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Minnesota man dies on Iowa farm after combine accident

Minnesota man dies on Iowa farm after combine accident

RURAL ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IOWA – A Minnesota man died on an Iowa farm after a combine backed over him, authorities say. On October 30, 2018 at 9:23 PM, the Allamakee…

Man robs Mason City Arby’s restaurant, police say

Man robs Mason City Arby’s restaurant, police say

MASON CITY – The Mason City Arby’s restaurant was robbed Tuesday night, police say, and they are searching for a male suspect at this time. The Mason City Police Department…

Mason City man leads Floyd county law enforcement on wild chase

Mason City man leads Floyd county law enforcement on wild chase

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President Trump endorses Republican Congressman Rod Blum

President Trump endorses Republican Congressman Rod Blum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Monday gave an endorsement to Iowa Republican Congressman Rod Blum, who is locked in a tense re-election campaign with his Democratic rival. Rod…

States demand U.S. Department of Education forgive student loans of borrowers who attended “predatory for-profit schools”

States demand U.S. Department of Education forgive student loans of borrowers who attended “predatory for-profit schools”

BOSTON — A coalition of 21 states demanded today that the U.S. Department of Education immediately discharge the student loans of eligible borrowers who attended predatory for-profit schools that closed…

Iowa’s Ferentz prepares Hawkeyes for “dangerous and very explosive” Purdue team

Iowa’s Ferentz prepares Hawkeyes for “dangerous and very explosive” Purdue team

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa football media conference with head coach Kirk Ferentz: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 KIRK FERENTZ: Good afternoon. Certainly great to have Josey back next week.…

Iowa State’s Marcel Spears is Big 12’s Top Defender this week

Iowa State’s Marcel Spears is Big 12’s Top Defender this week

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State junior linebacker Marcel Spears was honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after his big-play exploits in Iowa State’s 40-31 win over…

Visible baggie of weed sticking out of pocket costs Albert Lea woman trip to jail in Worth county

Visible baggie of weed sticking out of pocket costs Albert Lea woman trip to jail in Worth county

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – An Albert Lea woman will likely hide her alleged weed much more carefully after a brush with Worth county law enforcement this weekend. On Saturday, October…

Iowa State quarterback Zeb Noland To Transfer

Iowa State quarterback Zeb Noland To Transfer

AMES – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell announced today that sophomore quarterback Zeb Noland has left the football team and will transfer to another school at the end…

NIACC women’s basketball team ranked 10th in preseason poll

NIACC women’s basketball team ranked 10th in preseason poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked 10th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll released Monday. NIACC was 26-7 overall and 11-3 in the ICCAC in…

NIACC’s Saunders earns first-team all-region honor

NIACC’s Saunders earns first-team all-region honor

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore midfielder Lewis Saunders was a first-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection. Saunders led the Trojans with seven goals and nine assists in the 2018 season. Saunders…

NIACC’s Altman earns first-team all-region honor

NIACC’s Altman earns first-team all-region honor

MASON CITY – For the second straight season, the NIACC women’s soccer team has a first-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection. Sophomore forward Jessica Altman earned first-team all-region honors in 2018…

Fatal accident reported in Hardin county

Fatal accident reported in Hardin county

RURAL HARDIN COUNTY – An Iowa man died as a result of a vehicle rollover Monday morning in rural Hardin county. On October 29th, 2018 at approximately 6:30 AM, the…

Illegal alien from Mexico who lived in Riceville sent to prison for reentering the United States

Illegal alien from Mexico who lived in Riceville sent to prison for reentering the United States

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost three months in federal prison. Sergio Aguilar-Velasco, age 34,…

Grease fire damages Clear Lake building

Grease fire damages Clear Lake building

CLEAR LAKE – A grease fire damaged a Clear Lake building Monday night. The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to 2700 North Shore Drive The Harborage Pilot House for…

Five Top Travel Tips for Iowan Families on a Budget

The middle-class family has lost a lot of buying power in recent years. Nowadays it can be exceedingly difficult to support a family on a single income, meaning both parents…

God’s Portion Day event planned at Newman School in Mason City on Nov. 4

God’s Portion Day event planned at Newman School in Mason City on Nov. 4

MASON CITY – Newman Catholic School in Mason City will host its 23rd annual God’s Portion Day beginning on Sunday, November 4th. It is the school’s largest fundraiser. Organizers hope…

Couple busted with large amount of meth and burglar’s tools; suspected of breaking into pop machines in Northwood

Couple busted with large amount of meth and burglar’s tools; suspected of breaking into pop machines in Northwood

NORTHWOOD – An observant Worth county deputy snared an erratic, intoxicated driver and her passenger and discovered a large amount of meth, burglar’s tools and coin machines. On October 26,…

Iowa football players suspended one week after loud house party

Iowa football players suspended one week after loud house party

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Sunday two players have been suspended from the team after receiving citations from the Iowa City Police Department…

