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Bookmeyer meets behind locked doors at bar with hotel honcho

Bookmeyer meets behind locked doors at bar with hotel honcho

MASON CITY – Today, Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer met behind locked doors at a downtown bar with a hotel company president. Bookmeyer was spotted at the 1910…

Senate confirms first cabinet nominees for President Trump

Senate confirms first cabinet nominees for President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed its first two nominees for President Trump’s cabinet: retired General…

Donald J. Trump sworn-in as 45th President of the United States

Donald J. Trump sworn-in as 45th President of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald J. Trump was sworn in today, January 20, 2017 as the 45th President of the United States. Read his Inaugural Address, below: INAUGURAL ADDRESS…

Settlement reached between Iowa dairy company and Environmental Protection Agency for water violations

Settlement reached between Iowa dairy company and Environmental Protection Agency for water violations

ROCK VALLEY, IOWA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Meadowvale Dairy of Rock Valley, Iowa, for Clean Water Act violations. Meadowvale Dairy, LLC,…

Iowa DNR releases new five-year strategy for ambient water monitoring

Iowa DNR releases new five-year strategy for ambient water monitoring

DES MOINES – A new five-year strategy aiming to improve the Iowa DNR’s Ambient Water Monitoring Program is now available on the web. The DNR’s Ambient Water Monitoring…

Mason City man jailed after suspicious traffic stop

Mason City man jailed after suspicious traffic stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man ended up with a jail sentence after he was stopped by police while driving a car with stolen license plates. Mason…

Fatal crash reported in Floyd county near Marble Rock

Fatal crash reported in Floyd county near Marble Rock

FLOYD COUNTY – A fatal crash took place Friday morning near Marble Rock in Floyd county. The Iowa State Patrol says that the two-vehicle accident took place Friday…

This month marks 40th anniversary of the Iowa Court of Appeals

This month marks 40th anniversary of the Iowa Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Forty years ago this month, the newly formed Iowa Court of Appeals heard oral arguments and issued opinions for the first time. The Iowa Legislature…

Convicted murderer dies in Iowa prison

Convicted murderer dies in Iowa prison

CORALVILLE – A man convicted of murdering his wife died in an Iowa prison. Jackie Paul Glascock, Sr., a 73-year-old an inmate assigned to the Iowa Medical and…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – Veterans from across Iowa came to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and enjoy a full schedule of activities,…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor a great American that dedicated his life to fighting…

Floyd county still seeks new law enforcement center

Floyd county still seeks new law enforcement center

CHARLES CITY – An aging jail is still a big problem in Charles City for police and the sheriff’s office, and work is continuing to find a solution…

Mason City coke dealer’s sentence commuted by President Obama

Mason City coke dealer’s sentence commuted by President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Mason City cocaine dealer will be getting out of jail early, thanks to President Barack Obama. Today, President Obama commuted the sentences of 330…

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

DES MOINES – A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities…

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Bookmeyer meets behind locked doors at bar with hotel honcho

Bookmeyer meets behind locked doors at bar with hotel honcho

MASON CITY – Today, Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer met behind locked doors at a…

Donald J. Trump sworn-in as 45th President of the United States

Donald J. Trump sworn-in as 45th President of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald J. Trump was sworn in today, January 20, 2017 as the…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City – Veterans from across Iowa came to the…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King…

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

Highly-paid school administrators complain about state “underfunding”

DES MOINES – A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of…

Opinion: Gov. Branstad’s $7.7 million cut to Iowa courts will be “devastating”

Opinion: Gov. Branstad’s $7.7 million cut to Iowa courts will be “devastating”

In December 2016, the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) lowered its projection for the current…

Ernst questions Trump’s appointee for EPA Administrator

Ernst questions Trump’s appointee for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Environment and Public…

Guest Editorial: Mitchell county supervisor pursues “inequity” for taxpayers

Guest Editorial: Mitchell county supervisor pursues “inequity” for taxpayers

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Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office outside the Capitol today to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Iowa Hawkeyes lost to a tough Maryland team Thursday night in a home game: Iowa 76, #25 Maryland 84

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Infrastructure Spending Deemed Most Important Trump Promise: Two-thirds of Americans say it is very important for Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise for increased infrastructure spending.

