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NIACC lands 7 players on all-region softball teams

NIACC lands 7 players on all-region softball teams

MASON CITY – NIACC freshman Laken Lienhard was selected to the all-NJCAA Region XI first-team as a utility player on Thursday. NIACC’s Hailey Worman was a second-team selection as a…

Important American History: Who Found America?

Though the American continent is now one of the most important continents in the world when it comes to natural resources, geopolitical power, culture and more, it was once a…

OBIT: Larry D. Freiberg

OBIT: Larry D. Freiberg

Larry Donald Freiberg, 78, of Charles City, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the MercyOne North Iowa Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa of natural causes. A public…

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

Fear-soaked Americans hoard gas as Colonial Pipeline restarts operations after foreign hack and thanks White House for leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans seized with fear and oozing dread filled plastic bags and totes with gasoline after a hack of a Colonial fuel pipeline this week, but the line…

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

Iowa man jailed on animal abuse charge after dropping cat off bridge into a cold river

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was jailed on an animal abuse charge after cops determined he intentionally dropped a cat off a bridge into a cold river. On Monday,…

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

Man who murdered attorney in Waterloo with shotgun blast in 1983 dies in prison from suicide

CLARINDA – A man who allegedly blasted an attorney with a shotgun in Waterloo back in 1983 has died in prison from a suicide attempt. Ronald Harris Brown was pronounced dead…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law limited statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed SF 562 into law. SF 562:  an Act relating to sexual exploitation by an adult providing training or instruction and statute of limitations time periods for certain…

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Cerro Gordo county health dept. to allow individuals 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 CG Public Health will allow individuals aged 12 years of age or older to sign up for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appointment…

Mason City woman caught shoplifting over $500 in items in Charles City

Mason City woman caught shoplifting over $500 in items in Charles City

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OBIT: Jennie Mae Nelson

OBIT: Jennie Mae Nelson

Jennie Mae Nelson, 92, of Clear Lake, went to Heaven at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the IOOF Home in Mason City. Funeral services will be held…

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to Governor: Ending pandemic unemployment benefits does not address long or short term workforce shortages

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to Governor: Ending pandemic unemployment benefits does not address long or short term workforce shortages

DES MOINES Charlie Wishman, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, condemned Republican Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds for turing away millions of dollars in federal unemployment money for…

North Iowa Area Community College joins Manufacturing Consortium

North Iowa Area Community College joins Manufacturing Consortium

MASON CITY – As business and industry evolve at an ever-increasing pace, the next wave of change in the form of digitalization and automation, known as “Industry 4.0,” will require…

Senator Charles Grassley writes letter thanking Mason City man for hand-made pen

Senator Charles Grassley writes letter thanking Mason City man for hand-made pen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Charles Grassley today announced that he wrote a letter to a Mason City man thanking him for a hand-made pen. Grassley posed for the letter in…

OBIT: James “Jim” Zirbel

OBIT: James “Jim” Zirbel

James “Jim” Zirbel, 72, of Charles City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home. A private family funeral service for Jim Zirbel will be held on Wednesday, May…

Reynolds and other Governors call on President Biden to “take action” on Southern U.S. border

Reynolds and other Governors call on President Biden to “take action” on Southern U.S. border

DES MOINES Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and 19 other Republican governors issued a joint letter urging President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take immediate action on the…

Police investigating after Iowa woman struck and killed on Interstate in West Des Moines

Police investigating after Iowa woman struck and killed on Interstate in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES – Police are investigating after a Iowa woman was struck and killed on an Interstate in West Des Moines. On Sunday, May 9th at approximately 11:50am, officers…

College Wrestling: UNI’s Schwab inks extension through 2027-28 season

College Wrestling: UNI’s Schwab inks extension through 2027-28 season

CEDAR FALLS – UNI Director of Athletics David Harris has announced the signing of a contract extension for head wrestling coach Doug Schwab through the 2027-28 season. “Doug has consistently…

Three hurt in two-vehicle accident near Floyd

Three hurt in two-vehicle accident near Floyd

FLOYD, IOWA – Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident near Floyd on Monday afternoon. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident took place on Monday, May 10,…

Winners announced in the 21st Annual John Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Winners announced in the 21st Annual John Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

MASON CITY – The 2021 John Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition was held virtually with 13 students advancing to the final presentation round, where plans were reviewed by John Pappajohn…

Iowa to end participation in federal unemployment benefit programs, citing strong labor market and recovering economy 

Iowa to end participation in federal unemployment benefit programs, citing strong labor market and recovering economy 

DES MOINES – Today Governor Kim Reynolds announced new measures to address the State of Iowa’s severe workforce shortage. Effective June 12, 2021, the State of Iowa will end its…

