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State of Iowa now working more closely with Dwolla, Gov. Branstad announces

State of Iowa now working more closely with Dwolla, Gov. Branstad announces

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today announced the continuation of Iowa’s state government payments partnership with Dwolla, the Internet’s first payment network. Today’s announcement allows carrier customers of the…

Border patrol officers find meth strapped to border-crosser

El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry found 1.15 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to the midsection of a border…

Man indicted on federal charges of receiving child pornography

JACKSONVILLE – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that a federal grand jury in Jacksonville has returned an indictment against Samuel Franklin Crews (31, Lake City),…

Kim Jong Un’s New Year address for 2014 (VIDEO)

Kim Jong Un’s New Year address for 2014 (VIDEO)

PYONGYANG – North Korea leader Kim Jong Un gave a New Year’s address to his nation. Watch video:…

Border patrol agents arrest sex offender

Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station apprehended a convicted sex offender on Thursday, the second such arrest by Del Rio Sector agents…

Iowa comes up short against Wisconsin, 75-71

Iowa comes up short against Wisconsin, 75-71

MADISON, WI – Highly-ranked Wisconsin has had trouble stopping the Iowa Hawkeyes from scoring – and Sunday night’s tilt was no different – but they found just enough firepower of…

No. 14 Cyclone women stay perfect, down Oklahoma 82-75

No. 14 Cyclone women stay perfect, down Oklahoma 82-75

NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 14 Iowa State women’s basketball team (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) remained undefeated this afternoon, downing No. 25 Oklahoma (10-5, 1-1 Big 12) 82-75. The win…

Afghan special forces, police destroy seven rockets in Helmand

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces removed seven 107mm rockets, commonly used in attacks that result in civilian casualties, Dec. 31 from Helmand province’s Marjeh district. Afghan National…

Clear Lake organization offers protection from cold for outdoor dogs during cold snap

Clear Lake organization offers protection from cold for outdoor dogs during cold snap

CLEAR LAKE – Five Dachshunds were taken to Patriots for Pets in Clear Lake on Saturday, after being left outside and without food. A concerned citizen approached the people who…

EDITORIAL: John Skipper should deliver newspapers Monday

EDITORIAL: John Skipper should deliver newspapers Monday

by Matt Marquardt – We’ve all seen how far the Globe Gazette has slipped over the years. Most of the stories it publishes are Associated Press re-hashes and garbage written…

Just another day in Bookmeyersville, USA: Large amount of ice meth, guns, weed discovered by police

Just another day in Bookmeyersville, USA: Large amount of ice meth, guns, weed discovered by police

MASON CITY – The man who calls himself the mayor of Mason City, Eric Bookmeyer, once declared that the “perceived” crime problem in town was solved when his city council…

Former Floyd County Attorney found drunk in ditch, arrested

Former Floyd County Attorney found drunk in ditch, arrested

RURAL MASON CITY – A man once elected as the Floyd County Attorney was allegedly found drunk in a snowbank outside Mason City and arrested early Saturday. According to the…

M.C. School Board to discuss plans for 2014-2015

M.C. School Board to discuss plans for 2014-2015

MASON CITY – The Board of Education Committee of the Whole will meet at 5:30 PM on Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Mason City Community School District Administration Building…

Feds approve Iowa’s Health and Wellness Plan waivers

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced the State of Iowa has received final documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

Talks announced between warring parties in South Sudan

WASHINGTON – Today the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced the start of direct talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan. According to…

Security cameras catch woman stealing from hotel room

Security cameras catch woman stealing from hotel room

OMAHA – Hotel security cameras helped nab a woman who was leaving her hotel room with numerous items that belonged to the hotel. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha, Nebraska…

Hawkeye grapplers punish Spartans 41-0 (VIDEO)

Hawkeye grapplers punish Spartans 41-0 (VIDEO)

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling team swept 10 matches from Michigan State on Saturday night to defeat the Spartans, 41-0, on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa…

Iowa State men remain unbeaten after 73-62 win over Texas Tech

Iowa State men remain unbeaten after 73-62 win over Texas Tech

Courtesy: cyclones.com – LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 13 Iowa State lost a 17-point lead, but was able to put it all back together and prevail 73-62 over Texas Tech Saturday…

Suicide bomber attacks ISAF forces

KABUL, Afghanistan – An International Security Assistance Force service member died following a suicide attack by enemy forces in eastern Afghanistan Jan. 4. It is ISAF policy to defer casualty…

Obama calls on Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance

Obama calls on Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Saturday called on Congress to help out thousands of long-term unemployed Americans whose benefits expired on December 28th. In this week’s address to the nation,…

