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Domestic abuser jailed for failing to complete batterer’s education course

Domestic abuser jailed for failing to complete batterer’s education course

MASON CITY – Sometimes the courts will force a person who beats up his loved ones to take a class that helps him confront his abuse issues. A Mason City…

Braley fires up campaign workers in Mason City (photos & video)

Braley fires up campaign workers in Mason City (photos & video)

MASON CITY – Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley stopped in Mason City to light a fire under his campaign supporters. “These yard signs are doing no good over here,” Braley playfully…

Health Department offers food safety course

Health Department offers food safety course

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will offer a ServSafe Certification class from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the…

MC man arrested for domestic assault involving strangulation

MC man arrested for domestic assault involving strangulation

MASON CITY – Police were called to an apartment complex in MasonCity to investigate a domestic incident Tuesday afternoon and took a man to jail. Officers with the Mason City…

Iowa Senate race remains close, slight edge to Ernst

Iowa Senate race remains close, slight edge to Ernst

DES MOINES – The latest poll numbers released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows a very tight race for U.S. Senate in Iowa between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican…

Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Decatur County

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad today issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Decatur County in response to recent severe weather. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to…

Garage a total loss after fire

Garage a total loss after fire

MASON CITY – A garage that burned Sunday morning is a total loss. Mason City police and fire responded to a garage fire Sunday at about 9:49 AM. Emergency responders…

Bulls split series with St. Louis

Bulls split series with St. Louis

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Bulls earn their first standing points of the season with a series split at St. Louis in non-division action. On Friday, September 26, the…

Minnesota Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

Minnesota Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that they will replace Ron Gardenhire as manager in 2015. Twins President Dave St. Peter said it was a “tough day inside Twins…

Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

Senate Oversight Committee OK’s reforms to ‘clean up state government’

DES MOINES – ­­The Senate Oversight Committee met today in Des Moines and approved recommendations in response to a series of revelations that started when it was reveal that fired state…

NIACC Sports Notebook

NIACC Sports Notebook

From the NIACC Athletic Department – CROSS COUNTRY What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Oct. 11 at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational.…

California bans plastic bags

California bans plastic bags

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. today signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags aligning state law with ordinances passed by a growing number of local governments…

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

One of MC’s “most wanted” set for return to prison

MASON CITY – A Man listed by Mason City police as one of their most wanted individuals is now set to return to prison after a previous assault arrest in…

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

Mom allows five kids to come into contact with man accused of imprisoning them and denying them food

WESTGATE, IA – An Iowa man is back in jail after police discovered he had snuck back into his girlfriend’s house, where he had been removed from days earlier and…

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – She tried to rob a bank, and got caught. She tried to steal from Wal-Mart, and got caught. Now, she’s back behind bars. Emily E. Francis, age…

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is facing the loss of a deferred judgement in a felony drug delivery case after pleading guilty Monday to second offense drunk driving.…

Jack Hatch says no one should count him out

Jack Hatch says no one should count him out

DES MOINES – The race for Governor in Iowa has seemed like a foregone conclusion, with incumbent Terry Branstad comfortably ahead in polls, but Democratic challenger Jack Hatch says the…

Man gets death sentence after murdering woman and her daughter

Man gets death sentence after murdering woman and her daughter

NEW ORLEANS – A federal jury in the Western District of Louisiana today returned a verdict imposing the death penalty on a Las Vegas man for the brutal kidnapping and…

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

Mason City man sent to jail for 90 days for violating probation

MASON CITY – A judge sent a Mason City man to jail for 90 days Monday afternoon for violating his probation. James Lee Stricker, age 41, was sentenced to 90…

NIACC among community colleges nationwide that will receive job training funds

NIACC among community colleges nationwide that will receive job training funds

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration announced Monday that it has granted $450 million in job-driven training grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the country, and some of those dollars…

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MC man accused of felony burglary skips court

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of felony burglary for stealing from his friend skipped his court date Monday morning and was promptly brought to jail. Richard Dean…

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

Waterloo police nab felon after he tosses gun under car

WATERLOO – A fast-thinking felon tried to out-smart cops this weekend but came up short. According to Waterloo police, on Friday September 26, officers with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent…

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

Iowa City police confirm that body found in truck of car is that of missing Iowa State student

