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Winter Starting to Take its Toll on Iowa Farm Ponds, Small Lakes

IOWA – As the calendar turns to February, some farm ponds and small lakes are beginning to show signs of winter stress and with another blanket of snow covering the…

New resource for Iowa small businesses

New resource for Iowa small businesses

IDED Announces New Small Business Online Resource; assists small businesses find resources|February 16, 2011 (Des Moines) – A new online resource launched by the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)…

Iowa Consumers Wait for Lower Fuel Costs as Crude Oil Prices Continue to Decrease

The average price for diesel in Iowa was $3.47 per gallon for February 15th, which is a 4.2 percent increase from the January price of $3.33.|A monthly report on the…

Multi-purpose center task force to meet Wed. and Thurs. night

Multi-Purpose Center Task Force Agenda|Multi-Purpose Center Task Force Agenda February 23rd , 2011 at 9:00 AM AND February 24th, 2011 at 9:00 AM Mason City Library Board Room Interview Sessions…

Congress Finally Starts Down the Road Less Traveled

Congress Finally Starts Down the Road Less Traveled

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives began moving down a path seldom traveled by Washington in recent years.|News release from Congressman Tom Latham This week, the U.S. House of…

Senator Ragan meets with UNI educators

Senator Ragan meets with UNI educators

Chad Heinzel of Cedar Falls, an assistant professor of Earth Science and Science Education at UNI, met with State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City to discuss ways to get…

Up rising (by Peter Children)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Peter Children) Joe, Joker, and all other malcontents. Understand once and for all, its not about Peter Children, Max Weaver or Don Nelson’ s concern with…

Council communication session today at 4 PM

Council communication session today at 4 PM

The City Council and Mayor Bookmeyer will meet Tuesday night for a communication session at 4 PM at City Hall and includes another touchy subject: discussion of removing human resources…

Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda

Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda with the purchase and renovation of an adjacent property. “We were kind of cramped…

Iowa’s Unemployment System Gives Employers an Advantage

Iowa’s Unemployment System Gives Employers an Advantage

According to state officials, Iowa’s Unemployment Trust Fund is solvent and nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the best unemployment systems in the country for…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

The snow around the Capitol has all melted and the sun has been shining brightly on the dome. What great weather we have been having, who would believe it’s the…

This week at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse (week of Feb. 21, 2011)

This week at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse (week of Feb. 21, 2011)

MEETINGS AND AGENDAS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21, 2011 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011COURTHOUSE CLOSED IN RECOGNITION OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 20119:30 a.m. Board of Supervisors Regular Session…

President’s Weekly Address: To Win the Future, America Must Win the Global Competition in Education

President’s Weekly Address: To Win the Future, America Must Win the Global Competition in Education

WASHINGTON ñ In this week’s address, President Obama said that the United States needs the best trained and best skilled workforce in the world to win the global competition for…

Two injured in Franklin county crash

Two injured in Franklin county crash

A once car accident in Franklin county on Interstate 35 near the 164.4 mile marker left two children injured. Taralyne Johnson, 27, of Hampton was north bound on I-35 at…

Call for artists from MacNider Museum

The MacNider is calling for entries for the 31st Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show. All residents of Cerro Gordo County, high school age and over, and any student registered at…

Huge adoption credits available to families

Huge adoption credits available to families

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by David A. Grooters) With the signing of the new health care bill in 2010, adoptive parents received some very welcome news. Not only will the adoption…

School renovation work well underway

School renovation work well underway

Demolition of the old kitchen is nearly complete, the foundation for one of the new mechanical rooms is in place, and John Adams Middle School students have come to call…

Unfair treatment (by Sandra Servantez)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Sandra Servantez) City Council: In regards to the appointments I just read in the Globe Gazette about Mayor Bookmeyer’s appointments to the human rights commission I…

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Don Nelson; letter is regarding Mayor Bookmeyer’s appointments to boards and commissions) If age is a factor, and I repeat, if, in your consideration to nominate…

From the Capitol to You (from Rep. Sharon Steckman)

From the Capitol to You (from Rep. Sharon Steckman)

We are beginning to hear what the consequences of the Governor’s proposed budget for 2012 will be.|(Press release from Rep. Sharon Steckman) We are beginning to hear what the consequences…

Harkin Statement on the Wisconsin Budget Protest

Harkin Statement on the Wisconsin Budget Protest

WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the budget protest in Wisconsin:|WASHINGTON, D.C.…

