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Controlled burn of abandoned house conducted in Swaledale Saturday

Controlled burn of abandoned house conducted in Swaledale Saturday

SWALEDALE – Volunteer fire fighters in Swaledale conducted a controlled burn on an abandoned house in a training exercise. Swaledale Mayor John Drury reported that the controlled burn…

Riceville woman to be sentenced in June after plea deal

Riceville woman to be sentenced in June after plea deal

RICEVILLE – A North Iowa woman charged with sexual abuse of a teen boy has entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge and awaits sentencing. Mindy Jo…

Speeding drunk driver brought to jail

Speeding drunk driver brought to jail

MASON CITY – A man traveling at least 90 miles per hour with an open container of booze was stopped and arrested by multiple law enforcement agencies early…

Grant will help support International Festival to be held this summer in Forest City

FOREST CITY – Heritage Park of North Iowa is pleased to announce that it has received a Rural Arts Development Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a…

Prostitution sting in Albert Lea and Owatonna nets 20 arrests

Prostitution sting in Albert Lea and Owatonna nets 20 arrests

ALBERT LEA – An undercover law enforcement operation in Southern Minnesota led to the arrests of 20 men on solicitation of prostition charges. On February 19th, March 20th…

Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg undergoes successful surgery

Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg undergoes successful surgery

AMES – Iowa State men’s basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg underwent successful open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve on Friday, April 17 at the Mayo Clinic…

U.S. 69 south of Klemme to close April 27 for bridge replacement

U.S. 69 south of Klemme to close April 27 for bridge replacement

BRITT, Iowa – April 17, 2015 – Work to replace the bridge over the Iowa River on U.S. 69 south of Klemme will require closing the roadway to…

Hawkeye football fans will be allowed to booze it up later after home games

Hawkeye football fans will be allowed to booze it up later after home games

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Fans attending home games of the 2015 Iowa football team will have a little more time after most home games to celebrate Hawkeye victories,…

Developing: Kayakers rescued from river

Developing: Kayakers rescued from river

MASON CITY – In a developing story, a number of kayakers were trapped at a dam on the Winnebago River in Mason City and pulled to safety Friday…

Free workshop and abstract party offered to help residents research the history of their property

Free workshop and abstract party offered to help residents research the history of their property

MASON CITY – Unless you live in a brand new home, you probably wonder what your house was like when it was first built. You might be curious…

North Iowa woman in jail on domestic abuse, drug charges

North Iowa woman in jail on domestic abuse, drug charges

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman has been jailed on domestic abuse and drug charges. Julie Marie Rockwell, age 33 of Meservey, was taken to the county…

Gov. Branstad signs 16 bills into law Friday

Gov. Branstad signs 16 bills into law Friday

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: House File 146: An act concerning gambling game prohibited activities and making penalties…

Chemical leak reported in Meservey

MESERVEY – Emergency responders are racing to Meservey just after noon today for an anhydrous ammonia leak that has left a man shirt of breath. The incident is…

Illegal alien sent to prison for re-entering U.S., using fake documents and other’s Social Security number

Illegal alien sent to prison for re-entering U.S., using fake documents and other’s Social Security number

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States and lived in Clarion while using false documents to obtain employment was sentenced today to fourteen…

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the latest investment by tech giant Google, which is set to make an additional…

