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Iowa Utilities Board urges consumers to plan ahead for phaseout of 3G cellular networks, service

Iowa Utilities Board urges consumers to plan ahead for phaseout of 3G cellular networks, service

DES MOINES – The Iowa Utilities Board is assisting in the effort led by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to inform consumers that if your mobile phone is…

OBIT: Donald C. Benjegerdes

OBIT: Donald C. Benjegerdes

Donald Charles Benjegerdes, 88, of Mason City, IA passed away Friday, December 31, 2021, at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2022,…

Iowa man who ran illegal pharmacy and made huge profits faces prison and fines

Iowa man who ran illegal pharmacy and made huge profits faces prison and fines

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who illegally sold thousands of doses of controlled substances and prescription drugs pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids and may…

Senator Amanda Ragan says workforce shortage can be addressed by “increasing wages and valuing hard work”

Senator Amanda Ragan says workforce shortage can be addressed by “increasing wages and valuing hard work”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties in Iowa Senate District 27: LET’S MOVE IOWA…

Women’s College Basketball: No. 9 Iowa State wins at Oklahoma State, 74-60; 16-1 for first time in program history

Women’s College Basketball: No. 9 Iowa State wins at Oklahoma State, 74-60; 16-1 for first time in program history

STILLWATER, OK – For the first time in Iowa State women’s basketball history, the Cyclones have started the season 16-1. The No. 9 Cyclones (16-1, 5-0 Big 12)…

OBIT: Tom Clabaugh

OBIT: Tom Clabaugh

Thomas Allen Clabaugh, the son of Roy Sr. and Dorothy (Roehler) Clabaugh, was born on March 2, 1952, in Estherville, Iowa. He passed away on January 5, 2022,…

Rep. Shannon Latham touts Reynolds’ flat tax, making unemployed Iowans take unfilled jobs

Rep. Shannon Latham touts Reynolds’ flat tax, making unemployed Iowans take unfilled jobs

The following is a legislative update from Republican State Rep. Shannon Latham, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties in Iowa House District 54: To the…

Iowa labor leaders alarmed at Kim Reynolds’ “vision” for Iowa

Iowa labor leaders alarmed at Kim Reynolds’ “vision” for Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is alarmed with Governor Kim Reynold’s vision for Iowa, the group said in a statement this week: Iowa seniors…

College Basketball: UNI edges Southern Illinois on the road, 69-68

College Basketball: UNI edges Southern Illinois on the road, 69-68

CARBONDALE, Ill. – UNI men’s basketball battled the Southern Illinois Salukis into the final seconds on Saturday night, edging SIU by a narrow 69-68 margin at the Banterra…

Former Mason City man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of child and violating no-contact order

Former Mason City man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of child and violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A former Mason City man is guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and violating a no-contact order in the case. Nathaniel Scott Pearce,…

Young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise sent to jail

Young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise sent to jail

SIOUX CITY – A young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise was sent to jail for 30 days. Yesenia Ledesma-Ledezma,…

College Wrestling: UNI topples Air Force, 27-11

College Wrestling: UNI topples Air Force, 27-11

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling got its first Big 12 win in a last-minute scheduled dual against Air Force, 27-11. COVID protocols postponed the Northern Colorado dual…

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to the fatal insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The FBI…

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Iowa Utilities Board urges consumers to plan ahead for phaseout of 3G cellular networks, service

Iowa Utilities Board urges consumers to plan ahead for phaseout of 3G cellular networks, service

DES MOINES – The Iowa Utilities Board is assisting in the effort led by the…

Senator Amanda Ragan says workforce shortage can be addressed by “increasing wages and valuing hard work”

Senator Amanda Ragan says workforce shortage can be addressed by “increasing wages and valuing hard work”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin,…

Rep. Shannon Latham touts Reynolds’ flat tax, making unemployed Iowans take unfilled jobs

Rep. Shannon Latham touts Reynolds’ flat tax, making unemployed Iowans take unfilled jobs

The following is a legislative update from Republican State Rep. Shannon Latham, representing portions of…

Iowa labor leaders alarmed at Kim Reynolds’ “vision” for Iowa

Iowa labor leaders alarmed at Kim Reynolds’ “vision” for Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is alarmed with Governor Kim Reynold’s…

UNI women’s basketball wins third game in a row, downing Southern Illinois 66-57

UNI women’s basketball wins third game in a row, downing Southern Illinois 66-57

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI women’s basketball team was able to get their third conference…

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to…

DNR urges caution on the ice after snowmobile, ATV go through ice on the Okobojis

DNR urges caution on the ice after snowmobile, ATV go through ice on the Okobojis

SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is encouraging ice anglers and snowmobilers…

Agreement announced to allow U.S. pork into India for first time; great news for Iowa

Agreement announced to allow U.S. pork into India for first time; great news for Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Trade Representative Katherine Tai…

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Iowa man who ran illegal pharmacy and made huge profits faces prison and fines

Iowa man who ran illegal pharmacy and made huge profits faces prison and fines

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who illegally sold thousands of doses of controlled substances and prescription drugs pled guilty in…

Former Mason City man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of child and violating no-contact order

Former Mason City man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of child and violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A former Mason City man is guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and violating a no-contact…