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved quickly after Tuesday’s direction from the City Council and brought forward three applicants for the Human Rights Commission.|Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved quickly after Tuesday’s direction from…

Steckman, Ragan hold public forum Saturday morning; cover a range of issues

Steckman, Ragan hold public forum Saturday morning; cover a range of issues

Representative Sharon Steckman and Senator Amanda Ragan met the public in an open forum Saturday morning in Mason City at the Mason City Library. A range of issues were covered,…

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved quickly after Tuesday’s direction from the City Council and brought forward three applicants for the Human Rights Commission. The City Council voted 4-2…

Fight at Wendy’s leads to arrest

Mason City police officers responded to disturbance call at Wendy’s, 1017 South Federal Ave, 9:49 PM on Wednesday evening. There was a fight in progress between three subjects. One 30…

Possible counterfeit bill passed at Casey’s

Mason City police officers responded to a call and took a report about possible counterfeit money at Casey;s convenience store, 1361 12th Street NW in Mason City on Thursday at…

Willow Creek about to flood again (by Jerry Anderson)

Willow Creek about to flood again (by Jerry Anderson)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Jerry Anderson) It seems that spring has sprung so to speak and Willow Creek is about to go out of her banks once again this year.…

Winnebago River ice melting early

Winnebago River ice melting early

NorthIowaToday.com contributor Joe Buttweiler observed the Winnebago River Friday afternoon. Sunshine floods the sky as the Winnebago River approaches its bank along Birch Drive on Friday morning in Mason City.…

MacNider Art Museum Hosts Closing Reception for Larry Welo: Quiet Landscapes

MacNider Art Museum Hosts Closing Reception for Larry Welo: Quiet Landscapes

Larry Welo: Quiet Landscapes will close in the MacNider Art Museum’s Center Space Gallery on Saturday, February, 26. Join us at 1 pm for the exhibition’s closing reception. Quiet Landscapes…

MacNider Art Museum’s Films in February, Movies in March Continues with My Architect

MacNider Art Museum’s Films in February, Movies in March Continues with My Architect

The MacNider Art Museum’s 2011 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues Saturday, February 26th, at 2:00 p.m. with My Architect. This is the fourth installment in…

Kite festival still on for Saturday

Kite festival still on for Saturday

The 10th annual Color the Wind Kite Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday off the Seawall in downtown Clear Lake.|CLEAR LAKE ñ Warm weather is great,…

Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property

Targeting Websites Dedicated to Stealing American Intellectual Property

Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck GrassleySenate Committee on the Judiciary|Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck GrassleySenate Committee on the Judiciary Mr. Chairman, I appreciate your holding this hearing on this very…

Grassley seeks full audit and accountability for use of funds by law enforcement officials

Grassley seeks full audit and accountability for use of funds by law enforcement officials

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley has asked the Commerce Secretary to ensure a full accounting and appropriate discipline for abusive spending of asset forfeiture funds collected by federal law enforcement…

Time for the truth (by Peter Children)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Peter Children) To those of you who visit this site, you are aware of the controversy swirling around the HR issues. In a democratic society that’s…

Protecting educational opportunity in tough times

Protecting educational opportunity in tough times

This week I voted to increase basic state funding for our local schools by two percent. This money will be used during the 2011-2012 school year for textbooks, heating bills,…

Harkin Supports Agenda to ìWin the Futureî

Harkin Supports Agenda to ìWin the Futureî

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) voiced his support for the pro-growth, jobs-focused agenda outlined by Senate Democratic leaders today, which includes investments in education and workforce development.|WASHINGTON ñ Senator…

Iowa’s graduation rate rises

(Press release from Rep. Sharon Steckman) This afternoon Director of Education John Glass announced that Iowa’s graduation rate for 2010 rose to 88.88 %. An improvement over last year’s 87.3%.…

Condition of the Iowa National Guard

Condition of the Iowa National Guard

(Press release from Sen. Amanda Ragan) Brigadier General Tim Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, spoke to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature on Wednesday, February…

Workforce development cutting centers

Workforce development cutting centers

Below is a joint statement concerning the announcement this afternoon by Teresa Wahlert, Governor Branstad’s appointee as head of Workforce Development. The closing of 39 Workforce Centers will cost 107…

More from Tuesday’s City Council meeting

More from Tuesday’s City Council meeting

The Mason City City Council met Tuesday night, and voted on the following action items on the agenda.|The Mason City City Council met Tuesday night, and voted on the following…