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Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

OMAHA – Some are saying a Nebraska county which includes the metro Omaha area may be going too far in asking a series of “screening questions” for any…

NIACC’s Palmeter sets school record with second-place finish at regionals

NIACC’s Palmeter sets school record with second-place finish at regionals

EMMETSBURG – The NIACC cross country program started in 2004. Heading into the 2014 campaign, no female had run a 5-kilometer race under 18 minutes. That changed at…

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas nurse recently diagnosed with ebola has been declared disease free, and on her way home, stopped in Washington to share a hug with…

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

THORNTON – A wanted Clear Lake felon was arrested along with his fiancé at a Thornton residence Friday morning.…

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

SIOUX CITY – A man who committed multiple frauds was convicted by a jury October 23, 2014, after a three-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.…

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

OSAGE – An Osage man was arrested for a second time on drug charges this week, after law enforcement investigations.…

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

OSAGE – Two men wanted since escaping from an Iowa halfway house a week ago have been caught by Osage police. On Friday, October 17, West Union police…

Clear Lake bar burglarized

Clear Lake bar burglarized

CLEAR LAKE – Owners of a Clear Lake bar recently in the news are now the victims of a burglary.…

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

MASON CITY – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart stopped in Mason City Friday as part of his second tour of the state, promoting his platform and looking…

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

DES MOINES – In his race for reelection, Iowa’s long-time governor, Terry Branstad, has a…

Poll: Iowa Senate race is “snout to snout”

Poll: Iowa Senate race is “snout to snout”

DES MOINES – The Iowa U.S. Senate race is going down to the wire, with…

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22 that…

Callanan campaign makes illegal contribution to Joni Ernst campaign

Callanan campaign makes illegal contribution to Joni Ernst campaign

CLEAR LAKE – It has been revealed to NorthIowaToday.com that Casey Callanan, Republican candidate for 2nd district Cerro Gordo County Supervisor, has made an illegal campaign contribution to…

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-car accident outside Mason City.…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

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  • BREAKING NEWS: A Cedar Rapids elected official has lost a slander suit for damaging a man's business. City must pay $140K in damages.
  • Mason City football wraps up season with 59-0 loss to Waukee. Other scores: Waverly - Shell Rock 14, Charles City 12 (but CC makes playoffs) Clear Lake 42, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
  • Governor Terry Branstad said he expects approximately 600 people to be on the payroll when Iowa Premium Beef in Tama reopens in less than two weeks.
  • Be vigilant: Mason City police were dispatched to the Culvers restaurant Thursday for a report from an employee that someone cut the lock off his bicycle and stole it when he was at work. ALSO: Mason City police were dispatched to 118 Mission Drive to speak with a subject whom paid a contractor to install a new fence August 1st and she had not herd from him since. Officer directed her to civil court.
  • FDA warns public about use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween, saying the devices could be dangerous and harmful.
  • Des Moines Register backs Jim Mowrer over Steve King in race for Congress: "House needs Jim Mowrer's approach to service."
  • Officials confirm a New York doctor who worked in Guinea, Africa now has Ebola. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "We can't say that this is an unexpected circumstance."
  • FOLLOW UP: After investigating, NIT has determined that there is one city employee in particular who is taking long lunch breaks, sometimes up to two hours at a time, on a regular basis. This employee works on the third floor and has several employees beneath him. NIT has questioned MC Human Resources Director Perry Buffington and he would neither confirm nor deny the situation: "I am not able to respond with any specific information that might be part of confidential personnel records of an employee. We do have City personnel policies specifically pertaining to work breaks, personal appearance/dress code and a code of ethics. An updated copy of our personnel policies were provided to all City employees last October after the City Council approved a comprehensive revision to our Personnel Policy Manual. The Human Resource Department receives questions occasionally from supervisors and employees on the interpretation of those policies, and we provide feedback to them to assure consistency in our employment practices."
  • It is being widely reported now that U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst is cancelling all interviews with newspaper editorial boards, across the state, in the days leading up to the election.
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Crime

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier, age 37, of Avon, Colorado, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to…

Iowa businessman accused of mis-labeling beef for export

Iowa businessman accused of mis-labeling beef for export

CEDAR RAPIDS – The owner of Iowa-based Midamar Corp. has been indicted on fraud charges related to his beef exporting business. William B. Aossey, Jr., 73, of Cedar…

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

THORNTON – A wanted Clear Lake felon was arrested along with his fiancé at a Thornton residence Friday morning.…

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

SIOUX CITY – A man who committed multiple frauds was convicted by a jury October 23, 2014, after a three-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.…

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

OSAGE – An Osage man was arrested for a second time on drug charges this week, after law enforcement investigations.…

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

OSAGE – Two men wanted since escaping from an Iowa halfway house a week ago have been caught by Osage police. On Friday, October 17, West Union police…

Clear Lake bar burglarized

Clear Lake bar burglarized

CLEAR LAKE – Owners of a Clear Lake bar recently in the news are now the victims of a burglary.…

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22 that…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

World

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

OMAHA – Some are saying a Nebraska county which includes the metro Omaha area may be going too far in asking…

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas nurse recently diagnosed with ebola has been declared disease free, and on her way home, stopped…

Obama, Hagel offer Canada assistance after attacks

Obama, Hagel offer Canada assistance after attacks

By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity – WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck…

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

No let up in airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the…

Politics

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

MASON CITY – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart stopped in Mason City Friday as part of his second tour of the state, promoting his platform and…

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

DES MOINES – In his race for reelection, Iowa’s long-time governor, Terry Branstad, has a…

Business

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job…

Registration for winter break classes at NIACC now open

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is once again offering courses when students are normally on winter break. A limited selection of NIACC courses…

Crime

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier, age 37, of Avon, Colorado, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner…

Iowa businessman accused of mis-labeling beef for export

CEDAR RAPIDS – The owner of Iowa-based Midamar Corp. has been indicted on fraud charges related to his beef exporting business. William B. Aossey, Jr., 73, of…

Watercooler

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-car accident outside Mason City.…

Woman nearly falls victim to Nigerian Boyfriend Scam

MASON CITY – Online predators look for the gullible, the lonely, the easily-influenced, someone who will fall for their sob story, and seem to have come close…