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Explosion injures two in Hancock county

Explosion injures two in Hancock county

HANCOCK COUNTY – An explosion injured two people in Hancock county, authorities say. On July 31, 2019 at approximately 09:12 AM, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office took a 911 report…

Iowa Athletic Director Barta announces contract extensions for coaches

Iowa Athletic Director Barta announces contract extensions for coaches

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa athletics department announced Wednesday that head coaches Dave DiIanni, Tyler Stith, and Joey Woody have signed five-year contract extensions to keep them in…

Iowa meth user sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after brandishing and racking a stolen firearm

Iowa meth user sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after brandishing and racking a stolen firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who brandished and racked a stolen firearm during a disturbance outside an apartment complex in Dubuque, Iowa, in August 2018, was sentenced July 25, 2019,…

Cerro Gordo county health department announces permanent location

Cerro Gordo county health department announces permanent location

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will be relocating permanently to 2570 4th Street SW, Mason City, next door to Hobby Lobby on Hwy. 122.…

Victims of Equifax data breach can claim settlement

Victims of Equifax data breach can claim settlement

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller announced that a coalition of 50 attorneys general has reached a proposed settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a…

St. Ansgar man accused of felony sex crimes against child

St. Ansgar man accused of felony sex crimes against child

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Congress passes Grassley legislation to help children with special health care needs

Congress passes Grassley legislation to help children with special health care needs

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statement on the House passage of the reauthorization of the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Program. The reauthorization extends…

Judge closes Iowa telemarketing firms accused of national advertising scam

Judge closes Iowa telemarketing firms accused of national advertising scam

DES MOINES — A Polk County judge has shut down several Quad Cities-based advertising companies that are accused of defrauding small businesses across the nation. District Judge Robert B. Hansen…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer

Gov. Reynolds appoints Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Annette Dunn as Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), effective Monday, August 5,…

Gov. Reynolds highlights employment opportunities in Iowa, 80,000+ job opportunities

Gov. Reynolds highlights employment opportunities in Iowa, 80,000+ job opportunities

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced more than 80,000 jobs available on IowaWORKS.gov during a press conference at the Kelley Conference Room at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Gov.…

OBIT: Darla Ritter Davidson, 58, of Charles City

OBIT: Darla Ritter Davidson, 58, of Charles City

Darla Ritter Davidson, 58, of Charles City, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice in Mason City. A funeral service for Darla Ritter Davidson will be…

State Farm awards Iowa State Patrol $40,000 to advance auto safety efforts

State Farm awards Iowa State Patrol $40,000 to advance auto safety efforts

DES MOINES – The Iowa State Patrol has received a $40,000 grant from State Farm for two Seatbelt Convincers which will be used statewide. The seatbelt convincers simulate roughly a…

Keith and Holly Messenger of SERVPRO – Mason City recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center July Entrepreneurs of the Month

Keith and Holly Messenger of SERVPRO – Mason City recognized  as NIACC Pappajohn Center July Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Keith and Holly Messenger of SERVPRO in Mason City as the…

Gov. Reynolds announces upcoming Future Ready Iowa Events

Gov. Reynolds announces upcoming Future Ready Iowa Events

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds announced 27 collaborative, public-private partnership events will be taking place to help Iowa build a skilled workforce for the future. From Sept. 4 to…

Iowa police officer shot in face with BB gun multiple times before shooting shoplifter

Iowa police officer shot in face with BB gun multiple times before shooting shoplifter

IOWA CITY – An Iowa police officer was shot in the face with a bb gun multiple times before shooting a suspected shoplifter. On Monday, July 29, 2019, at approximately…

Northern Iowa farmer killed by bull

Northern Iowa farmer killed by bull

HARPERS FERRY, IOWA – A Northern Iowa area farmer was killed by a bull this weekend, police say. On July 28, 2019 at 6:52 PM, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Dispatch…

College Football: Ferentz named to Bobby Dodd Trophy Watch List

College Football: Ferentz named to Bobby Dodd Trophy Watch List

ATLANTA – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has been named to the Bobby Dodd Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday by the Bobby Dodd Coach of…

American citizen who became a sniper and trained other terrorists charged with providing material support to ISIS

American citizen who became a sniper and trained other terrorists charged with providing material support to ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A criminal complaint was unsealed last week in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in…

Rep. Upmeyer: Strong management leads to healthy state budget

Rep. Upmeyer: Strong management leads to healthy state budget

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Hot summer weather means it’s county fair season! Congratulations to all…

NIACC announces 2019 Spring Term President’s List and Dean’s List

NIACC announces 2019 Spring Term President’s List and Dean’s List

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is pleased to announce that 736 individuals have been named to the 2019 Spring Term President’s List and Dean’s List. These…

