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OBIT: Dean Winfred Davison

OBIT: Dean Winfred Davison

Dean Winfred Davison, 100, of Clinton, IA, formerly of Eldora, passed into eternity on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Bickford Assisted Living in Clinton, IA. He was under the loving…

OBIT: Harold Everett Book

OBIT: Harold Everett Book

Harold Everett Book, 84 of Forest City, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at his home in Forest City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 22,…

ICE arrests 63 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Midwest “surge” that includes Iowa

ICE arrests 63 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Midwest “surge” that includes Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 63 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and…

OBIT: Howard Newstrom

OBIT: Howard Newstrom

Howard Martin Newstrom, age 82, of Osage, died Monday, December 24, 2018 at his home in Osage. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2018 at…

Man who committed violent crime against women in Mason City loses appeal, will stay in prison

Man who committed violent crime against women in Mason City loses appeal, will stay in prison

MASON CITY – A Mason City who kicked in the door to a woman’s apartment, stole her rent money and basically terrorized her lost an appeal on his prison sentence…

Brutal murderer of two young girls dies in Iowa prison

Brutal murderer of two young girls dies in Iowa prison

IOWA CITY – A man who insidiously killed a young girl in New York state and another young girl in Iowa died in an Iowa prison. Charles Edward Lasage was pronounced…

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of December 20, 2018

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of December 20, 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…

Winnebago Industries charity drive contributes 268,000 meals

Winnebago Industries charity drive contributes 268,000 meals

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, is announced a contribution of 268,640 meals to nearby communities through Fill-the-RV and Fill-the-Boat Food Drives organized by…

Owner of Northeast Iowa organic grain brokerage pleads guilty to fraudulent sales totaling nearly $140 million

Owner of Northeast Iowa organic grain brokerage pleads guilty to fraudulent sales totaling nearly $140 million

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Missouri man who fraudulently sold tens of millions of dollars’ worth of non-organic grain as though it was organic pled guilty today in federal court in…

Iowa meth user who possessed a loaded firearm during “one‑man crime spree” sentenced to federal prison

Iowa meth user who possessed a loaded firearm during “one‑man crime spree” sentenced to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who was convicted of nine crimes committed in the first few months of 2018 was sentenced on December 17, 2018, to more than a…

OBIT: Bruce Allen Steele

OBIT: Bruce Allen Steele

Bruce Allen Steele, age 63 of rural Scarville, Iowa, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, December…

Chinese national charged with committing theft of trade secrets

Chinese national charged with committing theft of trade secrets

WASHINGTON D.C. – A Chinese national is charged with committing theft of trade secrets from a U.S. petroleum company. Hongjin Tan, a 35 year old Chinese national and U.S. legal…

OBIT: Mario Ochoa

OBIT: Mario Ochoa

Mario Ochoa, 68, of Clear Lake, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. Per Mario’s wishes, his body has been cremated and a Celebration…

OBIT: Jeffrey S. Lund

OBIT: Jeffrey S. Lund

Jeffrey S. Lund, 51 of Forest City, died unexpectedly, Saturday, December 22, 2018 at his home in Forest City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 29,…

OBIT: Wilma Marie Handt

OBIT: Wilma Marie Handt

Wilma Marie Handt, 91, of Charles City, IA died Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Floyd County Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm with a one…

OBIT: Mary Louise Beard

OBIT: Mary Louise Beard

Mary Louise Beard, 90, of Floyd, IA died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at her home. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Mary was born on…

OBIT: Mary Jeann Batham

OBIT: Mary Jeann Batham

Mary Jeann Batham, 74, of Garner passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt. A memorial service and mass will be held 10:30 A.M.,…

OBIT: Virginia M. Kamp

OBIT: Virginia M. Kamp

Virginia Mary Kamp, 76 of Forest City, Iowa died Saturday, December 22, 2018 the Concord Care Center in Garner, Iowa. Memorial services will be held 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 27,…

OBIT: Marcella Dena (Meyer) Doak

OBIT: Marcella Dena (Meyer) Doak

Marcella Dena Doak, 95, of Grundy Center, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018, at Grundy Center Care Center in Grundy Center, while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice.…

OBIT: Donna L. DePrenger

OBIT: Donna L. DePrenger

Donna L. DePrenger, 92, of Mason City, died on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mason City. Services are pending at this time.…

Mason City woman and daughter terrorized after finding burglar sleeping on couch

Mason City woman and daughter terrorized after finding burglar sleeping on couch

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UN rights expert urges full investigation into death of migrant girl, held by US border police

