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Mason City woman under supervision arrested for theft

Mason City woman under supervision arrested for theft

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman fresh out of jail on December 11th on felony forgery charges was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Saturday on new…

Report details death of Cedar Rapids inmate

Linn County, IOWA — In an effort to assist with wide dissemination, the Iowa Department of Public Safety is releasing a report on behalf of the Linn County Attorney. This…

Grassley Good Government Amendment Clears Senate

Grassley Good Government Amendment Clears Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said that his amendment to require the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to identify and relocate vehicles based at their Washington, D.C.…

Iowa Wrestling — Cory Clark advances to semifinals at Midlands Championships

Iowa Wrestling — Cory Clark advances to semifinals at Midlands Championships

EVANSTON, Ill. – University of Iowa freshmen Cory Clark advanced to the semifinals of the 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships today on the Northwestern campus. Clark, the No. 3…

Drunk felon arrested on warrants

Drunk felon arrested on warrants

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and convicted felon was arrested Friday after police received a report of a drunken man walking down the street. Robert Alan Blau, 30,…

Clear Lake man leads law enforcement on chase Saturday

Clear Lake man leads law enforcement on chase Saturday

CLEAR LAKE – Details are still emerging on a pursuit Saturday morning that began on Interstate 35 and ended in Clear Lake. According to reports, a green Honda Civic with…

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa joins the Iowans for Tax Fairness Coalition

Des Moines, Iowa – Progress Iowa announced today that the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC Iowa) is joining the Iowans for Tax Fairness coalition, becoming the…

Man who escaped sex abuse charge picked up for third probation violation

Man who escaped sex abuse charge picked up for third probation violation

MASON CITY – A man who escaped a sex abuse charge was picked up for his third probation violation within the last seven months. Andrew Lloyd Spurgeon, 20, originally from…

India gang rape victim has died

NEW DELHI – Protestors packed streets in India as the female victim of a gang rape on a public bus has died. It has been reported that the six men…

Don’t forget to remove snow from your sidewalks… city may assess costs

Don’t forget to remove snow from your sidewalks… city may assess costs

MASON CITY – Mason City residents need to remove snow from their sidewalks within 48 hours of snowfall. Mason City code references Iowa code, which states that the “property owner…

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

SPRINGFIELD, MO—David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Carthage, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for the sexual exploitation…

McCaffery: “We are going to have to play mistake free basketball” to beat Indiana

McCaffery: “We are going to have to play mistake free basketball” to beat Indiana

IOWA CITY – Coach Fran McCaffery and his Iowa Hawkeyes are preparing for a New Year’s Eve showdown with the 5th ranked Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be played in…

Petition seeks to classify Westboro Baptist Church as hate group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A White House petition created only a couple of weeks ago with nearly 300,000 signatures seeks to have the Obama Administration recognize the controversial Westboro Baptist Church…

Obama: Congress Must Protect the Middle Class from Income Tax Hike

Obama: Congress Must Protect the Middle Class from Income Tax Hike

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his weekly address, President Obama urges Congress to meet its deadlines and responsibilities, protect the middle class from an income tax hike, and lay the groundwork…

FTC Issues Dodd-Frank Report to Congress, Focused on Debit Card Transactions

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress explaining steps the agency has taken in connection with new rules on debit card transactions that were put in place last…

Health Department Announces Increase in Flu-like Illness Activity in the County

Health Department Announces Increase in Flu-like Illness Activity in the County

(Mason City) — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has seen a significant increase of residents reporting influenza-like illness symptoms over the past week. “We have procedures in…

Obama: “Good and constructive discussion” held Friday with Congressional leaders on avoiding cliff

Obama: “Good and constructive discussion” held Friday with Congressional leaders on avoiding cliff

Remarks by President Barack Obama on Friday’s meeting with Congressioanl leaders on avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff”: THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. For the past couple of months, I’ve been…

U.N. Secretary-General remarks on the events of 2012

U.N. Secretary-General remarks on the events of 2012

NEW YORK – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the following remarks at year-end press conference last week: ——- Good morning. It is a great pleasure to see you . I…

“Smart power” diplomatic tool sends American music group overseas to perform

“Smart power” diplomatic tool sends American music group overseas to perform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A vision from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has helped send an American music group overseas to perform. Part of American Music Abroad, the U.S. Department of…

