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Pelosi demands Donald sanction China over sweeping law cracking down on Hong Kong

Pelosi demands Donald sanction China over sweeping law cracking down on Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Beijing passed its sweeping so-called “national security law” intended to greatly expand its power to suppress speech, including protests, in…

New Iowa ‘first in the nation’ law protects student loan borrowers

New Iowa ‘first in the nation’ law protects student loan borrowers

DES MOINES ― Beginning July 1, Iowa will have one of the nation’s strongest laws protecting student loan borrowers against predatory practices. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 272, which requires education debt-management companies — often known as…

Iowa Supreme Court switches gears from adjudicative term to administrative term

Iowa Supreme Court switches gears from adjudicative term to administrative term

DES MOINES – The Iowa Supreme Court is switching gears from its adjudicative term to its administrative term this week. June 30, 2020, is the last day of the 2019-2020 Iowa…

State COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools lacking, Rep. Steckman says

State COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools lacking, Rep. Steckman says

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: On June 25,…

Gov. Reynolds signed legislation into law to lower taxes on renewable fuels

Gov. Reynolds signed legislation into law to lower taxes on renewable fuels

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed Senate File 2403, legislation that will lower the cost of E-15 and higher blends of renewable fuels in Iowa by changing how the…

Honduran man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the USA and working in Iowa after being deported

Honduran man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the USA and working in Iowa after being deported

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than four months in federal prison. Dagoberto Pacheco-Mata, age 29,…

Fort Dodge man who operated a large scale methamphetamine distribution operation sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

Fort Dodge man who operated a large scale methamphetamine distribution operation sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who operated a methamphetamine distribution ring in the Dubuque area from 2013 through 2014 was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison. Brian Ausborn,…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs 24-hour abortion waiting period legislation into law

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs 24-hour abortion waiting period legislation into law

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law on Monday, June 29: HF310: an Act relating to the practice of optometry. HF594: an Act relating to…

Franklin county sees major spike in obesity, according to study

Franklin county sees major spike in obesity, according to study

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Iowa’s Franklin county is suffering a surge of obesity and is failing to flatten the curve on the fat bulge, new research claims. According to data…

City of Mason City expense report for June 25, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for June 25, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 6/25/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 184.19 AG126 INC REFUND 37.50 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 125.00 ANDERSEN’S MARKET…

Joni Ernst begs her chosen EPA director to reject retroactive biofuel blending waivers harmful to Iowa farmers

Joni Ernst begs her chosen EPA director to reject retroactive biofuel blending waivers harmful to Iowa farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa senator Joni Ernst signed on to a letter begging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler – whom she voted to put into office – to reject retroactive biofuel…

Ground broken today in Clear Lake for new Marriott hotel and conference center

Ground broken today in Clear Lake for new Marriott hotel and conference center

CLEAR LAKE – Ground was broken today in Clear Lake for a new Marriott hotel and conference center on the east edge of town. Mayor Nelson Crabb and City Administrator…

College Basketball: Mississippi transfer Blake Hinson signs with Iowa State

College Basketball: Mississippi transfer Blake Hinson signs with Iowa State

AMES – The Iowa State men’s basketball program and head coach Steve Prohm announced Monday the signing of Mississippi transfer Blake Hinson. Hinson, a 6-7 guard/forward, has two seasons of…

Governor Reynolds to visit Charles City, Dumont and Waterloo Tuesday

Governor Reynolds to visit Charles City, Dumont and Waterloo Tuesday

CHARLES CITY – Governor Kim Reynolds is set to visit Charles City, Dumont and Waterloo on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. According to a schedule released at 9:28 AM Monday morning…

OBIT: Richard L. Immel, 79, of Charles City

OBIT: Richard L. Immel, 79, of Charles City

Richard L. Immel, 79, of Charles City, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at his home. A private family memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at…

Trump signs executive order on destruction of monuments and statues; four men charged with attempt to tear down Andrew Jackson statue

Trump signs executive order on destruction of monuments and statues; four men charged with attempt to tear down Andrew Jackson statue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ensure anyone that destroys or vandalizes a monument, memorial, or statue is prosecuted to the fullest extent of…

Former Mason City man given 24-year prison sentence for meth conspiracy

Former Mason City man given 24-year prison sentence for meth conspiracy

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Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for selling crack cocaine near school

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for selling crack cocaine near school

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Dubuque man, who sold crack cocaine to a confidential source on two separate occasions, was sentenced June 23, 2020, to fifteen months in prison. Christopher DeAngelo…

Democrats move to re-title airport named after native Iowan and famous movie star John Wayne

Democrats move to re-title airport named after native Iowan and famous movie star John Wayne

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – Democrats are saying it’s high time native Iowan John Wayne mosey off into the sunset as they move to strip his name off the sign of…

Mason City police department says it has not given up on Jodi Huisentruit case

Mason City police department says it has not given up on Jodi Huisentruit case

MASON CITY – The Mason City police department says it has not given up on the Jodi Huisentruit case. Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said Saturday morning: Today marks the 25th…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, limiting power of Secretary of State to help citizens cast ballots

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, limiting power of Secretary of State to help citizens cast ballots

