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City of Mason City expense report, August 25, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, August 25, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/25/2016 Payee Description Amount ————————————————————————– ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 1,395.30 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 348.66 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 60.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY…

Sen. Ragan talks boosting student achievement

Sen. Ragan talks boosting student achievement

From Senator Amanda Ragan – A new school year is getting under way. I know local educators will provide great opportunities for our students with the resources they have. The…

Branstad infers that new, privatized Medicaid system will prevent millions of dollars in improper payments

Branstad infers that new, privatized Medicaid system will prevent millions of dollars in improper payments

Federal reports show significantly lower rate of improper payments under managed care than under the old fee-for-service model DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad highlighted a Federal Department of…

Two key Medicaid meetings to be held at the Iowa Statehouse on August 29

Two key Medicaid meetings to be held at the Iowa Statehouse on August 29

DES MOINES – As the privatization of Iowa’s Medicaid program churns along, hearings will be held next week at the state capitol to increase awareness of its progress. Democrats and…

Scott Peterson announces his candidacy for city council at-large seat

Scott Peterson announces his candidacy for city council at-large seat

MASON CITY – Scott D. Peterson, a native of North Iowa, and a 13-year transplant resident to Mason City filed nomination papers Wednesday afternoon to be placed on the September…

Cerro Gordo supervisors approved 7 of last 9 hog confinements

Cerro Gordo supervisors approved 7 of last 9 hog confinements

MASON CITY – Last week, the Cerro Gordo county supervisors shot down a new hog confinement, but history shows, the board almost always approves – not denies – these controversial…

Prestage family thanks supporters, offers olive branch to opposers

Prestage family thanks supporters, offers olive branch to opposers

From Ron Prestage, DVM, Prestage Farms – On behalf of the Prestage family, our employees, production partners, colleagues in the pork industry and agriculture in general, we thank those that…

Grassley seeks answers on EpiPen cost increase

Grassley seeks answers on EpiPen cost increase

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley this week asked the manufacturer of the EpiPen, used for emergency treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions, to explain a steep price increase in the product in…

Branstad claims more success from “Medicaid Modernization” he implemented

Branstad claims more success from “Medicaid Modernization” he implemented

DES MOINES – Tuesday, Gov. Terry E. Branstad released the most recent data, claiming Iowa’s Medicaid patients have more choice, access, and accountability under Medicaid Modernization than ever before.  The…

Joni Ernst: The U.S. Can’t Ignore ISIS in Asia

Joni Ernst: The U.S. Can’t Ignore ISIS in Asia

By Senator Joni Ernst, guest columnist for Time magazine August 23, 2016 As an Iraq war veteran, the horrific rise of ISIS has long been a focus of my work…

Mason City to hold “urban deer hunt” starting September 17

Mason City to hold “urban deer hunt” starting September 17

MASON CITY – The City of Mason City will hold a special urban deer management hunt starting September 17, 2016. The intent of this special hunt, city officials say, is…

O’Brien announces campaign committee

O’Brien announces campaign committee

MASON CITY – Andy O’Brien, candidate for the At-Large City Council seat announces his campaign committee. Mark & Donna Holt, Holt Services – Campaign Chairs Eric Levenhagen, Treasurer Roxanne Pals,…

City of Mason City expense report, August 18, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, August 18, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/18/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————- ADAMS SHARPENING M/E REPAIRS 12.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 397.32 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 285.46 ALLIANT…

Read the $11M incentive package from state of Iowa for Prestage Foods slaughterhouse

Read the $11M incentive package from state of Iowa for Prestage Foods slaughterhouse

Applicant: Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC Project Sponsor: Wright County Award Date: August 18, 2016 Dr. Ron Prestage with Governor Terry Branstad on March 21 in Mason City, before the…

Masson Announces Candidacy for Mason City’s At-Large Council

Masson Announces Candidacy for Mason City’s At-Large Council

MASON CITY – Joshua Masson is pleased to formally announce his candidacy for the vacant At-Large seat on the Mason City Council. Masson, 45, has been employed at Curries for…

Woman faces federal stalking and computer hacking charges for harassment of Kris Jenner and associates

Woman faces federal stalking and computer hacking charges for harassment of Kris Jenner and associates

LOS ANGELES – A Northern California nurse’s assistant was arrested this morning on federal cyberstalking and hacking charges related to harassment and threats targeting television personality Kristen Jenner, members of…

Grassley leads Judge in new poll

Grassley leads Judge in new poll

DES MOINES – Incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Grassley holds a comfortable lead in likely voters in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In Iowa, six-term…

Charge dropped against Iowa man who flew American flag upside down, under Chinese flag

Charge dropped against Iowa man who flew American flag upside down, under Chinese flag

CALHOUN COUNTY, IOWA – An Iowa man was put in a jail cell for flying the American flag upside down, beneath the Chinese flag, in a protest – but the…

Ernst says $400 million payment to Iran – contingent on release of hostages – “sends a dangerous message”

Ernst says $400 million payment to Iran – contingent on release of hostages – “sends a dangerous message”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Associated Press Thursday reported that the “State Dept. says $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on American prisoners’ release.” U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA),…

