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Florida Governor Rick Scott: FBI Director needs to resign

Florida Governor Rick Scott: FBI Director needs to resign

PARKLAND, FLORIDA – Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the FBI’s admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018, regarding “[Nikolas]…

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is ‘desperate’ after Mueller’s indictment of Russians

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is ‘desperate’ after Mueller’s indictment of Russians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Saying President Donald Trump is ‘desperate’ in calling a special investigation a hoax, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller released new…

John Skipper’s fake news class cancelled due to low registrations

John Skipper’s fake news class cancelled due to low registrations

MASON CITY – A fake news class set to be taught by professor John Skipper of the Globe Gazette was cancelled due to low registrations. The class, offered through NIACC,…

FBI admits it was warned about Florida shooter’s murderous intentions

FBI admits it was warned about Florida shooter’s murderous intentions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FBI today admitted it was warned last month about the murderous intentions of Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, who carried out his plans and killed 17 at…

Grand jury indicts thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for scheme to interfere in the United States political system

Grand jury indicts thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for scheme to interfere in the United States political system

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia today returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel’s Office. The indictment charges…

Mason City awarded $9.6 million in capital investment from Iowa Economic Development Board

Mason City awarded $9.6 million in capital investment from Iowa Economic Development Board

DES MOINES – Today, the IEDA board approved the maximum benefit amount of $9,162,600 for the Mason City Downtown Reinvestment District plan submitted by the City of Mason City. This…

Homeland Security says Democratic DACA bill “destroys ability” to enforce immigration laws and creates “mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens

Homeland Security says Democratic DACA bill “destroys ability” to enforce immigration laws and creates “mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill put forth by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mike Rounds (D-S.D.), and Angus King (I-Maine) would be bad news in the fight to…

McDonald’s scraps cheeseburgers from Happy Meals

McDonald’s scraps cheeseburgers from Happy Meals

OAK BROOK, LLINOIS – McDonald’s won’t be automatically offering cheeseburgers nor chocolate milk in Happy Meals anymore due to the overweight children who consume their food. Today, McDonald’s announced an expanded…

Governor Reynolds orders state flags at half-staff to honor school shooting victims

Governor Reynolds orders state flags at half-staff to honor school shooting victims

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds ordered all state flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Monday, February 19, 2018, to honor the murdered…

Florida teen guns down 17 at school after promises of violence

Florida teen guns down 17 at school after promises of violence

PARKLAND, FLORIDA – A 19-year-old Florida man who had reportedly been expelled from a high school went back there with his AR-15 rifle and killed 17 people Wednesday. In what…

Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Caucus’s first Chairwoman

Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Caucus’s first Chairwoman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), a caucus of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), announced that Iowa’s Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer will serve as…

Mason City woman accused of embezzling $30K from convenience store

Mason City woman accused of embezzling $30K from convenience store

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is behind bars Wednesday after police caught and arrested her for allegedly stealing over $30,000 from her former employer. The Mason City Police…

Opinion: Bill requiring sale of “conventional eggs” versus cage free is embarrassing

Opinion: Bill requiring sale of “conventional eggs” versus cage free is embarrassing

Iowa legislators are using their time to work on a bill that would require grocery stores to “sell conventional eggs” versus only those that come from chickens that are cage…

What they’re saying: Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping tax reform proposal

What they’re saying: Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping tax reform proposal

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled her sweeping tax reform proposal on Tuesday. The plan would provide immediate relief to middle class workers, small business owners, farmers, families and…

Cerro Gordo county salaries for 2017

Cerro Gordo county salaries for 2017

MASON CITY – The following is the list of salaries paid to employees of Cerro Gordo county: Download the PDF file .…

President Trump’s budget allows food stamp users to get boxes of delicious food so they will have to shop less

President Trump’s budget allows food stamp users to get boxes of delicious food so they will have to shop less

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget will make drastic changes to how folks use food stamps, delivering boxes of delicious food to the poor and sending them…

Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4

Derelict Building Grant applications due April 4

DES MOINES – State funds are available for help renovating dilapidated buildings in small Iowa towns, and grant applications are now being accepted. The next round of funding for the…

President’s Day Presentation on John Adams To Be Held at NIACC

President’s Day Presentation on John Adams To Be Held at NIACC

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will hold a presentation discussing John Adams on Monday, February 19, in Beem Center 200 on the NIACC campus from 2:00…

Cerro Gordo county expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

Cerro Gordo county expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo county expense report, Feb. 8, 2018: Download the PDF file .…

Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping new tax policy

Gov. Reynolds unveils sweeping new tax policy

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg unveiled the most significant tax reform package in decades on Tuesday, allegedly providing immediate relief to middle class workers,…

GOP Chairwoman Barbara Hovland calls for removal of judge who let molester off with probation

GOP Chairwoman Barbara Hovland calls for removal of judge who let molester off with probation