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Twenty-four colleges and graduate programs at the University of Iowa are listed among the 25 best in the nation, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

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The Charles City Press reports that Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, "is considering a run for governor after the current legislative session."

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There will be an Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting at the Garner Library on Tuesday Jan 24th at 4pm.
Richard Kittleson, ISA Certified Aborist will be discussing the history of the EAB, where it's at in Iowa, what to look for and treatment options. He will also be reviewing the results of a recent Garner Community Tree Inventory.

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A Winter Festival will be held on Saturday, January 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center.
Beat the winter blahs with an adventure-packed afternoon at Lime Creek! Scheduled activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow bike demo, winter scavenger hunt, candle making, and nature crafts. Participants can enjoy marshmallows and hot dog roasted over a campfire.
A limited number of skis and snowshoes will be available for participants that do not have their own equipment and instruction will be provided for beginners.
This event is free for Lime Creek Nature Center members and $3.00 for non-members over 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required - call 423-5309 to register or for more information.

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Americans: Inauguration More About Politics Than Patriotism

More Americans think Donald Trump's inauguration is a celebration by his supporters than a celebration of democracy by all Americans. Americans are more likely to condone inauguration protests now than in the past.

Meanwhile, more Americans disapprove than approve of how President-elect Donald Trump is handling the transition from the Obama Administration, 51% vs. 44%, after being split on the question last month.

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State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City will hold a legislative listening post this Saturday, January 21. The meeting will take place from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St. SE, Mason City.
The legislators will provide and update on the 2017 legislative session, and constituents will have the opportunity to ask questions, and share concerns and ideas on key issues the state is facing this year.

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SENIOR HEALTH CLINICS
The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Heath offers Senior Health Clinics to county residents age 55 and older. There is no charge. However, contributions are encouraged in order to keep the clinic running. Blood pressure clinics are also available free of charge.
Feb . 8 - Mason City, Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Feb . 13 - Clear Lake, Evangelical Free Church, 1310 Hwy. 18 West
Feb . 27 - Mason City, Mason City Senior Activity Center, 326 4th St. NE

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Americans' Dining-Out Frequency Little Changed From 2008:
Sixty-one percent of Americans report eating dinner out at a restaurant at least once in the past week. The rate varies sharply by age and income. Gallup reports that the percentage eating at a restaurant at least weekly rises from 44% among those earning less than $30,000 in annual household income to 67% among those in the middle income group and 72% among those earning $75,000 or more.

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FISHING REPORT, JAN. 19:

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout - Good: Use small jigs tipped with bait or small jigging spoons. You may need to try several locations; the action is fast once the fish are found.

Bluebill Lake
Ice thickness is 16-18 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Use wax worms. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try minnows fished in 12-16 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 18-20 inches on most of the little lake and 17-19 inches on the main lake. With warmer weather the next several days, the accesses are constantly changing; be cautious of ice heaves any areas near vegetation and near the aeration systems. The best bite is still early morning and around 4:00 p.m. to dark. Catch bluegills and crappies near the rushes by the west aeration system. Yellow Bass - Good: Use wax worms and spikes fished near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. Try near the Farmers Beach area. Walleye - Fair: Try jigs tipped with minnows or jigging raps. Most are less than 14 inches, but a few keepers are being caught. Black Crappie - Fair: The best crappie bite is at first light. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Elm Lake
Ice thickness is 16 inches. Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are biting; lots of smaller fish being caught with a few keepers.

