on a charge of murder…

North Iowa faces more snow, sleet, wind, possibly icy roads

North Iowa faces more snow, sleet, wind, possibly icy roads

MASON CITY – All of Iowa faces potentially hazardous winter weather over the next 48 hours, while Southern Minnesota is under a blizzard warning. According to the National…

News Briefs

  • NO TRIP TO DES MOINES FOR MOHAWK FANS: The athletic department has shared, due to numbers, all of the pep buses to Des Moines for the Girls State Basketball Tournament game on Wednesday, March 4 have been cancelled. Students should check in at the office in their respective buildings to pick up their refund.
  • Mason City Community School District said Tuesday that the state tournament bound girls basketball team visited all of the buildings today so the students and staff could wish them "GOOD LUCK" in tomorrow's game.
  • Mitt Romney: "President Obama may ignore Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, but he cannot ignore the truth he spoke. A flimsy Iran deal amounts to presidential malpractice."
  • An Iowa House panel advanced a bill today to eliminate straight party voting.
  • Sec. of Defense: "We will conduct an offensive against Mosul when the Iraqi's can lead it and when it can succeed."
  • Effective at 2 p.m. today, Alternate Side Parking in Mason City is suspended until further notice.
  • The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team will be the No. 2 seed for the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament set for March 5-8 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. UNI (27-3 overall, 16-2 MVC) will play on Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Drake vs. Bradley game.
  • The 16th-ranked University of Iowa women’s basketball team has finished second in the Big Ten and earned the No. 2 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Conference Tournament, the conference office announced Sunday night. The tournament, set for March 4-8 at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, features a five-day format for the first time in conference history. Iowa (23-6, 14-4) earned a double-bye in the inaugural 14-team format.
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Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on government…

City of Mason City – Calendar Year 2014 Salary List

City of Mason City – Calendar Year 2014 Salary List

MICHAEL L ADAMS $44,857.88 JACOB E ADAMSKI $1,603.14 GARY D AKINS $57,043.18 NANCY J ALEXANDER…

Senator Ernst welcomes Israeli Prime Minister

Senator Ernst welcomes Israeli Prime Minister

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will attend the Israeli Prime Minister…

Mason City teen reported missing

Mason City teen reported missing

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen has been reported missing to police. Kassidy J.…

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Crime

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, obtained a U.S. passport, and voted in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced today…

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who unlawfully re-entered the United States after having been deported following his convictions in Iowa for child endangerment and domestic abuse assault…

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

MASON CITY – A man who previously pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving is behind bars after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Chase Christopher Penfold, age…

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

ALGONA – A Kossuth county man was taken to jail after a domestic incident in a rural North Iowa town. Kossuth county deputies were called to a Fenton,…

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman found guilty in 2012 of leaving the scene of an accident that caused a person to be injured failed to show…

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

CEDAR RAPIDS – A mother and her son who were convicted of selling synthetic cannabinoids (commonly known as “K2”) and synthetic cathinones (commonly known as “bath salts”) from…

Former Charles City man shot dead in Des Moines

Former Charles City man shot dead in Des Moines

DES MOINES – A former Charles City man was shot and killed in Des Moines this weekend, and a suspect is in jail on a charge of murder…

Sheriff reports scam attempt that puts personal information in jeaopardy

Sheriff reports scam attempt that puts personal information in jeaopardy

MASON CITY – Law enforcement is warning of another possible scam in the area. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says there is a phone scam operating in…

Casey Frederiksen murder trial begins Monday

Casey Frederiksen murder trial begins Monday

WEBSTER CITY – The man accused of taking the life a little girl will go on trial this week as a jury is selected to hear the facts…

No federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

No federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department announced that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal…

World

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan legislation that…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to…

Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, UN says in new report

Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, UN says in new report

GENEVA – The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 has now passed the 6,000 mark, in…

Nine people dead after shooting rampage in Missouri

Nine people dead after shooting rampage in Missouri

TYRONE, MISSOURI – Nine people are dead after a small-town Missouri man went on a shooting rampage. On the evening of…

Politics

Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on government officials’ possible use of private email accounts for government business. “In 2013,…

Iowa Senators propose medical cannabis reform

DES MOINES – Several members of the Iowa Senate today released an Iowa proposal for medical cannabis reform. If it becomes law, the legislation would allow Iowans…

Business

Radon gas in your home can be deadly; test your home now

AMES, IA – You may not be aware, but radon gas is one of the deadliest carcinogens found in our environment, according to Iowa health officials. “It…

Alliant Energy to recognize completion of Ottumwa Generating Station projects

OTTUMWA, IOWA – Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility recently completed projects at the Ottumwa Generating Station (OGS) are reducing emissions and making Iowa’s air cleaner, the company said.…

Crime

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, obtained a U.S. passport, and voted in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced…

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who unlawfully re-entered the United States after having been deported following his convictions in Iowa for child endangerment and domestic abuse…

Watercooler

Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on government officials’ possible use of private email accounts for government business. “In 2013,…

City of Mason City – Calendar Year 2014 Salary List

MICHAEL L ADAMS $44,857.88 JACOB E ADAMSKI $1,603.14 GARY D AKINS $57,043.18 NANCY J ALEXANDER $38,582.75 ASHLEY L ALLENSTEIN $4,453.89 AARON R ANDERSON $364.00 CHRISTOPHER J ANDERSON…