MASON CITY – A top political official and activist in Cerro Gordo county is calling for the removal of a judge who presided over the case of Tawny Symonds, a…

Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking

Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking

WASHINGTON – NBC News recently reported that a top U.S. official told them that Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, and now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says NBC “has…

Feds propose new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages

Feds propose new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would allow restaurants to keep tips earned by servers, to cover minimum wages. The new regulation, provides…

Minnesota school district drops literary classics over use of the “n-word”

Minnesota school district drops literary classics over use of the “n-word”

DULUTH, MINNESOTA – Two literary classics have been ousted as required reading in the Duluth, Minnesota school district after prodding by the local NAACP chapter because the books contain the…

Illegal alien who struck and killed NFL player and his driver faces federal immigration charges

Illegal alien who struck and killed NFL player and his driver faces federal immigration charges

INDIANAPOLIS — A previously deported citizen of Guatemala, who was arrested this month for being involved in a fatal car accident that killed an NFL player and another man, was…

Rep. Upmeyer: Opioid legislation will save lives

Rep. Upmeyer: Opioid legislation will save lives

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Winter in Iowa means snow and ice on the roads and extra caution is necessary. We are…

Childhood vaccination rates in Iowa are above the national average

Childhood vaccination rates in Iowa are above the national average

DES MOINES – A top insurer in Iowa says childhood vaccination rates in the state are above the national average. The findings come as a result of a new study…

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 8, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/8/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————– ADVANCED SYSTEMS CEMETERY EQUIPMENT 4,500.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 6,280.18 AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION DUES & PUBLICATIONS 324.00…

Democratic challenger for Iowa house seat 51 to hold meet and greet event in Fertile

Democratic challenger for Iowa house seat 51 to hold meet and greet event in Fertile

FERTILE – A Democratic challenger for an Iowa House seat will hold a public event on the afternoon of Saturday, February 24 in Fertile. Tim Knutson, Democratic candidate for State Representative…

Wellmark commits to re-entering the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019

Wellmark commits to re-entering the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019

DES MOINES – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it is ready to re-enter the Affordable Care Act market in Iowa in 2019. According to a statement from Wellmark: Wellmark Blue…

Sen. Ragan: Not enough money for school kids in Iowa budget

Sen. Ragan: Not enough money for school kids in Iowa budget

The following is a legislative update from Senate Amanda Ragan of Mason City – Iowa’s route to a high-skill, high-wage economy depends on great local schools that prepare students for…

Steckman battles for more school funding

Steckman battles for more school funding

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: This week we took another disappointing vote on funding for our public schools.  What used to be…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES – The following information is from Iowa Democrats: Home Foreclosure Timelines Could Be Shortened Iowans who are facing foreclosure may soon have less time to save to stay…

Mason City Alternative School to hold Career Exploration Fair

Mason City Alternative School to hold Career Exploration Fair

MASON CITY – The Mason City Alternative School will hold a Career Exploration Fair on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Mason City Alternative School, 19…

Democratic lawmakers complain of rejection of budget bill amendment to ease school funding cuts

Democratic lawmakers complain of rejection of budget bill amendment to ease school funding cuts

DES MOINES – Democratic lawmakers complained Thursday after Republican lawmakers rejected a budget bill amendment that would have eased school funding cuts in an amount that mirrors payouts for sexual…

Raid of Mason City’s Asian Tuina massage parlor nets prostitution arrest

Raid of Mason City’s Asian Tuina massage parlor nets prostitution arrest

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City raided the Asian Tuina massage parlor today and took a wanted woman to jail for prostitution. On Thursday, February 8th the Mason City…

Opinion: Dr. Andy McGuire has the perfect combination of experience, expertise and compassion for Governor of Iowa

Opinion: Dr. Andy McGuire has the perfect combination of experience, expertise and compassion for Governor of Iowa

I was very excited to caucus for the second time on Monday, February 5th. In 2016, I caucused for my first time, and I caucused for Bernie Sanders for President.…

Iowa Legislature considers bill that would help police end alleged racial profiling

Iowa Legislature considers bill that would help police end alleged racial profiling

DES MOINES – A bill is advancing in the Iowa Legislature that would help train police to not commit racial profiling when investigating possible crimes. Senate Study Bill 1177 is…

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz describes 2018 recruiting class

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz describes 2018 recruiting class

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Football Media Conference. Wednesday, February 7, 2018. HEAD COACH KIRK FERENTZ: Good afternoon. Obviously this time around it’s different. Glad you got a chance…

Globe Gazette to fire as many as 12 employees, admits $2 million used printer is worthless

Globe Gazette to fire as many as 12 employees, admits $2 million used printer is worthless

MASON CITY – The geniuses that call the business shots at the Globe Gazette in Mason City are firing as many as 12 employees due to the failure of the…

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