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Clear Lake collision cleaned up Friday morning

Clear Lake collision cleaned up Friday morning

CLEAR LAKE – A semi-truck and a pickup truck collided Friday morning on the southeast side of Clear Lake, causing a potential gas leak. The incident occurred around 7:45 AM…

NIACC basketball teams play at DMACC Saturday

NIACC basketball teams play at DMACC Saturday

BOONE – The No. 2 NIACC women’s basketball team (19-2 overall, 8-0 in the ICCAC) returns to action Saturday at DMACC in an ICCAC contest. Game time is set for…

Wrestling: No. 3 Hawkeyes top No. 19 Wildcats, 31-6

Wrestling: No. 3 Hawkeyes top No. 19 Wildcats, 31-6

EVANSTON, Ill. – Cory Clark and Tony Ramos opened with bonus points and the University of Iowa wrestling team won eight of 10 matches to defeat No. 19 Northwestern, 31-6,…

Chicago man who distributed thousands of grams of heroin in Waterloo area sentenced to prison

Chicago man who distributed thousands of grams of heroin in Waterloo area sentenced to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – The head of a heroin distribution conspiracy was sentenced January 30, 2014, to more than 27 years in federal prison. Dwayne Appling, 37, from Chicago, Illinois, received…

Former Agriprocessors manager sentenced to 3 years in prison

Former Agriprocessors manager sentenced to 3 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – Former Agriprocessors’, Inc., manager Hosam Amara was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison. Amara, age 49, received the prison term after an August…

Manly woman indicted by feds on meth conspiracy

Manly woman indicted by feds on meth conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – Another North Iowan is in hot water for allegedly selling methamphetamine. According to a grand jury indictment, Briana Elise Sabby, age 28, stands accused of selling methamphetamine…

The war to end all wars: 100 years ago

The war to end all wars: 100 years ago

Story by Cpl. Sarah Cherry – One hundred years ago today, the world was in the calm before the whirling storm of World War I. Few suspected the raging war…

Iowa officials take additional action to ease burden of propane shortage

Iowa officials take additional action to ease burden of propane shortage

DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad today declared a proclamation of disaster and energy emergency due to the record high demand for propane throughout the upper Midwest.  This Proclamation of Disaster…

First stage of Syrian peace talks in Geneva end

First stage of Syrian peace talks in Geneva end

GENEVA – Syrian Government and opposition delegates today wrapped up what United Nations officials hope will be just the first stage of talks to end the country’s civil war, with…

Iowa Firefighters Association meets with legislators at the capitol

Iowa Firefighters Association meets with legislators at the capitol

DES MOINES – The Iowa Firefighter’s Association, along with Mason City Fire Chief Bob Platts, met with legislators in Des Moines this week. Wednesday morning, the Iowa Firefighters Association along…

Three North Iowa residents indicted by feds for meth-selling conspiracy

Three North Iowa residents indicted by feds for meth-selling conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – Three persons who have lived in and around Mason City for years have been indicted by federal authorities on charges related to selling methamphetamine. George Perry, age…

Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, others to perform in Forest City in May

FOREST CITY – It was announced Friday that a major music event will be coming to Forest City in May. The Tree Town Country Music Festival has been set for…

Grassley plans to vote against new Farm Bill (VIDEO)

Grassley plans to vote against new Farm Bill (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON – This week negotiations on the farm and nutrition bill came to a close. After two years, the House of Representatives passed the bill on Wednesday by a vote…

5 Iowa men sentenced to nearly 44 years combined for trading child pornography

5 Iowa men sentenced to nearly 44 years combined for trading child pornography

DES MOINES – Five men in southern Iowa were sentenced recently in separate prosecutions to nearly 44 years in prison combined for their unrelated roles in trading online child pornography.…

Harkin announces $7.4 million in low-income heating assistance for Iowans

Harkin announces $7.4 million in low-income heating assistance for Iowans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), announced today that Iowa will receive $7,419,062 million from the U.S. Department of Human Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy…

Charles City man headed to prison as felony charges dismissed

Charles City man headed to prison as felony charges dismissed

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man is going to prison after pleading guilty to felony assault causing injury. Barry Jerome Holden, age 29, plead guilty on January 13th, 2014…

Board says kidnapping crimes in Iowa should be met with stiffer penalties

Board says kidnapping crimes in Iowa should be met with stiffer penalties

DES MOINES – An Iowa board of criminal justice officials has recommended stiffer penalties for kidnapping offenses here in Iowa. In July 2012 the Iowa Legislative Council requested the Public…

Mason City to host Great Iowa Tractor Ride

DES MOINES – WHO-Radio announced Friday that the 2014 Great Iowa Tractor Ride will be based in Mason City. The announcement was made during the Announcement Party held at the…

UN report: Human cause of global warming is near certainty

UN report: Human cause of global warming is near certainty

NEW YORK – Global warming is unequivocal, human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, already at levels not seen in…

Skate with the Waldorf College Warriors night planned

Skate with the Waldorf College Warriors night planned

FOREST CITY – Waldorf College’s annual Skate with the Warriors night will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Albert Lea City Arena. Community members are…

