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Support for Small Businesses

Support for Small Businesses

Since Iowa’s small businesses pay 18 percent more for health insurance than big businesses, the Iowa Legislature is considering a bill to help small businesses pay for rising health care…

From the Capitol to You

From the Capitol to You

On Wednesday, the dove bill “flew” in unexpectedly and “flew” out the same day, with Governor Branstad promising to sign the bill. However, it still has to gain approval by…

Earth Hour Participation Expands in Mason City; Iconic Music Man Square Billboard to go Dark for Earth Hour

Mason City, IA, 3/25/2011 – This year, The Music Man Square is joining the City of Mason City by switching off the lights for Earth Hour. At 8:30 p.m. on…

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ending Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Statement  by the Press Secretary on Ending Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized is a fundamental American value. |President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the…

Statement by the Press Secretary on Violence in Syria

Statement by the Press Secretary on Violence in Syria

The United States strongly condemns the Syrian government’s brutal repression of demonstrations, in particular the violence and killings of civilians at the hands of security forces. |The United States strongly…

Vehicle pursuit leads to arrest

Vehicle pursuit leads to arrest

A Mason City man fled Mason City police officers yesterday while driving on North Penn. Police caught the man a short distance later and arrested him.|A Mason City man fled…

NIACC Hosts Arun Gandhi’s Presentation Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World

NIACC Hosts Arun Gandhi’s Presentation Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World

The NIACC Leadership Series presents: Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World, a riveting presentation by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, on Sunday, April 3, 2011,…

Public Input Meeting: Reuse of Flood Buyout Properties in Neighborhoods

Public Input Meeting: Reuse of Flood Buyout Properties in Neighborhoods

The public is invited to a meeting to discuss the reuse of properties purchased as part of the Flood of 2008 voluntary buyout in Mason City. A short overview of…

Melting Ice Reveals Winter Fish Kills in Iowa Lakes and Ponds

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has received numerous reports of dead fish in lakes and ponds across Iowa as the ice cover disappears for another year. These winter fish…

Consumer Alert: Japan Relief Scams

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller reminds Iowans to be careful about scam artists taking advantage of generous Iowans who plan to donate to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts…

Iowa football team losing some great players to graduation

Iowa football team losing some great players to graduation

Electronic records part of Iowa health care reform

Electronic records part of Iowa health care reform

The first of several health care reform bills has been approved by the Iowa Senate. Senate File 404 will enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through the use…

Adding to Iowaís economic growth opportunities

Adding to Iowaís economic growth opportunities

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Hosts the 14th Annual Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Hosts the 14th Annual Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

High school juniors and seniors have a unique opportunity this summer to live on the North Iowa Area Community College campus for one week and learn first-hand what it’s like…

Coach Ferentz Press Conference

Coach Ferentz Press Conference

Tanning salon an Oasis in the city

Tanning salon an Oasis in the city

MASON CITY – When Cindy Graves decided she wanted to open a tanning salon, she looked at some existing salons in North Iowa with the idea of maybe buying one.…

Multi-purpose center survey results released

Multi-purpose center survey results released

The results from a survey that asked Mason City residents for information and their opinions on a possible multi-purpose center for downtown Mason City have been released. 1,746 responses to…

UI TO ACCEPT ‘REQUESTS’ FOR SEASON TICKETS FROM NEW CUSTOMERS

UI TO ACCEPT ‘REQUESTS’ FOR SEASON TICKETS FROM NEW CUSTOMERS

Harkin: ìThe choice is to go forward, or be dragged backwardî

Harkin: ìThe choice is to go forward, or be dragged backwardî

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement marking one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the new health reform law.|WASHINGTON ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the…

Harkin Lauds USDA Expansion of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program

Harkin Lauds USDA Expansion of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program

Lawmaker authored the 2002 pilot program and then expanded it in 2008 farm bill. |WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement on a USDA announcement…

Gov. Branstad and Iowa Student Loan Introduce ‘Student Loan Game Plan’ ó Unique Online Responsible Borrowing Resource

Gov. Branstad and Iowa Student Loan Introduce ‘Student Loan Game Plan’ ó Unique Online Responsible Borrowing Resource

Innovative Financial Literacy Tool Educates College Students about Overborrowing, Provides Personalized Action Plan to Reduce Indebtedness |(DES MOINES) ó Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad introduced “Student Loan Game Plan,” a…

