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College Wrestling: 3 Pins, 3 majors lead #1 Iowa past Illinois, 36-6

College Wrestling: 3 Pins, 3 majors lead #1 Iowa past Illinois, 36-6

IOWA CITY – The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team used three pins and three major decisions to dismantle No. 9 Illinois on Sunday, 36-6, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa outscored…

Mason City woman hurt in single-vehicle crash Sunday

Mason City woman hurt in single-vehicle crash Sunday

RURAL MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was hurt in a single-vehicle crash Sunday. On January 31, 2021 at about 12:02 PM, a 2011 White Chevrolet Impala driven by…

Mason City woman’s dilapidated house taken by City, now set for demolition

Mason City woman’s dilapidated house taken by City, now set for demolition

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman’s dilapidated house has been taken by the City with the help of a new state law and is now set for demolition. The…

Charles City man cited after two-vehicle accident

Charles City man cited after two-vehicle accident

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man was cited after his involvement in a costly two-vehicle accident this week. Charles City police say the accident took place on the morning…

Northern Iowa convicted murderer dies in prison; Covid listed as factor

Northern Iowa convicted murderer dies in prison; Covid listed as factor

CORALVILLE – A Northern Iowa convicted murderer died in prison, officials say, and Covid is listed as a factor in his death. Harold Arthur Duncan was pronounced dead, likely due…

Carjackings skyrocket in Minneapolis, prompting helicopter patrols of city

Carjackings skyrocket in Minneapolis, prompting helicopter patrols of city

MINNEAPOLIS – If you are traveling to Minnesota’s largest city, Minneapolis, you might want to be aware that carjackings and violent crime there have skyrocketed and police are ramping up…

College Volleyball: UNI falls to #25 Marquette, 3-1

College Volleyball: UNI falls to #25 Marquette, 3-1

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI volleyball team dropped their fifth match of the season to #25 Marquette on Saturday night, falling in set scores of 22-25, 27-25, 24-26, 18-25. Set…

College Wrestling: Panthers fall to No. 5 Oklahoma State, 20-12

College Wrestling: Panthers fall to No. 5 Oklahoma State, 20-12

CEDAR FALLS – No. 16 ranked UNI Wrestling fought hard, but fell to fifth-ranked Oklahoma State 20-12 Saturday afternoon at the McLeod Center. UNI opened the dual with a pair…

OBIT: Lorraine Swenson

OBIT: Lorraine Swenson

Lorraine L. Swenson, 89, died on Friday, January 29, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Health Center. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021,…

College Football: Iowa State’s Campbell announces changes to football staff

College Football: Iowa State’s Campbell announces changes to football staff

AMES – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell announced changes to his football staff which includes a promotion from a long-time staffer, a familiar name returning to the sidelines…

Gov. Reynolds announces appointments to Iowa’s boards & commissions

Gov. Reynolds announces appointments to Iowa’s boards & commissions

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions. The following appointments are subject to Senate confirmation: Agricultural Development Board: Annette Townsley, Letts Alcoholic Beverages Commission:…

Iowa man allegedly bugs wife’s car, plants drugs, calls in false crimes in child custody dispute

Iowa man allegedly bugs wife’s car, plants drugs, calls in false crimes in child custody dispute

WEST DES MOINES – An Iowa man allegedly bugged his wife’s car, planted illegal drugs and called in false crimes in am effort to gain the upper hand in a…

Mason City schools to move to full-time in-person learning

Mason City schools to move to full-time in-person learning

MASON CITY – Mason City schools will move to full-time in-person learning, the school district announced. Beginning the week of Monday, February 15, 2021, Mason City Community School District will…

Covid robs Iowa prison of convicted child sex offender

Covid robs Iowa prison of convicted child sex offender

CORALVILLE – Covid took the life of a convicted Iowa sex offender. James Charles Kleppe was pronounced dead, likely due to complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions,…

Northern Iowa law enforcement warn of scams

Northern Iowa law enforcement warn of scams

PALO ALTO COUNTY, IOWA – Northern Iowa law enforcement is warning of scams targeting local citizens. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office said today that they would like to warn…

Osage man dead after running stop sign and colliding with semi

Osage man dead after running stop sign and colliding with semi

MITCHELL COUNTY – An Osage man is dead after running a stop sign and colliding with a semi Friday afternoon. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident took place…

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

The following is a legislative update from Representative Shanon Latham, Iowa House District 54, covering portions of Cerro Gordo, Butler and Franklin counties: Life, freedom and education were the main…

President Biden signs Executive Orders on access to health care

President Biden signs Executive Orders on access to health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Using Executive Orders, the Biden-Harris Administration will open a Special Enrollment Period for Americans to sign up for health coverage and roll back attacks on the Affordable…

College Basketball: #7 Iowa defeated at #19 Illinois, 80-75

College Basketball: #7 Iowa defeated at #19 Illinois, 80-75

CHAMPAIGN, ILL – Iowa lost a Big Ten road contest against Illinois Friday night, 80-75. The heated rivalry between highly-ranked Iowa and Illinois resumed in Champaign’s State Farm Center, and…

