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Mason City police seek subject on multiple charges

MASON CITY – The Mason City police department is seeking assistance from the public to locate a subject on the following charges: – Aggravated domestic assault – Willful injury assault…

UPDATE: Wanted subject Smed, “bragging” in Waterloo, apprehended

UPDATE: Wanted subject Smed, “bragging” in Waterloo, apprehended

A wanted subject was in custody as of 5:49 am Wednesday morning. At about 1:41 am, Waterloo police were called to Casey’s Pub in Waterloo where a male subject was…

Holidays (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) It’s that time again, how fast it seems to get here each year. To me this season is laden  with stress and lets not forget anxiety.…

Curries lets more employees go

Curries lets more employees go

A source has told NorthIowaToday.com that Curries Inc. in Mason City has laid off more employees Wednesday. “Just heard from 2 sources – whole bunch let go again (old timers)…

Group making improvements to Georgia Hanford Park

Group making improvements to Georgia Hanford Park

MASON CITY – The Georgia Hanford Neighborhood is starting the next phase of it’s park improvement project. On Friday, November 25, River City Fence removed part of the 40 year…

Harkin Welcomes USDA Disaster Declaration for 25 Iowa Counties

Harkin Welcomes USDA Disaster Declaration for 25 Iowa Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a disaster declaration to assist Iowa farmers who have suffered losses…

Wells Fargo gives back to community this holiday season

Wells Fargo gives back to community this holiday season

MASON CITY – Wells Fargo is giving back to the community this holiday season. The downtown branch, located at 10 North Washington Avenue in downtown Mason City, is participating in…

Altercation between inmates leads to assault charge

Altercation between inmates leads to assault charge

MASON CITY – Shortly after 9pm on Saturday, November 26th, two inmates were involved in an altercation in the mens general population area of the Cerro Gordo County Jail. Jail…

Mason City Airport gets Great Lakes Aviation as new carrier

Mason City Airport gets Great Lakes Aviation as new carrier

Effective Period: Two-year period beginning when Great Lakes begins full EAS at each of these communities through the 24th month thereafter. Service: 24 nonstop round trips per week to Minneapolis…

More from Black Friday in Mason City

More from Black Friday in Mason City

By Jody Spear MASON CITY – The Koob family was in the holiday shopping spirit. They were wearing Elf hats while they shopped and even had a Head Elf to…

Hormel employees get nice profit-sharing bonuses

More than $16.5 million distributed in the 73rd consecutive year of the program AUSTIN, Minn., —  Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) on Wednesday distributed its annual profit sharing of more…

Out to lunch: Congress concludes pizza is a vegetable

McClatchy-Tribune News Service The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News: ——— As if anyone needed it, Congress last week offered further evidence that it’s out to lunch.…

Fairgrounds (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children)) There are as many versions of what to do with the Fairgrounds as there are people living in this county.  That is healthy and shows interest…

Dubuque Elementary School Principal Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—The former principal of Sageville Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, who produced child pornography by secretly videotaping students in the boys’ bathroom at the school, was sentenced Monday…

Photo of the day: Mannequin head found

Photo of the day: Mannequin head found

A reader took a picture of this Mannequin head she found in a wooded area of Mason City.  Needless to say, from a distance, the head looks quite disturbing.  Was…

Community college enrollment declines slightly

Fall enrollment at Iowa’s 15 community colleges decreased slightly for the first time since 1994, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Education. This fall’s…

Health violations

Violations By Establishment Report Criteria: Establishment Status:Active, Contract:Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Start Date:10/1/2011, End Date:10/31/2011 Report Date : 11/23/2011 Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Cerro…

Mason City selected as a Blue Zone applicant

MASON CITY – Mason City has been selected as an applicant to become a Blue Zone community. From Mayor Eric Bookmeyer: “Congratulations Mason City!  Thank you all so much for…

Then & Now (by Peter Children)

My vision of this city reaches far back to another time, a time that was gentler and outwardly less complex. Please don’t get the wrong impression of this small farming…

Mason City man gets probation in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets probation in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – On Monday Clyde Parker, age 35, of Mason City was sentenced to five years of probation after plea bargaining to one of three possessions with intent to…