Iowans to protest at Senator Grassley’s offices around the state on Sunday

Des Moines, Iowa – On Sunday, December 30th at 2 p.m., Progress Iowa and local activists will join Iowa taxpayers at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines,…

U.S. reacts to Russia’s new law banning adoptions of its children by Americans

U.S. reacts to Russia’s new law banning adoptions of its children by Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department on Friday reacted to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing into law the Yakovlev Act, a ban on American adoptions of Russian Children. “We…

Voting rights application for Iowa felons streamlined by Branstad

Voting rights application for Iowa felons streamlined by Branstad

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday announced the streamlining of restoration of voting rights application. The announcement of a streamlined process comes…

NIACC women open Illinois Central tournament with win

NIACC women open Illinois Central tournament with win

PEORIA, Ill. – The NIACC women’s basketball team topped South Suburban College 68-55 in the opening round of the Illinois Central tournament on Friday. Freshman Jessica Rogers led NIACC with…

Syrian transitional government called for by U.N. and others

NEW YORK – Calling for “real change” in Syria, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the war-torn country, Lakhdar Brahimi, said…

Temporary Suspension of U.S. Embassy Bangui Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department announced Friday that it had suspended operations in an African country due to security concerns there: The U.S. Embassy in Bangui temporarily suspended…

Clear Lake police say 10 year old boy saved friend’s life after falling into icy lake

Clear Lake police say 10 year old boy saved friend’s life after falling into icy lake

From Clear Lake Police – An 11 year old Clear Lake boy fell into the icy water Friday as he and a 10 year old buddy approached the open water…

Mason City man held in connection with child’s death

Mason City man held in connection with child’s death

MASON CITY -A Mason City man is being held in connection with the death of a child. Kenneth Leroy Adams, 29, is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail…

November Pending Home Sales Rise Again

WASHINGTON (December 28, 2012) – Pending home sales increased in November for the third straight month and reached the highest level in two-and-a-half years, according to the National Association of…

President to host Congressional leaders Friday in hopes of reaching last-ditch fiscal cliff compromise

President to host Congressional leaders Friday in hopes of reaching last-ditch fiscal cliff compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama is set to host a meeting Friday of bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate at the Oval Office. Vice President Joe Biden will also…

Statement from the President on the Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf

With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, we’ve lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States…

Activity reported at Decorah eagle’s nest

Activity reported at Decorah eagle’s nest

DECORAH – The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) reported Friday that a red-tailed hawk made an appearance at the original eagle’s nest in Decorah on Thursday. Officials with the non-profit group,…

Northern Iowa man killed in one vehicle accident Wednesday

Northern Iowa man killed in one vehicle accident Wednesday

WEST BEND, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man was killed in a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. Robert John Klepper, 72, of West Bend, was traveling eastbound on County Road…

Mason City man arrested for 7th public intoxication violation

Mason City man arrested for 7th public intoxication violation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested for public intoxication on Wednesday, December 26th. Yann Lem, 56, was picked up by Mason City police on Wednesday and charged…

Youth Center prepares for 12th annual New Year’s Eve party

Youth Center prepares for 12th annual New Year’s Eve party

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Youth Center is preparing for its 12th annual New Year’s Eve party, set for Monday, December 31st. Youth Center Director Regan Banks was busy…

Proposed reconstruction of I-35 in Warren County to be discussed Jan. 10

Proposed reconstruction of I-35 in Warren County to be discussed Jan. 10

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 27, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, to discuss proposed reconstruction of Interstate 35 from approximately…

Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

United States General Norman Schwarzkopf, who lead the United States to victory in the second Iraq war which began in 2003, has died at age 78. Statement by Defense Secretary Leon…

Former Countrywide and NCB Loan Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for His Participation in Large-Scale Mortgage Fraud Scheme

TAMPA—U.S. District Judge Virginia Covington today sentenced former loan officer Mark W. Leetzow (44, Sarasota) to one year and one day in federal prison for his role in a mortgage…

Progress Iowa delivers petitions to Grassley’s offices

Des Moines, Iowa – Progress Iowa and local activists joined Iowa taxpayers on Thursday at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo to deliver…

Woman Arrested for Lying to Federal Agents Investigating Newtown Fundraising Fraud

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,…

Propane Safety and Winter Weather

Des Moines, Iowa — Extreme cold, sleet, and ice may all be part of winter, but being unprepared for them shouldn’t be. If your home or business uses propane to…