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Iowa man sent to prison for COVID-19 unemployment benefits fraud

Iowa man sent to prison for COVID-19 unemployment benefits fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who received over $13,000 in fraudulently obtained CARES Act unemployment funds was sentenced today to nine months in federal prison. Brian Lynn Whorton, age…

Northern Iowa man arrested for drugged driving, meth possession in Clarksville

Northern Iowa man arrested for drugged driving, meth possession in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE – A Northern Iowa man was arrested for drugged driving and meth possession in Clarksville. On August 28, 2021, the Clarksville Police Department stopped Robert Rybicki, age 59 of…

OBIT: Lois Pittman

OBIT: Lois Pittman

Lois Pittman, 94, of Charles City died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 28, 2021. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City at 11:00 a.m.…

OBIT: Mark Thomas Boyle

OBIT: Mark Thomas Boyle

Mark Thomas Boyle, 68, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, from complications following a bone marrow transplant. Mass of Christian…

Iowans call out Rep. Ashley Hinson for opposition to the American Rescue Plan

Iowans call out Rep. Ashley Hinson for opposition to the American Rescue Plan

CENTRAL CITY, IA — Iowa leaders today spoke out at a press conference at the Linn County Fairgrounds calling out Rep. Ashley Hinson for voting against the American Rescue Plan…

OBIT: Howard “Skip” A. Reynolds

OBIT: Howard “Skip” A. Reynolds

Howard “Skip” A. Reynolds, 86, of Mason City, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021, at Good Shepherd Care Center, Mason City. A Funeral Service will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,…

OBIT: Laurine Ida Sheahan

OBIT: Laurine Ida Sheahan

Laurine Ida Sheahan, 93, of Mason City, died on Friday, August 27, 2021, at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September…

Waldorf University welcomes new Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, John Cabral

Waldorf University welcomes new Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, John Cabral

FOREST CITY – Waldorf University is excited to welcome John Cabral as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications. Cabral, a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,…

“Governor, you need to change course” on COVID and Iowa schools, Iowa Senator says

“Governor, you need to change course” on COVID and Iowa schools, Iowa Senator says

DES MOINES – In a Thursday, August 26, news conference, Iowa Senator Zach Wahls, called on Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to smarten up somehow on her anti-mask stance for schools.…

Late Summer Recreational Experiences Close to Home

Late Summer Recreational Experiences Close to Home

By Bailey Dohlman, Conservation Education Intern, Lime Creek Nature Center Late summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy recreational activities. There are endless amounts of recreational opportunities…

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

MASON CITY – Three North Iowa agricultural startups have found success with the assistance of the NIACC Pappajohn Center Venture School program. Value-added agriculture businesses have thrived in the Venture…

Webster City man pleads guilty to meth possession, faces years in prison

Webster City man pleads guilty to meth possession, faces years in prison

SIOUX CITY – A Webster City man who possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it pled guilty on August 23, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City. Joshua Boice,…

Iowa sex offender dies in prison

Iowa sex offender dies in prison

CORALVILLE – An Iowa sex offender died in prison, the state’s corrections department says. Ronald K. Hendricks was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 in the…

OBIT: Mark Darwin Grattidge

OBIT: Mark Darwin Grattidge

Mark Darwin Grattidge, 69, of Clear Lake, died Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at Ward-Van Slyke…

OBIT: Kimberly Kay Johnson

OBIT: Kimberly Kay Johnson

Kimberly Kay Johnson, Mason City, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Clear…

OBIT: Patricia Elaine Nangle

OBIT: Patricia Elaine Nangle

Patricia Elaine Nangle, 81, of Mason City, died Thursday, August 26, 2021, at her home. Per Pat’s wishes, her body has been cremated and a graveside inurnment will be held…

OBIT: Ricky Lee Wright

OBIT: Ricky Lee Wright

Ricky “Rick” Lee Wright, 62, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center, Mason City A Celebration of Life will be held at…

Iowa man caught with child porn after cops investigate

Iowa man caught with child porn after cops investigate

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man was caught with child porn after cops investigated his activities. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and…

Iowa Democrats say Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread is threatening safe return to school

Iowa Democrats say Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread is threatening safe return to school

DES MOINES – Iowa Democrats say that Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread of the nasty virus is threatening the safe return to school. Statement by…

USDA offers options in country’s housing crisis

USDA offers options in country’s housing crisis

WASHINGTON — As the nation continues to grapple with an affordable housing crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is committed to supporting our tenants and owners. In addition to…

Couple arrested for crimes in multiple Iowa counties after burglarizing rural Algona campground

Couple arrested for crimes in multiple Iowa counties after burglarizing rural Algona campground

