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Iowa couple busted after thousands of dollars stolen from Salvation Army

Iowa couple busted after thousands of dollars stolen from Salvation Army

MARION, IOWA – An Iowa couple was busted after thousands of dollars were stolen from a Salvation Army. Jennifer Lynn Cronan, age 46, and Matthew Dean Cronan, age…

Four hurt in accident near Mason City

Four hurt in accident near Mason City

RURAL MASON CITY – Four people were hurt in an accident near Mason City Saturday. The Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s office says that on May 15, 2021 at…

OBIT: Russel James Borchardt

OBIT: Russel James Borchardt

Russel James Borchardt, 89 of Clear Lake, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 16, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30…

OBIT: Margaret E. Davis

OBIT: Margaret E. Davis

Margaret “Peg” E. Davis, 72, of Mason City, passed away, Friday, May 14, 2021 at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m.…

OBIT: Maxine H. Enfield

OBIT: Maxine H. Enfield

Maxine H. Enfield passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021, on her 91st birthday at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. A drive-through visitation will be held from…

Man caught after robbing Ames bank

Man caught after robbing Ames bank

AMES – A man was caught after an Ames bank was robbed. On May 12, 2021 at 4:32 PM, the Ames Police Department responded to a panic alarm…

NIACC lands 7 players on all-region softball teams

NIACC lands 7 players on all-region softball teams

MASON CITY – NIACC freshman Laken Lienhard was selected to the all-NJCAA Region XI first-team as a utility player on Thursday. NIACC’s Hailey Worman was a second-team selection…

OBIT: Larry D. Freiberg

OBIT: Larry D. Freiberg

Larry Donald Freiberg, 78, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the MercyOne North Iowa Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa of natural causes.…

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans seized with fear and oozing dread filled plastic bags and totes with gasoline after a hack of a Colonial fuel pipeline this week, but…

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was jailed on an animal abuse charge after cops determined he intentionally dropped a cat off a bridge into a cold river.…

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

CLARINDA – A man who allegedly blasted an attorney with a shotgun in Waterloo back in 1983 has died in prison from a suicide attempt. Ronald Harris Brown was…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed SF 562 into law. SF 562:  an Act relating to sexual exploitation by an adult providing training or instruction and statute of limitations time periods…

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 CG Public Health will allow individuals aged 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19…

OBIT: Jennie Mae Nelson

OBIT: Jennie Mae Nelson

Jennie Mae Nelson, 92, of Clear Lake, went to Heaven at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the IOOF Home in Mason City. Funeral services will…



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Though the American continent is now one of the most important continents in the world…

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans seized with fear and oozing dread filled plastic bags and totes…

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 CG Public Health will allow individuals aged…

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to Governor: Ending pandemic unemployment benefits does not address long or short term workforce shortages

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to Governor: Ending pandemic unemployment benefits does not address long or short term workforce shortages

DES MOINES Charlie Wishman, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, condemned Republican Governor…

North Iowa Area Community College joins Manufacturing Consortium

North Iowa Area Community College joins Manufacturing Consortium

MASON CITY – As business and industry evolve at an ever-increasing pace, the next wave…

Senator Charles Grassley writes letter thanking Mason City man for hand-made pen

Senator Charles Grassley writes letter thanking Mason City man for hand-made pen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Charles Grassley today announced that he wrote a letter to a…

Reynolds and other Governors call on President Biden to “take action” on Southern U.S. border

Reynolds and other Governors call on President Biden to “take action” on Southern U.S. border

DES MOINES Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and 19 other Republican governors issued a joint letter…

Police investigating after Iowa woman struck and killed on Interstate in West Des Moines

Police investigating after Iowa woman struck and killed on Interstate in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES – Police are investigating after a Iowa woman was struck and killed…

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Iowa couple busted after thousands of dollars stolen from Salvation Army

Iowa couple busted after thousands of dollars stolen from Salvation Army

MARION, IOWA – An Iowa couple was busted after thousands of dollars were stolen from a Salvation Army. Jennifer Lynn Cronan,…

Man caught after robbing Ames bank

Man caught after robbing Ames bank

AMES – A man was caught after an Ames bank was robbed. On May 12, 2021 at 4:32 PM, the Ames…

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was jailed on an animal abuse charge after cops determined he intentionally dropped a cat…

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

CLARINDA – A man who allegedly blasted an attorney with a shotgun in Waterloo back in 1983 has died in prison…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed SF 562 into law. SF 562:  an Act relating to sexual exploitation by an adult providing training or…

Iowa man who used Facebook Messenger to entice a 12-year-old for sexual activity sentenced to federal prison

