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Accident reported on I-35 southbound, backing up traffic (photos)

Accident reported on I-35 southbound, backing up traffic (photos)

CLEAR LAKE – An auto accident is backing up traffic this afternoon on I-35 southbound, about 5 miles south of Clear Lake. Law enforcement was en route at about 2:40…

UPDATED: Fire seriously damages Homer’s Bar (photos and video)

UPDATED: Fire seriously damages Homer’s Bar (photos and video)

MASON CITY – A fire was reported at Homer’s Bar on Mason City’s south side after midnight, causing serious damage to the structure. Emergency responders including police and firefighters were…

Two vehicles suffer extensive damage after South Federal collision (photos)

Two vehicles suffer extensive damage after South Federal collision (photos)

MASON CITY – An Illinois man was cited after a collision Wednesday morning on South Federal Avenue in Mason City. According to a Mason City police spokesman, Wednesday morning July…

Riceville woman loses life while riding bicycle near Osage

Riceville woman loses life while riding bicycle near Osage

OSAGE – A car versus bicycle accident was fatal for a Riceville woman Wednesday morning. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, Grace Harken of Riceville was riding…

UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

UPDATED: Teen and man both arrested for drunk driving after being found passed out in car with baby

MASON CITY – Police were able to get two intoxicated individuals off the streets and rescue a baby from their custody early Wednesday. According to a Mason City police spokesman,…

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

Iowa Falls man who threatened to cut judges’ throats held without bond

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa Falls man was ordered detained without bond yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids, pending further proceedings in a case in which he threatened to…

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

Notorious robber may have committed credit union robbery, police say

MASON CITY – The “AK-47″ bandit may be responsible for Monday’s credit union robbery in Mason City, police say. The male suspect is described as 5’9” to 6′ tall, medium…

Op-ed: Small Town Prejudices (by Peter Children)

What do we have here… between 25 & 27 thousand people living together? We have the amenities most towns this size have, we have pole buildings in the downtown area,…

Humane Society to lead discussion on animal cruelty laws in wake of vicious acts in county

Humane Society to lead discussion on animal cruelty laws in wake of vicious acts in county

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa will hold an informational meeting on the subject of “Improving Iowa’s Animal Cruelty Laws” on Tuesday, August 4th, at 6:00 pm,…

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

Osage man and woman face felonies after burglary investigation

OSAGE – Following a burglary investigation by the Osage Police Department, multiple felony charges were filed on two Osage residents. Codie Smith, 27 years old and Samantha Hanson, 24 years…

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

City council denies liquor license to Eleven Lounge

MASON CITY – In a heated and contentious meeting, the Mason City council denied Eleven Lounge a liquor license at its meeting Tuesday night. The unanimous 5-0 vote was taken…

Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

Mom: Hammer-carrying tale-teller terrified her and kids

MASON CITY – A mom described an encounter she and her children had with a man Monday morning that left her “terrified” as he approached them with a hammer and…

Grassley urges EPA to increase volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard

Grassley urges EPA to increase volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to revise and increase its proposed volume obligations for renewable biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)…

Autoportal.com – Most Loved Automobile Website in India

Autoportal.com – Most Loved Automobile Website in India

India is a country of car lovers. Even though there is a vast majority of people who cannot afford cars, there is no stopping them from following the trends and…

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

Man loyal to ISIS arrested after attempting to use backpack bomb

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Florida man has been jailed for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, Florida,…

Trout bans flash photography at council meetings

Trout bans flash photography at council meetings

MASON CITY – Calling them “disruptive”, City Administrator Brent Trout has banned the use of cameras with a flash at council meetings. At the bottom of the agenda for this…

Hawkeyes want another big upgrade to Kinnick Stadium

Hawkeyes want another big upgrade to Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa is proposing significant new improvements to its athletics facilities complex. The plan calls for renovating the north stands at Kinnick Stadium, the…

Police seek robbery suspect

MASON CITY – An apparent robbery took place Tuesday morning in Mason City and police are seeking a suspect. Police are looking for a black Dodge Charger driven by a…

Career criminal from Charles City loses appeal

Career criminal from Charles City loses appeal

ST. LOUIS – A career criminal suspected of shooting a man as he lay in bed has lost an appeal in United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit.…

Foster grandparent sentenced to 50 years in prison for child molestation

Foster grandparent sentenced to 50 years in prison for child molestation

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd man who served as a foster grandparent and who was later found guilty by a jury of sexual abuse of a child has been sent…

