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Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

NEW YORK – Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld were unable to name a leader of any foreign country during an interview on…

Chicago man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing from and fighting police

Chicago man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing from and fighting police

MASON CITY – A Chicago man now living in Mason City is guilty of driving drunk while fleeing police after a dispute and then crashing his car into a…

Man guilty of stealing bicycle in Mason City

Man guilty of stealing bicycle in Mason City

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Charles City man accused of possessing child porn pleads guilty

Charles City man accused of possessing child porn pleads guilty

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Belmond woman guilty of stealing from Target

Belmond woman guilty of stealing from Target

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Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion

Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Affordable Care Act penalty ensnared over 8 million taxpayers in 2014, who paid over $1.7 billion because they couldn’t prove they were insured. New data…

DNR offers tips to deal with “nuisance” wildlife

DNR offers tips to deal with “nuisance” wildlife

DES MOINES – Not every furry face has to be your favorite, but you can support a healthy ecosystem by choosing to handle your wildlife woes responsibly. Rather…

Search warrants in Fort Dodge lead to arrest of alleged coke dealers, other crooks

Search warrants in Fort Dodge lead to arrest of alleged coke dealers, other crooks

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Former legislative clerk sentenced for white powder hoax on floor of Iowa Legislature

Former legislative clerk sentenced for white powder hoax on floor of Iowa Legislature

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Convicted murderer of Mason City man loses appeal

Convicted murderer of Mason City man loses appeal

DES MOINES – A Mason City man convicted of murder has lost another appeal in his case. On March 26, 1998, Michael Burnett Weatherspoon was charged in Cerro…

State warns Iowa flood victims about scams; already reports of it in Cedar Rapids

State warns Iowa flood victims about scams; already reports of it in Cedar Rapids

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans who have been victimized by flood damage should be on alert for criminals who seek to victimize them again through flood-related scams. Iowa’s…

Tip sheet released for workers at election polls on respecting transgender and gender non-conforming people

Tip sheet released for workers at election polls on respecting transgender and gender non-conforming people

DES MOINES — One Iowa—the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa and League of Women Voters of…

Former Hawkeye quarterback Randy Duncan passes away

Former Hawkeye quarterback Randy Duncan passes away

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa All-American quarterback Randy Duncan passed away Tuesday evening in Des Moines, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 79. Funeral arrangements…

Branstad, Reynolds provide update on Iowa flood response 

Branstad, Reynolds provide update on Iowa flood response 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are providing an update on the Iowa flood response and issuing a disaster emergency proclamation for…

Woman convicted of drunk driving twice this year shows up to court drunk

Woman convicted of drunk driving twice this year shows up to court drunk

MASON CITY – An allegedly intoxicated Mason City woman who was convicted of drunk driving twice this year was taken to jail Monday afternoon as she appeared in…

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Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

NEW YORK – Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld were…

Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion

Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Affordable Care Act penalty ensnared over 8 million taxpayers in 2014,…

Wisconsin military explosives manufacturer faces nearly $143K in OSHA penalties for exposing workers to lead and other hazards

Wisconsin military explosives manufacturer faces nearly $143K in OSHA penalties for exposing workers to lead and other hazards

SPOONER, WI – When a Wisconsin explosive component manufacturer started a new production line at…

Tip sheet released for workers at election polls on respecting transgender and gender non-conforming people

Tip sheet released for workers at election polls on respecting transgender and gender non-conforming people

DES MOINES — One Iowa—the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization,…

Republicans and Democrats declare victory after first presidential debate

Republicans and Democrats declare victory after first presidential debate

DES MOINES – Republicans and Democrats in Iowa both declared victory after Monday night’s presidential…

Interview with Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz

Interview with Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz

University of Iowa Football Media Conference Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Kirk Ferentz KIRK FERENTZ: Good…

Rep. Prichard says minimum wage hike tops legislature’s priorities for 2017 session

Rep. Prichard says minimum wage hike tops legislature’s priorities for 2017 session

CHARLES CITY – Representative Todd Prichard gave a flood impact assessment and announced that raising…

Senator Ernst says Health Net system for vets is “flawed and inadequate” while making huge profits

Senator Ernst says Health Net system for vets is “flawed and inadequate” while making huge profits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General issued…

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The Mason City Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016 for collection and building maintenance.

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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Spencer

Des Moines, September 28, 2016— On Thursday, October 13, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Spencer, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Old Spencer Middle School auditorium, 104 E 4th Street. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

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The Wellmark Foundation is awarding grants up to $10,000 for projects that promote active living as well as access to and consumption of healthy foods. Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health just entered our community project for a chance to receive a grant. Starting TODAY, you can vote for our project at Facebook.com/WellmarkBCBS. Show your support and vote for them!

