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Iowa man sent to federal pen for making meth near a school

Iowa man sent to federal pen for making meth near a school

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who attempted to manufacture methamphetamine near a school was sentenced this month to 14 years in federal prison. Zackery Smock, 37, from…

Pappajohns donate $50,000 Scholarship Endowment to the NIACC Foundation to honor retired NIACC Vice President Jamie Zanios

Pappajohns donate $50,000 Scholarship Endowment to the NIACC Foundation to honor retired NIACC Vice President Jamie Zanios

MASON CITY – John and Mary Pappajohn gave a $50,000 gift to the NIACC Foundation in honor of NIACC Vice President Jamie Zanios upon his retirement. Zanios retired…

UPDATED: Governor Branstad collapses at event today

UPDATED: Governor Branstad collapses at event today

DES MOINES  –  The Office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad this evening released more information regarding Gov. Terry E. Branstad’s condition after he fell ill at an event…

Four in jail after two people found shot dead

Four in jail after two people found shot dead

OSCEOLA, IA – Four people are in jail after two people were found shot dead in a car. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, at approximately 9:30 PM, the…

Mason City woman runs red light; two taken to Mercy after ensuing accident

Mason City woman runs red light; two taken to Mercy after ensuing accident

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who was on her way to pick up her infant grand daughter was cited by police after she ran a red…

Mason City man caught with weed during drunk driving stop

Mason City man caught with weed during drunk driving stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was discovered to begin possession of an illegal drug during a stop for drunk driving. Just after 10 PM on January…

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving for second time

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving for second time

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed for drunk driving for the second time. Just after midnight on January 25, a Cerro Gordo deputy conducted a…

North Iowa man caught drunk driving

North Iowa man caught drunk driving

THORNTON – A North Iowa man was caught drunk driving early Sunday. Daniel Joseph Preteroti, age 34 of LeLand, was stopped by a Cerro Gordo deputy on January…

UNI wins seventh straight game, beating Illinois State 54-53

UNI wins seventh straight game, beating Illinois State 54-53

NORMAL, Ill. – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit and scored a 54-53 win at Illinois State on Sunday. UNI’s…

Mason City police encounter man with knife

Mason City police encounter man with knife

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City were able to talk down a wanted man who brandished a knife Sunday evening. Mason City Police Officers were conducting a…

Iowans give generously to boost wildlife conservation

Iowans give generously to boost wildlife conservation

DES MOINES – Last year, roughly 8,000 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form. This marks…

NIACC men top Wartburg JV

NIACC men top Wartburg JV

MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team topped the Wartburg College junior varsity 91-52 on Sunday afternoon in the NIACC gym. Conor Lang scored 18 points, Braxton…

Wrestling: Cowboys down ‘Clones in close dual meet

Wrestling: Cowboys down ‘Clones in close dual meet

AMES – No. 7 Oklahoma State (6-3, 2-0 Big 12) held on to defeat No. 8 Iowa State (6-2, 0-1 Big 12), 20-15, in dual meet wrestling action…

Mason City man enters guilty plea to felony theft

Mason City man enters guilty plea to felony theft

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a struggling Clear Lake restaurant before it closed for good has agreed to plead…

Non-credit basic machining course offered at NIACC

Non-credit basic machining course offered at NIACC

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering a 45–hour, non-credit basic machining course. This course will provide participants with the skills necessary for entry…

News Briefs

  • Due to a water main break, the Mason City Water Utility Crew will close 1st Street NW between Pierce Avenue and Parkridge Drive beginning Tuesday, January 27th. Meadow Lane will also be closed from 1st Street NW to 2nd Street NW during this time. These streets will remain closed to traffic for approximately 3 days to repair the water main. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use alternate routes during the repair of the water main.
  • The NIACC Gallery is proud to present the bi-annual NIACC Art Department Faculty Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until Monday, February 16, 2015. The artwork includes paintings, ceramic ware, drawings and jewelry.
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Fire or keep sanitation workers? Your input might make the difference

Fire or keep sanitation workers?  Your input might make the difference

MASON CITY – The following options are being considered for rates and service for the…

Lazy citizens allow careless leaders to destroy historic school

Lazy citizens allow careless leaders to destroy historic school

NIT OPINION – The metal poles were slammed into the concrete Thursday; a fence will…

President Obama sends “personal condolences” from American people to Saudi Arabia after death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

