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Ice fishing event to be held at Bluebill Wildlife Area on Jan. 11

Ice fishing event to be held at Bluebill Wildlife Area on Jan. 11

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – An Ice Fishing Event sponsored by the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center will be held on Saturday, January 11, from…

Americans think big government is biggest threat to country

Americans think big government is biggest threat to country

NIT – Forced purchase of health insurance. Drones. IRS prosecutions. Washington gridlock with sold-out politicians. Big government is here and doesn’t seem to be going away soon. Americans recognize big…

North Iowa rudely greeted with cold snap

North Iowa rudely greeted with cold snap

NIT – After a brief stint of unseasonably warm weather, North Iowa was slapped in the face with bitterly-cold temperatures again Sunday. A warm day was welcomed Saturday, as people…

UPDATED WITH CHARGES: Police discover underage drinking party in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police were called late Thursday to a south side location on a report of an illegally parked vehicle only to discover an underage drinking party. According to…

Wanted Mason City man removed from streets

Wanted Mason City man removed from streets

MASON CITY – Police removed a wanted man from the streets Saturday. Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s deputies encountered 24-year-old Timothy Dean Smith, Junior at Pennsylvania Avenue and 1st Street SE…

Meth carrier nabbed entering U.S.

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Thursday seized approximately $21,500 worth of methamphetamine concealed on the body of a pedestrian…

Christmas trees to be picked up in Mason City January 8th

MASON CITY – Christmas trees will be collected on one date this year in Mason City. The trees should be placed at the curbside prior to 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday,…

Russia suffers terrorist attack; 16 dead

VOLGOGRAD – Reports indicated Sunday that at least 16 people were killed and 30 or more injured after a female suicide bomber struck a railway station in the city of…

ISAF repors three soldiers killed by IED

KABUL, Afghanistan – Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following a suicide vehicle born improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. It is ISAF…

Director of National Economic Council blasts Congress for not renewing long-term unemployment benefits

From the Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling: As the President has repeatedly made clear, it defies economic sense, precedent and our values to allow 1.3 million Americans…

UNI beats Iona, 90-78

UNI beats Iona, 90-78

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team wrapped up its non-conference play with a 90-78 win over the Iona Gaels…

No. 14 Iowa State women 10-0 after 72-50 win over Holy Cross

No. 14 Iowa State women 10-0 after 72-50 win over Holy Cross

AMES – The No. 14 Iowa State women’s basketball team (10-0, 0-0 Big 12) continued its undefeated run with a 72-50 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders (7-3, 0-0 Patriot…

One dead after driver reaches into back seat, causes head-on collision

One dead after driver reaches into back seat, causes head-on collision

RURAL UNION COUNTY, IOWA – An apparent case of distracted driving has claimed the life of a young Iowa woman. According to the Iowa State Patrol, at about 3 PM…

Unemployment benefits expired for 1.3 million Americans today

Unemployment benefits expired for 1.3 million Americans today

NIT – Over a million Americans  – and nearly 4,000 Iowans – will lose unemployment benefits today as a federal program that cuts checks for the long-term out-of-work expired December…

Iowa celebrates birthday number 167 today

Iowa celebrates birthday number 167 today

NIT – The state of Iowa is 167 years old today. The state was founded in 1846 as the 29th state. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wished the state a happy…

Judge Weiland increases bond for Clear Lake man accused of two domestic assaults

Judge Weiland increases bond for Clear Lake man accused of two domestic assaults

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man is back in jail Saturday after a judge increased his bond after he was accused of two domestic assaults and felony burglary. Benjamin…

UN budget of $5.5 billion set for 2014-2015

UN budget of $5.5 billion set for 2014-2015

NEW YORK – The General Assembly today wrapped up its work for the main part of the 68th session by approving a budget of $5.5 billion for the United Nations…

Former cop pleads guilty to receipt of child pornography

COLUMBUS, OH – Stewart A. Miller, 48, of Sunbury, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of receipt of child pornography. Miller was a Columbus police…

Dangerous individuals arrested at Mexico border

Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested several felons recently including an individual convicted of homicide, an MS-13 gang member and sex offenders. A majority of the felons…

Lebanon: Security Council and UN officials condemn deadly Beirut bombing

NEW YORK – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the top United Nations envoy in Lebanon have strongly condemned the car bombing in Beirut today that killed former minister…

Civilians in strife-torn South Sudan fleeing to UN bases now number 63,000

Civilians in strife-torn South Sudan fleeing to UN bases now number 63,000

NEW YORK – Some 63,000 civilians have now sought refuge in United Nations bases in South Sudan as the UN peacekeeping mission there moves to reinforce its strength with troops…

