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Domestic abuser housed in Beje Clark caught with drugs

Domestic abuser housed in Beje Clark caught with drugs

MASON CITY – A Mason City domestic abuser sentenced to a 6-month stay in Beje Clark was caught with drugs and arrested. Staff at the Beje Clark halfway…

Car crash investigation leads to drunk driving, child endangerment charges against North Iowa woman

Car crash investigation leads to drunk driving, child endangerment charges against North Iowa woman

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman who was taken to Mercy Hospital after her car crashed last month has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment…

Mason City woman jailed for two weeks for public intox

Mason City woman jailed for two weeks for public intox

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman arrested last year for her third public intoxication charge was sentenced to two weeks in jail. Mason City police were called…

Mason City 5th grader wins 2nd place in poster contest

Mason City 5th grader wins 2nd place in poster contest

MASON CITY – Fire Chief Bob Platts, Evelyn Hickman, a 5th grader at Lincoln Intermediate, and Evelyn’s family attended a luncheon at Jewell Fire Department on Saturday, April…

Gov. Branstad signs 28 bills into law Friday

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: House File 203: An act providing for the licensing of respiratory care and…

Local Farm Bureaus donate $10,000 to NIACC

Local Farm Bureaus donate $10,000 to NIACC

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau and Worth County Farm Bureau presented a $10,000 grant to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), providing the college…

Charles City golf course burglarized; suffers thousands of dollars in lost items

Charles City golf course burglarized; suffers thousands of dollars in lost items

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City golf course suffered the loss of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items. According to Charles City police on the morning of…

Alcohol lands Charles City man in jail, again

Alcohol lands Charles City man in jail, again

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man who has been jailed numerous times in the past for alcohol-related crimes was jailed again last week. Charles City police officers…

Kossuth county man dead in head-on collision

Kossuth county man dead in head-on collision

ALGONA – A head-on collision Wednesday morning claimed the life of a Kossuth county man. According to the Iowa State Patrol, at about 7:45 AM Wednesday morning, April…

Woman injured in car crash Wednesday in Mason City

Woman injured in car crash Wednesday in Mason City

MASON CITY – Bright sunlight blocked the view of a driver as he pulled onto a busy highway on Mason City’s west side, causing an auto accident Wednesday evening. According…

Three children arrested for allegedly stealing from Claire’s in Southbridge Mall

Three children arrested for allegedly stealing from Claire’s in Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – There was a consequence for three children allegedly caught stealing from a store in Southbridge Mall Tuesday evening. Police were called to Southbridge Mall, 100 South…

Mason City woman cited after her dogs attacked neighbor’s dog

Mason City woman cited after her dogs attacked neighbor’s dog

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing two citations after her dogs ran loose and attacked a neighbor’s dog. Stacia Ann Patterson, age 21 and the…

Man charged with theft in Clear Lake, Mason City

Man charged with theft in Clear Lake, Mason City

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man is facing a number of theft charges and is now in jail awaiting a court date. Tyler Anton Meuer, age 25,…

Rudd woman guilty by jury of enticement of a minor

Rudd woman guilty by jury of enticement of a minor

CHARLES CITY – A Rudd woman charged with serious crimes involving a child was found guilty of enticement of a minor by a Floyd county jury. Lacey Lea…

Charles City couple arrested after domestic incident

Charles City couple arrested after domestic incident

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City couple was arrested after a domestic incident. Charles City police were called to a residence in the 900 block of 9th Avenue…

