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Opinions differ over dog left in van on warm, humid day

Opinions differ over dog left in van on warm, humid day

MASON CITY – A report was called in to police about a dog left in a van on Friday afternoon in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but an animal control officer…

President accepts VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation

President accepts VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation

American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said today that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs.…

US military leader says U.S. will continue to lead in 21st century

US military leader says U.S. will continue to lead in 21st century

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service SINGAPORE, May 30, 2014 – The United States will continue to lead in the Asia-Pacific region, but the methods will change, Defense Secretary…

MC police locate wanted man on North End

MC police locate wanted man on North End

MASON CITY – A wanted man was located by police taking a stroll through the North End. Police located Dale J. Lewis Jr., age 42, at the 200 block of…

One of MC’s “most wanted” arrested at Manor after domestic incident

One of MC’s “most wanted” arrested at Manor after domestic incident

MASON CITY – A Man listed by Mason City police as one of their most wanted individuals was arrested  Friday night in the Cultural Crescent. Police responded to an incident…

Law enforcement investigating shooting in small Iowa town

Law enforcement investigating shooting in small Iowa town

RED OAK, IOWA – An Iowa man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times. At approximately 12:15 AM on May 31, 2014, the Red Oak Police Department and…

Snowbird back in jail

Snowbird back in jail

MASON CITY – Fresh out of jail, a Mason City man skipped his court date and was promptly arrested Saturday morning. Dustin William Snowbird, age 33, is now in the…

World No Tobacco Day observed Saturday; help available for those addicted

World No Tobacco Day observed Saturday; help available for those addicted

NIT – May 31 is recognized as World No Tobacco Day. Persons around the world who are struggling with tobacco addiction are urged to use this day as a starting…

US soldier released by Afghan captors

US soldier released by Afghan captors

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Afghan captors have released him to the U.S. military after taking him prisoner nearly five years ago…

Liberal group: Ernst should apologize immediately for trivializing California mass shooting spree

Liberal group: Ernst should apologize immediately for trivializing California mass shooting spree

DES MOINES – A liberal Iowa political group is calling for a pro-gun right-wing Senate candidate to apologize for saying recent shootings in California were “an unfortunate accident”. Progress Iowa…

Kidnappers of Iowa college student sent to prison

Kidnappers of Iowa college student sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two men who kidnaped a Briar Cliff University student were each sentenced to over 10 years in federal prison in sentencing hearings today and yesterday. Trey Michael…

Lake Mills man who allegedly tried to murder police has plea hearing set

Lake Mills man who allegedly tried to murder police has plea hearing set

NORTHWOOD – A Lake Mills man accused of trying to shoot police who were trying to help him has a plea hearing set. Matthew Davis, age 21 of Lake Mills,…

Double garage man Travis Hickey criticizes MC code enforcement officers

Double garage man Travis Hickey criticizes MC code enforcement officers

MASON CITY – City council member and delivery man Travis Hickey says that Mason City code enforcement officers are going about their jobs all wrong. The city has two code enforcement…

Opinion: Branstad government is shady

Opinion: Branstad government is shady

Opinion submitted to NorthIowaToday.com: A new report by Progress Iowa found that 1 out of 6 of Governor Branstad’s appointees were campaign donors. This demonstrates a level of backroom-style deal-making…

Steve King statement on VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation

Steve King statement on VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki announced his resignation: “General Shinseki has lost the confidence of our veterans,” said King.…

Former lottery employee charged after investigation

Former lottery employee charged after investigation

WEBSTER COUNTY – Iowa Lottery staff procedures recently identified a discrepancy in records involving some lottery retail locations in north central Iowa and one person has been charged with a…

Obama announces that “many of the people” involved in misconduct with VA system will be fired

Obama announces that “many of the people” involved in misconduct with VA system will be fired

WASHINGTON – In a Friday press conference, President Obama announced that “many of the people” that dropped the ball through misconduct in Veteran’s Administration facilities across the nation will be…

Studies on problem gambling in Iowa released

Studies on problem gambling in Iowa released

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released two studies focused on gambling attitudes and behaviors among Iowa adolescents and college students, and a third study…

HIV diagnoses in Iowa tick upward

HIV diagnoses in Iowa tick upward

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the 2013 State of Iowa HIV and AIDS End-of-Year Surveillance Report. It shows HIV diagnoses increased a bit…

Minnesota man pleads not guilty to charges of attempted murder and kidnapping

Minnesota man pleads not guilty to charges of attempted murder and kidnapping

CLEAR LAKE – A Minnesota man now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail has pleaded not guilty to charges of 1st degree kidnapping and attempted murder involving an alleged victim…

