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Walk planned to mark 20th anniversary of disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

Walk planned to mark 20th anniversary of disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

MASON CITY – An event is being planned to mark the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Mason City news anchor Jodi Huisentruit. Beth Bednar, author of “Dead…

Mason City School Board struggles to make legal votes, appointments

Mason City School Board struggles to make legal votes, appointments

From the Mason City School District: At the regular meeting on May 18, 2015, the Mason City Community School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Robert…

Three city council seats on the line in Mason City

Three city council seats on the line in Mason City

Opinion from NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt – You haven’t heard much about this from city hall and the other media in Mason City, yet, but there are three…

Three from Mason City arrested after drugs discovered during rural traffic stop

Three from Mason City arrested after drugs discovered during rural traffic stop

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Three Mason City residents were arrested after a traffic stop and drugs were discovered. A Cerro Gordo deputy stopped a vehicle driven by…

Houses again on the move in Mason City

Houses again on the move in Mason City

MASON CITY – More houses are on the move in Mason City. A house owned by landlord Russ Hardy was moved from the 100 block of North Connecticut…

Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau; could ISU’s Hoiberg be hired to replace him?

Bulls fire coach Tom Thibodeau; could ISU’s Hoiberg be hired to replace him?

CHICAGO – Iowa State basketball fans have been nervously watching the NBA’s Chicago Bulls ever since that team was bounced from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, worried…

North Iowa man busted with meth, may have been trying to deliver it

North Iowa man busted with meth, may have been trying to deliver it

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man was caught on the city’s North End late Wednesday night with the illegal drug methamphetamine, and cops say he was trying…

FDA: Be careful who injects “soft tissue fillers” into your face

FDA: Be careful who injects “soft tissue fillers” into your face

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We all want a smooth, supple face, but the FDA is warning that only professionals should be making risky facial injections of soft tissue fillers.…

ISU study: Sense of community slipping in small town Iowa

ISU study: Sense of community slipping in small town Iowa

AMES, Iowa – A new survey of residents in 99 Iowa towns offers a snapshot of how these communities have changed over the past 20 years. While a majority of…

Corruption now legal? Iowa Public Information Board dismisses complaint against Bookmeyer, council in secret budget meetings case

Corruption now legal? Iowa Public Information Board dismisses complaint against Bookmeyer, council in secret budget meetings case

DES MOINES – Despite previously calling the matter an “extremely important issue”, the Iowa Public Information Board dismissed a complaint brought by a Mason City citizen about closed door…

Rowdy doggie spells more bad luck for Merservey woman

Rowdy doggie spells more bad luck for Merservey woman

MESERVEY – A Meservey woman is behind bars for the third time this year after she failed to control her dog. A Cerro Gordo deputy was sent to…

Drug task force conducts training in Cultural Crescent

Drug task force conducts training in Cultural Crescent

MASON CITY – A North Iowa drug task force conducted a training exercise in the Cultural Crescent Wednesday. The North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force (NCINTF) Special Operations…

Trial set for Charles City man accused of trying to run over police

Trial set for Charles City man accused of trying to run over police

CHARLES CITY – A man who police say tried to run over a cop with a van will stand trial in July. Lavonte Lashon Starr, age 26, will…

Seven Iowans charged with firearm and ammo offenses

Seven Iowans charged with firearm and ammo offenses

CEDAR RAPIDS – Six men and a woman have been charged with firearm and ammunition offenses. The charges are contained in complaints unsealed late yesterday and this morning…

Mason City woman in trouble in Dubuque, faces probation revocation

Mason City woman in trouble in Dubuque, faces probation revocation

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman recently pled guilty to harassing 911 operators, and is now facing the prospect of her probation being revoked in Dubuque in…

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  • Approval of Out-of-Wedlock Births Growing in U.S.: A new high of 61% of Americans say having a baby outside of marriage is morally acceptable, while 35% say it is morally wrong. This is a reversal from 2002, when more said it was morally wrong (50%) than said it was morally acceptable (45%).
  • In U.S., Support Up for Doctor-Assisted Suicide: Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) say doctors should be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide, if the patient requests it. This figure is up from 58% in 2014.
  • After their sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Minnesota Twins are tied for first in the AL-Central.
  • Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues: Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, sex between an unmarried man and woman, divorce and embryonic stem cell research morally acceptable.
  • Obesity Rate Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in Mississippi: Hawaii had the lowest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, at 19.0%. For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate, with 35.2% of residents classified as obese according to residents' self-reported height and weight. Iowa ranked 41st... 9th worst in the nation.
  • Interested in making a tax deductible donation to rehabilitate the stone bridge? There is an account set up at City Hall. Cash or check only. Unfortunately, they do not accept credit cards. Make check payable to City of Mason City and be sure to note East Park Stone Bridge. Mail to:City of Mason City, Attn: Finance, 10 1st St. NW, Mason City, Iowa 50401.
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Three city council seats on the line in Mason City

Three city council seats on the line in Mason City

Opinion from NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt – You haven’t heard much about this from city…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – For many, school does not stop with high school graduation.…

