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Iowa Federation of Labor files complaint against Koch Brothers organization

Iowa Federation of Labor files complaint against Koch Brothers organization

DES MOINES – The Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, (IFL) has filed a formal ethics complaint against Americans for Prosperity (AFP) regarding the apparent illegal lobbying action of Drew Klein,…

Iowa union suing over changes to collective bargaining law for state employees

Iowa union suing over changes to collective bargaining law for state employees

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 and four public employees are suing over changes to collective bargaining law for state employees that drastically reduced their bargaining ability. The defendants…

Q&A with Charles Grassley: Supreme Court Nomination

Q&A with Charles Grassley: Supreme Court Nomination

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley is a family farmer, a lifetime resident of New Hartford, Iowa, and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Q: What is the status of filling…

Mason City man busted with meth on ATV

Mason City man busted with meth on ATV

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed after law enforcement witnessed him illegally operating an ATV. The incident took place Saturday evening, February 18 at about 11:38 PM.…

Speed limit increase introduced in Iowa Legislature

Speed limit increase introduced in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES – Getting there faster may be a possibility if the Iowa Legislature approves a bill increasing speed limits. Current law provides that the speed limit on highways that…

Bill introduced to exempt retirement income from the state tax

Bill introduced to exempt retirement income from the state tax

DES MOINES – A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would phase out state income tax on retirement income. Senate File 34 exempts retirement income from the…

Humboldt native Kevin Dresser to take over as Iowa State wrestling coach

Humboldt native Kevin Dresser to take over as Iowa State wrestling coach

AMES, Iowa – Kevin Dresser, the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, has agreed to return home to his native state to become Iowa State’s Head Wrestling…

Update on Floyd county joint law enforcement center

Update on Floyd county joint law enforcement center

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Board of Supervisors and the Charles City Council have established a committee to study the viability of a joint law enforcement center. Prochaska &…

State employees shoot down request to forgo wage increase

State employees shoot down request to forgo wage increase

DES MOINES – The state of Iowa requested that its contract-covered union employees forgo a raise – and they said no way. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 said Monday that a…

President Donald J. Trump’s First Month: Achieving Results for the American People

President Donald J. Trump’s First Month: Achieving Results for the American People

From the White House: February 20, 2017 – After one month in office, President Donald J. Trump is already achieving results for the American people. Jump starting Job Creation: President…

Hampton woman accused of second drunk driving offense plus child endangerment

Hampton woman accused of second drunk driving offense plus child endangerment

IOWA FALLS, IOWA – A Hampton woman was jailed last week after an investigation into a drunk driving incident involving a child in the vehicle. Carrie Lea Young, formerly of…

NIACC Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

NIACC Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College is pleased to announce that 717 individuals have been named to the 2016 Fall Term Dean’s List and President’s List. These students…

Branstad highlights program that gives financial assistance to doctors who practice in underserved areas

Branstad highlights program that gives financial assistance to doctors who practice in underserved areas

DES MOINES – Today, at the Administration’s weekly press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Public Health Director Gerd Clabaugh highlighted a program, known…

Wisconsin man sent to prison for a decade after trying to join ISIS

Wisconsin man sent to prison for a decade after trying to join ISIS

MADISON, WISCONSIN – A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to join ISIS and “join the war against America.” Joshua Van Haften, 36, of…

Iowa man dead in motorcycle accident

Iowa man dead in motorcycle accident

DUBUQUE – An Iowa man lost his life this weekend during the unseasonably warm weather while riding his motorcycle. On February 18, 2017, at 9:05 AM, Dubuque, Iowa police and…

Kensett man guilty of another theft

Kensett man guilty of another theft

MASON CITY – A Kensett man has been sent to jail after another theft crime. Joseph James Buchite, age 26 of Kensett but working in Mason City as a line…

Wrestling: No. 13 Minnesota downs Iowa State on Senior Day

Wrestling: No. 13 Minnesota downs Iowa State on Senior Day

MES, Iowa – Minnesota (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) defeated Iowa State (1-12, 1-5 Big 12), 40-7 Saturday afternoon in wrestling action in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State honored its 11 seniors…

Mason City man proudly announces: “I’m gay and running for mayor”

Mason City man proudly announces: “I’m gay and running for mayor”

The following is a press release from a Mason City citizen announcing his candidacy for mayor in this year’s elections: My name is Alex D. Klein, and I am running…

Mason City school board to hear about Hoover and Jefferson schools air conditioning project

Mason City school board to hear about Hoover and Jefferson schools air conditioning project

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District Board of Education will hold a meeting on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Administrative Center Board Room.…

NIACC’s Khat wins pair of regional titles

NIACC’s Khat wins pair of regional titles

STORM LAKE – NIACC’s Wal Khat claimed a pair of NJCAA Region XI indoor track and field titles this past weekend. Khat won the 600-meter run in a school-record time…

