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President’s Day Holiday Service

City offices will be closed on Monday, February 21, in observance of President’s Day. City transit buses will be operating on this day. The make-up day for garbage and recyclable…

Council and Mayor grapple with Human Rights Commission appointments

Council and Mayor grapple with Human Rights Commission appointments

The tension was thick in the Mason City Room Tuesday night. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the City Council were set to discuss his methodology of appointing commissioners to the Mason…

Visually Creating and Communicating

Visually Creating and Communicating

CLEAR LAKE, IA—Everyone has a story. How can we tell it well and make it memorable? Those are the guiding elements as Dave Hansen establishes MinnIowa Media to produce video…

One-car crash leads to minor injury

One-car crash leads to minor injury

A one car crash on Highway 9 just west of 120th Street led to a minor injury on February 11th. The crash, which took place as 11:21 PM, injured 67…

Gipinski gives presentation on NIDAT group

Gipinski gives presentation on NIDAT group

An update on the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) was presented to the City Council and the public by Dan Gipinski, a co-chair of the organization. Gipinski says that…

Mayor proclaims Black History Month in Mason City

Mayor proclaims Black History Month in Mason City

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting at the Mason City Library, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month in Mason City. According to History.com: “Black…

Council and Mayor grapple with Human Rights Commission appointments

Council and Mayor grapple with Human Rights Commission appointments

MASON CITY – The tension was thick in the Mason City Room Tuesday night. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the City Council were set to discuss his methodology of appointing commissioners…

Multi-Purpose Center Task Force to meet Wed. night

Multi-Purpose Center Task Force Agenda|Multi-Purpose Center Task Force Agenda February 16, 2011, 6:00 PM Mason City Library, Library Board Room 1. Survey Update3. Review Trip to Waterloo4. Stakeholder Interviews Schedule…

Members of the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association visit Capitol

Members of the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association visit Capitol

Iowa is fortunate to have many wonderful foster families who provide support and nurturing in times of crisis. However, the state currently has a shortage of foster families.|Iowa is fortunate…

Impeach Now! (by Peter Children)

There are legal remedies available to correct the impasse at the administrative level in Mason City; its called impeachment…..and petitions should be placed around this city starting today. The transparency…

Kruse theft trial moved to Franklin County; jury selection Wednesday morning

Cerro Gordo County District Judge Stephen Carroll heard arguments on three motions in a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Wanda Kruse theft case. Carroll ruled that the trial should be…

Latham statement on White House budget request

Latham statement on White House budget request

Washington, Feb 14 – Iowa Congressman issued the following statement in response to the White House’s budget request for fiscal year 2012.|Washington, Feb 14 – Iowa Congressman issued the following…

Harkin Encourages Iowa Students to Apply For Summer Internships

Harkin Encourages Iowa Students to Apply For Summer Internships

WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Iowa college students can now apply for summer 2011 internships in his Washington, D.C. and Iowa offices. An internship in…

DCI Investigating death in Cerro Gordo County

DCI Investigating death in Cerro Gordo County

DCI INVESTIGATING DEATH IN CERRO GORDO COUNTY Cerro Gordo County, IOWA — On Sunday, February 6, 2011 the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office received a call that there was a…

Grassley works to stop abuse of government charge cards by federal employees

Grassley works to stop abuse of government charge cards by federal employees

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley today introduced a bill to require federal agencies to put new safeguards and controls on government charge cards used by federal employees. The bill also…

More Than $773,175 to Iowa for Traffic Safety

More Than $773,175 to Iowa for Traffic Safety

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley said today that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded a $773,175 grant to the Iowa Department of Transportation.|WASHINGTON ñ…

Grassley: Presidentís Budget is Very Disappointing

Grassley: Presidentís Budget is Very Disappointing

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the following comment on the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 released today.|Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the following comment on the…

Grassley response to National Academy of Sciences Amerithrax report

Grassley response to National Academy of Sciences Amerithrax report

M E M O R A N D U M TO: Reporters and EditorsRE: Grassley response to National Academy of Sciences Amerithrax reportDA: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Senator Chuck Grassley…

Grassley Introduces Bill to Encourage Land Conservation

Grassley Introduces Bill to Encourage Land Conservation

Washington, DC ñ Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have introduced legislation to permanently extend income tax relief for ranchers, farmers and other landowners…

Ragan meets with alternative education students

Ragan meets with alternative education students

Alternative education helps at-risk students stay in school by creating engaging classrooms and making accommodations for the students.|Alternative education helps at-risk students stay in school by creating engaging classrooms and…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