OBIT: Patricia R. Haensch

OBIT: Patricia R. Haensch

Patricia Haensch, 97, passed on to her eternal home Monday, January 25, 2021, at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice. A private funeral service will be held at Major Erickson Funeral Home,…

Opinion: Mason City man furious with President Biden, fears “undesirable” people invading country infected with Covid

Opinion: Mason City man furious with President Biden, fears “undesirable” people invading country infected with Covid

To my fellow Americans. With over 40 executive orders all ready MR. BIDEN has tripled the executive orders of the last 3 president’s combined in his first week of office.…

Gov. Reynolds signs 100% in person learning option for Iowa schools

Gov. Reynolds signs 100% in person learning option for Iowa schools

DES MOINES – Today Governor Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 160 at the Iowa State Capitol, giving Iowa parents the option to send their kids back to school full time. Reynolds…

Manly police investigating bomb threat that shuttered schools for Friday

Manly police investigating bomb threat that shuttered schools for Friday

MANLY, IOWA – Manly police are investigating a bomb threat that shuttered schools for Friday. Thursday evening, January 28, 2021, at approximately 9 PM, the Central Springs School District became aware…

Iowa auditor Rob Sand to review Covid “strike team” deployments after possible link to political donor of Reynolds

Iowa auditor Rob Sand to review Covid “strike team” deployments after possible link to political donor of Reynolds

DES MOINES – Iowa auditor Rob Sand said he will review Covd “strike team” deployments after possible link to political donor of Governor Kim Reynolds. Iowa auditor Rob Sand this…

Northern Iowa man charged with felony after alleged violent domestic incident

Northern Iowa man charged with felony after alleged violent domestic incident

ARMSTRONG, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man was charged with a felony after an alleged violent domestic incident. On January 26, 2021, at approximately 2:45 PM, the Armstrong Police Department…

Clarksville man arrested after beating and damaging a vehicle

Clarksville man arrested after beating and damaging a vehicle

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Estherville police officer honored for commitment to drug abuse prevention

Estherville police officer honored for commitment to drug abuse prevention

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Estherville, Iowa, police officer is being honored by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement Administration…

Stolen car leads to arrest of several persons on drug charges in Mason City

Stolen car leads to arrest of several persons on drug charges in Mason City

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4 Tips to Lower Your Credit Utilization

4 Tips to Lower Your Credit Utilization

Good credit utilization is dependent on a person’s spending habits. Therefore, if someone spends more than their credit availability, which means that person will end up having poor business credit.…

Lime Creek Nature Center to offer “Owl Prowl”

Lime Creek Nature Center to offer “Owl Prowl”

MASON CITY – An “Owl Prowl” will be held at the Lime Creek Nature Center on Monday, February 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. Birding experts will lead participants on the trails…

Cerro Gordo county offers COVID-19 vaccine sign up information

Cerro Gordo county offers COVID-19 vaccine sign up information

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Public Health Department continues to vaccinate the community, and is now sharing the process in which the public will sign up for vaccination…

What 2021 might bring for sports betting in Iowa

A new year is now unfolding, President Biden is already making sweeping changes, and despite the pandemic continuing to sap resources and focus, states across America are dealing with their…

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC falls to Hawkeye CC, Steffen records 1,000th career assist

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC falls to Hawkeye CC, Steffen records 1,000th career assist

WATERLOO – The No. 15 NIACC volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 18 Hawkeye CC in an ICCAC match Tuesday night. Hawkeye CC (2-0 overall, 2-0 in ICCAC)…

President Biden calls out Russia’s Putin on cyberattacks, troop bounties, and more

President Biden calls out Russia’s Putin on cyberattacks, troop bounties, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Joe Biden called out Russia’s Vladimir Putin on cyberattacks, troop bounties, and more during a telephone conversation Tuesday. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today…

Bill introduced in Iowa Legislature to abolish child protective services agency

Bill introduced in Iowa Legislature to abolish child protective services agency

DES MOINES – The failing Iowa child protection services (CPS) agency is under attack, with a lawmaker intruding a bill this week to abolish the error-riddling, corrupt agency. Representative Jeff…

Fort Dodge man sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of firearm

Fort Dodge man sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of firearm

SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally possessed a gun was sentenced January 25, 2021, to more than two years in federal prison, including credit for 27 days previously served…

OBIT: Patricia Louise Smith

OBIT: Patricia Louise Smith

Patricia “Pat” Louise Smith,81, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021, at Good Shepherd Health Care Center, Mason City, IA. Pat’s employment included a cleaning service, Kraft Foods, and most recently,…

OBIT: Krystyna Biliunas

OBIT: Krystyna Biliunas

Krystyna Biliunas, age 88, entered eternal rest on January 22, 2021. She had been under the care of MercyOne North Iowa Hospice, Mason City, Iowa for congestive heart disease. Krystyna…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 21, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 21, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/21/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADORAMA EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 440.85 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 50,296.74 ALLIANT…

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC remains 15th in latest poll

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC remains 15th in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC volleyball team remained No. 15 in the latest NJCAA Division II poll released Monday. NIACC opened the season Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Southwestern.…

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