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From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

Nothing beats fall in Iowa. As the leaves are turning and the temperatures begin to cool, high school football is at its best and farmers start making their way to…

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

From the Desk of Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer

Nothing beats fall in Iowa. As the leaves are turning and the temperatures begin to cool, high school football is at its best and farmers start making their way to…

When sniffing has deadly consequences

American Association of Poison Control Centers Kids call it “huffing,” “sniffing” and “bagging,” and it’s not a harmless childhood game. In fact, it’s inhalant abuse, and it’s dangerous and deadly.…

Fires extinguished in Clear Lake area Thursday

Fires extinguished in Clear Lake area Thursday

CLEAR LAKE – A grass fire was reported north of Clear Lake on 300th Street Thursday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m., likely fanned by high winds. The fire spread to…

Combine fire put out Thursday afternoon (photos & video)

MASON CITY – At approximately 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a fire on Thrush Avenue. A combine was reported on fire…

High wind advisory in affect for North Iowa

A high wind advisory is in affect for the North Iowa Area. According to the National Weather Service: STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. A COLD FRONT IS…

Fugitive from BeJe Clark captured

Fugitive from BeJe Clark captured

On September 29th, 2011 at about 11:00 a.m., officers of the Mason City Police Department arrested Ian Daniel Forbes, age 27, originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa. Forbes was wanted for…

Harvest Tour in Hampton begins Friday

Harvest Tour Weekend starts Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in Hampton with Start Gazing with noted Astronomer Jerry McCormick and wine sampling from TownsEnd Winery and local music. This…

Is this some sort of blood sport? (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) First you start with a blank sheet of paper then you put ink on it. You create some sort of veribage that provokes a response that…

NIACC Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) the designation of “Military Friendly School.” The 2012 Military Friendly…

Minor car accident on Winnebago Way Thursday morning

Minor car accident on Winnebago Way Thursday morning

At approximately 11:10 am, Thursday, the Mason City Police Department reported an accident on Winnebago Way, a short ways in from Highway 122. Two cars were involved, with no injuries.…

Fall Camping Offers Quiet, Scenic Experience

DES MOINES – Iowa’s peak camping season ends on Sept. 30, meaning off season rates will reduce the camping fees for the rest of the fall. “We are heading in…

North Iowa Technology Expo to be held at Southbridge Mall Oct. 1

From Southbridge Mall: Come see Mason City Web, Best Buy, Digital One Solutions, Mason City Ford, i-Wireless, Three Eagles, NIP Fitness, and many more vendors at the 2011 North Iowa…

Iowa DOT takes proactive approach to improve Floyd County intersection

AMES, Iowa ñ Sept. 28, 2011 ñ Recent improvements at the intersection of U.S. 18, Iowa 27 and Floyd County Road T-44, just south of the city of Floyd, are…

Budget like it’s 1995

By Tom Campbell, Los Angeles Times With Congress showing little sign of being able to agree on a budget, the battle has now shifted to authorizing a temporary extension of…

Mason City man sent to prison after violation of probation a 2nd time

Mason City man sent to prison after violation of probation a 2nd time

MASON CITY – In Cerro Gordo County District Court September 27th, Cole Pearce, age 19, of Mason City was convicted for a 2nd time of violating probation and sentenced to…

Child endangerment charge dropped in plea bargain

Child endangerment charge dropped in plea bargain

On January 15th, 2011 Mason City Police arrested Terri Lynn Stewart, age 42, for OWI and child endangerment on 4th Street SW following a traffic stop. According to online court…

Other local businesses coming forward seeking help, but will City deliver?

Other local businesses coming forward seeking help, but will City deliver?

The City of Mason City has no formal written policy on awarding financial incentive packages to businesses, and now more business owners are coming forward seeking help. The good news…

Latham to hold public meeting Wednesday night

Latham to hold public meeting Wednesday night

Mason City City Council first ward candidate Tim Latham will be holding a public meeting Wednesday night at the Mason City Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30. “Ask the tough…

Construction Update ñ Mason City 19th Street SE Widening

From the City of Mason City: Week beginning Monday, September 26 The north portion of the intersection at 19th Street SE and South Pennsylvania Avenue has been opened. The north…

Masqueraders lucky to be able to express themselves (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I am acutely aware that there are either a loosely knit group or one person masquerading as three or four different people who intensely dislike every…

The Ultra-Violence (by Peter Lagios)

