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OBIT: Dorothy Ann Urbatsch

OBIT: Dorothy Ann Urbatsch

Dorothy Ann Urbatsch died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday,…

OBIT: Eleanor J. Bower

OBIT: Eleanor J. Bower

Eleanor J. Bower, 92, died peacefully on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.…

Democrats: Iowa’s students and families deserve better than Kim Reynolds’ “host of new harmful education bills”

Democrats: Iowa’s students and families deserve better than Kim Reynolds’ “host of new harmful education bills”

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Majority Party lawmakers fast tracked a wide range of attacks on public schools this year that included shifting money…

Northern Iowa drug bust nets three suspects

Northern Iowa drug bust nets three suspects

FAYETTE COUNTY – A drug bust in this Northern Iowa county netted three suspects and plenty of illegal substances and cash. On June 16, 2021, at approximately 5:15…

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former Cedar Rapids hospital employee, who wrongfully accessed and distributed her ex-boyfriend’s medical records, was sentenced on June 14, 2021. Jennifer Lynne Bacor, age…

OBIT: William M. Frelund

OBIT: William M. Frelund

William M. Frelund, 78, of Mason City, died on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the IOOF Home. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24,…

NIACC’s Mason wins NJCAA service award

NIACC’s Mason wins NJCAA service award

MASON CITY – NIACC athletic director Dan Mason has received the 2020-21 Mary Ellen Leicht Service Award by the NJCAA. Mason was honored at a virtual NJCAA ceremony…

OBIT: Willard H. Blake

OBIT: Willard H. Blake

Willard H. Blake, 89, died June 5, 2021 at the Faith Lutheran Home, in Osage. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 10,…

OBIT: Abigail Sue Hansen

OBIT: Abigail Sue Hansen

Abigail Sue Hansen, age 72, of St. Ansgar, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, while under Hospice care at her son’s home. A Private family Funeral Service will be…

OBIT: Dorothy Jean Gerbig

OBIT: Dorothy Jean Gerbig

Dorothy Jean Gerbig, age 86, of Osage, moved to Heaven on Sunday June 6, 2021, at 10:20 p.m. in Osage, Iowa. She passed away peacefully in her sleep…

Fort Dodge man who assaulted officer with a brick sentenced to federal prison for crack cocaine and firearm convictions

Fort Dodge man who assaulted officer with a brick sentenced to federal prison for crack cocaine and firearm convictions

SIOUX CITY – A Fort Dodge man who assaulted an officer with a brick and distributed crack cocaine and illegally possessed firearms was sentenced June 16, 2021, to…

OBIT: Dennis E. Cook

OBIT: Dennis E. Cook

Dennis Eugene Cook, longtime resident of Thornton, passed away June 19, 2021. Dennis was born on September 25, 1948 to Kenneth and Mary (Sweet) Cook in Charles City,…

OBIT: Kathy Sue Rasmussen

OBIT: Kathy Sue Rasmussen

Kathy Sue Rasmussen, 64, of Grafton, died on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday,…

OBIT: Kathryn Head

OBIT: Kathryn Head

Kathryn Head, 83, of Charles City, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021. Funeral service for Kathryn Head will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021…



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Democrats: Iowa’s students and families deserve better than Kim Reynolds’ “host of new harmful education bills”

Democrats: Iowa’s students and families deserve better than Kim Reynolds’ “host of new harmful education bills”

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Majority Party lawmakers fast tracked a…

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former Cedar Rapids hospital employee, who wrongfully accessed and distributed her…

City of Mason City expense report for June 17, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for June 17, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/17/2021 Payee Description Amount ———————————– 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES…

Iowa man supporting Donald Trump at Des Moines rally who shot black girl gets “generous” plea deal

Iowa man supporting Donald Trump at Des Moines rally who shot black girl gets “generous” plea deal

DES MOINES – An Iowa man charged with attempted murder after shooting a teen girl…

Nora Springs city council to discuss future of its police department

Nora Springs city council to discuss future of its police department

NORA SPRINGS – The Nora Springs city council tonight will discuss the future of its…

Sheffield to hold community clean-up Saturday, June 19

Sheffield to hold community clean-up Saturday, June 19

SHEFFIELD – Residents of Sheffield are invited to participate in a community clean-up this weekend.…

Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor sent to prison for prostitution and sexual abuse

Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor sent to prison for prostitution and sexual abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor entered…

Congress, President Biden create national holiday recognizing emancipation of slaves for June 19

Congress, President Biden create national holiday recognizing emancipation of slaves for June 19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a bill and President Biden signed it, thereby creating a…

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Northern Iowa drug bust nets three suspects

Northern Iowa drug bust nets three suspects

FAYETTE COUNTY – A drug bust in this Northern Iowa county netted three suspects and plenty of illegal substances and cash.…

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

Former Iowa hospital employee sentenced for “weaponizing” ex-boyfriend’s medical records to taunt him

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former Cedar Rapids hospital employee, who wrongfully accessed and distributed her ex-boyfriend’s medical records, was sentenced on…