Mason City pool closing for “super chlorination” due to crypto-infested swimmers

Mason City pool closing for “super chlorination” due to crypto-infested swimmers

MASON CITY – Mason City Parks & Recreation officials announced on Wednesday, August 17th that the Mason City Aquatic Center will be closed while crews clean the water after patrons…

Trump asks for African-American vote

Trump asks for African-American vote

From Donald J. Trump, candidate for President of the United States – I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a…

Joni Ernst to military women: Seize new opportunities in ground combat jobs

Joni Ernst to military women: Seize new opportunities in ground combat jobs

By Senator Joni Ernst, guest columnist – As a young second lieutenant with a degree from Iowa State University, I had high aspirations for my military career. When I was…

Paul Adams to implement the Community Heart and Soul Program

Paul Adams to implement the Community Heart and Soul Program

MASON CITY – Mason City council candidate Paul Adams announced this week he intends to use the Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart and Soul program in order to help citizens…

Iowa lawmakers concerned about transparency in search for next UNI president

Iowa lawmakers concerned about transparency in search for next UNI president

DES MOINES – Key Senators asked the Iowa Regents for details on changes that will make UNI Presidential search more “fair and transparent” than previous searches. State Senators Jeff Danielson…

Branstad highlights water quality efforts underway statewide

Branstad highlights water quality efforts underway statewide

1,920 farmers commit nearly $6 million to try cover crops, no-till/strip till or nitrification inhibitor on their farms DES MOINES – At the Administration’s weekly press conference at the Iowa…

City administrator monthly report

City administrator monthly report

By Brent Trout, City Administrator of Mason City, Iowa – Dear Mayor and City Council Members, Air Choice One enplaned 732 passengers and deplaned 706 passengers this month making it…

Dakota Access Pipeline eminent domain court hearing scheduled for this week

Dakota Access Pipeline eminent domain court hearing scheduled for this week

DES MOINES, IOWA – An Iowa law firm says a hearing is scheduled this week to address a possible suspension of the Dakota Access Pipeline, set to stretch across the…

City of Mason City expense report, August 11, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, August 11, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/11/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 988.52 ADAMS SHARPENING M/E REPAIRS 12.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES…

Governor Terry Branstad advising Donald Trump

Governor Terry Branstad advising Donald Trump

DES MOINES – It was announced this week that Governor Terry Branstad is getting involved in the Donald Trump campaign for president in an “unofficial role.” “Gov. Branstad was asked…

Jeff Christie announces he is a candidate for Mason City council

Jeff Christie announces he is a candidate for Mason City council

MASON CITY – Jeff Christie announced today that he is a candidate in the September 20 election for the at-large seat on the Mason City Council. Mr. Christie is 32…

Ruby Tuesday to close 95 restaurants, but Mason City’s seems safe

Ruby Tuesday to close 95 restaurants, but Mason City’s seems safe

MARYVILLE, TN – Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced plans to “streamline the organization” and close as many as 95 restaurants – but Mason City’s location is doing fine and doesn’t…

Jail inmates allegedly complaining about food and recreation opportunities in Cerro Gordo jail

Jail inmates allegedly complaining about food and recreation opportunities in Cerro Gordo jail

MASON CITY – Jail is supposed to be tough – but how tough? An NIT reader with connections to the Cerro Gordo county jail informed that some inmates are not…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – Thank you to all that attended the Medicaid Privatization forum yesterday. It was an excellent discussion and testimonies from those trying to deal with privatization…

Branstad orders review of Iowa’s alcohol laws

Branstad orders review of Iowa’s alcohol laws

Review will be conducted by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and the Iowa Economic Development Authority DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced…

Baby taken to hospital after driver strikes bicyclist with green light (photos)

Baby taken to hospital after driver strikes bicyclist with green light (photos)

MASON CITY – There was a near-tragedy in downtown Mason City Monday afternoon, when a driver turned into the path of a bicyclist towing a baby, crossing the street with…

Donald Trump repsonds to “politically motived letter” released by Republicans who oppose him

Donald Trump repsonds to “politically motived letter” released by Republicans who oppose him

Statement from Donald J. Trump in response to a letter signed by dozens of Republican national security officials that said Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president…

Council candidate O’Brien sounds off with his support of Prestage pig plant

Council candidate O’Brien sounds off with his support of Prestage pig plant

The following piece in support of the failed Prestage pig plant was posted in April by At-Large city council candidate Andy O’Brien: Prestage Farms, why I vote for Jobs and…

Steve King tours Mason City airport with Callanan family and other Republicans

Steve King tours Mason City airport with Callanan family and other Republicans

MASON CITY – Congressman Steve King was recently in Mason City touring the local airport, with area Republicans and employees with the North Iowa Corridor along for the ride. King…

Opinion: The dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. WHY?

Opinion: The dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. WHY?

The unholy dynamics between big government, (Democrats & Republicans) big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of…

Mason City voter’s opinion: Only when Weaver was gone did town realize his true worth

Mason City voter’s opinion: Only when Weaver was gone did town realize his true worth

Not until Max Weaver was gone from that council table did this population realize his true worth. With that seat at the table, Weaver would have had the authority to…

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