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Arizona man arrested for assaulting Charles City police officer

Arizona man arrested for assaulting Charles City police officer

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OBIT: Terrance “Terry” Blong, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly Charles City

OBIT: Terrance “Terry” Blong, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly Charles City

Terrance “Terry” Blong, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly Charles City, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A memorial service for…

Guatemalan man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States olive in Iowa after deportation

Guatemalan man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States olive in Iowa after deportation

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost four months in federal prison. Victor Morales-Suar, age 42, a…

College baseball: Hawkeyes sweep No. 23 Illinois

College baseball: Hawkeyes sweep No. 23 Illinois

IOWA CITY – Behind a dominant pitching performance by junior Grant Judkins and a two-RBI triple from junior Austin Martin, the University of Iowa baseball team won the series finale,…

Democratic Presidential candidate Hickenlooper condemns loss of health insurance for 500,000 Iowans

Democratic Presidential candidate Hickenlooper condemns loss of health insurance for 500,000 Iowans

DENVER, CO – Following reports that UnitedHeathcare will no longer serve as a program manager for Iowa’s Medicaid population, due in large part to Governor Reynolds’ decision to privatize the…

Charles City woman jailed for drunken door knocking

Charles City woman jailed for drunken door knocking

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was put in jail for knocking on doors and yelling while intoxicated. After 4 AM on March 22, officers with the Charles City…

Women’s college basketball: Iowa advances to Elite 8, beats NC State 79-61

Women’s college basketball: Iowa advances to Elite 8, beats NC State 79-61

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team advanced to the Elite 8 after a 79-61 victory over North Carolina State Saturday. Three Hawkeyes scored in double…

UnitedHealthcare leaves Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program

UnitedHealthcare leaves Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program

DES MOINES – UnitedHealthcare is leaving Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program after negotiations broke down over performance standards. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement following the breakdown of negotiations: “Today…

Wastewater discharge reported at Newton Correctional Facility

Wastewater discharge reported at Newton Correctional Facility

JASPER COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa DNR is investigating a wastewater discharge currently happening at the Newton Correctional Facility. Around noon, today, March 29, the Newton Correctional Facility reported a…

Female psychologist, male guard assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary

Female psychologist,  male guard assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary

FORT MADISON – Two staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary on Friday, March 29, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. While a staff psychologist was meeting with…

Commission names nominees for Iowa Court of Appeals

Commission names nominees for Iowa Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – The State Judicial Nominating Commission has selected a slate of six nominees to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals. Public interviews of 30…

North Iowa Job and Career Fair to be held at NIACC on April 10

North Iowa Job and Career Fair to be held at NIACC on April 10

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Job and Career Fair will be held at NIACC on April 10. Whether you’re looking to find a fresh start, a better job, or…

Gov. Reynolds testifies in favor of E15 in Michigan

Gov. Reynolds testifies in favor of E15 in Michigan

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan this morning to testify in favor of E15 at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform…

Additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits in flood-impacted counties

Additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits in flood-impacted counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds this week received word that additional assistance is now available to public and nonprofit entities in flood-impacted counties. A disaster declaration issued by President…

Fish kill reported in Dubuque County

Fish kill reported in Dubuque County

PEOSTA, Iowa – On Monday, March 25, DNR environmental specialists and fisheries staff began investigating a fish kill caused by manure runoff in Dubuque County. Investigators traced the manure runoff…

Local Iowa groups can receive financial assistance to launch clean water campaigns

Local Iowa groups can receive financial assistance to launch clean water campaigns

DES MOINES — Beginning March 28, Iowa groups looking for help implementing innovative, regional and locally led Clean Water Awareness and Education Campaigns can apply for funding from the Iowa…

Osterholm to retire after 30 years with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health

Osterholm to retire after 30 years with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health

MASON CITY –  Today marks Ron Osterholm’s last day at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health after over 30 years as the Health Director. Osterholm began in 1988…

Iowa House approves measure giving felons right to vote

Iowa House approves measure giving felons right to vote

DES MOINES – The Iowa House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill restoring voting rights to felons, but these convicted crooks won’t be in the voting booth anytime soon. Gov.…

Women’s college basketball: Iowa State’s Fennelly agrees to extension

Women’s college basketball: Iowa State’s Fennelly agrees to extension

AMES – Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly will reach a milestone season next fall when he begins his 25th season on the sidelines in Ames. And, after agreeing…

Iowa fishing report for March 28, 2019

Iowa fishing report for March 28, 2019

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…

Gov. Reynolds issues public health disaster proclamation

Gov. Reynolds issues public health disaster proclamation

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation of public health disaster emergency for the state of Iowa as a result of the widespread flooding and flash flooding…