Iowa man pleads guilty to meth and gun charges

Iowa man pleads guilty to meth and gun charges

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute meth while possessing guns pled guilty June 15, 2021, in federal court…

Fort Dodge man who assaulted officer with a brick sentenced to federal prison for crack cocaine and firearm convictions

Fort Dodge man who assaulted officer with a brick sentenced to federal prison for crack cocaine and firearm convictions

SIOUX CITY – A Fort Dodge man who assaulted an officer with a brick and distributed crack cocaine and illegally possessed…

Iowa man supporting Donald Trump at Des Moines rally who shot black girl gets “generous” plea deal

Iowa man supporting Donald Trump at Des Moines rally who shot black girl gets “generous” plea deal

DES MOINES – An Iowa man charged with attempted murder after shooting a teen girl at the Iowa capitol in his…

“Extreme danger” to Iowans, judge says, sent to prison

“Extreme danger” to Iowans, judge says, sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man a judge called an “extreme danger” and a “violent menace” has been sent to prison.…

Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor sent to prison for prostitution and sexual abuse

Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor sent to prison for prostitution and sexual abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor entered a guilty plea to prostitution and…

Pedestrian hit by alleged drunk driver at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City has died

Pedestrian hit by alleged drunk driver at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City has died

MASON CITY – A pedestrian hit this week by an alleged drunk driver at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City has…

Former St. Ansgar man and his son arrested for storming U.S. Capitol

Former St. Ansgar man and his son arrested for storming U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former St. Ansgar man and his son have been arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on January…

Wild juveniles engage in rampage at Iowa facility for disturbed children

Wild juveniles engage in rampage at Iowa facility for disturbed children

EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – Juveniles in a facility for disturbed children allegedly engaged in a wild riot and were arrested and…

Man shoots and kills his father, mother and sister in Cedar Rapids

Man shoots and kills his father, mother and sister in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man shot and killed his father, mother and sister in Cedar Rapids today, police say. On…

Mason City police investigate after man shot while walking down the street

Mason City police investigate after man shot while walking down the street

MASON CITY – Mason City police are investigating after a man was shot while walking down the street. On Saturday, June…

Waterloo man who ran from Fleet Farm with stolen gun sentenced to federal prison

Waterloo man who ran from Fleet Farm with stolen gun sentenced to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who stole a semiautomatic firearm with a 16-round magazine from Fleet Farm in Cedar Falls, Iowa,…

Iowa man sentenced to over a year in federal prison for placing threatening phone call to U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s office

Iowa man sentenced to over a year in federal prison for placing threatening phone call to U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s office

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who called a United States Congressman’s office and told a staffer that he was going to…

Politics

Democrats: Iowa’s students and families deserve better than Kim Reynolds’ “host of new harmful education bills”

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: Majority Party lawmakers fast tracked a wide range of attacks on public schools this year that included shifting…

City of Mason City expense report for June 17, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/17/2021 Payee Description Amount ———————————– 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES 5,148.00 ACCORD ARCHITECTURE CONTRACT LABOR 4,927.30 ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE…

Congress, President Biden create national holiday recognizing emancipation of slaves for June 19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a bill and President Biden signed it, thereby creating a national holiday recognizing the emancipation of slaves 160 years ago for June…

Governor Kim Reynolds to tour Northern Iowa communities today

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released an updated schedule this morning, announcing she will tour communities in Northern Iowa on Friday, June 18, 2021. The following…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law following a bill signing ceremony for SF 619: HF 891: an Act relating to appropriations for…

Gov. Reynolds signs tax cuts, mental health funding into law   

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed SF 619 into law, legislation that cuts taxes and invests significantly in mental health as well as foundational priorities like…

Workers’ rally to be held in Des Moines at offices of Senators Grassley and Ernst

DES MOINES – Iowa workers will assemble outside of the offices of Senators Grassley and Ernst to demand that workers have the freedom to organize a union…

Senator Amanda Ragan touts boots to corrections and public safety this Legislative session

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

Obits

OBIT: Dorothy Ann Urbatsch

Dorothy Ann Urbatsch died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on…

OBIT: Eleanor J. Bower

Eleanor J. Bower, 92, died peacefully on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30…

OBIT: William M. Frelund

William M. Frelund, 78, of Mason City, died on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the IOOF Home. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June…

OBIT: Willard H. Blake

Willard H. Blake, 89, died June 5, 2021 at the Faith Lutheran Home, in Osage. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June…

OBIT: Abigail Sue Hansen

Abigail Sue Hansen, age 72, of St. Ansgar, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, while under Hospice care at her son’s home. A Private family Funeral Service will…

OBIT: Dorothy Jean Gerbig

Dorothy Jean Gerbig, age 86, of Osage, moved to Heaven on Sunday June 6, 2021, at 10:20 p.m. in Osage, Iowa. She passed away peacefully in her…

OBIT: Dennis E. Cook

Dennis Eugene Cook, longtime resident of Thornton, passed away June 19, 2021. Dennis was born on September 25, 1948 to Kenneth and Mary (Sweet) Cook in Charles…

OBIT: Kathy Sue Rasmussen

Kathy Sue Rasmussen, 64, of Grafton, died on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.…