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Scam reported by Cerro Gordo county resident costing them thousands of dollars in gift cards

Scam reported by Cerro Gordo county resident costing them thousands of dollars in gift cards

RURAL CLEAR LAKE – A Cerro Gordo county resident bought thousands of dollars in gift cards as they were repeatedly scammed after a pop-up window appeared on their computer. On…

Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

WASHINGTON- Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers, top federal officials…

Trump to put more poor people to work to get their food stamp benefits

Trump to put more poor people to work to get their food stamp benefits

WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a proposed rule (PDF, 300 KB) intended to move more able-bodied recipients of…

Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States.  Effective immediately, the United States will begin…

Greed and drama in the courthouse? Former board member says don’t trust Cerro Gordo officials

Greed and drama in the courthouse?  Former board member says don’t trust Cerro Gordo officials

MASON CITY – A retired military serviceman residing in Mason City who was appointed to a county board that advises on salaries and pay rates for county servants was quickly…

OBIT: Darrell Sherbon, 64, of Charles City

OBIT: Darrell Sherbon, 64, of Charles City

Darrell Sherbon, 64, of Charles City, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. A memorial service for Darrell Sherbon will be…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the federal Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms in U.S. election meddling and use…

Iowa State football signs top-35 recruiting class

Iowa State football signs top-35 recruiting class

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell has made incredible strides in recruiting since taking over the program three years ago. His Cyclone classes have ranked among…

One dead in Floyd county auto accident Wednesday morning

One dead in Floyd county auto accident Wednesday morning

RURAL FLOYD COUNTY – One person is dead after a Floyd county auto accident Wednesday morning. The accident took place around 5:30 AM Wednesday morning, December 19, at Highway 218…

DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 rural Iowa fire departments

DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 rural Iowa fire departments

AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Section’s Fire Program, in cooperation with US Forest Service, has awarded $234,459 in 50% cost-sharing grants to 100 of Iowa’s rural…

Workshop on hunting, fishing, trapping to be held in Mitchell County January 25-26

Workshop on hunting, fishing, trapping to be held in Mitchell County January 25-26

OSAGE – Registration is now open for the Jan. 25-26 Beyond BOW workshop in Mitchell County. The two-day, hands-on workshop headquartered at Mitchell County Conservation in Osage, is an opportunity…

New Year’s Day hikes to be held in many Iowa state parks

New Year’s Day hikes to be held in many Iowa state parks

DES MOINES – What’s the best way to spend New Year’s Day? Take a First Day Hike in one of 27 participating Iowa state parks! Hikers can expect to be…

NIACC men move up to No. 14 in latest poll

NIACC men move up to No. 14 in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team moved up to No. 14 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday. NIACC (9-2 overall, 1-0 ICCAC) was No. 19 in…

NIACC women remain No. 3 in latest poll

NIACC women remain No. 3 in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team remained No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday. NIACC (8-2 overall, 1-0 ICCAC) was No. 10 in the preseason…

Winnebago Industries announces record First Quarter Fiscal 2019 results

Winnebago Industries announces record First Quarter Fiscal 2019 results

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company’s first quarter Fiscal 2019. Revenues for the Fiscal 2019 first quarter ended…

Iowa defeats Western Carolina, 78-60

Iowa defeats Western Carolina, 78-60

IOWA CITY – The Iowa men’s basketball team beat Western Carolina, 78-60, Tuesday night in Iowa City. Junior Tyler Cook led the #21 Hawkeyes in scoring for the fifth straight…

Ordering drugs on the “dark web” for resale sends Iowa man to prison for a decade

Ordering drugs on the “dark web” for resale sends Iowa man to prison for a decade

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who obtained drugs including marijuana and over a kilo of methamphetamine over the “dark web” was sentenced Tuesday to a decade in federal prison.…

Winnebago Industries to withdraw Chicago Stock Exchange Listing

Winnebago Industries to withdraw Chicago Stock Exchange Listing

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced plans to voluntarily withdraw the listing of its common stock from the Chicago Stock Exchange,…

Waterloo man jailed and accused of burglary in Ventura

Waterloo man jailed and accused of burglary in Ventura

CLEAR LAKE – A Waterloo man is behind bars, accused of burglaries and other crimes, one of which in the Ventura area. On December 16, 2018, Jonathan H. Martin, 35…

Garner woman loses life in auto crash

Garner woman loses life in auto crash

GARNER – A Garner woman was killed in an auto crash Monday afternoon in Hancock county. The accident took place at 1:30 PM, Monday, December 17 at the intersection of…

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018 Download the PDF file .…

North Iowa businesses invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

North Iowa businesses invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

MASON CITY – North Iowa businesses are invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, NIACC’s Pappajohn Center announced. Grow your business right here in Iowa with…