‘Time running out’ to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new high

‘Time running out’ to stop rising CO2 levels as average hits new high

UN – Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed a new threshold, the United Nation’s weather agency today confirmed, warning that time is running out to curb rising…

Searchers locate missing girl in MC Thursday afternoon

Searchers locate missing girl in MC Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Law enforcement and others banded together Thursday afternoon when a special needs child went missing. Police received a call Thursday around 5:45 PM from a mother who…

Branstad to sign 5 important bills Friday

Branstad to sign 5 important bills Friday

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he will hold formal signings on Friday, May 30, 2014, for the solar tax credit bill and the wind energy tax credit bill. The bill…

Clear Lake man to take plea deal in burglary case

Clear Lake man to take plea deal in burglary case

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man accused of felony burglary is set to take a plea deal Friday. Robert Allen Rollefson, age 49, stands accused of felony third degree…

California man sent to federal prison for dealing weed in Iowa

California man sent to federal prison for dealing weed in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – A California man was sentenced today to 13 months in federal prison. Chad Straub, 40, from Salinas, California, received the prison term after a February 7, 2014,…

Obama: 9,800 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014

Obama: 9,800 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Tuesday declared that 9,800 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and the cost could reach $20 billion. If Afghanistan signs a security agreement,…

Opinion: Only the lunatic fringe opposes gun regulation

Opinion: Only the lunatic fringe opposes gun regulation

By Joe Ess – This past Memorial Day I was reading a piece from the indefatigable Charles P. Pierce at The Politics Blog at Esquire about our nation’s most recent…

Q&A with candidate for Iowa Senate Shawn Dietz

Q&A with candidate for Iowa Senate Shawn Dietz

NIT – Former Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz took a moment to answer some questions about his campaign for the Iowa Senate seat for District 27. Mr. Dietz is running as…

US builds $206 million embassy in Netherlands

WASHINGTON – U.S. Ambassador Timothy Broas broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in The Hague this week. The new Embassy, designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of…

MC man who plead guilty to 2nd offense OWI earlier this month, caught again

MC man who plead guilty to 2nd offense OWI earlier this month, caught again

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who drove drunk in February, injuring one, was caught again Wednesday evening. Joseph Patrick Fitzgerald, age 54, was pulled over by police at…

Harkin announces more than $260,000 for firefighters across Iowa

Harkin announces more than $260,000 for firefighters across Iowa

WASHINGTON – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Thursday announced that four Iowa fire departments will receive a total of $261,504 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters…

FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds Commitments to Address Sports-Related Concussions in Young People

Sports are one of the best ways to keep our kids active and healthy, but young people make nearly 250,000 emergency room visits each year with sport or recreation-related brain…

Charles City woman cited after rear-ending and killing motorcyclist

Charles City woman cited after rear-ending and killing motorcyclist

CHARLES CITY – A Nora Springs man is dead, and a Charles City woman has been ticketed as part of an on-going investigation after her SUV struck the man’s motorcycle…

Statement by Vice President Biden on the passing of Maya Angelou

Statement by Vice President Biden on the passing of Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou wrote that “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived. However, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Few people lived with more courage and…

Police investigate and arrest several persons going door-to-door in MC (photos)

Police investigate and arrest several persons going door-to-door in MC (photos)

MASON CITY – A concerned mailman called police Wednesday afternoon, suspicious of the activities of several persons as they knocked on doors on the city’s south side. Police received a…

Iowa man who concealed assets during bankruptcy faces up to 5 years in prison

Iowa man who concealed assets during bankruptcy faces up to 5 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who concealed assets from his creditors and the United States Bankruptcy Court pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Jay Freese, age 51,…

Charles City man who skipped court caught by police

Charles City man who skipped court caught by police

CHARLES CITY – A wanted Charles City man was caught by police on May 21st. Jaiton Mangun, age 20, skipped a court hearing on May 20th and a warrant was…

Iowa sex offender arrested

Iowa sex offender arrested

DECORAH – An Iowa sex offender who was not complying with the sex offender registry was arrested recently. On May 19, at about 11:30 PM, Bernard D. Olson Jr., age…

Local charges dropped against CC man who led police on dangerous chase

Local charges dropped against CC man who led police on dangerous chase

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man who led North Iowa law enforcement on a dangerous chase in April has been sent to Cedar Rapids and faces new federal charges…

Garage-snooper tries to outrun cops before being arrested

Garage-snooper tries to outrun cops before being arrested

MASON CITY – A concerned citizen called police when a possibly intoxicated man was allegedly snooping around and peaking into people’s garages, prompting a chase when the man wouldn’t go…

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