Calls for observance of Olympic Truce made leading up to Sochi games

NEW YORK – – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling on everyone engaged in armed hostilities to lay down their weapons and cease…

Hawkeyes look to get back on track in road match-up with Illinois

Hawkeyes look to get back on track in road match-up with Illinois

IOWA CITY – Iowa will have to find a way to win on the road in a place where they have enjoyed little success, as they tangle with Illinois Saturday…

Sex trafficker sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison

Sex trafficker sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa Bay man was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years, nine months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on sex trafficking and drug charges.…

Cyclone men set for tip-off Saturday against Oklahoma

Cyclone men set for tip-off Saturday against Oklahoma

AMES – Iowa State will host Oklahoma Saturday afternoon in a top 25 showdown. No. 16 Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) matches up No. 23 Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) Saturday afternoon at…

UNI tops Evansville, 95-81

UNI tops Evansville, 95-81

Courtesy UNI Athletics Communications – CEDAR FALLS – It was a record-breaking night for the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team as the Panthers swept the season series against…

Bond Shymansky named Iowa Volleyball Head Coach

Bond Shymansky named Iowa Volleyball Head Coach

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta has announced Bond Shymansky as the new head coach of the Hawkeye volleyball program. Shymansky, a UI alum…

Iowa DOT expanding use of cameras to show road conditions

Iowa DOT expanding use of cameras to show road conditions

AMES – One of the most important safety factors in an Iowa winter is the ability to judge travel conditions when making a decision on whether or not to take…

Iowa man sentenced for meth dealing

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced January 8, 2014, to ten years in federal prison. Leroy Raffaelli, 44, from Sheldon, Iowa, received the prison…

Secretary of State John Kerry presents awards for corporate excellence

WASHINGTON – On January 29, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Fruit of the Loom in Honduras, Plantronics…

Suicidal Worth county man involved in standoff with police surrenders

WORTH COUNTY – A North Iowa man help police at bay Thursday night before harming himself with a knife. On Thursday shortly before noon, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office recieved…

Violent Iowa felon chased, caught by Charles City police

Violent Iowa felon chased, caught by Charles City police

CHARLES CITY – A convicted felon refused to stop his vehicle for a Charles City police officer earlier this week and was eventually caught and arrested. According to police, on…

Mason City woman who stole shoes from Kohl’s arrested

Mason City woman who stole shoes from Kohl’s arrested

MASON CITY – Police picked up a wanted Mason City woman Tuesday. Cerro Gordo deputies went to a residence in the 500 block of 8th Street SE and arrested Joleen Francis…

Iowa man, allegedly drunk, crashes car with three children inside

Iowa man, allegedly drunk, crashes car with three children inside

CASS COUNTY – An Iowa man faces a pile of serious charges after an alleged drunk driving incident that involved three children inside the vehicle According to the Cass County…

Iowa City police add “fat bike” … should Mason City follow?

Iowa City police add “fat bike” … should Mason City follow?

NIT – In the never-ending effort to catch fleet-footed, cunning crooks, law enforcement continues to improvise, adapt and overcome. In the progressive-minded city of Iowa City, the police department in…

Off-duty Iowa DCI agent stops attempted robbery

Off-duty Iowa DCI agent stops attempted robbery

ATLANTIC – A robbery was foiled Thursday morning by a DCI agent who happened to be at the scene. On January 29, 2014, at approximately 8:40 p.m, Brady Thomas Salberg,…

Justin Bieber becoming bad boy: Are you a fan?

Justin Bieber becoming bad boy: Are you a fan?

NIT – Drag Racing.  Assault. Resisting arrest.  Smoking weed.  Popping Xanax.  Rude behavior to concert-goers. All-Canadian teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, a phenom since he debuted in 2009, has gone…

Names released in fatal fire that claimed lives of five Iowans

Names released in fatal fire that claimed lives of five Iowans

ARLINGTON, IOWA – It was confirmed Thursday that five persons died in a fire last Friday, January 24th, near Arlington, Iowa. Today, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received official word…

Sen. Ragan: Boosting student achievement is vital to middle class

Sen. Ragan: Boosting student achievement is vital to middle class

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Boosting student achievement is essential for building a high-skill, high-wage economy and strengthening Iowa’s middle class. However, it’ll be hard to reach that goal if…

Iowa Dem’s: Repair holes in Iowa’s safety net for troubled children; Increase effectiveness, stability, and quality of Iowa efforts

Iowa Dem’s: Repair holes in Iowa’s safety net for troubled children; Increase effectiveness, stability, and quality of Iowa efforts

DES MOINES – House and Senate lawmakers have filed legislation to fundamentally reform the way Iowa helps all troubled Iowa children, especially girls. The legislation takes immediate steps to repair…

Charles City teen Cody Darrell sends letter to be published

Charles City teen Cody Darrell sends letter to be published

NIT – The following letter was sent to our PO Box. It is signed by Cody Darrell, a Charles City teen who has been missing for some time. We cannot…

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