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Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

MASON CITY – Law enforcement raced to the Cultural Crescent to arrest a man allegedly intoxicated who was threatening his neighbors. Mason City police and Cerro Gordo deputies…

Extreme fire danger across Iowa today

Extreme fire danger across Iowa today

DES MOINES – High winds and dry conditions have created a virtual state of emergency in Iowa today, as officials are warning of extreme fire danger. High winds,…

Clear Lake now taking apps for police chief

Clear Lake now taking apps for police chief

CLEAR LAKE – The city of Clear Lake is moving ahead with the search for a permanent police chief. Interim Chief Rex McChesney passed away in December of…

President Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders, including 3 from Iowa

President Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders, including 3 from Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 22 individuals, including three from Iowa. According to the White House, the President is “building on…

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man has been charged with sexual assault in Mason City nearly a year after the alleged crime was committed. Mason City police…

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man received a deferred judgement in a felony burglary case. Daniel Franken, age 24, was originally charged with felony second degree burglary…

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman pleaded guilty to domestic abuse assault this month and is serving a 2 day jail term. Nadia Noel Contreras, age 38,…

Small child injured after being struck by car in Mason City

Small child injured after being struck by car in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police said Tuesday that they are investigating an incident Monday evening where a woman struck a 2-year-old child with her car. According to police, on…

Governor applauds Senate passage of anti-bullying bill

Governor applauds Senate passage of anti-bullying bill

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the Iowa State Senate for passing Senate File 345, a bill that works…

Health department expert asks: “What’s your plan for severe weather?”

Health department expert asks: “What’s your plan for severe weather?”

Submitted by: Jodi Willemsen, Acute Infectious Disease, Epidemiology & Preparedness Service Manager – Spring is here… although Mother Nature has us guessing otherwise lately! While spring may bring…

Grant helps sponsor after school program in Rockford

Grant helps sponsor after school program in Rockford

“The ASK program has been ongoing for six years”, director Deb Kadera, was quoted as saying. “We expect anywhere from 2 to 15 kids – but always plan…

Tuttle named to Wooden Award All-America Team

Tuttle named to Wooden Award All-America Team

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 2015 John R. Wooden Award All Americans on a 30-minute show on ESPNU on March 30. Selected…

Mason City woman given deferred judgement for stealing from mall store

Mason City woman given deferred judgement for stealing from mall store

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who faced a felony theft charge for stealing from a store she worked at was given a deferred judgement and must…

Oelwein man charged with drunk driving, child endangerment

Oelwein man charged with drunk driving, child endangerment

FAYETTE, IA – A motorist driving with a child inside his vehicle and no headlights was arrested for drunk driving this weekend. At about 11:30 PM Saturday, March…

County assessor gets lenient deferred judgement in drunk driving case

County assessor gets lenient deferred judgement in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo county assessor arrested last year on a drunk driving charge took a lenient plea deal. Cerro Gordo county assessor John Boedeker, age…

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  • A bare majority of Americans, 51%, favor nuclear energy to provide electricity for the U.S., down from a peak of 62% in 2010. Fewer Americans than in 2013 think the U.S. should put more emphasis on natural gas.
  • New York Times reported Monday that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, had been treated for “suicidal tendencies” before receiving his pilot’s license, officials said.
  • The Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Godfather's Pizza in Hampton.
  • Comedy Central has chosen 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart when he ends his 16-year-run on "The Daily Show." Reached on tour, Noah, who has only appeared on the show three times, said "“You don’t believe it for the first few hours." - The New York Times
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North Iowa Corridor hires wife of Cerro Gordo Supervisor Casey Callanan

North Iowa Corridor hires wife of Cerro Gordo Supervisor Casey Callanan

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor, funded with tax dollars from Mason City, Clear…

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic that U.S. will work with U.N. to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic that U.S. will work with U.N. to cut greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today following an announcement by…

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise…

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

NIT – In the wake of the Indiana state government passing a law that allows…

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

From Ozzie Ohl, the “One Man Think Tank”: Each year in north Iowa, many babies…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – As you are all well aware, the Department of Human…

