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U.S. Marshalls capture man who fired at occupied vehicle with assault rifle

Gainesville, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Bricen Bowden in the city of Alachua on December 27, 2013. Bowden was wanted by the…

NIACC baseball team ranked fifth in poll

NIACC baseball team ranked fifth in poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC baseball team is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll released by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Voice of Amateur Baseball Since 1958. NIACC…

Mason City schools cancel classes for Monday, January 6th

Mason City schools cancel classes for Monday, January 6th

MASON CITY – Extreme cold on its way to North Iowa has school district officials in Mason City planning ahead today, as students will not be attending classes on Monday,…

Worksite wellness assistance available from county health department

Worksite wellness assistance available from county health department

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is once again offering county businesses a unique (and FREE) opportunity to participate in a six session Worksite Wellness…

NIACC’s Hergert to receive NJCAA regional coach of year award tonight

NIACC’s Hergert to receive NJCAA regional coach of year award tonight

DALLAS – NIACC baseball coach Travis Hergert will be honored tonight at the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association convention as a regional coach of the year. Hergert, who is in…

Governors Heineman and Branstad announce economic development pact

OMAHA – Business, community and elected leaders joined Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in commemorating the formation of a two-state, regional economic development organization, an unprecedented…

Wrestling: Cyclones finish eighth at Southern Scuffle

Wrestling: Cyclones finish eighth at Southern Scuffle

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three members of the Iowa State wrestling team (6-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) took home hardware at the 2014 Southern Scuffle tonight. No. 2 Kyven Gadson (197),…

Afghan police training center has biggest graduation in its history

Afghan police training center has biggest graduation in its history

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Hundreds of Afghan police students recently graduated from two separate training courses during a ceremony on a warm day in late December at Regional Training Center…

Afghan security forces find cache of explosive materials in Paktika

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A Village Response Unit found more than 7,600 kilograms of explosive materials hidden in a truck Dec. 31 in a remote area of Paktika province. VRU…

Man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A North Texas man was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in August to one count of producing child pornography.…

Ford to introduce solar car

Ford to introduce solar car

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Company announced today the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle with the potential to deliver the best of what a plug-in hybrid offers…

Cyclone women down Horned Frogs 71-49, remain unbeaten

Cyclone women down Horned Frogs 71-49, remain unbeaten

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 14 Iowa State women’s basketball team (12-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) took down TCU (9-3, 0-1 Big 12) by a score of 71-49 on…

Johnny Orr remembered at visitation (VIDEO)

Johnny Orr remembered at visitation (VIDEO)

Courtesy of Cyclones.TV – AMES, Iowa – Over 1,000 Cyclone fans showed up at Hilton Coliseum Thursday evening to pay their respects to Johnny Orr and his family. Orr, Iowa…

UNI Scores Biggest MVC Win Ever vs. Bradley, 80-46

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team scored its largest margin of victory (34 points) in a Missouri Valley Conference…

Mason City woman pleads guilty to assault

Mason City woman pleads guilty to assault

MASON CITY – A local woman agreed to a plea deal recently after being charged with second offense domestic abuse assault. According to records, 21-year-old Brianna Hansen-Simmer of Mason City…

Vikings coach denies statement by former punter, who accused him of saying gays should be nuked on an island

Vikings coach denies statement by former punter, who accused him of saying gays should be nuked on an island

MINNEAPOLIS – A nasty feud between the Vikings and their former punter just got uglier Thursday, with the release of a scathing letter from the player with allegations of bigotry and a…

Former Mason City woman sues Iowa City peeping tom landlord

Former Mason City woman sues Iowa City peeping tom landlord

IOWA CITY – A former Mason City woman has filed a lawsuit against a peeping tom Iowa City landlord found guilty this week of invasion of privacy involving nudity. According…

Senators, union sue to block governor’s move to shutter Iowa juvenile home for girls

Senators, union sue to block governor’s move to shutter Iowa juvenile home for girls

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan, Senator Jack Hatch, Senator Steve Sodders, Representative Mark Smith, and Representative Pat Murphy filed suit in the Iowa District…

Health Department warns of flu affecting adults

Health Department warns of flu affecting adults

MASON CITY – From November through December 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged…

Kensett woman in jail on probation violation

Kensett woman in jail on probation violation

MASON CITY – A wanted Kensett woman was transported to jail in Mason City on New Year’s Day. Angela Marie Honebrink, age 25, was already in custody in Worth county…

