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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…

Meservey woman’s death ruled accidental

Meservey woman’s death ruled accidental

MASON CITY – A woman discovered deceased at her home in Meservey died of accidental causes, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Brooke A. Avery, age…

National Geographic Adventurers of the Year coming to Mason City

National Geographic Adventurers of the Year coming to Mason City

MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center announced today that it is bringing renowned explorers Dave and Amy Freeman to Mason City. Since 2001 the Freeman’s have…

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…

Governor Branstad to be in North Iowa this week

Governor Branstad to be in North Iowa this week

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad will make stops in North Iowa this week. On Wednesday, March 4, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Governor Terry Branstad will make…

Waldorf students to serve others in Belize over spring break

Waldorf students to serve others in Belize over spring break

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Sixteen Waldorf College students, faculty and staff will be traveling to Belize City, Belize, this March, to serve others as part of the annual…

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…

Iowa police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting of mother of three

Iowa police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting of mother of three

BURLINGTON, IOWA – An Iowa police officer acted within the law as he protected himself and shot a woman and her dog while responding to a domestic situation,…

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…

Mason City man jailed after house searched

Mason City man jailed after house searched

MASON CITY – A search warrant was executed at a North End house, and a man was taken to jail. Cerro Gordo deputies went to 334 9th Street…

Iowa defeats Penn State in overtime, 81-77

Iowa defeats Penn State in overtime, 81-77

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Aaron White registered his third double-double of the season and 15th of his career in leading Iowa to a road win over Penn State…

St. Ansgar man arrested for stealing from Pure Pleasure

St. Ansgar man arrested for stealing from Pure Pleasure

MASON CITY – Law enforcement was called to an adult novelty store after a theft incident was reported. Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a report of a male…

Iowa State can’t hold on against K-State, drops close road game 70-69

Iowa State can’t hold on against K-State, drops close road game 70-69

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu grabbed a misfired pass with 18 seconds left in the contest and scored the game winning-bucket, as the Kansas State Wildcats…

Hampton sex abuser arrested for violating parole

Hampton sex abuser arrested for violating parole

MASON CITY – A Hampton man convicted in 2010 of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse against a child has been arrested. Seth Micheal Munoz, age 22…

News Briefs

  • From Fort Dodge police: "Everyone, there are text messages going around right now that state your bank account number or debit card has been suspended. This is fraud! Please do not reply to the messages. If you have questions or concerns please contact your financial institution immediately. The text messages are not isolated to a particular bank and do not always indicate a bank name in the text. They are primarily using Verizon cell phone users, but may use other carriers as well."
  • 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.
  • The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team traveled to Wichita, Kansas to take on Wichita State Shockers Sunday afternoon, falling 66-54.
  • The Iowa State women's basketball team (18-10, 9-8 Big 12) wraps up its final game of Big 12 play at Kansas (14-16, 5-12 Big 12) on Monday at 7 p.m. The Cyclones are looking to net their third-straight Big 12 win after downing Texas Tech and No. 3 Baylor in the last week.
  • Getting more hours of sleep is linked to higher overall well-being, with the relationship peaking at eight hours of sleep. In the U.S., 42% of adults report they usually get less than seven hours of sleep per night.
  • More Americans view Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorably now than they did three years ago, 45% vs. 35%, respectively. Despite controversy regarding Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, his unfavorable score is steady at 24%.
  • Iowa State Cyclone basketball (20-8, 10-6) looks to snap a two-game skid when it hosts Oklahoma Monday night at Hilton Coliseum. ISU will hold its Senior Night ceremony prior to the game, recognizing Bryce Dejean-Jones, Daniel Edozie and Dustin Hogue.
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Watercooler

Mason City teen reported missing

Mason City teen reported missing

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

Water into wine? City looks to turn mall into ice hockey rink

Water into wine?  City looks to turn mall into ice hockey rink

NIT Opinion – We just learned in January that JC Penney is tucking its tail…

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

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…

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

By: Shirley Stephen R.N., Public Health Chronic Disease Prevention Nurse There is no doubt people…

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Crime

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…

Mason City man jailed after house searched

Mason City man jailed after house searched

MASON CITY – A search warrant was executed at a North End house, and a man was taken to jail. Cerro Gordo deputies went to 334 9th Street…

St. Ansgar man arrested for stealing from Pure Pleasure

St. Ansgar man arrested for stealing from Pure Pleasure

MASON CITY – Law enforcement was called to an adult novelty store after a theft incident was reported. Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a report of a male…

Hampton sex abuser arrested for violating parole

Hampton sex abuser arrested for violating parole

MASON CITY – A Hampton man convicted in 2010 of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse against a child has been arrested. Seth Micheal Munoz, age 22…

Wisconsin man who traveled to Iowa for sex with teen gets 19 years in prison

Wisconsin man who traveled to Iowa for sex with teen gets 19 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Wisconsin man who traveled to Iowa to engage is sex acts with a teen was sentenced February 24, 2015, to over 19 years in…

Mason City man guilty of assault, accused of violating no-contact order

Mason City man guilty of assault, accused of violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man arrested last year for assault causing injury has pleaded guilty, and then allegedly violated the court-imposed no-contact order in the case…

Mason City man sent to jail for stealing

Mason City man sent to jail for stealing

MASON CITY – Caught twice stealing, a Mason city man has been sent to jail and given suspended fines and prison sentences. Troy James Orourke, age 42, was…

World

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…

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Feb. 26, U.S. and Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using attack, fighter,…

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,…

Politics

Legislative update from Rep. Todd Pritchard

From Rep. Todd Pritchard – Another week in the 2015 session has passed. This was the last full week before funnel week. Funnel week is the week…

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/26/2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/26/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 336.70 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 60.00 ANDERSON, LAURA OTHER…

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

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…

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…

Watercooler

Mason City teen reported missing

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen has been reported missing to police. Kassidy J. Henry was last seen with a friend on March 1, 2015, according…

Water into wine? City looks to turn mall into ice hockey rink

NIT Opinion – We just learned in January that JC Penney is tucking its tail between its legs and limping out of Southbridge Mall, permanently. The march…