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MC Council to hold Ward 4 listening post

MC Council to hold Ward 4 listening post

MASON CITY – A Ward 4 listening post will be held on September 9, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Mason City Baptist Church located at 1805 S.…

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MASON CITY – An Illinois man who had a very expensive bicycle stolen while he was in Mason City for the RAGBRAI festival got a phone call from…

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists traveling through Minnesota on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates will notice an extra law enforcement presence during a…

Op-ed: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

Op-ed: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

ISRAEL SAVES ITS ENEMIES; HAMAS ENDANGERS ITS FRIENDS From Texas Senator Ted Cruz: If you want to judge a nation, look at how it treats its most vulnerable…

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

DES MOINES – He was named after Superman, but all he turned out to be was a super menace to a 2-year-old baby girl.…

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sometimes radio personalities, no matter how innocent they may appear, commit heinous crimes behind closed doors.…

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MASON CITY – Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.…

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

HOUSTON — Three of the five men arrested in connection with the March discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an Texas stash house have been ordered to…

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

DES MOINES – A former Waterloo teacher who invited students into his home to make up assignments by playing kinky games has lost his second appeal in the…

Grassley supports bill aimed at combating sex assaults on college campuses

Grassley supports bill aimed at combating sex assaults on college campuses

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Wednesday joined colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that addresses sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering…

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

MASON CITY – A man who was confronted by concerned persons while arguing with a woman Tuesday night allegedly ran and grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at…

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S. aid to help those affected by the…

U.S. House passes Veterans Administration reforms

U.S. House passes Veterans Administration reforms

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representative voted in a bipartisan manner, 420 to 5, today to address the systemic problem of veterans’ health care services through the…

Wanted MC woman with drug arrest history apprehended by MCPD

Wanted MC woman with drug arrest history apprehended by MCPD

MASON CITY – Police located a wanted Mason City woman with a history of drug arrests and took her to jail Wednesday morning. Autumn Lee Lauritsen, age 27,…

Man who flashed teen in mall parking lot loses appeal on indecent exposure conviction

Man who flashed teen in mall parking lot loses appeal on indecent exposure conviction

DES MOINES – A Plymouth man convicted last year for indecent exposure lost his appeal in court this week.…


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News Briefs

  • IKNONIK Satellite has registered with the city of Osage to sell Dish/DirectTV Door to Door for the next two days. Any concerns call the Osage Police Department or Osage City Hall.
  • A 4th Ward Listening Post will be held on September 9, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Mason City Baptist Church located at 1805 S. Wilson Avenue. Council Members in attendance will be 4th Ward Council Member Janet Solberg and At-Large Council Members Alex Kuhn and Scott Tornquist.
  • "It wastes America's time ... You guys are all paying for it as taxpayers."—President Obama on House leadership's lawsuit.
  • Iowa GOP on the offensive this morning: "It's time for Tom Miller to STOP shaking down his investigation targets for campaign cash. Share this one far and wide, folks. It's important to have an Attorney General who looks out for Iowans, not the latest campaign contribution."
  • Chicago Trib reported today that a CEO was shot in the head and stomach by a despondent worker this morning in the downtown area and is in grave condition. The shooter killed himself.
  • A majority of Americans say smoking in public places should be illegal, a new poll revealed. That is consistent with recent years, but a shift from before 2008 when the majority disagreed. Still, nearly 20% of Americans would totally ban smoking.
  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today is visiting Clayton, Fayette, Bremer and Greene Counties. Northey will visit the Clayton County Fair in Elkader, the Fayette County Fair in West Union and the Bremer County Fair in Waverly. He will then speak at the Greene County Farm Bureau 100th Annual Meeting in Jefferson.
  • The Detroit Free Press reported this morning that the owners of two Cane Corso dogs who attacked, mauled and killed a Michigan man last week while he was jogging, are in the country illegally.
  • Terry Branstad today on jobs: "There was a four percent increase in the number of construction-related jobs in Iowa this June compared to the same month a year ago. The group also analyzed data from the nation’s top metropolitan areas. It found construction employment jumped nine percent in the Des Moines metro and six percent in Cedar Rapids during that 12-month period."
  • Israel has called up 16,000 more reservists to help blow up terrorist tunnels.
  • BLUE ZONES TO BLOW MONEY ON RADIO SPOTS: "We will be doing radio ads and other educational pieces soon ... It is up to the general public to help enforce it [bike laws]. Mason City has a bicycle ordinance also."
  • The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for his use of executive actions. No Democrats voted for the resolution. Meanwhile, Obama said Wednesday "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hatin' all the time. Let's get some work done together.”
  • According to a new poll, Russians largely back their country's tough stance on Ukraine, which earned Russia more economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe this week. Nearly two in three believe their country needs to take a "very strong position" with Ukraine.
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Crime

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MASON CITY – An Illinois man who had a very expensive bicycle stolen while he was in Mason City for the RAGBRAI festival got a phone call from…

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists traveling through Minnesota on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates will notice an extra law enforcement presence during a…

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa — A central Iowa man was sentenced in federal court Monday to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography.…

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

DES MOINES – He was named after Superman, but all he turned out to be was a super menace to a 2-year-old baby girl.…

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sometimes radio personalities, no matter how innocent they may appear, commit heinous crimes behind closed doors.…

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MASON CITY – Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.…

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

HOUSTON — Three of the five men arrested in connection with the March discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an Texas stash house have been ordered to…

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

DES MOINES – A former Waterloo teacher who invited students into his home to make up assignments by playing kinky games has lost his second appeal in the…

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

MASON CITY – A man who was confronted by concerned persons while arguing with a woman Tuesday night allegedly ran and grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at…

Iowa woman sentenced for fentanyl distribution

Iowa woman sentenced for fentanyl distribution

DES MOINES, IOWA – On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Macey Lynn Stills, age 23 of West Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for distributing fentanyl,…

World

Young first-time mothers less likely to be married

Young first-time mothers less likely to be married

WASHINGTON – The percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping, according to Fertility of Women in the United States:…

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S.…

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

WASHINGTON – As teens and others flock to tanning beds and ignore warnings about avoiding exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet rays,…

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

UN – The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces…

Politics

MC Council to hold Ward 4 listening post

MASON CITY – A Ward 4 listening post will be held on September 9, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Mason City Baptist Church located at 1805…

Op-ed: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

ISRAEL SAVES ITS ENEMIES; HAMAS ENDANGERS ITS FRIENDS From Texas Senator Ted Cruz: If you want to judge a nation, look at how it treats its most…

Business

Crude oil prices fall

DES MOINES – Global crude oil prices fell this week by $4.34, currently at $100.08. Crude Oil Summary The price of global crude oil fell this week…

Jamie Sorenson joins Winnebago as Director of Specialty Vehicles

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading United States manufacturer of recreation vehicles, has named Jamie Sorenson to the position of Director of Specialty…

Crime

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MASON CITY – An Illinois man who had a very expensive bicycle stolen while he was in Mason City for the RAGBRAI festival got a phone call…

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists traveling through Minnesota on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates will notice an extra law enforcement presence during…

Watercooler

Man reported at downtown footbridge with noose around his neck

MASON CITY – Law enforcement converged on the Southbridge Mall parking lot area Tuesday night after an emergency call about a male at the footbridge with a…

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens…