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Lib’s shoot to raise minimum wage to $15 again, with new bill

Lib’s shoot to raise minimum wage to $15 again, with new bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2017,…

Noodle Cafe in Mason City donates to those in need, will open May 30

Noodle Cafe in Mason City donates to those in need, will open May 30

MASON CITY – Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe – about to open in Mason City – put “practice meals” to good use this past week to mark Red Nose Day. The team…

What they’re saying: widespread support for Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg

What they’re saying: widespread support for Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg

DES MOINES – Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision to appoint Adam Gregg as her new lieutenant governor, support of her decision and her pick is growing around the state. “It…

Clear Lake to set rules for use of fireworks in response to new state code

Clear Lake to set rules for use of fireworks in response to new state code

CLEAR LAKE – Firecrackers, bottle rockets and other fireworks are now legal and can be bought in Iowa, but the city of Clear Lake will take action to make sure…

Gov. Reynolds names new leadership for three state posts

Gov. Reynolds names new leadership for three state posts

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced new leadership today for three state posts including the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Iowa Division of Credit Unions and the Iowa State…

Apologies allegedly given after gay pride flags stolen in Decorah

Apologies allegedly given after gay pride flags stolen in Decorah

DECORAH, IOWA – Gay pride flags were stolen recently in Decorah, but alleged apologies have been given by a teen boy. The Decorah Police Department reported this week that they…

Reynolds selects Adam Gregg as lieutenant governor

Reynolds selects Adam Gregg as lieutenant governor

DES MOINES – Citing his broad knowledge of state government and his proven, innovative governing style, Gov. Kim Reynolds today selected Adam Gregg as her lieutenant governor. Gregg, 34, who…

Health department employee earns Registered Environmental Health Specialist Credential

Health department employee earns Registered Environmental Health Specialist Credential

MASON CITY – Sophia Walsh, Environmental Health Specialist with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, has earned the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) credential from the National Environmental…

Rep. Upmeyer issues statement on gubernational transition

Rep. Upmeyer issues statement on gubernational transition

DES MOINES – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement regarding the gubernatorial transition: “I’d like to thank Governor Branstad for his decades of public service…

Target settles with Iowa and 46 states over massive 2013 data breach

Target settles with Iowa and 46 states over massive 2013 data breach

DES MOINES – Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has agreed to an $18.5 million settlement with 47 state attorneys general, including Attorney General Tom Miller, over the retail giant’s massive data breach…

Governor Kim Reynolds announces “Building a Better Iowa” tour

Governor Kim Reynolds announces “Building a Better Iowa” tour

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her “Building a Better Iowa” tour today, along with staff changes. The following events are free and open to the public. Thursday, May…

OPINION: State of Iowa set to return $850 for every residential dwelling in Mason City

OPINION: State of Iowa set to return $850 for every residential dwelling in Mason City

The Iowa Reinvestment Act funding for the River City Renaissance project amounts to 25% of the $36 million project, or $9 million. Divided by 10,578 dwelling parcels within the city…

White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House reported today that Obamacare is a “disaster” and health insurance premiums have increased an average of 105% since 2013. Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums…

Terry Branstad has resigned as governor of Iowa

Terry Branstad has resigned as governor of Iowa

DES MOINES – At 10:06 a.m. today, Gov. Terry Branstad resigned as governor of Iowa, marking his 8,169th day in office. To view that resignation letter, please click here. For…

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate today voted to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Branstad will resign as governor of Iowa on Wednesday,…

Immigration arrests made by ICE climb nearly 40%

Immigration arrests made by ICE climb nearly 40%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the 100 days since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than…

Police investigate alarm at downtown bank

Police investigate alarm at downtown bank

MASON CITY – Police were called to a downtown Mason City bank that has already been robbed at least once in the past after an alarm went off. The incident…

U.S. and Saudi Arabia to co-chair new Terrorist Financing Targeting Center

U.S. and Saudi Arabia to co-chair new Terrorist Financing Targeting Center

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Today, the United States and Saudi Arabia signed a historic agreement announcing the two nations’ intent to establish the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a collaborative…

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The following is the speech President Donald J. Trump gave in Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017: I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary…

Rep. Upmeyer ruminates on a “truly a historic” legislative session

Rep. Upmeyer ruminates on a “truly a historic” legislative session

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – With Memorial Day right around the corner, I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifices that…