Man arrested for lying to police

Man arrested for lying to police

MASON CITY – Police were called by a man who claimed to have committed a crime, but it turned out he made the whole tale up. Monday morning just after…

Iowa man arrested after roadside assault

Iowa man arrested after roadside assault

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Cerro Gordo deputies investigated a report of a roadside domestic abuse assault and arrested an Iowa man. Sunday evening at about 6:19 PM, Cerro Gordo…

How to Select a Beauty POS System 

When choosing a suitable beauty POS system for your business whether it is a spa, salon or just any other retail business, it is not just something that one can…

Benefits Health Insurance

As an employer, to attract qualified individuals, there is always the need to offer a compensation package, health insurance being the crown jewel. Contrary to what many people think, health…

Learn More About a Phoenix Locksmith

Phoenix is home to not one or two locksmiths but instead, to tons of high-end locksmiths offering a wide array of services and security solutions. Upon setting foot in Phoenix,…

Finding the Best Locksmith in Houston

When it comes to finding a quality and experienced locksmith in Houston Texas, you are spoiled for choice. The challenge though is finding a locksmith that is reliable, professional and…

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

City of Mason City expense report, July 23, 2015

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/23/2015 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————————– ADVANCED SYSTEMSOFFICE SUPPLIES 50.40 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 268.91 AKAY CONSULTING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 4,150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY…

One dead from gunfire after dispute in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – At least two people were shot and one died after a dispute in Minneapolis early Monday. Calls to 9-1-1 came into the dispatch center shortly after midnight with…

Opinion: What is happening at North Butler School??

By: Elizabeth Schroeder With an unclear understanding of what actually went wrong with North Butler finances, the board voted. On November 4, North Butler’s School Board made a decision to…

Mason City meth dealer gets 17 years in prison

Mason City meth dealer gets 17 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man found in possession of methamphetamine was sentenced this month to more than 17 years in federal prison. Mackenzie Everett Servantez, 26, from Mason City, Iowa,…

Iowa man sentenced to over 10 years for attempted enticement of a minor

Iowa man sentenced to over 10 years for attempted enticement of a minor

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity was sentenced July 2, 2015 to over 10 years in federal prison. Colton Rickels,…

Youth Entrepreneurial Academy held at NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Youth Entrepreneurial Academy held at NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (NIACC JPEC) conducted the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy on June 15-19. This free annual academy is offered to…

NIACC’s Hergert earns North Plains coach of the year award

NIACC’s Hergert earns North Plains coach of the year award

MASON CITY – NIACC baseball coach Travis Hergert has been selected as the ABCA/Diamond NJCAA Division II North Plains district baseball coach of the year. Hergert, who just completed his…

Man who let friends and family remove dangerous asbestos from building sent to prison

Man who let friends and family remove dangerous asbestos from building sent to prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who knew an old YMCA building in Iowa he had purchased contained asbestos but sent his friends and family inside to remove the toxic substance…

Financial assistance program available for breast health screenings

Financial assistance program available for breast health screenings

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is kicking off another year of their Care For Yourself Program. This program offers free mammogram and breast screening…

Mason City man arrested for stealing from Walmart

Mason City man arrested for stealing from Walmart

MASON CITY – Awaiting sentencing on a charge of felony 2nd degree theft, a Mason City man was nabbed for stealing at Walmart early Sunday. Anthony James Fickel Schoneman, age…

Man with BB gun on Southbridge Mall roof shoots woman, breaks window

Man with BB gun on Southbridge Mall roof shoots woman, breaks window

MASON CITY – In what appears to be a bizarre incident, a Mason City man took it upon himself to take to the roof of Southbridge Mall with a BB…

Man who attempted to get guns for ISIL is arrested and stabs nurse with pen

Man who attempted to get guns for ISIL is arrested and stabs nurse with pen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An Adams, Massachusetts, man has been charged in an indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL. The announcement was made…

Union representing IRS employees irked at budget, opposes use of private contractors to collect tax debt

Union representing IRS employees irked at budget, opposes use of private contractors to collect tax debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed funding level for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) falls far short of what the agency needs next year to fulfill its mission,…

Underage party busted up in Rockwell, 10 minors charged

Underage party busted up in Rockwell, 10 minors charged

ROCKWELL – Cerro Gordo county law enforcement were called to investigate an underage drinking party and ended up citing 10 minors. On July 18, 2015 2259 hours, deputies responded to…

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