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Mission accomplished? Corridor CEO Willett resigns

Mission accomplished? Corridor CEO Willett resigns

MASON CITY – A political insider informed NIT this afternoon that North Iowa Corridor CEO  Brent Willett has resigned. The source said that Willett is taking a job in Southern…

Candidates for Cerro Gordo Board of Supervisors are set

Candidates for Cerro Gordo Board of Supervisors are set

MASON CITY – The following candidates have officially filed papers to run for Cerro Gordo Supervisor, District 2, to replace Bob Amosson who declined to run again: Republican Party Casey…

Board rules that college football players are employees, not just students

Board rules that college football players are employees, not just students

NIT – In what may be another step in the direction of college football players getting paid dollars and not just tuition, room and board, a ruling was handed down…

Fire at Curries sends workers home

Fire at Curries sends workers home

MASON CITY – A fire today at the Curries door plant on 12th Street NW evacuated the building. The fire was reported at around 10 AM Wednesday morning.  Sources told…

Opinion: Know risks of circumcision

From Larissa Black of Ames, Iowa – Circumcision is a taboo topic in our society, even though 56% of infant boys are circumcised within the first few days of life…

NFL (No Fun League) bans goalpost slam dunks after touchdowns

NFL (No Fun League) bans goalpost slam dunks after touchdowns

NIT – Now being hailed as the “No Fun League”, the NFL has banned the uber-popular practice of the goalpost slam dunk. The NFL said this week that dunking the…

Arrest made in 2009 Sac City homicide

ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA – On March 25th, 2014, officers with the Sac City, Iowa, Police Department and agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation interviewed and arrested John David…

FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

The United States has a solemn commitment to the collective defense of all NATO allies.  As has been true since we signed the Washington Treaty in 1949, we will respond…

Harkin: Health reform has brought savings, free services to thousands of Iowans

Harkin: Health reform has brought savings, free services to thousands of Iowans

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), one of the authors of the Affordable Care Act(ACA), last week applauded the news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) that…

Rockford man arrested on six felony counts of sexual abuse of a child

Rockford man arrested on six felony counts of sexual abuse of a child

MASON CITY – A Rockford man working in Mason City as a mechanic was picked up March 15th in downtown Mason City on a swath of sexual abuse charges involving…

Harkin, six Senate Democrats call on FDA to regulate e-cigarettes

Harkin, six Senate Democrats call on FDA to regulate e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Amidst mounting evidence that the emerging market of new nicotine delivery products poses serious public health and consumer protection issues, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health,…

Greenland provides UN chief first-hand look at impacts of climate change

Greenland provides UN chief first-hand look at impacts of climate change

GREENLAND – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saw first-hand the impacts of climate change during a visit Wednesday to Greenland, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating. “I am just overwhelmed…

Security Council condemns Yemen terrorist attack

NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council condemned the recent attack in Hadramawt, Yemen, in which 20 soldiers were killed, reaffirming that all acts of terrorism are criminal, and…

Iowa State researchers find that violent video games make children agressive

Iowa State researchers find that violent video games make children agressive

AMES – Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study…

Metal detectors to greet spectators at Target Field

Metal detectors to greet spectators at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins today announced they will begin using walk-through metal detectors at Target Field starting with the Home Opener on Monday, April 7 against the Oakland Athletics.…

Congressman Braley apologizes for harsh criticism of Grassley

Congressman Braley apologizes for harsh criticism of Grassley

NIT – Congressman Bruce Braley issued a speedy apology Tuesday after slamming six-term US Senator Charles Grassley for being an Iowa farmer who never went to law school. Read that…

Convicted meth dealer back in jail

Convicted meth dealer back in jail

MASON CIY – He says he’s a born again Christian, and by the Grace of God, after numerous drug, assault, burglary and drunk driving charges, he served less than fifteen…

Felony domestic with strangulation charge brought against Clear Lake man

Felony domestic with strangulation charge brought against Clear Lake man

MASON CITY – One young woman calls him a nightmare.  He allegedly strangled another. Caught in a bar by police, nonchalantly chatting with a protected party who earlier accused him…

Woman arrested on birthday for illicit drug possession: THC-infused raspberry jelly candies

Woman arrested on birthday for illicit drug possession: THC-infused raspberry jelly candies

CLEAR LAKE – Who says an illicit drug can’t be delicious? Clear Lake police, however, left a bad taste for a woman arrested on her birthday for possession of a…

NIACC baseball team ranked 20th in latest poll

NIACC baseball team ranked 20th in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC baseball team returned to the rankings on Tuesday at No. 20. NIACC (13-8 overall, 4-0 in the ICCAC) swept a four-game series with Southwestern last…

