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Area nonprofits receive $35,000 from the Alliant Energy Foundation

Area nonprofits receive $35,000 from the Alliant Energy Foundation

MASON CITY – Twenty-five nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling $35,000 from the Alliant Energy Foundation this spring, including some in Mason City, Clear Lake and surrounding areas. “These…

Gov. Reynolds signs tax reform bill into law

Gov. Reynolds signs tax reform bill into law

DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the tax reform bill, Senate File 2417, into law Wednesday at tablet manufacturer MobileDemand in Hiawatha. Senate File 2417 represents historic tax reform…

Wigginton to return to Iowa State for Sophomore season

Wigginton to return to Iowa State for Sophomore season

AMES – Iowa State freshman guard Lindell Wigginton has removed his name from the NBA Draft and will return to school for his sophomore season, he announced today. “I’m glad…

Tyler Cook to return for Junior season as a Hawkeye

Tyler Cook to return for Junior season as a Hawkeye

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa men’s basketball player Tyler Cook has elected to return for his redshirt junior season. The announcement was made Wednesday by Iowa head coach Fran…

Human remains found in rural Mason City

Human remains found in rural Mason City

MASON CITY – Authorities say the remains of a human female have been found in rural Mason City. On May 20th, 2018, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office received a…

Public hearing scheduled in Mason City for over $5 million in General Obligation bonds

Public hearing scheduled in Mason City for over $5 million in General Obligation bonds

MASON CITY – City Hall in Mason City plans to issue up to $5.2 million and $350,000 in General Obligation bonds for city improvements. Up to $5.2 million in General…

Mason City woman accused of drunk driving for second time

Mason City woman accused of drunk driving for second time

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is behind bars, accused of drunk driving for at least the second time. Sheila Roseann Rick was booked into the Cerro Gordo county…

Iowa woman faces decades in prison after stealing from deceased Navy seal fiancee and his elderly mother

Iowa woman faces decades in prison after stealing from deceased Navy seal fiancee and his elderly mother

CEDAR RAPIDS – A sordid tale unfolded in a rural Iowa community after authorities discovered a woman had conned an ex-Navy seal who died while swimming, and his elderly, disabled…

Hunters harvested 11,700 turkeys during 2018 spring season

Hunters harvested 11,700 turkeys during 2018 spring season

CLEAR LAKE – Turkey hunters reported harvesting 11,700 Iowa birds this spring, which is 100 birds fewer than were harvested in 2017. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with…

Lake Mills woman accused of illegal drug possession

Lake Mills woman accused of illegal drug possession

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A Lake Mills woman us accused of illegal drug possession after she was stopped in Worth county. On May 23, 2018 at approximately 11:10 PM, a…

Hit sitcom “Roseanne” cancelled after racist Twitter post; star blames Ambien

Hit sitcom “Roseanne” cancelled after racist Twitter post; star blames Ambien

LOS ANGELES – ABC TV has confirmed that the hit sitcom “Roseanne” has been canceled, leading the star of the show to blame a drug for a racist Twitter post…

Cerro Gordo nurse asks: Are you at risk for Hepatitis C?

Cerro Gordo nurse asks: Are you at risk for Hepatitis C?

By: Samantha Smith, RN, Disease Prevention Specialist May is Hepatitis Awareness month. Many people aren’t sure what exactly Hepatitis is and why it’s so important to get tested! The word…

Senator Jochum accepts Governor Reynolds’ offer to reveal the numbers supporting claims of Medicaid savings

Senator Jochum accepts Governor Reynolds’ offer to reveal the numbers supporting claims of Medicaid savings

DES MOINES – Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque has accepted Governor Reynolds’s offer to provide the numbers behind alleged Medicaid savings of hundreds of millions dollars. The announcement comes days…

Gov. Reynolds, other Iowa leaders celebrate 5th anniversary of Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Gov. Reynolds, other Iowa leaders celebrate 5th anniversary of Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

BOONE – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with a broad cross section of Iowa agricultural and community leaders, celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Iowa Nutrient…

Humboldt man sent to prison for trying to deal 20 lbs. of meth, carrying loaded gun

Humboldt man sent to prison for trying to deal 20 lbs. of meth, carrying loaded gun

SIOUX CITY – A Northern Iowa man and former federal inmate who distributed approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine while on federal supervised release was sentenced on May 29, 2018, to…

OBIT: Robert “Bob” Bonwell, 66, of Charles City

OBIT: Robert “Bob” Bonwell, 66, of Charles City

Robert “Bob” Bonwell, 66, of Charles City, passed away at his home Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Funeral services for Robert Bonwell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2,…

Where are the most beautiful beaches in the world?

