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Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds of aliens into the US

Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds of aliens into the US

NEW YORK — Pursuant to an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, Hema Patel, 51, a Texas-based bail bondswoman, was sentenced to…

College Football: Pair of Cyclones named to watch lists

College Football: Pair of Cyclones named to watch lists

AMES – The John Mackey Award preseason watch list was announced and sophomore Charlie Kolar is on the list. The John Mackey Award is given annually to the nation’s best…

Minnesota man traveled to Iowa to buy teens for sex, feds say

Minnesota man traveled to Iowa to buy teens for sex, feds say

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Minnesota man traveled to Iowa to buy teens for sex, a federal indictment says, and he was nabbed waiting by a library. Terrance Nordwall, age 50,…

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosts Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosts Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (NIACC JPEC) conducted the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy on June 10 – 14 sponsored by the John K.…

Honduran man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after three prior deportations

Honduran man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after three prior deportations

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported three times was sentenced today to almost three months in federal prison. Joel Martinez-Reyes, age…

Gov. Reynolds announces appointments for Children’s Behavioral Health System Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced her appointments to Iowa’s Children’s Behavioral Health System Board. The board will facilitate the coordination of Iowa’s recently created Children’s Mental Health system, ensuring…

Conspiring to deal 15 pounds of ice methamphetamine lands Iowa man in federal prison for 14 years

Conspiring to deal 15 pounds of ice methamphetamine lands Iowa man in federal prison for 14 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who obtained more than 15 pounds of ice methamphetamine for redistribution in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area was sentenced July 11, 2019, to 14 years…

North Iowa students receive Christopherson Medical Scholarships

North Iowa students receive Christopherson Medical Scholarships

MASON CITY – The Christopherson Medical Scholarship Advisory Committee awarded $14,000.00 to seven North Iowa students studying medicine. Student recipients of the Christopherson Medical Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year…

Prison inmate Wayne Sinclair dies of suicide

Prison inmate Wayne Sinclair dies of suicide

ANAMOSA – Wayne Eugene Sinclair was pronounced dead due to apparent suicide at 6:35 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, July 13, 2019.  Sinclair was 52 years old at the time of his…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Cheryl Arnold to Chair the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced her appointment of Cheryl Arnold to chair the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board, effective immediately. The term will end April 30, 2022. “I am…

Main actor in conspiracy to deal meth brought to Iowa in car part boxes sentenced to 30 years in prison

Main actor in conspiracy to deal meth brought to Iowa in car part boxes sentenced to 30 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Northern Iowa man who conspired with others to distribute ice methamphetamine was sentenced yesterday to 30 years’ in federal prison. Robert Lewis, age 44, from Janesville,…

Lt. Gov. Gregg selected to leadership role for the National Lieutenant Governors Association

Lt. Gov. Gregg selected to leadership role for the National Lieutenant Governors Association

DES MOINES – Lt. Governor Adam Gregg has been selected to chair the Midwest Region on the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s (NLGA) Executive Committee, becoming one of four regional chairs…

OBIT: Helen Youngerman, 96, of Charles City

OBIT: Helen Youngerman, 96, of Charles City

Helen Youngerman, 96, of Charles City, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. A funeral service for Helen Youngerman will be held…

Mason City man set for trial after allegedly assaulting nurse

Mason City man set for trial after allegedly assaulting nurse

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Cerro Gordo County Conservation projects announced

Cerro Gordo County Conservation projects announced

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Conservation projects announced this week. Director Mike Webb says the Cerro Gordo County Conservation is working on two major projects beginning this summer and…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Elisabeth Reynoldson as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Elisabeth Reynoldson as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Elisabeth Reynoldson as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 5B. Reynoldson, of Osceola, Iowa, practices law with Reynoldson…

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Create a Great Website for Your Business

Your Step-By-Step Guide to Create a Great Website for Your Business

Creating a website for your new business is a big step. It should also only be taken once you have fully fleshed out your business and online strategy out on…

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz gives update on team as it preps for opening game

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz gives update on team as it preps for opening game

Big Ten Conference Football Media Days interview with Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday July 19, 2019 KIRK FERENTZ: Good morning. Just good to be with all of you,…

Basement explosion sends firefighters to Mason City house

Basement explosion sends firefighters to Mason City house

MASON CITY – A basement explosion sent firefighters to a Mason City house Thursday morning. On July 18, 2019 at 8:31 AM, the Mason City Fire Department responded to an…

Community partners collaborating to improve public health in the classroom.