City of Mason City expense report: May 21, 2015

City of Mason City expense report: May 21, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/21/2015 Payee Description Amount ——- ———— ABC LOCK SERVICEBUILDING…

Training on identifying and reporting child abuse to be held in Forest City

Training on identifying and reporting child abuse to be held in Forest City

FOREST CITY – Waldorf College is hosting the Winnebago County Domestic and Sexual Assault Response…

Bill abolishing the death penalty in Nebraska is vetoed by governor

Bill abolishing the death penalty in Nebraska is vetoed by governor

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB268, a bill which would repeal the…

Iowa Bandmasters present outstanding administrator awards

Iowa Bandmasters present outstanding administrator awards

MASON CITY – The Iowa Bandmasters Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its…

Summer reading program for adults offered at Mason City library

Summer reading program for adults offered at Mason City library

MASON CITY – The Summer Reading Program for adults at the Mason City library will begin…

Population estimates show another loss for Mason City

Population estimates show another loss for Mason City

NIT – It’s been the declared goal of Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the city council…

Obama blasted with hate on new Twitter account

Obama blasted with hate on new Twitter account

NIT – The President is now tweeting, and some of the “tweets” he received weren’t…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. The history of Memorial…

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Crime

Three from Mason City arrested after drugs discovered during rural traffic stop

Three from Mason City arrested after drugs discovered during rural traffic stop

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Three Mason City residents were arrested after a traffic stop and drugs were discovered. A Cerro Gordo deputy stopped a vehicle driven by…

North Iowa man busted with meth, may have been trying to deliver it

North Iowa man busted with meth, may have been trying to deliver it

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man was caught on the city’s North End late Wednesday night with the illegal drug methamphetamine, and cops say he was trying…

Rowdy doggie spells more bad luck for Merservey woman

Rowdy doggie spells more bad luck for Merservey woman

MESERVEY – A Meservey woman is behind bars for the third time this year after she failed to control her dog. A Cerro Gordo deputy was sent to…

Trial set for Charles City man accused of trying to run over police

Trial set for Charles City man accused of trying to run over police

CHARLES CITY – A man who police say tried to run over a cop with a van will stand trial in July. Lavonte Lashon Starr, age 26, will…

Seven Iowans charged with firearm and ammo offenses

Seven Iowans charged with firearm and ammo offenses

CEDAR RAPIDS – Six men and a woman have been charged with firearm and ammunition offenses. The charges are contained in complaints unsealed late yesterday and this morning…

Mason City woman in trouble in Dubuque, faces probation revocation

Mason City woman in trouble in Dubuque, faces probation revocation

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman recently pled guilty to harassing 911 operators, and is now facing the prospect of her probation being revoked in Dubuque in…

Waterloo halfway house escapee caught and returned to captivity

Waterloo halfway house escapee caught and returned to captivity

DES MOINES – An escaped Iowa inmate has been apprehended after not returning to a Waterloo halfway house. Eric Livingston, age 26 and a convicted robber, was placed…

Iowa couple arrested after young girl discovered dead

Iowa couple arrested after young girl discovered dead

TAYLOR COUNTY, IA – The death of a young Iowa girl is now under investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and her father and his girlfriend…

Charles City couple enters guilty pleas in copper pipe theft case

Charles City couple enters guilty pleas in copper pipe theft case

CHARLES CITY – Two people who were caught after a foot chase when it was discovered they were gutting a vacant house in Charles City have entered guilty…

Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption

Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering…

World

FDA: Be careful who injects “soft tissue fillers” into your face

FDA: Be careful who injects “soft tissue fillers” into your face

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We all want a smooth, supple face, but the FDA is warning that only professionals should be making…

Gov. Terry Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Clarke County

Gov. Terry Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Clarke County

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

Minnesota authorities confirm 5 cases of canine influenza

Minnesota authorities confirm 5 cases of canine influenza

ST. PAUL – Recent test results confirm that at least five Minnesota dogs were infected with a new strain of influenza…

Minnesota cancels exhibitions of birds for 2015 Season

Minnesota cancels exhibitions of birds for 2015 Season

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs,…

Politics

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – For many, school does not stop with high school graduation. Increasingly, good jobs require higher education or worker training. Iowans of all…

Bill abolishing the death penalty in Nebraska is vetoed by governor

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB268, a bill which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. The bill also attempts to repeal the sentences…

Business

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was announced at the safety council’s professional…

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it will impose fines totaling more than $1.8 billion against six major banking organizations for their unsafe and…

Crime

Three from Mason City arrested after drugs discovered during rural traffic stop

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Three Mason City residents were arrested after a traffic stop and drugs were discovered. A Cerro Gordo deputy stopped a vehicle driven…

North Iowa man busted with meth, may have been trying to deliver it

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man was caught on the city’s North End late Wednesday night with the illegal drug methamphetamine, and cops say he was…

Business

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was announced at the safety council’s professional…

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it will impose fines totaling more than $1.8 billion against six major banking organizations for their unsafe and…