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Mayor and city council impose term limits on volunteers to boards and commissions

Mayor and city council impose term limits on volunteers to boards and commissions

MASON CITY – An ordinance pushed by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer was passed by the city council Tuesday night, imposing term limits on volunteers to boards and commissions that serve the…

Gov. Branstad issues statement on being nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China

Gov. Branstad issues statement on being nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad issued the following statement in regards to being nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China in the Trump-Pence Administration: I…

Mason City school district to appoint new superintendent Thursday morning

Mason City school district to appoint new superintendent Thursday morning

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board will hold a Special Session at 6:45 AM on Thursday, December 8, 2016 and approve a contract for and appoint the district’s…

Andy O’Brien gracious in defeat, will support Paul Adams moving forward

Andy O’Brien gracious in defeat, will support Paul Adams moving forward

MASON CITY – Andy O’Brien came up short in his bid for the at-large city council seat Tuesday night, but was gracious in defeat and thanked everyone who participated in…

Branstad reportedly picked by Trump to be next Ambassador to China

Branstad reportedly picked by Trump to be next Ambassador to China

NEW YORK – Reports are running rampant today that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was offered and has accepted the position as Ambassador to China by President-elect Donald J. Trump. Branstad…

Paul Adams wins at-large city council seat

Paul Adams wins at-large city council seat

MASON CITY – Paul Adams dominated his opponent in the run-off election for the vacant at-large city council seat, beating “Action Coach” Andy O’Brien by over 1,200 votes in a…

Cigarette smoke may be harming your pet

Cigarette smoke may be harming your pet

MASON CITY – That filthy habit of yours might be doing serious harm to your pet. If you’re a smoker, you probably realize the dangers smoking may pose to your…

Cerro Gordo GOP chooses 2017 officers, seeks youth to join party

Cerro Gordo GOP chooses 2017 officers, seeks youth to join party

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo GOP central committee met at the Pizza Ranch in Mason City Monday and elected its 2017 officers. Barbara Hovland will continue as Chairwoman. Other…

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

NEW YORK – President-elect Donald J. Trump had some sobering, tough words for businesses who attempt to abandon the U.S. and fire workers, promising “retribution or consequence” for offenders. “The…

Trump picks Dr. Ben Carson for for Secretary of HUD; Nancy Pelosi calls him “disturbingly unqualified”

Trump picks Dr. Ben Carson for for Secretary of HUD; Nancy Pelosi calls him “disturbingly unqualified”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Senate leader Nancy Pelosi today lashed out at President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, calling him “disturbingly…

Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council releases final report 

Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council releases final report 

DES MOINES – The Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council last week approved recommendations to help school districts and their communities improve the attendance of students who miss 10 percent or more…

Branstad Administration claims “unprecedented Medicaid transparency” after release of report from DHS

Branstad Administration claims “unprecedented Medicaid transparency” after release of report from DHS

DES MOINES – A report from the Department of Human Services on the state’s new Medicaid privatization program was heralded by Governor Terry Branstad recently. Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt.…

Can a government body request and receive payment for the actual costs incurred in retrieving and reviewing public records prior to release or copying of the records?

Can a government body request and receive payment for the actual costs incurred in retrieving and reviewing public records prior to release or copying  of the records?

Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely…

Trump blasts Saturday Night Live, says it is “unwatchable” for poking fun at him

Trump blasts Saturday Night Live, says it is “unwatchable” for poking fun at him

NEW YORK – Last night, President-elect Donald Trump blasted the antics of the popular left-leaning TV show Saturday Night Live, calling the program “unwatchable” after yet another Alec Baldwin skit…

Trumps talks to Taiwan, sets off firestorm

Trumps talks to Taiwan, sets off firestorm

NEW YORK – We’re not supposed to talk to Taiwan, the establishment says, but President-elect Donald J. Trump took a call from the leader of that small island – and…

Obamacare: Weighing the Good and the Bad

In 2010, the Obama administration pushed for the enactment of the controversial Patient and Affordable Care Protection Act. Also called Obamacare, this act sought to regulate private health insurance with…

White bar patrons feel blue, see red, after black thief steals their green

White bar patrons feel blue, see red, after black thief steals their green

CLEAR LAKE – A man allegedly walked into a popular downtown Clear Lake establishment, declared he was writing a book about “being black in North Iowa” and helped himself to…

Grassley seeks details on Somali refugee behind Ohio State University attack

Grassley seeks details on Somali refugee behind Ohio State University attack

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking the immigration and criminal history of the man who launched an attack on Ohio State University’s campus Monday, leaving 11…

Donald Trump says he is stepping out of his businesses to be President

Donald Trump says he is stepping out of his businesses to be President

NEW YORK – President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will step away from his businesses to give all his energy to being President. “I will be holding a major…

Opinion: City hall secrets could soon be laid bare for all to see

Opinion: City hall secrets could soon be laid bare for all to see

The stranglehold on this city can only be attributed to one source… the city council. Trash burning plants and pig people wouldn’t get out of the starting gate let alone…

