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Study shows fast food makes you fatter and dumber

Study shows fast food makes you fatter and dumber

NIT Opinion – The sweet stench of bubbling grease and char-broiled red meat you sniff all over town doesn’t just ruin your body, a study shows, it also makes you…

Study says Iowa is fifth most “power hungry state”

Study says Iowa is fifth most “power hungry state”

NIT Opinion – Are Iowans gluttons for power? A new study released this week says “yes”, as it ranked the states that use the most power in the country based…

Wanted Mason City domestic abuser jailed for failing to show up in court

Wanted Mason City domestic abuser jailed for failing to show up in court

MASON CITY – A man convicted last year of felony domestic assault, placed on probation and later caught with methamphetamine skipped his court date and was later caught by police.…

Republican candidate said to be zeroing in on Urdahl’s supervisor seat

Republican candidate said to be zeroing in on Urdahl’s supervisor seat

NIT Opinion – Sources close to both sides of the North Iowa political scene tell NorthIowaToday.com that it increasingly appears that a well-regarded Republican may announce in 2015 that he will run…

Cops chase Northern Iowa man in stolen car

Cops chase Northern Iowa man in stolen car

BUCHANAN COUNTY – A dramatic pursuit of a wanted Iowa man ended in Buchanan county. On Friday, December 26, 2014, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the…

Iowa deer harvest similar to 2013

Iowa deer harvest similar to 2013

DES MOINES – Heading in to the final weeks of Iowa 2014 deer hunting season, hunters are on pace to harvest an estimated 100,000 deer, which would be similar to…

Iowa man in critical condition after being stabbed in fight

Iowa man in critical condition after being stabbed in fight

ADAMS COUNTY, IOWA – Law enforcement responded to a car chase where two subjects were attempting to run each other off a road before discovering one had serious stab wounds.…

Minneapolis cop chases shoplifter, makes arrest

Minneapolis cop chases shoplifter, makes arrest

MINNEAPOLIS – On December 22, a 5th Precinct Minneapolis police officer was working a plain clothes detail in the area of Uptown. The officer was going in and out of…

Three injured in accident on North Federal; roads are treacherous

Three injured in accident on North Federal; roads are treacherous

MASON CITY – An auto accident injured three persons in Mason City as snow continues to fall Friday evening. The accident with injuries occurred about 9:30 PM at the 800…

Cops respond to disturbance and arrest drunk woman

Cops respond to disturbance and arrest drunk woman

MASON CITY – Police were called to a Mason City residence for a woman who allegedly entered a house and began throwing things before leaving. On December 22, at about…

Mason City man cited for stealing from Kohls

Mason City man cited for stealing from Kohls

MASON CITY – Police were called to the Kohls Department store for an “out of control” male shoplifter. On Decemebr 22, at about 2:12 PM, a Kohls employee called police…

Investigation still on-going in bomb threats at two Northern Iowa high schools

Investigation still on-going in bomb threats at two Northern Iowa high schools

WAVERLY – An investigation is still on-going into a bomb threat against two high schools in the Northern Iowa area. According to the Bremer County Sheriff’s Department, on December 10,…

Dog euthanized after biting animal control officer

Dog euthanized after biting animal control officer

MASON CITY – A dog was euthanized Christmas Eve after it bit an animal control officer and sent her to the hospital. Mason City police disclosed today that animal control officer…

Thompson man caught drunk driving on Avenue

Thompson man caught drunk driving on Avenue

WAVERLY – A Thompson man was stopped while speeding down the Avenue of the Saints and arrested for drunk driving. On December 13, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office stopped a…

Law enforcement chase man on Avenue near Nashua, find weapons

Law enforcement chase man on Avenue near Nashua, find weapons

BREMER COUNTY – Law enforcement attempted to stop a driver on the Avenue of the Saints and he attempted to flee, only to be caught and found with dangerous weapons.…

Wanted Mason City fraudster jailed

Wanted Mason City fraudster jailed

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who pled guilty to credit card fraud and has been wanted since October was arrested this week on a warrant for allegedly violating…

Opinion: When is Enough, Enough?

Opinion: When is Enough, Enough?

Opinion by Peter Children of Mason City – Ever since Eric Bookmeyer took office here there has been never ending drama and a series of litigation and complaints brought against…

Clear Lake Chief of Police passes away

Clear Lake Chief of Police passes away

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake’s Chief of Police has passed away. Rex McChesney lost a battle with cancer Friday after being placed in hospice care. The city of Clear Lake…

Governor to seek treatment for varicose veins in his legs

Governor to seek treatment for varicose veins in his legs

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad will seek treatment for varicose veins in his legs next week, his office said today. On Monday, December 29, 2014, Gov. Branstad will undergo…

UPDATED: Kossuth county woman rolls car during drunk driving cruise

UPDATED: Kossuth county woman rolls car during drunk driving cruise

VENTURA – A Kossuth county woman was turned in to police after she rolled her car into a ditch. An emergency call was made early Christmas morning after 3:00 AM…

