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St. Ansgar doctor charged with ethics violation; fined $5K

St. Ansgar doctor charged with ethics violation; fined $5K

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa out of St. Ansgar has been charged with an ethics violation. Kelly D. Ross, M.D., a…

Mercy doctor fined by state board for ethics violation

Mercy doctor fined by state board for ethics violation

DES MOINES – A doctor who practices medicine at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa was fined last month for an ethics violation. Jeana L. Petree, M.D., a 38-year-old Iowa-licensed physician…

Gov. Branstad signs two bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs two bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: Senate File 366: an Act relating to radon control in schools. Senate File 2312: an Act relating…

Clear Lake man arrested again for violating no contact order

Clear Lake man arrested again for violating no contact order

NIT – He is now accused four times of violating a no-contact order with a Mason City woman, this Clear Lake man, who is also accused of felony domestic assault…

Steve King takes another swing at Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Steve King takes another swing at Facebook’s Zuckerberg

NIT – Desperately searching for anyone who might contribute $25 or so dollars to his campaign for re-election to Congress, Steve King again took a swipe at his new enemy,…

Violent convicted sex offender arrested Saturday

Violent convicted sex offender arrested Saturday

MASON CITY – A Mason City man convicted of violent domestic assault and indecent exposure was arrested Saturday. Lane Edward Factor, age 58, was arrested at about 2:44 PM by…

North Dakota Governor blasts possible EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants

North Dakota Governor blasts possible EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week hosted a meeting between officials from 13 energy producing states that have a major stake in new plans by the…

Grassley questions EPA on new methane reduction plan

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy asking about the administration’s new methane reduction plan released by the President on March…

Microsoft to build $1.1 billion data center in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES – West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer announced Friday that Microsoft will begin construction this spring of a data center in southern Polk County. The total investment…

Supreme court says mom should have gotten court-approval before ordering his vasectomy

Supreme court says mom should have gotten court-approval before ordering his vasectomy

DES MOINES – An Iowa mom who took her intellectually disabled adult son to get a vasectomy should have gotten court approval, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The Iowa…

Huggable, adorable animals snuggled by children at Willowbrook Mall

Huggable, adorable animals snuggled by children at Willowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – Willowbrook Mall perhaps discovered a way to draw lots of people to the mall: A family-friendly event with lots of pet-able, touchable farm animals. An Easter-themed petting…

Wanted Mason City man caught Saturday

Wanted Mason City man caught Saturday

MASON CITY – A wanted Mason City man was caught by police Saturday and taken to jail. A called reported that Joseph Michael Evenson, age 25, was at the 700…

Iowa generates 25% of net electricity from wind in 2013

Iowa generates 25% of net electricity from wind in 2013

NIT – Iowa was one of eleven states that generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double the U.S. average in 2013. According to the Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly…

U.S. government postpones decision on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON – The US State Department announced Friday that it is extending its review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project indefinitely. According to an announcement from the State Department:…

NIACC golfers host tournament on Monday

NIACC golfers host tournament on Monday

MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s and women’s golf teams host the NIACC Invitational on Monday at the Mason City Country Club. The invitational starts at 10 a.m. Teams entered…

Sen. Ted Cruz praises congressional, presidential support of his bill

Sen. Ted Cruz praises congressional, presidential support of his bill

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday released the following statement after President Obama signed his legislation into law to deny U.S. visas to U.N. ambassadors who…

UNI track teams sets conference-best times

UNI track teams sets conference-best times

Courtesy UNI Athletics Communications WALNUT, Calif. – Junior middle distance runner Alex Wilson shattered the UNI 1,500 meter record today to open up a successful first day at the 2014…