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Opinion: Foreclose on Southbridge Mall now for better future options

Opinion: Foreclose on Southbridge Mall now for better future options

The saga of the Mall refuses to die. There needs to be a foreclosure instigated that will clear the path for reprocessing the property. Once that is been accomplished it…

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

Wells Fargo Bank fined $1 billion for once again scamming its customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The notorious Wells Fargo Bank has been fined a record $1 billion for harming its customers by charging thousands of them for unneeded auto insurance. The Bureau of…

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz interviews after Spring Game

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz interviews after Spring Game

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Football Media Conference with Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz, Friday, April 20, 2018: KIRK FERENTZ: First of all, it was nice to put…

Japan opens markets to U.S. ethanol, creates opportunities for farmers

Japan opens markets to U.S. ethanol, creates opportunities for farmers

DES MOINES – This week, the Japanese government updated its biofuel policy and will allow imports of ETBE – a gasoline additive – made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. According to…

Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence

Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence

MASON CITY – The Mason City High School Student Activist Group has organized an event to stand in solidarity with the student victims of gun violence. This event will be…

Starbucks to close all stores for one day of “racial-bias education”

Starbucks to close all stores for one day of “racial-bias education”

MASON CITY – If you are looking for some pricy java from Starbucks on May 29, you’ll have to go elsewhere, as the popular coffee chain plans to shut down…

Report: Mason City Younkers store to close

Report: Mason City Younkers store to close

MASON CITY – A major news outlet is reporting that 7 Younkers retail stores in Iowa will be closing, and Mason City’s is on the list. KCCI is reporting that…

Steve King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, claims fundraising victories

Steve King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, claims fundraising victories

SIOUX CITY – J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, reported a fourth quarter fundraising total of over $219,000, which includes over $211,000 from…

Founders of 5 Alarm Brewing Co. in Lake Mills recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center April Entrepreneurs of the Month

Founders of 5 Alarm Brewing Co. in Lake Mills recognized  as NIACC Pappajohn Center April Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to recognize Jim Boehmer, Ross Hanson, Nathan Ostrander, and Jason Peterson of the 5 Alarm Brewing Company…

Upmeyer touts tax relief for middle class Iowans

Upmeyer touts tax relief for middle class Iowans

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Late last year, Congress reformed the tax code at the national level, reducing federal taxes on Iowans…

Opinion: Greed of “super rich” trumps working class in Iowa

Opinion: Greed of “super rich” trumps working class in Iowa

Politicians in Iowa are to be working on the behalf of the hard working middle class, not on the behalf of the super-rich.  Once again, the greed of the super-rich…

Mason City school board to meet Monday, consider big employee contracts

Mason City school board to meet Monday, consider big employee contracts

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board will meet Monday evening and consider a 2-year contract for Administrator Dave Versteeg and at least one other highly-paid administrator. The Mason…

Ragan: Bees and butterflies boost Iowa crops and natural resources

Ragan: Bees and butterflies boost Iowa crops and natural resources

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Bees and butterflies are important pollinators for Iowa crops and other plants. The North American monarch population…

Iowa Democrats complain about GOP state tax cuts and elimination of payments to cities and towns

Iowa Democrats complain about GOP state tax cuts and elimination of payments to cities and towns

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: A House committee has taken another step forward on a plan that could leave Iowans with higher property taxes and fewer…

U.S. gains right to export pork to Argentina

U.S. gains right to export pork to Argentina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In what is sure to be good news to Iowa pork producers and hog farmers across the county it was announced the government of Argentina has finalized…

City of Mason City expense report, April 12, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, April 12, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/12/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 695.61 ADAMS, NATHAN REFUND 49.79 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Next Tuesday, the 17th, is the scheduled end of this year’s session. I am writing this on…

Citing “unsustainable financial path” and $65 billion in losses, President Trump orders  review of Post Office

Citing “unsustainable financial path” and $65 billion in losses, President Trump orders  review of Post Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Postal Service has suffered billions in losses, mail volume has plummeted and retirees are sucking the agency dry, leading President Trump to order a…

Iowa Senators stand up for Iowa farmers and Iowa’s economy

Iowa Senators stand up for Iowa farmers and Iowa’s economy

DES MOINES – Twenty-one Iowa State Senators are asking President Donald Trump to protect Iowa farmers, businesses and communities as he makes trade policy changes. The letter urges the President…

Cathy Glasson’s campaign workers become first in Iowa to unionize

Cathy Glasson’s campaign workers become first in Iowa to unionize

“I believe in the right to join a union no matter where you work. I’m proud to recognize the Campaign Workers Guild.” DES MOINES – The staff of Cathy Glasson’s…

