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Grassley and Ernst vote for tax bill

Grassley and Ernst vote for tax bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, voted for landmark tax reform…

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 14, 2017

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 14, 2017

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/14/2017 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 350.00 ABERNATHY, TRAVIS REFUND 14.86 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE…

Politics invade Cerro Gordo Compensation Board meeting; Minert argues for pay freeze

Politics invade Cerro Gordo Compensation Board meeting; Minert argues for pay freeze

MASON CITY – Political values and personalities clashed when the Cerro Gordo county Compensation Board met Monday at the courthouse in Mason City. Minutes before the meeting, an alleged incident…

Gov. Reynolds releases economic development roadmap for bioscience in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds releases economic development roadmap for bioscience in Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Innovation Council (IIC), released an economic development…

Iowa man faces murder charge after following woman home from bar

Iowa man faces murder charge after following woman home from bar

DUBUQUE, IOWA – An Iowa man faces a first-degree murder charge after following a woman home from bar and allegedly becoming violent. On December 3rd, 2017, at approximately 11:20 PM,…

Three Iowa inmates face attempted murder charges for beating correctional officers

Three Iowa inmates face attempted murder charges for beating correctional officers

BURLINGTON – Three inmates in an Iowa jail are charged with attempted murder for subduing and beating two correctional officers recently. On December 10, 2017, at approximately 4:08 PM, the…

Mason City youngsters earn trip to compete at Cheerleading Nationals

Mason City youngsters earn trip to compete at Cheerleading Nationals

MASON CITY – A pair of Mason City cheerleaders have earned a trip to compete at Cheerleading Nationals next year. Two Mason City youths, Brooklyn Arndt and Greta Lewerke, will…

Mason City man sent to prison for felony theft

Mason City man sent to prison for felony theft

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been sentenced to prison for a theft last March. On Friday, March 10, 2017, at about 11:01 AM, officers executed a search…

One hurt in Manly car crash

One hurt in Manly car crash

MANLY – A person was hurt in a car crash in Manly Monday night. The accident happened around 7:00 PM Monday night. A call for help connected to a two-vehicle…

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving after domestic incident

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving after domestic incident

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed for drunk driving after a domestic incident. Mason City police were called for a physical domestic altercation on the evening of…

Iowa Senator Boulton warns of approaching “health care disaster” for state’s children

Iowa Senator Boulton warns of approaching “health care disaster” for state’s children

DES MOINES – Iowa’s outstanding health insurance for children is at risk due to the Congressional failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Without federal action, the state…

Iowa teen dies in rural machinery accident

Iowa teen dies in rural machinery accident

WALL LAKE, IOWA – An Iowa teen died when he an end-loader he was operating to scoop manure tipped over. Saturday, December 15, 2017 the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and…

Another round of delays expected in Iowa income tax returns filed in 2018

Another round of delays expected in Iowa income tax returns filed in 2018

DES MOINES – Tax refunds for Iowans will likely be delayed again this year, a state official says. According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa Department of Revenue Director Courtney…

DNR says Iowans throwing away too much food waste and plastics

DNR says Iowans throwing away too much food waste and plastics

DES MOINES — A recently released study shows what Iowans are throwing away, and what could be spared from the landfill. That includes a lot of wasted food – 556,313…

Charles City police raid apartment in search for drugs

Charles City police raid apartment in search for drugs

CHARLES CITY – Charles City police raided an apartment in a search for drugs and arrested a man in the process. Early Friday morning, December 14 at about 15 minutes…

Vikings claim NFC North title with win over Bengals

Vikings claim NFC North title with win over Bengals

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings are the NFC North Champions of the NFL after routing the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, 34-7. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was 20/23 on the day for…

CDC Director says Trump administration didn’t ban words like “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus” from future budget documents

CDC Director says Trump administration didn’t ban words like “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus” from future budget documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s top health agency – the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was allegedly told by the Trump Administration that it was barred from using certain words…

NIACC to honor Minert with ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award

NIACC to honor Minert with ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College has named businessman Stephen A. Minert as its Distinguished Alumnus, college officials told NorthIowaToday.com. A luncheon will be held on April…

Radioactive constituents present in groundwater source serving Iowa, study says

Radioactive constituents present in groundwater source serving Iowa, study says

DES MOINES- A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, which serves parts of several midwestern states and Iowa (including Mason City), shows radioactive constituents present in…

Opinion: “Age of Trump” brings out racists, even in Iowa

Opinion: “Age of Trump” brings out racists, even in Iowa

We shouldn’t be surprised that sportscaster Orin Harris and educator Holly Jane Kusserow-Smidt were proudly espousing intolerant and racist comments during a streaming broadcast. In the Age of Trump and…

NIACC men cruise past AFLBS, 74-39

NIACC men cruise past AFLBS, 74-39

MASON CITY – Cam McPherson grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lift the NIACC men’s basketball team to a 74-39 victory over Associated Free Lutheran Bible School on Saturday in…

