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COVID-19 In Iowa By the Numbers

Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 AM (Daily Increase)
Number of Iowa positive tests: 362,478 (+714)
Number of Iowa deaths: 5,463 (+25)
Number of Iowans tested: 1,553,035 (+3,013)
Source: Iowa Department of Public Health
Source: Iowa Department of Public Health
Reports of Iowa schools with outbreaks or quarantines: 724
Source: Iowa COVID-19 Tracker
National vs Statewide Positivity
Percentage of Positive Cases in Iowa: 20.5 %
Percentage of Positive Cases in the U.S.: 4.7 %
81 deaths in Cerro Gordo (02/26/2021)
Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
The state of Iowa reported its first cases of COVID-19 on March 8.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the first death in Iowa on March 24.

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Estherville man sentenced to prison for meth

Estherville man sentenced to prison for meth

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed methamphetamine in Lakes area was sentenced February 23, 2021, to 7 years in federal prison. Chance Jacob Wetter, age 26, from…

OBIT: Donald Marvin Burns

OBIT: Donald Marvin Burns

Donald Marvin Burns, 76, of Rockford, died Saturday, February 27, 2021, at his home. Per Donald’s wishes, his body has been cremated and no services are planned at…

Waterloo police help convict man who brandished firearm at a victim telling her he does not mess with “snitches”

Waterloo police help convict man who brandished firearm at a victim telling her he does not mess with “snitches”

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who displayed a firearm at a female victim at a Motel 6 in Waterloo, Iowa, in an attempt to dissuade her from contacting…

Improper disbursements discovered in state audit of Floyd County Sexual Assault Response Team

Improper disbursements discovered in state audit of Floyd County Sexual Assault Response Team

DES MOINES – Improper disbursements were discovered in a state audit of the Floyd County Sexual Assault Response Team. Auditor of State Rob Sand recently released a report…

HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week awarded $7,826,510 to public housing authorities in Iowa. In total, HUD awarded more than $2.7 billion…

High-speed chase results in federal firearms sentence for Northern Iowa man

High-speed chase results in federal firearms sentence for Northern Iowa man

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Cedar Falls, Iowa, man who led Waterloo police officers on a high-speed chase on March 6, 2020, was sentenced today to seven years in…

OBIT: Abel James-Jo Luke

OBIT: Abel James-Jo Luke

Abel James-Jo Luke, 2 months, of Mason City, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at his home. A celebration of Abel’s life will be held at a…

OBIT: Sam Lo Lai

OBIT: Sam Lo Lai

Sam Lo Lai joined her loving husband, Soui A. Lai, in heaven, on the morning of February 25, 2021. Sam was surrounded by family and went peacefully in…

New mediation requirement in family law cases to start March 1 in Iowa

New mediation requirement in family law cases to start March 1 in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Judicial Branch website now has procedures that explain family law mediation and links to the required forms for each of the state’s eight judicial…

OBIT: Jerry D. Uker

OBIT: Jerry D. Uker

Jerry Uker was born on September 17, 1941 near Rockford. He passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Mason City. The son of Carl and Wava (Laudner)…

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for receiving over 600 images of child pornography

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for receiving over 600 images of child pornography

SIOUX CITY – A man who received over 600 images of child pornography was sentenced on Thursday, February 11, 2021, to more than 8 years in federal prison.…

NIACC earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation

NIACC earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College announced that it has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated…

Former Northern Iowa man pleads guilty to defrauding the united states in paycheck protection program scheme

Former Northern Iowa man pleads guilty to defrauding the united states in paycheck protection program scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Minnesota man who participated in a scheme to defraud the United States out of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)…

Women’s College Basketball: Hawkeyes defeat Badgers, 84-70

Women’s College Basketball: Hawkeyes defeat Badgers, 84-70

MADISON, WI – The Iowa Hawkeyes (14-7, 10-7) downed Wisconsin (5-17, 2-17), 84-70, Sunday night in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Iowa expanded the all-time series record…

OBIT: Pamela Sue Trygstad

OBIT: Pamela Sue Trygstad

Pamela S. Trygstad, 64, of Mason City died on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at her home. Services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held…



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Improper disbursements discovered in state audit of Floyd County Sexual Assault Response Team

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HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

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NIACC earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation

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Senator Amanda Ragan asks, “WHERE’S THE COVID RECOVERY?”

