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Weaver points to packing town Austin, Minnesota, where school has to do kids’ laundry

Weaver points to packing town Austin, Minnesota, where school has to do kids’ laundry

MASON CITY – Mason City’s Max Weaver has been a vocal opponent of the Prestage Foods pork plant that still just might get built in Mason City, and now he…

Iowa GOP blasts Hillary Clinton after email report

Iowa GOP blasts Hillary Clinton after email report

DES MOINES – The Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, blasted Hillary Clinton after a less-than-stellar State Department report was released about her use of a private email server: “Today’s…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Each May, we celebrate Armed Forces Day, paying tribute to the men and women in our military, and Memorial Day, honoring those who died serving…

Law enforcement to be focusing on drivers who are texting, not wearing seat belts

Law enforcement to be focusing on drivers who are texting, not wearing seat belts

DES MOINES – This Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will have increased patrol efforts on Iowa roadways with the main…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day where we’ll remember those that have lost their lives fighting for and protecting the freedoms…

Solberg’s former attorney finally reveals councilwoman’s recent emails

Solberg’s former attorney finally reveals councilwoman’s recent emails

MASON CITY – A request by NIT for public information (councilwoman Janet Solberg’s emails) from city hall in Mason City appears to have been honored –  to a degree. Earlier…

Ventura woman cited for shoplifting

Ventura woman cited for shoplifting

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Prestage Foods jet traveled to Fort Dodge today

Prestage Foods jet traveled to Fort Dodge today

FORT DODGE – A jet owned by Prestage Foods journeyed to its #2 option for its massive hog plant development. Even as rumors and innuendo swirl in Mason City that…

Ernst Calls on VA Secretary McDonald to resign immediately

Ernst Calls on VA Secretary McDonald to resign immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, released the following statement calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary…

Snub? Branstad to sign bill in Newton instead of Mason City after embarrassment of hog plant saga

Snub? Branstad to sign bill in Newton instead of Mason City after embarrassment of hog plant saga

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad was supposed to sign a bill in Mason City today, then he says he got sick. Now, he’s chosen another town altogether for the…

Congress and President ban use of words “Oriental” and “negro” from federal law

Congress and President ban use of words “Oriental” and “negro” from federal law

WASHINGTON – Two words will no longer appear in federal law, after President Barack Obama signed legislation banning the use of the terms  “negro” and “oriental”. President Barack Obama has signed…

President Obama visits Vietnam, says U.S. will sell the country arms

President Obama visits Vietnam, says U.S. will sell the country arms

HANOI, VIETNAM – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday was in Vietnam and announced new cooperation between the former adversarial nations, including a lift of a ban of selling Vietnam…

Governor Branstad too sick to come to Mason City today

Governor Branstad too sick to come to Mason City today

MASON CITY – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was supposed to be in Mason City Monday to sign a new bill into law – but says he’s too sick to make the trip.…

White House announces updates to overtime rules

White House announces updates to overtime rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Updates to rules guarantee overtime protection to most salaried workers earning less $47,476 per year, the White House said this week. In 2014, President Obama directed the…

Opinion: Elected leaders failed to grow Mason City, leading to last-resort, bottom-rung growth attempt in hog plant

Opinion: Elected leaders failed to grow Mason City, leading to last-resort, bottom-rung growth attempt in hog plant

An opinion sent to NIT – Consider this. In (Friday’s) Globe, and NIT (Thursday), the story on how the Click is planning to bring back a new Development Agreement to…

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Alliant Energy, which serves customers in Wisconsin and Iowa, is proposing to adjust its rates for electricity and natural gas for 2017 and 2018 in Wisconsin in…

Iowa Republican Party slams Des Moines Register editorial board for criticism of capital building renovation funding

Iowa Republican Party slams Des Moines Register editorial board for criticism of capital building renovation funding

From the Iowa Republican Party – With the conclusion of the 2016 legislative session, scribes, pundits, and other “experts” come out of the woodwork to pass judgement on the session’s…

Like guns? NRA says Trump is choice for President

Like guns?  NRA says Trump is choice for President

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump for President, the organization said today. “The stakes in this year’s presidential election could not be higher for gun…

Jury says Fort Dodge man not guilty of animal cruelty

Jury says Fort Dodge man not guilty of animal cruelty

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City of Mason City expense report, May 19, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, May 19, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/19/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 493.80 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 285.46 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 19,896.86 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Iowa Congressman David Young slammed for vote against law that would have protected rights of LGBT workers

Iowa Congressman David Young slammed for vote against law that would have protected rights of LGBT workers

DES MOINES — Today, a Congressional vote was held on an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against the LGBT community. Iowa…