NIACC Pathways to Success honored 61 student leaders, Steve Minert and Didi Zahariades

NIACC Pathways to Success honored 61 student leaders, Steve Minert and Didi Zahariades

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College recognized 61 student leaders at the 28th annual Pathways to Success luncheon held April 6th in the Muse-Norris Conference Center at NIACC. …

Bon-Ton, owner of Younkers, has court setback that could cause store liquidations

Bon-Ton, owner of Younkers, has court setback that could cause store liquidations

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – A bankruptcy court judge in Delaware dealt a serious blow today to the on-going operations of Bon-Ton owned stores like Younkers when she denied a payment from…

Alliant Energy claims customers will see savings after federal tax cut

Alliant Energy claims customers will see savings after federal tax cut

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy said today that Iowa customers will see savings this summer and into the future through lower federal taxes. As a result, customers will see lower…

Steckman chosen as 2018 Iowa Child Advocate award recipient

Steckman chosen as 2018 Iowa Child Advocate award recipient

DES MOINES — Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City was selected as the 2018 Iowa Child Advocate Award recipient today by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. She was awarded for being…

Burnett to make over $21,000 per year more than Trout as administrator of Mason City; hiring process questioned

Burnett to make over $21,000 per year more than Trout as administrator of Mason City; hiring process questioned

MASON CITY – Mason City’s new City Administrator will get a sizable raise above his predecessor – even as some question the hiring process that led to his selection for…

Liberal Iowa political group observes Equal Pay Day, says women continue to make less than men

Liberal Iowa political group observes Equal Pay Day, says women continue to make less than men

DES MOINES – As the nation observes Equal Pay Day, a liberal-leaning Iowa political group – Progress Iowa – reminds Iowans that women continue to make less than men: Today is equal…

Steve King warns President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs (video)

Steve King warns President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Steve King this week warned President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs and avoid the mistakes he says Jimmy Carter made decades ago. Congressman Steve King…

Keokuk’s Aaron Burnett to be new City Administrator in Mason City

Keokuk’s Aaron Burnett to be new City Administrator in Mason City

MASON CITY – The current City Administrator in Keokuk, Iowa – Aaron Burnett – will be hired in Mason City for the same position. Sources tell NIT that hiring will…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Here we are again at the end of another week, with just six working days remaining before…

Extreme Makeover: Win a Free Year of College at NIACC

Extreme Makeover: Win a Free Year of College at NIACC

MASON CITY – For 12 years, North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has been providing adult students with an opportunity to return to college at no cost. It’s a unique…

North Iowa nurse: STD’s are on the rise in Iowa!

North Iowa nurse: STD’s are on the rise in Iowa!

From Samantha Smith, RN, Disease Prevention Specialist, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health: Sexually Transmitted Diseases are often focused on in health education classes or when talking to youth…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Local Officials Warn of Higher Property Taxes, Cuts in Services According to a new survey of local officials released this week,…

Rep. Prichard: Local governments will raise property taxes due to lack of backfill from state

Rep. Prichard: Local governments will raise property taxes due to lack of backfill from state

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City: Since the last time I wrote, the budget de-appropriation bill was introduced, passed and signed into legislation…

Mason City woman accused of meth possession

Mason City woman accused of meth possession

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was allegedly caught with illegal drugs this weekend. Arrested was Dawn Renee Debell, age 50 of Mason City on charges of first-offense possession…

Upmeyer touts affordable health care and tax relief for Iowans

Upmeyer touts affordable health care and tax relief for Iowans

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: We are nearing the 100th day of session which means budget and tax issues have been getting…

City of Mason City expense report, April 5, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, April 5, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/5/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————– ACOTT, LORRI GRANT 15,000.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 1,563.73…

Ragan: Bipartisan bill will prep workers for employment

Ragan: Bipartisan bill will prep workers for employment

The following is a column submitted by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Iowa employers have said for years that their biggest challenge is finding enough skilled and qualified workers…

Attorney General announces zero-tolerance policy for criminal illegal entry

Attorney General announces zero-tolerance policy for criminal illegal entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Illegal aliens testing the U.S. Southwest border will face a zero-tolerance policy from federal authorities, it was announced today. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S.…

President Trump sends troops to Mexican border to stop flow of illegals

President Trump sends troops to Mexican border to stop flow of illegals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Donald Trump ordered National Guard troops to the Mexican border to stop flow of illegals and a possible massive caravan of people from Central…

Black students punished disproportionally in schools, government watchdog says

Black students punished disproportionally in schools, government watchdog says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Black students and other segments of learners are punished disproportionally in schools, a government watchdog says in a report. According to an analysis by the Government Accountability…

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