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Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, three GOP Rep’s opposes stimulus package passed by U.S. House

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State recognizes Cerro Gordo County vaccination efforts with extra doses

State recognizes Cerro Gordo County vaccination efforts with extra doses

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City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 25, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 25, 2021

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Mason City woman dies in mobile home after fire caused by smoking materials

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Estherville man sentenced to prison for meth

Estherville man sentenced to prison for meth

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed methamphetamine in Lakes area was sentenced February 23, 2021, to 7 years in federal…

Waterloo police help convict man who brandished firearm at a victim telling her he does not mess with “snitches”

Waterloo police help convict man who brandished firearm at a victim telling her he does not mess with “snitches”

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High-speed chase results in federal firearms sentence for Northern Iowa man

High-speed chase results in federal firearms sentence for Northern Iowa man

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Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for receiving over 600 images of child pornography

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for receiving over 600 images of child pornography

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Former Northern Iowa man pleads guilty to defrauding the united states in paycheck protection program scheme

Former Northern Iowa man pleads guilty to defrauding the united states in paycheck protection program scheme

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Mitchell county sheriff seeking tool thief

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Iowa murder suspect tracked down after 2011 killing

Iowa murder suspect tracked down after 2011 killing

CEDAR RAPIDS – A suspect in a cold case murder has been tracked down, police in Iowa’s second-largest city say. The…

Mason City police searching for suspect vehicle after possible shots fired in neighborhood

Mason City police searching for suspect vehicle after possible shots fired in neighborhood

MASON CITY – Mason City police are searching for a suspect vehicle after possible shots were fired in a North End…

Iowa man sent to federal prison for distributing meth

Iowa man sent to federal prison for distributing meth

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed methamphetamine was sentenced on February 24, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City. Silas…

Charles City man accused of molesting a child

Charles City man accused of molesting a child

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man is facing serious charges connected to the alleged sexual abuse or molestation of a…

Police in Ames seek man who allegedly murdered a woman

Police in Ames seek man who allegedly murdered a woman

AMES – Police in Ames are seeking a man who allegedly murdered a woman. On February 20, 2021, at 7:02 PM,…

Butler county man sentenced to federal prison for gun conviction

Butler county man sentenced to federal prison for gun conviction

SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced on February 22, 2021, to 3 years in federal…

Staff assault reported at Iowa’s Anamosa State Penitentiary

Staff assault reported at Iowa’s Anamosa State Penitentiary

ANAMOSA – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Anamosa State Penitentiary on Monday. At 7:55 AM Monday…

Two alleged North Iowa burglars arrested after long police investigation

Two alleged North Iowa burglars arrested after long police investigation

ALGONA – Two alleged North Iowa burglars were arrested after a long police investigation. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, along with…

Drug arrests made when area law enforcement team up to execute multiple search warrants in Oelwein in small Northern Iowa town

Drug arrests made when area law enforcement team up to execute multiple search warrants in Oelwein in small Northern Iowa town

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HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week awarded $7,826,510 to public housing authorities in Iowa. In total, HUD awarded more than $2.7…

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Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, three GOP Rep’s opposes stimulus package passed by U.S. House

DES MOINES – Iowa’s top Republican elected officials oppose the pandemic stimulus package that was passed Friday. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds opposed the bill, joining a statement…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 25, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/25/2021 Payee Description Amount ———————————- ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 43,858.16 ANDERSON, TYLER REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including education spending increase  

DES MOINES – Tuesday, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: S.F. 269: An Act relating to public school funding by establishing the state percent of growth and the categorical state…

Opinion: Let’s work together to make Iowa public schools great again

By Sen. Zach Wahls and Rep. Todd Prichard Public education has long been the foundation of our state. For generations, Iowans could count on a great public…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 18, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/18/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC SUMP PUMP ELECTRICITY 1,558.80 AMERICAN ALLIANCE…

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

The following is a legislative update from Representative Shanon Latham, Iowa House District 54, covering portions of Cerro Gordo, Butler and Franklin counties: To the People of…

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Donald Marvin Burns, 76, of Rockford, died Saturday, February 27, 2021, at his home. Per Donald’s wishes, his body has been cremated and no services are planned…

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Abel James-Jo Luke, 2 months, of Mason City, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at his home. A celebration of Abel’s life will be held at…

OBIT: Sam Lo Lai

Sam Lo Lai joined her loving husband, Soui A. Lai, in heaven, on the morning of February 25, 2021. Sam was surrounded by family and went peacefully…

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Jerry Uker was born on September 17, 1941 near Rockford. He passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Mason City. The son of Carl and Wava…

OBIT: Pamela Sue Trygstad

Pamela S. Trygstad, 64, of Mason City died on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at her home. Services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be…

OBIT: Ronda “Deeann” Lloyd

Ronda “Deeann” Grant Lloyd, 60, tragically passed away Monday, February 22, 2021, in her Mason City home. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, March…

OBIT: Sandra Ann Sharp

Sandra Sharp, 81, of Mason City, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Mason City after a brief battle with cancer.…

OBIT: Kirk Andrew Servantez

Kirk Andrew Servantez, 36, of Mason City died on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be held at…