The Ultra-Violence (by Peter Lagios)

By Peter Lagios After reading about the house invasion murders in Connecticut I realize that in America, we cannot do away with the death penalty. It’s just not possible, when…

Embracing Diversity awards given

MASON CITY ñ The North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) presented their annual “Embracing Diversity Awards” to recognize an outstanding corporation, service organization and individual in the community for their…

Supervisors hear road report, OK liquor license and election results

Supervisors hear road report, OK liquor license and election results

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning and OK’d a liquor license for PM Park. They heard a road report from County Engineer Mary Kelly and canvassed the NIACC…

Four arrested in dine and dash incident at Mason City Perkins

Four arrested in dine and dash incident at Mason City Perkins

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th, Mason City Police Officers were called to Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery on 4th Street SW in Mason City to take a…

Mason City Police Officers and Fire Fighters to be Honored by Governor

MASON CITY – Mason City Police Officers and Firefighters have received official notice from the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor Program that they are to be honored during a special…

Puppy mill adult dogs saved due to voluntary shutdown

Puppy mill adult dogs saved due to voluntary shutdown

By Jody Spear The Humane Society of North Iowa took in twelve dogs from a Southern Iowa puppy mill, September 14th. “The Animal Rescue League of Iowa called to let…

Spencer pharmacist sentenced for health fraud

A pharmacist who formerly owned and operated Medicap pharmacy in Spencer, Iowa, and defrauded Medicaid and his own health insurance provider, was sentenced on September 21, 2011, to more than…

Waterloo man sentenced to 9 years for possessing child pornohraphy

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced September 15, 2011, to 9 years in federal prison. Leeman Patrick, age 52, of Waterloo, Iowa, received the sentence after an April…

Job creation will continue recession recovery

Job creation will continue recession recovery

Nearly one in five Iowa businesses expects to add workers over the next few months, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. It found that Iowa’s fourth-quarter outlook is…

Servantez can beat Kuhn (by Peter Children)

Sandy Servantez; Do I really think she could beat Kuhn? Yes I do. Why do I think that? Number one reason is because she was wronged terribly by Bookmeyer, not…

Sex Offender Released From Oakdale Prison Placed at Beje Clark

Sex Offender Released From Oakdale Prison Placed at Beje Clark

The Iowa Sex Offender Registry shows that on Saturday, September 24th, Jason Rammelsberg was moved from Iowa’s Oakdale Prison to Beje Clark a residential treatment facility located at 818 15th…

Servantez to hold coffee meeting Wednesday

Sandra Servantez, Candidate for City Council Member At-Large, will hold “Community Meeting and Coffee” at Hardees Restaurant on Wednesday , September 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All the…

Lime Creek volunteers receive awards

The Lime Creek Nature Center recently recognized its volunteers with a dinner and ceremony at the nature center. Following the dinner, the annual meeting of the Lime Creek Nature Center…

Retirement Open House for Mason City Volunteer Service Coordinator Mary Zishka

Retirement Open House for Mason City Volunteer Service Coordinator 	Mary Zishka

After nine years with the City, Volunteer Service Coordinator Mary Zishka has announced her retirement. The program was started in 2002 with a mission to identify city or community projects…

Change coming to Mason City Library coffee shop

Change coming to Mason City Library coffee shop

Bestsellers Coffee in the Mason City Public Library, will have a change in operators soon, according to Director Mary Markwalter. “We are going to have a change of vendor at…

Harkin: Dems will fight to stay in White House

Harkin: Dems will fight to stay in White House

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual Democratic steak fry fundraiser last weekend left attendees covered in rain and mud. But the bad weather, Harkin said, did not dampen their spirits heading…

Mason City Man Gets Prison for Violating Probation

Mason City Man Gets Prison for Violating Probation

Billy Compton Jr., age 21, of Mason City was sentenced September 21st in Cerro Gordo County District Court by Judge Carlynn Grupp to serve up to two years in prison…

Search Warrant Leads to Felony Meth Arrest for Mason City Man

Search Warrant Leads to Felony Meth Arrest for Mason City Man

On the afternoon of Friday, September 23rd, members of the Mason City Police and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search of a residence at 623 South Carolina Avenue…

Obama campaign rushing to raise funds

WASHINGTON ó President Barack Obama arrives in California on Sunday for a critical fundraising swing as his re-election campaign scrambles to make up ground lost this summer, when it was…

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