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OBIT: Bernard “Bud” Dunn, 83, of Charles City

OBIT: Bernard “Bud” Dunn, 83, of Charles City

Bernard “Bud” Dunn, 83, of Charles City, formerly Alta Vista, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 in his home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Bud Dunn will be held…

Texas man executed for dragging death of black man

Texas man executed for dragging death of black man

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS – A Texas man was executed today for the dragging death of a black man almost 18 years ago. On June 7, 1998, during the nighttime hours, 23-year-old…

Iowa man who struck cars with bat while standing in road caught after 911 calls

Iowa man who struck cars with bat while standing in road caught after 911 calls

OELWEIN – An Iowa man who struck cars with a bat while standing in the middle of a road was caught after numerous 911 calls Tuesday evening. On April 23,…

Columbian citizen sentenced to federal prison for participating in fraud that scammed Iowa victim

Columbian citizen sentenced to federal prison for participating in fraud that scammed Iowa victim

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who participated in a scheme to defraud victims across the country, including Iowa, out of more than $450,000 was sentenced this month to more than…

North Iowans join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

North Iowans join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Foundation is proud to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Bill Paulus of Garner…

Iowa shooters sent to federal prison on max sentences

Iowa shooters sent to federal prison on max sentences

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two men who discharged firearms in Marion were sentenced today to ten years in federal prison. Mykael Robertson, age 20, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison…

DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Takeback Day

DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Takeback Day

CEDAR RAPIDS – U.S. Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. joins the Drug Enforcement Administration in announcing that on April 27th, DEA will hold its 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back…

Empower Rural Iowa Initiative passes Legislature unanimously

Empower Rural Iowa Initiative passes Legislature unanimously

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature voted unanimously to pass HF 772, the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. The initiative establishes a partnership with the Iowa Rural Development Council to identify…

Women’s college basketball: Iowa to retire Gustafson’s No. 10 

Women’s college basketball: Iowa to retire Gustafson’s No. 10 

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will retire Megan Gustafson’s No. 10, the Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair Gary Barta announced Wednesday at…

4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs an Online Presence

4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs an Online Presence

Companies of all sizes in every industry cannot afford to overlook building a strong online presence. With almost every market becoming increasingly competitive, it could be the difference between your…

Workers Memorial Day events to be held in Iowa

Workers Memorial Day events to be held in Iowa

DES MOINES – On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the…

Senator Ragan: Feds launch investigation of privatized Medicaid oversight

Senator Ragan: Feds launch investigation of privatized Medicaid oversight

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: I applaud the U.S. Inspector General’s decision to investigate whether federal officials…

Cresco man who is felon and possessed handgun sent to prison for 10 years

Cresco man who is felon and possessed handgun sent to prison for 10 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Florida man who formerly lived in Cresco, Iowa, was sentenced today to the maximum possible sentence of ten years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a…

Grants allow for student volunteers to plant trees in Mason City next week

Grants allow for student volunteers to plant trees in Mason City next week

MASON CITY – Student volunteer tree planting event will take place next week, Wednesday, May 1st, and Thursday May 2nd starting at 9 am. The ‘Trees for Kids’ planting on…

Charles City man arrested after two assaults

Charles City man arrested after two assaults

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Women’s college basketball: Nezerwa granted additional year of eligibility

Women’s college basketball: Nezerwa granted additional year of eligibility

AMES – Iowa State women’s basketball forward Inès Nezerwa has received a waiver from the NCAA staff which will extend her eligibility and allow her to compete during the 2019-20…

Structure fire in Mason City caused by unattended recreational burn pit

Structure fire in Mason City caused by unattended recreational burn pit

MASON CITY – A structure fire this weekend in Mason City was caused by an unattended recreational burn pit, officials say. On April 20, 2019 at 5:34 PM, the Mason…

Meth lab found on golf course in Charles City

Meth lab found on golf course in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A meth lab was found on a golf course in Charles City this past weekend. On April 19, 2019, officers with the Charles City police department responded…

Fort Dodge man sent to prison for distributing guns and over 100 pounds of meth

Fort Dodge man sent to prison for distributing guns and over 100 pounds of meth

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced April 15, 2019, to 15 years in federal prison. Craig Eugene Essing, 59, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received…

Gov. Reynolds signs 10 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 10 bills into law

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, Gov. Reynolds signed the following 10 bills into law: HF 323: an act relating to the exploitation of a dependent adult by a caretaker. HF…

Boaters advised to use caution at former Green Mill Ford Bridge site on the Cedar River

Boaters advised to use caution at former Green Mill Ford Bridge site on the Cedar River

