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City Council to meet Tuesday evening for worksession and special meeting

City Council to meet Tuesday evening for worksession and special meeting

The Mason City City Council and Mayor will meet for a worksession and special meeting tonight in the Mason City Room at the library. The worksession features a presentation of…

Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I met last Monday morning with city officials in City Hall. Pat Otto the neighborhood coordinator along with her two associates that work along side of…

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

MASON CITY – Investigators from the Mason City Police Department arrested two suspects in connection to recent reports from Mason City businesses receiving counterfeit money. Bradley Gene Gouge (19) of…

Band Fest weekend: Will you attend, and what’s your favorite part?

It’s Band Fest weekend, summer is right around the corner. Will you attend the festivities in Mason City? What’s you favorite part, or fondest memory?||…

UNI Track & Field Sends 13 to NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

UNI Track & Field Sends 13 to NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

Thirteen athletes from UNI have qualified to compete in a total of 11 events at the NCAA Division I Track & Field West Preliminary Rounds.|Thirteen athletes from UNI have qualified…

Iowa’s Engelbert earns national video honor

Iowa’s Engelbert earns national video honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa Football Video Coordinator Matt Engelbert has been named the Collegiate Sports Video Association’s 2011 Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year.|IOWA…

Branstad should lead on passenger rail

Branstad should lead on passenger rail

Op-ed by Sen. Matt McCoyGovernor Branstad, it is time to tell us where you stand on passenger rail and Iowa’s transportation future. Iowans are calling on you to recognize this…

Dove Hunting Rule Input Needed

Dove Hunting Rule Input Needed

Although it may be short notice to attend the meeting you can still voice your opinion on dove hunting using only non-toxic lead free shot. |From Rep. Sharon Steckman This…

22nd Annual Walleye Classic held Sunday in Clear Lake

22nd Annual Walleye Classic held Sunday in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake Fishing Club hosted the 22nd Annual Walleye Classic Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, 2011. The event was sponsored by Harley Davidson. One…

Iowa Ready-mix concrete company pleads guilty to participating in price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracies

Iowa Ready-mix concrete company pleads guilty to participating in price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracies

WASHINGTON ó An Iowa ready-mix concrete company pleaded guilty to participating in three separate conspiracies to fix prices and/or rig bids for the sales of ready-mix concrete, the Department of…

Streetscape work continues in Mason City, week of May 23rd

Streetscape work continues in Mason City, week of May 23rd

Work continues in downtown Mason City on the Federal Avenue streetscape project. City officials ask that people take precautions in the construction zones and be observant.|Update from Pamela Myhre, Growth…

The world didn’t end on May 21st. Are you shocked by this?

According to some people who study the bible, the world was supposed to end on May 21st, 2011. Are you shocked this didn’t happen? When do you think the world…

Pain at the Pump Means Less for Groceries, Clothes and Family Vacations

Pain at the Pump Means Less for Groceries, Clothes and Family Vacations

We all get the same sick feeling each time we visit a gas station these days. With each tick upwards in price at the pump our monthly income in terms…

Former UNI 800m National Champion Tyler Mulder Clocks 1:44.83

Former UNI 800m National Champion Tyler Mulder Clocks 1:44.83

OCCIDENTAL, Calif. ñ Former University of Northern Iowa runner and NCAA national champion Tyler Mulder clocked a lifetime-best in the 800m on Saturday night, running 1:44.83 at the Oxy High…

Iowa State Men’s Hoops Signs Percy Gibson

Iowa State Men’s Hoops Signs Percy Gibson

AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State men’s basketball team added the top post player from Michigan to its 2011-12 roster, as Percy Gibson, a 6-9, 240-pound center from Detroit, has signed…

President Obama Grants Pardons

President Obama Grants Pardons

WASHINGTON ñ Today President Barack Obama granted pardons to the following eight individuals:|WASHINGTON ñ Today President Barack Obama granted pardons to the following eight individuals: Randy Eugene Dyer ñ Burien,…

President’s Weekly Address: Congress Should Reform No Child Left Behind This Year

President’s Weekly Address: Congress Should Reform No Child Left Behind This Year

WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Obama praised the progress that schools like Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis have made, and he called on Congress to fix…

M&T Bank Corporation Returns $700 Million in TARP Funds, Providing Additional Positive Return for Taxpayers on TARP Bank Programs

M&T Bank Corporation Returns $700 Million in TARP Funds, Providing Additional Positive Return for Taxpayers on TARP Bank Programs

WASHINGTON ñ The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that M&T Bank Corporation of Buffalo, New York has now repaid more than $700 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)…

Mystic Lanes broke into, vandalized

Mystic Lanes broke into, vandalized

Sometime last night after closing, Mystic Lanes, formerlyknown as Lee’s Lanes, was broken into and vandalized. “They broke in, vandalized and tore up all vending equipment, They ripped through my…

