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Ernst wants Gold Star Stamp issued to honor families of fallen service members

Ernst wants Gold Star Stamp issued to honor families of fallen service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation to issue the “Gold Star” stamp recognizing and honoring families who have…

Police officer injured subduing wanted Mason City man

Police officer injured subduing wanted Mason City man

MASON CITY – A wanted Mason City man wouldn’t go quietly once cops cornered him, leading to injuries to an officer. Police tell NIT that 25-year-old Montez Javon…

Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after a German hostage was…

Iowa women beat Wisconsin 71-60, head to tournament as 8 seed

Iowa women beat Wisconsin 71-60, head to tournament as 8 seed

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a victory over Wisconsin, and former Mason City Mohawk Mackenzie Meyer delivered points,…

OBIT: Dianne Marie Garrett

Dianne Marie Garrett, 70, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. Dianne was born August 8, 1946 to Clifford and Florence Roberts.…

Illinois man hurt in crash in Mitchell county

Illinois man hurt in crash in Mitchell county

MITCHELL COUNTY – A three-vehicle crash on a desolate stretch of Highway 9 in Mitchell county left an Illinois man injured and hospitalized. The accident took place Sunday,…

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

KANSAS CITY – A Missouri man is accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails with intent to engage in acts of violent…

Accused murderer to stand trial May 30

Accused murderer to stand trial May 30

MASON CITY – The Mason City man accused of murdering a young woman back on December 2 is set to stand trial in May. Larry Donnell Whaley, age…

Mason City man jailed after domestic incident

Mason City man jailed after domestic incident

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed after a domestic assault incident Sunday morning. Mason City police were called to 21 21st Street SE at about…

Iowa Senator says GOP failed to create jobs as promised

Iowa Senator says GOP failed to create jobs as promised

DES MOINES – The Republicans in charge of state government continue to break promises to create jobs and increase family incomes, Iowa Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque says.…

Mason City man cited after auto accident Sunday morning

Mason City man cited after auto accident Sunday morning

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Iowa man pleads not guilty to felony crime after infant suffers injuries in Charles City

Iowa man pleads not guilty to felony crime after infant suffers injuries in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – An Iowa man accused of hurting an infant in Charles City has been released from jail and will stand trial in April. Nathan Jacobson, age…

OBIT: Bill Paxton

OBIT: Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton died today at the age of 61 due to complications in surgery. He was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. Paxton was known…

Iowa lawmakers to debate bill that would “end abortion in Iowa”

Iowa lawmakers to debate bill that would “end abortion in Iowa”

DES MOINES – “There’s never been a more important day to be at the Iowa Capitol than Monday,” a right-wing anti-abortion group proclaimed about debate that will open…

Branstad marches out over $11 million more in state funding cuts

Branstad marches out over $11 million more in state funding cuts

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad revealed millions more in state funding cuts to the highway patrol, prisons, community colleges and more late Friday, and lib’s are…

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Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on…

Iowa Senator says GOP failed to create jobs as promised

Iowa Senator says GOP failed to create jobs as promised

DES MOINES – The Republicans in charge of state government continue to break promises to…

Iowa lawmakers to debate bill that would “end abortion in Iowa”

Iowa lawmakers to debate bill that would “end abortion in Iowa”

DES MOINES – “There’s never been a more important day to be at the Iowa…

Iowa trounces #24 Maryland, 83-69

Iowa trounces #24 Maryland, 83-69

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – Hot shooting from three-point land propelled Iowa to a big road…

Branstad marches out over $11 million more in state funding cuts

Branstad marches out over $11 million more in state funding cuts

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad revealed millions more in state funding cuts to…

City of Mason City expense report, February 23, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, February 23, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/23/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS…

Iowa lawmakers propose Pregnant Workers’ Rights Act

Iowa lawmakers propose Pregnant Workers’ Rights Act

DES MOINES – Some say pregnant women are not treated the best in Iowa workplaces, and…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – With…

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“Gov. Branstad has proven his uncanny ability to disparage public employees while reaping their benefits in the same breath. How hypocritical of us to send an ambassador to China to encourage the advancement of workers’ rights when he has just decimated the rights of over 180,000 workers in Iowa.” -Danny Homan, Iowa union leader

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Mason City Mohawks boys basketball team loses to Cedar Rapids Kennedy 49-39 in substate action Saturday.

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Main Street Mason City elected board members at the February meeting recently. New officers are:
President: Austin Pehl, Waggoner and Wineinger Architects
Vice-President: Katie Wold, Market 124
Secretary: Mindy Klapperich, First Citizens Bank
Treasurer: Chris Droscha, Clear Lake Bank & Trust
Officers serve two-year terms on the Main Street Mason City Board.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
Iowa State tops #9 Baylor, 72-69, Saturday in Ames
Iowa tops #25 Maryland 83-69, Saturday in a road contest
UNI falls to Illinois State, 63-42 Saturday in Cedar Falls ... UNI was awarded the #3 seed and will play #6 seed Missouri State on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the 2017 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament held at Scottrade Center.

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JC Penney will close up to 140 stores and offer buyouts to employees in a major downsize.

