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Wilkerson hired as NIACC women’s basketball assistant

Wilkerson hired as NIACC women’s basketball assistant

MASON CITY – Jessica Wilkerson has been hired as the NIACC women’s assistant basketball coach. Wilkerson will assist Todd Ciochetto, who was hired as the head women’s basketball coach in…

MC Council to hold Ward 4 listening post

MC Council to hold Ward 4 listening post

MASON CITY – A Ward 4 listening post will be held on September 9, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Mason City Baptist Church located at 1805 S. Wilson Avenue.…

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MC woman who allegedly stole bike during RAGBRAI festival charged with felony

MASON CITY – An Illinois man who had a very expensive bicycle stolen while he was in Mason City for the RAGBRAI festival got a phone call from police, saying…

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

Watch for extra law enforcement presence while traveling in Minnesota in coming days

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists traveling through Minnesota on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates will notice an extra law enforcement presence during a four-day enforcement…

Crude oil prices fall

DES MOINES – Global crude oil prices fell this week by $4.34, currently at $100.08. Crude Oil Summary The price of global crude oil fell this week on the West…

Op-ed: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

Op-ed: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

ISRAEL SAVES ITS ENEMIES; HAMAS ENDANGERS ITS FRIENDS From Texas Senator Ted Cruz: If you want to judge a nation, look at how it treats its most vulnerable civilians. Hospitals…

Young first-time mothers less likely to be married

Young first-time mothers less likely to be married

WASHINGTON – The percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping, according to Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012, a report recently released by the U.S. Census…

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa — A central Iowa man was sentenced in federal court Monday to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography. The sentence resulted from an investigation by…

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

Iowa man who “flicked” child in face and put her in “deep freeze” loses appeal

DES MOINES – He was named after Superman, but all he turned out to be was a super menace to a 2-year-old baby girl. Max Kal’el Arnold was found guilty…

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

Former Christian radio DJ pleads guilty to creating child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sometimes radio personalities, no matter how innocent they may appear, commit heinous crimes behind closed doors. A Former Christian radio disc jockey admitted Monday in federal…

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MC woman arrested after putting child in danger while ramming car of ex’s new girlfriend

MASON CITY – Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. Earlier this week, a Mason City woman allegedly flew into…

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

Mexican alien smugglers sentenced to prison for running Texas stash house

HOUSTON — Three of the five men arrested in connection with the March discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an Texas stash house have been ordered to federal prison.…

Jamie Sorenson joins Winnebago as Director of Specialty Vehicles

Jamie Sorenson joins Winnebago as Director of Specialty Vehicles

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading United States manufacturer of recreation vehicles, has named Jamie Sorenson to the position of Director of Specialty Vehicles. In his…

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

Whacko Waterloo teacher’s lascivious conduct convictions upheld

DES MOINES – A former Waterloo teacher who invited students into his home to make up assignments by playing kinky games has lost his second appeal in the case. Larry…

Grassley supports bill aimed at combating sex assaults on college campuses

Grassley supports bill aimed at combating sex assaults on college campuses

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Wednesday joined colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that addresses sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students and…

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

Mason City man pulls shotgun while arguing with woman

MASON CITY – A man who was confronted by concerned persons while arguing with a woman Tuesday night allegedly ran and grabbed a shotgun and pointed it at them. According…

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

U.S. ramps up aid to Syria to tune of $1.2 billion

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S. aid to help those affected by the war in…

U.S. House passes Veterans Administration reforms

U.S. House passes Veterans Administration reforms

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representative voted in a bipartisan manner, 420 to 5, today to address the systemic problem of veterans’ health care services through the Veterans Administration.…

Iowa woman sentenced for fentanyl distribution

Iowa woman sentenced for fentanyl distribution

DES MOINES, IOWA – On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Macey Lynn Stills, age 23 of West Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for distributing fentanyl, announced United…

Wanted MC woman with drug arrest history apprehended by MCPD

Wanted MC woman with drug arrest history apprehended by MCPD

MASON CITY – Police located a wanted Mason City woman with a history of drug arrests and took her to jail Wednesday morning. Autumn Lee Lauritsen, age 27, was located…

Reynolds selected as Chair-Elect of National Lieutenant Governors Association

Reynolds selected as Chair-Elect of National Lieutenant Governors Association

DES MOINES – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today was selected as the Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). The selection places Reynolds in a leadership rotation with Lt.…

New Hampton wins Varsity A Division at NIACC Trojans team camp

MASON CITY – New Hampton topped Central Lyon 41-36 in the Varsity A Division of the NIACC Trojans boys basketball team camp Wednesday in the NIACC Recreation Center. Ankeny Christian…

Man who flashed teen in mall parking lot loses appeal on indecent exposure conviction

Man who flashed teen in mall parking lot loses appeal on indecent exposure conviction

DES MOINES – A Plymouth man convicted last year for indecent exposure lost his appeal in court this week. Korey Allen Jurgena, age 42, appealed his conviction for two counts…

Minnesota ospreys get nested at Clear Lake

Minnesota ospreys get nested at Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Six ospreys from Minnesota will call Iowa home for the near future at two locations as part of an ongoing effort to increase the population of the…

County parks and wildlife areas provide multiple uses

County parks and wildlife areas provide multiple uses

By Mike Webb, Director, Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board County park and wildlife areas are truly multiuse areas. Knowing people enjoy different forms of outdoor recreation the Cerro Gordo County…

Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration from President Obama

Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration from President Obama

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad today signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa counties where significant damage was…

2014 Iowa hunting seasons released

2014 Iowa hunting seasons released

DES MOINES – Iowa deer hunters will notice fewer seasons and changes in certain seasons this year. The January antlerless deer season has been eliminated, the number of antlerless deer…

Op-ed: Obama backs corporate welfare

Op-ed: Obama backs corporate welfare

From Texas Senator Ted Cruz – To most Americans, the words “Export-Import Bank” don’t mean very much. The DC insiders, cozy with international corporate interests putting taxpayers on the hook…

Opening Convocation welcomes new students to Waldorf College

Opening Convocation welcomes new students to Waldorf College

FOREST CITY – Waldorf College will host orientation for first-year students this August. included in the orientation events is Waldorf College’s annual Opening Convocation, which will be held Friday, August…

Nora Springs man sent to prison, is now a sex offender

Nora Springs man sent to prison, is now a sex offender

CHARLES CITY – A Nora Springs man who faced a felony sexual assault charge took a plea deal and potentially saved himself years behind bars. Michael Ray Klink, age 43,…

Possible suspect still sought in murder of man, disappearance of woman

Possible suspect still sought in murder of man, disappearance of woman

DES MOINES – Today, July 30, 2014, marks three years since the murder of Bill Wood and the disappearance of Kay Wood. On Saturday, July 30, 2011 the Warren County…

Texas nut arrested for allegedly sending hundreds of letters with white powder inside them

Texas nut arrested for allegedly sending hundreds of letters with white powder inside them

DALLAS – A Rowlett, Texas, man was arrested this morning by special agents with the FBI and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on a criminal complaint charging an…

Man reported at downtown footbridge with noose around his neck

Man reported at downtown footbridge with noose around his neck

MASON CITY – Law enforcement converged on the Southbridge Mall parking lot area Tuesday night after an emergency call about a male at the footbridge with a noose around his…

Harkin: Iowans have saved more than $120 million on prescription drugs thanks to Affordable Care Act

Harkin: Iowans have saved more than $120 million on prescription drugs thanks to Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today applauded news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that thousands of Iowa Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with…

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

WASHINGTON – As teens and others flock to tanning beds and ignore warnings about avoiding exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet rays, the rate of skin cancer in America is on…

Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress cannot solve immigration without addressing the cause of it

Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress cannot solve immigration without addressing the cause of it

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the immigration bill unveiled by the House today: “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama…

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

CLEAR LAKE – A man convicted of breaking into cars was chased through the streets of Clear Lake Monday night before being caught and arrested. Taylor Shawn Shill, age 23,…

NIACC athletic department announces 2014 hall of fame class

NIACC athletic department announces 2014 hall of fame class

MASON CITY – The NIACC athletic department is pleased to announce the hall of fame class of 2014. The class includes football coach Dick Ramsey, men’s basketball player Brent “Bo”…

Iowa Ag. Secretary Northey comments on crop and weather report

Iowa Ag. Secretary Northey comments on crop and weather report

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is…

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens to be on…

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