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Gov. Branstad names Senator Swati Dandekar to Iowa Utilities Board

Gov. Branstad names Senator Swati Dandekar to Iowa Utilities Board

(DES MOINES) – Governor Branstad today appointed State Senator Swati Dandekar of Marion to serve on the Iowa Utilities Board. Dandekar will serve the unexpired portion of the term left…

Senators differ on proposed jobs package

Sept. 16–A tenuous situation is how U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, describes the current national economy. “We could be facing a long not recession but depression, and we shouldn’t make…

Robertson’s remarks on divorce not best Christian advice, ethicist says

By Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune ‘Til Alzheimer’s do us part? Televangelist Pat Robertson ignited yet another firestorm this week when he suggested on his program that divorce is an acceptable…

1st Street NE Road Closure

Beginning Monday, September 19th 1st Street NE between North Federal Avenue and North Commercial Alley will be closed to traffic. This closure is expected to last until Thursday, September 22nd…

19th Street SE Road Closure Notice

As a continuation of work on the 19th Street SE and Mason Creek Culvert widening project, additional storm sewer installation is scheduled to begin the week of September 19th. The…

At NIACC Friday night: Human sex trafficking film

A film will be shown Friday night at the NIACC Auditorium. Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a feature length documentary about sex trafficking in the United States.…

White House to Launch “Digital Promise” Initiative

White House to Launch “Digital Promise” Initiative

Today, the White House and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the launch of “Digital Promise,” a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies to…

Great River City Festival today and Saturday in Mason City

The events, all in downtown Mason City, lined up for the Great River City Festival include: Friday, September 16th, 2011– Diversity Lunch 11:00am Central Park– Streetscape Dedication at 12:30pm– Friday…

BREAKING NEWS: Maria Ohl denied by Civil Service Commission

BREAKING NEWS: Maria Ohl denied by Civil Service Commission

MASON CITY – Mariah Ohl was denied her job as a Mason City police officer today on a 3-0 vote from the Civil Service Commission. Ohl was fired on August…

Servantez holds community meeting

Servantez holds community meeting

Mason City City Council at-large candidate Sandy Servantez held a public meeting Thursday evening at the Village Court Restaurant. Much of the discussion focused on the proposed multi-purpose arena. Servantez…

Waste to energy plant proposed for Mason City’s south side

Waste to energy plant proposed for Mason City’s south side

At a North Iowa Landfill Board meeting Thursday night, investors presented a plan to build a waste to energy plant on Mason City’s south side near the corner of South…

How to reinvent the U.S. Postal Service

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has delivered an urgent message to Congress: The U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash. Without a massive financial fix, mail delivery could come to…

Touching the ‘third rail’

“We have not had the courage to stand up and look Americans in the face,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said when he was asked about Social Security at the Republican…

Iowa 14 reduced to one lane in Floyd and Butler counties beginning Sept. 19

BRITT, Iowa ñ Sept. 8, 2011 ñ Hot-mix asphalt resurfacing and pavement widening work will reduce Iowa 14 to one lane in alternating directions from the Butler County line near…

Poverty hits 50-year high, US says

By Don Lee, Noam Levey and Alejandro Lazo, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON ó In a grim portrait of a nation in economic turmoil, the government reported that the number of…

Waste to energy plant proposed for Mason City’s south side

Waste to energy plant proposed for Mason City’s south side

At a North Iowa Landfill Board meeting Thursday night, investors presented a plan to build a waste to energy plant on Mason City’s south side near the corner of South…