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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…

Property Tax Relief for Small Business

Property Tax Relief for Small Business

The Iowa House considered a plan to provide significant commercial property tax relief for Main Street and Iowa small businesses. The plan would have created property tax credits up to…

Proposed Dove Hunting Season Public Hearing

Proposed Dove Hunting Season Public Hearing

Drain cleaning business changes name

Drain cleaning business changes name

Kev’s Drain Cleaning has become Helps Drain Cleaning. Owner Rod Helps and his wife Shelby consider it a family business, serving the Mason City and North Iowa area.|Kev’s Drain Cleaning…

Donald Trump won’t run for President. Disappointed?

Donald Trump won’t run for President.  Disappointed?

From Yahoo! news: “Donald Trump said Monday he won’t run for president, choosing to stick with hosting ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ over entering the race for the Republican nomination.” What are…

I-35 Speedway race winners, video and photos from May 15th

I-35 Speedway race winners, video and photos from May 15th

The I-35 Speedway Races are held on Sunday nights starting at 6:00 p.m. for the hot laps and the races follow. Winners from May 15, 2011 are listed, with photo…

Iowa State men 10th, women 6th at Big 12 track & field championships

Iowa State men 10th, women 6th at Big 12 track & field championships

Over the course of the three-day championship meet, the Cyclones had 21 athletes earn All-Big 12 honors, for finishing in the top eight of their respective events. |NORMAN, Okla. ñ…

Panthers Show Fight, Remain in Contention to the Finish at MVC Championships

Panthers Show Fight, Remain in Contention to the Finish at MVC Championships

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ñ Two and a half months after battling to the finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, the University of Northern Iowa men’s track & field…

Hawkeyes win Big 10 outdoor Track & Field Championship

Hawkeyes win Big 10 outdoor Track & Field Championship

Iowa Men’s Track team claimed the Big 10 title at the 2011 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, edging Minnesota for their fist title since 1967.|Iowa Men’s Track team claimed the…

Weekly Address: President Obama Announces New Plans to Increase Responsible Domestic Oil Production

Weekly Address: President Obama Announces New Plans to Increase Responsible Domestic Oil Production

WASHINGTON ñ In this week’s address, President Obama laid out his strategy to continue to expand responsible and safe domestic oil production, leveraging existing authorities as part of his long-term…

Hawkeyes fall to Buckeyes in series finale

Hawkeyes fall to Buckeyes in series finale

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Iowa baseball team lost Sunday’s series finale at Ohio State 10-4 at Bill Davis Stadium. |COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Iowa baseball team…

Streetscape work continues in Mason City, week of May 16th

Streetscape work continues in Mason City, week of May 16th

Work continues in downtown Mason City on the Federal Avenue streetscape project. Water service to businesses located on the ‘plaza’ will be shut of first thing Monday morning and “it…

Shooter may be dropping birds, other wildlife in NW Mason City

Shooter may be dropping birds, other wildlife in NW Mason City

MASON CITY – Mason City police are investigating complaints from neighbors in northwest Mason City about finding dead birds in their yards. NorthIowaToday.com was alerted to the situation by a…

Police auction offered bikes, electronics, smiles

The Police Auction was going to be held come rain or shine, and organizers made good on their word. Above auction goers mill around waiting for the next round of…

Hurt Leads Off MVC Championships with Hammer Throw School Record

Hurt Leads Off MVC Championships with Hammer Throw School Record

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ñ University of Northern Iowa junior Tanner Hurt got the Panther men’s track & field team off to a strong start at the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference…

Hippen, Hawkeyes blank Buckeyes in opener

Hippen, Hawkeyes blank Buckeyes in opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Iowa baseball team shut out Ohio State Friday evening in the first of a three-game set, 7-0, behind a stellar outing from starting pitcher Jarred Hippen.|COLUMBUS,…

Hit and run kills child, subject flees; tragic accident begs for answers

From Leonard Foster of Mason City I would like to offer a few comments regarding the man who struck the young seven year old as she approached the school bus…

Porn found in Bin Laden’s hideout. Surprised?

(Reuters) ñ A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.…

Harkin: “The Endangered Middle Class: Is the American Dream Slipping Out of Reach for American Families?”

Harkin:  “The Endangered Middle Class: Is the American Dream Slipping Out of Reach for American Families?”

