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Mason City police charge man with sex abuse of a child

Mason City police charge man with sex abuse of a child

MASON CITY – Mason City police have charged a man with sex abuse of a child. Ruben Mario Ramirez, age 34, is charged with felony third-degree sex abuse against a victim…

USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage…

Pet cremation business in Rockwell fined over un-permitted incinerator

Pet cremation business in Rockwell fined over un-permitted incinerator

ROCKWELL – A pet cremation business in Rockwell has been fined for operating an un-permitted incinerator. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Valerie Lillibridge operates a business called Lasting…

Hampton gets $20,000 from DNR Derelict Building Grant Program for new fire station

Hampton gets $20,000 from DNR Derelict Building Grant Program for new fire station

DES MOINES – The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 13 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction…

OBIT: Roberta Butterfield, 83, of Charles City

OBIT: Roberta Butterfield, 83, of Charles City

Roberta Butterfield, 83, of Charles City, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A funeral service for Roberta Butterfield will be…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Thursday, May 23, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: SF603: an act relating to use of concurrent enrollment programs for teaching certain subjects required…

Mason City police investigate intentional drive-by shooting

Mason City police investigate intentional drive-by shooting

MASON CITY – A drive-by shooter intentionally targeted a Mason City house Wednesday night, police say, as they search for clues. According to the Mason City police department, on May…

Clear Lake to make big improvements to City Beach area

Clear Lake to make big improvements to City Beach area

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake is set to make big improvements to the City Beach area and a presentation was given at the last council meeting on the project. At…

Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to shooting that produced double-homicide

Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to shooting that produced double-homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to a shooting earlier this month that produced a double-homicide. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has identified three…

Mason City police seek booze thief

Mason City police seek booze thief

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City are seeking a male suspect who slipped an expensive bottle of booze into his trousers and snuck out of a retail establishment. A…

Gov. Reynolds signs HF 615, item vetoes Iowa Attorney General provisions

Gov. Reynolds signs HF 615, item vetoes Iowa Attorney General provisions

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed House File 615, the justice system appropriations bill, but item vetoed sections 24 and 28, which would have amended the Iowa Attorney General’s…

Hunters harvested nearly 11,400 turkeys during 2019 spring season in Iowa

Hunters harvested nearly 11,400 turkeys during 2019 spring season in Iowa

CLEAR LAKE – Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 11,400 Iowa birds this spring through the mandatory registration system, which is about 300 birds fewer than were harvested in 2018. Iowa’s…

Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

CLEAR LAKE – Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great time to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing.…

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 14, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 14, 2019

Cerro Gordo County CLAIMS for May 14, 2019: Absolute Waste Remov, sanit disp 597.10  2 Accurate Analytical, lab tests 245.00  2 Ahlers & Cooney PC, labor relations 270.00  1 Ahlers…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, May 21, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF768: an act relating to agricultural development, by providing for the Iowa finance authority, a…

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

DES MOINES — Child care and early childhood education advocates from across Iowa are signaling their approval of a recent measure to increase funding to Early Childhood Iowa (ECI), a…

How Your Business Can Reach New Heights

How Your Business Can Reach New Heights

You didn’t start your business to see it get stuck at its start-up stage. You created your company to see it topple its competition and ultimately sit pretty atop its…

OBIT: Martin J. Miller, 76, of Floyd

OBIT: Martin J. Miller, 76, of Floyd

Martin J. Miller, 76, of Floyd, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home with his loving family by his side. A funeral service for…

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to over three months in federal prison. Francisco Gomez-Tino, age 32, a…

Mason City Noon Rotary awards scholarships

MASON CITY – The Mason City Noon Rotary presented 4 $500 scholarships to area youth at its most recent meeting on Monday May 20, 2019. Participating students were required to…

Gov. Reynolds signs Empower Rural Iowa Act

Gov. Reynolds signs Empower Rural Iowa Act

WILTON – On Monday, Gov. Reynolds signed HF 772, the Empower Rural Iowa Act that will lay the foundation for vibrant rural communities. The bill passed the Iowa Legislature unanimously,…

Decorah man dead after UTV struck by Wisconsin woman’s vehicle

Decorah man dead after UTV struck by Wisconsin woman’s vehicle

RURAL WINNESHIEK COUNTY – A Decorah man was killed Monday when the UTV he was operating was struck by a Wisconsin woman’s vehicle. According to the Iowa State Patrol, an…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, May 20, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF772: an act creating an empower rural Iowa act to provide incentives for broadband and…

