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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…

Get Smart About Antibiotics

DES MOINES – To bring attention to the growing world-wide problem of antibiotic resistance, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the CDC in observing Get Smart About Antibiotics…

North Iowans sound off on “Great American Smokeout” day

North Iowans sound off on “Great American Smokeout” day

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At the Southbridge Mall Thursday evening, Theresa Simon, who works with the Department of Human Services, was helping promote the Great American Smokeout.…

“Twilight” movie excites North Iowans; wait hours to get tickets

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Jessica Dewitt was the first person in line for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1”. “I was here to get my sister…

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

NORA SPRINGS – Shortly after 4pm on Wednesday a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy made traffic stop west of Nora Springs near the corner of HWY 18 and 265th street.…

Question and answer session held on proposed energy plant

MASON CITY – A question and answer session was held on a proposed energy plant that Creative Energy Systems wants to build on Mason City’s south side. CES gave a…

Is pizza a vegetable? Congress will decide

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Buried in a thick spending bill before Congress that must be approved to prevent a government shutdown is one line dealing with…

Two accidents on South Federal Ave. Thursday morning

MASON CITY – Approximately 9:15 this morning, the Mason City Police Department was dispatched to a three vehicle accident at 6th Street and South Federal. Click here to view photos.…

Two accidents on South Federal Ave. Thursday morning

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Approximately 9:15 this morning, the Mason City Police Department was dispatched to a three vehicle accident at 6th Street and South Federal. Click…

Today is 36th annual Great American Smokeout

History of the Great American Smokeout, from cancer.org: Not long ago, nonsmoking airplane passengers had no choice but to breathe clouds of smoke as other passengers lit up cigarettes in…

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – Paul Dunbar, of Mason City, was sentenced this week to ten years in prison after plea bargaining to one possessions with intent to deliver methamphetamine charge. As…

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – On Monday Paul Dunbar, of Mason City, was sentenced to ten years in prison after plea bargaining to one possessions with intent to deliver methamphetamine charge. As…

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

NORA SPRINGS – Shortly after 4pm on Wednesday a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy made traffic stop west of Nora Springs near the corner of HWY 18 and 265th street.…

U.S. seeks to double average gas mileage

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has proposed landmark fuel economy standards that would almost double the average gas mileage for each automaker’s passenger…

Question and answer meeting held on proposed energy plant

MASON CITY – A question and answer session was held on a proposed energy plant that Creative Energy Systems wants to build on Mason City’s south side. CES gave a…

Volunteers recognized for their service to the community

Volunteers recognized for their service to the community

MASON CITY – The 9th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Banquet was held at the MacNider Art Museum Salsbury room on November 16, 2011. Nearly 40 volunteers were recognized for their…

Increased enforcement of traffic around school buses on the way

MASON CITY – In the near future, the Mason City Police Department will be partnering with the Mason City School District to look for violations such as the unsafe passing…

Mason City City Council recognizes officers again

Mason City City Council recognizes officers again

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council recognized a team of emergency responders and police officers for their heroics. (See photo, right.) Each professional was given a certificate for…

Northwood man wins $50,000 lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Northwood man was on his way to work when he decided to stop for a “MONOPOLYTM” scratch ticket and ended up winning a top prize…

Charity basketball game to be held Tuesday night at the Mohawk gym

MASON CITY – The Mason City Mohawks’ and North Butler Bearcats’ JV & Varsity Girls’ Basketball teams will square off inside Mohawk Gym tonight 6:30 p.m. The Iowa Hall of…

Mitchell County receives disaster declaration from USDA

DES MOINES – The Office of Gov. Branstad has received notification that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted Gov. Branstad’s request for a disaster declaration for Mitchell…

Mason City City Council to meet Tuesday evening

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council will meet Tuesday evening, 7:00pm, at the Mason City Library in the Mason City Room. On the agenda is a Certificate of…

Spencer man admits to receiving child pornography

SIOUX CITY – A man who received child pornography pled guilty today in federal court in Sioux City. Justin Funck, age 27, of Spencer, Iowa, was convicted of one count…

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark for car theft

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark for car theft

MASON CITY – Shawn Armstrong, age 38, of Mason City was sentenced to a residential treatment program at Beje Clark by Judge Colleen Weiland in Cerro Gordo County District court…

FBI Releases 2010 Hate Crime Statistics

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released Hate Crime Statistics, 2010 based on information submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. These data indicate that 6,628 criminal…

Gingrich: ‘Dramatic change’ needed in Washington

Gingrich: ‘Dramatic change’ needed in Washington

by Joe Buttweiler, photos by Steve Waechter. SHEFFIELD – Saying he wants to be known as the paycheck president instead of a food stamp president, former U.S. Speaker of the…

Op-ed: Risky Business (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) When I write an opinion I first  put on hip boots because I know I am going to have to get down and roll around  with…

Mediacom to raise rates effective December 15th

Mediacom to raise rates effective December 15th

MASON CITY – The folowing letter was sent to the City of Mason City from cable TV and internet provider Mediacom:…

River City’s Dames of Anarchy’s first roller derby bout was a hit

River City’s Dames of Anarchy’s first roller derby bout was a hit

MASON CITY – Who would have expected the spectacular turnout the River City “Dames of Anarchy” had Saturday night for their first bout? A half hour before it was to…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors meeting, November 15, 2011

MASON CITY – Watch video of Cerro Gordo County Supervisor’s meeting from November 15th, 2011: Agenda is here.  …

North Iowa’s own “dog whisperer”

North Iowa’s own “dog whisperer”

MASON CITY – North Iowa has its own “dog whisperer.” His name is Craig Markham (pictured, right), and he is the owner and manager of “The Dog Whisperer” located at…

Dietz, Hampton’s new mayor, wants to focus on private property issues

Dietz, Hampton’s new mayor, wants to focus on private property issues

HAMPTON – “Private citizens must take back their rightful place as leaders.” When calling Shawn Dietz, he is a very busy man, but he took the time to give a…

Iowa law says public servants can be removed from office just for being intoxicated (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) There has been much bantering these past days about drinking to excess in public and the ramifications of this behavior. Talk is cheap, it takes money…

Servantez says “get behind our new city council”

Servantez says “get behind our new city council”

MASON CITY – Sandy Servantez, a candidate for the at-large city council race who came in second place to Alex Kuhn, asked NorthIowaToday.com to print this: “I can’t believe all…

$778,500 in Vision Iowa Grants awarded to Iowa communities

DES MOINES – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $778,500 in grants to a year-round public market in Cedar Rapids and a library expansion project in Rippey. The grants were approved…

Downtown parking lot will not be paved after all

Downtown parking lot will not be paved after all

MASON CITY – An update on the parking lot at 3rd Street NE and North Delaware from City Administrator Brent Trout: “The City has run in to an unexpected issue…

MCPL holds Supernatural Presentation

MCPL holds Supernatural Presentation

MASON CITY – Yes, The Mystery Machine was outside the Mason City Public Library this past Saturday. It was not Scooby Doo and the Gang, but the Supernatural Research Society…

Branstad names Schouten as new head of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today named Mark Schouten as the new head of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, replacing Brig. Gen. Derek Hill,…

The tavern door is still agape (by Peter Children)

It is what it is. “And lately by the tavern door agape, Came stealing through the dusk an angel shape, bearing a vessel on his shoulder; and he bid me…

CES provides answers to questions in the community ahead of public meeting

CES provides answers to questions in the community ahead of public meeting

MASON CITY – Creative Energy Systems’ (CES) CEO Joe Yavorski has provided a list of questions and answers to the community regarding its proposed waste to energy plant that would…

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