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Mason City woman escapes felony drunk driving conviction after over $4,000 in court costs

Mason City woman escapes felony drunk driving conviction after over $4,000 in court costs

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman charged with felony drunk driving after an arrest last October successfully pled down to a lesser charge after well over $4,000 in court…

Fort Dodge teen arrested after threat to school, sent to juvenile detention center

Fort Dodge teen arrested after threat to school, sent to juvenile detention center

FORT DODGE – A Fort Dodge teen has been arrested after allegedly making a school shooting threat, landing him in a juvenile detention center. According to Fort Dodge police, during…

Major sporting goods retailer will no longer sell assault-style rifles after latest school massacre

Major sporting goods retailer will no longer sell assault-style rifles after latest school massacre

WATERLOO – A major sporting goods retailer that operates a number of stores within driving distance of North Iowa – Dick’s Sporting Goods – triumphantly announced today that they will…

Steve King’s opponent blasts his NRA “hush money”

Steve King’s opponent blasts his NRA “hush money”

SPENCER – A Spencer businesswoman challenging Steve King for a seat in Congress blasted his so-called “NRA hush money” in a recent mailer. Leann Jacobsen, a Democratic challenger facing Republican…

Ernst meets with Ambassador Branstad in China to discuss U.S.-China trade partnership

Ernst meets with Ambassador Branstad in China to discuss U.S.-China trade partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) traveled to China on Saturday, February 24th to meet with U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and former Governor of…

Up to 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged into Northern Iowa creek

Up to 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged into Northern Iowa creek

MANSON — Up to 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged into a Northern Iowa creek Monday night. Leaks from a pump caused a wastewater discharge into East Cedar Creek…

Arizona man fined thousands of dollars for deer poaching at Iowa park

Arizona man fined thousands of dollars for deer poaching at Iowa park

COUNCIL BLUFFS – An Arizona man found is guilty of deer poaching at an Iowa park and must pay thousands of dollars in fines. Nicholas Slater of Glendale, Ariz. was…

Clear Lake’s Hamlin signs with NIACC

Clear Lake’s Hamlin signs with NIACC

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake senior Jackson Hamiln signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play for the NIACC men’s golf team next season. Hamlin helped lead Clear Lake…

Franklin county woman caught with meth

Franklin county woman caught with meth

RURAL MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle in a remote area and discovered a woman inside with meth. On Monday, February 27, 2018, at about…

Report: Iowa is best state in the Union

Report: Iowa is best state in the Union

DES MOINES – Iowa is the #1 state in the country, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report. Gov. Kim Reynolds appeared on CBS This Morning…

Rising number of deaths due to unintentional shootings connected to drug users with guns gets attention of U.S. attorney in Iowa

Rising number of deaths due to unintentional shootings connected to drug users with guns gets attention of U.S. attorney in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – The rising number of deaths due to unintentional shootings connected to drug users with guns has gotten the attention of the U.S. attorney in Iowa. Between 2015…

Mason City police issue statement after threat to school pep rally

Mason City police issue statement after threat to school pep rally

MASON CITY – This afternoon, Mason City police issued a statement after a threat was made yesterday to a pep rally that took place at the High School. Here is the…

Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules shot down by Iowa Supreme Court in fatal crash case

Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules shot down by Iowa Supreme Court in fatal crash case

DES MOINES – Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules has been shot down by the Iowa Supreme Court in fatal crash case in which he faces a felony charge of leaving…

Charles City sex offender will stand trial in March for alleged murder of Iowa man

Charles City sex offender will stand trial in March for alleged murder of Iowa man

NEWTON, IOWA – A convicted Charles City sex offender is accused of the murder of a man in Jasper county, and is scheduled for a March trial in the case.…

Fire causes heavy damage to Estherville garage

Fire causes heavy damage to Estherville garage

ESTHERVILLE, IOWA – Heavy damage due to a fire was reported over the weekend in Estehrville. Shortly after 11:45 AM on Saturday, February 24, the Estherville Fire Department was paged…

“Graveball” gamer Dirksen unopposed for county auditor

“Graveball” gamer Dirksen unopposed for county auditor

MASON CITY – A liberal Mason City man who delightfully endorses a game he coded called “Graveball” will likely be the next Cerro Gordo County Auditor. Former Cerro Gordo County…

Iowa man caught masturbating, spying on youngsters in shower

Iowa man caught masturbating, spying on youngsters in shower

IOWA CITY – A man is facing a range of charges after he was caught this weekend masterbating as he spied on youngsters in an Iowa City locker room shower.…

Sheffield man hurt in rural Cerro Gordo county crash

Sheffield man hurt in rural Cerro Gordo county crash

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – A Sheffield man was hurt in a rural Cerro Gordo county crash Monday afternoon. On Monday, February 26, 2018 at about 2:58 PM, the Cerro…

Threat rumor at Mason City High School sends police to investigate

Threat rumor at Mason City High School sends police to investigate

MASON CITY – A rumor of a threat at the Mason City High School connected to today’s planned pep assembly sent police to investigate. Classes and events are being held…

Federal Treasury Department wants to repeal nearly 300 “outdated” tax regulations