Egypt hands down death penalty to over 500 people

Egypt hands down death penalty to over 500 people

CAIRO – Egypt handed down the death penalty to 529 people on Monday after a mass trial in which the majority of defendants were not present in court. “The astounding…

Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, UN health agency reports

Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, UN health agency reports

NEW YORK – Air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk,…

Senate candidate Braley blasts Grassley for being “farmer who never went to law school”

Senate candidate Braley blasts Grassley for being “farmer who never went to law school”

NIT – Iowa Democratic Congressman and candidate for US Senate Bruce Braley ripped Senator Charles Grassley in a newly-released video for being a farmer without enough education. The video, taken…

Gov. Branstad takes action to increase accountability, openness and transparency in employee settlements

Gov. Branstad takes action to increase accountability, openness and transparency in employee settlements

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad on Monday announced the signing of Executive Order 85 to increase accountability, openness and transparency of employee settlements. Speaking from the administration’s weekly…

Clear Lake man arrested for showing up drunk to jail to serve time for OWI

Clear Lake man arrested for showing up drunk to jail to serve time for OWI

MASON CITY – No one ever accused all crooks of being smart. And as they say, after a few cold ones, your judgement starts to fade. That may have been…

NIACC softball team to play at Kirkwood on Thursday

NIACC softball team to play at Kirkwood on Thursday

MASON CITY – The NIACC softball team will open its ICCAC season with a doubleheader at Kirkwood at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. NIACC (8-2) plays Marshalltown in a league twinbill…

Burlington man injured while goose hunting

BURLINGTON – A Burlington man was injured Saturday morning while hunting snow geese in Lee County. Dustin Guernsey, 31, was carrying equipment and his gun when he stumbled while walking…

Two dead in shooting at Norfolk Naval Station

Two dead in shooting at Norfolk Naval Station

NORFOLK, Va. – There are two fatalities following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk Monday night. The incident occurred at approximately 11:20 p.m. at Pier 1. No other injuries have…

Iowa youth pastor who molested girls sentenced to 15 years in prison

Iowa youth pastor who molested girls sentenced to 15 years in prison

DES MOINES – A former youth paster at a Des Moines church who pleaded guilty earlier this year to three sex crimes against underage girls was sentenced to 15 years…

Iowa man arrested for criminal mischief and domestic assault

Iowa man arrested for criminal mischief and domestic assault

ATLANTIC – An Iowa man is in jail at this time on two serious charges. The Cass County Sheriff said this week that on March 19, 2014, the Cass County…

Rockwell man slapped with felony drug charges

Rockwell man slapped with felony drug charges

MASON CITY – The trouble for this Rockwell man began in December when he was caught with drugs by police on Monroe Avenue, and has only gotten worse since. On…

Borlaug statue dedicated at ceremony in Washington, DC

Borlaug statue dedicated at ceremony in Washington, DC

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad traveled to Washington, DC this week to commemorate the installation of a Norman Borlaug statue at the U.S. Capitol. Borlaug was born 100 years…

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Afghan election office

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Afghan election office

KABUL – The United Nations has condemned today’s deadly attack on an office of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul which comes less than two weeks before the…

ISU hoops pioneer John Crawford passes away

ISU hoops pioneer John Crawford passes away

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State hoops pioneer John Crawford, the school’s first African-American basketball player, passed away over the weekend. He was 77 years old. A native of New York…

Two Mason City women arrested for theft at Target

Two Mason City women arrested for theft at Target

MASON CITY – Police were called to Target recently and arrested two Mason City women on theft charges. Officers with the Mason City police department were called to Target, 3450…

Senator Alexander: Obamacare a “Thumb in the Eye to Our Constitution’s Protections of Religious Freedom”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Sebelius v.…

Christofferson named to WBCA All-Region Team

Christofferson named to WBCA All-Region Team

ATLANTA – Iowa State senior Hallie Christofferson was named a WBCA All-Region 5 nominee for the 2013 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Tuesday. Christofferson was one of seven players selected…

Russia kicked out of group of leading industrial nations

THE HAGUE – Leaders of the G8 industrialized nations decided they have had enough of Russia’s aggressive moves in the Ukraine, and brought some consequences to bear, kicking Russia out…

UN warns that new technology may lead to new forms of censorship

UN warns that new technology may lead to new forms of censorship

NEW YORK – While technological progress and innovative business models have expanded opportunities for freedom expression, they have also allowed for new threats to emerge in the form of Internet…

Charles City man arrested for public intox, assaulting an officer

Charles City man arrested for public intox, assaulting an officer

CHARLES CITY – An allegedly drunk Charles City man encountered police officers last week and decided to pick a fight. According to the Charles City Police Department, officers spotted an…