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Charles City man faces felony burglary charge

Charles City man faces felony burglary charge

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Littering complaint leads to discovery of marijuana grow operation in tiny Northern Iowa town

Littering complaint leads to discovery of marijuana grow operation in tiny Northern Iowa town

SCHALLER, IOWA: Law enforcement used a litter complaint to visit a house in this small Northern Iowa town and discovered an 80-plant marijuana grow operation and a man cheating his…

Iowa man cited for firing shotgun at intruders kicking in his door

Iowa man cited for firing shotgun at intruders kicking in his door

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man has been cited by police after firing his shotgun to scare of intruders attempting to kick in his door. On Friday, March 31, 2017, at…

Mason City woman to stand trial on felony drug charge and drunk driving

Mason City woman to stand trial on felony drug charge and drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is awaiting court appearances on a felony drug charge and drunk driving. Jamie Lynn Johnson, age 24, was arrested by the Iowa State…

Charles City man jailed and fined after damaging storage unit

Charles City man jailed and fined after damaging storage unit

CHARLES CITY – Police were called when a Charles City man tried to break down a storage unit door. The incident took place on the evening of March 17, 2017.…

Mac Skogen signs to play basketball at NIACC

Mac Skogen signs to play basketball at NIACC

MASON CITY – A Mason City boys basketball player signed today to play with the NIACC Trojans. Mac Skogen, a point guard, signed a national letter of intent to play…

Police make arrest in Mason City house robbery

Police make arrest in Mason City house robbery

MASON CITY – An arrest has been made in the robbery of a Mason City home that took place on Monday, March 27th. On that date officers responded to a…

Iowa’s Peter Jok Wins 3-Point Contest at NCAA Final Four

Iowa’s Peter Jok Wins 3-Point Contest at NCAA Final Four

PHOENIX – University of Iowa senior Peter Jok celebrated his birthday and wore his Hawkeye jersey one final time Thursday by winning the College 3-Point Championships event held as part…

Fort Dodge teen guilty of attempted murder after shooting man in chest

Fort Dodge teen guilty of attempted murder after shooting man in chest

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Area cross country runners Dalbeck and Hansen sign with NIACC

Area cross country runners Dalbeck and Hansen sign with NIACC

MASON CITY – Garner-Hayfield/Ventura’s Logan Dalbeck and West Fork’s Jacob Hansen ran against each other several times during their prep cross country and track careers. Now, the two former rivals…

Branstad signs law freezing Iowa minimum wage at $7.25

Branstad signs law freezing Iowa minimum wage at $7.25

DES MOINES – Legislation signed Thursday by Governor Terry Branstad will make sure Iowa’s minimum wage will be set at $7.25 and nullify hikes in four counties. Gov. Branstad signed House…

McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

MASON CITY – You’ll be in the drive thru even more often once these tasty delights sizzle on that big flat cooking surface. McDonald’s USA today announced that by mid-2018,…

Opioid overdose antidote available at CVS pharmacies in Iowa, officials announce today

Opioid overdose antidote available at CVS pharmacies in Iowa, officials announce today

DES MOINES – Today, CVS Health officials (NYSE: CVS) joined Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter and Office of Drug Control Policy Director…

NIACC golf preview for 2017 season

NIACC golf preview for 2017 season

By KIRK HARDCASTLE, NIACC sports information director MASON CITY – The extremely short NIACC men’s and women’s golf season is about to get underway. The NIACC women open their season…

Village Co-op residents hold annual meeting, elect officers

Village Co-op residents hold annual meeting, elect officers

MASON CITY – The annual meeting of the Village Cooperative of Mason City was held March 20, 2017. Reports of the 2016 meeting and current financial status were received and…

Northern Iowa man caught with meth during traffic stop

Northern Iowa man caught with meth during traffic stop

RURAL DICKINSON COUNTY – A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a Northern Iowa an for meth possession. On March 23, 2017 at around 10:34 PM, the Dickinson County…

Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

Grassley, Feinstein bill combats candy- and fruit-flavored drugs marketed to children

WASHINGTON — Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  this week re-introduced the Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act to increase the criminal penalties for marketing candy-flavored drugs to…

Alliant gives Mason City schools nearly $14K

Alliant gives Mason City schools nearly $14K

MASON CITY – Alliant Energy’s rebate program paid off for Mason City Community School District to the tune of nearly $14,000. The Mason City School District reported that Alliant Energy…

Two hurt in crash in Dickinson county

Two hurt in crash in Dickinson county

SUPERIOR, IOWA – Two people were hurt and hospitalized after a crash near Superior, Iowa Wednesday. The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection…

