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Alex Kuhn seeks second term on Mason City council

Alex Kuhn seeks second term on Mason City council

MASON CITY – At-Large councilman Alex Kuhn has announced he is seeking a second term on the Mason City council. From Alex Kuhn: It has been a true honor and…

Black Lives Matter group scoffs at Democratic Party endorsement

MINNEAPOLIS – The following is a statement is response to the Democratic National Committee resolution expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and can be attributed to the Black…

MCPD: End speculation and come forward with information in death of young man

MCPD: End speculation and come forward with information in death of young man

MASON CITY – As an investigation now continues in the death of young William Whipple, police are asking for an end to speculation and for persons with knowledge to come…

The “Clear Lake Breezer” is Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail”

The “Clear Lake Breezer” is Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail”

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail” was chosen Thursday evening at an event held at the Surf Ballroom. The “Hamptons of Mason City” – as those in attendance gleefully…

Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley proposes expansion of social security

Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley proposes expansion of social security

NIT – On Friday, Governor Martin O’Malley released what his campaign calls “a bold, progressive plan” to expand Social Security that he says will meet his goal of increasing the…

Another Town, Another Time… (by Peter Children)

When I was young I lived in another town, the climate was similar to this town, and the cityscape was different in some aspects but similar in others, the City…

Bookmeyer nearly soils his britches as council dissects cash payout to his Blue Zone crony (video)

Bookmeyer nearly soils his britches as council dissects cash payout to his Blue Zone crony (video)

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – The clown show was on full display Tuesday night as things got a little heated at an odder-than-usual Mason City council meeting. It was revealed…

How will city hall handle employee using vulgar language on social media?

How will city hall handle employee using vulgar language on social media?

from: Matt Marquardt <northiowatoday@gmail.com> to: Perry Buffington <pbuffington@masoncity.net>, Brent Trout <btrout@masoncity.net>, Council Member Alex Kuhn <atlargea@masoncity.net>, schickelatlarge@masoncity.net, mayor@masoncity.net date: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 11:25 AM subject: Social media policy…

Steve King says Planned Parenthood as bad as ACORN

Steve King says Planned Parenthood as bad as ACORN

NIT – Steve King couldn’t resist today taking a shot at ACORN, that political group that helped Obama get elected way back in 2008. He hates ACORN so much, in…

Opinion: Banned by Wing Ding

Opinion: Banned by Wing Ding

Opinion by Debo Grim – The Iowa Democratic Wing Ding Facebook page was banning and deleting people that spoke about Bernie Sanders. When I spoke about Bernie Sanders my post got…

Donald Trump releases immigration plan

Donald Trump releases immigration plan

Donald Trump releases immigration plan: IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN The three core principles of Donald J. Trump’s immigration plan When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they…

Participation awards: Should they be given to kids?

Participation awards: Should they be given to kids?

NIT – If you’re a parent of a school-age kid, and he or she is in an activity or a sport, you may have seen these “participation awards”. Some like…

Sen. Ragan: Mental health treatment must be available to all Iowans

Sen. Ragan: Mental health treatment must be available to all Iowans

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Public safety and medical professionals say Iowa has a mental health crisis. Legislators have been tackling that problem by improving the way mental health services…

Iowa governmental watchdog: Members of board with three persons shouldn’t be talking outside of meetings

Iowa governmental watchdog: Members of board with three persons shouldn’t be talking outside of meetings

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 addressed by…

City of Mason City expense report, August 6, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, August 6, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 8/6/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 262.86 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 1,256.00 ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONINGREPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 103.22 ADAMS…

City of Mason City expense report, July 30, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 30, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/30/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————— ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 12.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 50.40 ALEXIS FIRE EQUIPMENT CO M/E REPAIRS 24.81 ALL…

Fact Sheet: President Obama to Announce Historic Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants 

Fact Sheet: President Obama to Announce Historic Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at the White House, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will release the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama…

Legislative update from Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Linda Upmeyer

From Representative Linda Upmeyer – It is a privilege to represent so many great communities in North-Central Iowa and I often think about what can be done to help these…

Opinion: North Butler Schools administrators have become bullies (by Kip Bouillon)

Opinion: North Butler Schools administrators have become bullies (by Kip Bouillon)

I am expressing my opinion. All information addressed in this letter is my view of the current situation at the North Butler School district. So, our current administration of North…