Waldorf University to hold 24-hour Read-a-thon and Reach Out and Read fundraiser

Waldorf University to hold 24-hour Read-a-thon and Reach Out and Read fundraiser

FOREST CITY – For the third year, Waldorf University will hold the annual 24-hour Read-a-thon in the Louis V. Hanson (LVH) Library lounge located at 106 S. Sixth St. Forest…

Illegal alien living in Fort Dodge who used another person’s name and social security number to get job sent to prison

Illegal alien living in Fort Dodge who used another person’s name and social security number to get job sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who used a false identification document to obtain a job was sentenced to more than three months in federal prison. Jose Moctezuma-Hernandez, age 33,…

Armed Waterloo marijuana dealer sent to prison

Armed Waterloo marijuana dealer sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed marijuana and possessed a firearm was sentenced to six years in federal prison. Tyran Collins, age 19, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison…

Mason City woman arrested for domestic abuse and interference with police

Mason City woman arrested for domestic abuse and interference with police

NORTHWOOD – A Mason City woman was arrested for domestic abuse and interference with police in Worth county and was later ordered to pay a fine after a guilty plea.…

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff to honor synagogue shooting victims

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff to honor synagogue shooting victims

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, to honor the murdered and injured in…

Caregiver Conference set for Nov. 5 in Mason City

Caregiver Conference set for Nov. 5 in Mason City

MASON CITY – Aging Services Coalition of North Iowa is holding a Caregiver’s Conference at NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College on Monday, November 5th 2018 from 2-4 pm Aging…

NIACC volleyball team advances at regional tournament

NIACC volleyball team advances at regional tournament

NORFOLK, Neb. – The sixth-seeded NIACC volleyball team topped third-seeded Hawkeye CC 3-2 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament on Saturday. NIACC won 25-17, 25-21, 24-26,…

Person robbed and assaulted by 8-10 men at Minnesota campus

Person robbed and assaulted by 8-10 men at Minnesota campus

MINNEAPOLIS – A person was robbed and assaulted Sunday by 8-10 men at the University of Minnesota campus, authorities say. On Sunday, October 28th, the University of Minnesota Police Department…

Iowa drops Big Ten road contest at Penn State, 30-24

Iowa drops Big Ten road contest at Penn State, 30-24

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Iowa (6‐2, 3‐2) lost to Penn State (6‐2, 3‐2) on Saturday, 30‐24, at Beaver Stadium. Iowa scored two safeties in the first half and the game…

Rep. Upmeyer: Protecting IPERS and retirement security

Rep. Upmeyer: Protecting IPERS and retirement security

The following is an update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Don’t forget that Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 6. You still have the opportunity to…

Top Iowa fishing spots for the week of October 25, 2018

Top Iowa fishing spots for the week of October 25, 2018

CLEAR LAKE – This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the…

Clear Lake woman slams into deputy’s patrol vehicle, tries to flee, then arrested for drunk driving

Clear Lake woman slams into deputy’s patrol vehicle, tries to flee, then arrested for drunk driving

CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake woman slammed into deputy’s parked patrol vehicle, then tried to flee from the crash scene before she was arrested for drunk driving. On October…

Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for criminal investigation relating to a potential conspiracy to…

Zebra mussels found in Lost Island Lake in Palo Alto county

Zebra mussels found in Lost Island Lake in Palo Alto county

RUTHVEN, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently confirmed that zebra mussels are in Lost Island Lake near Ruthven in Palo Alto County. The DNR collects water…

Man arrested for two murders after shooting in Fort Dodge

Man arrested for two murders after shooting in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE – A man is behind bars, charged with two counts of murder after a recent shooting in Fort Dodge left two men dead. According to a statement from…

City of Mason City expense report, Oct. 25, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Oct. 25, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/25/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 395.61 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 937.47 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE…

Fired hotel developer raked in over $192,000 from Mason City

Fired hotel developer raked in over $192,000 from Mason City

MASON CITY – It took five minutes to fire him, but 5 years for a hotel developer to collect over $192,000 from the citizens of Mason City. NIT has learned…

Assault on staff at Iowa penitentiary worse that state officials admitted, union boss says

Assault on staff at Iowa penitentiary worse that state officials admitted, union boss says

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to the Iowa Department of Corrections’ incomplete portrayal of yet another correctional officer being attacked…

Worth county sheriff warns of fake currency in the area

Worth county sheriff warns of fake currency in the area

NORTHWOOD – Law enforcement in Worth county warns of fake currency floating through the area. According to the Worth county sheriff’s office, on Wednesday October 24, 2018, the Worth County…

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a news release today from the White House, officials there say Medicaid enrollment has declined for the first time in more than a decade due to more income…

Mason City Council spends 5 minutes firing hotel developer

Mason City Council spends 5 minutes firing hotel developer

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council spent 5 minutes firing a hotel developer for the second time on Tuesday night. The meeting was called to order Tuesday night at…

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