DES MOINES – On Thursday, June 25, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF599: an Act relating to hunting by persons under the age of sixteen. HF684: an…

Iowa nurse sentenced to federal prison for stealing patient’s pain medication

Iowa nurse sentenced to federal prison for stealing patient’s pain medication

CEDAR RAPIDS – An intensive care unit nurse who stole fentanyl and morphine, both pain medications, from an unconscious patient by withdrawing the drugs from his IV line while he…

Gov. Kim Reynolds travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump, Ivanka Trump, Larry Kudlow, Betsy DeVos, Steve Mnuchin, many others; lavishes praise on Donald

Gov. Kim Reynolds travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump, Ivanka Trump, Larry Kudlow, Betsy DeVos, Steve Mnuchin, many others; lavishes praise on Donald

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, June 26, Gov. Kim Reynolds and members of President Trump’s American Workforce Advisory Board discussed how America’s recovery from COVID19 will be driven by upskilling…

Kinney Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa announces closure for 2020 Season

Kinney Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa announces closure for 2020 Season

MASON CITY – Kinney Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa would like to announce its decision to close for the 2020 season. At the recent Board of trustees…

OBIT: Jerome Schlader, 96, of Rockford

OBIT: Jerome Schlader, 96, of Rockford

Jerome Schlader, 96, of Rockford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City of natural non-COVID related causes. A private family Mass…

Two-vehicle accident at Sheffield shuts down Highway 65

Two-vehicle accident at Sheffield shuts down Highway 65

SHEFFIELD – A two-vehicle accident at Sheffield shut down Highway 65 early Thursday morning. The Sheffield Police Department says that on Thursday June 25, 2020 at approximately 5:40 AM, the…

North Iowa methamphetamine dealer sentenced to federal prison

North Iowa methamphetamine dealer sentenced to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A Lakota, Iowa methamphetamine dealer was sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison. Christopher Paul Hanson, age 30, from Lakota, IA received the prison term after…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation extends the public health mitigation measures that are currently in place, including…

Main Street Iowa Game Changer Award presented to Mason City officials during ceremony at arena

Main Street Iowa Game Changer Award presented to Mason City officials during ceremony at arena

MASON CITY—The Main Street Iowa Game Changer Award was formally presented to Mayor Bill Schickel and City Administrator Aaron Burnett today in a ceremony at the multi-purpose arena.  The Main…

Gov. Reynolds signs comprehensive licensure legislation

Gov. Reynolds signs comprehensive licensure legislation

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed H.F. 2627, comprehensive legislation to reform professional licensure in the state of Iowa. Governor Reynolds highlighted the stories of Mathieu Lemay, an electrician…

Mason City police warn of fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital

Mason City police warn of fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital

MASON CITY — Mason City police warned the public today of a fraudulent check scheme using Mercy Hospital. MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center was recently made aware that its name…

Iowa man sent to prison for dealing meth at Iowa Great Lakes area

Iowa man sent to prison for dealing meth at Iowa Great Lakes area

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed ammunition was sentenced June 25, 2020, to 7 years in federal prison. Cole Rongved, 26, from Okoboji, Iowa,…

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation distributes over $124,000 to local organizations

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation distributes over $124,000 to local organizations

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation announced $124,761.37 in grant funding to 40 projects of organizations serving Cerro Gordo County as part of its 2020 grant cycle.…

DNR: Major renovations to begin at Eldora’s Pine Lake State Park

DNR: Major renovations to begin at Eldora’s Pine Lake State Park

ELDORA – Several structures at Pine Lake State Park, including shelters, cabins and shower buildings, will undergo renovations this summer starting in June. According to Andy Place, DNR park ranger…

OBIT: Lorraine Wolterman, 89, of Charles City

OBIT: Lorraine Wolterman, 89, of Charles City

Lorraine Wolterman, 89, of Charles City, Iowa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. A memorial service for the immediate family and close friends will be held at 1:00…

Iowa man wielding sword tasered by cops, then dies

Iowa man wielding sword tasered by cops, then dies

NEVADA, IOWA – An Iowa man allegedly acting erratically and wielding a sword was confronted by and tasered by police, who tasered him, and the man died. The incident took…

OBIT: Kathleen Juanita Schilling, age 89

OBIT: Kathleen Juanita Schilling, age 89

Kathleen Juanita Schilling, age 89, entered her heavenly home surround by her family, on June 23, 2020 in Charles City, Iowa. The family of Kathleen extends an invitation to anyone…

Trump administration to pour $252 million of foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to decrease illegal immigration

Trump administration to pour $252 million of foreign assistance for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to decrease illegal immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department announced today that the Trump administration intends to pour $252 million of assistance into El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to decrease illegal immigration.…

Iowa husband and wife sentenced for encouraging aliens from Guatemala to enter United States illegally

Iowa husband and wife sentenced for encouraging aliens from Guatemala to enter United States illegally

SIOUX CITY – A husband and wife who encouraged and induced a father and his minor daughter to illegally enter in the United States were recently sentenced in federal court…

Two Test Iowa sites scheduled to close

Two Test Iowa sites scheduled to close

DES MOINES – The State of Iowa has announced the closure of two Test Iowa sites this week. The Sioux County site will close later today when testing concludes at…

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