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Due to the inclement weather on Friday, February 24th the Cerro Gordo County Auditors Office will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27th as the final day to pre-register to vote for the Mason City Special Election.

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With the forecast for measureable snow, the Alternate Side Parking Ordinance and Emergency Snow Route will be placed in effect in Mason City beginning at 7:00 p.m. this evening, February 23, 2017, and will remain in effect until further notice.

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The Zoomobile from the Minnesota Zoo is coming to the Lime Creek Nature Center on Wednesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. for a special “spring break” program.
People of all ages will enjoy the presentation Cool Animals of the North. This program uses a variety of props and live animals native to Minnesota to educate the audience about our local natural resources while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship towards the global ecosystem.
This free program is sponsored by the Clear Lake Jaycees. Registration is required and space is limited - please call 423-5309 to register or for more information.

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An estimated 1,500 Iowa students from fourth grade to 12th will be at the Iowa State Fairgrounds March 3-4 competing in the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament.

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The community send-off for the state-bound Clear Lake girls basketball team will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

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All residents are invited to an open house starting at 5 pm at the Mason City Public Library on March 2, 2017 to review the Mason City Sustainability Plan.

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The Globe Gazette fired 8 people recently - some of them long-time, seasoned writers. It is clear there will be more downsizing at the Globe Gazette, the paper will continue to shrink in size, the photos will continue to be blurry, and at some point, they will abandon their building at 300 North Washington.
"It's like a death in the family" every time the Globe axes someone's job, a Globe employee was overheard stating after the latest round of firings.
Parent company LEE Enterprises, as of December 25, 2016, had principal debt of $599.4 million.
LEE reported on February 2, 2017
"Advertising and marketing services revenue combined decreased 10.4%, with retail advertising down 9.4%, classified down 13.7% and national down 7.4%. Compensation decreased 5.1%, primarily as a result of reduced staffing levels. Newsprint and ink expense increased 3.1%... partially offset by the reduction in newsprint volume.
LEE has previously disclosed that the company has outsourced jobs overseas.

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Representative Jane Bloomingdale, Northwood; and Senator Waylon Brown, St. Ansgar, will hold legislative forums in Worth County on Saturday, February 18th at 8 a.m. and Saturday, March 25th at 8 a.m. in Northwood. These forums will be held at the Northwood Civic Center, 627 Central Avenue.

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Police officer injured subduing wanted Mason City man

Police officer injured subduing wanted Mason City man

MASON CITY – A wanted Mason City man wouldn’t go quietly once cops cornered him, leading to injuries to an officer. Police tell NIT that 25-year-old Montez Javon…

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

KANSAS CITY – A Missouri man is accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails with intent to engage in acts of violent…

Accused murderer to stand trial May 30

Accused murderer to stand trial May 30

MASON CITY – The Mason City man accused of murdering a young woman back on December 2 is set to stand trial in May. Larry Donnell Whaley, age…

Mason City man jailed after domestic incident

Mason City man jailed after domestic incident

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed after a domestic assault incident Sunday morning. Mason City police were called to 21 21st Street SE at about…

Iowa man pleads not guilty to felony crime after infant suffers injuries in Charles City

Iowa man pleads not guilty to felony crime after infant suffers injuries in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – An Iowa man accused of hurting an infant in Charles City has been released from jail and will stand trial in April. Nathan Jacobson, age…

Wanted Minnesota sex predator nabbed in Mason City

Wanted Minnesota sex predator nabbed in Mason City

MASON CITY – A wanted sex predator from Minnesota was nabbed by cops in Mason City, shacking up in a building near downtown. Mason City police went to…

Goldfield woman busted for theft in Mason City

Goldfield woman busted for theft in Mason City

MASON CITY – A Goldfield woman was caught stealing at a Mason City retailer and taken to jail. The incident took place Wednesday, February 22 at about 3:48…

Mason City woman caught stealing at downtown retailer

Mason City woman caught stealing at downtown retailer

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was caught stealing at a downtown retailer and jailed. Mason City police officers were dispatched on February 22 at about 9:37…

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Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

Beheading of hostage leads to warning of spread of ISIS from Senator Ernst

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the…

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

Missouri man accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails

KANSAS CITY – A Missouri man is accused of conspiring with ISIS to terrorize citizenry with bombs full of nails with…

Man sentenced to federal prison for attempting to join ISIS

Man sentenced to federal prison for attempting to join ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Haris Qamar, 26, of Burke, Virginia, was sentenced today to 102 months in prison for attempting to provide…

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Iowa DOT offers advice for purchasing vehicles from online sources

Iowa DOT offers advice for purchasing vehicles from online sources

ANKENY – Jan. 17, 2017 – Dreaming of that next vehicle purchase? Online car shopping can be a great way to pass some time, but if you’re seriously looking to purchase a vehicle from an online seller, the Iowa Department of Transportation has a few tips and tricks to make the purchase a success.

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Financial assistance to heat your home is available

Financial assistance to heat your home is available

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy served notice today that they have a a large fund available to help heater lower-income homes.

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