International Day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia observed this week

International Day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia observed this week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia was observed this week. On International Day Against Homophoia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the U.S. State Department said it stands…

Rep. Steckman: Iowa’s graduate rate continues to increase

Rep. Steckman: Iowa’s graduate rate continues to increase

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – With thousands of seniors graduating across state, Iowa’s graduation rate still leads the nation and has even increased, according to information provided by the Department…

LETTER: Robin Anderson plans Prestage pork plant meeting at Park Inn

LETTER: Robin Anderson plans Prestage pork plant meeting at Park Inn

In a letter delivered to NIT Wednesday evening, it appears Mason City Chamber of Commerce Director Robin Anderson is planning a meeting on the Prestage Foods hog processing plant that…

Senator Ernst disappointed in EPA decision to reduce volume requirements under renewable fuel standard

Senator Ernst disappointed in EPA decision to reduce volume requirements under renewable fuel standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Joni Ernst released the following statement today, after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for conventional biofuels…

Clear Lake man says animals should not be hunted in city limits (video)

Clear Lake man says animals should not be hunted in city limits (video)

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man told the Mason City council that the hunting of animals in city parks hold not be allowed. “If an animal can make it…

Mason City realtor spearheading petition to revive hog plant claims threats of violence (video)

Mason City realtor spearheading petition to revive hog plant claims threats of violence (video)

MASON CITY – A local realtor looking to undo the action of the Mason City council in thwarting a hog plant in town now claims people are out to get…

Why allow Prestage to come back after charges of racism, Rep. Sharon Steckman asks Mason City council (video)

Why allow Prestage to come back after charges of racism, Rep. Sharon Steckman asks Mason City council (video)

MASON CITY – Iowa Representative (D) Sharon Steckman spoke to the Mason City council during the public listening post on the charges of racism leveled against North Iowans and residents…

Why would Councilman Bill Schickel flip?

Why would Councilman Bill Schickel flip?

by Max Frank Weaver of Mason City – I hope you prove me wrong Councilman. There’s so much one can say about the art of this deal. How it came…

Complaints over pay for bus drivers in Butler county schools leads to explanation from Superintendent

Complaints over pay for bus drivers in Butler county schools leads to explanation from Superintendent

GREENE, IOWA – Overpayments to bus drivers in the North Butler School District led to complaints – and an explanation from the district’s Superintendent, Joel Foster: It has been brought to…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says heroin and opioids a “growing epidemic” in Iowa

Rep. Linda Upmeyer says heroin and opioids a “growing epidemic” in Iowa

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – While it’s an honor and privilege to serve the people of our district and of Iowa, I’m grateful to be done with spending so much…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will…

After former butler says President Obama should be “shot”, Donald Trump disavows statements

After former butler says President Obama should be “shot”, Donald Trump disavows statements

NEW YORK – A former butler of Donald Trump’s made inflammatory remarks about President Obama, leading the GOP presidential frontrunner to call him a “troubled man”. Donald J. Trump’s former…

JOINT STATEMENT FROM HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN AND DONALD J. TRUMP

JOINT STATEMENT FROM HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN AND DONALD J. TRUMP

A JOINT STATEMENT FROM HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN AND DONALD J. TRUMP: The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton…

Mason City School District agreement with Anita Micich to leave

Mason City School District agreement with Anita Micich to leave

MASON CITY – AGREEMENT The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Mason City Community School District (the “District”), and Dr. Anita Micich (“Dr. Micich”) agree as follows: 1. In…

City of Mason City expense report, May 5, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, May 5, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/5/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————————- ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 256.79 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 50.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

Ride-sharing companies now governed by state regulations

Ride-sharing companies now governed by state regulations

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad this week signed a new state law regulating how transportation companies like Uber will operate. The new legislation provides for the regulation of transportation…

Anita Micich out of Mason City School District June 6 (photos and video)

Anita Micich out of Mason City School District June 6 (photos and  video)

MASON CITY – Mason City School District Superintendent Anita Micich will be out of a job in Mason City as of June 6. Draft of Press Statement from Mason City…

Lawyered up: Attorney who represented Janet Solberg when she was fired from job now deciding on freedom of information request

Lawyered up: Attorney who represented Janet Solberg when she was fired from job now deciding on freedom of information request

MASON CITY – In the wake of serious allegations of racism by Mason City councilwoman Janet Solberg against citizens who didn’t agree with her about a slaughterhouse, NIT has requested…

Breaking news: School Board to consider action on Micich

Breaking news: School Board to consider action on Micich

MASON CITY – Things may be coming to a head at the Mason City School District. The Mason City School Board has called a meeting within the legally-required 24-hour window.…

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