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FCC adopts “net neutrality” rules, classifies Internet as public utility

FCC adopts “net neutrality” rules, classifies Internet as public utility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ending lingering uncertainty about the future of the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission today set sustainable rules of the roads that will protect free…

Mason City man accused of drug crimes and felony child endangerment skips court and is arrested

Mason City man accused of drug crimes and felony child endangerment skips court and is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused drug crimes and two counts of child endangerment failed to appear in court and was arrested on a warrant. Tylan…

No new trial for Mason City man convicted of killing son

No new trial for Mason City man convicted of killing son

MASON CITY – A man convicted of strangling his infant son will get no new trial, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Kenneth Adams was sent to…

UNI wins 16th straight game, beats Evansville 68-57

UNI wins 16th straight game, beats Evansville 68-57

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The No. 10-ranked University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team completed a perfect home season with a 68-57 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces…

Mason City hikes garbage sticker fee

Mason City hikes garbage sticker fee

MASON CITY – Your taxes went way up this year, if you own property in Mason City, and now more fees are going up. Effective March 2, the…

Cyclones run out of Hilton magic, lose to Baylor 79-70

Cyclones run out of Hilton magic, lose to Baylor 79-70

AMES, Iowa – No. 19 Baylor (21-7, 9-6 Big 12) made 14-of-26 3-pointers to knock off No. 12 Iowa State (20-7, 10-5 Big 12), 79-70 Wednesday night in…

Multi-vehicle crash claims one life Wednesday

Multi-vehicle crash claims one life Wednesday

MASON CITY – Treacherous driving conditions, heavy snow and strong winds contributed to a fatal multi-vehicle crash Wednesday southeast of Mason City. A semi-truck and several other vehicles…

Mason City man serving two days in jail for domestic abuse assault

Mason City man serving two days in jail for domestic abuse assault

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been sent to jail after he allegedly kicked his girlfriend during a domestic incident last fall. Mason City police arrived…

Missing North Iowa teen found in Alabama

Missing North Iowa teen found in Alabama

OLEWIN, IOWA – Law enforcement announced Wednesday that a missing teen has been located in Mobile, Alabama, and returned to her parents. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports…

Mason City man arrested after shooting in Forest City

Mason City man arrested after shooting in Forest City

GARNER – A man who claims to live in Mason City was arrested by law enforcement after a woman was shot in the leg Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock…

Open house, band concert offered at Mason City High School

Open house, band concert offered at Mason City High School

MASON CITY – The Mason City School District is offering an open house to show off a $7 million renovation project and then a band concert. The Mason…

Wanted Clear Lake man arrested in Garner

Wanted Clear Lake man arrested in Garner

MASON CITY – A wanted Clear Lake man was arrested in Garner at the courthouse Wednesday. Trevor Davis Kix Jackson, age 22, was wanted in connection with charges…

Branstad signs gas tax increase bill

Branstad signs gas tax increase bill

DES MOINES – Just a day after the Iowa Legislature approved bills that would increase the tax on gas, Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law. Senate…

NIACC to host Show Choir Invitational

NIACC to host Show Choir Invitational

MASON CITY – February 28 will be a big day at North Iowa Area Community College as nearly 800 students in 14 show choirs from eight schools descend…

NIACC’s Davis earns ICCAC player of week honor

NIACC’s Davis earns ICCAC player of week honor

MASON CITY – For the second straight week, NIACC’s Al Davis has been selected as the ICCAC men’s basketball player of the week for the week of Feb.…

News Briefs

  • The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms ISIL's recent attacks on predominantly Assryian Christian villages in the northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, where they kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women, children, priests, and the elderly. ISIL’s latest targeting of a religious minority is only further testament to its brutal and inhumane treatment of all those who disagree with its divisive goals and toxic beliefs. ISIL continues to exact its evil upon innocents of all faiths, and the majority of its victims have been Muslims. People of all faiths and many religious leaders throughout the region have united in condemning ISIL’s depravity.
  • "If here in the United States of America, we voted at 60%, 70%, it would transform our politics." —President Obama
  • Senator Charles Grassley today announced the launch of the first-ever Whistleblower Protection Caucus. A long-time advocate for whistleblowers, Senator Grassley will serve as the chairman of the caucus, which brings together a bipartisan group of senators to work for whistleblower protections. Whistleblowers often are shunned for simply trying to point out government waste, fraud and abuse but taxpayers would suffer without them.
  • The IRS audited 0.86% of individual taxpayers last year, the lowest rate in a decade, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Obamacare: Of the 8.8M+ people selected plans in Federal Marketplace, 4.67M or 53% were new for 2015.
  • Iowa Senate Education committee just voted 9-6 to pass bully bill with language iowa safe schools asked for.
  • At 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, the Alternate Side Parking Ordinance and Emergency Snow Route will go into effect and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • 67% of Iowans approve of Senator Grassley's performance, according to a new poll.
  • Law enforcement is reporting more scams, now involving a message or call from Microsoft or other well known organization wanting access to your computer and requesting information from you.
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Watercooler

NIT makes formal request to see emails from public regarding sanitation department