UNI’s Ben Jacobson gets 2-year contract extension

UNI’s Ben Jacobson gets 2-year contract extension

CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa head men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson has agreed to a two-year contract extension through March 31, 2027. “Jake is one of the premier…

Belmond man dies after falling from platform at job site

Belmond man dies after falling from platform at job site

BELMOND, IOWA – A Belmond man died this week after a work-related accident. At approximately 2:15 PM Monday, March 27th, grain by-products were being loaded into a semi-truck located at…

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Opinion: Collectively Determining the “Right ” Direction for Mason City

Some of our City’s leaders, managers and others in positions of significant influence, look myopically at their own pet issues and call it “Vision”. Some of our senior, seasoned and…

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

Charles City woman arrested for second time after domestic altercation

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman who was accused of a felony domestic assault last year but pled guilty to a lesser crime was arrested again recently after another…

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

State Department employee arrested after accepting lavish gifts from Chinese operatives over 5 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chinese New Year’s gifts. Meals. International travel and vacations. Tuition at a Chinese fashion school. A fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend. These were just some…

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

Hardin county assessor slaps 10% increase on residential property valuations

ELDORA, IOWA – The property tax bills for Hardin county residents will be going up by 10% after the assessor’s office there announced it had increased property valuations. It was…

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

Cops catch man after alleged drug activity in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Law enforcement put a stop to some alleged drug activity in downtown Charles City Tuesday night. The Charles City Police Department reports that Tuesday night at about…

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

Branstad signs bill limiting livestock nuisance lawsuits

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today signed a bill that puts a cap on the damages livestock producers would face in nuisance lawsuits. Iowa lawmakers passed Senate File…

OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City

OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City

One of North Iowa’s most beautiful icons boarded the train to eternity on Friday March 25th, 2017. Paulette Garica entered all our lives when she traded the idealistic warmth of…

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

American consumers celebrate first calendar year drop in food prices in 50 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in 50 years, American consumers can celebrate a drop in food prices over a calendar year. The United States Department of Agriculture Economic…

NBA’s Dallas Mavericks sign former Iowa Hawkeye Jarrod Uthoff to multi-year deal

NBA’s Dallas Mavericks sign former Iowa Hawkeye Jarrod Uthoff to multi-year deal

DALLAS, TEXAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed rookie forward Jarrod Uthoff to a multi-year contract. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. Uthoff (6-9,…

Opinion: Don’t let Bookmeyer’s three council members control city’s future

Opinion: Don’t let Bookmeyer’s three council members control city’s future

I just wanted to remind citizens of Mason City, those of you who occupy one of the 14,000 houses and apartments that make up the bulk of the city. I…

Webster City woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

Webster City woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 20, 2017, to more than 6 years in federal prison. Deanna Ramirez-Trujillo, 31, from Webster City, Iowa,…

Mason City Schools Interim Superintendent to move to Arizona to lead Flagstaff schools

Mason City Schools Interim Superintendent to move to Arizona to lead Flagstaff schools

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board announced that they have entered into negotiations with Mr. Michael Penca for the position of Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent. He…

Three Charles City teens charged with felony threat of terrorism

Three Charles City teens charged with felony threat of terrorism

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City today announced that three teens have been taken away by juvenile authorities and charged with felony threat of terrorism after an incident last…

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

Iraqi refugees arrested and charged with immigration fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Iraqi “refugees” have been detained after an elaborate story was concocted to fool their way into become United States citizens. Yousif Al Mashhandani (“Yousif”), 35, of…

Florida man who once asked cops for cash busted again after foot chase

Florida man who once asked cops for cash busted again after foot chase

CHARLES CITY – He once asked cops for cash and was jailed, then he tried running from officers last week and was promptly pursued and incarcerated again. On March 23,…

Northern Iowa man jailed after causing himself injuries during disturbance

Northern Iowa man jailed after causing himself injuries during disturbance

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Northern Iowa man faces 5 counts of sexual abuse and incest

Northern Iowa man faces 5 counts of sexual abuse and incest

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Cerro Gordo supervisors OK levy reduction for property tax payers (video)

Cerro Gordo supervisors OK levy reduction for property tax payers (video)

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county supervisors OK’d a levy reduction of 3.38% for property tax payers Tuesday morning at the board’s regular meeting. The County Social Services Board…

Governor Branstad announces appointments to STEM Advisory Council

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to Iowa’s STEM Advisory Council. The following individuals’ appointments were effective Monday, March 27, are unpaid and are not subject…

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