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Forest City man gets light sentence after shooting at school bus

Forest City man gets light sentence after shooting at school bus

FOREST CITY – A Forest City man got probation and a suspended fine after shooting out a window on a school bus with children inside. On January 5, 2018, at…

Kenyan-born Michigan residents arrested for conspiracy to join ISIS, use car to run down Americans

Kenyan-born Michigan residents arrested for conspiracy to join ISIS, use car to run down Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three residents of Lansing, Michigan, were arrested without incident Monday afternoon for conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State…

Three Kansas men sentenced to prison for plotting to bomb Somali immigrants

Three Kansas men sentenced to prison for plotting to bomb Somali immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three men from southwest Kansas were sentenced to 25, 26 and 30 years imprisonment on charges of conspiring to detonate a bomb at an apartment complex in…

Wrestling: Iowa State defeats Oklahoma, 25-6

Wrestling: Iowa State defeats Oklahoma, 25-6

AMES, Iowa – No. 15 Iowa State (7-1, 4-0 Big 12) remained undefeated in Big 12 dual wrestling action with a 25-6 win over Oklahoma (5-4, 1-2 Big 12) Friday…

OBIT: Richard “Dick” Lee Tobin

OBIT: Richard “Dick” Lee Tobin

Richard “Dick” L. Tobin, 78 of Floyd Iowa died Friday night January 25, 2018 at the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Arrangements are with Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home and Cremation…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a new update from Iowa Democrats: Veterans Day on the Hill; Condition of the Iowa National Guard This week, veterans and their families traveled to Des Moines…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: This has been a rather strange week, mostly due to weather conditions.  The Legislature never meets on…

NIACC VS Waldorf was once a great rivalry

NIACC VS Waldorf was once a great rivalry

By KIRK HARDCASTLE NIACC Sports Information Director When you begin to discuss the great college rivalries, several come to mind. On the national scene, North Carolina/Duke, Auburn/Alabama and USC/UCLA are…

Man accused of felony theft in Worth county

Man accused of felony theft in Worth county

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Grace Church to host prom for people with special needs

Grace Church to host prom for people with special needs

MASON CTY – Grace Church announced this week that they will serve as one of nearly 500 churches around the world already registered to host Night to Shine 2019, sponsored…

Wrestling: Hawkeyes dominate Illinois, 31-8

Wrestling: Hawkeyes dominate Illinois, 31-8

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The fourth-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team rolled past No. 20 Illinois, 31-8, on Friday night at Huff Hall. Spencer Lee opened the dual with a fall,…

Trump advisor Roger Stone indicted on federal charges

Trump advisor Roger Stone indicted on federal charges

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Trump advisor Roger Stone has been indicted on federal charges and nabbed by heavily armed and armored agents this morning at his Florida home. The indictment claims…

Ice anglers in Iowa welcome cold weather

Ice anglers in Iowa welcome cold weather

CLEAR LAKE – After an unusually mild winter, cold weather has finally arrived across Iowa and is covering previously open lakes and ponds with a layer of ice. But anglers…

Welcoming and Retaining Diverse Talent Seminar to be held at NIACC

Welcoming and Retaining Diverse Talent Seminar to be held at NIACC

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has collaborated with IowaWorks and Employers’ Council of Iowa to offer Welcoming & Retaining Diverse Talent, a half-day seminar designed to…

DNR providing extra enforcement over 2019 Winter Games in Okoboji

DNR providing extra enforcement over 2019 Winter Games in Okoboji

OKOBOJI, IOWA – DNR conservation officers will be partnering with the Iowa State Patrol and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office on a special enforcement project over the Winter Games at Okoboji…

Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to tax wealth, not income

Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to tax wealth, not income

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a bulletin to possible supporters this week, Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she wants to tax wealth, not income, pointing to ultra-rich with fancy possessions. The…

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of January 24, 2019

Top Iowa fishing spots for week of January 24, 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…

Rep. Upmeyer: Ballots in contested House election in NE Iowa had no “intelligent mail barcode”

Rep. Upmeyer: Ballots in contested House election in NE Iowa had no “intelligent mail barcode”

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: It’s been another eventful week at the Capitol! With session underway, members have begun filing bills and…

City of Mason City expense report, Jan. 24, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, Jan. 24, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report Jan 24, 2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 1,146.24 ALBERDA, JOANNE PAID TO ARTIST 300.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL SUPPLIES…

Iowa Hawkeyes fall to Michigan State Spartans, 82-67

Iowa Hawkeyes fall to Michigan State Spartans, 82-67

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball team fell to the Michigan State Spartans, 82-67, Thursday night in Iowa City. Tonight’s loss snapped Iowa’s five-game win streak and was…