City of Mason City claims, submitted 2013-12-26

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report, 12/26/2013 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————- ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 513.76 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E SUPPLIES 30.74 CAMPBELL SUPPLY CO MATERIAL 164.16 CENTRAL…

Border patrol continues busting criminals

Border patrol continues busting criminals

Tucson, Ariz. – Drug trafficking organizations do not take a holiday break and neither does the Border Patrol. While many citizens were doing last minute shopping before the holiday, Border…

Christmas not so merry for Mason City man after another alleged violent encounter

Christmas not so merry for Mason City man after another alleged violent encounter

MASON CITY – Police arrested a Mason City man for a domestic assault Christmas night even as he awaits a court date on a felony charge of domestic abuse. According…

North Iowa man faces several charges after fleeing cops

North Iowa man faces several charges after fleeing cops

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man fled a traffic stop Thursday on the city’s North End and was arrested as other law enforcement intervened. According to reports, Mason City…

Alleged drunk driver rolls car south of Clear Lake

Alleged drunk driver rolls car south of Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – A North Iowa man rolled his car Christmas night as a law enforcement officer looked on. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, on December 25th…

Golden Grain plans 10 megawatt power plant

Golden Grain plans 10 megawatt power plant

MASON CITY – Golden Grain Energy announced plans Thursday for a partnership with an out-of-state company for a 10 megawatt power plant in Mason City. According to the announcement, which…

UN hopes to have peacekeeping reinforcements in strife-torn South Sudan within 48 hours

UN hopes to have peacekeeping reinforcements in strife-torn South Sudan within 48 hours

NEW YORK – The United Nations hopes to have peacekeeping reinforcements on the ground in strife-torn South Sudan within the next 48 hours, including both troops and critical assets such…

Omaha man sentenced for operating interstate prostitution enterprise

OMAHA – United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Christopher J. Tierney was sentenced on December 23, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp to a term of…

Use of ‘barrel bombs’ decried in Syria

NEW YORK – As efforts intensify to bring the Syrian sides to a negotiating table in Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his grave concern about the continued…

Rocket attack kills at least 3, injures several at Iraq camp

CAMP HURRIYA, IRAQ – A rocket attack that killed at least three persons and injured several others Friday in Iraq was condemned by the United States and a United Nations…

Villagers eager for continued Afghan special operations presence

Villagers eager for continued Afghan special operations presence

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan special forces soldiers and commandos of the 9th Special Operations Kandak conducted patrols to disrupt insurgent activity Dec. 19 in Herat province’s Pashtun Zaghun district.…

President signs bill that “takes positive step forward” in possible closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility

President signs bill that “takes positive step forward” in possible closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility

“WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the President signed the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014,” which authorizes fiscal year 2014 appropriations for Department of Defense programs and military construction,…

Legislation introduced to rein in hidden fees in prepaid cards

Legislation introduced to rein in hidden fees in prepaid cards

WASHINGTON – At the height of the holiday shopping season, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) last week introduced the Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act Of 2013 to rein in hidden fees…

U.S. sending drones to Iraq to destroy Al Qaeda

U.S. sending drones to Iraq to destroy Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON – Reports Thursday indicated that the Iraqi government has requested American drones to help put down recent violent attacks from Al Qaeda forces. According to the Washington Post, Iraq…

Man killed on I-35 while chasing dog

Man killed on I-35 while chasing dog

WARREN COUNTY – A man was killed on Christmas day when a a van stuck him on the free way while chasing a dog. According to a report from the…

Is McDonald’s totally out of touch with its employees?

Is McDonald’s totally out of touch with its employees?

NIT – McDonald’s has yanked its infamous “McResource” employee website after a series of gaffes and anti-McDonald’s posts found their way to the site. The site was deigned to give…

Agriculture Secretary reports progress at the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday reported progress on a number of trade issues with China as a result of the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and…

Coming to a town near you? The “knockout game”

NIT – The hot new crime spreading across the country is called the “knockout game” and authorities – ranging from police to prosecutors to lawmakers – are attempting to battle…

No. 14 Iowa State defeats Boise State, 70-66, takes Diamond Head Classic title

No. 14 Iowa State defeats Boise State, 70-66, takes Diamond Head Classic title

Courtesy: cyclones.com – HONOLULU, Hawai’i – For the first time in school history, No. 14 Iowa State is 11-0 as the Cyclones battled from behind to defeat Boise State 70-66…