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Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens to…

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Over a quarter of all Iowans with a credit file have debt in collections

Over a quarter of all Iowans with a credit file have debt in collections

NIT – Tens of millions of Americans have fallen behind on their debts and are being chased by bill collectors to make good on their obligations, and Iowans…

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

MASON CITY – He stabbed a man in the face, and got a cot at Mason City’s busiest bed ‘n breakfast, the Beje Clark Inn. Now, he’s been…

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and woman were arrested after they scuffled in a bar as the RAGBRAI party was wrapping up last week. Minda Rochelle…

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pled guilty Monday to a charge of eluding police and recently pled guilty to essentially causing trouble at the RAGBRAI fest…

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

SPENCER, IA – A Spencer man with a felonious history of drug possession dared to free himself from a squad car after he was arrested. According to the…

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City caught a youth who they believe fired a handgun in the popular downtown area.…

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

MASON CITY – A convicted meth dealer once sent to the revolving door Beje Clark halfway house for dealing meth is headed back there.…

Atheists lose court battle in attempt to remove World Trade Center cross

Atheists lose court battle in attempt to remove World Trade Center cross

NEW YORK – A famous Christian cross erected at the site of the 2001 terrorist attack in New York and then placed in a museum will not be…

Study: Sloppy anesthesiologists spreading germs in surgery

Study: Sloppy anesthesiologists spreading germs in surgery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal…

Success of STEM education in Iowa highlighted today at press conference three years after the initiative’s launch

Success of STEM education in Iowa highlighted today at press conference three years after the initiative’s launch

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today were joined at their weekly press conference by Dr. Jeff Weld, executive director of the Governor’s…

Diet experts to offer “eating fresh” cooking demos at farmer’s market

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is again partnering with local Hy-Vee Dietitians to host an “Easy Steps to Eating Fresh” cooking demonstration…

Conservatives hail ruling that declares DC gun carry ban unconstitutional

Conservatives hail ruling that declares DC gun carry ban unconstitutional

NIT – Conservatives are hailing a ruling handed down this weekend that declares a ban on carrying guns in public in the District of Columbia as unconstitutional.…

Felon arrested for drunk driving in golf cart

Felon arrested for drunk driving in golf cart

MASON CITY – A convicted felon was arrested this weekend for allegedly driving a golf cart on a city street while intoxicated.…


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News Briefs

  • Americans' outlook for the economy plummeted to an eight-month low, according to a new poll from Gallup.
  • Republicans bragged Tuesday that GOP Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen from Hiawatha, took second place in the "Night of Destruction" bus race during the Jackson County Fair Sunday. "Kraig Paulsen is not only bold at the State Capitol," said Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann. "He's also bold, bad and bumpin' on the race track."
  • Getting bigger: The city of Ankeny is requesting a special census that could trigger more federal dollars for the booming central Iowa town, the Des Moines Register reported. The population may now be in excess of 53,000, up from 48,000 in 2010. Mason City lost nearly 400 people since then.
  • Yahoo news reported today that a top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
  • The University of Iowa has indefinitely suspended all of its study abroad programs to Israel.
  • Very religious Americans continue to align with the Republican Party, while moderately religious and nonreligious Americans are more likely to identify as Democrats, new poll says. These patterns have remained consistent over almost seven years.
  • U.N. Security Council has called for an 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire.
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Crime

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

MASON CITY – He stabbed a man in the face, and got a cot at Mason City’s busiest bed ‘n breakfast, the Beje Clark Inn. Now, he’s been…

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and woman were arrested after they scuffled in a bar as the RAGBRAI party was wrapping up last week. Minda Rochelle…

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pled guilty Monday to a charge of eluding police and recently pled guilty to essentially causing trouble at the RAGBRAI fest…

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

SPENCER, IA – A Spencer man with a felonious history of drug possession dared to free himself from a squad car after he was arrested. According to the…

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City caught a youth who they believe fired a handgun in the popular downtown area.…

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

MASON CITY – A convicted meth dealer once sent to the revolving door Beje Clark halfway house for dealing meth is headed back there.…

UPS driver charged with stealing guns, helping sell them on streets

UPS driver charged with stealing guns, helping sell them on streets

RIVERSIDE, California – A United Parcel Service driver was arrested this afternoon on federal gun trafficking charges for allegedly stealing dozens of guns going through the shipping company’s…

Iowa man and woman charged with bank robbery

Iowa man and woman charged with bank robbery

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two Iowa residents are facing charges in connection with a bank robbery and possession of a firearm.…

Felon arrested for drunk driving in golf cart

Felon arrested for drunk driving in golf cart

MASON CITY – A convicted felon was arrested this weekend for allegedly driving a golf cart on a city street while intoxicated.…

World

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

UN – The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces…

UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

UN – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s…

UN-run school in Gaza attacked, at least 15 dead

UN-run school in Gaza attacked, at least 15 dead

UN – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is “appalled” by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school…

Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

Senator Cruz questions Obama on suspension of flights to Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday questioned the Obama Administration’s decision to ban flights to Israel while,…

Politics

Senators condemn Hamas for use of human shields

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, filed a resolution with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist…

Success of STEM education in Iowa highlighted today at press conference three years after the initiative’s launch

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today were joined at their weekly press conference by Dr. Jeff Weld, executive director of the…

Business

Business leaving downtown Mason City to “upscale” in Clear Lake

MASON CITY – A business that had been located on the downtown plaza in Mason City is leaving for Clear Lake.…

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Crime

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

MASON CITY – He stabbed a man in the face, and got a cot at Mason City’s busiest bed ‘n breakfast, the Beje Clark Inn. Now, he’s…

Watercooler

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens…

Over a quarter of all Iowans with a credit file have debt in collections

NIT – Tens of millions of Americans have fallen behind on their debts and are being chased by bill collectors to make good on their obligations, and…