Last week in the House we took up allowable growth. As you may know, allowable growth is the percentage at which the state’s per-pupil funding for education is allowed to…

Legislators host public listening post

Legislators host public listening post

Senator Amanda Ragan and Representative Sharon Steckman will host a listening post this Saturday in Mason City. The event is open to the public.|Senator Amanda Ragan and Representative Sharon Steckman…

Man arrested for domestic assault and OWI

Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s deputy responded to a physical domestic assault call at 9 PM Sunday evening in Clear Lake at 15204 Linden Street. A 24 year old subject was…

Council agenda includes fair bill and human rights discussion

Council agenda includes fair bill and human rights discussion

Mason City City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 7 PM at the Mason City Library. Agenda items include demolition of three homes, discussion of the North Iowa Fair’s water…

Learn how to make maple syrup at Lime Creek Nature Center

Learn how to make maple syrup at Lime Creek Nature Center

A program on maple syruping will be held on Monday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. The process of making maple syrup is a fun…

From where I sit (by Peter Children)

From where I sit (by Peter Children)

From where I sit, the fact that Bookmeyer has not yet confirmed any appointees for the Human Rights Agency is ample evidence he still believes he can eventually shut it…

Senators Ask for Next Steps on Agriculture Competition

Senators Ask for Next Steps on Agriculture Competition

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley, along with Senator Patrick Leahy, today asked for the next steps planned for agricultural competition issues by the Departments of Justice and Agriculture.|WASHINGTON ñ Senator…

Grassley Welcomes New Timeframe for U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement

Grassley Welcomes New Timeframe for U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement

The United States trade representative today said the administration would submit the United States-Korea free trade agreement to Congress “in the next few weeks.”|The United States trade representative today said…

Grassley: Billions of Dollars Wasted in Tax Program

Grassley: Billions of Dollars Wasted in Tax Program

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on a report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, “Reduction Targets and Strategies Have Not Been Established…

Congressman Tom Latham issues statement on spending cuts resolution

Congressman Tom Latham issues statement on spending cuts resolution

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, the chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the introduction of a continuing resolution in the House of…

Branstad administration unveils Iowa Preschool Program; Steckman responds

Branstad administration unveils Iowa Preschool Program; Steckman responds

Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled their Iowa Preschool Program. The program helps eligible 4-year-olds attend quality private and public preschools starting in the 2011-2012…

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

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

The MacNider Art Museum’s 2011 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues Saturday, February 19th, at 2:00 p.m. with Departures. This is the third installment in the…

Alternate Side Parking and Emergency Snow Route Suspended

Alternate Side Parking and Emergency Snow Route Suspended

Effective at 10:00 a.m. today, February 14, 2011, the Alternate Side Parking ordinance and Emergency Snow Route are suspended until further notice. Citizens should stay tuned to local media outlets…

Delivering smiles by the dozen

Delivering smiles by the dozen

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Is there a Cindy Dahl here?” asked the deliveryman, walking into the Woodharbor lobby Monday morning with a Valentine’s Day flower arrangement. “Wow,…

Cameras discourage crime in, near liquor store

Cameras discourage crime in, near liquor store

By Joe Buttweiler. Part 3 in a series. MASON CITY – Video cameras that were installed following a fight at Northside Liquor last May have definitely had the desired effect, according…

Deputy counsels upset man

A deputy sheriff stopped a man near the the 400 block of South Taft Ave. who had just been released from jail to offer counseling on Sunday morning at about…

Kindernature! at Lime Creek Nature Center Monday

KINDERNATURE! MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 4:00-5:30 PMLIME CREEK NATURE CENTER You and your child (ages 3-5) will explore nature through this hour long self-guided program. Stations are set up to enhance…

Garner gains population in 2010 Census count

The census of 2010 was bleak for much of North Iowa, but not for Garner. According to census numbers released last week, Garner’s population increased from 2,922 to 3,129. In…

Annual Kite Festival February 19th

Annual Kite Festival February 19th

(From City of Clear Lake newsletter) The 10th annual “Color the Wind” kite festival will be held on Saturday, February 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is…

This week at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse

This week at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse

MEETINGS AND AGENDAS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14, 2011 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 201111:00 a.m. Mason City Conference Board Meeting ñ City Hall ñ Dougherty, Amosson, Urdahl6:00 p.m. NIACOG Board…