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“Occupy Mason City” group becoming more organized

MASON CITY – Occupy Mason City held its first organizational meeting this weekend to bring more cohesiveness to the group and inform the interested public how to become involved. Occupy…

Plenty of scares this Halloween night

Plenty of scares this Halloween night

MASON CITY – Halloween is supposed to be fright night and there was plenty of that to go around in Mason City this season. Zombies, a headless horseman and a…

Candidate “open house” to be held Monday, October 31st

MASON CITY – This Monday, October 31st, a city council candidate “open house” will be held in Mason City. For the past 20 plus years, a group of community minded…

Children learn about safety and self defense this weekend

Children learn about safety and self defense this weekend

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community Policing Advisory Board sponsored a children’s safety forum Saturday at the Mason City Black Belt Academy. Mason City police officers and martial arts…

Children celebrate Halloween at library

Children celebrate Halloween at library

MASON CITY – The Mason City Public Library Youth Services Department had a free Halloween Bash, Thursday night, for children of all ages. The event was held in the Mason…

Are the 9/11 Truth Loonies really that loonie?

Are the 9/11 Truth Loonies really that loonie?

(Op-ed by J. L. Bach) We all lived through the horror that was September 11, 2001. It was a tragic day that forever changed American history. The passage of time…

Today’s photo: Chalk outline just plain weird

Today’s photo: Chalk outline just plain weird

MASON CITY – The following photo was taken near the corner of 17th Street NE and North Delaware Avenue in Mason City on October 31st, 2011. Makes one wonder… did…

NIACC students to sponsor food drive

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Student Senate and College Entrepreneurial Organization (CEO) clubs will sponsor a Thanksgiving Food Drive, November 7 to 11, with all items…

Zoning Board of Adjustment to look at waste to gas plant permit

MASON CITY – The Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment will be evaluating a conditional use permit that would allow the establishment and operation of a “waste transfer form/function” in…

Environmental Commission has concerns about waste to gas facility

Letter to the editor: October 31, 2011 FROM: Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission (ESAC) RE: Creative Energy Systems (CES) Request for Conditional Use Permit In 2006 the City Council passed an…

Environmental Commission has concerns about waste to gas facility

Letter to the editor: October 31, 2011 FROM: Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission (ESAC) RE: Creative Energy Systems (CES) Request for Conditional Use Permit In 2006 the City Council passed an…

Endorsements not fair (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) Well, it had to happen… those who think they are smarter, and somehow know more than you have rendered their decision as to just who you…

Old Media strikes again

(Op-ed by Matt Marquardt) The Old Media has struck again and made their endorsements for our local elections. We are all very lucky that these Old Media people, that are…

Albers 85 and still rolling

Albers 85 and still rolling

By Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Jacob Jackson nodded to Ed Albers as Jackson got ready to bowl a practice game at Rose Bowl. “Hey there, how’d you do…

Questions on proposed waste-to-gas plant

(Op-ed from JoAnn Hardy of Mason City) The main attraction of our city leaders to the proposed trash to energy plant appears to be the promise of 50 or so…

25th Annual Halloween Hike held at Lime Creek

25th Annual Halloween Hike held at Lime Creek

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center Foundation sponsored their twenty-fifth annual Halloween Hike at the Lime Creek Nature Center. It’s almost Halloween,…

MCPL’s “Food for Fines” food drive launches in November

MCPL’s “Food for Fines” food drive launches in November

MASON CITY – The Mason City Public Library wants to thank the community as we observe our first anniversary in our renovated building with a “Food for Fines” food drive…

Mason City man accused of forgery

Mason City man accused of forgery

MASON CITY – On Wednesday, October 26th, Mason City police arrested Monte Bitker, age 27, of 1708 Taft Ave South, Mason City after receiving a report of a suspicious subject…

Apartment house damaged by fire

Apartment house damaged by fire

MASON CITY – At approximately 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Mason City Firefighters were called to 504 1st Street NE. There was smoke visible, coming out the window and front door. The…

Younkers employee arrested for felony theft from store

Younkers employee arrested for felony theft from store

MASON CITY – Mason City police were summoned to Younkers Department Store at 102 South Delaware, in Mason City’s Southbridge Mall on a report of an employee theft shortly before…

Senator Ragan: A healthy state means a healthy economy

Senator Ragan: A healthy state means a healthy economy

From Senator Amanda Ragan – You may have heard about a new effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years. Our state ranks #19 right…