OBIT: Maxine Chastain, 94, of Charles City

OBIT: Maxine Chastain, 94, of Charles City

Maxine Chastain, 94, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A funeral service for Maxine Chastain will be held…

NIACC men ranked 15th in latest poll

NIACC men ranked 15th in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team is No. 15 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday. NIACC (11-2 overall, 2-0 ICCAC) was No. 14 in the Jan.…

NIACC women ranked No. 4 in NJCAA Division II poll

NIACC women ranked No. 4 in NJCAA Division II poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday. NIACC (11-4 overall, 2-0 ICCAC) was No. 10 in the preseason…

Charles City police locate wanted sex offender in parked car

Charles City police locate wanted sex offender in parked car

CHARLES CITY – Charles City police located a wanted sex offender in a parked car and he was taken to jail. The incident occurred on January 16, 2019 at about…

Supreme Court revives transgender military ban; Iowa LGBTQ group protests

Supreme Court revives transgender military ban; Iowa LGBTQ group protests

DES MOINES — Tuesday, the Supreme Court reinstated the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender military service members by lifting two lower court injunctions that had blocked the president’s policy from…

Consumer complaints rise 18 percent in 2018

Consumer complaints rise 18 percent in 2018

DES MOINES – Consumer complaints to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office increased 18 percent in 2018 over the previous year, led by complaints related to vehicles, home improvement projects and…

Iowa Court of Appeals elects Vogel as Chief Judge

Iowa Court of Appeals elects Vogel as Chief Judge

DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has elected Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel, Spirit Lake, as chief judge. Judge Vogel has served on the court of appeals since 1996.…

Reminder: Mason City’s Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill is open

Reminder: Mason City’s Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill is open

MASON CITY – Mason City’s Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill is now open. Sledders are able to use the hill that is located in the southeast corner of Georgia Hanford…

Iowa’s 6-week abortion ban struck down as unconstitutional

Iowa’s 6-week abortion ban struck down as unconstitutional

DES MOINES – Today, the Polk County District Court ruled that Iowa’s 6-week abortion ban violates the Iowa’s state constitution and issued a permanent injunction. As the district court ruled,…

Teen hurt in auto accident Tuesday outside Mason City

Teen hurt in auto accident Tuesday outside Mason City

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – A teen was hurt in an auto accident outside Mason City Tuesday evening. On January 22, 2019 at about 5:01 PM, the Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s…

Police arrest wrong-side alleged drunk driver in Charles City

Police arrest wrong-side alleged drunk driver in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Police arrested an alleged drunk driver in Charles City this weekend who had his car on the wrong side of the road. At 2:19 AM on Sunday,…

Iowa boasts lowest unemployment rate in the nation

Iowa boasts lowest unemployment rate in the nation

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement today in response to the news that Iowa has the lowest unemployment rate in the country according to this month’s…

Governor Reynolds announces grant opportunities for Iowa schools

Governor Reynolds announces grant opportunities for Iowa schools

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that the Computer Science is Elementary project is taking a crucial next step by inviting eligible Iowa schools to apply between Jan.…

Jury finds Iowa man guilty of sex abuse of young girl

Jury finds Iowa man guilty of sex abuse of young girl

BOONE – On January 17, 2019, a Boone County jury found, Stephen Robert Nicholl Embree aka: Stephen Robert Stark, 37 years old, of Boone, Iowa, guilty on one count of…

Iowa Congressman Steve King praises Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Iowa Congressman Steve King praises Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Congressman Steve King praised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his national holiday. On Monday, America observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as his legacy…

Mason City man with history of eluding police sent to jail for drunk driving

Mason City man with history of eluding police sent to jail for drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City man with a history of eluding police was sent to jail for drunk driving. Todd Aaron Howard Hamilton, age 27 of Mason City but formerly…

Water and sewer rates could be going up in Mason City

Water and sewer rates could be going up in Mason City

MASON CITY – The Mason City council met for a work session at City Hall on January 17 and discussed the need to possibly raise water and sewer rates. According…

OBIT: Lester “Sonny” King, Jr., 80, of Charles Cit

OBIT: Lester “Sonny” King, Jr., 80, of Charles Cit

Lester “Sonny” King, Jr., 80, of Charles City, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. A memorial service for Lester will be held at Hauser Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 23,…

OBIT: Leone Shaffer Anderson, 98

OBIT: Leone Shaffer Anderson, 98

Leone Shaffer Anderson, 98, a resident of Legacy Assisted Living Community, Iowa City and formerly of Charles City, passed away peacefully to eternal life at Mercy Hospital Hospice of Iowa…

OBIT: Eunice E. Follmuth, 53, of Rockwell

OBIT: Eunice E. Follmuth, 53, of Rockwell

ROCKWELL – Eunice E. Follmuth, 53, of Rockwell, passed away on January 18th, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family, after losing a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer.…