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The Mason City Earth Day Committee would like to invite you and your family to “Walk, Roll and Stroll” to your nearest Mason City park or playground on Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring a bag with you and pick up any litter you see along the way, and then meet us at Georgia-Hanford Park to drop off your trash and enjoy FREE food, crafts and activities! This is a great way to get outside, enjoy our parks & playgrounds and help keep them beautiful!
There is no charge and registration is not required.

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The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center Foundation are sponsoring their annual Halloween Hike on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center.
Groups of hikers will be led through the trails of Lime Creek on a 40-minute hike, encountering various creatures along the way. The hike will not be scary, but will be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Refreshments will be served following the hike. Children ten years old and under are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and are welcome to participate in a costume contest that will be held in conjunction with the hike.
Reservations are required and the fee is $3.00 per person for all ages. Members of the Lime Creek Nature Center can make reservations starting Monday, October 10, at 8 a.m. Non-member registrations will be taken starting Tuesday, October 11, at 8 a.m. Call 423-5309 to make reservations or for more information.

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) announced she will hold a town meeting in Cerro Gordo County as part of her 99 county tour to speak with constituents. This town meeting is open to the public.
Friday, October 7, 2016, NOON
The Park Inn Ballroom, Main Floor
15 West State Street in Mason City, IA

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Notice of Board Meeting - Mason City Woman’s Club
Date: Tuesday, October 4th
Time: 11:30
Place: Pies and More

Mason City Woman’s Club Program Meeting
Date: October 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Columbia Club (formerly known as Knights of Columbus) 551 South Taft Avenue, Mason City, IA
Program: Orphan Train
Speaker: Jim Phillips

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FISHING REPORT:
Blue Pit (BIG BLUE)
Channel Catfish - Good: An occasional catfish has been caught on cut bait on the jetty. Blue Sucker – Good.

Clear Lake
Yellow Bass - Excellent: Farmer’s beach (just outside the weed edge), MacIntosh swim beach and the Ventura jetties have been producing well. Hy-Vee and other rock reefs continue to produce. Try also the channel between the little lake and big lake has. Action has picked up this week with anglers reporting fish on every cast, at times. Walleye - Good: Walleye action is starting to pick up in certain areas. Use jigs and a minnow or cut bait in many of the same areas that yellow bass are biting. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting near the grade on cut bait and minnows. Try the last couple hours of the day or early morning. Black Crappie - Fair: Try near the Hy-Vee reef or in tight to docks in early morning. Muskellunge - Good: Musky fishing has been decent; September is usually a good month for musky fishing. Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are hitting by the grade on 1/16 ounce black leadheads with a piece of cut bait.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are starting to go on the feed with cooler water.

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Chicago man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing from and fighting police

Chicago man guilty of drunk driving after fleeing from and fighting police

MASON CITY – A Chicago man now living in Mason City is guilty of driving drunk while fleeing police after a dispute and then crashing his car into a…

Man guilty of stealing bicycle in Mason City

Man guilty of stealing bicycle in Mason City

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Charles City man accused of possessing child porn pleads guilty

Charles City man accused of possessing child porn pleads guilty

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Belmond woman guilty of stealing from Target

Belmond woman guilty of stealing from Target

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California man sentenced to 30 years for conspiring to join ISIL and engaging in fraud

California man sentenced to 30 years for conspiring to join ISIL and engaging in fraud

WASHINGTON – Nader Elhuzayel, 25, of Anaheim, California, was sentenced to 30 years in prison with a lifetime of supervised release for conspiring and attempting to provide material…

Search warrants in Fort Dodge lead to arrest of alleged coke dealers, other crooks

Search warrants in Fort Dodge lead to arrest of alleged coke dealers, other crooks

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World

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson cannot name a leader of any foreign country (video)

NEW YORK – Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld were unable to name a leader of…

California man sentenced to 30 years for conspiring to join ISIL and engaging in fraud

California man sentenced to 30 years for conspiring to join ISIL and engaging in fraud

WASHINGTON – Nader Elhuzayel, 25, of Anaheim, California, was sentenced to 30 years in prison with a lifetime of supervised release…

Wisconsin military explosives manufacturer faces nearly $143K in OSHA penalties for exposing workers to lead and other hazards

Wisconsin military explosives manufacturer faces nearly $143K in OSHA penalties for exposing workers to lead and other hazards

SPOONER, WI – When a Wisconsin explosive component manufacturer started a new production line at its Spooner facility, the company failed…