State ends fiscal year with $1 billion surplus

State ends fiscal year with $1 billion surplus

From State Rep. Sharon Steckman The fiscal year 2011 budget ended on June 30, 2011, but it took several months to settle accounts and finally close the books for the…

Your right to know: Criminal backgrounds of City Council candidates

MASON CITY – NorthIowaToday.com searched online criminal records available to the public for criminal records of all seven people looking to represent the people of Mason City in the upcoming…

Fire truck damaged by fire in corn field fire is under repair

MASON CITY – A Mason City fire truck was damaged on October 6th in a corn field fire near the IOOF Home. “The corn field stalk came up under the…

Repeated sex offender gets Beje Clark for felony 2nd offense residency restriction violations

Repeated sex offender gets Beje Clark for felony 2nd offense residency restriction violations

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, October 25th, David Dow was sentenced to 6 month at Beje Clark a local residence treatment center, Iowa sex offender registry for life, three years…

Free support option for families with children adopted from foster care

Free support option for families with children adopted from foster care

(From David A. Grooters, Mason City Attorney) The adoption of a child presents many challenges to families. For parents who have adopted their child out of the foster care system,…

City staff committee formed to research feasibility of multi-purpose arena

City staff committee formed to research feasibility of multi-purpose arena

MASON CITY – A committee to study the feasibility of a possible multi-purpose arena for downtown Mason City has been formed. The committee consists of city staff and was formed…

Hampton candidate forum held Thursday night, moderated by NIT

HAMPTON, IOWA – A candidate forum was held in Hampton Thursday night. At-large, third ward and mayoral candidates participated. The forum was sponsored by The Computer Guy, as well as…

Fugitive Arizona sex offender gets 45 days for sex offender registry violations here

Fugitive Arizona sex offender gets 45 days for sex offender registry violations here

MASON CITY – A man who originally would not identify himself the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies after his arrest for criminal trespass as NorthIowaToday.com reported on October 3rd was…

Repeat sex offender gets probation for felony registry violation

Repeat sex offender gets probation for felony registry violation

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, October 25th, Shawn Holmes of 201 Virginia Street in Mesrvey was sentenced to a 5 year suspended prison, an additional 10 years on the sex…

Cops nab three during traffic stop

Cops nab three during traffic stop

MASON CITY – At 3:10 a.m. Monday, October 24th, a Mason City Police Officer stopped to speak with three suspicious subjects in the parking lot of America’s Best Inn at…

Council and Alliant inch closer to franchise agreement

Council and Alliant inch closer to franchise agreement

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council met for a work session Tuesday night and seemed to inch closer on terms for a franchise agreement with Alliant Energy. A…

Contaminated grain should not be fed to wildlife

DES MOINES – In years with extremely dry weather farmers’ grain can be contaminated with aflatoxins. Aflatoxin is produced by a type of mold that, at certain levels, is harmful…

Ohl’s “Christmas is in the cans” is off to a fast start

MASON CITY – Christmas is in the cans has gotten off to a good start according to project coordinator Ozzie Ohl, founder of the OneManThinkTank, and Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank…

Plan “B” Boulevard (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) “The Load giveth & the Lord taketh away.” I am referring to the Park Inn Hotel; while the hotel is generating tourists which will increase measurably…

Tip leads to capture of escaped fugitive in Mason City

Tip leads to capture of escaped fugitive in Mason City

MASON CITY – Shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, October 5th, Mason City police received a tip that a fugitive wanted for escape from Beje Clark and numerous other criminal…

Welfare recipients should be drug tested

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by anonymous reader) Welfare recipients should be drug tested. This goes for people taking food stamps, welfare payments, unemployment, disability, any kind of handout from the government.…

DCI releases names of those involved in Forest City Shooting

DCI releases names of those involved in Forest City Shooting

FOREST CITY – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is now releasing the names of the officers involved in the October 20, 2011 shooting incident in Forest City, Iowa. The…

Ames police officer nearly run down by stolen vehicle, fires weapon

Ames police officer nearly run down by stolen vehicle, fires weapon

Ames – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is now releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting incident in Ames Friday night. The name of the…

Visit Mason City announces Tourism Marketing Award recipients

MASON CITY – Since 1996, Visit Mason City has financially assisted nearly two hundred groups and organizations to market their events and activities through the Visit Mason City Tourism Marketing…

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