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DEA proposes process to expand marijuana research in the United States

DEA proposes process to expand marijuana research in the United States

WASHINGTON – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice announced action to further expand opportunities for scientific and medical research on marijuana in the United States. The…

City of Mason City expense report for March 19, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 19, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/19/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 280.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 35,068.67 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC OTHER SUPPLIES…

Gov. Reynolds today temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and other measures

Gov. Reynolds today temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and other measures

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds issued an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately providing additional regulatory relief to Iowans impacted by this public health disaster. She will…

Hawkeye Harvest food bank burglarized

Hawkeye Harvest food bank burglarized

MASON CITY – NIT has learned this morning that the Hawkeye Harvest food bank suffered a burglary. “Someone broke in to the shed at Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank and stole…

OBIT: Marjorie Nixt, 94, of Charles City

OBIT: Marjorie Nixt, 94, of Charles City

Marjorie Nixt, 94, of Charles City, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. According to Marjorie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private…

Iowa Rep. Axne urges credit monitoring companies to halt reporting of missed payments until coronavirus outbreak ends

Iowa Rep. Axne urges credit monitoring companies to halt reporting of missed payments until coronavirus outbreak ends

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote with her colleagues to the three major credit reporting agencies to urge them to cease reporting of missed payments on hospital bills, mortgage…

OBIT: Linda Parsons, 70, of Charles City

OBIT: Linda Parsons, 70, of Charles City

Linda Parsons, 70, of Charles City, passed away February 27, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A gathering of family and friends and a memorial service will be held at a later…

Chris Watts makes it official; submits paperwork for re-election to Board of Supervisors

Chris Watts makes it official; submits paperwork for re-election to Board of Supervisors

MASON CITY – Chris Watts will seek re-election to the Cerro Gordo county Board of Supervisors, and has been busy collecting signatures for his petitions. Watts, a Republican who was…

Todd Blodgett Opinion: GAFFE-PRONE BIDEN’S INCURABLE PROBLEM

Todd Blodgett Opinion: GAFFE-PRONE BIDEN’S INCURABLE PROBLEM

In August of 2019, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Joe Biden, “So, to gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns?” …

U.S. Senate today passes bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

U.S. Senate today passes bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today passed the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 90-8, and it is now on its way to President Donald Trump to be signed…

Mason City man busted with weed and meth in Clarksville

Mason City man busted with weed and meth in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, IOWA – A Mason City man was busted with weed and meth in Clarksville, the local police department proclaimed today. On March 13, 2020 the Clarksville Police Department conducted…

Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being

Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being

MASON CITY – Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being, she said in a statement today: As you have probably heard, the legislative session has been…

Alliant Energy donates $100,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts  

Alliant Energy donates $100,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts  

CEDAR RAPIDS  – Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is donating $100,000 to the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts in Iowa and Wisconsin through its foundation. The immediate support will benefit non-profit organizations…

Report claims that  pandemic shows Affordable Care Act more critical than ever for Iowans 

Report claims that  pandemic shows Affordable Care Act more critical than ever for Iowans 

DES MOINES — As the country grapples with a growing coronavirus pandemic, Iowa Voices – an organization focused on the voting record of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst – released a…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation expanding roles for physician assistants

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation expanding roles for physician assistants

DES MOINES– Today Gov. Reynolds signed SF 2357, a bill which expands the roles of physician assistants in Iowa, enabling them to better serve patients. “Enabling physician assistants to better…

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon 

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon 

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of nine additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 38 positive cases. According…

Alliant Energy temporarily suspends disconnects for non-payment; intends to waive late fees

Alliant Energy temporarily suspends disconnects for non-payment; intends to waive late fees

MADISON, Wis. (March 18, 2020) — Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is temporarily suspending disconnections for all of Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus…

Why you should be considering a steel building for your next project

Why you should be considering a steel building for your next project

If your next building and construction project is looming, you may be thinking about what material to use and what the benefits of each are.  The pros and cons of…

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of six additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 29 positive cases. According…

Daily statement from Cerro Gordo county health department:

Daily statement from Cerro Gordo county health department:

MASON CITY – Daily statement from Cerro Gordo county health department: “Iowa now has 23 cases of COVID-19, announced 3/16/2020. No confirmed cases in any northern Iowa counties as of…

Iowa Supreme Court allows new court procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19

Iowa Supreme Court allows new court procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19