Federal Treasury Department wants to repeal nearly 300 “outdated” tax regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury this month proposed repealing 298 tax regulations that are unnecessary, duplicative or obsolete and force taxpayers to navigate needlessly complex or…

Man who filled Grafton with black smoke from burning trash ordered to pay $5,000 fine

Man who filled Grafton with black smoke from burning trash ordered to pay $5,000 fine

GRAFTON, IOWA – A man who burned upwards of four dumpsters worth of trash and debris that filled the town of Grafton full of black smoke has been ordered to…

Iowa DNR endorses Healthy Heart Month

Iowa DNR endorses Healthy Heart Month

DES MOINES — Healthy air quality plays a major part in preventing heart disease according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fans of “This is Us,” a popular primetime show,…

Floyd county law enforcement execute drug search warrants

Floyd county law enforcement execute drug search warrants

FLOYD COUNTY – Floyd county law enforcement executed two drug search warrants over the last few days, the sheriff’s office said The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted 2 unrelated…

Applications now being accepted for low income “Opportunity Zones” in Iowa

Applications now being accepted for low income “Opportunity Zones” in Iowa

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, announced an invitation for cities, counties and communities in eligible areas of Iowa to apply to…

Slow-speed chase leads to arrest of Mason City man on drug charges

Slow-speed chase leads to arrest of Mason City man on drug charges

MASON CITY – A man refused to stop for law enforcement Sunday night, leading to a slow-speed chase through Mason City and his eventual arrest on drug and other charges.…

Convicted felon drunk driver arrested after auto slides off road

Convicted felon drunk driver arrested after auto slides off road

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – A convicted felon drunk driver from Clear Lake was back behind he wheel this weekend, and after he crashed his car, was arrested once again…

USDA looking for ways to make food stamp (SNAP) users become independent

USDA looking for ways to make food stamp (SNAP) users become independent

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced that it is looking for innovative ideas to promote work and self-sufficiency among able-bodied adults participating in the department’s Supplemental…

Kim Reynolds loses campaign manager as primary inches closer

Kim Reynolds loses campaign manager as primary inches closer

DES MOINES – The Kim Reynolds campaign for governor has lost its manager as the June primary inches closer, according to the Associated Press. Incumbent Republican governor Kim Reynolds faces…

Illegal alien from Mexico sent to prison for returning to Iowa to drive drunk after deportation

Illegal alien from Mexico sent to prison for returning to Iowa to drive drunk after deportation

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who was caught drunk driving in Iowa has been sentenced to four months in prison for illegally returning here following deportation. Amador Artiniega-Reyes, age 38,…

ACLU offers to help students “learn about their rights” when planning to walk out of school in protest

ACLU offers to help students “learn about their rights” when planning to walk out of school in protest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ACLU is offering guidance to students who want to stage a protest against guns by walking out of school. “Students: Know Your Rights!” the ACLU urged in…

Iowa State falls in home finale to No. 6 Texas, 72-59

AMES – The Iowa State women’s basketball team (12-16, 6-11 Big 12) played its last game In Hilton Coliseum for the season, falling to No. 6 Texas (23-5, 14-3 Big…

Former police officer sentenced for attempting to support ISIS

Former police officer sentenced for attempting to support ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nicholas Young, 38, of Fairfax, Virginia, and a former police officer, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Sometimes it must seem to the public that we agree on nothing at all during the legislative…

NRA losing corporate supporters in wake of latest school shooting

NRA losing corporate supporters in wake of latest school shooting

FAIRFAX, VA — The National Rifle Association is facing serious backlash from segments of the country after the latest horrific school shooting, and now some of its corporate parters and…

NIACC’s Anderly wins wrestling National Championship at 141 weight

NIACC’s Anderly wins wrestling National Championship at 141 weight

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Sophomore Austin Anderly became NIACC’s 13th national wrestling champion Saturday night. Anderly stopped Lincoln’s Christian Kanzler 3-2 in the 141-pound NJCAA national title match inside the Mid-America…

Mason City police respond to threat of use of weapon at High School

Mason City police respond to threat of use of weapon at High School

MASON CITY – A student allegedly threatened to use a weapon at Mason City High School on Friday, and police responded with an investigation. On Friday, February 23, 2018, at…

Crack dealer recently out of prison arrested for felony domestic assault

Crack dealer recently out of prison arrested for felony domestic assault

MASON CITY – A convicted crack cocaine dealer who was sent to an Iowa prison and released this past fall was arrested after an alleged violent incident in Mason City…

Rep. Upmeyer: Addressing Iowa’s health care challenges

Rep. Upmeyer: Addressing Iowa’s health care challenges

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake – With the first funnel in the rearview mirror, we have narrowed our scope for legislation. We…

Mackenzie Meyer’s 13 points helps Iowa defeat Indiana, 75-62

Mackenzie Meyer’s 13 points helps Iowa defeat Indiana, 75-62

IOWA CITY – Former Mason City Mohawk Mackenzie Meyer’s 13 points helped Iowa defeat Indiana today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 75-62. Iowa (23-6; 11-5) jumped out to a 20-8 lead at…

Senator Ragan: Schools need to plan for emergencies

Senator Ragan: Schools need to plan for emergencies

The following is a column submitted by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Every school in Iowa should have a plan in case of a natural disaster, medical emergency, bomb…

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