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Iowa State Patrol using disguise and other “creative ways” to bust distracted drivers

Iowa State Patrol using disguise and other “creative ways” to bust distracted drivers

DES MOINES – The next time you drive by an RV on the interstate, you never know who might be inside watching to make sure you are following the laws,…

Senator on Intelligence Committee reacts to reports President Trump might issue pardons in Russia entanglements

Senator on Intelligence Committee reacts to reports President Trump might issue pardons in Russia entanglements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Warner today reacted to reports that President Trump may be considering pardons connected to the ongoing Russia investigation. Sen. Warner, a Democrat from Virginia and…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts sanctuary cities, lays out efforts to combat violent crime

Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts sanctuary cities, lays out efforts to combat violent crime

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Today in Philadelphia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted sanctuary cities and laid out efforts to combat violent crime in America. The following is his remarks: Good morning.…

Opinion: Discipline “is the hardest part of teaching”

Opinion: Discipline “is the hardest part of teaching”

My name is Dave Brown I attended the last school board meeting. I would like to say for me discipline is the hardest part of teaching. If you can ask…

City of Mason City expense report, July 20, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, July 20, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 07/20/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 1,090.10 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 333.59 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 9,208.51 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 5,737.81…

Mason City’s Hy-Vee west among top-selling retailers of Iowa lottery tickets

Mason City’s Hy-Vee west among top-selling retailers of Iowa lottery tickets

MASON CITY – Record sales of instant-scratch tickets led the Iowa Lottery to achieve annual results in its Top 4 overall and finish fiscal year 2017 well ahead of budget projections.…

Iowa man stabs attacking pit bull in self defense, gets ticket

Iowa man stabs attacking pit bull in self defense, gets ticket

DUBUQUE – An Iowa man and his dog were attacked by “Beefy” the pit bull, leading to the pit being stabbed to death and a ticket for the victim. On…

Mercy helps centenarian fulfill dream of flying in helicopter (video)

Mercy helps centenarian fulfill dream of flying in helicopter (video)

MASON CITY – A nurse and others at Mercy Hospital in Mason City helped a 102-year-old man fulfill his wish of flying in a helicopter. On the morning of July…

Senator John McCain has brain tumor

Senator John McCain has brain tumor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after a blood clot was removed, his office said Wednesday. At the request of Senator…

Mason City council approves special election date for vacant Third Ward council seat

Mason City council approves special election date for vacant Third Ward council seat

MASON CITY – The Mason City council has approved a special election to be held in September for the vacant Third Ward city council seat. At the city council meeting…

Ernst Continues to push For National Global War on Terrorism Memorial authorization

Ernst Continues to push For National Global War on Terrorism Memorial authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As support continues to grow for the bipartisan Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act (S. 926), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today submitted written testimony to…

Hawkeye lineman says his toughest opponent is depression

Hawkeye lineman says his toughest opponent is depression

By Sean Welsh My name is Sean Welsh and I’m an offensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes. On Saturdays in the fall I live life in the trenches at Kinnick…

Opinion: Beware of puppets in our city government

Opinion: Beware of puppets in our city government

On Sunday, John Skipper introduced metaphors into to the mix. These were linked to the coming change on the council and perhaps Trout’s position. Here is a metaphor….change is good!…

Senate Majority Leader McConnell says repeal and replace Obamacare a failed mission

Senate Majority Leader McConnell says repeal and replace Obamacare a failed mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare: “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal…

Iowans hold vigil in support of immigrants

Iowans hold vigil in support of immigrants

DES MOINES – Early on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Iowa Sanctuary Movement held a vigil in front of the Federal Building downtown to demonstrate its support for immigrant families…

Authorities investigating after Minneapolis police shoot and kill woman who reported a crime

Authorities investigating after Minneapolis police shoot and kill woman who reported a crime

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) continues to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that happened late Saturday night in Minneapolis. The…

Federal government to allow “suffering businesses” to hire thousands of immigrant workers

Federal government to allow “suffering businesses” to hire thousands of immigrant workers

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural…

Senator Grassley delivers remarks at Family Leadership Summit

Senator Grassley delivers remarks at Family Leadership Summit

DES MOINES – Senator Charles Grassley gave a speech this weekend at the 6th annual Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines. The Family Leadership Summit is “an annual get-together of…

Steve King’s speech in Congress comparing transgender troops with castrated slaves condemned (video)

Steve King’s speech in Congress comparing transgender troops with castrated slaves condemned (video)

DES MOINES — Iowa Fourth District Representative Steve King is being condemned after he gave a speech in Congress in which he compared transgender troops with castrated slaves as he…

Grassley digs for details on how Russian lawyer got into United States for secret Trump Jr. meeting