Branstad, Reynolds, Brig. General Hill remind Iowans of dangers of spring flooding

Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were joined at the administration’s weekly press conference today by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) administrator Brig. General Derek…

Grassley Calls on China to Reduce Barriers to U.S. Agricultural Exports

Grassley Calls on China to Reduce Barriers to U.S. Agricultural Exports

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa today called on China to reduce trade barriers to U.S. agricultural products following the release of a report by the U.S. International Trade…

Fatal crash Sunday north of Latimer

Fatal crash Sunday north of Latimer

A Latimer man was killed Sunday morning in a one-car crash on Highway S-25. Therron Allan Miller, 45, was driving north on S-25 South of 190th Street when his vehicle…

Health Fest 2011 this Thursday at Southbridge Mall

Join us on Thursday, April 7th at Southbridge Mall from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. for Public Health Fest 2011! Health Fest is sponsored by the Cerro Gordo County Department of…

SMU Stops UNI, 57-50

SMU Stops UNI, 57-50

The Mustangs used a CIT-record and a McLeod Center record for rebounds (21) from Papa Dia in the win.| CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The SMU Mustangs used a 17-point, 21-rebound…

Vice President Biden Issues Call to Action to Boost College Graduation Rates Nationwide

Vice President Biden Issues Call to Action to Boost College Graduation Rates Nationwide

Vice President Releases College Completion Tool Kit to Help Chart the Path |WASHINGTON, D.C. ñ Vice President Joe Biden today issued a call to action to boost college graduation rates…

Council communication session today

Council communication session today

The City Council and Mayor will hold a communication session today at 4 PM at City Hall. There are only two items on the agenda: 1. Council member Hickey requesting…

North Iowa Concert Band Presents Spring Concert April 5, 2011

North Iowa Concert Band Presents Spring Concert  April 5, 2011

The North Iowa Concert Band, under the direction of John Klemas, will present a Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on…

School Board looks at plan for High School renovation

School Board looks at plan for High School renovation

Plans for the renovation of Mason City High School are being drawn up and worked out at this time. School officials took a look at one rough draft of a…

School board ok’s temporary classrooms for Mason City eighth graders

School board ok’s temporary classrooms for Mason City eighth graders

The Mason City School Board approved plans for a ten classroom building and a six classroom building that would serve eighth graders next year and high schoolers the following year.…

Flood warning for Winnebago, Cedar Rivers in North Iowa

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a flood warning for the Winnebago River in the Mason City area and the Cedar River in the Charles City area:…

Senator Ragan adds to Senate’s economic growth legislation

Senator Ragan adds to Senate’s economic growth legislation

DES MOINES ñ On Monday, March 21, State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City helped the Iowa Senate add to a growing list of new tools to help create jobs…

Robinson Named MVP at Iowa State Football Banquet

Robinson Named MVP at Iowa State Football Banquet

AMES, Iowa ñ Iowa State running back Alexander Robinson, one of the steadiest performers in Iowa State football history, earned the Pete Taylor MVP Award as Iowa State’s Most Valuable…

Teachers taking early retirement in Mason City will take years of service with them

At Tuesday evening’s Mason City School Board meeting, a list of teachers taking early retirement was listed by Assistant Superintendent Hal Minear. The combined time of service of those teachers…

Micich to discuss facilities options for 8th graders

Micich to discuss facilities options for 8th graders

Superintendent Anita Micich will provide options to the Mason City School Board tonight at a school board meeting regarding facilities for 8th grade students to be located on the Mason…

Public meeting on streetscape project this Thursday

Public meeting on streetscape project this Thursday

A public meeting will be held this Thursday to present information regarding the schedule of work to be completed on the Federal Avenue streetscape project. An undated construction schedule of…

UNI Comeback Falls Short Against Michigan State, 69-66

UNI Comeback Falls Short Against Michigan State, 69-66

WICHITA, Kan. ñ The 13th-seeded University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team staged a furious comeback against fourth-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but the…

Imperfect perfection by Peter Children

Imperfect perfection by Peter Children

There seems to be a quagmire of sorts at the council table. Whether you believe it or not that’s the way democracy works in a free society. There’s push and…

UNI, SMU Set to Play today in CIT Quarterfinals

UNI, SMU Set to Play today in CIT Quarterfinals

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team (20-13 overall) will play host to a quarterfinal game in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.|The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team (20-13…