FDA warns that dietary supplements are no cure for concussions

FDA warns that dietary supplements are no cure for concussions

NIT – The FDA warned Thursday that some companies are making false claims that dietary supplements they have for sale can prevent, treat or even cure concussions and other traumatic…

Legal pot sales booming in Colorado as stores open

Legal pot sales booming in Colorado as stores open

DENVER – Marijuana for recreational use is now on sale in Colorado, and swarms of people made their way to about 40 newly-opened stores there offering cannabis to the general…

Governor Branstad and Nebraska governor Heineman to announce economic development partnership

DES MOINES – The office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that he and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will hold a joint news conference on Friday morning to announce an…

Two Swea City residents charged with child endangerment

Two Swea City residents charged with child endangerment

ALGONA – Two North Iowa residents were arrested on child endangerment charges this week. Thomas Vanderplaats, age 27, and Stacie Hurlburt, age 42, both of Swea City in rural Kossuth…

Barbara Bush recovering from respiratory illness

HOUSTON – Former first lady Barbara Bush is recovering from a respiratory illness in a Houston hospital, a Bush family spokesperson said Thursday. Mrs. bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital…

Afghan police defend checkpoint against large insurgent force

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan Local Police killed four Taliban fighters and wounded another Dec. 29 when insurgents attacked their security checkpoint in Ab Band district, Ghazni Province. About 40…

Arsonist attacks Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco

SAN FRANCICO – The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco was the victim of an apparent arson attack Wednesday evening. According to a news release, on January 1, 2014, at 9:25pm,…

Cerro Gordo supervisors meeting minutes – 2013-12-30

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS December 30, 2013 Unapproved The Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa met in special session pursuant to adjournment. Present: Chairman Jay Urdahl…

Judge rules border patrol may search and copy files from laptop computers

Judge rules border patrol may search and copy files from laptop computers

NEW YORK – A judge ruled Tuesday that border patrol agents may search and copy files from computers as travelers enter the United States. In August 2009, U.S. Immigration and…

Rep. Steckman: New laws go into effect today

Rep. Steckman: New laws go into effect today

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – Today I would like to remind Iowans about several new laws that will hit the books the first day of 2014. Part of our effort…

LSU tops Iowa in Outback Bowl, 21-14

LSU tops Iowa in Outback Bowl, 21-14

TAMPA, FLORIDA – The LSU rushing attack proved to be too much for Iowa’s stingy defense, as Tiger running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, guiding…

Lottery ticket Christmas present brings Mason City man $25,000

Lottery ticket Christmas present brings Mason City man $25,000

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mason City man received an instant-scratch ticket as a Christmas present and ended up winning a $25,000 top prize. Neil Petersen, 21, said he had…

One dead, one injured in Northeast Iowa car crash

One dead, one injured in Northeast Iowa car crash

MANCHESTER, IOWA – One woman is dead and a teen injured in a two-car crash Tuesday in Delaware county. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, Ashlei Ann…

DeAndre Kane named National Player of the Week

DeAndre Kane named National Player of the Week

AMES – Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his performances last week in the…

Man with questionable immigration status busted with drugs on I-35

Man with questionable immigration status busted with drugs on I-35

MASON CITY – A man and a woman with drugs were stopped by police Tuesday as they traveled through Cerro Gordo county on Interstate 35. Leonardo Padilla-Bello, age 22, along with a…

Public visitation for Coach Johnny Orr set for Thursday in Ames

Public visitation for Coach Johnny Orr set for Thursday in Ames

AMES – A public visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2 in Hilton Coliseum to honor the legacy of Johnny Orr, Iowa State’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach who…

Supreme court justice temporarily blocks birth control mandate in Obamacare

Supreme court justice temporarily blocks birth control mandate in Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ordered a delay Tuesday in the enforcement of the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act. According to a Supreme Court document,…

Mason City School Board meeting minutes – December 16, 2013

MASON CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Summary Draft of the Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting December 16, 2013 The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to…

Mason City man injured after New Year’s Eve crash

RURAL MASON CITY – Police said a slippery road New Year’s Eve caused a crash that injured a Mason City man. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, on…

Authorities investigate collision that injured two Minnesotans

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Police are investigating a two-car accident Tuesday that sent a pair of Minnesota women to Mercy Hospital. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office,…