WAVERLY – Fishing boaters and paddlers should use extreme caution if navigating the Cedar River between Waverly and Janesville, where ice jams destroyed the Green Mill Ford Bridge in mid-March.…

Cerro Gordo county home care staff receive oral health care training

Cerro Gordo county home care staff receive oral health care training

MASON CITY – Research indicates that good oral health reduces the risk of pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other illnesses.   Recently, the Cerro Gordo County…

Cerro Gordo county expense report for April 16, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for April 16, 2019

CLAIMS April 16, 2019 ABC/PFI Legal Servic, serve notice 170.00  1 Absolute Waste Remov, sanit disp 1011.00  4 Accurate Analytical, lab tests 380.00  2 Ahlers & Cooney PC, legal 540.00…

A Step by Step Guide to Starting a Career in Sports

A Step by Step Guide to Starting a Career in Sports

When you are thinking about your future career, it can become overwhelming to try and decide how you want to spend the rest of your life. One fantastic career option…

Wanted Mason City man caught drunk driving in Charles City

Wanted Mason City man caught drunk driving in Charles City

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Floyd county woman to stand trial for criminal mischief

Floyd county woman to stand trial for criminal mischief

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd county woman is accused of criminal mischief in Charles City and is slated to stand trial. Records show Leslie Leeann Weber is accused of a…

Iowa man charged in Shenandoah murder

Iowa man charged in Shenandoah murder

SHENANDOAH, IOWA – An Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in Shenandoah, Iowa. On Monday, April 22, 2019, at approximately 4:45AM, the Shenandoah Police Department received a 911…

Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to attempting to support to ISIS

Wisconsin woman pleads guilty to attempting to support to ISIS

MILWAUKEE – A Wisconsin woman pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Assistant Attorney…

Diesel spilled south of Iowa Falls

Diesel spilled south of Iowa Falls

IOWA FALLS – About 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled early Monday afternoon, reaching the South Fork of the Iowa River in Iowa Falls. Fuel spilled while an Agvantage FS…

Domestic complaint leads to arrest of Northern Iowa couple on drug and gun charges

Domestic complaint leads to arrest of Northern Iowa couple on drug and gun charges

GRUVER, IOWA – A domestic complaint led to the arrest of a Northern Iowa couple on drug and gun charges after drug dealer materials were discovered during the police response.…

ACLU files lawsuit to block Ag Trespass Law; Gov. Reynolds defends legislation

ACLU files lawsuit to block Ag Trespass Law; Gov. Reynolds defends legislation

DES MOINES – A coalition of public interest groups has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa that challenges the constitutionality of Iowa’s…

Gov. Reynolds announces Flood Recovery Advisory Board members

Gov. Reynolds announces Flood Recovery Advisory Board members

DES MOINES – On Monday, Governor Reynolds announced the members for the Flood Recovery Advisory Board, which was created by Executive Order to help coordinate a comprehensive flood recovery and…

Law enforcement seeks clues to stolen snowmobiles

Law enforcement seeks clues to stolen snowmobiles

MASON CITY – Law enforcement is seeking clues solve a case of stolen snowmobiles in Mason City. During the late evening hours of February 22, 2019 and early morning hours…

Joni Ernst to kickoff Senate campaign at Roast and Ride

Joni Ernst to kickoff Senate campaign at Roast and Ride

DES MOINES – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today announced that she will kickoff her campaign for the U.S. Senate at the 5th Annual Roast and Ride on Saturday, June…

Weekly fishing report for April 21, 2019

Weekly fishing report for April 21, 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…

Waterloo ice meth dealer sentenced to over ten years in prison

Waterloo ice meth dealer sentenced to over ten years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed multiple pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced today to more than ten years in federal prison. Cody Jelinek, age 36, from Waterloo, Iowa, received…

Rep. Steckman says IPERS remains under attack

Rep. Steckman says IPERS remains under attack

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: We have debated quite a few bills this…

Rep. Upmeyer says Legislature is wrapping up its session

Rep. Upmeyer says Legislature is wrapping up its session

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: With May nearly in sight, we are finally getting spring-like weather.…

Mason City man convicted of attempted murder after stabbing Manly man

Mason City man convicted of attempted murder after stabbing Manly man

NORTHWOOD – A Mason City man who committed a vicious stabbing in Northwood has been found guilty of attempted murder. On June 02, 2018 at approximately 10:48 PM, the Worth…

College baseball: Iowa offense erupts in series-clinching win Over No. 30 Nebraska

College baseball: Iowa offense erupts in series-clinching win Over No. 30 Nebraska

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa baseball team scored eight runs in the fifth inning to fuel a 17-9 victory over No. 30 Nebraska on Saturday afternoon at Duane…