Grassley digs for details on how Russian lawyer got into United States for secret Trump Jr. meeting

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley this week wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in order to ask how the Russian…

Brent Trout might leave Mason City for Topeka, Kansas

Brent Trout might leave Mason City for Topeka, Kansas

TOPEKA, KANSAS – The city of Topeka, Kansas is considering five candidates for the city manager position that has been vacant since October, and Mason City’s city administrator is one…

City of Mason City expense report, July 13, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, July 13, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/13/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 451.97 ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONINGSUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 171.72 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 89.98…

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for two counties

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for two counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Clayton and Dubuque counties Friday in response to severe weather on July 11. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON HEALTH CARE CHANGES Our U.S. Senators in Washington are working on big changes to our…

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after meeting with Canada’s prime minister

Gov. Reynolds issues statement after meeting with Canada’s prime minister

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement Friday after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I. “It was…

Steve King wants to save British baby

Steve King wants to save British baby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King today introduced a resolution calling upon courts within the United Kingdom to allow Charles “Charlie” William Gard, and his mother, Constance Rhoda Kelly Yates,…

Mason City’s Hovland named to Environmental Protection Commission

Mason City’s Hovland named to Environmental Protection Commission

DES MOINES – Cerro Gordo county’s top Republican has been named to an environmental board by Governor Kim Reynolds. Today, the office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Barbara…

Supreme Court Commission report highlights the need to close the justice gap in Iowa

Supreme Court Commission report highlights the need to close the justice gap in Iowa

DES MOINES — The commission charged by the Iowa Supreme Court to identify and remove barriers to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged Iowans has issued its initial report. The Access…

Congressmen introduce Article of Impeachment against President Trump for obstruction of justice

Congressmen introduce Article of Impeachment against President Trump for obstruction of justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), joined by Congressman Al Green (D-TX), introduced an Article of Impeachment (H. Res. 438) against President Donald J. Trump for High Crimes…

Iowa’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group condemns Steve King amendments to defense bill

Iowa’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group condemns Steve King amendments to defense bill

DES MOINES — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has proposed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810) that directly oppose spending that benefits transgender…

Congressman Steve King introduces “Silencers Help Us Save Hearing” act

Congressman Steve King introduces “Silencers Help Us Save Hearing” act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have jointly introduced important gun rights legislation that removes silencers and mufflers from federal regulation. The legislation is known…

Marine veteran will get his runaway dog back, animal officials say

Marine veteran will get his runaway dog back, animal officials say

MASON CITY – A marine veteran whose dog ran away and ended up in the local animal shelter but then encountered trouble getting his pet back will be reunited with…

Mason City offers an array of vacant and blighted properties

Mason City offers an array of vacant and blighted properties

MASON CITY – Vacant and blighted properties are not in short supply in Mason City, with each offering opportunities to people with a vision of what could be. Here are some of…

Charles City man put on probation in theft case arrested for domestic assault

Charles City man put on probation in theft case arrested for domestic assault

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man accused of felony theft who then took a plea deal to a lesser charge was arrested by police for domestic assault. Amir Aghaei,…

Bob Dole says President Trump’s trip to Poland qnd G-20 summit in Germany “helped restore our position as leader of the free world”

Bob Dole says President Trump’s trip to Poland qnd G-20 summit in Germany “helped restore our position as leader of the free world”

WASHINGTON, DC: “I want to congratulate President Trump and all Americans on the President’s successful trip to Europe this week. The President’s speech in Warsaw, Poland was one for the…

Democrats claim “secret talks” between GOP and corporate special interests on closing of Iowa Energy Center

Democrats claim “secret talks” between GOP and corporate special interests on closing of Iowa Energy Center

DES MOINES – State Representative Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque, Ranking Member of the House Government Oversight Committee, called for an Oversight Committee hearing today after new emails allegedly revealed collusion…

Iowa Senators say there is a “child abuse crisis” in the state

Iowa Senators say there is a “child abuse crisis” in the state

DES MOINES – Two Democratic Iowa Senators say there is a “child abuse crisis” in the state at this time because the Iowa Department of Human Services is “dangerously understaffed”.…

Record number of Americans employed in June, labor department says

Record number of Americans employed in June, labor department says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A record number of Americans, 153,168,000, were employed in June, according to new labor statistics released today by the department of labor. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased…

City of Mason City expense report, July 6, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, July 6, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/6/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————– ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 2,930.40 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 13,417.84 ANDERSON, KAREN CAMPGROUND COMMISSIONS…

Gov. Reynolds, Senator Ernst respond to renewable fuel volumes standards set by EPA

Gov. Reynolds, Senator Ernst respond to renewable fuel volumes standards set by EPA

DES MOINES – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018 at 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol, meeting…

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