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Sidewinder Bar closes

Sidewinder Bar closes

MASON CITY – A Mason City neighborhood bar has closed. The Sidewinder Bar, 810 South Pennsylvania Avenue, closed in the early morning hours on Sunday, November 30. “I’m so sad…

Plymouth woman to stand trial in drunk driving case

Plymouth woman to stand trial in drunk driving case

MASON CITY – A Plymouth woman who was discovered in her car in a ditch outside Mason City last October and charged with drunk driving will stand trial next year.…

UNI stays unbeaten with victory over Richmond

UNI stays unbeaten with victory over Richmond

CEDAR FALLS – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball scored its seventh consecutive win to begin the 2014-15 season with a 55-50 win over the Richmond Spiders on Sunday…

Lake Mills woman caught stealing at Wal-Mart

Lake Mills woman caught stealing at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A convicted thief was at it again Sunday, this time taking her talents to the Mason City Wal-Mart. Angela Mae Thorson, age 37 of Lake Mills, was…

After second burglary scare, resident waits for cops with baseball bat

After second burglary scare, resident waits for cops with baseball bat

MASON CITY – Citizens are apparently arming themselves in any way they can to fight off the bad guys. For the second time in just a few days, a burglary…

Eric Bookmeyer should take his medicine once and for all

Eric Bookmeyer should take his medicine once and for all

NIT Opinion – Eric Bookmeyer has had a bad case of diarrhea for over 5 years. We’re not talking about the utter sewage that bloviates from the piehole under his…

Mason City man charged with drunk driving

Mason City man charged with drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed for second offense drunk driving this week. Jack Allan Schade, age 51, was stopped by the Iowa State Patrol in Plymouth…

Too mean? GOP staffer slams Obama daughters for choice of clothes

Too mean? GOP staffer slams Obama daughters for choice of clothes

WASHINGTON – Did a Republican party staffer go too far in blasting President Barack Obama’s daughters for how they dressed and for saying they lack class? A female staffer for…

Wanted Illinois man stopped and arrested in Mason City

Wanted Illinois man stopped and arrested in Mason City

MASON CITY – A deputy stopped and arrested a wanted Illinois man early Sunday morning. A Cerro Gordo deputy assisted the Iowa State Patrol, when a trooper spotted 21-year-old Devondrey…

MC sculpture vandalized Saturday night

MC sculpture vandalized Saturday night

MASON CITY – An apparent vandal has struck a $12,000 sculpture located in downtown Mason City. The Frisbee Dog sculpture was reported to be vandalized after Arian Schuessler, co-owner of Mason…

Mason City man takes plea deal in felony sex abuse case

Mason City man takes plea deal in felony sex abuse case

MASON CITY – A man charged with felony sexual abuse in the third degree was able to work out a plea deal to a lesser charge of assault. He had…

Wrestling: Iowa beats Iowa state for 11th time in a row

Wrestling: Iowa beats Iowa state for 11th time in a row

IOWA CITY – The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team made it 11 in a row over Iowa State on Saturday night, topping the 15th-ranked Cyclones, 28-8 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “It was…

Clear Lake man pleads guilty to theft in felony case

Clear Lake man pleads guilty to theft in felony case

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man charged with felony theft was able to reach a plea deal to a lesser charge, but still faces a felony burglary charge Allen…

Mason City man jailed for 90 days in aggravated public intox case

Mason City man jailed for 90 days in aggravated public intox case

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was sent to jail for 90 days in an aggravated public intoxication case and later pled guilty to assault in a jailhouse fight.…

Mason City man charged with felony delivery of meth

Mason City man charged with felony delivery of meth

MASON CITY – A long-time Mason City resident is charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and also served a jail sentence for driving while barred. Adam Torres, age…

Mason City man in jail for violating probation

Mason City man in jail for violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is in jail for violating his probation for driving while suspended, and pled guilty earlier to a theft charge. Dustin Travis Burkhardt, age…

Another delay set in trial of Parkersburg man accused of attacking cop who shot him

Another delay set in trial of Parkersburg man accused of attacking cop who shot him

WATERLOO – A trial date for a Parkersburg man who who was shot after he attacked a police officer last Christmas has been set for a fifth time. Zachary Lee…

Wrestling: UNI dominates Iowa Central CC, 38-6

Wrestling: UNI dominates Iowa Central CC, 38-6

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI opened its home dual season with a 38-6 win over No. 3 Iowa Central Saturday. “Anytime you go out and compete and win, it builds…

Impaired pot-smoking drivers could be snared by breath test under development

Impaired pot-smoking drivers could be snared by breath test under development

SEATTLE – Now that pot is legal in a number of states, impaired weed smokers climbing behind the wheel may become more commonplace, prompting a university to lead the way…

Experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response

Experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a phase 1…

Wisconsin to meet Ohio State for Big Ten title

ROSEMONT, Ill. – With a victory on Saturday, Wisconsin earned its third Big Ten Football Championship Game berth in four seasons and will meet Ohio State on Saturday, Dec. 6,…

Iowa drubs Longwood, 77-44

Iowa drubs Longwood, 77-44

IOWA CITY – Aaron White led Iowa with 19 points as the Hawkeyes spanked Longwood, 77-44. Jarrod Uthoff and Gabriel Olaseni chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively to help…

U.S. scolded for use of torture, police practices, immigration detention

U.S. scolded for use of torture, police practices, immigration detention

GENEVA – The United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a report Friday castigating the United States’ record on a wide range of issues, including lack of accountability for torture, immigration…

MC and CL school boards to meet for joint work session

MC and CL school boards to meet for joint work session

MASON CITY – The Mason City and Clear Lake boards of education will be meeting on Monday for a joint work session. The boards will meet in a joint work…

Teens charged in car burglaries in Mason City

Teens charged in car burglaries in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police chased three teens through a North End neighborhood before arresting them for an alleged burglary. On November 29 just before 3:00 AM, officers were dispatched to…

Clear Lake man avoids felony drunk driving conviction after two stops

Clear Lake man avoids felony drunk driving conviction after two stops

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man was busted twice this summer for drunk driving, leading to a felony third offense drunk driving charge, but he was able to work…

Convicted felon drunk driver guilty of driving while barred

Convicted felon drunk driver guilty of driving while barred

MASON CITY – The law says he can’t drive, but that didn’t stop a convicted felon drunk driver from getting behind the wheel and cruising around. Brandon M. Anderson, age…

Mason City woman pleads guilty to drug, theft charges

Mason City woman pleads guilty to drug, theft charges

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman plead guilty to drug and theft charges and was sent to jail and fined. Ann Marie Duff, age 51 Mason City, pled guilty…

Two Oklahoma residents caught stealing from Mills Fleet Farm

Two Oklahoma residents caught stealing from Mills Fleet Farm

MASON CITY – A couple from Oklahoma was caught shoplifting Friday afternoon and taken to jail. Cerro Gordo deputies assisted Mason City police in a traffic stop of a man…

Three teens charged for underage drinking party

Three teens charged for underage drinking party

MASON CITY – Three teens were cited after an underage drinking party was discovered early Thursday morning. Mason City police were called to 506 South Tyler Avenue after a parking…

MC woman allegedly bites man during domestic spat

MC woman allegedly bites man during domestic spat

MASON CITY – Police were called to a troubled area late Thursday when it was reported a female was screaming for help and had been punched in the face, but…

Osage man’s vehicular homicide trial pushed back to next year

Osage man’s vehicular homicide trial pushed back to next year

OSAGE – An Osage man accused of vehicular homicide and other charges won’t go to trial until January of next year after a judge granted another continuance. Tylor Patrick, age…

Rockwell gets new fire chief

Rockwell gets new fire chief

ROCKWELL – A Mason City native has been named fire chief in Rockwell. Mark Lowe, age 41, is a former Mason City resident and graduate of Mason City High School.…

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

FORST CITY – A former police officer who is accused of trying to burn down the Forest City police station will stand trial in January. Thaddeus John Ellenbecker, age 37,…

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City police officer was put in a very tough position late Wednesday when he pulled over an alleged drunk driver who reached for a loaded…

UNI claims Cancun Challenge crown by blitzing Northwestern, 61-42

UNI claims Cancun Challenge crown by blitzing Northwestern, 61-42

CANCUN, MEXICO – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team captured the 2014 Cancun Challenge championship with a 61-42 win over the Northwestern Wildcats. UNI moved to 6-0 on…

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

WATERLOO – Police in Waterloo responded to a stabbing incident Tuesday that resulted in a man losing his life. On November 25, 2014 at approximately 5:41 PM, the Waterloo Police Department…

All-Americans Kwaza and Gull among 6 team captains for Hawkeye track team

All-Americans Kwaza and Gull among 6 team captains for Hawkeye track team

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa track and field program announced today that six student-athletes – Ali Gattone, Lake Kwaza, Jocelyn Todd, Gabe Hull, Kevin Lewis, Kaleb Van Cleave…

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

MASON CITY – A woman who works at a store in Southbridge Mall has been charged with felony theft. Mason City police were called to the Vanity store in Southbridge…

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

MASON CITY – Two Mason City residents were jailed early Wednesday after meth was discovered during a traffic stop. Theresa Sue Pennington, age 34, was stopped Wednesday morning, November 26,…

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