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Bomb threat at Mason City High School

Bomb threat at Mason City High School

The following information was emailed from Mason City School officials and obtained by NorthIowaToday.com: “To Mason City High School Families, At lunch on Thursday, March 3, 2011 a student found…

Human Rights Commission approves three applicants

Human Rights Commission approves three applicants

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; a third applicant…

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…

Gov. Branstad announces appointees to Iowa’s boards and commissions

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced the names of the individuals he has appointed to Iowa’s boards and commissions. “These individuals share our administration’s vision of laying…

Harkin Statement on Senate Passage of A Stopgap Funding Measure

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.…

NIACC Hosts Regional 8th Grade Career Conference

NIACC Hosts Regional 8th Grade Career Conference

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will host a Career Conference for all eighth-grade students in the NIACC region on Friday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on…

Back to Basics (by Bill Okerstrom)

Back to Basics (by Bill Okerstrom)

I thought it would never happen, but it has. I’ve had it with the government of Mason City. I’ve lived in this town for 34 of my forty three years…

Sixth Annual Cannonball Day Line Up Announced

Sixth Annual Cannonball Day Line Up Announced

The Sixth Annual Cannonball Day line up has been announced by Friends of the 457, the volunteer group working in conjunction with the City of Mason City to restore and…

Political games played as Mason City’s budget for next year is OK’d

Political games played as Mason City’s budget for next year is OK’d

Mason City’s proposed budget for 2011-2012, that was worked out at City Hall over the past two months, barely was passed Tuesday night as the political games were ratcheted up…

Kid Power to Help Propel Historic Locomotive Project

Kid Power to Help Propel Historic Locomotive Project

MASON CITY, IA—Got a kid with some extra steam? There’s a new place to get rid of it in Mason City and to help propel a unique locomotive project. Story…

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

MASON CITY – The Mason 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 passed 4-2…

“Spring Break at Lime Creek” March 16

“Spring Break at Lime Creek” March 16

“Spring Break at Lime Creek” will be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 1 ñ 3 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Elementary age children accompanied by an adult…

President Obama names Gov. Branstad Co-Chair of Council of Governors

President Obama names Gov. Branstad Co-Chair of Council of Governors

(DES MOINES) ñ President Barack Obama today appointed Gov. Terry E. Branstad as Co-Chairman of the Council of Governors. The Council of Governors was established by the National Defense Authorization…

White House Releases First Comprehensive Federal Report on the Status of American Women in Almost 50 Years

White House Releases First Comprehensive Federal Report on the Status of American Women in Almost 50 Years

Report Released on First Day of Women’s History Month WASHINGTON ñ Today, the White House released a new report entitled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, a…

City Council to meet Tuesday night

City Council to meet Tuesday night

The Mason City City Council will be meeting at 7 PM tonight at the Mason City Library in the Mason city Room. Some of the items on the agenda include…

Retired Senior Volunteer Program visits Capitol

Retired Senior Volunteer Program visits Capitol

(Press release from Sen. Amanda Ragan) Each year Iowans volunteer hundreds of hours through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Volunteers mentor, help at food pantries, and help their community…

Mason City Youth Task Force looking for parent input on survey

The Mason City Youth Task Force is looking for parent input on a survey that may help them obtain a grant. From the Youth Task Force: “Short survey – If…

Grassley comments on the Obama administration announcement that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Grassley comments on the Obama administration announcement that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, issued the comment below about the Obama administration’s announcement that it no longer will defend the Defense of Marriage Act. “(The)…

Iowa Workforce Development Reforms Delivery System for the 21st Century

DES MOINES ñ Iowa Workforce Development announced a reformed and enhanced delivery system for statewide workforce services to begin July 1st.“Iowa’s changing economy deserves an enhanced system that provides multiple…

Taking Wellness to Work

Sticking with your health and fitness goals is challenging enough when you’re at home and tempted by the lure of a comfortable couch, your favorite television show, and a bag…

Go Green with Vending Machines

Making healthy food choices can be difficult enough when trying to read the labels on food packages; it’s nearly impossible when trying to choose an item from behind the glass…

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds announce two trade promotion trips to Asia

February 28, 2011 (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced plans to make two trade promotion trips to Asia this year. The announcement…

State Auditor Vaudt Reviews Governor Branstad’s Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 Budget Proposals

(Des Moines, Iowa) ñ Continuing in his role as the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog” and his duty to report directly to the people of Iowa on the condition of the state’s finances,…

Mason City student to compete March 5 for state poetry championship

State champion advances to National Finals in Washington, D.C. (DES MOINES, Iowa) ó Fifteen Iowa students, including one from Mason City, will compete next week for a state championship and…

Iowa Labor Commissioner Orders Cease and Desist Action Against Two Mixed Martial Arts Events

Organizations Failed to Comply with Iowa Law DES MOINES ñ The Iowa Labor/Athletic Commissioner is issuing a cease and desist order against the Xtreme Fighting Championship 7 events scheduled for…

FACT SHEET: A Win for States and Taxpayers: President Obama’s Plan to Cut Red Tape, Give States Flexibility, and Save Money

FACT SHEET: A Win for States and Taxpayers: President Obama’s Plan to Cut Red Tape, Give States Flexibility, and Save Money

Today, President Obama issued a memorandum to Executive Departments and Agencies to work with State, Tribal, and local governments to reduce unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens in order to focus…

FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Supporting Innovation, Empowering States

FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Supporting Innovation, Empowering States

FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Supporting Innovation, Empowering States On February 28, President Obama reiterated his belief that States should have the power and flexibility to innovate and find…