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Charles City man sent to prison for dangerous car chase

Charles City man sent to prison for dangerous car chase

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Charles City man who was caught with four stolen firearms after a high speed chase through three counties was sentenced today to more than…

Police confirm possible bullying incident last week on way home from school

Police confirm possible bullying incident last week on way home from school

MASON CITY – Police and school officials are investigating a possible bullying incident that took place last week after four girls allegedly followed two girls home on a school…

Juveniles charged with felonies for damaging tree on school property (photos)

Juveniles charged with felonies for damaging tree on school property (photos)

MASON CITY – A Mason City parent is furious after she said her son and another boy were arrested and charged with felonies after they allegedly pulled bark…

New Hampton man arrested after standoff with police

New Hampton man arrested after standoff with police

NEW HAMPTON – Police have arrested a New Hampton man after a standoff there this weekend.…

Iowa man who possessed tens of thousands of child porn images sent to prison

Iowa man who possessed tens of thousands of child porn images sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who earlier pled guilty to distributing and possessing tens of thousands of child pornography images has been sentenced to decades in prison.…

Law enforcement says alleged killer spotted at airport

Law enforcement says alleged killer spotted at airport

BLAINE, MN – Minnesota law enforcement continues its dogged pursuit of a suspect said to have murdered a former Mason City man.…

UPDATED: Texas Latinos in town working on Wal-Mart roof witness stabbing at MC hotel (video & photos)

UPDATED: Texas Latinos in town working on Wal-Mart roof witness stabbing at MC hotel (video & photos)

MASON CITY – Two Texas men said to be working on the Wal-Mart collapsed roof repair job were charged with felony willful injury after a stabbing incident Monday…

Central Heights fire claims 2 lives, 2 cats and $45,000 in damage

Central Heights fire claims 2 lives, 2 cats and $45,000 in damage

MASON CITY – Fire officials in Mason City confirmed that there were two fatalities as a result of a fire last week in the Central Heights neighborhood.…

Dietz says campaign raised $1,500 at weekend fundraiser

Dietz says campaign raised $1,500 at weekend fundraiser

HAMPTON – Today the Dietz for Iowa Campaign is touting a successful fundraising event from the Labor Day weekend. The event was held at Mayne’s Grove park south…

Just in time for Labor Day, Globe fluff piece brags about life as a Wal-Mart employee

Just in time for Labor Day, Globe fluff piece brags about life as a Wal-Mart employee

Editorial by Matt Marquardt - Someone pointed out to me an article that appeared in Sunday’s Globe, where, along with a handful of other businesses, the Globe Gazette…

Fugitive accused of murdering former Mason City man now suspected of robbing Twin Cities bank on Sunday

Fugitive accused of murdering former Mason City man now suspected of robbing Twin Cities bank on Sunday

ST. PAUL – A man police suspect murdered a former Mason City man is now suspected in a brazen bank robbery this weekend in a Twin Cities suburb.…

Mason City man arrested for violating probation in drunk driving case

Mason City man arrested for violating probation in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Mason city man who avoided a second offense drunk driving charge with a plea deal and was instead given probation has been accused of…

Solidarity: Blue collar supporters gather for picnic in MC (photos and video)

Solidarity: Blue collar supporters gather for picnic in MC (photos and video)

MASON CITY – It rained, it poured, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the hard-working blue collar folks in Mason City who held a picnic to mark…

Supreme Court adopts expedited civil action rule and amends discovery rules

Supreme Court adopts expedited civil action rule and amends discovery rules

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has approved new court rules intended to reduce the cost and time needed to resolve many civil lawsuits.…

Hardened criminal caught on warrant in MC

Hardened criminal caught on warrant in MC

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man accused of a range of crimes over the years was caught in the heart of the Cultural Crescent.…


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News Briefs

  • American journalist Steven Sotloff has been murdered by Islamic extremists (ISIS) just days after his mother pleaded with the barbarians for her release.
  • University of Iowa backs off tough enforcement on football game day: In 2010 Iowa had an 11 o'clock start for the Hawkeye football season opener and they charged 119 with open containers. Also 2011 was 11am and they charged 39 for it. 0 this year. (kcrg reported)
  • The TV show COPS has wrapped up 10 weeks of filming in Des Moines, the DM Register reported Tuesday.
  • Joni Ernst campaign for U.S. Senate seems to be brimming with confidence: "What have we learned this summer and what can we expect in the next couple of months from the Iowa U.S. Senate race? With just 63 days until Election Day, momentum is with Joni Ernst. Simply put, Braley wants to make Iowa more like Washington, and Joni believes Iowans know what’s best for Iowa more than Washington politicians and bureaucrats," the campaign said Tuesday.
  • The mayor of Los Angeles has called for raising the city's minimum wage to a whopping $13.25. In June, Seattle raised its minimum wage to $15.
  • LGBT Americans, particularly women, have lower overall well-being than their non-LGBT counterparts, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The disparities are most significant in the areas of physical and financial well-being.
  • Republican Iowa Senate candidate Shawn Dietz said his Sunday fundraiser held in Hampton "raised a one-day record amount of money for our campaign". He thanked State Senators Brad Zaun, Dennis Guth, Bill Dix and State Treasurer candidate Samuel H. Clovis who spoke on his behalf. Dietz is facing Democrat Amanda Ragan of Mason City.
  • Expensive motivation speaker Paul Rhoads and his Iowa State Cyclone football team where pummeled Saturday in their season opener at home versus North Dakota State, losing 34 - 14 and blowing a 14-point lead. Rhoads charged the North Iowa Corridor thousands of dollars to give a motivational speech last year at the Music Man Square, at which Mayor Eric Bookmeyer sat at a table by himself in the front row and clapped after nearly every sentence Rhoads uttered.
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Crime

