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Gov. Reynolds signs legislation, including bill that prohibits discrimination on renters with hosing vouchers

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation, including bill that prohibits discrimination on renters with hosing vouchers

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds signed legislation today, including a bill that prohibits discrimination on renters with hosing vouchers. Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF 233…

President Biden returns billions in funds to military that Trump took for border wall, thereby halting those projects

President Biden returns billions in funds to military that Trump took for border wall, thereby halting those projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden is returning billions in funds to the military that Trump took for the border wall, thereby halting those projects. Today, the Department of Defense…

Monroe Avenue in Mason City to get major overhaul starting next week

Monroe Avenue in Mason City to get major overhaul starting next week

MASON CITY – One of Mason City’s more-travelled roadways is set for major work, starting next week, city hall says. The Monroe Avenue Street and Utility Rehabilitation Project is expected…

Senator Amanda Ragan says Iowa prisons need more safety for workers

Senator Amanda Ragan says Iowa prisons need more safety for workers

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: WORKPLACE SAFETY Deadly Anamosa attacks highlight safety needs Fifty years…

OBIT: Phyllis Ann Wickwire

OBIT: Phyllis Ann Wickwire

Phyllis Ann Wickwire, 78, of Rockwell, IA died on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with a…

Honduran man living in Hampton sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after being deported five times

Honduran man living in Hampton sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after being deported five times

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Honduran man who illegally returned to the United States to live in Hampton after being deported five times was sentenced to over one year in federal…

Romanian men sentenced to federal prison for placing card skimmers on ATMs in Iowa

Romanian men sentenced to federal prison for placing card skimmers on ATMs in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two Romanian men were sentenced to federal prison for placing card skimmers on ATMs in Iowa. Two men who used credit card skimmers in an attempt to obtain…

Three women named NIACC’s Outstanding Math and Engineering Students

Three women named NIACC’s Outstanding Math and Engineering Students

MASON CITY – Emily Majerczyk, Hailey McCoy-Munger, and Thea Lunning have been named NIACC’s outstanding students in Mathematics and Engineering this year. It is the first in over thirty years…

Plymouth man dead in head-on crash in Worth county

Plymouth man dead in head-on crash in Worth county

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A Plymouth man is dead in a head-on crash in Worth county Thursday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says a crash occurred Thursday, April 29, 2021…

Department investigation leads to K-2 contraband discovery at Clarinda Correctional Facility

Department investigation leads to K-2 contraband discovery at Clarinda Correctional Facility

CLARINDA – Through a large-scale investigation and search of the Clarinda Correctional Facility, prison officials and employees have uncovered a significant amount of evidence and material laced with the dangerous…

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: Week 16 of the 2021 Legislative Session…

Chicago heroin dealer who caused death of young Cedar Falls woman convicted after three-day trial

Chicago heroin dealer who caused death of young Cedar Falls woman convicted after three-day trial

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Chicago man who distributed heroin to a person who died from using it, was convicted by a jury today, after a three-day trial in federal court…

Charles City man arrested after crashing into parked car causing $30K damage, faces drunk driving charge

Charles City man arrested after crashing into parked car causing $30K damage, faces drunk driving charge

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Fun Family Ideas

Fun Family Ideas

Spending time with the family is often a much rarer occurrence than we would like these days, with so many of us busy with work, schooling, and other commitments, not…

Governor Reynolds announces Child Care Task Force virtual town hall meetings

Governor Reynolds announces Child Care Task Force virtual town hall meetings

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds announced two Virtual Town Hall meetings to support and inform the Child Care Task Force. On March 10, Governor Reynolds signed Executive Order 8 launching…

Iowa Slated for Significant 5G Economic Benefits

The connection technology called 5G has been gaining steam rapidly in the last year, as many places throughout the US look to utilise its unique potential. Rife with confusion and…

OBIT: Naven Knutson

OBIT: Naven Knutson

Naven Judine Knutson, 89, of Clarksville, Tennessee, formerly of the Leland/Lake Mills area in Iowa, died Thursday, April 8, at the Vanderbilt Medical Care Center in Nashville, TN. A graveside…

OBIT: Jennifer M Scholl

OBIT: Jennifer M Scholl

Jennifer M. Scholl, 56, of Waukee and formerly of Mason City, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. A private graveside service…

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC’s Tobin earns honorable mention all-American honors

JUCO Volleyball: NIACC’s Tobin earns honorable mention all-American honors

MASON CITY – For the third time in school history, the NIACC volleyball team has an all-American selection. NIACC freshman Grace Tobin, who prepped at Mason City High, earned honorable…

NIACC opens new Volunteer Center

NIACC opens new Volunteer Center

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is opening a volunteer center on campus. The College has been awarded a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $31,354 from…