College basketball: Iowa State’s Cameron Lard to transfer

College basketball: Iowa State’s Cameron Lard to transfer

AMES – Iowa State redshirt sophomore Cameron Lard has decided to leave Iowa State to pursue other basketball opportunities, head coach Steve Prohm announced Tuesday. “We appreciate the efforts that…

College basketball: Iowa’s Maishe Dailey to transfer

College basketball: Iowa’s Maishe Dailey to transfer

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa junior guard Maishe Dailey announced on Thursday that he has submitted his name in the NCAA transfer portal with the intent of departing the…

City of Mason City expense report, March 28, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, March 28, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/28/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,480.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 4,295.50 ALL…

Arrests made in connection with weekend stabbing in Mason City

Arrests made in connection with weekend stabbing in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two men have been charged in connection with a stabbing that occurred on March 22nd in the 1300 block of North Federal. Antoine A. Rodgers, age 35 and…

Cerro Gordo Health Department says current youth vaping use is alarming

Cerro Gordo Health Department says current youth vaping use is alarming

MASON CITY –  The U.S. Surgeon General and the FDA sent out recent statements indicating youth vaping is now an epidemic. Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and…

Alliant Energy claims customers in Iowa will receive $180 million in savings over five years from “new energy law”

Alliant Energy claims customers in Iowa will receive $180 million in savings over five years from “new energy law”

CEDAR RAPIDS – The new energy efficiency plan for Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers will provide direct financial savings on their monthly energy bill, the company said Tuesday. The plan will…

North Iowa man who tortured woman and was sent to prison for life won’t be set free

North Iowa man who tortured woman and was sent to prison for life won’t be set free

DES MOINES – A North Iowa man who committed a heinous crime against a woman in 2017 and was sent to prison for life won’t be set free after the…

Worth County Sheriff’s Office, ASPCA announce charges in Iowa puppy mill case

Worth County Sheriff’s Office, ASPCA announce charges in Iowa puppy mill case

WORTH COUNTY — With support from the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Worth County Sheriff’s Office announced animal neglect charges against Worth County…

Illegal alien in Clarion sent to prison for using another person’s Social Security number

Illegal alien in Clarion sent to prison for using another person’s Social Security number

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Guatemalan man in Clarion who used another person’s name and social security number to get jobs was sentenced today to six months in federal prison. Melvin…

Gov. Reynolds signs campus free speech legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs campus free speech legislation into law

DES MOINES –Today, Gov. Reynolds signed S.F. 274 into law, which recently passed the Iowa Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill strengthens protections for the freedom of speech and expression…

Puerto Rico Governor blasts President Trump for “insults” and demands statehood

Puerto Rico Governor blasts President Trump for “insults” and demands statehood

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Puerto Rico’s Governor blasted President Trump this week for alleged “insults” and demanded statehood instead of “colony” status. Reportedly, President Donald Trump said at a recent…

Albert Lea man may be accused of purse snatching at Diamond Jo Casino

Albert Lea man may be accused of purse snatching at Diamond Jo Casino

NORTHWOOD – An Albert Lea man may be accused of purse snatching at Worth county’s Diamond Jo Casino after a search warrant was executed at his house. On March 25th…

Actor Jussie Smollett cleared of charges after egregious fake hate crime report

Actor Jussie Smollett cleared of charges after egregious fake hate crime report

CHICAGO – Actor Jussie Smollett was abruptly cleared of all charges after his earlier egregious fake hate crime report, setting of a firestorm of debate on the matter. Jussie Smollett,…

Wanted Klemme man arrested in Fertile

Wanted Klemme man arrested in Fertile

FERTILE – A man wanted on a theft charge was arrested in Worth county. On March 22, 2019 the Worth County Sheriff’s Office stopped 28-year-old Mark Allen Gouge of Klemme,…

Grassley on the Green New Deal: “I voted no”

Grassley on the Green New Deal: “I voted no”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa explained to Congress on Tuesday why he voted “no” on the Green New Deal legislation, which was aimed at turning…

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper shuns Green New Deal

Presidential candidate Hickenlooper shuns Green New Deal

DENVER, CO – In a Washington Post op-ed, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to oppose the resolution introduced by Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey outlining…

College basketball: Iowa State’s Prohm agrees to three-year contract extension

College basketball: Iowa State’s Prohm agrees to three-year contract extension

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University announced Tuesday that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Prohm has agreed to a contract extension with the University through June 30, 2025. “It was…

Winnebago announces partnership with National Park Foundation

Winnebago announces partnership with National Park Foundation

FOREST CITY – For more than six decades, Winnebago Industries has created products that enable customers to explore America’s national parks. In recent days, Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading…

ICE removes leader of Salvadoran 18th Street Gang

ICE removes leader of Salvadoran 18th Street Gang

PHILADELPHIA — On March 22, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers removed a fugitive wanted by Salvadoran authorities for aggravated homicide to his home…

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