Honoring our veterans, service members this Memorial Day

Honoring our veterans, service members this Memorial Day

Iowa is currently experiencing its largest deployment since World War II, with about 2,800 Iowa soldiers in Afghanistan alone. It’s a powerful reminder this Memorial Day that freedom comes at…

World Trade Center I-beam travels to new home in Clear Lake

World Trade Center I-beam travels to new home in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – It looked a little more like a motorcycle rally around 5:30 p.m. in Clear Lake as nearly 200 motorcycles lead the Clear Lake Fire Department through town…

Enterprise Zone tax incentives for Cargill approved by Economic Development Board

Enterprise Zone tax incentives for Cargill approved by Economic Development Board

May 19, 2011 (DES MOINES) – The Iowa Economic Development Board approved awards today for projects that will create up to 447 jobs in Iowa. |May 19, 2011 (DES MOINES)…

Recent Drop in Gas Prices Provide Short Term Relief

May 18, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) – Global oil prices continue to fluctuate as West Texas Intermediate (WTI) bounced back and forth in Tuesday trading before settling just below $97…

Grassley, Colleagues Call for China to End Intellectual Property Rights Infringement

Grassley, Colleagues Call for China to End Intellectual Property Rights Infringement

Washington, DC ñ Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senior Committee Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today demanded an end to China’s violations of…

Grassley questions White House claims about how small business loan funds would be used

Grassley questions White House claims about how small business loan funds would be used

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley is asking a White House official to account for the contradiction between a White House blog post and statements from the Secretary of the Treasury…

Harkin Introduces Bill to Support Community-Based, Cradle-to-Career Education

Harkin Introduces Bill to Support Community-Based, Cradle-to-Career Education

WASHINGTON ñ Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Tom Harkin (D-IA) today introduced legislation to ensure that kids in America’s neediest neighborhoods have the tools they…

Panthers Sending 13 to NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

Panthers Sending 13 to NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

The NCAA announced the list of declared entries for the Division I Track & Field Preliminary Rounds on Thursday, and 13 athletes from the University of Northern Iowa are among…

Brick and Tile work being done to accommodate new deli

Brick and Tile work being done to accommodate new deli

Demolition on the northeast corner of the Brick and Tile building has begun. Two and a half suites will be made into State Street Deli.|Demolition on the northeast corner of…

Cyclones Fourth Nationally In Attendance

Cyclones Fourth Nationally In Attendance

AMES, Iowa ñ Iowa State finished fourth nationally in women’s basketball attendance in 2010-11. It marks the fourth-straight season that the Cyclones were among the top four teams. |AMES, Iowa…

Miniature ponies and other animals raised in Clear Lake

Miniature ponies and other animals raised in Clear Lake

The first time Marcia Gardinier saw two little kids riding mini-horses and being led by another child, she knew she had to have one. That same day she bought one…

Pitbull attacks and kills yorkie Tuesday afternoon in Mason City

Pitbull attacks and kills yorkie Tuesday afternoon in Mason City

MASON CITY – “They killed my Yorkie”, was all that Cheryl Zeien of 1211 S. Massachusetts, could get out. She was crying and still in shock at the loss of…

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Redesign

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Redesign

Iowa’s mental health and developmental disabilities system is fractured and over the past three years, the Legislature has been looking at making services more equitable across Iowa and addressing the…

Senate Democrats urge Iowans to call Governor Branstad

Senate Democrats urge Iowans to call Governor Branstad

DES MOINES: Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs today said Iowans must get involved to break the stalemate over the state budget. |DES MOINES: Senate Majority Leader Mike…

Standstill at Statehouse, lawmakers say

Standstill at Statehouse, lawmakers say

Over the last three weeks, things have come to a virtual standstill at the Statehouse.|From Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Over the last three weeks, things have come to a…

Hawkeyes fall to Creighton in home finale

Hawkeyes fall to Creighton in home finale

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa baseball team lost to Creighton Tuesday night at Duane Banks Field, 5-3, in its final home game.|IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa baseball team…

City Council discusses dog parks, driveways

City Council discusses dog parks, driveways

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council met Tuesday evening and discussed uses for flood buyout properties scattered around Mason City. A dog park was a favorite idea, although…

You just got arrested. Is it appropriate to smile in your mug shot?

Readers have noticed a lot of arrested suspects are smiling in their mug shots these days. What do you think…. is it better to smile, or scowl?||…

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Construction of a new 83,000-square-foot warehouse at United Sugars Corp. is expected to be finished in July, helping the company save money on…

Grassley Presses Agency for Answers on Wireless Network Project

Grassley Presses Agency for Answers on Wireless Network Project

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors approve software application use

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors approve software application use

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning in Mason City at the courthouse. The supervisors heard a road conditions report from the County Engineer. A plan was…

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