DES MOINES – Following Governor Reynolds’s State of Public Health Emergency Declaration earlier today, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order permitting new ways to access courts to prevent the spread…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation to fund key services, combat COVID19 spread 

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation to fund key services, combat COVID19 spread 

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 2408, legislation that creates emergency measures and supplemental appropriations for key government services to combat the spread of COVID-19. “Every Iowan…

Workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits

Workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits

DES MOINES – Employees impacted by COVID-19 closures can and should apply for unemployment benefits online here: CLICK HERE In order to comply with current recommended guidelines regarding reducing large…

Public Statement from Waldorf University President Bob Alsop: Updated status on face-to-face course offerings

Public Statement from Waldorf University President Bob Alsop:  Updated status on face-to-face course offerings

FOREST CITY – Based on currently published information and face-to-face meetings with Public Health Officials regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Waldorf University has decided to suspend all face-to-face courses and utilize a…

USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak

USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ensuring the safety and timely delivery of the U.S. food supply while protecting the health of USDA employees during this…

Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon…

Iowa’s Luka Garza named ESPN National Player of the Year

Iowa’s Luka Garza named ESPN National Player of the Year

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa men’s basketball junior Luka Garza was named ESPN National Player of the Year and to its five-member All-America first team on Tuesday. The ESPN…

Mason City Community School District implementing emergency food program starting Tuesday, March 17

Mason City Community School District implementing emergency food program starting Tuesday, March 17

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District will be implementing an emergency food program starting Tuesday, March 17. A curbside lunch pick up with your child ages 1-18…

Senate and House agree to waive requirement for school days to be rescheduled

Senate and House agree to waive requirement for school days to be rescheduled

DES MOINES – The Senate and House have agreed to waive the requirement for Iowa schools to reschedule days canceled following Governor Reynolds’ recommendation, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.…

Governor Reynolds announces assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs

Governor Reynolds announces assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19.  The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as…

Gov. Reynolds provides update to the state of Iowa, additional COVID-19 case in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds provides update to the state of Iowa, additional COVID-19 case in Iowa

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference to provide an update to the state of Iowa on current 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation efforts. That press conference…

City of Clear Lake taking steps to address Coronavirus outbreak

City of Clear Lake taking steps to address Coronavirus outbreak

CLEAR LAKE – The City of Clear Lake is taking steps to address the Coronavirus outbreak, City Administrator Scott Flory said Monday morning in a public statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update…

Health Department provides guidance for childcare centers

Health Department provides guidance for childcare centers

MASON CITY – CG Public Health recognizes the important role our childcare centers play in our response efforts. The Department and area childcare centers met today to review the latest…

Gov. Reynolds recommends Iowa schools close for four weeks, will hold a press conference tomorrow

Gov. Reynolds recommends Iowa schools close for four weeks, will hold a press conference tomorrow

DES MOINES – Upon discovery of the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks. “Based on…

Iowa House and Senate to suspend Legislative Session

Iowa House and Senate to suspend Legislative Session

DES MOINES – This afternoon the House and Senate announced the legislative session will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days following the announcement of community spread of COVID-19…

Health Department mass gathering recommendations for COVID-19

Health Department mass gathering recommendations for COVID-19

MASON CITY – There is currently no known community spread of COVID-19 in (Cerro Gordo County) at this time (but it has reached parts of Iowa). However, with continued limited…

COVID-19 community spread confirmed in Iowa, state agencies take additional measures to limit spread and assist Iowans

COVID-19 community spread confirmed in Iowa, state agencies take additional measures to limit spread and assist Iowans

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of one additional positive case of an Iowan with COVID-19 (as of Saturday evening, March 14), for…

Iowa prison officials cancel visiting at all facilities

Iowa prison officials cancel visiting at all facilities

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Corrections has been implementing measures, policies and protocols to prevent the spread and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the state prisons. Effective…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including SF 2142 a significant investment in preK-12 education

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including SF 2142 a significant investment in preK-12 education

DES MOINES– Gov. Reynolds signed SF 2142 which provides $85.5 million in new state funding for regular program budgets in the 2020-21 school year. This funding comes at a critical…

Federal judge halts Trump Administration directive to slash food stamps for hundreds of thousands during pandemic

Federal judge halts Trump Administration directive to slash food stamps for hundreds of thousands during pandemic

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal judge has blocked a Trump Administration rule set for next month that would have kicked hundreds of thousands of needy, hungry Americans off of…