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health receives grant to address opioid misuse

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health receives grant to address opioid misuse

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, in partnership with MercyOne North Iowa, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, and the Mason City Youth Task Force, has…

Toxic spill near Fort Dodge traced to soil fertility company

Toxic spill near Fort Dodge traced to soil fertility company

FORT DODGE – Last Wednesday, the DNR investigated a report of discolored and foamy water in Holiday Creek about two miles east of Fort Dodge. DNR specialists traced the pollutant…

California man who sent 50 lbs. of meth to Iowa dealers sent to federal prison

California man who sent 50 lbs. of meth to Iowa dealers sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man responsible for running a complex drug trafficking organization was sentenced May 17, 2019, to more than 14 years in federal prison. Michael Pineda, age 34,…

Eagle Grove man dead after auto accident in Webster county

Eagle Grove man dead after auto accident in Webster county

RURAL WEBSTER COUNTY – An Eagle Grove man is dead after an auto accident in Webster county Sunday afternoon. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, 72-year-old Larry…

Bernie Sanders calls on DOJ to block National Beef takeover of Iowa Premium

Bernie Sanders calls on DOJ to block National Beef takeover of Iowa Premium

DES MOINES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block National Beef—one of the “big four” meatpackers that control over 85% of the beef…

Iowa man who dealt meth while in prison sentenced to more than ten years

Iowa man who dealt meth while in prison sentenced to more than ten years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was responsible for distributing pounds of ice methamphetamine while he was in state prison was sentenced May 17, 2019, to ten years in federal…

Minnesota drunk driver on wrong side of road causes auto accident outside Mason City

Minnesota drunk driver on wrong side of road causes auto accident outside Mason City

MASON CITY – A Minnesota man allegedly driving drunk caused a dangerous auto accident Sunday night on Highway 122 between Mason City and Clear Lake when he intentionally drove head-on…

“Trouble” In River City! Open 2019 Pool Championships Return Memorial Day Weekend In Mason City

“Trouble” In River City! Open 2019 Pool Championships Return Memorial Day Weekend In Mason City

MASON CITY – North Iowa Events Center (NIEC) and Midwest Poolplayers Association (MPA) will again partner in delivering The “Trouble” Tournament: 2019 River City Pool Championships with up to 32…

Heavy rains cause roof collapse in Mason City at historic Mohawk Square

Heavy rains cause roof collapse in Mason City at historic Mohawk Square

MASON CITY – Heavy rains caused a roof to collapse in Mason City at the historic Mohawk Square. The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will be closed on…

Person shot in Cedar Rapids parking lot

Person shot in Cedar Rapids parking lot

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police officers received reports of a shooting incident that occurred in the Iowa Smoke Shop parking lot at 70 Kirkwood Court SW shortly after 1:20 a.m. Saturday.…

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the United States announced an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the Section 232 tariffs for steel and aluminum imports from those countries and…

Fort Dodge man sent to federal prison for meth and gun convictions

Fort Dodge man sent to federal prison for meth and gun convictions

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed firearms was sentenced May 15, 2019, to 15 years in federal prison. Cody Groat, 25, from Fort…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Friday, May 17, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF634: an act relating to certain boards and councils in the department of human rights…

Kraft Heinz plant in Mason City set for multi-million dollar expansion

Kraft Heinz plant in Mason City set for multi-million dollar expansion

MASON CITY – The Kraft Heinz plant in Mason City is approved for a multi-million dollar expansion, bringing  new jobs. Councilman Paul Adams said Friday that Kraft Heinz has announced…

Convicted thief fails to return to facility in Fort Dodge; police seek clues

Convicted thief fails to return to facility in Fort Dodge; police seek clues

FORT DODGE – A convicted thief failed to return to a residential facility in Fort Dodge and police are seeking clues leading to his capture. Roy Dylan Sanchez, convicted of…

Garner’s Kwik Star convenience store evacuated today after bomb threat

Garner’s Kwik Star convenience store evacuated today after bomb threat

GARNER – A bomb threat in Garner today led to the evacuation of a a convenience store. Chief Tim Dodge of the Garner Police Department says that on Thursday, May…

Three men accused of home invasion and sexual assault of elderly Iowa woman

Three men accused of home invasion and sexual assault of elderly Iowa woman

STORY COUNTY, IOWA – Three men are accused of a home invasion and sexual assault of an elderly Iowa woman as police seek the whereabouts of two of the culprits…

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