UN rights expert urges full investigation into death of migrant girl, held by US border police

NEW YORK – A United Nations rights expert has called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Guatemalan migrant child, while she was in the custody of United…

Wooze’s car wash demolished for new Kwik Star station

Wooze’s car wash demolished for new Kwik Star station

MASON CITY – A long-time structure on a busy Mason City road was leveled this week to make way for an exciting new business. Wooze’s Car Wash operated for decades…

Kosovo delegation visits Iowa Capitol

Kosovo delegation visits Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES – An international delegation from Kosovo recently visited the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. Iowa’s Speaker of the House, Republican Linda Upmeyer, was there to greet the Europeans.…

Iowa felon sentenced to federal prison for possessing a gun

Iowa felon sentenced to federal prison for possessing a gun

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa felon and drug user was sentenced December 18, 2018, to six months in federal prison for possessing a gun. Willie B. Hodges II, age 57,…

OBIT: Donald “Don” Reiher, 91, of Charles City

OBIT: Donald “Don” Reiher, 91, of Charles City

Donald “Don” Reiher, 91, of Charles City, passed away Friday, December 22, 2018 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A funeral service for Don Reiher will…

OBIT: Harold “Jack” Lien

OBIT: Harold “Jack” Lien

Harold “Jack” Lien, 81, of Mason City passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 27th…

Grassley government shutdown: “I support President Trump” on $5 billion wall funding

Grassley government shutdown: “I support President Trump” on $5 billion wall funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa released the following statement regarding the partial shutdown of the federal government due to a lapse in funding for certain departments and…

Gov. Reynolds announces broadband grant information now available

Gov. Reynolds announces broadband grant information now available

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Friday that $1.3 million for broadband grants are now available through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to improve broadband…

UPDATED WITH NEW DETAILS: Altercation at Mason City bar leads to fight, injuries and gunfire

UPDATED WITH NEW DETAILS: Altercation at Mason City bar leads to fight, injuries and gunfire

MASON CITY – An altercation at Spike’s Bar in Mason City lead to a fight, injured people and gunfire. According to Mason City police, on December 23, 2018, at 1:55…

News from the Cerro Gordo county public health department

News from the Cerro Gordo county public health department

The New Year is right around the corner and our Department would like to help you make 2019 your healthiest year yet! Here are a few ways you can make…

Men’s college basketball: Iowa 110, Savannah State 64

Men’s college basketball: Iowa 110, Savannah State 64

IOWA CITY – The Iowa men’s basketball team easily put away Savannah State Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 110-64. Iowa made a school record with 19 3-pointers made, besting the previous…

Iowa man who murdered infant daughter dies of suicide in prison

Iowa man who murdered infant daughter dies of suicide in prison

IOWA CITY – An Iowa man who was convicted of murdering his infant daughter has died of suicide in prison. Ryan Nicholas Trowbridge, formerly of Ankeny, was pronounced dead due…

Men’s college basketball: Iowa State 101, Eastern Illinois 53

Men’s college basketball: Iowa State 101, Eastern Illinois 53

AMES – Iowa State beat Eastern Illinois, 101 – 53, Friday night in Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Star Lindell Wigginton scored 15 points coming off the bench.  State played all…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES – The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats, released December 19, 2018: State Revenue Continues to Limp Along The 2019 Legislature could face significant budget challenges…

Lime Creek Nature Center planning major exhibit renovation

Lime Creek Nature Center planning major exhibit renovation

By Todd Von Ehwegen, Conservation Education Manager Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center has served as an important fixture of conservation education and…

Iowa felon in possession of ammo sent to prison after smoking weed “all day” leading to probation officer visit

Iowa felon in possession of ammo sent to prison after smoking weed “all day” leading to probation officer visit

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Waterloo felon who possessed 65 rounds of ammunition in a senior citizen home was sentenced December 18, 2018, to more than two years in federal prison.…

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 20, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 20, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/20/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE GENERAL LIABILITY 344,832.44 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 280.21 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 158.17 APPLIED…

Smith to depart as Governor’s press secretary, return to private sector

DES MOINES – Brenna Smith, press secretary to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, announced on Friday her departure from the governor’s office to pursue opportunities outside state…

Iowa tied for lowest unemployment rate in nation

Iowa tied for lowest unemployment rate in nation

DES MOINES – Iowa is now tied with Hawaii for having the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Iowa’s November unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent while Hawaii increased to…