Mayo clinic face transplant surgery gives man a new start in life

Mayo clinic face transplant surgery gives man a new start in life

ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA – Expert surgeons and doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester helped give a Wyoming man a new start in life with a successful near-total face transplant. Andrew…

Texas man sentenced to prison for pimping child

Texas man sentenced to prison for pimping child

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A Houston man was sentenced to 220 months in prison today for sex trafficking of a minor, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the…

Hawkeyes wrap dual season with 28-9 win over No. 23 Edinboro

Hawkeyes wrap dual season with 28-9 win over No. 23 Edinboro

EDINBORO, Pennsylvania — The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team scored bonus points in five of its seven wins to top No. 23 Edinboro, 28-9, on Saturday night in the…

Man wanted in connection to boat theft case caught walking streets

Man wanted in connection to boat theft case caught walking streets

MASON CITY – A man supposed to be serving time in the Beje Clark Halfway house and wanted on an arrest warrant was caught walking the streets of Mason City…

Wanted domestic abuser on the run for months finally caught by police

Wanted domestic abuser on the run for months finally caught by police

MASON CITY – A man with a violent past who had avoided capture on a warrant for months was nabbed by cops and taken to jail. An alert Cerro Gordo…

Ernst to Chair Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement upon being re-named the Subcommittee Chairman…

Iowa State men break 4×400 relay school record at Notre Dame

Iowa State men break 4×400 relay school record at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – It was a history-making day for the Iowa State men’s track and field team Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The Cyclones took down the program’s…

Jadda Buckley’s 20-point effort leads Iowa State past West Virginia, 68-53

Jadda Buckley’s 20-point effort leads Iowa State past West Virginia, 68-53

AMES – A couple of second-half surges saw Iowa State run away to a 68-53 victory over West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones completed their first season…

Man and woman grab sax from student at bus stop and try to sell it, leading to felony charges

Man and woman grab sax from student at bus stop and try to sell it, leading to felony charges

MASON CITY – A man and a woman allegedly committed a crime of opportunity when they grabbed an expensive musical instrument from a student who wasn’t looking and then tried…

Democrats’ Supreme Court Double Standard

Democrats’ Supreme Court Double Standard

By Sen. Chuck Grassley as published in USA Today – “We will keep our word” and put Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia…

Mason City man guilty of drunk driving, will face trial for Cedar Falls incident

Mason City man guilty of drunk driving, will face trial for Cedar Falls incident

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Ragan: “Scrapping iowans’ health security is an attack on workers”

Ragan: “Scrapping iowans’ health security is an attack on workers”

From Senator Amanda Ragan – The last couple weeks at the Statehouse, we’ve been focused on standing up to an attack on hard-working Iowans. I’m standing up because I believe…

City of Mason City expense report, February 16, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, February 16, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/16/2017 Payee DescriptionAmount —————————————— ———————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 452.11 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 899.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL BUILDING REPAIRS…

One shot dead in Davenport

One shot dead in Davenport

DAVENPORT – A man was shot dead in Davenport Friday evening, leading to the arrest of a suspect. On Friday, February 17, 2017 at approximately 9:49 PM, officers responded to…

Iowa man guilty of sexually abusing at least 5 children

Iowa man guilty of sexually abusing at least 5 children

BOONE, IOWA – An Iowa man is facing upwards of 205 years in prison after he was proven guilty of sexually abusing at least 5 children. On February 17, 2017,…

Upmeyer: “A win for taxpayers” today after collective bargaining law updated

Upmeyer: “A win for taxpayers” today after collective bargaining law updated

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – Members worked hard this week as we debated reforms to the state’s collective bargaining laws. On Thursday afternoon, both the…

Branstad and Reynolds “pleased” and “excited” after signing bill reforming “antiquated” public employee collective bargaining law

Branstad and Reynolds “pleased” and “excited” after signing bill reforming “antiquated” public employee collective bargaining law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following bill into law: House File 291: an Act relating to employment matters involving public employees including collective bargaining, educator employment…

President Trump and GOP strike down anti-coal regulation left by Obama

President Trump and GOP strike down anti-coal regulation left by Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Score one for the fossil fuel industry after President Donald Trump and Appalachia senators struck down a last-minute anti-coal industry regulation left behind by the Obama administration.…

While cooperating with U.S., China announces controls of deadly drug carfentanil and other fentanyl compounds

While cooperating with U.S., China announces controls of deadly drug carfentanil and other fentanyl compounds

WASHINGTON, DC – China’s National Narcotics Control Commission this week announced that scheduling controls against four fentanyl-class substances — carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, valeryl fentanyl, and acryl fentanyl — will begin…

Iowa Democratic Party furious over “anti-worker” legislation passed Thursday

Iowa Democratic Party furious over “anti-worker” legislation passed Thursday

DES MOINES – In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored, SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit…