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Source: North Iowa’s  “Republican Patriarch” has played  ‘Kingmaker’ for too long

Source: North Iowa’s  “Republican Patriarch” has played  ‘Kingmaker’ for too long

Editor’s note: NIT received the following editorial from a North Iowa resident and subscriber who wants it published, but, citing fears of reprisals from the names and groups mentioned who…

Wanted Charles City man nabbed by cops at MC apartment

Wanted Charles City man nabbed by cops at MC apartment

MASON CITY – A wanted Charles City man was caught by Mason City police Monday night as they investigated a suspicious situation at an apartment in the Cultural Crescent. Police…

Iowa health officials say two strains of flu now circulating in Iowa

Iowa health officials say two strains of flu now circulating in Iowa

DES MOINES – Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network shows while flu activity in the state is slowly increasing and remains low, there…

Chickasaw county man arrested for allegedly strangling his victim

Chickasaw county man arrested for allegedly strangling his victim

NEW HAMPTON – A Chickasaw county man has been arrested for allegedly strangling his victim. Travis Michael Ruttman, age 24 of Alta Vista, stands charges by Chickasaw county law enforcement…

Boston Marathon bomber’s friend convicted of lying to FBI

Boston Marathon bomber’s friend convicted of lying to FBI

BOSTON – Following an eight-day trial, the jury convicted a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for making false statements to investigators assigned to the FBI’s Joint…

NIACC women ranked No. 7 in preseason poll

NIACC women ranked No. 7 in preseason poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason NJCAA Division II poll. The Lady Trojans, who were 34-3 overall a year ago and…

Man who was caught with girlfriend stealing from Wal-Mart to be arraigned Wednesday

Man who was caught with girlfriend stealing from Wal-Mart to be arraigned Wednesday

MASON CITY – A Kossuth county sex offender who was arrested with his girlfriend for stealing from Wal-Mart will appear in court Wednesday for an arraignment. Stephen Christopher Levandoski, age…

North Iowa man arrested on charges of kidnapping and growing pot

North Iowa man arrested on charges of kidnapping and growing pot

NEW HAMPTON – A man from Ionia in Chickasaw county is facing a rash of charges including felony kidnapping and domestic assault involving strangulation after he was caught by law…

Garner woman skips court, is brought to jail

Garner woman skips court, is brought to jail

MASON CITY – A Garner woman was due in court last week in Mason City to answer for an enhanced theft charge, but failed to show up, leading to an…

Ernst, Branstad, Hatch coming to Mason City once more before election

Ernst, Branstad, Hatch coming to Mason City once more before election

MASON CITY – As the 2014 elections reach a fever pitch, Joni Ernst is frantically traveling the state, trying to push ahead of Congressman Bruce Braley in the place the…

Report: Bicycle fatalities increasing, especially for older bikers

Report: Bicycle fatalities increasing, especially for older bikers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a report released today by the Governors…

Iowa football team loses two players

Iowa football team loses two players

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday that sophomore running back LeShun Daniels, Jr. will miss the remainder of the Big Ten season due…

Drunken piano smasher gets deferred judgement

Drunken piano smasher gets deferred judgement

MASON CITY – A Des Moines man who got drunk this summer and smashed a piano in downtown Mason city which was painted by kids got slapped in the wallet…