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  • For the second straight year, more Americans say real estate is the best long-term investment over four other options, while stocks ranks No. 2. Gold, which held the top spot a few years ago, is now third.
  • Confidence in Obama's Economic Decisions Rises in U.S.: Half of Americans have confidence in President Barack Obama to do or recommend the right thing for the economy, up from 42% in 2014 and higher than confidence in other leaders. Confidence in GOP leaders in Congress increased most.
  • The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board will have to delay the opening of the Campgrounds at Ingebrestson Park in Thornton, Linn Grove Park in Rockwell and Wilkinson Park in Rock Falls until Friday May 8, 2015. While preparing the campgrounds for the upcoming season unexpected theft and vandalism was discovered. We regret this inconvenience and look forward to a safe and enjoyable camping season in 2015.
  • The 22nd annual community-wide litter clean up event will be taking place this weekend. To take advantage of the nice weather, teams may be traveling in their designated locations prior to the clean-up effort scheduled to officially start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25th. Drivers are asked to watch carefully for the clean-up participants to ensure the safety of these volunteers. The teams will be carrying large orange litter bags. Each year volunteers donate time to the litter clean-up project in conjunction with National Earth Day. An Earth Day Festival/Post Clean-Up Rally will be held in East Park near the Prairie Playground location from 10 to Noon. Everyone is welcome to attend. Participating clean-up teams will be eligible for a variety of prizes made possible by donations from individuals and local businesses.
  • Conservative Republicans are the only major political party/ideology group to believe the effects of global warming will not happen in their lifetime. They are also the only group to say global warming is due to natural changes in the environment, Gallup reports. Conservative Republicans not only decisively reject the notion that the effects of global warming will happen in this lifetime -- a position in sharp contrast to all other political identities -- but another 40% say global warming will never happen.
  • Travelers, take note: Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will be increasing their presence in central Polk County, Johnston, Clive and Urbandale area on the evening of Friday, April 24th for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB). Law Enforcement Officers from many central Iowa jurisdictions will be enforcing all traffic laws however the main focus will be on impaired drivers.
  • The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board ROW Management staff will be giving away a portion of its stockpile of wood chips at Lime Creek Nature Center April 27 – May 1. Mulch, for personal use only, will be loaded into small trailers or trucks with the assistance of a tractor at 7:45 AM and 3:30 PM each day. Smaller quantities may be loaded by hand. A limited supply is available to the public so individuals interested in wood chips must contact the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board at (641) 423-5309 to reserve a day and time for pick up.
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City of Mason City expense report, April 23, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, April 23, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/23/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————– ACCO SITE IMPROVEMENTS…

Mason City Earth Day community wide cleanup event cancelled

Mason City Earth Day community wide cleanup event cancelled

MASON CITY – Due to the consistent saturation of the ground throughout the day, as…

Senator Ragan wants $8 million extra for community colleges

Senator Ragan wants $8 million extra for community colleges

From Senator Amanda Ragan – We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans…

Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation letter to governor on school funding

Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation letter to governor on school funding

Dear Honorable Governor Terry Branstad and Honorable Members of the Iowa Legislature; As members of…

King introduces “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act”

King introduces “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his bill “Restrain…

Rayhons found not guilty

Rayhons found not guilty

GARNER – A former lawmaker was found not guilty by a jury Wednesday in a…

NIT Publisher Marquardt letter to Iowa DNR on Madison School debris:

NIT Publisher Marquardt letter to Iowa DNR on Madison School debris:

Letter from NorthIowaToday.com Publisher Matt Marquardt to Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding demolition of…

House GOP budget “devastating” to Iowa’s middle class families, says Senate Democrat

House GOP budget “devastating” to Iowa’s middle class families, says Senate Democrat

Statement by Senator Bob Dvorsky, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee: “The budget targets released…

Dem’s blame GOP for educators losing jobs in Iowa

Dem’s blame GOP for educators losing jobs in Iowa

From Iowa Democrats in the House of Representatives – Last week, Iowa school districts were…

IOWA PUBLIC INFORMATION BOARD, Unapproved Minutes, April 16, 2015

The Board met at 1:03 p.m. in the 3rd floor Conference Room with the following…

Crime

Domestic abuser housed in Beje Clark caught with drugs

Domestic abuser housed in Beje Clark caught with drugs

MASON CITY – A Mason City domestic abuser sentenced to a 6-month stay in Beje Clark was caught with drugs and arrested. Staff at the Beje Clark halfway…