Young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise sent to jail

Young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise sent to jail

SIOUX CITY – A young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise was sent…

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to insurrection at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – The FBI continues to hunt the suspect who planted pipe bombs prior to the fatal insurrection at the U.S.…

Former Acting Inspector General for Homeland Security pleads guilty after stealing database containing government employee data

Former Acting Inspector General for Homeland Security pleads guilty after stealing database containing government employee data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) pleaded…

Iowa man stabbed and nearly killed by son during fight

Iowa man stabbed and nearly killed by son during fight

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was stabbed and nearly killed by his son during a fight early Friday morning. On…

Alleged Iowa burglar attacks cops with tire iron, then tasered and shot dead

Alleged Iowa burglar attacks cops with tire iron, then tasered and shot dead

WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA – An alleged Iowa burglar attacked responding cops with a tire iron, then was tasered and shot dead.…

Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 others nabbed by feds on sedition charges for Capitol insurrection

Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 others nabbed by feds on sedition charges for Capitol insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging…

Iowa felon charged with attempted murder for shooting woman’s husband; nabbed in Indiana

Iowa felon charged with attempted murder for shooting woman’s husband; nabbed in Indiana

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted Iowa felon is charged with attempted murder for shooting a woman’s husband, and was finally nabbed…

Clarksville man nabbed for stealing from store

Clarksville man nabbed for stealing from store

CLARKSVILLE, IOWA – A Clarksville man was nabbed by cops for stealing from a store Monday. On Monday, January 10, 2022,…

Iowa man shot while waiting in his car in parking lot; cops seek clues

Iowa man shot while waiting in his car in parking lot; cops seek clues

WASHINGTON, IOWA – An Iowa man was shot while waiting in his car in a parking lot, and cops are seeking…

Northern Iowa sex offender faces felony for living in unapproved location

Northern Iowa sex offender faces felony for living in unapproved location

FAYETTE COUNTY – A Northern Iowa sex offender is facing a felony for living in an unapproved location. On January 5,…

Northern Iowa sex offender accused of prowling in Charles City garage

Northern Iowa sex offender accused of prowling in Charles City garage

CHARLES CITY – A Northern Iowa sex offender was apprehended by police for allegedly prowling in a Charles City garage. The…

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Senator Amanda Ragan says workforce shortage can be addressed by “increasing wages and valuing hard work”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties in Iowa Senate District 27: LET’S MOVE…

Rep. Shannon Latham touts Reynolds’ flat tax, making unemployed Iowans take unfilled jobs

The following is a legislative update from Republican State Rep. Shannon Latham, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties in Iowa House District 54: To…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jennifer Benson Bahr as District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her appointment of Jennifer Benson Bahr as a district court judge in Judicial District 4. Bahr, of Crescent, Iowa, currently…

Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 others nabbed by feds on sedition charges for Capitol insurrection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and…

Cerro Gordo Democrats join state party in outrage over GOP Senate leader calling Iowa teachers “sinister”

DES MOINES – Only minutes into the brand new 2022 Iowa Legislative session, jaw-dropping attacks and accusations were hurled by the extreme right-wing Senate leader against the…

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2022 Condition of the State: 4% flat tax, “X-rated” books in schools, Mason City downtown rehab, and more

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds delivered her 2022 Condition of the State Address Tuesday night. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: When We Put Our Faith in Iowans,…

Todd Blodgett Opinion: Amateur Staffers Undermine Biden

While Senator Joe Manchin’s refusal to support President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar ‘Build Back Better’ legislation apparently surprised only the White House, the shocker was the unprecedented vilification of…

United States Mint begins shipping new quarters with “ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse” women, starting with Maya Angelou on them

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) has begun shipping the first coins in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program. These circulating quarters honoring Maya Angelou are…

Obits

OBIT: Donald C. Benjegerdes

Donald Charles Benjegerdes, 88, of Mason City, IA passed away Friday, December 31, 2021, at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 7,…

OBIT: Tom Clabaugh

Thomas Allen Clabaugh, the son of Roy Sr. and Dorothy (Roehler) Clabaugh, was born on March 2, 1952, in Estherville, Iowa. He passed away on January 5,…

OBIT: Barbara Bernhard

Funeral Mass for Barbara Bernhard, 78, of Algona, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Divine Mercy Parish ~ St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Visitation…

OBIT: Jerome “Jerry” Weydert

A funeral Mass for Jerry will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Divine Mercy Parish ~ St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.…

OBIT: Virgil Knox

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear mom, Virgil Jean Knox, age 97. She passed away peacefully in her home January 7,2022.…

OBIT: Arthur Thompson

Arthur L. Thompson, was born on December 12, 1936 in Bloomington, Illinois to James O. and Margaret M. (Ziegmann) Thompson. He died on January 10, 2022 at…

OBIT: Sharon (Sherri) Marie (Wheeler) Clemons

Sherri Clemons (Wheeler) passed away on January 11, 2022. Sherri was born on December 30, 1944 to Herbert and Marie Wheeler (Snyder). She was one of 12…

OBIT: Iris Gerhart – Decker

Iris Mae Kressin Gerhart Decker went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the West Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age…