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Clear Lake football coach Wieck resigns

Clear Lake football coach Wieck resigns

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake head football coach Fred Wieck has resigned. It was announced that Wieck will work as a volunteer for his son Rudy, who is…

MCFD completes training exercise (video)

MCFD completes training exercise (video)

MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department and ambulance conducted a training exercise Thursday evening in a parking lot near its headquarters. According to Fire Chief Bob…

Eight live kittens found in dumpster behind North End Kum & Go

Eight live kittens found in dumpster behind North End Kum & Go

MASON CITY – The nasty behavior towards helpless animals continues in Mason City, this time with the discovery of 8 live kittens in a dumpster that were saved,…

Convicted sex offender accused of violating probation

Convicted sex offender accused of violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man recently convicted of sexual acts with a child has found himself behind bars for violating his lenient sentence. On December 6,…

Lake Mills man accused of stealing from Fleet Farm

Lake Mills man accused of stealing from Fleet Farm

MASON CITY – A Lake Mills man accused of stealing from a Mason City business got out of the county before he was caught and brought back to…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing 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. “Increased…

National guard soldier and cousin arrested for trying to join ISIS terrorists

National guard soldier and cousin arrested for trying to join ISIS terrorists

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Justice Department announced today that two Aurora, Illinois, men were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State of…

North Iowa woman injured in car accident Thursday

North Iowa woman injured in car accident Thursday

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – A North Iowa woman was taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday after her car crashed. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, a…

Iowa House passes bill that would protect victims of domestic abuse

Iowa House passes bill that would protect victims of domestic abuse

DES MOINES – The Safe at Home Act, a top priority of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, passed the Iowa House Thursday with overwhelming support. The bill,…

Man who threw live cat in duffel bag into river is arrested

Man who threw live cat in duffel bag into river is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man previously accused of arson, willful injury, and other serious crimes was seen throwing a duffle bag that contained a live cat…

Riceville woman arrested for shoplifting

Riceville woman arrested for shoplifting

MASON CITY – Police were called to a local retail store after a North Iowa woman was spotted attempting to steal. Employees at the Kohls department store, 556…

Update: Charles City woman loses life in crash on Avenue

Update: Charles City woman loses life in crash on Avenue

NORA SPRINGS – A Wednesday afternoon crash near Nora Springs sent a Charles City woman to the hospital, who later died. According to the Iowa State Patrol, at…

Mason City man who stabbed another man at a park loses appeal

Mason City man who stabbed another man at a park loses appeal

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pleaded who guilty to felony willful injury after stabbing a man during a fight at a local park lost his appeal.…

YMCA sauna fornicator loses appeal

YMCA sauna fornicator loses appeal

DES MOINES – A Mason City man caught performing sex acts at the Mason City YMCA has lost his appeal. Dennis Vrba appealed his conviction for indecent exposure.…

Chuck town pals jailed after traffic stop

Chuck town pals jailed after traffic stop

CHARLES CITY – Two friends were arrested during a traffic stop last week in Charles City. Charles City police conducted a traffic stop just before midnight on March…

News Briefs

  • Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City and Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City will be holding a town hall listening post at the Mason City Public Library Saturday, March 28 at 10 AM.
  • University of Iowa senior forward Aaron White was named Friday to the National Basketball Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 7 second team. The teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
  • Hillary Clinton's net favorability among Democrats is better now than it was in March 2007, and is similar to Al Gore's in early 1999, a Gallup poll announced. Clinton far outpaces her potential 2016 rivals in net favorability, which was not the case in 2007.
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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…

Gone too far? Indiana to allow businesses to shun LGBT customers

Gone too far? Indiana to allow businesses to shun LGBT customers

NIT – Has the government of the state of Indiana gone too far, or is…

Tornquist blows his stack at Mason City bar

Tornquist blows his stack at Mason City bar

NIT opinion – Scott Tornquist blew his stack Monday night at a Mason City business…

Grassley backs bill to repeal death tax

Grassley backs bill to repeal death tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee…

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Crime

Man who tied noose around statue of black man at Mississippi college charged with federal crime

Man who tied noose around statue of black man at Mississippi college charged with federal crime

WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officials announced today that a man was charged with federal civil rights crimes for engaging in threatening conduct directed at African American students and…

Eight live kittens found in dumpster behind North End Kum & Go

Eight live kittens found in dumpster behind North End Kum & Go

MASON CITY – The nasty behavior towards helpless animals continues in Mason City, this time with the discovery of 8 live kittens in a dumpster that were saved,…

Convicted sex offender accused of violating probation

Convicted sex offender accused of violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man recently convicted of sexual acts with a child has found himself behind bars for violating his lenient sentence. On December 6,…

Lake Mills man accused of stealing from Fleet Farm

Lake Mills man accused of stealing from Fleet Farm

MASON CITY – A Lake Mills man accused of stealing from a Mason City business got out of the county before he was caught and brought back to…

National guard soldier and cousin arrested for trying to join ISIS terrorists

National guard soldier and cousin arrested for trying to join ISIS terrorists

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Justice Department announced today that two Aurora, Illinois, men were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State of…

Man who threw live cat in duffel bag into river is arrested

Man who threw live cat in duffel bag into river is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man previously accused of arson, willful injury, and other serious crimes was seen throwing a duffle bag that contained a live cat…

Foreign oil company ordered to pay millions for doing business with Iran and Sudan

Foreign oil company ordered to pay millions for doing business with Iran and Sudan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One of the world’s largest foreign oil companies was caught by the U.S. government doing business in America with Iran and Sudan, and has been…

Riceville woman arrested for shoplifting

Riceville woman arrested for shoplifting

MASON CITY – Police were called to a local retail store after a North Iowa woman was spotted attempting to steal. Employees at the Kohls department store, 556…

Mason City man who stabbed another man at a park loses appeal

Mason City man who stabbed another man at a park loses appeal

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pleaded who guilty to felony willful injury after stabbing a man during a fight at a local park lost his appeal.…

YMCA sauna fornicator loses appeal

YMCA sauna fornicator loses appeal

DES MOINES – A Mason City man caught performing sex acts at the Mason City YMCA has lost his appeal. Dennis Vrba appealed his conviction for indecent exposure.…

World

Coalition forces join Iraqis to expel ISIS from Tikrmt

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve operations to support Iraqi Security Forces in Tikrit have commenced…

Minnesota soldier indicted for producing child pornography while deployed to Afghanistan

Minnesota soldier indicted for producing child pornography while deployed to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — A Minnesota National Guardsman was indicted last week for inducing a 14 year-old girl to send him nude photos…

U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end…

Minneapolis cops rescue two girls from forced prostitution

Minneapolis cops rescue two girls from forced prostitution

MINNEAPOLIS – Two women arrested for prostitution in Minneapolis were found by police to be forced into their situation by a…

Politics

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…

Iowa House passes bill that would protect victims of domestic abuse

DES MOINES – The Safe at Home Act, a top priority of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, passed the Iowa House Thursday with overwhelming support. The…

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

Man who tied noose around statue of black man at Mississippi college charged with federal crime

WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officials announced today that a man was charged with federal civil rights crimes for engaging in threatening conduct directed at African American students…

Eight live kittens found in dumpster behind North End Kum & Go

MASON CITY – The nasty behavior towards helpless animals continues in Mason City, this time with the discovery of 8 live kittens in a dumpster that were…

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.…