Trump headed to Saudi Arabia, will announce huge arms sale to Islamic ally

Trump headed to Saudi Arabia, will announce huge arms sale to Islamic ally

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump this afternoon is boarding Air Force One for a long flight to Middle East ally Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to announce a…

Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics

Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics

DES MOINES – Planned Parenthood announced this week the closure of four clinics, blaming funding cuts from Republican lawmakers. Planned Parenthood described the situation: Because of a dangerous new Iowa…

City of Mason City expense report, May 18, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, May 18, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/18/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 165.95 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 71.06 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 210.00…

Opinion: Cerro Gordo GOP leader OK with investigation even though there was “no collusion with Trump and the Russians”

Opinion: Cerro Gordo GOP leader OK with investigation even though there was “no collusion with Trump and the Russians”

As an American, I am looking forward to this ‘investigation’, even though FBI James Comey has already confirmed there was no collusion with Trump and the Russians. When I say…

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein along with Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse today called on…

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rachel L. Brand of Pella, Iowa had been confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 52-46 to be Associate Attorney General of the United…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City – Health Insurance for 72,000 Iowans in Jeopardy Nearly 72,000 Iowans who purchased insurance through the federal Marketplace could lose the insurance coverage…

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll is showing Republicans may be in danger of losing the House of Representatives in the next election, and many favor impeaching President Trump. The…

City of Mason City expense report, May 11, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, May 11, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 05/11/2017 Payee Description Amount ————————————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 264.50 ADAMS SHARPENINGMAINTENANCE MATERIAL 4.50 ADVANTAGE ADMINISTRATOR SERVICE EXPENSES 72.69 AHLERS AND COONEY…

Todd Prichard‏ makes it official: He’s running for governor “to fight for every Iowan”

Todd Prichard‏ makes it official: He’s running for governor “to fight for every Iowan”

CHARLES CITY – Charles City lawyer and Democratic state legislator Todd Prichard officially announced today that he is running for governor after weeks of exploring the venture. Prichard, 43, won…

Republican Senators stress economic benefits of NAFTA to new U.S. Trade Rep

Republican Senators stress economic benefits of NAFTA to new U.S. Trade Rep

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Senators from Iowa Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley today joined a letter along with several GOP Senate colleagues to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressing…

Poll: Record few Americans believe Bible is literal word of God

Poll: Record few Americans believe Bible is literal word of God

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar…

Q&A with Senator Charles Grassley: Foster Youth

Q&A with Senator Charles Grassley: Foster Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May is National Foster Care Month, and Senator Charles Grassley is the founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. He posted a question and…

Iowa’s HIV-infected population most since testing began in 1989

Iowa’s HIV-infected population most since testing began in 1989

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) yearly HIV Disease Surveillance Report shows in 2016, Iowa experienced the largest number of people diagnosed with HIV since reporting…

Opinion: Skipper’s right about term limits

Opinion: Skipper’s right about term limits

John Skipper posted a re-cycled column this morning. It was quite appropriate never the less. I had noticed the absence of John’s byline during the past week. It is my…

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump on Thursday launched a commission on ‘election integrity’ using an Executive Order. Here is the order: Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of…

Hickey’s tough questions pay dividends for citizens as council OK’s start-up cash for Gatehouse (video)

Hickey’s tough questions pay dividends for citizens as council OK’s start-up cash for Gatehouse (video)

MASON CITY – Mason City councilman Travis Hickey stepped out of line Thursday night and drove a hard bargain that paid dividends for taxpayers even as most of the city…

Gov. Branstad takes action on 10 bills; 2017 legislative action completed

Gov. Branstad takes action on 10 bills; 2017 legislative action completed

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad took action on 10 bills. The action taken represents the conclusion of bill action resulting from the 2017 legislative session.  The action…

OPINION: HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL: FEDERAL CONCEALED-CARRY IS NEEDED NOW

OPINION: HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL: FEDERAL CONCEALED-CARRY IS NEEDED NOW

By Todd Blodgett of Clear Lake – On May 1, a black separatist named Kendrex White stabbed three white men and an Asian on the campus of the University of…

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statements on passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the following statements after learning of the passing of Iowa State Representative Greg Forristall: “I was…

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