Hindu religious statesman to deliver prayers to Iowa House and Senate

Hindu religious statesman to deliver prayers to Iowa House and Senate

DES MOINES – A Hindu religious statesman says he is ready to deliver prayers to the Iowa House and Senate when lawmakers gather early next year. On February 26, both…

Iowa beats Drake at Hy-Vee Classic, 90-64

Iowa beats Drake at Hy-Vee Classic, 90-64

DES MOINES – The Iowa men’s basketball team defeated the Drake Bulldogs, 90-64, Saturday at the Hy-Vee Classic in Des Moines. Iowa improved to 5-1 in games played at The…

Mason City school board to consider election to continue ISL and PPEL tax levies

Mason City school board to consider election to continue ISL and PPEL tax levies

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board will meet Monday evening, December 18 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room of the School Administration Building and consider the continuation…

Iowa Democrats say legislature will be forced to cut programs and services

Iowa Democrats say legislature will be forced to cut programs and services

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Legislature Forced to Make Budget Cuts Again After Iowa’s nonpartisan budget experts met again this week, Iowa lawmakers will be forced to make another round…

Northern Iowa man dies in backhoe accident on farm

Northern Iowa man dies in backhoe accident on farm

SUPERIOR, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man died Friday in an accident while working with a backhoe on a farm. According to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, the accident took…

Mason City man caught with illegal drugs for second time

Mason City man caught with illegal drugs for second time

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been caught with illegal drugs for a second time. A CErro Gordo county deputy conducted a traffic stop on the evening of…

“YES” posse invades Des Moines, state officials delay Renaissance project

“YES” posse invades Des Moines, state officials delay Renaissance project

DES MOINES – A posse of pro-Renaissance Project personnel from Mason City presented to state economic development officials Friday in Des Moines and found out they need to clear two…

Mason City woman guilty of second drunk driving offense this year

Mason City woman guilty of second drunk driving offense this year

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is guilty of her second drunk driving offense this year. Mason City police arrested 27-year-old Britny Wanita Lynn Brand on September 21 for…

Fire reported in downtown Mason City Friday afternoon

Fire reported in downtown Mason City Friday afternoon

MASON CITY – A fire was reported in downtown Mason City Friday afternoon at machine shop. Mason City firefighters were at Luke’s Central Machine Shop, located at 360 North Delaware…

2018 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses on sale today

2018 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses on sale today

CLEAR LAKE – Starting today, you can purchase your Iowa 2018 hunting and fishing licenses. Find a nearby Iowa license vendor, or get your license on the DNR’s online sales…

Meth traffickers and money launderers sent to prison for nefarious activities in Iowa

Meth traffickers and money launderers sent to prison for nefarious activities in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Over the last year, more than twenty people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a methamphetamine and money laundering conspiracy centered in Marshalltown,…

Two people hurt in rear-end collision Thursday evening near Mason City

Two people hurt in rear-end collision Thursday evening near Mason City

MASON CITY – Two people were hurt in a rear-end collision Thursday evening near Mason City. On Decemeber 14th, 2017 at 7:43 PM, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office responded…

U.S. Senators introduce legislation to combat sexual harassment in Congress

U.S. Senators introduce legislation to combat sexual harassment in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, United States Senators introduced new bipartisan legislation to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in Congress, bring transparency and accountability to sexual harassment reporting process. U.S. Senators…

Jaszewski and cronies tip city vote using vile, cowardly tactics

Jaszewski and cronies tip city vote using vile, cowardly tactics

Opinion by Matt Marquardt: When you run for office in Mason City, there are certain realities that you need to understand and be prepared for. 1) You must pledge allegiance…

Strange, loud explosions in Estherville investigated

Strange, loud explosions in Estherville investigated

ESTHERVILLE – A series of strange, loud explosions in Estherville is being investigated by police and state officials. Police in Estherville say that over the last several weeks, Estherville residents…

Utility bill scam reported to police in Mason City

Utility bill scam reported to police in Mason City

MASON CITY – Another utility bill scam was reported to police today, this time in Mason City. On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Mason City Police Department took two reports…

Mason City man faces assault charge after incident at school

Mason City man faces assault charge after incident at school

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is facing an assault charge after an incident on school grounds. Mason City police tell NIT that there was a “disagreement amongst several…

Iowa man caught in Clear Lake with meth, loaded gun, booze

Iowa man caught in Clear Lake with meth, loaded gun, booze

MASON CITY – An Iowa man was stopped and arrested in Clear Lake after police found methamphetamine, a loaded gun and more. On December 13, 2017, at about 11:16 PM,…

Should Iowa should raise its cigarette tax?

Should Iowa should raise its cigarette tax?

DES MOINES – Should Iowa should raise its cigarette tax? The American Cancer Society has offered up an idea to Iowa legislators to tack on a $1.50 tax increase to…