Car crash investigation leads to drunk driving, child endangerment charges against North Iowa woman

Car crash investigation leads to drunk driving, child endangerment charges against North Iowa woman

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman who was taken to Mercy Hospital after her car crashed last month has been charged with drunk driving and child endangerment…

Mason City woman jailed for two weeks for public intox

Mason City woman jailed for two weeks for public intox

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman arrested last year for her third public intoxication charge was sentenced to two weeks in jail. Mason City police were called…

Des Moines police seek clues in Family Dollar store robbery

Des Moines police seek clues in Family Dollar store robbery

DES MOINES – Des Moines Police Detectives are seeking help identifying suspects from a robbery committed Tuesday April 21st. On Tuesday at 9:47 pm two suspects entered the…

Charles City golf course burglarized; suffers thousands of dollars in lost items

Charles City golf course burglarized; suffers thousands of dollars in lost items

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City golf course suffered the loss of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items. According to Charles City police on the morning of…

Iowa teen arrested and charged in arson investigation

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) and Missouri Valley Police Department…

WNBA couple arrested for assault

WNBA couple arrested for assault

PHOENIX – One of the top basketball players in the world was arrested along with her fiancé after they allegedly attacked each other. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix…

Alcohol lands Charles City man in jail, again

Alcohol lands Charles City man in jail, again

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man who has been jailed numerous times in the past for alcohol-related crimes was jailed again last week. Charles City police officers…

Three children arrested for allegedly stealing from Claire’s in Southbridge Mall

Three children arrested for allegedly stealing from Claire’s in Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – There was a consequence for three children allegedly caught stealing from a store in Southbridge Mall Tuesday evening. Police were called to Southbridge Mall, 100 South…

Mason City woman cited after her dogs attacked neighbor’s dog

Mason City woman cited after her dogs attacked neighbor’s dog

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing two citations after her dogs ran loose and attacked a neighbor’s dog. Stacia Ann Patterson, age 21 and the…

World

Iowa man injured while turkey hunting

GUTHRIE CENTER – A Guthrie Center man was injured Saturday morning while turkey hunting in Guthrie County. Richard Groom, 51, sustained…

U.S.-led allies bomb ISIL factory

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq between 8 a.m., April 20, and…

U.S. aircraft carrier speeds to Middle East to head off Iranian ships

U.S. aircraft carrier speeds to Middle East to head off Iranian ships

MANAMA, Bahrain – Several Iranian ships headed to the battle zone in Yemen to possibly re-supply rebels engaged in the fight…

Nebraska fire fighter dies after battling blaze

Nebraska fire fighter dies after battling blaze

DAKOTA CITY, NE – A Nebraska fire fighter collapsed after fighting a fire late last week and died as a result.…

Politics

Gov. Branstad signs 28 bills into law Friday

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: House File 203: An act providing for the licensing of respiratory care…

Governor Branstad applauds passage of broadband internet bill

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today applauded the Iowa House of Representatives for passing House File 641, a bill that aims to connect every…

Business

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

MASON CITY – Area high school students have the chance to take advantage of an adventurous and potentially profitable opportunity this summer. Applications for North Iowa Area…

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in March from 4.1 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one…

Crime

Domestic abuser housed in Beje Clark caught with drugs

MASON CITY – A Mason City domestic abuser sentenced to a 6-month stay in Beje Clark was caught with drugs and arrested. Staff at the Beje Clark…

Car crash investigation leads to drunk driving, child endangerment charges against North Iowa woman

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman who was taken to Mercy Hospital after her car crashed last month has been charged with drunk driving and child…

Business

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

MASON CITY – Area high school students have the chance to take advantage of an adventurous and potentially profitable opportunity this summer. Applications for North Iowa Area…

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in March from 4.1 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one…