Branstad given gift of muzzleloader for deer hunt

Branstad given gift of muzzleloader for deer hunt

NIT – Governor Branstad is going deer hunting again, and this time he has a new firearm to help him bag another buck. Branstad said Saturday via social media that…

Authorities seek escapee from Fort Dodge work release facility

Authorities seek escapee from Fort Dodge work release facility

FORT DODGE – Authorities are seeking a man who escaped from a work release facility who is serving time for a violent offense. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections,…

Sumner woman injured in auto crash

Sumner woman injured in auto crash

DENVER, IOWA – A Sumner woman was injured when she lost control of her vehicle early Saturday morning. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, 35-year-old Lenora Darrah…

Stalkers on notice this month

Stalkers on notice this month

NIT – Stalkers, your are on the hot seat this month. On December 31st, President Barack Obama proclaimed January 2014 as National Stalking Awareness Month. “I call upon all Americans…

New Year starts out badly for Mason City couple

New Year starts out badly for Mason City couple

MASON CITY – There was trouble at a Mason City apartment house Friday afternoon. Police had dealt with an un-named couple who lived at 10 South Jefferson Avenue Friday morning.…

UN peacekeepers reinforcing presence in South Sudan amid continued fighting

UN peacekeepers reinforcing presence in South Sudan amid continued fighting

NEW YORK – The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid”, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country today said, confirming that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected…

Rising violence against journalists in Iraq urged to stop

NEW YORK – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom, expressed alarm today at the recent killing of six media workers in two separate incidents…

Hawkeyes pummel Purdue wrestlers, 30-3

Hawkeyes pummel Purdue wrestlers, 30-3

BRADLEY, Ill. — The University of Iowa wrestling team defeated No. 21 Purdue, 30-3, Friday night at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School in Bradley, Ill. The Hawkeyes scored 25 takedowns and surrendered…

Restraint called for in Lebanon after latest car bombing

NEW YORK – The United Nations on Thursday called on all parties in Lebanon to show restraint following the second deadly car bomb attack in less than a week, and…

Alliant Energy transitioning M.L. Kapp Generating Station to natural gas

CLINTON, IOWA – January 3, 2014 – Alliant Energy’s Iowa and Minnesota utility announced today that it plans to convert the fuel source of the M.L. Kapp Generating Station in…

City of Mason City claims, submitted 2014-01-02

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report, 1/2/2014 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————————- 1ST INSURANCE GENERAL LIABILITY 270,538.40 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 234.26 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 350.49…

Cedar Falls man dies in car accident

WATERLOO – A Cedar Falls man has died in a single-vehicle accident in Waterloo this week. According to Waterloo police, on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at approximately 2:43 PM, Waterloo…

Phil Everly of Everly Brothers passes away

NIT -Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has passed away at the age of 74. He was born in Chicago and spent his childhood in Shenandoah, Iowa. Phil Everly, along…

Burst pipe leads to evacuation of apartments Friday morning

Burst pipe leads to evacuation of apartments Friday morning

MASON CITY – A frozen water line that burst early Friday morning in a Mason city apartment house lead to an evacuation. Mason City fire personnel was dispatched at 6:20…

Ventura man picks up his weed only to have cops ruin his day

Ventura man picks up his weed only to have cops ruin his day

MASON CITY – Police prevented a North Iowa man from taking home his marijuana Friday morning. According to Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals, Friday morning at about 8:51 AM, a…

Federal gov’t responds to order from Supreme Court Justice which blocked enforcement of birth control mandate in Obamacare

Federal gov’t responds to order from Supreme Court Justice which blocked enforcement of birth control mandate in Obamacare

WASHINGTON – The federal government on Friday filed a brief in response to an order from a Supreme Court Justice who blocked the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control…

No. 1 NIACC women return to action Saturday at Marshalltown

No. 1 NIACC women return to action Saturday at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN – The No. 1 NIACC women’s basketball team returns to ICCAC action Saturday against Marshalltown Community College. Game time is set for 1 p.m. NIACC (13-1 overall, 2-0 in…

Marble Rock man pleads not guilty after threatening to shoot police

Marble Rock man pleads not guilty after threatening to shoot police

CHARLES CITY – A Marble Rock man who threatened to shoot police in November has plead not guilty. Court records show that on December 12th, 32-year-old John Edwin Marzen plead…

Iowa “pure” meth dealer sentenced to 12 years in federal prison

Iowa “pure” meth dealer sentenced to 12 years in federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced on December 19, 2013, to more than twelve years in federal prison. Kevin Schimerowski, 46, from Odebolt, Iowa,…

Snowmobilers chased through city streets by police, one caught

Snowmobilers chased through city streets by police, one caught

MASON CITY – Two subjects lead Mason City police on a chase through the city Thursday before one was caught. According to police, on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at approximately…