Mason City man pleads guilty to drunk driving

Mason City man pleads guilty to drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City man previously arrested for drunk driving has pleaded guilty and is now serving jail time. Paul Curtis Hillestad, age 66, pleaded guilty this week to…

Scores dead and injured in Iraq suicide attack

Scores dead and injured in Iraq suicide attack

MADAEN, IRAQ – The United States strongly condemned a suicide attack that took place in Madaen, Iraq, on Wednesday which took the lives of a number of anti-ISIL fighters as…

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer moved to Floyd county

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer moved to Floyd county

FOREST CITY – A former police officer who is accused of trying to burn down the Forest City police station will stand trial in January in Floyd county. Thaddeus John…

Clear Lake man dies from work-related injuries

CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake man has died due to injuries he sustained at work this month. Rick Keith Ott, age 63 of Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 23,…

Minnesota public officials come to defense of group that helped stage rally at Mall of America, who may face criminal charges

Minnesota public officials come to defense of group that helped stage rally at Mall of America, who may face criminal charges

BLOOMINGTON, MN – The group “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis” could be facing charges for disrupting commerce and shopping at the Mall of America after a protest they arranged there last…

Man suspected of pulling off third bank robbery in Twin Cities area

Man suspected of pulling off third bank robbery in Twin Cities area

MINNEAPOLIS – A lone black male is being sought in connection to perhaps his third bank heist since November 19 in the Twin Cities area. According to the FBI, on…

Belmond woman loses life after slippery road car crash

Belmond woman loses life after slippery road car crash

BELMOND – A two-car accident caused by a slippery road claimed the life of a Belmond woman. Tuesday morning, December 23 at just after 9 AM, twofers approached each other…

Investigation underway after cops fire weapons at man in stolen corvette

Investigation underway after cops fire weapons at man in stolen corvette

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations is looking into a shooting by Council Bluffs police that occurred when a man attempted to run them over with…

Accused thief busted with drugs

Accused thief busted with drugs

MASON CITY – A Mason City man already awaiting trial on at least two separate theft cases was caught with drugs during a traffic stop. Todd Aaron Howard Hamilton Sutton,…

Supreme Court refuses to review Mason City sex offender’s conviction

Supreme Court refuses to review Mason City sex offender’s conviction

DES MOINES – A Mason City sex offender who was caught with drawings he made of young children after his own friend snitched on him to police won’t have his…

Tis the season to shoplift some nog

Tis the season to shoplift some nog

MASON CITY – Why not just ask Santa for some egg nog instead of attempting to steal it? Mason City police said today that police were called to the Hy-Vee…

Now only one insurer offering Iowans coverage through Healthcare.gov

Now only one insurer offering Iowans coverage through Healthcare.gov

DES MOINES – The state has assumed control of one of the two insurance carriers that had been offering Iowans coverage through Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website. CoOportunity Health is no…

New drug approved for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma

New drug approved for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week granted accelerated approval to a new treatment for patients with unresectable (cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic (advanced)…

Cops tap jail phone to help build drug dealing case against brothers

Cops tap jail phone to help build drug dealing case against brothers

FAYETTE COUNTY – Law enforcement in Fayette county recorded phone calls of jail inmates to help bolster a case against two accused drug dealers. On December 19, after a month…

Illegal Mexican alien living in Iowa who was caught driving drunk 5 times is sent to federal prison

Illegal Mexican alien living in Iowa who was caught driving drunk 5 times is sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who re-entered the United States illegally after being removed as a felon was sentenced today to thirteen months in federal prison. Manuel Reveles-Martinez, age 33,…

Iowa man who sold crack out of his candy store sent to prison

Iowa man who sold crack out of his candy store sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sold crack cocaine out of his Dubuque, Iowa candy store was sentenced today to just under 6 years in federal prison. Dwayne Howard, 36,…

Hoiberg lands another top transfer recruit

Hoiberg lands another top transfer recruit

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has announced the addition of Marquette transfer Deonte Burton to the roster. Burton, a consensus top-100 recruit out of high school,…

No injuries and one cited in two-car accident Monday

No injuries and one cited in two-car accident Monday

MASON CITY – There were no reported injuries in a two-car accident Monday in Mason City. Mason City police said that at about 2:15 PM on Monday, December 22, Diane…

Popular coffee maker recalled due to burn risk from spraying hot water

Popular coffee maker recalled due to burn risk from spraying hot water

WASHINGTON – At least 7 million coffee makers from a popular coffee machine manufacturer need to be brought in for repairs to avoid the risk of scalding hot water spraying…

Charges could be brought against organizers of Mall of America protest

Charges could be brought against organizers of Mall of America protest

BLOOMINGTON, MN – The group “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis” could be facing charges for disrupting commerce and shopping at the Mall of America after a protest they arranged there last…