Planet Earth is blessed with many beautiful landscapes, from stunning mountain ranges to deep blue lakes. While we often gorge on the beauty of these vistas, there is one thing…

NIACC’s Thesing-Ritter, Low earn NFCA all-Midwest region honors

NIACC’s Thesing-Ritter, Low earn NFCA all-Midwest region honors

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomores Morgan Thesing-Ritter and Shelby Low both earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Divsion II Midwest all-region honors. Thesing-Ritter was selected to the first-team as an…

Man arrested after stabbing incident at Mason City residence

Man arrested after stabbing incident at Mason City residence

MASON CITY – A man was arrested after a stabbing incident at a Mason City residence Monday afternoon. On Monday, May 28, 2018, at approximately 4:41 PM, Mason City Police…

Teen drowns in quarry near Charles City

Teen drowns in quarry near Charles City

RURAL CHICKASAW COUNTY – Tragedy struck for the second time at a quarry near Charles City, after a teen drowned there this weekend. Authorities have confirmed that a teen drowned…

Mason City High School Commencement and Academic Hall of Fame inductees set

Mason City High School Commencement and Academic Hall of Fame inductees set

MASON CITY – Mason City High School’s Commencement ceremony and Academic Hall of Fame inductees are set. Commencement exercises for the Mason City High School graduating class of 2018 will…

Federal judge from Mason City sends Iowa manto prison for tax evasion

Federal judge from Mason City sends Iowa manto prison for tax evasion

COUNCIL BLUFFS – On May 11, 2018, United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose, a 1991 Mason City High School graduate, sentenced Michael Collins, age 49, of McClelland, Iowa…

Recover from Business Stress with a Weekend Break in Iowa

Recover from Business Stress with a Weekend Break in Iowa

When you’re at the end of your tether because you’re stressed and not getting a break from business life, it’s time to take some time away. Getting on the road…

Clear Lake barn burns Monday night

Clear Lake barn burns Monday night

CLEAR LAKE – A barn in Clear Lake burned Monday night, causing approximately $200,000 in losses to the property owner. The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to 19738 Heather…

Texas man caught drunk driving in Charles City

Texas man caught drunk driving in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A Texas man was jailed for drunk driving in Charles City. On May 20, 2018 at about 1:28 AM, officers with the Charles City police department conducted…

Man wanted on warrants in 3 counties chased by police in Charles City

Man wanted on warrants in 3 counties chased by police in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A man wanted on warrants in 3 counties was chased by police in Charles City this week and brought to jail. The incident unfolded on ay 23,…

Convicted domestic abuser accused again in Charles City

Convicted domestic abuser accused again in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A man once-convicted of domestic abuse was arrested again this week in Charles City for assault, this time with strangulation allegedly involved. Om May 23, 2018 at…

39 illegal aliens discovered in South Texas human smuggler ‘stash house’

39 illegal aliens discovered in South Texas human smuggler ‘stash house’

EAGLE PASS, Texas — During the execution of a search warrant Wednesday, law enforcement authorities discovered 39 smuggled illegal aliens hidden in a suspected stash house awaiting transportation from their…

2018 season of local Historical Society now opens

2018 season of local Historical Society now opens

FOREST CITY – The Winnebago County Historical Society opens the 2018 season with celebrating 60 Years of Winnebago Industries – the Winnebago travel trailer and motorhome construction in Forest City…

Op-Ed: That moon colony will be a reality sooner than you think

Op-Ed: That moon colony will be a reality sooner than you think

From the U.S. Department of Commerce Director Wilbur Ross: The first man on the moon held an American flag. In the not-too-distant future, astronauts on the moon may be holding…

Summer camps available to kids this summer at NIACC

Summer camps available to kids this summer at NIACC

MASON CITY – Summer camps are available to kids this summer at NIACC. Are you looking for ways to keep the kids busy this summer?  Activities that are fun and provide…

Pets of the Week: Elvira and Dozer available at Humane Society

Pets of the Week: Elvira and Dozer available at Humane Society

MASON CITY – Elvira the domestic short hair cat and Dozer the German Shepherd Mix are ready for adoption at the North Iowa Humane Society – can you offer them…

Iowa Senator wants Iowa Medicaid program and private managed care companies audited

Iowa Senator wants Iowa Medicaid program and private managed care companies audited

DES MOINES — Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque has formally asked Mary Mosiman, the Auditor of the State of Iowa, to “audit the Iowa Medicaid program and the private managed…

New trial sought by North Iowa sex offender convicted of crimes against child

New trial sought by North Iowa sex offender convicted of crimes against child

GARNER – A man previously convicted of sex crimes in at least two North Iowa counties and now guilty of new charges of sex crimes against a child wants a…

Shannon Latham, candidate for Iowa Senate: Together We Can Grow North Iowa!

Shannon Latham, candidate for Iowa Senate: Together We Can Grow North Iowa!

Shannon Latham Republican candidate in Senate District 27: While Iowans don’t tend to think of themselves as rural residents unless they live on farms, communities in North Iowa are technically…

Middle school girls to learn augmented reality, 3d design, design thinking this summer at NIACC

Middle school girls to learn augmented reality, 3d design, design thinking this summer at NIACC

MASON CITY – This summer, NIACC will once again join Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of…

9 Key Pieces For Your Closet

9 Key Pieces For Your Closet

Everyone has those go-to items in their closet that make appearances time and time again. These staple items are intrinsic to your style and can make an outfit pop with…

Fun Things To Do On A Layover

Fun Things To Do On A Layover

A layover can be incredibly frustrating, but often you will find that they are unavoidable. In some cases, a layover can be a great opportunity to explore a new city.…

Iowa State Patrol participating in Nationwide Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort

Iowa State Patrol participating in Nationwide Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort

DES MOINES – This Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will have increased patrol efforts on Iowa roadways with the main…

NIACC hires DeVries as associate head women’s soccer coach

NIACC hires DeVries as associate head women’s soccer coach

By KIRK HARDCASTLE NIACC sports information director MASON CITY – Hanna DeVries, who played at Waldorf University and is the head girls coach at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, has been named the associate…

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