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DNR aids HazMat and EPA teams responding to train derailment in North Iowa

DNR aids HazMat and EPA teams responding to train derailment in North Iowa

SIBLEY — Iowa DNR is on-site at the Sibley train derailment, working with emergency responders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Union Pacific Railroad. A fire is impacting…

Iowa DNR says black bears could be returning to Iowa soon

Iowa DNR says black bears could be returning to Iowa soon

DES MOINES – There’s a pretty good chance that, in the next several weeks, Northeast Iowa will be visited by a few wandering black bears coming down from…

OBIT: Deborah L. Brown

OBIT: Deborah L. Brown

Deborah Lee Brown, 73, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the MercyOne Hospice Inpatient Unit. A gathering of family and friends will be held…

City of Mason City expense report for May 13, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for May 13, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/13/2021 Payee Description Amount ————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 160.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 647.95 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS…

North Iowa brothers who ran farming operation together sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion

North Iowa brothers who ran farming operation together sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two brothers who ran a farming operation together while also farming their own land were sentenced today to federal prison for evading taxes. Scott Stecher,…

College Track & Field: Hawkeyes reign as back-to-back Big Ten champions

College Track & Field: Hawkeyes reign as back-to-back Big Ten champions

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —The University of Iowa men’s track and field team captured the 2021 Big Ten Outdoor Championships title with a school record 127.5 points, besting second place…

OBIT: Betty Jean Johnson

OBIT: Betty Jean Johnson

Obituary for Betty Jean Johnson Betty Jean Johnson, 87, of Northwood, died Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood. Funeral services will be held…

Des Moines man caught red-handed robbing Cedar Rapids gas station at knifepoint

Des Moines man caught red-handed robbing Cedar Rapids gas station at knifepoint

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Des Moines man was caught in the act as he attempted to rob a Cedar Rapids gas station at knifepoint. Trent William Allen Richard,…

College Track & Field: UNI men capture third consecutive MVC conference title

College Track & Field: UNI men capture third consecutive MVC conference title

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The UNI men’s track and field team captured its third-consecutive and 10th outdoor conference title at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships on Sunday in…

College Track & Field: Iowa State finishes second at Big 12 Championships

College Track & Field: Iowa State finishes second at Big 12 Championships

MANHATTAN, Kansas – A historic weekend of Iowa State track and field finished with another strong day on Sunday at a rainy Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field…

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…



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City of Mason City expense report for May 13, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for May 13, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/13/2021 Payee Description Amount ————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 160.00…

Important American History: Who Found America?

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…

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North Iowa brothers who ran farming operation together sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion

North Iowa brothers who ran farming operation together sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two brothers who ran a farming operation together while also farming their own land were sentenced today to…

Des Moines man caught red-handed robbing Cedar Rapids gas station at knifepoint

Des Moines man caught red-handed robbing Cedar Rapids gas station at knifepoint

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Des Moines man was caught in the act as he attempted to rob a Cedar Rapids gas…

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…

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City of Mason City expense report for May 13, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/13/2021 Payee Description Amount ————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 160.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 647.95 AHLERS AND COONEY PC…

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…

Obits

OBIT: Deborah L. Brown

Deborah Lee Brown, 73, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the MercyOne Hospice Inpatient Unit. A gathering of family and friends will be…

OBIT: Betty Jean Johnson

Obituary for Betty Jean Johnson Betty Jean Johnson, 87, of Northwood, died Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood. Funeral services will be…

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…