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Poll: Iowa Senate race is “snout to snout”

Poll: Iowa Senate race is “snout to snout”

DES MOINES – The Iowa U.S. Senate race is going down to the wire, with…

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22 that…

Callanan campaign makes illegal contribution to Joni Ernst campaign

Callanan campaign makes illegal contribution to Joni Ernst campaign

CLEAR LAKE – It has been revealed to NorthIowaToday.com that Casey Callanan, Republican candidate for 2nd district Cerro Gordo County Supervisor, has made an illegal campaign contribution to…

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-car accident outside Mason City.…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria yesterday and today,…

Board of Regents vote to continue tuition freeze for university students

Board of Regents vote to continue tuition freeze for university students

DES MOINES –The Iowa Board of Regents has one again voted to freeze tuition at the three major universities in the state.…

Mason City volunteer urges citizens to vote

Mason City volunteer urges citizens to vote

Letter to the Editor from Chris Watts of Mason City: Educated & Informed Regarding the upcoming election, I think it’s important that all are reminded that one does…

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job announcements,…

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

CHARLES CITY – A suspended Charles City driver was taken to jail last week after striking a building.…

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two Algona residents were detained and arrested for trying to steal from Wal-Mart over the weekend.…

Veterinary research on lambs leads to advances in treatments for respiratory disease in human infants

Veterinary research on lambs leads to advances in treatments for respiratory disease in human infants

AMES, Iowa – Veterinary research involving lambs at Iowa State University is helping to advance new treatments to a common virus in humans that sometimes poses a serious…

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man will be sentenced in a plea deal involving threats to children in schools, but not before a hearing that is now…

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd man is set for trial after being charged with felony second-degree sexual abuse of a child and aggravated misdemeanor indecent contact with a…

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News Briefs

  • Dense fog advisory in effect through 10 am Friday morning for east of I-35 in Iowa.
  • Be vigilant: Mason City police were dispatched to the Culvers restaurant Thursday for a report from an employee that someone cut the lock off his bicycle and stole it when he was at work. ALSO: Mason City police were dispatched to 118 Mission Drive to speak with a subject whom paid a contractor to install a new fence August 1st and she had not herd from him since. Officer directed her to civil court.
  • FDA warns public about use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween, saying the devices could be dangerous and harmful.
  • Des Moines Register backs Jim Mowrer over Steve King in race for Congress: "House needs Jim Mowrer's approach to service."
  • Officials confirm a New York doctor who worked in Guinea, Africa now has Ebola. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "We can't say that this is an unexpected circumstance."
  • FOLLOW UP: After investigating, NIT has determined that there is one city employee in particular who is taking long lunch breaks, sometimes up to two hours at a time, on a regular basis. This employee works on the third floor and has several employees beneath him. NIT has questioned MC Human Resources Director Perry Buffington and he would neither confirm nor deny the situation: "I am not able to respond with any specific information that might be part of confidential personnel records of an employee. We do have City personnel policies specifically pertaining to work breaks, personal appearance/dress code and a code of ethics. An updated copy of our personnel policies were provided to all City employees last October after the City Council approved a comprehensive revision to our Personnel Policy Manual. The Human Resource Department receives questions occasionally from supervisors and employees on the interpretation of those policies, and we provide feedback to them to assure consistency in our employment practices."
  • It is being widely reported now that U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst is cancelling all interviews with newspaper editorial boards, across the state, in the days leading up to the election.
  • Americans are taking the fewest vacation days in four decades, researchers say.
  • IN MASON CITY: On Thursday and Friday, October 23 – 24 there will be only one morning West Central bus. This route will be begin as usual at 6:30 a.m. Beginning at noon on Monday, October 27, there will be only one afternoon West Central bus.
  • IN MASON CITY: Beginning Thursday, October 23, the intersection at South Carolina Avenue and 15th Street SE will be closed for water and sewer main repairs. The closure is anticipated to last for approximately 1 week.
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Crime

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22 that…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

CHARLES CITY – A suspended Charles City driver was taken to jail last week after striking a building.…

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two Algona residents were detained and arrested for trying to steal from Wal-Mart over the weekend.…

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man will be sentenced in a plea deal involving threats to children in schools, but not before a hearing that is now…

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd man is set for trial after being charged with felony second-degree sexual abuse of a child and aggravated misdemeanor indecent contact with a…

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

CHARLES CITY – The trial of a Charles City man accused of numerous charges of sexual abuse of a child has been postponed until next year.…

Troopers catch man with drugs

Troopers catch man with drugs

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Details are short on an arrest made this weekend by Iowa State Patrol of an Iowa man with meth and marijuana.…

Ten-time Iowa felon sent to prison for 30 years

Ten-time Iowa felon sent to prison for 30 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was arrested after a six-hour stand-off with the U.S. Marshal’s Service…

World

Obama, Hagel offer Canada assistance after attacks

Obama, Hagel offer Canada assistance after attacks

By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity – WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck…

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the…

CDC to screen incoming travelers to U.S. from African countries

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of…

Airstrikes continue against ISIL targets in Syria, Iraq

Airstrikes continue against ISIL targets in Syria, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in…

Politics

Poll: Iowa Senate race is “snout to snout”

DES MOINES – The Iowa U.S. Senate race is going down to the wire, with…

Callanan campaign makes illegal contribution to Joni Ernst campaign

CLEAR LAKE – It has been revealed to NorthIowaToday.com that Casey Callanan, Republican candidate for 2nd district Cerro Gordo County Supervisor, has made an illegal campaign contribution…

Business

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job…

Registration for winter break classes at NIACC now open

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is once again offering courses when students are normally on winter break. A limited selection of NIACC courses…

Crime

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

Watercooler

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-car accident outside Mason City.…

Woman nearly falls victim to Nigerian Boyfriend Scam

MASON CITY – Online predators look for the gullible, the lonely, the easily-influenced, someone who will fall for their sob story, and seem to have come close…