President Obama sends “personal condolences” from American people to Saudi Arabia after death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

President Obama on Thursday sent condolences to Saudi Arabia after their king died: “It is…

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Crime

Three month investigation into burglary of $100 in coins leads to arrest of two North Carolina men

Three month investigation into burglary of $100 in coins leads to arrest of two North Carolina men

MANCHESTER, IOWA – Two men from North Carolina face several charges each after a small Iowa town police department conducted a months-long investigation into the theft of $100…

Iowa man sent to federal pen for making meth near a school

Iowa man sent to federal pen for making meth near a school

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who attempted to manufacture methamphetamine near a school was sentenced this month to 14 years in federal prison. Zackery Smock, 37, from…

Four in jail after two people found shot dead

Four in jail after two people found shot dead

OSCEOLA, IA – Four people are in jail after two people were found shot dead in a car. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, at approximately 9:30 PM, the…

Mason City woman runs red light; two taken to Mercy after ensuing accident

Mason City woman runs red light; two taken to Mercy after ensuing accident

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who was on her way to pick up her infant grand daughter was cited by police after she ran a red…

Mason City man caught with weed during drunk driving stop

Mason City man caught with weed during drunk driving stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was discovered to begin possession of an illegal drug during a stop for drunk driving. Just after 10 PM on January…

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving for second time

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving for second time

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed for drunk driving for the second time. Just after midnight on January 25, a Cerro Gordo deputy conducted a…

North Iowa man caught drunk driving

North Iowa man caught drunk driving

THORNTON – A North Iowa man was caught drunk driving early Sunday. Daniel Joseph Preteroti, age 34 of LeLand, was stopped by a Cerro Gordo deputy on January…

Mason City police encounter man with knife

Mason City police encounter man with knife

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City were able to talk down a wanted man who brandished a knife Sunday evening. Mason City Police Officers were conducting a…

Mason City man enters guilty plea to felony theft

Mason City man enters guilty plea to felony theft

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a struggling Clear Lake restaurant before it closed for good has agreed to plead…

Mason City sex offender pummels prison guard

Mason City sex offender pummels prison guard

MOUNT PLEASANT – A Mason City sex offender once again demonstrated his violent tendencies when he beat up a security guard at a prison he is being held…

World

Good samaritans, trooper save man on Northern Minnesota road (video)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A 77-year-old northern Minnesota man who had a heart attack behind the wheel and crashed his truck…

DNR temporarily closes park due to falling trees

DNR temporarily closes park due to falling trees

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is temporarily closing the River Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park in Pottawattamie…

Scores of terrorists killed in Afghanistan

Scores of terrorists killed in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN – The Afghan Ministry of the Interior reports today that 27 terrorists were killed and 62 landmines disabled over the…

Airstrikes hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

Airstrikes hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 14, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant…

Politics

Lt. Gov. Reynolds to address American Legion Summit in Washington, D.C.

DES MOINES – The American Legion is hosting its National Credentialing Summit in Washington at the Mayflower Hotel on Feb. 17-18. The invitation-only event will bring together…

Steve King’s “Freedom Summit” held Saturday

DES MOINES – Congressman Steve King’s Freedom Summit was held Saturday in Des Moines. The inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit was held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at…

Business

Love Strawberry Honeycomb? It’s back

PARSIPPANY, NJ – For the first time in nearly a decade, Post Foods, LLC is bringing Strawberry Honeycomb cereal back to the breakfast table. First introduced in…

Non-credit basic machining course offered at NIACC

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering a 45–hour, non-credit basic machining course. This course will provide participants with the skills necessary for…

Crime

Three month investigation into burglary of $100 in coins leads to arrest of two North Carolina men

MANCHESTER, IOWA – Two men from North Carolina face several charges each after a small Iowa town police department conducted a months-long investigation into the theft of…

Iowa man sent to federal pen for making meth near a school

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who attempted to manufacture methamphetamine near a school was sentenced this month to 14 years in federal prison. Zackery Smock, 37,…

Watercooler

Fire or keep sanitation workers? Your input might make the difference

MASON CITY – The following options are being considered for rates and service for the Sanitation Pick Up in the City of Mason City.  There are four options…

Lazy citizens allow careless leaders to destroy historic school

NIT OPINION – The metal poles were slammed into the concrete Thursday; a fence will be erected. A backhoe sits at the ready, around back of the…