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Human Rights Commission approves three applicants

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission met Thursday and approved three applicants for the three vacancies on the commission. Two approved were brought by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer;…

Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds continue “Jobs for Iowa” tour

Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will continue with their third week of town hall meetings as part of their “Jobs for Iowa” tour.…

Grassley Fights Fraud in Medicare and Medicaid

Grassley Fights Fraud in Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley today introduced legislation to build on key reforms to fight fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. The measure comes the day of a Senate Finance Committee…

Harkin Testifies on For-Profit Colleges’ Recruiting of Military Servicemembers

Harkin Testifies on For-Profit Colleges’ Recruiting of Military Servicemembers

WASHINGTON ñToday, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security at a hearing entitled “Preventing Abuse of the…

Harkin Statement on Senate Passage of A Stopgap Funding Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a two-week temporary measure to keep the government funded through March 18, 2011.…

Harkin Announces More Than $1.2 Million for Research at the University of Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the University of Iowa has been awarded two separate grants totaling $1,228,328 to perform medical research. The funding was awarded…

Field Trip Subsidies at MacNider ART Museum Almost Gone

Field Trip Subsidies at MacNider ART Museum Almost Gone

MASON CITY, Iowa – Time is running out for area schools and daycares to use field trip subsides at the Charles H. MacNider Museum. By filling out a simple form…

Library upgrade irony not lost on director

Library upgrade irony not lost on director

MASON CITY ñ The irony of the Mason City Public Library renovation is inescapable. Some have asked: Why spend so much ($9.2 million) to improve the physical building when much…

2011 Health Fest to be held April 7th

From Cerro Gordo County Public Health Department: Save the date! Health Fest 2011 will be held on Thursday, April 7th from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Southbridge Mall. Bring the…

Library circulation, online contacts growing fast

Library circulation, online contacts growing fast

MASON CITY — Renovation of the Mason City Public Library has helped increase circulation of materials and transform it into what Library Director Mary Markwalter calls “an indoor park” for…

Local AARP members visit the Capitol

Local AARP members visit the Capitol

On February 23, Hazel Chuck, Reta Herdas and Margaret Schulter, Mason City residents and members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), traveled to the Iowa Statehouse to speak…

Retired Senior Volunteer Program visits Capitol

Retired Senior Volunteer Program visits Capitol

Each year Iowans volunteer hundreds of hours through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Volunteers mentor, help at food pantries, and help their community in a variety of other ways.…

Council passes ordinance changes diminishing Mayor’s role in selecting Human Rights Commissioners

Council passes ordinance changes diminishing Mayor’s role in selecting Human Rights Commissioners

The Mason City City Council ok’d on first reading Tuesday night new rules for selecting Human Rights Commissioners that would diminish the Mayor’s role. The ordinance will need to pass…