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Public invited to view the draft plan at a public workshop

Public invited to view the draft plan at a public workshop

MASON CITY – The Mason City Planning and Zoning Commission will unveil the draft Willow Creek Master Plan 2020 at a public workshop on Thursday, January 30 between 5:30PM and…

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa defeats Ohio State, 77-68; Meyer scores 19

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa defeats Ohio State, 77-68; Meyer scores 19

IOWA CITY – Iowa picked up another Big 10 Conference win Thursday night, defeating Ohio State 77-68 behind 19 points from former Mason City Mohawk Mackenzie Meyer. The Hawkeyes have…

Reynolds Releases Statement on redefined Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

Reynolds Releases Statement on redefined Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

DES MOINES –  On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalized Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: “Iowa farmers, families,…

College Basketball #19 Iowa 85, #24 Rutgers 80

College Basketball #19 Iowa 85, #24 Rutgers 80

IOWA CITY – Iowa defeated Rutgers in a close home contest Wednesday night, 85-80, led by Luka Garz’s 28 points. Iowa has won eight of 10 games, including four straight.…

Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally entering US 8 times

Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally entering US 8 times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegally entering the United States for the eighth time. This guilty plea resulted from an investigation…

Gov. Reynolds launches Iowa Governor’s School Safety Bureau

Gov. Reynolds launches Iowa Governor’s School Safety Bureau

DES MOINES – This week, Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Department of Education announced the formation of the Iowa Governor’s School Safety Bureau. This…

UNI’s Katie Taylor Named Swimmer of the Week

UNI’s Katie Taylor Named Swimmer of the Week

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – After a dominant performance by the Panthers swim and dive team this weekend, Katie Taylor was named the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week. Taylor…

Iowa courts release access to documents to the public that will make some divorces without an attorney easier

Iowa courts release access to documents to the public that will make some divorces without an attorney easier

DES MOINES – The Iowa Judicial Branch is releasing the first group in a series of free interactive court forms designed to assist Iowans accessing the state court system without…

Wildlife conservation donations from tax returns in Iowa continues downward trend in 2018

Wildlife conservation donations from tax returns in Iowa continues downward trend in 2018

DES MOINES – Last year, more than 7,200 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, which is roughly…

Bald eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought

Bald eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought

ANKENY – On January 3, 2020, the Ankeny Police Department contacted a DNR Conservation Officer and a Wildlife Rehabber about a mature Bald Eagle that was not acting normal and…

Audit report released for City of Mason City shows $52 million in revenue, $65 million is expenses last year

Audit report released for City of Mason City shows $52 million in revenue, $65 million is expenses last year

MASON CITY – Kronlage & Olson, P.C., Certified Public Accountants today released an audit report on the City of Mason City for the year ended June 30, 2019. The City’s…

College Basketball: Panthers fall to Salukis, 66-68

College Basketball: Panthers fall to Salukis, 66-68

CARBONDALE, Illinois – The UNI men’s basketball team took on the Salukis of Southern Illinois on Wednesday night, falling 66-68 to move to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in the Missouri…

OBIT: Daisy Boggess, 90, of Charles City

OBIT: Daisy Boggess, 90, of Charles City

Daisy Boggess, 90, of Charles City, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City. A funeral service for Daisy Boggess will be…

OBIT: Barbara “Barb” Miller, 81, of Charles City

OBIT: Barbara “Barb” Miller, 81, of Charles City

Barbara “Barb” Miller, 81, of Charles City, returned to her Heavenly home on Saturday, January 18, 2020. God wanted her now and set her free. A funeral service for Barb…

Fatal truck crash investigated as suspected explosive devices believed to be in vehicle driven by Northern Iowa resident

Fatal truck crash investigated as suspected explosive devices believed to be in vehicle driven by Northern Iowa resident

DES MOINES – A fatal truck crash is being investigated by state authorities as suspected explosive devices believed to be in the vehicle driven by a Northern Iowa resident are…

Health Department warns: Anyone who has received a tattoo or body piercing from unlicensed facilities in the area should be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C

Health Department warns: Anyone who has received a tattoo or body piercing from unlicensed facilities in the area should be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C

MASON CITY – After recent reports and complaints regarding unlicensed tattoo artists in the area, public health officials remind residents to only get tattoos and body piercings from licensed professionals.…

Mason City police charge “Breezy” with tattoo crimes

Mason City police charge “Breezy” with tattoo crimes

MASON CITY – A young tattoo artist known as “Breezy” has been charged with crimes in his profession in Mason City. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Mason City Police…

Peter Children Opinion: I won’t be deterred by Trump’s bullies

Peter Children Opinion: I won’t be deterred by Trump’s bullies

The opening line in the recent Opinion piece I wrote for this publication stated; “Trump has emboldened those with marginalized mental capacities.” Almost immediately after it appeared I was verbally…

Illegal Alien who used another person’s name and Social Security number to get a job in Iowa sent to prison

