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Accident reported on I-35 southbound, backing up traffic (photos)

Accident reported on I-35 southbound, backing up traffic (photos)

CLEAR LAKE – An auto accident is backing up traffic this afternoon on I-35 southbound, about 5 miles south of Clear Lake. Law enforcement was en route at…

UPDATED: Fire seriously damages Homer’s Bar (photos and video)

UPDATED: Fire seriously damages Homer’s Bar (photos and video)

MASON CITY – A fire was reported at Homer’s Bar on Mason City’s south side after midnight, causing serious damage to the structure. Emergency responders including police and…

Two vehicles suffer extensive damage after South Federal collision (photos)

Two vehicles suffer extensive damage after South Federal collision (photos)

MASON CITY – An Illinois man was cited after a collision Wednesday morning on South Federal Avenue in Mason City. According to a Mason City police spokesman, Wednesday…

Riceville woman loses life while riding bicycle near Osage

Riceville woman loses life while riding bicycle near Osage

OSAGE – A car versus bicycle accident was fatal for a Riceville woman Wednesday morning. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, Grace Harken of Riceville…

UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

MASON CITY – Police were able to get two intoxicated individuals off the streets and rescue a baby from their custody early Wednesday. According to a Mason City…

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa Falls man was ordered detained without bond yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids, pending further proceedings in a case in which he…

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

MASON CITY – The “AK-47″ bandit may be responsible for Monday’s credit union robbery in Mason City, police say. The “AK-47″ bandit has allegedly been responsible for robberies…

Op-ed: Small Town Prejudices (by Peter Children)

What do we have here… between 25 & 27 thousand people living together? We have the amenities most towns this size have, we have pole buildings in the…

Humane Society to lead discussion on animal cruelty laws in wake of vicious acts in county

Humane Society to lead discussion on animal cruelty laws in wake of vicious acts in county

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa will hold an informational meeting on the subject of “Improving Iowa’s Animal Cruelty Laws” on Tuesday, August 4th, at…

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

OSAGE – Following a burglary investigation by the Osage Police Department, multiple felony charges were filed on two Osage residents. Codie Smith, 27 years old and Samantha Hanson,…

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

MASON CITY – In a heated and contentious meeting, the Mason City council denied Eleven Lounge a liquor license at its meeting Tuesday night. The unanimous 5-0 vote…

Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

MASON CITY – A mom described an encounter she and her children had with a man Monday morning that left her “terrified” as he approached them with a…

Grassley urges EPA to increase volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard

Grassley urges EPA to increase volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to revise and increase its proposed volume obligations for renewable biofuels under the Renewable Fuel…

Trout bans flash photography at council meetings

Trout bans flash photography at council meetings

MASON CITY – Calling them “disruptive”, City Administrator Brent Trout has banned the use of cameras with a flash at council meetings. At the bottom of the agenda…

Hawkeyes want another big upgrade to Kinnick Stadium

Hawkeyes want another big upgrade to Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa is proposing significant new improvements to its athletics facilities complex. The plan calls for renovating the north stands at Kinnick…

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Op-ed: Small Town Prejudices (by Peter Children)

What do we have here… between 25 & 27 thousand people living together? We have…

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Florida man has been jailed for attempting to use a weapon…

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/23/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————– ADVANCED SYSTEMSOFFICE SUPPLIES…

Opinion: What is happening at North Butler School??

By: Elizabeth Schroeder With an unclear understanding of what actually went wrong with North Butler…

Globe’s Skipper and Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas

Globe’s Skipper and Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – John Skipper and Arian Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas this weekend.…

Schickel could clash with Bookmeyer and his chamber cronies

Schickel could clash with Bookmeyer and his chamber cronies

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – Former Mayor and State Representative Bill Schickel says in a…

City of Mason City expense report, July 16, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 16, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report, 7/16/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL…

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Mason City Woman’s Club Board Meeting
Date: August 4, 2015
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Meeting room at Pies and More

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UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

MASON CITY – Police were able to get two intoxicated individuals off the streets and rescue a baby from their custody early Wednesday. According to a Mason City…

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa Falls man was ordered detained without bond yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids, pending further proceedings in a case in which he…

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

MASON CITY – The “AK-47″ bandit may be responsible for Monday’s credit union robbery in Mason City, police say. The “AK-47″ bandit has allegedly been responsible for robberies…

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

OSAGE – Following a burglary investigation by the Osage Police Department, multiple felony charges were filed on two Osage residents. Codie Smith, 27 years old and Samantha Hanson,…

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

MASON CITY – In a heated and contentious meeting, the Mason City council denied Eleven Lounge a liquor license at its meeting Tuesday night. The unanimous 5-0 vote…

World

One dead from gunfire after dispute in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – At least two people were shot and one died after a dispute in Minneapolis early Monday. Calls to 9-1-1…

Five dead in shootings at military recruitment centers

Five dead in shootings at military recruitment centers

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Five people, including the alleged shooter, are dead after a rampage at two military recruitment centers in Tennessee.…