Community partners collaborating to improve public health in the classroom.

MASON CITY –  The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, along with several 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count community partners in Mason City have recently collaborated on a Sensory Pathways…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Republican Leaders Block Action on Medical Cannabis After Governor Reynolds vetoed a bi-partisan bill to fix Iowa’s medical cannabis law to…

Iowa pork plant worker put on probation for indecent exposure at work

Iowa pork plant worker put on probation for indecent exposure at work

SIOUX COUNTY – An Iowa pork plant worker has been put on probation for indecent exposure at work, and must serve 10 years on the state’s sex offender registry. Sioux…

Iowa man pleads guilty to attempting to entice a minor

Iowa man pleads guilty to attempting to entice a minor

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who attempted to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Jason Koontz, age…

Iowa nurse charged with drug theft and tampering

Iowa nurse charged with drug theft and tampering

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa nurse has been charged with drug theft and tampering. Katie Louise Boll, age 31, from Manchester, Iowa, has been charged with thirteen counts of acquiring…

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will continue. The state has signed contracts with…

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/18/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 4IMPRINT COMMUNITY POLICING 354.19 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 124.90 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 300.00 AMES…

Minnesota residents arrested on numerous drug charges after returning to abandoned car in Emmet county

Minnesota residents arrested on numerous drug charges after returning to abandoned car in Emmet county

RURAL EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – Two Ceylon, Minnesota people were arrested as the result of an investigation by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office recently. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike…

Waterloo felon and drug user sentenced to five years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing guns

Waterloo felon and drug user sentenced to five years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing guns

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who previously spent time in state prison for burglary and robbery offenses was sentenced July 11, 2019, to five years in federal prison. Jacob Mervin…

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced a total of 23 Iowa school districts – including Clear Lake and Mason City – will be able to bolster their computer science teacher…

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel leader, sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel leader, sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years

NEW YORK – Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced today by United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan to life…

Ground-breaking ceremony held today in Mason City for new downtown housing complex

Ground-breaking ceremony held today in Mason City for new downtown housing complex

MASON CITY – A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Mason City for the new downtown housing complex. According to Councilman Paul Adams, “Talon Development, along with various partners from…

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration announced new restrictions on illegal aliens traveling to the Southern border of the United States, and liberal Senator Nancy Pelosi is furious over the…

College football: Iowa State adds Lanning and Kempt to coaching staff

College football: Iowa State adds Lanning and Kempt to coaching staff

AMES, Iowa – Two former football players responsible for changing the culture of the Iowa State football program have joined the Cyclone staff. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell announced…

OBIT: Larry Smith, age 83, of Charles City

OBIT: Larry Smith, age 83, of Charles City

Larry Smith, age 83, of Charles City, Iowa passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the 11th Street Chatauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A funeral service for Larry…

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints David Nelmark as District Court Judge

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of David Nelmark as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 5C. Nelmark, of Urbandale, Iowa, currently practices law with…

Albert Lea man takes shotgun back to work after he was fired

Albert Lea man takes shotgun back to work after he was fired

ALBERT LEA, MN — An Albert Lea man was fired from his job and evidently returned to the scene with a shotgun to find his supervisor. On Tuesday, July 16,…

Dubuque juvie shoots up house, then accidentally shoots bro in the back

Dubuque juvie shoots up house, then accidentally shoots bro in the back

DUBUQUE – A juvenile took a gun and became extremely reckless in Dubuque, shooting up a house and then accidentally shooting in the back a man riding in the car…

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has won a $10,000 lottery prize. Terry Williams claimed the first of 10 prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Jewel Game…

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

NEWTON – A gay, former state official who sued former Governor Terry Branstad in court for discrimination after Branstad slashed his salary has won $1.5 million from a jury in…

Two hurt in Charles City auto accident; Riceville man cited after blowing through stop sign

Two hurt in Charles City auto accident; Riceville man cited after blowing through stop sign

CHARLES CITY – Two people were hurt in a Charles City auto accident and a Riceville man was cited after blowing through a stop sign. The accident took place on…

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