Trump ponders one-year jail term for flag burners

Trump ponders one-year jail term for flag burners

NEW YORK – You burn the flag, you pay a price – so decreed President-elect Donald J. Trump Tuesday morning, offering a possible one-year jail term for offenders. It’s always…

Heavily-armed Iowa man involved in standoff with police to stand trial

Heavily-armed Iowa man involved in standoff with police to stand trial

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Grassley opposes weakening of act that oversees payments from drug and device companies to doctors

Grassley opposes weakening of act that oversees payments from drug and device companies to doctors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa opposes any weakening of an act that oversees payments from drug and device companies to doctors, which promotes transparency and benefits…

Delta bans rude passenger who confronted others about supporting Donald Trump

Delta bans rude passenger who confronted others about supporting Donald Trump

ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – “We got some Hillary bitches on here?” a passenger shouted in a crowded Delta airplane cabin, peeving his his fellow travelers and leading to a ban from…

Steve King’s border wall would be eleven feet tall topped with barbed wire

Steve King’s border wall would be eleven feet tall topped with barbed wire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Congressman Steve King has a vision for a border wall to keep illegals out. “Build the Wall,” the re-elected and controversial Republican Congressman said recently via…

At least eight people hurt in attack at the Ohio State University

At least eight people hurt in attack at the Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, OHIO – An active shooter was reported on the Ohio State University campus Monday morning, and at least 8 people were hurt in an attack that may have involved…

Opinion: City council election will be a turning point in Mason City

Opinion: City council election will be a turning point in Mason City

To the Editor, The upcoming special election for a seat on the city council will be a turning point for our city. Our community deserves someone who will continue the…

Senator Joni Ernst says she is ready for new congressional year

Senator Joni Ernst says she is ready for new congressional year

By Senator Joni Ernst, guest columnist November 28th, 2016 Born and raised in southwest Iowa, I grew up on our family hog, soybean and corn farm. As a child, I…

Branstad announces Naloxone access to combat Opioid epidemic plaguing Iowa

Branstad announces Naloxone access to combat Opioid epidemic plaguing Iowa

DES MOINES – At-risk Iowans will now have access to medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and other officials announced today. Today, at the Administration’s…

Opinion: Response to Sunday’s editorial in the Globe-Gazette

Opinion: Response to Sunday’s editorial in the Globe-Gazette

As a life long resident I would never endorse this plan. Pretend for a moment you are in a town with more than enough hotel rooms. Now the city wants…

President-elect Trump bashes “ridiculous” vote recount request

President-elect Trump bashes “ridiculous” vote recount request

Statement From President-Elect Donald J. Trump on “the Ridiculous” Green Party Recount Request: The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election…

Fidel Castro is dead; Trump and Pence rejoice

Fidel Castro is dead; Trump and Pence rejoice

HAVANA, CUBA – The communist leader of Cuba – Fidel Castro – has died, and President-elect Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence feel pretty good about it. Cuban…

Iowa woman opposed to pipeline continues fast, into 5th day without food

Iowa woman opposed to pipeline continues fast, into 5th day without food

DES MOINES – An Iowa woman continues to go without food in a protest over the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and staged a protest at the state capitol Thanksgiving Day…

Statement from Senator Charles Grassley on Thanksgiving Day

Statement from Senator Charles Grassley on Thanksgiving Day

Sen. Chuck Grassley made the following statement for Thanksgiving Day, 2016. Audio of the statement can be found here. “As we gather with friends, family and loved ones on Thanksgiving…

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Paul Adams

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Paul Adams

Letter to the Editor: I would like to take a moment to encourage the citizens of Mason City to take the time to vote on December 6, 2016. The City…

EPA hikes renewable fuel volumes by 6 per cent for 2017

EPA hikes renewable fuel volumes by 6 per cent for 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA finalized volume requirements and associated percentage standards that apply under the RFS program in calendar year 2017 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and…

Chamber of Commerce “pleased” that overtime pay hike blocked for 4 million Americans

Chamber of Commerce “pleased” that overtime pay hike blocked for 4 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roughly 4 million Americans will have less money in their pockets after a federal judge approved a preliminary injunction blocking an Obama administration rule that would have…

Statement from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on appointment as ambassador to U.N.

Statement from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on appointment as ambassador to U.N.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley issued the following statement today after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump selected her as Ambassador to the United Nations: “Six years ago,…

Leading LGBT group praises Medicaid provider’s decision to pay for “gender affirming surgery” for man

Leading LGBT group praises Medicaid provider’s decision to pay for “gender affirming surgery” for man

DES MOINES — Yesterday, the ACLU of Iowa and ACLU LGBT Project announced that Amerigroup, one of Iowa’s private Medicaid providers, agreed to pay for gender affirming surgery for Andrew…

UN experts back call to halt pipeline construction in North Dakota, citing rights abuses of protestors

UN experts back call to halt pipeline construction in North Dakota, citing rights abuses of protestors

NEW YORK – The United States is using excessive force against protestors in North Dakota who are trying to stop an oil pipeline project that runs through land sacred to…

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