ALGONA – Cops tracked down and arrested a couple for crimes in multiple Iowa counties after burglarizing a rural Algona campground. On 08-17-2021, the Kossuth County Sheriffs Office took a…

Mason City school board offers four seats in this November election

Mason City school board offers four seats in this November election

MASON CITY – The Iowa Association of School Boards and the Mason City Community School District urge Iowans passionate about education to consider running in the November 2, 2021 school…

OBIT: David Birkholz

OBIT: David Birkholz

David E. Birkholz, 79, of Waverly, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. A funeral service for David Birkholz will be held at…

OBIT: Joy Beckman-Tesch

OBIT: Joy Beckman-Tesch

Joy Beckman-Tesch, 79, of Nora Springs, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at her home in Nora Springs. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am Saturday, August 28,…

OBIT: Joel Lynn Sasse

OBIT: Joel Lynn Sasse

Joel Lynn Sasse, 48 of Clear Lake, died Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28,…

OBIT: Bertha Katie Miller

OBIT: Bertha Katie Miller

Bertha Katie Miller, 96, passed away on July 31, 2021 in Knoxville, Iowa. She was born in Mason City, Iowa on August 22, 1924 to Ahlrich and Bauke Djuren. She…

Mason City police hunt down and arrest man who fired shots at associates near schools

Mason City police hunt down and arrest man who fired shots at associates near schools

MASON CITY – Mason City police hunted down and arrested a man who fired shots at his associates near two schools. On Monday, August 23, 2021, at approximately 2:10 p.m.,…

Event held in Mason City in remembrance of Dr. Gary B. Blodgett (1937-2021)

Event held in Mason City in remembrance of Dr. Gary B. Blodgett (1937-2021)

By Matt Marquardt, Editor/Publisher of NorthIowaToday.com On May 19, Dr. Gary Blodgett died, after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Having known Gary before he was incapacitated, I’m dedicating this column to…

Woman nabbed in hotel after robbing downtown Des Moines bank

Woman nabbed in hotel after robbing downtown Des Moines bank

DES MOINES – Cops nabbed a woman in a hotel after robbing a downtown Des Moines bank this week. At approximately 10:01 AM, a female suspect entered a bank in…

College Football: Iowa’s Linderbaum named AP Preseason First-Team All-American

College Football: Iowa’s Linderbaum named AP Preseason First-Team All-American

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior center Tyler Linderbaum has been named a preseason first-team All-American by the Associated Press. Linderbaum (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) was a finalist for the Rimington…

OBIT: Connie M. Dieken

OBIT: Connie M. Dieken

Connie (Thomas) Dieken, age 83, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. A Celebration of life will be held 11:00 am, Friday, August 27, 2021…

Violent Fort Dodge meth dealer sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

Violent Fort Dodge meth dealer sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A Fort Dodge man was sentenced August 19, 2021, to more than 21 years in federal prison. Terrance Foy, age 34, from Fort Dodge received the prison…

Northern Iowa woman killed in car crash

Northern Iowa woman killed in car crash

EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – A single vehicle crash Monday morning claims the life of a Graettinger woman in rural Emmet County. According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens a 911…

OBIT: Lynn Poppen

OBIT: Lynn Poppen

Lynn Poppen, 91, of Charles City, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 at Clarksville Nursing and Rehab in Clarksville. A private graveside service will be held at Sunnyside Memory Gardens…

OBIT: Daniel “Boone” “Steely” Foxen

OBIT: Daniel “Boone” “Steely” Foxen

Daniel “Boone” Foxen passed away August 21, 2021 at the age of 57 in the University of Minnesota Medical Center, following complications related to a heart attack he suffered in…

OBIT: Donna Rae Simpson

OBIT: Donna Rae Simpson

Donna Rae Simpson, 78, peacefully passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Sheffield Care Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Ward-Van-Slyke Colonial…

Bennett Smith launches campaign for Second Ward City Council seat in Clear Lake

Bennett Smith launches campaign for Second Ward City Council seat in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Bennett Smith has announced he is seeking a second term on the Clear Lake city council: I wanted to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for…

Man arrested after firing gun in downtown Portland, Oregon as protesters square off

Man arrested after firing gun in downtown Portland, Oregon as protesters square off

PORTLAND, OREGON – A man is facing charges for firing a gun in downtown Portland, Oregon as protesters square of in the beleaguered city. On Sunday, August 22, 2021 at…

OBIT: Oscar “Ozzie” Dahle-Melsaether

OBIT: Oscar “Ozzie” Dahle-Melsaether

Ozzie Dahle-Melsaether, 83, died on August 21, 2021 at the Manly Care Center. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 428 W…

OBIT: Erin Lynn Pohlman

OBIT: Erin Lynn Pohlman

Erin Lynn Pohlman, 38, of Clear Lake, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at her home. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:30…

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