Man jumps to his death in river in Iowa Falls

Man jumps to his death in river in Iowa Falls

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Five boating tips to keep waters clean all season long

Five boating tips to keep waters clean all season long

CLEAR LAKE – Iowa boat owners can help to protect the environment by following five simple tips all summer long. Take time to prepare your boat’s shrink wrap for recycling…

Backyard bird feeders encouraged to keep those feeders clean

Backyard bird feeders encouraged to keep those feeders clean

CLEAR LAKE – Each year, especially during late winter, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) receives reports of sick or dead birds at feeder locations, particularly in the southern…

Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries filled to capacity

SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s cool water fish hatcheries at Fairport, Rathbun, and Spirit Lake are filled to…

Small but mighty hummingbirds will soon be back in North Iowa

Small but mighty hummingbirds will soon be back in North Iowa

By Bailey Dohlman, Conservation Education Intern, Lime Creek Nature Center With the arrival of spring, hummingbirds will soon be back in North Iowa. Hummingbirds migrate each year spending their winters…

OBIT: Irene L. Ward

OBIT: Irene L. Ward

Irene Ward, 95, of Mason City, formerly of Plymouth, Iowa passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Homestead Assisted Living in Mason City. A funeral service will be held…

OBIT: Linda J. Johnson

OBIT: Linda J. Johnson

Linda J. Johnson, 65, of Manly, passed away, Monday, April 26, 2021 at the University Of Iowa in Iowa City. A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1,…

OBIT: George L. Kesler

OBIT: George L. Kesler

Northwood – George Kesler, 96, of Northwood passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood. A private family service will be held Monday, May 3,…

No charges in fatal motorcycle collision in Mason City

No charges in fatal motorcycle collision in Mason City

MASON CITY – No charges will be brought in a recent fatal collision in Mason City, as police say the driver of a motorcycle failed to yield upon entering an…

Waldorf University Commencement to include 2020 and 2021 graduates

Waldorf University Commencement to include 2020 and 2021 graduates

FOREST CITY – Waldorf University Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, beginning at 2 p.m. at Bolstorff Football Field in Forest City, Ia. This year’s Commencement ceremony…

OBIT: Dallas E. Robinson

OBIT: Dallas E. Robinson

Arrangements are pending at this time. colonialchapels.com…

JUCO Wrestling: NIACC’s Minto is co-ICCAC wrestler of year

JUCO Wrestling: NIACC’s Minto is co-ICCAC wrestler of year

MASON CITY – For the second straight season, NIACC’s Christian Minto has been selected as the ICCAC wrestler of the year. Minto, who won the NJCAA Division I national title…

College Basketball: Filip Rebraca signs with Hawkeyes

College Basketball: Filip Rebraca signs with Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced on Monday that transfer Filip Rebraca has signed with the University of Iowa. Rebraca, a native of…

College Football: Mark Farley extended through 2026 Season

College Football: Mark Farley extended through 2026 Season

CEDAR FALLS – Monday, UNI Director of Athletics David Harris announced a five-year contract extension for veteran head football coach Mark Farley which will keep Farley at the helm of…

OBIT: Faye Ann Buckels

OBIT: Faye Ann Buckels

Faye Ann Buckels, 86, of Mason City, formerly of Jewell, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Country Meadow Place Assisted Living in…

OBIT: Mervin “Merv” J. Dirksen

OBIT: Mervin “Merv” J. Dirksen

Mervin “Merv” J. Dirksen, 93, of Clear Lake passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. A Funeral will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday,…

City of Mason City expense report for April 22, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for April 22, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/22/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SHOP SUPPLIES 1,175.33 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY TRAFFIC SIGNAL REPAIR AND MA 123.51 B & F FASTENER…

Fareway now offers online shopping and curbside pick up in Clear Lake

Fareway now offers online shopping and curbside pick up in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Fareway Stores, Inc. now offers online shopping at nearly 50 Fareway Meat & Grocery and Fareway Meat Market locations, including Clear Lake. The remaining Fareway store locations…

Iowa Attorney General says use of deadly force by officers was justified and reasonable during standoff that claimed Iowa trooper’s life

Iowa Attorney General says use of deadly force by officers was justified and reasonable during standoff that claimed Iowa trooper’s life

GRUNDY CENTER – On Friday, April 9, 2021, Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, a 27-year-veteran of the Patrol, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a barricaded…

College Baseball: McCleary’s 3-run blast walks off Northwestern

College Baseball: McCleary’s 3-run blast walks off Northwestern

IOWA CITY – Redshirt junior Brett McCleary’s pinch-hit, three-run home run propelled the University of Iowa baseball team to a 12-9 walk-off victory over Northwestern on Monday afternoon at Duane…

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