OBIT: Nathan Kettwig

OBIT: Nathan Kettwig

Nathan Kettwig, 24, of Mason City, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021. A memorial service for Nathan Kettwig will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at…

Mason City man dead in Mitchell county car crash

Mason City man dead in Mitchell county car crash

RURAL MITCHELL COUNTY – A Mason City man is dead after a one-car accident in rural Mitchell county. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident took place on May…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: SF 546  HF 602  HF 654  SF 366  HF 228  SF 336  HF 314  HF 429  HF 766 …

Iowa man who used Facebook Messenger to entice a 12-year-old for sexual activity sentenced to federal prison

Iowa man who used Facebook Messenger to entice a 12-year-old for sexual activity sentenced to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who sought out and enticed a 12-year-old for sexual activity was sentenced on May 7, 2021, to 14 years in federal prison. Nathan Landrum, age…

One dead in Davenport after fatal shooting

One dead in Davenport after fatal shooting

DAVENPORT – A Georgia man is behind bars on a murder charge after a fatal shooting in Davenport this weekend. On Sunday, May 9th, at approximately 1:25 pm, Davenport Police…

Northwood man hurt in rural Mason City car crash

Northwood man hurt in rural Mason City car crash

RURAL MASON CITY – A Northwood man was hurt in a rural Mason City car crash Monday morning. On Monday, May 10, 2021, at approximately 7:55 AM, the Cerro Gordo…

OBIT: Kevin E. Jacobson

OBIT: Kevin E. Jacobson

Kevin E. Jacobson, 59, of Mason City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at the MercyOne Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City. A funeral service for Kevin will be held…

Mason City police seek dog owner after canine bites woman walking on trail

Mason City police seek dog owner after canine bites woman walking on trail

MASON CITY – Mason City police are seeking a dog owner after his canine bit a woman walking on a trail. On Saturday, May 8, 2021 a woman reported to…

41st Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show now open at Mason City’s Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

41st Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show now open at Mason City’s Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

MASON CITY – The 41st Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show, sponsored by the Safford and Lena Lock Photo Endowment Fund, is now open in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s…

Iowa Department of Corrections names Brian Foster as Security Operations Director; Provides other updates

Iowa Department of Corrections names Brian Foster as Security Operations Director; Provides other updates

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Corrections has named Brian Foster as Security Operations Director. Brian has worked in the field of corrections since 1985. His current position is…

Virtual open house in Mason City scheduled for preliminary floodplain map review

Virtual open house in Mason City scheduled for preliminary floodplain map review

MASON CITY – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a virtual open house to present preliminary floodplain maps for Mason…

Vandalism spree in small Iowa town lands juvies with felony charges

Vandalism spree in small Iowa town lands juvies with felony charges

MOUNT PLEASANT, IOWA – A vandalism spree in this small Iowa town landed a handful of juvies with felony charges, police say. On May 5, 2021, the Mt. Pleasant Police…

OBIT: Irma C. Bokelman

OBIT: Irma C. Bokelman

Irma Charlotte Bokelman, 97, of Ventura, IA passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, Iowa where she had been a resident the last 20 days.…

OBIT: Timothy Craig Stoltenberg

OBIT: Timothy Craig Stoltenberg

Timothy Craig Stoltenberg, 62, of Manly, died on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. A public visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m.…

How to Transition to Civilian Life – A Guide for Veterans

How to Transition to Civilian Life – A Guide for Veterans

Transitioning from a life in the military to life as a civilian often comes with a steep learning curve. Serving in the military means that you’ve experienced a totally different…

NIACC announces 2021 graduate honors

NIACC announces 2021 graduate honors

MASON CITY – NIACC announced the students graduating in 2021 with honors: NIACC GRADUATE HONORS HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES (Graduates earning all A’s at NIACC) Trevor A. Brinkman, Bristow Angela…

NIACC celebrates 2021 graduation with four ceremonies

NIACC celebrates 2021 graduation with four ceremonies

MASON CITY – At the four North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Graduation Ceremonies on Friday, May 7, nearly 700 graduates were recognized as earning nearly 900 Degrees, Diplomas and…

City of Mason City expense report for May 6, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for May 6, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/6/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 324.12 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,702.00 ALLIANT ENERGY GAS & ELECTRICITY…

Sen. Ragan: “Still time to address Iowa’s critical needs” during legislative session

Sen. Ragan: “Still time to address Iowa’s critical needs” during legislative session

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The 2021 legislative session is now in overtime. Although the…

OBIT: Rick Dean Argo

OBIT: Rick Dean Argo

Rick Dean Argo, 58, of Manly, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Arrangements are pending at this time. colonialchapels.com…

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