View hundreds of emails sent to city hall on sanitation department quandary

View hundreds of emails sent to city hall on sanitation department quandary

MASON CITY – Mason City’s mayor and city council were unable during this year’s budget…

Yavorski didn’t get trash-to-energy plant in Colorado, either

Yavorski didn’t get trash-to-energy plant in Colorado, either

NIT – As it turns out, Joe Yavorski never got his trash-to-energy plant built in…

Mason City once again passed over by Winnebago

Mason City once again passed over by Winnebago

NIT Opinion – Winnebago passed over Mason City once again, announcing today it has purchased…

Public sector employees belong to unions at a rate 5 times larger than private sector

Public sector employees belong to unions at a rate 5 times larger than private sector

WASHINGTON – The union membership rate of wage and salary workers was 11.1 percent in…

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Crime

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

MASON CITY – Law enforcement raced to the Cultural Crescent to arrest a man allegedly intoxicated who was threatening his neighbors. Mason City police and Cerro Gordo deputies…

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

MINNEAPOLIS – Police last night in south Minneapolis discovered a man dead on a boulevard with gunshot wounds. Around 10:42 PM, officers responded to the 2200 block of…

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man has been charged with sexual assault in Mason City nearly a year after the alleged crime was committed. Mason City police…

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man received a deferred judgement in a felony burglary case. Daniel Franken, age 24, was originally charged with felony second degree burglary…

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman pleaded guilty to domestic abuse assault this month and is serving a 2 day jail term. Nadia Noel Contreras, age 38,…

Mason City woman given deferred judgement for stealing from mall store

Mason City woman given deferred judgement for stealing from mall store

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who faced a felony theft charge for stealing from a store she worked at was given a deferred judgement and must…

Oelwein man charged with drunk driving, child endangerment

Oelwein man charged with drunk driving, child endangerment

FAYETTE, IA – A motorist driving with a child inside his vehicle and no headlights was arrested for drunk driving this weekend. At about 11:30 PM Saturday, March…

County assessor gets lenient deferred judgement in drunk driving case

County assessor gets lenient deferred judgement in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo county assessor arrested last year on a drunk driving charge took a lenient plea deal. Cerro Gordo county assessor John Boedeker, age…

Trial dates set for men accused of cheating in fishing tourney

Trial dates set for men accused of cheating in fishing tourney

MASON CITY – Two men accused of felonies for allegedly cheating in a Clear Lake fishing tourney are set for trials after not guilty pleas. Law enforcement arrested…

Man shot in Waterloo

Man shot in Waterloo

WATERLOO – Police in Waterloo are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital. The Waterloo Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in…

World

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

MINNEAPOLIS – Police last night in south Minneapolis discovered a man dead on a boulevard with gunshot wounds. Around 10:42 PM,…

Scarcity of water to be major concern as century progresses

Scarcity of water to be major concern as century progresses

NEW YORK – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity…

Airstrike kills 29 in Yemen

YEMEN – More than two dozen people injured in an airstrike today at a displaced persons camp in northern Yemen have…

Minneapolis police call off search for missing woman

Minneapolis police call off search for missing woman

MINNEAPOLIS – A missing woman who was being searched for was discovered to have entered the Mississippi River. A 22-year-old University…

Politics

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich to headline Working Families Summit in Ames

AMES – Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will keynote a Working Families Summit scheduled for May 16 in Ames. National labor leaders also will speak, including…

Franklin county GOP to meet in Hampton

HAMPTON – The Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Godfather’s Pizza in Hampton. At this meeting,…

Business

Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost $75 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced a plan to purchase a 33,400 sq. ft. building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the Company’s subassembly operations.…

Crime

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

MASON CITY – Law enforcement raced to the Cultural Crescent to arrest a man allegedly intoxicated who was threatening his neighbors. Mason City police and Cerro Gordo…

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

MINNEAPOLIS – Police last night in south Minneapolis discovered a man dead on a boulevard with gunshot wounds. Around 10:42 PM, officers responded to the 2200 block…

Business

Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost $75 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced a plan to purchase a 33,400 sq. ft. building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the Company’s subassembly operations.…