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City confirmed today that a body found in the trunk of a car in seedy Iowa City neighborhood is that of a missing female…

Capsules found in Iowa prison contain no illegal drugs

Capsules found in Iowa prison contain no illegal drugs

DES MOINES – An investigation is now complete into the finding in an Iowa prison of hundreds of capsules that contained an unknown substance. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation…

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MC man who lost appeal on second offense drunk driving charge now in jail

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who lost his appeal on a second offense drunk driving conviction is now serving his sentence. Michael Leer, age 42, was found guilty…

Judge grants stay in Flinchum case

Judge grants stay in Flinchum case

MASON CITY – Lawyers for the city of Mason City and embattled home owner Phillip Flinchum today agreed to a stay in the proceedings in his case against the city,…

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

Drunk driver kills two in Davenport

DAVENPORT, IA – A drunk driver has taken two lives after a crash Sunday morning in Davenport, Iowa. Davenport police reported Monday that a second person, a passenger in a…

Son, brother of former Mohawk standout linemen chooses Nebraska

WEST DES MOINES – The high school son of former Mohawk standout lineman Scott Raridon has chosen to play college football at Nebraska. “After my 2016 season I will be…

Lime Creek Nature Center receives financial gift from Cargill

Lime Creek Nature Center receives financial gift from Cargill

MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center recently received financial gifts from Cargill’s local office and corporate headquarters. The first gift was received from Cargill Kitchen Solutions in Mason…

Solar plant for MC library still under discussion

Solar plant for MC library still under discussion

MASON CITY – The Mason City council recently scuttled a proposed solar energy plant for the Mason City library, saying the return on investment would take too long, but discussions…

Detroit man arrested after fight at Wal-Mart

Detroit man arrested after fight at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A Detroit, Michigan man was arrested after law enforcement was called to a fight at Wal-Mart. Mason City police received an emergency call on the morning of…

NIACC Marketing Department receives awards

NIACC Marketing Department receives awards

MASON CITY – The Marketing Department of North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has received five marketing awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) in its…

MC man arrested at Big Blue, allegedly passed-out drunk with two young kids

MC man arrested at Big Blue, allegedly passed-out drunk with two young kids

MASON CITY – Circumstances have been revealed surrounding the arrest of a Mason City man who was recently found passed-out drunk with two young kids and at the Big Blue…

Iowa man flees cops on freeway, finished by head-on collision with semi

Iowa man flees cops on freeway, finished by head-on collision with semi

MITCHELLVILLE, IOWA – An Iowa man lost his life Sunday as he fled law enforcement on Interstate 80 just east of Des Moines. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 26-year…

Food bank to begin operations at new location this week

Food bank to begin operations at new location this week

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, October l, Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank will be serving clients from their new location. The food bank will be open at 1 PM at their…

Mason City High kicks off Homecoming Week (photos)

Mason City High kicks off Homecoming Week (photos)

MASON CITY – Annual Homecoming festivities begin Sunday night in Mason City. This year’s theme is “Rewriting History in Red and Black Ink”. Homecoming at Mason City High School is…

City officials struggle to deal with blighted North Federal Avenue

City officials struggle to deal with blighted North Federal Avenue

MASON CITY – A long-blighted stretch of North Federal Avenue is getting a serious look from city officials, who are negotiating with the property owner on a resolution to the…

Belmond woman caught drunk driving, brought contraband to jail

Belmond woman caught drunk driving, brought contraband to jail

MASON CITY – A Belmond woman was jailed for drunk driving Sunday and then got in trouble at the jail. Tabitha Lynne Hembree, age 23, was stopped by a Mason…

Popular Facebook page “North Iowa Mugshots” removed… will you miss it?

Popular Facebook page “North Iowa Mugshots” removed… will you miss it?

NIT – A North Iowa citizen alerted NIT Sunday that due to his persistent complaints and reports to Facebook, a popular – and some would say notorious – Facebook page…

Upmeyer, Dietz present retiring Congresssman Latham with “memory box”

Upmeyer, Dietz present retiring Congresssman Latham with “memory box”

SHEFFIELD – Saturday evening, the Franklin County Republican Party along with 50 guests, recognized and honored retiring 3rd District Iowa Congressman Tom Latham for his 20 years of service to…

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