Illegal Alien who used another person’s name and Social Security number to get a job in Iowa sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used another person’s name and Social Security number to get a job was sentenced today to over two months in federal prison. Jose Hernandez-Benitez,…

USDA Invests $11 million in broadband for rural Minnesota and Iowa communities

USDA Invests $11 million in broadband for rural Minnesota and Iowa communities

HARMONY, MN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky announced recently that the USDA has invested $11 million in three, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will…

Iowa felon sent to prison for possessing methamphetamine near park

Iowa felon sent to prison for possessing methamphetamine near park

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who illegally possessed ice methamphetamine with the intent to distribute near a park was sentenced to five years in federal prison. Robin Kinney, age 59,…

Mason City’s Lincoln Intermediate students to compete in National Geographic Bee

Mason City’s Lincoln Intermediate students to compete in National Geographic Bee

MASON CITY – For the 31st year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across…

Waterloo man convicted after escape from halfway house

Waterloo man convicted after escape from halfway house

MASON CITY – A Waterloo man who escaped from a Waterloo halfway house and spent over two weeks on the lam was convicted after a half-hour bench trial in federal…

College Basketball: UNI’s AJ Green named MVC Player of the Week

College Basketball: UNI’s AJ Green named MVC Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS – UNI’s AJ Green has been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Green averaged 27.0…

OBIT: Ronald Roethler, 75, of Charles City

OBIT: Ronald Roethler, 75, of Charles City

Ronald Roethler, 75, of Charles City, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Roethler will be held at 10:30 a.m. on…

Monthly activity report for Mason City from City Administrator Aaron Burnett

Monthly activity report for Mason City from City Administrator Aaron Burnett

MASO CITY – City Administrator Aaron Burnett will present this update to the city council at tonight’s Mason City council meeting: The Mason City Arena officially opened with 2 near…

OBIT: Gary August Yaddof, 63, of Charles City

OBIT: Gary August Yaddof, 63, of Charles City

Gary August Yaddof, 63, died in his home on January 17, 2020 in Charles City, Iowa due to complications from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). A celebration of life will take…

Rep. Steckman proposes bills on hog confinements, e-cigarettes and more

Rep. Steckman proposes bills on hog confinements, e-cigarettes and more

The following is a legislative update released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: The second session…

Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham to seek second term in office

Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham to seek second term in office

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham will seek a second term in office, he announced this week. According to a statement: “I would like to announce that…

Juveniles arrested after Chickasaw county convenience store break-in

Juveniles arrested after Chickasaw county convenience store break-in

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Two juveniles were arrested after a Chickasaw county convenience store break-in and at least one more crime. On Thursday, January 2, 2020, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office…

Key Branding Elements That You Have to Set Up Right Now

A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir. ~Lisa Gansky  Branding is a tool to convey the right idea of your business. At a minimum, it will…

News update from Iowa Democrats, January 17, 2019

News update from Iowa Democrats, January 17, 2019

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: 2020 Legislative Session Starts with Focus on Iowans This week the 2020 Legislative Session began and lawmakers pledged to work together…

OBIT: Lawrence “Larry” Squier, 97, of Floyd

OBIT: Lawrence “Larry” Squier, 97, of Floyd

Lawrence “Larry” Squier, 97, of Floyd, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City surrounded by loving family. A funeral service for…

USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals last week that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of…

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa completes comeback to down rival Wisconsin 85-78; Meyer scores 22

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa completes comeback to down rival Wisconsin 85-78; Meyer scores 22

MADISON, WI – Iowa’s senior point guard from Mason City, Mackenzie Meyer, helped Iowa complete a big comeback and beat Wisconsin Sunday night, 85-78. The Hawkeyes (15-3, 6-1) have won…

College Track & Field: Nine Panthers earn first-place finishes at NDSU

College Track & Field: Nine Panthers earn first-place finishes at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. – The UNI Panther Track and Field team earned nine first place finishes at the Bison Team Cup Saturday in Fargo. The men and women finished second overall…

Clear Lake house fire forces evacuation, causes major damage to structure

Clear Lake house fire forces evacuation, causes major damage to structure

CLEAR LAKE – A house fire Sunday in Clear Lake forced the occupants to evacuate and major damage to the structure. The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a…

College Wrestling: UNI beats Air Force, 28-12

College Wrestling: UNI beats Air Force, 28-12

COLORADO SPRINGS – UNI Wrestling won seven bouts and earned bonus points at 174, 184 and 124 to earn a 28-12 win over Air Force Sunday afternoon in Colorado. Bryce…

Women’s College Basketball: Panthers dominate Indiana State, 73-43

Women’s College Basketball: Panthers dominate Indiana State, 73-43

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Four players scored in double figures, including a double-double from Cynthia Wolf with a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead UNI to a 73-43…

Shots fired at car in Mason City, leading to search of house by Special Operations unit

Shots fired at car in Mason City, leading to search of house by Special Operations unit

MASON CITY – Mason City police say there were gunshots directed at a car, leading to a search of a house. At 11:31 PM on January 18, 2020, a subject…