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  • Cora Rodgers was reported missing to the Hampton PD, in Hampton on Apr 18, 2015. Cora is 16 years old and
    Weight: 134 lbs.
    Height: 5'03"
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Blue
    Sex: Female
  • The Swaledale Fire Dept will partner with neighboring departments and conduct a training fire and controlled burn on an abandoned property in Swaledale today (Saturday).
  • A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students has tripled in one year. Traditional cigarette smoking declined but according to the CDC report about 25 percent of all high school students and 8 percent of middle school students used some form of tobacco. That's estimated to be more than four million young people.
  • West Fork Community School District was among 11 school districts in Iowa chosen to showcase an innovative student project at the Iowa Area Education Agency (AEA) Board of Directors conference on Thursday, April 16 in West Des Moines, the school district reported. West Fork students Trenton Fekkers and Chadd Blanchard along with secondary teacher and technology coordinator, Eric Burt, discussed the process they used to develop the new West Fork mobile app.
  • University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder, wrestling associate head coach Terry Brands, and men’s basketball assistant coach Kirk Speraw will be the featured speakers at the annual North Iowa I-Club Spring Banquet on Monday, May 4, 2015. Voice of the Hawkeyes Gary Dolphin will serve as emcee for the evening. The event will be held at the Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive in Clear Lake, starting with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Call the Surf for tickets.
  • The number of adults worldwide who report having an account at a financial institution or through a mobile device grew by an estimated 700 million between 2011 and 2014. Now, 62% of the world's adult population has an account.
  • The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board has set Friday May 1, 2015 as the tentative opening date for campgrounds depending on the weather conditions. CGCCB manages three modern campgrounds; Ingebretson Park in Thornton; Linn Grove Park in Rockwell; and Wilkinson Pioneer Park in Rock Falls. Each campground offers 30 amp electrical hook-up, shower house facility, fresh water and dump station. Camping rates will remain the same for the 2015 season: $12 for electrical and $7 for non-electrical nights. For more information or Recreational Experience Close to Home brochures outlining the campgrounds and other areas, contact the Cerro Gordo County Conservation office at (641) 423-5309, visit the web site at www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us, or stopping at the Lime Creek Nature Center M-F 7:30am to 4:00pm.
  • The Mitchell County Conservation Board has OPENED CEDAR BRIDGE PARK on Hwy 9 west of Osage. Right now all other campgrounds are still closed.
  • The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board ROW Management staff will be giving away a portion of its stockpile of wood chips at Lime Creek Nature Center April 27 – May 1. Mulch, for personal use only, will be loaded into small trailers or trucks with the assistance of a tractor at 7:45 AM and 3:30 PM each day. Smaller quantities may be loaded by hand. A limited supply is available to the public so individuals interested in wood chips must contact the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board at (641) 423-5309 to reserve a day and time for pick up.
  • Charles City: Main Street will be closed to traffice from Riverside Drive to Clark Street for construction of water and sewer main extensions in to the new McQuillen Place currently under construction. Closure will start Monday, April 20th and is expected to reopen Friday, April 24th. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area if possible and to utilize other routes through the downtown area.
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Crime

Riceville woman to be sentenced in June after plea deal

Riceville woman to be sentenced in June after plea deal

RICEVILLE – A North Iowa woman charged with sexual abuse of a teen boy has entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge and awaits sentencing. Mindy Jo…

Woman who drove drunk and assaulted police officer found guilt by jury

Woman who drove drunk and assaulted police officer found guilt by jury

FORT DODGE – A Fort dodge woman who was caught drunk driving and then assaulted a police officer was found guilty by a jury last week and faces…

Speeding drunk driver brought to jail

Speeding drunk driver brought to jail

MASON CITY – A man traveling at least 90 miles per hour with an open container of booze was stopped and arrested by multiple law enforcement agencies early…

Retired marine accused of plotting girlfriend’s death

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brian Karl Brimager, 37, prior boyfriend of murdered Los Angeles woman Yvonne Baldelli, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego, California, today…

Prostitution sting in Albert Lea and Owatonna nets 20 arrests

Prostitution sting in Albert Lea and Owatonna nets 20 arrests

ALBERT LEA – An undercover law enforcement operation in Southern Minnesota led to the arrests of 20 men on solicitation of prostition charges. On February 19th, March 20th…

North Iowa woman in jail on domestic abuse, drug charges

North Iowa woman in jail on domestic abuse, drug charges

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman has been jailed on domestic abuse and drug charges. Julie Marie Rockwell, age 33 of Meservey, was taken to the county…

Illegal alien sent to prison for re-entering U.S., using fake documents and other’s Social Security number

Illegal alien sent to prison for re-entering U.S., using fake documents and other’s Social Security number

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States and lived in Clarion while using false documents to obtain employment was sentenced today to fourteen…

Mason City man convicted on theft charge, accused of violating probation

Mason City man convicted on theft charge, accused of violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man arrested last year for theft pled guilty and was given probation before he was accused this month of violating that arrangement.…

Fort Dodge cops says argument led to shooting

Fort Dodge cops says argument led to shooting

FORT DODGE – Police in Fort Dodge responded to shot fired Thursday and found bullet holes in the side of a building, the apparent result of an argument…

Mason City woman jailed after domestic incident

Mason City woman jailed after domestic incident

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who has found herself in trouble previously has been arrested after a domestic incident. Police were called to 1302 South Penn…

World

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SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq between 8 a.m., April 16, and…

Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Clinton County

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DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Clinton County in response to recent…

Politics

Gov. Branstad signs 16 bills into law Friday

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: House File 146: An act concerning gambling game prohibited activities and making…

Iowa Senate passes “Safe at Home” act

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Business

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