Iowa man who used Facebook Messenger to entice a 12-year-old for sexual activity sentenced to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who sought out and enticed a 12-year-old for sexual activity was sentenced on May 7, 2021,…

One dead in Davenport after fatal shooting

One dead in Davenport after fatal shooting

DAVENPORT – A Georgia man is behind bars on a murder charge after a fatal shooting in Davenport this weekend. On…

Vandalism spree in small Iowa town lands juvies with felony charges

Vandalism spree in small Iowa town lands juvies with felony charges

MOUNT PLEASANT, IOWA – A vandalism spree in this small Iowa town landed a handful of juvies with felony charges, police…

Iowa woman to be sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing over $24K in unemployment benefits

Iowa woman to be sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing over $24K in unemployment benefits

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa woman who stole over $24,000 in three months in government funds using a COVID-19 unemployment scheme…

Three people busted with drugs in Plainfield

Three people busted with drugs in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD – Police arrested three people in Plainfield on drug charges. On April 30, 2021, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office executed…

Iowa man charged with kidnapping and murder in disappearance of ten-year-old girl

Iowa man charged with kidnapping and murder in disappearance of ten-year-old girl

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man is charged with kidnapping and murder in the disappearance of a ten-year-old girl. Scott County Attorney…

Iowa man convicted of trafficking methamphetamine and possessing a gun sentenced to over 20 years in prison

Iowa man convicted of trafficking methamphetamine and possessing a gun sentenced to over 20 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sold methamphetamine out of his residence in Fairfax, Iowa, and possessed firearms was sentenced today…

Iowa man charged in double-fatality boat crash

Iowa man charged in double-fatality boat crash

LECLAIRE, IOWA – DNR Conservation Officers charged James Thiel, 44, of Pleasant Valley, with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Use of a…

Woman in Dubuque shot, police investigating

Woman in Dubuque shot, police investigating

DUBUQUE – Police in Dubuque are investigating after a woman was shot Tuesday. On May 4, 2021, at approximately 2:59 a.m.…

Politics

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to Governor: Ending pandemic unemployment benefits does not address long or short term workforce shortages

DES MOINES Charlie Wishman, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, condemned Republican Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds for turing away millions of dollars in federal…

Senator Charles Grassley writes letter thanking Mason City man for hand-made pen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Charles Grassley today announced that he wrote a letter to a Mason City man thanking him for a hand-made pen. Grassley posed for…

Reynolds and other Governors call on President Biden to “take action” on Southern U.S. border

DES MOINES Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and 19 other Republican governors issued a joint letter urging President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take immediate…

Iowa to end participation in federal unemployment benefit programs, citing strong labor market and recovering economy 

DES MOINES – Today Governor Kim Reynolds announced new measures to address the State of Iowa’s severe workforce shortage. Effective June 12, 2021, the State of Iowa…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: SF 546  HF 602  HF 654  SF 366  HF 228  SF 336  HF 314  HF…

Iowa Department of Corrections names Brian Foster as Security Operations Director; Provides other updates

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Corrections has named Brian Foster as Security Operations Director. Brian has worked in the field of corrections since 1985. His…

City of Mason City expense report for May 6, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/6/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 324.12 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,702.00 ALLIANT ENERGY…

Sen. Ragan: “Still time to address Iowa’s critical needs” during legislative session

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The 2021 legislative session is now in…

Obits

OBIT: Russel James Borchardt

Russel James Borchardt, 89 of Clear Lake, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 16, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at…

OBIT: Margaret E. Davis

Margaret “Peg” E. Davis, 72, of Mason City, passed away, Friday, May 14, 2021 at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake. A funeral service will be held 2:00…

OBIT: Maxine H. Enfield

Maxine H. Enfield passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021, on her 91st birthday at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City. A drive-through visitation will be held…

OBIT: Larry D. Freiberg

Larry Donald Freiberg, 78, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the MercyOne North Iowa Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa of natural…

OBIT: Jennie Mae Nelson

Jennie Mae Nelson, 92, of Clear Lake, went to Heaven at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the IOOF Home in Mason City. Funeral services…

OBIT: James “Jim” Zirbel

James “Jim” Zirbel, 72, of Charles City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home. A private family funeral service for Jim Zirbel will be held…

OBIT: Nathan Kettwig

Nathan Kettwig, 24, of Mason City, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021. A memorial service for Nathan Kettwig will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May…

OBIT: Kevin E. Jacobson

Kevin E. Jacobson, 59, of Mason City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at the MercyOne Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. A funeral service for Kevin…