University of Iowa police report arrests during game

University of Iowa police report arrests during game

IOWA CITY – The following individuals were arrested during Iowa Hawkeye football game day operations:…

Illinois middle school teacher arrested on federal child sexual exploitation charges

Illinois middle school teacher arrested on federal child sexual exploitation charges

CHICAGO — A middle school teacher in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges for allegedly receiving child pornography and persuading a…

Charles City man sent to prison for dangerous car chase

Charles City man sent to prison for dangerous car chase

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Charles City man who was caught with four stolen firearms after a high speed chase through three counties was sentenced today to more than…

Juveniles charged with felonies for damaging tree on school property (photos)

Juveniles charged with felonies for damaging tree on school property (photos)

MASON CITY – A Mason City parent is furious after she said her son and another boy were arrested and charged with felonies after they allegedly pulled bark…

New Hampton man arrested after standoff with police

New Hampton man arrested after standoff with police

NEW HAMPTON – Police have arrested a New Hampton man after a standoff there this weekend.…

Iowa man who possessed tens of thousands of child porn images sent to prison

Iowa man who possessed tens of thousands of child porn images sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who earlier pled guilty to distributing and possessing tens of thousands of child pornography images has been sentenced to decades in prison.…

Law enforcement says alleged killer spotted at airport

Law enforcement says alleged killer spotted at airport

BLAINE, MN – Minnesota law enforcement continues its dogged pursuit of a suspect said to have murdered a former Mason City man.…

UPDATED: Texas Latinos in town working on Wal-Mart roof witness stabbing at MC hotel (video & photos)

UPDATED: Texas Latinos in town working on Wal-Mart roof witness stabbing at MC hotel (video & photos)

MASON CITY – Two Texas men said to be working on the Wal-Mart collapsed roof repair job were charged with felony willful injury after a stabbing incident Monday…

Wanted Iowa man tries to flee cops on bicycle before being caught

Wanted Iowa man tries to flee cops on bicycle before being caught

CLERMONT, IA – A wanted Iowa man locked himself in his house then tried to flee cops on his bicycle before being caught and arrested.…

Fugitive accused of murdering former Mason City man now suspected of robbing Twin Cities bank on Sunday

Fugitive accused of murdering former Mason City man now suspected of robbing Twin Cities bank on Sunday

ST. PAUL – A man police suspect murdered a former Mason City man is now suspected in a brazen bank robbery this weekend in a Twin Cities suburb.…

World

Iowa man dead in reckless driving incident

Iowa man dead in reckless driving incident

GREENE COUNTY, IA – An Iowa man died Monday morning in what authorities are calling a reckless driving incident.…

Military conducts airstrikes against ISIL near Mosul dam

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations,…

U.S., partner-nations conduct humanitarian airdrop in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 – American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town…

Pentagon: Russia intensifies efforts inside Ukraine

By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity – WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 – Russia continues to build up along its…

Politics

Dietz says campaign raised $1,500 at weekend fundraiser

HAMPTON – Today the Dietz for Iowa Campaign is touting a successful fundraising event from the Labor Day weekend. The event was held at Mayne’s Grove park…

Pledge of Allegiance to be recited at all council meetings in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield city council has gone patriotic, and agreed earlier this month that the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited at every city council meeting.…

Business

Kohl’s plays rough with Marshalls department store, blocks its opening in MC

MASON CITY – Apparently citing a legality – and in doing so, protecting its turf – Kohl’s retail corporation is blocking the Marshalls store from opening in…

Iowa’s unemployment rate increases slightly to 4.5 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8…

Crime

University of Iowa police report arrests during game

IOWA CITY – The following individuals were arrested during Iowa Hawkeye football game day operations:…

Illinois middle school teacher arrested on federal child sexual exploitation charges

CHICAGO — A middle school teacher in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges for allegedly receiving child pornography and persuading…

Watercooler

Police confirm possible bullying incident last week on way home from school

MASON CITY – Police and school officials are investigating a possible bullying incident that took place last week after four girls allegedly followed two girls home on a…

Central Heights fire claims 2 lives, 2 cats and $45,000 in damage

MASON CITY – Fire officials in Mason City confirmed that there were two fatalities as a result of a fire last week in the Central Heights neighborhood.…