Running a red light leads to drunk driving arrest for Clear Lake man

Running a red light leads to drunk driving arrest for Clear Lake man

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A Clear Lake man allegedly ran a red light in rural Worth county, leading to his arrest for drunk driving. On December 15, 2018 at approximately…

Governor Reynolds to visit Manly elementary school this week

Governor Reynolds to visit Manly elementary school this week

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds is planning to visit a Manly elementary school this week. Reynolds’ trip will to North Iowa will be Wednesday, December 19, beginning in Manson,…

Iowa women beat Northern Iowa, 83-57; Meyer scores 3

Iowa women beat Northern Iowa, 83-57; Meyer scores 3

IOWA CITY – The 16th-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Northern Iowa 83-57 Sunday in Iowa City with the aid of 3 points from a former Mason City Mohawk. Four…

Former Hawkeye and self-proclaimed “successful businessman” donates $500,000 gift to Iowa golf program

Former Hawkeye and self-proclaimed “successful businessman” donates $500,000 gift to Iowa golf program

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa Department of Athletics announced on Monday a $500,000 gift to the University of Iowa men’s and women’s golf programs from Iowa letterman Brad…

Wrestling: Iowa State beats Ohio, 33-6

AMES – No. 23 Iowa State (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Ohio (1-2, 0-0 MAC), 33-6 in wrestling action Sunday night in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State won seven of nine…

OBIT: Suzanne Ellen Cook

OBIT: Suzanne Ellen Cook

Suzanne E. (Strand) Cook, 76, of Mason City and formerly of Manly, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit – Hospice of North Iowa.…

Forest City man awaits sentencing in school bus shooting case

Forest City man awaits sentencing in school bus shooting case

FOREST CITY – A Forest City school bus window was shot out earlier this year as it was in operation and children were inside the vehicle, and a man who…

Detroit man and Forest City woman plead not guilty in marijuana bust

Detroit man and Forest City woman plead not guilty in marijuana bust

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Worth county sheriff reports two vehicle rollover accidents Saturday, warns drivers to take caution

Worth county sheriff reports two vehicle rollover accidents Saturday, warns drivers to take caution

NORTHWOOD – The Worth county sheriff reported two vehicle rollover accidents Saturday evening on icy roads and warns drivers to take caution. On December 15, 2018 at 9:08 PM, the…

Mason City’s Shopko store losing pharmacy, chain could file bankruptcy

Mason City’s Shopko store losing pharmacy, chain could file bankruptcy

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced on Friday that it has acquired the business of 22 Shopko pharmacies including one in Mason City. Shopko patient files will merge into…

Three people hurt in auto accident Saturday outside Mason City

Three people hurt in auto accident Saturday outside Mason City

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Three people were hurt in an auto accident Saturday outside Mason City. The accident took place Saturday, December 15 at about 3:46 PM on 300th…

Chief Operating Officer of Waukee Schools, Eric Rose, arrested on felony charges

Chief Operating Officer of Waukee Schools, Eric Rose, arrested on felony charges

WAUKEE, IOWA – Waukee Community School District’s suspended Chief Operating Officer, Eric Rose, has been arrested on felony charges after a state audit uncovered alleged tens-of-thousands of dollars in mis-spending and…

OBIT: Dean Marzen, 57, of Charles City

OBIT: Dean Marzen, 57, of Charles City

Dean Marzen, 57, of Charles City, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at his home. A funeral service for Dean Marzen will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 20,…

Department of Homeland Security announces “walls work” and miles of new barrier going up on Southern U.S. border

Department of Homeland Security announces “walls work” and miles of new barrier going up on Southern U.S. border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Department of Homeland Security announced this week that “walls work” and miles of new barrier are being erected on the Southern U.S. border right now. Department of Homeland…

OBIT: Judith “Judy” Jane Hilgendorf

OBIT: Judith “Judy” Jane Hilgendorf

Judy Hilgendorf, an English teacher and creative writing enthusiast, left the task of sharing her life story to those who loved her most, her family. Funeral services will be 10:30…

OBIT: Dale L. Zingg

OBIT: Dale L. Zingg

Dale L. Zingg, age 97 of rural Leland, Iowa, passed to greener pastures of Our Lords Kingdom on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Lake Mills Care Center. Church, 40041…

OBIT: Janet A. “Jan” Ford

OBIT: Janet A. “Jan” Ford

Janet A. Bowers Ford, 88, of Osage, Iowa, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Apple Valley Assisted Living in Osage. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held…

Two hurt in auto accident Friday in Floyd county

Two hurt in auto accident Friday in Floyd county

RURAL FLOYD COUNTY – Two people were hurt in an auto accident Friday in rural Floyd county. The accident took place Friday, December 14, 2018 at about 9:31 AM at…