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Sheriff reports Mason City man drowns at Rock Falls

Sheriff reports Mason City man drowns at Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Law enforcement is reporting a man drowned Saturday evening at a Rock Falls campground. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, on June 21st, 2014 at…

Four-time star wrestling champ leaving Hawkeyes for NIACC

Four-time star wrestling champ leaving Hawkeyes for NIACC

MASON CITY – Reports have surfaced that the NIACC wrestling team will be gaining a Hawkeye. Four-time state champ Jake Marlin from Creston-O/M is transferring from Iowa to NIACC, a…

Pictorial: Bookmeyer celebrates Blue Zone designation with sugary treats

Pictorial: Bookmeyer celebrates Blue Zone designation with sugary treats

MASON CITY – The usual suspects celebrated another “milestone” for Mason City Friday night after Wellmark came to town and helped the city unveil a plastic plaque that says the…

NIVC Director pleased with coffee shop at MC library

NIVC Director pleased with coffee shop at MC library

MASON CITY – Things are looking up for the little coffee shop in the commons of the Mason City Public Library. The coffee shop, called Javaworks, has been operated by…

Cattle owner battles rains, flood to get cows to safe ground

Cattle owner battles rains, flood to get cows to safe ground

MASON CITY – A cattle owner dealt with a tense situation Thursday of this past week as heavy rains led to flooding of a pasture where his cows were grazing.…

Pavement marking cost to Mason City taxpayers up 167% since 2009

Pavement marking cost to Mason City taxpayers up 167% since 2009

MASON CITY – Taxpayers in Mason City are paying a whopping 167% more for pavement marking since 2009. In 2009, the city paid $74,569.35 to a company from Gilbert, Iowa…

Storm cleanup still underway in North Iowa

Storm cleanup still underway in North Iowa

MASON CITY – Cleanup is still underway from the recent storm that pummeled the North Iowa area. The storm caused plenty of damage – and angst – as it passed…

Harkin, other Senators introduce legislation to restore overtime pay for salaried workers

Harkin, other Senators introduce legislation to restore overtime pay for salaried workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with eight Senate Democrats, introduced legislation to restore overtime protections…

Senators draft legislation to simplify application for student aid

Senators draft legislation to simplify application for student aid

WASHINGTON – Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) last week released a draft bill to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college, allow year-round…

Harkin welcomes administration announcements that will extend federal benefits to married same-sex couples

Harkin welcomes administration announcements that will extend federal benefits to married same-sex couples

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Friday issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced two administrative actions that will extend critical federal benefits to families headed…

Senate agrees to consider Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Senate agrees to consider Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WASHINGTON D.C.—Senate coauthors of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) today announced the Senate has reached agreement to consider the bill to improve the nation’s workforce development system and…

Mason City man awarded volunteer award from governor

Mason City man awarded volunteer award from governor

MASON CITY – A Mason City man received a 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony this week in Cedar Falls. Stuart Vold received…

Senator Ted Cruz files legislation to block release of more Guantanamo Bay prisoners

Senator Ted Cruz files legislation to block release of more Guantanamo Bay prisoners

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with original co-sponsors Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, has filed legislation to temporarily halt further transfers or releases for detainees…

Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for 13 counties

Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for 13 counties

DES MOINES – On Friday, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 additional counties in response to this week’s ongoing storms: Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay,…

Report outlines botched rollout of HealthCare.gov website

Report outlines botched rollout of HealthCare.gov website

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Former Chairman of the…

Crossing guard needed in Mason City

MASON CITY – The City of Mason City seeks a responsible individual to oversee the student crossing zones for Jefferson Elementary School. Responsible for stopping motor vehicle traffic and ensuring…

Charles City career criminal sent to prison for life

Charles City career criminal sent to prison for life

CEDAR RAPIDS – A career criminal has finally been sent to prison for the rest of his life. Randy Lee Patrie is now in the Fayette County Jail after being…