“As I have traveled through Iowa and across the country, I have heard from more and more hardworking middle class families who feel that the American Dream is slipping away.”…

Latham says fiscal responsibility a key to job growth

Latham says fiscal responsibility a key to job growth

Washington, May 12 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham said on Thursday that uncertainty caused by current federal economic policies is slowing job creation for Iowa communities and small businesses. |Washington,…

FACT SHEET: Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

FACT SHEET: Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

Our critical infrastructure ñ such as the electricity grid, financial sector, and transportation networks that sustain our way of life ñ have suffered repeated cyber intrusions, and cyber crime has…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

While the weather helped our farmers make incredible progress over the last couple of weeks, the same cannot be said for the legislature. The session continues on because an agreement…

ISU’s Capello to Transfer

ISU’s Capello to Transfer

AMES, Iowa ñ Iowa State quarterback James Capello has decided to transfer to Tiffin University in Ohio.|AMES, Iowa ñ Iowa State quarterback James Capello has decided to transfer to Tiffin…

Mason City pool to open a week early; splash area will be closed

Mason City pool to open a week early; splash area will be closed

MASON CITY – The Mason City aquatic center will open a week early this year, Saturday, May 28th. Despite other reports, only the splash area will be closed. (Photo: Mason…

Iowa Drainage building new office, shop

Iowa Drainage building new office, shop

SHEFFIELD ñ Iowa Drainage Inc. will soon have a new office and attached shop. Construction has been underway since February at the northeast corner of Highway 65 and 250th St.…

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

MASON CITY – Mason City police were called to John Adams Middle School, 29 Illinois S. Avenue Wednesday morning at 8:16 a.m. due to a disturbance at the school. Gary…

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

MASON CITY – On Thursday, May 12 at approximately 11:24 a.m., a subject ordered food from a local business and asked that it be delivered to a residence. The business…

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I want to address everyone who spends time at this site, whether you simply read the blogs or actively jump into the discussions taking place at…

Military income now tax exempt

Military income now tax exempt

Standing up for education for our kids

Standing up for education for our kids

I regularly visit with local business leaders and economic development specialists. Time and again, I’m told that great schools and training opportunities are the best way for Iowa to compete…

Indoor skateboard park to reopen soon

Indoor skateboard park to reopen soon

MASON CITY ñ Skateboarders and inline skaters will soon have an indoor skate park again in Mason City when the Soundboard Skate Park opens at 115 S. Delaware Ave. Above:…

Common sense abortion facility bill introduced

Common sense abortion facility bill introduced

Statement from Senator Joe Bolkcom: “Today I’m introducing a new bill in the Ways and Means Committee, Senate Study Bill 1212, that is consistent with Iowans’ values, does not endanger…

Attorney General Miller Settles with Hollywood Video over Late Fees, Debt Collection

Attorney General Miller Settles with Hollywood Video over Late Fees, Debt Collection

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller announced that Iowa is part of a settlement with 50-state attorneys general to resolve allegations of unfair debt collection practices on customer accounts…

Gov. Branstad denies four applications for commutation

Gov. Branstad denies four applications for commutation

Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday denied the following applications for commutation: |Gov. Terry E. Branstad yesterday denied the following applications for commutation: Mr. Jimmy Allen: serving life sentence for felony…

Statements of Support for President Obama’s Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System

Statements of Support for President Obama’s Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System

Statements of support for the President’s commitment to fix our broken immigration system to meet our 21st century economic and security needs from business leaders, civic leaders and elected officials.…

$2.1 million for new biodiesel refinery near Forest City

May 11, 2011(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Power Fund Board approved awards of over $2.1 million for projects to build a biodiesel refinery near Forest City, create jobs for the…

State Record White Bass Caught at Spirit Lake

SPIRIT LAKE – A new state record white bass was caught from a dock Saturday evening on Big Sprit Lake. Josh Zylstra, 23, of Laurens, landed the 18.7-inch, 4.16 pound…

City council division: Which side do you favor?

City council division: Which side do you favor?

A rift on the city council has become obvious and public. Scott Tornquist, Janet Solberg and Travis Hickey on one side (along with Mayor Eric Bookmeyer) and on the other…

Presidential candidates are gearing up for a 2012 run. Who is your favorite? Palin? Trump? Gingrich? Paul?

Presidential candidates are gearing up for a 2012 run. Who is your favorite? Palin? Trump? Gingrich? Paul? Romney? Santorum? Why do you support that candidate? Should Obama be re-elected?||…

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

A Forest City, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a Mason City area methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Jessica Risius, age 32, of Forest City, Iowa,…

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