Lake Smith
Ice thickness is 16-20 inches. Bluegill - Good: Use wax worms.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 18-20 inches. With the clear water, the best bite is the last hour of light. Walleye - Fair: Use jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 18-20 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with spikes. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with bait.

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The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will be hosting free seminars on the Smoke Free Homes program. The seminars are directed toward landlords and will explain how to qualify for program benefits and resources. Landlords will also learn how to navigate the Smoke Free Homes website, and list their properties for free.
Seminars will be held at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health in Mohawk Square. Three times are available for your convenience:
- Tuesday, January 24th from 4-5PM

“Many renters are looking for smoke free properties in Cerro Gordo County,” states Penny McCaslin, Tobacco Program Coordinator for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. “The Smoke Free Homes program provides landlords with signage, guidance, and much more free of charge.”

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Clear Lake Boy Scout Troop 30
Annual Vegetable Soup and Chili Supper
Monday January 30, 2017
5:00pm to 7:00pm
(carryouts available beginning at 4:30pm)
Adults $7, Children under 12 - $3
United Methodist Church
508 2nd Ave N.
Clear Lake

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Sand is available for Mason City citizens to use for ice control during the winter months. The sand is located on a pile across the street from the Water Treatment Plant (339 13th Street NE) on the east side of Elm Drive in the vacant lot.

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UPDATE: East Park roads will be closed and unusable to the public during the week days for repair of Dams #1 and #2. The roads in the park will remain closed during the week but will re-open at 5 pm on Fridays and will be open on weekends for the duration of the repair which is anticipated to last approximately 1 month. Notification will be made when the repairs are completed and the roads in the park will re-open during the week. The park itself will not be closed during the week.

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Don’t try to tackle wild animals by yourself – Hire a Professional. Mohr Wildlife Control can remove the animal(s), fix the damaged area and / or provide solutions to solve the problem so you don’t have a problem again. Some examples: raccoons in your attic or chimney, ground hogs (wood chucks) digging by your foundation and eating your flowers, skunks living under your deck, moles tunneling through your nice lawn, and bats taking over your home. Serving entire North Iowa region!

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Mason City man jailed after suspicious traffic stop

Mason City man jailed after suspicious traffic stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man ended up with a jail sentence after he was stopped by police while driving a car with stolen license plates. Mason…

Convicted murderer dies in Iowa prison

Convicted murderer dies in Iowa prison

CORALVILLE – A man convicted of murdering his wife died in an Iowa prison. Jackie Paul Glascock, Sr., a 73-year-old an inmate assigned to the Iowa Medical and…

Mason City coke dealer’s sentence commuted by President Obama

Mason City coke dealer’s sentence commuted by President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Mason City cocaine dealer will be getting out of jail early, thanks to President Barack Obama. Today, President Obama commuted the sentences of 330…

Guilty plea entered by Charles City man after cops find over a pound of weed in apartment

Guilty plea entered by Charles City man after cops find over a pound of weed in apartment

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man awaits sentencing in a case in which police raided an apartment and found over a pound of marijuana. The Floyd County…

Hampton man fined for spreading HIV

Hampton man fined for spreading HIV

FAYETTE COUNTY, IOWA – A Hampton man has been sentenced to only a fine after a tryst in hotel room that spread a dangerous disease. Ismael Alfaro, age…

Young Iowa teen charged with attempted murder

Young Iowa teen charged with attempted murder

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Magellan Pipeline settles suit related to spills in Texas, Nebraska and Kansas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Magellan Pipeline…

FBI: Employment scam targeting college students remains prevalent

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Twelve regional Iowa nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling $16,550 from the Alliant Energy Foundation in the second of its two 2016 giving cycles.

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$4 million in state funds allocated for watershed projects

$4 million in state funds allocated for watershed projects

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that eight watershed-based demonstration projects funded in 2013, and set to end this year, will receive a 2nd round of funding. The locally-led projects will build upon previous demonstration objectives and continue working towards accelerated implementation of practices that improve water quality.

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