OBIT: Jean Semelhack, 85, of Charles City

OBIT: Jean Semelhack, 85, of Charles City

Jean Semelhack, 85, of Charles City, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A memorial service for Jean Semelhack will be…

College Basketball: Hawkeyes crack top 25 in game attendance for 34th time overall

College Basketball: Hawkeyes crack top 25 in game attendance for 34th time overall

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa men’s basketball team ranked 23rd nationally in attendance, averaging 12,869 fans at its 18 home contests in 2018-19. It is the seventh straight…

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan re-elected

DES MOINES, IA – Yesterday, at the 21st Biennial Convention of AFSCME Council 61, Danny Homan was re-elected as President of AFSCME Council 61 by acclamation. “I am honored by…

Mason City woman says she’s not guilty of assaulting doctor

Mason City woman says she’s not guilty of assaulting doctor

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman will stand trial in August after an alleged violent incident at Mercy Hospital. Shannon Grouette, age 42, is accused of assaulting a doctor…

Dilapidated hotel near Mason City downtown sold and will be re-habbed

Dilapidated hotel near Mason City downtown sold and will be re-habbed

MASON CITY – A dilapidated hotel that devolved into a serious eyesore near downtown Mason City has been sold, and it will be under renovation immediately. The former Americas Best…

City of Mason City expense report for July 25, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 25, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/25/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 100.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 37,733.17 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 6,663.12 ARAMARK UNIFORM…

Northern Iowa child rescued from water tower

Northern Iowa child rescued from water tower

ESTHERVILLE, IA – A developmentally challenged child wen missing Thursday and was rescued from a water tower in Estherville, Iowa, where her head was stuck between metal bars. On Thursday,…

Clear Lake man seriously injured in motorcycle accident 

Clear Lake man seriously injured in motorcycle accident 

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon. On July 25, 2019, around 4:30 pm, in the 16000 block of 300th Street in…

Sixteen Iowans apply for vacancy on Court of Appeals

Sixteen Iowans apply for vacancy on Court of Appeals

DES MOINES – Sixteen Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Judge Gayle Vogel retired…

Sex offender sentenced to over two years in prison for failing to register in Iowa

Sex offender sentenced to over two years in prison for failing to register in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted sex offender who lived and worked in Iowa for approximately a year without registering was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison.…

Dustin Honken – notorious drug kingpin and murderer – scheduled for death next year as feds resume executions

Dustin Honken – notorious drug kingpin and murderer – scheduled for death next year as feds resume executions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the…

Man arrested after fatally running down bicyclist in Waterloo

Man arrested after fatally running down bicyclist in Waterloo

WATERLOO – A man has been arrested after the car he was driving struck and killed a Waterloo bicyclist. On July 23, 2019 at approximately 3:51 PM, Waterloo Police and…

Northern Iowa man hurt in farming accident

Northern Iowa man hurt in farming accident

RURAL BREMER COUNTY – A Northern Iowa man was hurt in a farming accident Wednesday morning in Bremer county. On July 24, 2019 at approx. 11:00 AM, Bremer county deputies…

Armed Minnesota man caught with drugs and paraphernalia in Worth county

Armed Minnesota man caught with drugs and paraphernalia in Worth county

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – An Albert Lea man was caught with drugs, paraphernalia and a long knife during a traffic stop late Wednesday night. On July 24, 2019 at approximately…

Iowa authorities search for absconded violent offender

Iowa authorities search for absconded violent offender

DUBUQUE – Chad Patrick Weekley, convicted of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury (708.4[1]) in Dubuque County, failed to report back to the Dubuque Residential Facility as required earlier this evening.…

Valero of Lakota, Iowa recognized as “community-minded” company by volunteer organization

Valero of Lakota, Iowa recognized as “community-minded” company by volunteer organization

LAKOTA, IOWA — For a sixth consecutive time, Valero Energy Corporation has been named to The Civic 50, a list of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States…

4 Ways You Can Effectively De-Stress This Summer

4 Ways You Can Effectively De-Stress This Summer

Whether you’re a student breaking up for summer, or a busy mom or business owner putting in way too many hours, it’s time to embrace the summer season.  Summer is…

Tax preparer from Congo sent to prison for filing false tax returns in Iowa

Tax preparer from Congo sent to prison for filing false tax returns in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – A tax preparer from the Congo has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for filing false tax returns in Iowa to increase clients’ tax refunds. Serge…

Iowa man sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child and possessing child pornography

Iowa man sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child and possessing child pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sexually exploited a child and possessed child pornography was sentenced on July 23, 2019, to 40 years in federal prison. John Hunt, age 35,…

The 2019 Iowa Shrine Bowl Won by South All-Stars

The 2019 Iowa Shrine Bowl Won by South All-Stars

Author: Robert Bell Every year, Cedar Falls plays host to a very special game of college football. The annual Shrine Game – or Shrine Bowl – features the best players…

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