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Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank celebrates 30th year

Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank celebrates 30th year

The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank started in the early 1980’s during turbulent financial times much like today. Since the beginning, Hy-Vee in Mason City has played a large part in…

Hosted by Clear Lake Yacht Club, The 2011 Youth Regatta Comes to an End

Hosted by Clear Lake Yacht Club, The 2011 Youth Regatta Comes to an End

One hundred boats came to Clear Lake for The Inland Lake Yachting Association X Championships that started Thursday. There was only one race on Thursday and two on Friday. Saturday…

Goose poo problem leads Mason City man to seek answers

Goose poo problem leads Mason City man to seek answers

(Op-ed from Greg Osborne of Mason CIty) I’ve been doing a lot of walking in Mason City this summer; trying to undo 40 years of indulgence. I walk through East…

Dames wash cars at Harley to raise money

Dames wash cars at Harley to raise money

If you were driving past the Harley Davidson Store on South Federal Saturday afternoon, you probably saw girls holding signs and getting around on rollerskates. These girls are the Dames…

Mohawks drop state title game, 6-1

Mohawks drop state title game, 6-1

The Mason City Mohawk baseball team lost the state championship game to top-ranked West Des Moines Dowling 6-1 Saturday night. Mohawk ace Jake Peter took the mound for Mason City,…

On The Money: Keep lid on spending at college

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service We all know how important it is to save for a college education. But what about keeping expenses in line once a student starts…

Ending welfare (by Peter Lagios)

Ending welfare (by Peter Lagios)

(Op-ed by Peter Lagios) (Revised and updated 7/31/2011) My plan to eliminate welfare begins with certain assumptions and beliefs. If you do not share these assumptions and beliefs then you…

Attention shifts to Senate compromise efforts in debt fight

Attention shifts to Senate compromise efforts in debt fight

WASHINGTON ó The House passed a Republican plan for raising the federal debt limit Friday, but attention quickly shifted to the Democrat-controlled Senate where the rough outlines of a compromise…

Car stuck on utility wire

Car stuck on utility wire

A Volkswagen driven by Duane Holmes of Nora Springs ended up stuck on a utility guy wire Saturday morning on Sixth Street Southeast in Mason City after an accident involving…

People everywhere fed up with politicians

By Frida Ghitis, McClatchy Newspapers People have run out of patience with the government. Chat with someone in the street, at a party or a restaurant, anywhere, and you hear…

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

Kuhn, candidate for City Council, meets the public

MASON CITY – At-large City Council candidate Alex Kuhn met the public for coffee at Jitters Coffee Bar on Friday afternoon. About 40-50 people attended, and he spoke for about…

Mason City man arrested on a warrant

Mason City man arrested on a warrant

A Mason City man, Randy Dean Bakkum, age 39, was arrested Thursday at 12:46 a.m. on a warrant at 814 N. Federal, Apt.7, Mason City. The warrant was for Possession…

Two Mason City women arrested on warrants

Two Mason City women arrested on warrants

Around noon, Thursday, Janelle Lynn Rammelsberg, age 27, and Patricia Kay Mikulskis, age 53 were arrested on warrants at 416 N. Penn Apt 4, Mason City. They were charged with…

Senate and House Democratic Leaders Issue Formal Call for Special Session

Senate and House Democratic Leaders Issue Formal Call for Special Session

DES MOINES ñ In an effort to stop Governor Branstad from closing Workforce Offices across the state, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal, Senate President Jack Kibbie and House Minority Leader…

15 year-old girl missing since Friday : UPDATE: Missing girl returned home

15 year-old girl missing since Friday : UPDATE: Missing girl returned home

Danielle Sestina of Mason City is the mother of 15 year-old Brooke Irwin. Danielle says her daughter has been missing since last Friday. Brooke was last seen at about 9:30…

Delaware bridge opens with ceremony Friday

Delaware bridge opens with ceremony Friday

Politicians and regular folk alike attended a ceremony Friday for the opening of the newly-constructed bridge on South Delaware Avenue in Mason City. Balloons, speeches and root beer floats marked…

1st Street and North Federal Avenue Intersection Closure

The intersection of 1st Street and North Federal Avenue will be closed beginning Friday July 29th and is expected to last for approximately three weeks. This closure is necessary for…

Visioning Meetings Set for Off Leash Dog Park

Mason City, IA, July 29, 2011 ñ Two visioning meetings for Mason City’s proposed off leash dog park are set for Thursday, August 4, 2011. “These meetings are an opportunity…

New study shows not a kernel of truth in blaming ethanol for rising corn prices

New study shows not a kernel of truth in blaming ethanol for rising corn prices

With the United States importing 65 percent of its oil, gasoline prices hovering near record levels, and a sweltering summer raising concerns about climate change, Congress is debating public policies…