NIT makes formal request to see emails from public regarding sanitation department

FROM: Matt Marquardt <northiowatoday@gmail.com> TO: Brent Trout <btrout@masoncity.net>, Council Member Alex Kuhn <atlargea@masoncity.net>, Council Member…

Senator Ragan: “Good news for working families and veterans “

Senator Ragan: “Good news for working families and veterans “

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under…

Iowa Senator speaks out against closing of mental health institutes

Iowa Senator speaks out against closing of mental health institutes

DES MOINES – Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids spoke on the closings of the…

Iowa labor leader: “Right to Work is Wrong”

Iowa labor leader: “Right to Work is Wrong”

Statement by Ken Sagar,President Iowa Federation of Labor: Right to work is wrong. It strips…

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Crime

Mason City man accused of drug crimes and felony child endangerment skips court and is arrested

Mason City man accused of drug crimes and felony child endangerment skips court and is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused drug crimes and two counts of child endangerment failed to appear in court and was arrested on a warrant. Tylan…

No new trial for Mason City man convicted of killing son

No new trial for Mason City man convicted of killing son

MASON CITY – A man convicted of strangling his infant son will get no new trial, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Kenneth Adams was sent to…

Mason City man serving two days in jail for domestic abuse assault

Mason City man serving two days in jail for domestic abuse assault

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been sent to jail after he allegedly kicked his girlfriend during a domestic incident last fall. Mason City police arrived…

Mason City man arrested after shooting in Forest City

Mason City man arrested after shooting in Forest City

GARNER – A man who claims to live in Mason City was arrested by law enforcement after a woman was shot in the leg Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock…

Wanted Clear Lake man arrested in Garner

Wanted Clear Lake man arrested in Garner

MASON CITY – A wanted Clear Lake man was arrested in Garner at the courthouse Wednesday. Trevor Davis Kix Jackson, age 22, was wanted in connection with charges…

Chickasaw county man gets probation for allegedly strangling his victim

Chickasaw county man gets probation for allegedly strangling his victim

NEW HAMPTON – A Chickasaw county man arrested last year after a domestic incident in which he allegedly strangled his victim has pleaded guilty. Travis Michael Ruttman, age…

Fredericksburg couple convicted in meth investigation

Fredericksburg couple convicted in meth investigation

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA – A Fredericksburg couple now awaits sentencing after a methamphetamine investigation and guilty pleas. According to the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department, on February 24, 2015,…

Cops catch man fleeing in stolen van

Cops catch man fleeing in stolen van

RUNNELS, IOWA – An Iowa man fleeing in a stolen van rolled the vehicle as police searched, leading to his arrest and hospitalization. A Runnells, Iowa man was…

Algona man arrested for domestic assault

Algona man arrested for domestic assault

ALGONA – An Algona man was jailed after a domestic incident. The Kossuth County Sheriff arrested Kirk Richard Moe, age 33, for domestic abuse assault and interference with…

Mason City man caught drunk driving in Iowa Falls

Mason City man caught drunk driving in Iowa Falls

IOWA FALLS – A Mason city man was arrested in Iowa Falls for drunk driving. John Haan, age 32, was stopped in the early morning of February 7…

World

More airstrikes conducted against ISIS

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Feb. 23, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter,…

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Feb. 22, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter,…

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Feb. 21, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter…

Cops search for driver who fled Minneapolis crash scene

Cops search for driver who fled Minneapolis crash scene

MINNEAPOLIS – The driver in a serious car crash that sent three to a Twin Cities hospital is being sought by…

Politics

FCC adopts “net neutrality” rules, classifies Internet as public utility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ending lingering uncertainty about the future of the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission today set sustainable rules of the roads that will protect…

Iowa Senator speaks out against closing of mental health institutes

DES MOINES – Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids spoke on the closings of the Mental Health Institutes on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, February…

Business

McKesson scores another $170K from Iowa taxpayers

DES MOINES – McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, will get more assistance from Iowa taxpayers to begin operating in Clear Lake. The Iowa Economic Development Authority…

Wal-Mart announces raises for thousands of employees

Propaganda released by Wal-Mart on February 19, 2015: “We had a good fourth quarter to close out our fiscal year, with underlying EPS of $1.61. Walmart U.S.…

Crime

Mason City man accused of drug crimes and felony child endangerment skips court and is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused drug crimes and two counts of child endangerment failed to appear in court and was arrested on a warrant.…

No new trial for Mason City man convicted of killing son

MASON CITY – A man convicted of strangling his infant son will get no new trial, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Kenneth Adams was sent…

Watercooler

NIT makes formal request to see emails from public regarding sanitation department

FROM: Matt Marquardt <northiowatoday@gmail.com> TO: Brent Trout <btrout@masoncity.net>, Council Member Alex Kuhn <atlargea@masoncity.net>, Council Member Scott Tornquist <tornquistatlarge@masoncity.net>, mayor@masoncity.net, Council Member John Lee <WardOne@masoncity.net>, Council Member Janet…

Senator Ragan: “Good news for working families and veterans “

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under age six who have all available parents in the labor force– 77…