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OBIT: Maxine Vetter, 82

OBIT: Maxine Vetter, 82

Maxine Vetter, 82, passed away October 4, 2019. At Maxine’s request there will be no funeral.  A private graveside service and a Celebration of Life will be held at a…

Waterloo marijuana user sentenced to over two years for possessing multiple handguns

Waterloo marijuana user sentenced to over two years for possessing multiple handguns

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally possessed three separate handguns during a one-year period was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison. Aquarias Tykee Madlock, age…

POET Biorefining receives top workplace wellness award

POET Biorefining receives top workplace wellness award

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo Public Health Department this week presented the annual Workplace Wellness Diamond Award to POET Biorefining of Hanlontown. The Workplace Wellness Awards Program is a…

New Hampton man sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography

New Hampton man sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed and possessed child pornography was sentenced today to over 15 years in federal prison. William Rolen, age 57, of New Hampton, Iowa, received…

Wanted Iowa man caught after imprisoning and beating woman who narrowly escaped with her life

Wanted Iowa man caught after imprisoning and beating woman who narrowly escaped with her life

DES MOINES – A wanted Iowa man has been caught Sunday morning after imprisoning and beating a woman who narrowly escaped with her life. Police now have in custody 39-year-old…

Alleged drunk driver crashes into police car, sends K9 and officer to medics

Alleged drunk driver crashes into police car, sends K9 and officer to medics

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was arrested after crashing his car into a parked police cruiser and now faces a drunk driving charge. At 11:20 PM on October 4,…

Karl and Jean Schilling recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center September Entrepreneurs of the Month

Karl and Jean Schilling recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center September Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Karl and Jean Schilling of Kaleidoscopes to You as the September…

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $289M

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $289M

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2019 with a balance of $289.3 million in its General Fund. “Iowa’s fiscal…

Convicted Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison after battling cops, armed with loaded handgun

Convicted Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison after battling cops, armed with loaded handgun

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was convicted in federal court for illegally possessing a gun for the third time was sentenced October 3, 2019, to more than sixteen years…

Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital; raises millions of dollars

Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital; raises millions of dollars

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Senator in the top tier of Democratic Presidential hopefuls, has been released from a Las Vegas hospital after suffering a heart ailment even…

NIACC Family Stem Festival to be held on October 12

NIACC Family Stem Festival to be held on October 12

MASON CITY – Bring your whole family to the NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College) Family STEM Festival on Saturday, October 12 from 1 PM to 4 PM at NIACC…

Swerving to avoid deer sends car with 5 people inside tumbling near Worth county casino

Swerving to avoid deer sends car with 5 people inside tumbling near Worth county casino

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A driver apparently swerved to avoid a deer on a road near Worth county’s Diamond Jo Casino, but the move sent the vehicle tumbling into a…

DNR investigating fish kill in Backbone State Park trout streams

DNR investigating fish kill in Backbone State Park trout streams

DUNDEE – DNR staff investigated a fish kill in Backbone State Park Sept. 28 after trout anglers reported seeing dead fish in Richmond Springs and Fenchel Creek. Staff from DNR…

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host Fall Reception

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host Fall Reception

MASON CITY – Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City will host its annual Fall Reception. On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City will host the…

Three-time Waterloo felon sent to federal prison for possessing loaded gun with obliterated serial number

Three-time Waterloo felon sent to federal prison for possessing loaded gun with obliterated serial number

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted felon who was stopped with a loaded firearm while under the influence of drugs in Waterloo was sentenced today to more than six years in…

Annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways to begin in Cerro Gordo county

Annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways to begin in Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board Roadside Management staff will soon begin annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways. Manual removal of trees and…

Supreme Court to hear abortion case

Supreme Court to hear abortion case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has added an abortion case to its docket and it could be a big ruling in the controversial matter. A Louisiana law that…

Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders hospitalized for heart trouble

Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders hospitalized for heart trouble

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for President, is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital after a heart procedure. Sanders was hospitalized this week…

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of October 3, 2019

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of October 3, 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…

Manchester United stars Omitted from the England senior team 

Manchester United superstars Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have both failed to make the England national team call-up this time including Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And in their omission, head…

Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

Trump and EPA announce biofuel deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statements after President Donald J. Trump successfully…

Iowa woman’s suspicious death ruled a suicide

Iowa woman’s suspicious death ruled a suicide

DEWITT, IOWA – The suspicious death of an Iowa woman has been ruled a suicide. On Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 9:44 AM, the DeWitt Police Department received a…

City of Mason City expense report for October 3, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for October 3, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/3/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 585.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 5,199.67 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 268.00 AGVANTAGE FS…

Alliant Energy: “Customers to see benefits in proposed settlement of Alliant Energy’s Iowa electric rate review”

Alliant Energy: “Customers to see benefits in proposed settlement of Alliant Energy’s Iowa electric rate review”

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company has filed a partial settlement agreement in its current electric rate review. Customers would see lower than expected increases in electric bills…

Opinion: ‘The Clock is Ticking’

Opinion: ‘The Clock is Ticking’

People always wonder how Hitler managed to get into power: “How could the Germans vote for him, how could they let that happen.” Those are the words of people who…

DNR to host “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake

DNR to host “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – The Iowa DNR will host a “field day” at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake next week. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State…

False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison

False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who falsified ATF forms in order to purchase firearms was sentenced October 2, 2019, to more than a year in federal prison. Joseph Lamont…

Free social event planned in Charles City on October 15 covering philanthropy and women’s health

Free social event planned in Charles City on October 15 covering philanthropy and women’s health

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation (FCCF), in partnership with the Floyd County Medical Center Foundation, is inviting the public to attend a free Philanthropy and Women’s Health…

U.S. targets Russian actors involved in efforts to sabotage U.S. elections

U.S. targets Russian actors involved in efforts to sabotage U.S. elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. government has taken steps to punish Russian agents who sabotaged the 2016 elections. On September 30, the United States announced it continues to take action…

Pastor murdered in Fort Dodge; possible assailant behind bars

Pastor murdered in Fort Dodge; possible assailant behind bars

FORT DODGE – A pastor was murdered Wednesday in Fort Dodge in broad daylight, and the alleged assailant is behind bars at this time facing murder and robbery charges. On…

10 Tips on How to Make Your Loved One Happier

10 Tips on How to Make Your Loved One Happier

People live to be happy. They look for a loved one, fall in love, create relationships, fight and make up only in order to find happiness. People who already have…

Finding the right premises for your business

Finding the right premises for your business

Although many people nowadays choose to set their business up online, the good old-fashioned approach of having a walk-in premises is incredibly desirable. As well as having a port-of-call for…

Fort Dodge woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

Fort Dodge woman sent to federal prison for meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY – A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 1, 2019, to five years in federal prison. Chelsea Collins, 31, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted…

Minnesota man sent to federal prison for Iowa meth conspiracy

Minnesota man sent to federal prison for Iowa meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute meth was sentenced on September 30, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City to 15 years in federal prison. Raul Flores…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg participate in Healthiest State Walks

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg participate in Healthiest State Walks

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg helped promote the Healthiest State Initiative’s goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Gov Reynolds…

Shots fired again in Mason City, police investigating

Shots fired again in Mason City, police investigating

MASON CITY – More shots were fired again in Mason City over the weekend and police are investigating. Shortly before noon on Saturday, September 28th, Mason City police officers responded…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer to leave Iowa Legislature

Rep. Linda Upmeyer to leave Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES – This afternoon, Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced that she will not seek re-election in 2020 and plans to resign as Speaker of the Iowa House in…

Gov. Reynolds signs overweight loads proclamation for fall harvest

Gov. Reynolds signs overweight loads proclamation for fall harvest

DES MOINES– Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing the transportation of oversize and overweight loads of grain for 60 days during the harvest season. This proclamation allows vehicles…

Wanted Waterloo man nabbed in Chickasaw county after driving to victim’s house and fleeing cops

Wanted Waterloo man nabbed in Chickasaw county after driving to victim’s house and fleeing cops

FREDERICKSBURG – A wanted, armed Waterloo man was nabbed in Chickasaw county after driving to his victim’s house who was under a protection order and then fleeing cops once he…

OBIT: Judith Billington, 73, of Iowa Falls

OBIT: Judith Billington, 73, of Iowa Falls

Judith Billington, 73, of Iowa Falls, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls, Iowa. A funeral service for Judith Billington will be held at…