Op-ed: Marinos and Globe attack one of their “own” (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: Marinos and Globe attack one of their “own” (by Peter Children)

You can tell you’re in North Iowa by the stench coming from Washington Avenue and the Globe’s editorial board. This is almost unprecedented; the Globe turning on one of their…

Op-ed: Small Town Prejudices (by Peter Children)

What do we have here… between 25 & 27 thousand people living together? We have the amenities most towns this size have, we have pole buildings in the downtown area,…

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Florida man has been jailed for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, Florida,…

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/23/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————– ADVANCED SYSTEMSOFFICE SUPPLIES 50.40 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 268.91 AKAY CONSULTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 4,150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY…

Opinion: What is happening at North Butler School??

By: Elizabeth Schroeder With an unclear understanding of what actually went wrong with North Butler finances, the board voted. On November 4, North Butler’s School Board made a decision to…

Globe’s Skipper and Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas

Globe’s Skipper and Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – John Skipper and Arian Schuessler sucker-punched George Barlas this weekend. Since John Skipper is too talentless to point a camera and hit the “record” button,…

Schickel could clash with Bookmeyer and his chamber cronies

Schickel could clash with Bookmeyer and his chamber cronies

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – Former Mayor and State Representative Bill Schickel says in a mailer that came to my house that he plans to do things differently than our…

City of Mason City expense report, July 16, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 16, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report, 7/16/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 162.55 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E REPAIRS 24.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMSEQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 200.05 AHLERS AND…

Review: Gary Allan performs at Surf Ballroom (photos)

Review: Gary Allan performs at Surf Ballroom (photos)

CLEAR LAKE – Country music singer Gary Allan thrilled the Surf Ballroom crowd with his performance Friday night. Lines formed outside well over an hour before doors opened at 8:00pm,…

Op-ed: Remember the 60’s (by Peter children)

I was in Chicago buying merchandise for a gift shop I ran on Delaware Avenue, immediately South of the Red Llama bar. I sold Italian knit sweaters with the Red…

Grassley: Don’t mess with renewables

Grassley: Don’t mess with renewables

By U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Jul 17, 2015 – Iowans know there’s no use messing with Mother Nature during a summer thunderstorm. The occasional power outage triggered by severe weather…

Op-ed: Do our taxes pay for police service?

This is the third commentary I shall offer on the subject of current trouble calls that involve bars and restaurants. Hopefully it will also be the last. What then does…

Op-ed: Reflections on another time (by Peter Children)

Fifty-Four years ago this year, it was 1961 and I and my partner Jim Chimibidis were putting the finishing touches on the new lounge we were opening on Delaware Avenue…

Steve King goes after gay marriage, supports Confederate flag

Steve King goes after gay marriage, supports Confederate flag

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last week, Congressman Steve King made it clear where he stands on two controversial issues, introducing a resolution of disapproval of gay marriage and calling for…

Opinion: Double standard at play in attack on local business (by Peter Children)

Opinion: Double standard at play in attack on local business (by Peter Children)

by Peter Children of Mason City – Who said you can’t have fun in a small town? In the center ring of this three ring circus is George Barlas, owner…

Iowa City Considering Ban on E-Cigs in Public Places

Iowa City Considering Ban on E-Cigs in Public Places

Submitted to NIT: Ever since the popularity of electronic cigarettes has started to grow, people have been trying to get governments to ban them based on all different types of…

Rep. Sharon Steckman “shocked and saddened” at governor’s vetoes

Rep. Sharon Steckman “shocked and saddened” at governor’s vetoes

NIT – In the wake of Governor Branstad’s vetoes of spending bills that were negotiated in the Iowa legislature, a North Iowa lawmaker expressed shock and sadness that the hard…

Opinion: Happy 239th Birthday America!

Opinion: Happy 239th Birthday America!

by Joshua Walusz – Happy 239th Birthday America! I don’t think we are doing so bad for such a young nation as we work through our adolescent growing pains.  If…

Health department official thanks Mason City park board for outlawing cig’s in parks

Health department official thanks Mason City park board for outlawing cig’s in parks

By: Penny McCaslin, Tobacco Program Coordinator Thank You Mason City Park Board! The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health would like to show our support for the City of…

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker calls for Constitutional amendment on same sex marriage

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker calls for Constitutional amendment on same sex marriage

From Wisconsin Governor (and potential Presidential candidate) Scott Walker – I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities are important to community development, enriching local amenities and attracting young…

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