Mason City woman gets extended probation for felony prescription drug distribution

Mason City woman gets extended probation for felony prescription drug distribution

MASON CITY – On Monday, Janelle Rammelsberg, age 28 of Mason City, was sentenced to an extension of her probation by three years after a negotiated voluntary guilty plea for…

Mason City man gets probation in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets probation in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – On Monday Clyde Parker, age 35, of Mason City was sentenced to five years of probation after plea bargaining to one of three possessions with intent to…

Iowa Economy Gains 2,300 Jobs in October

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 6.0 percent in October, while the number of unemployed dropped below 100,000 for the first time since November 2009.…

Fire reported at Cargill Monday morning

Fire reported at Cargill Monday morning

MASON CITY – A fire was reported at Cargill Kitchen Solutions in Mason City, located at 1750 South Benjamin Avenue, at about 10:00 am. Click here to view photos. Mason…

FDIC closes Iowa bank

DES MOINES – Polk County Bank, of Johnston, Iowa, was closed on Friday, November 18th by the Iowa Division of Banking, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as…

Harkin Announces Over $1.1 Million for Belmond Sewer Restructuring

Harkin Announces Over $1.1 Million for Belmond Sewer Restructuring

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced Friday that the City of Belmond has been awarded a grant of $1,151,250 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management…

New Iowa Economic Development Authority Board Awards Incentives to Create up to 142 New Iowa Jobs

November 21, 2011 (DES MOINES, IA) – At its second official board meeting, the new Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved awards today that will create up to 142…

Driving mis-hap Sunday at Hy-Vee East’s front door

Driving mis-hap Sunday at Hy-Vee East’s front door

Story by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At approximately 10:45am Sunday morning, there was a report to authorities of a lady who had seemingly attempted to drive her red…

Walking bridge gets some needed repairs

Walking bridge gets some needed repairs

By Jody Spear – MASON CITY – The Mason City Parks Department is completing work on the walking bridge north of Big Black, just west of South Pierce Avenue. The…

Mason City School Annual Report to the Community

From the Mason City School District: Our Mason City educators have been working deliberately toward getting all of our children and students to mastery levels in reading and in math.…

War on terrorism: No time to ease up

By Mike Brownfield, The Heritage Foundation – The killing of Osama bin Laden was a hard-won victory for the United States. But the gains made that day, and in waging…

Help children receive a Christmas gift today at Willlowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – The public is invited to Willowbrook Mall today (Saturday, November 19th) to help children less fortunate receive a Christmas Gift. A Christmas Tree will be decorated with…

Occupy Wall Street not what it appears to be

(Op-ed by Otis Lewis) While America is in the season of change, we need a thread that binds. The Occupy minions have no such thread. Equally important is that Occupy…

Additional Details: Law Enforcement Seek Wanted Subject

Additional Details: Law Enforcement Seek Wanted Subject

Emmetsburg, IOWA — The Emmetsburg Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking assistance from the public in locating James Michael Pietrarosso. Pietrarosso is a 32 years…

Judge Penalizes Forest City Cattle Producer for Manure Discharge

GARNER – A Hancock County judge Tuesday penalized a Forest City cattle producer $10,000 following an illegal discharge of manure last year from his cattle feedlot operation into a tributary…

Mason City man heading to prison after 12th public intoxication

Mason City man heading to prison after 12th public intoxication

On Wednesday, November 16th, Michael Cabrera Jr., age 33 of Mason City had a two year suspended prison sentence imposed after being found guilty less than a month into probation.…

“Home for the Holidays” enjoyed by all at Southbridge Mall

“Home for the Holidays” enjoyed by all at Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – The annual “Home for the Holidays” was held at the Southbridge Mall Thursday night.  The festivities were enough to bring out the holiday spirit in anyone. Click…

Steckmann announces intention to run for re-election

Steckmann announces intention to run for re-election

MASON CITY – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City Thursday night announced that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House in the new House District 53, which includes…

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported domestic assault and child endangerment incident on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The reported incident alleges that Christopher Heyden…

Steckman announces intention to run for re-election

Mason City, Iowa — State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City Thursday night announced that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House in the new House District 53, which…

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