Legislators consider special session on workforce offices

Legislators consider special session on workforce offices

DES MOINES ñ Legislators are considering further steps to keep Workforce Development field offices open, including the possibility of a special session with the sole purpose of overriding Governor Branstad’s…

Des Moines teen arrested for stealing jeep in Mason City

Des Moines teen arrested for stealing jeep in Mason City

On Wednesday at 12:07 p.m. a Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen from 473 Indianhead Drive in Mason City. The suspect, Tristan Swanson, 18, from Des Moines, had just been…

Clean-up of Rayburn Trailer Court underway (photos & Video)

Clean-up of Rayburn Trailer Court underway (photos & Video)

MASON CITY – What is left of Rayburn Mobile Home Court is being cleaned up. The former mobile home park is located just northeast of the Rose Bowl at 15229…

Diversity, North Iowa Style (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) OK lets get right to it; lets not beat around the bush. As always I am only reporting what I see, maybe some of you see…

Mohawks beat Des Moines Roosevelt 6-1

Mohawks beat Des Moines Roosevelt 6-1

Mason City Mohawks baseball team beat Des Moines Roosevelt 6-1 Wednesday night at Principal Park in Des Moines. This was a quarterfinal game.|Mason City Mohawks baseball team beat Des Moines…

Plea deal lands Garner teen on sex offender list

Plea deal lands Garner teen on sex offender list

Online court records show that on October 25, 2010 the Garner Police Department filed a criminal complaint accusing Justin Lee Boeset, 19, of Garner of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd…

Tire blows, van rolls, family injured Tuesday

Six family members traveling on the Avenue of the Saints Tuesday were injured after a tire blew out on their 1999 GMC Safari Van. Kathy Jean Krumm, 29; Terea Ann…

Iowa farmers should report cattle deaths

Iowa farmers should report cattle deaths

DES MOINES ñ Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged livestock farmers who have experienced death loss due to the extreme high temperatures over the past week and a…

Update on Federal Avenue streetscape project

General notes from city staff: The intersection of State Street is open, however the intersection will be closed temporally at a later time for the installation of the catenary light…

Mason City Social Security Office to close early beginning in August

Effective August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes early each day. For example, a field office that is usually open to the…

Tubing the Shell Rock an excellent adventure

Tubing the Shell Rock an excellent adventure

By Joe Buttweiler PLYMOUTH – Floating backward toward a small herd of cows standing in the river, the trio of tubers became more than a little concerned. “MOOOVE” they yelled,…

Cerro Gordo County unemployment rate inches up

Unemployment in Cerro Gordo County jumped from a seasonally adjusted 5.9 to 6.3 percent from May to June, according to Iowa Workforce Development. In June 2010, joblessness in the county…

Highway 122 Lane Reduction between South York Avenue and South Carolina Avenue

Beginning Monday August 1, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. (weather permitting), the Mason City Utility Division will begin Water System repairs at Highway 122 East and South Virginia Avenue. US Highway…

On guard (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) There is only so much interest in a small town, of late I have had a few people approach me asking that I look into the…

Gov. Branstad requests President Obama to declare Major Disaster for Public Assistance

Gov. Branstad requests President Obama to declare Major Disaster for Public Assistance

Request made in wake of major windstorm that affected Benton, Marshall, Story and Tama counties. (DES MOINES) ñ Governor Terry E. Branstad has asked President Obama to declare a Major…

Resume must shine to bring about an interview

Resume must shine to bring about an interview

Years and years ago, shortly after college, I went to the local print shop and picked up a box of freshly minted resumes. Even though I only got 100 ó…

Lower-paying jobs dominate recovery

Lower-paying jobs dominate recovery

LOS ANGELES ó The majority of jobs being created in this economic recovery are lower-paying ones, while higher-paying positions have been slow to return, according to a report released Tuesday…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s misguided day of prayer

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dancing closer and closer to a bid for the U.S. presidency. He’s talking to his wife (she’s counseling him, he says, to get out of…

Leaders gathering in Des Moines to discuss future of education

July 25–UPDATE: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan painted a sobering picture Monday of a once-vaunted Iowa school system now in stagnation and needing “transformational reform” if it wants to move…

Postal Service may close 178 Iowa post offices

July 26–The U.S. Postal Service, which may run out of money in September, said Tuesday it may close as many as 3,700, or 12 percent, of its post offices, including…

Condemned apple tree means a lot to Mason City family

Condemned apple tree means a lot to Mason City family

MASON CITY – An apple tree in the West Haven neighborhood of Mason City that has been condemned by city officials means a lot to the Piper family who owns…

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