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Gov. Reynolds announces $5 million in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants as part of Rural Iowa Initiative

Gov. Reynolds announces $5 million in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants as part of Rural Iowa Initiative

DES MOINES — Gov. Reynolds announced today a new round of grants to expand broadband access. The $5 million dollars in additional broadband grants is the latest in a series…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/22/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AIKEY ENTERPRISES INC M/E REPAIRS 635.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 125.00 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Globe Gazette property up for sale in Mason City at well under assessed value; newspaper’s future uncertain

Globe Gazette property up for sale in Mason City at well under assessed value; newspaper’s future uncertain

MASON CITY – As the American newspaper industry continues to struggle and possibly disappear forever, the Globe Gazette building and grounds in Mason City, Iowa is now up for sale…

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced this month. The…

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data this week to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

U.S. Bank location in Mason City closing permanently

U.S. Bank location in Mason City closing permanently

MASON CITY – A U.S. Bank location in Mason City is closing permanently. U.S. Bank made the announcement this month that the U.S. Bank location at 555 South Illinois Avenue…

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis as the October 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis as the October 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to recognize Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis in Charles City, IA as…

Clear Lake bar punished for disguising cheap alcohol using funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands

Clear Lake bar punished for disguising cheap alcohol using funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands

DES MOINES – A Clear Lake bar is being punished by a state agency for disguising cheap alcohol using a funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands. The Iowa Department…

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

DES MOINES – An audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explicitly said, “this misuse of CARES Act Funds is not…

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

MASON CITY – A pair of dilapidated structures in Mason City are planned for demolition, City Hall says. The City has acquired 1450-1452 and 1454 North Federal Avenue, the dilapidated…

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Year-end data from the September 2020 Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government show that the deficit for FY 2020 was $3.1…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/15/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 415.40 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,038.50 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 15,085.79…

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

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

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days.     The proclamation extends all the public health mitigation measures currently…

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Frank & Julie Fox of Fox Auction Company as the September 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Frank & Julie Fox of Fox Auction Company as the September 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Frank and Julie Fox of Fox Auction in Mason City, IA as…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/8/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 280.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ADORAMASPECIAL GRANT 2,210.85 AHLERS AND COONEY PC LEGAL…

Mason City sports bar faces charge of violating Governor’s Covid-19 proclamation

Mason City sports bar faces charge of violating Governor’s Covid-19 proclamation

DES MOINES – The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) announced that it has filed a hearing complaints on a Mason City businesses for violations of Governor Reynolds’ emergency public health…

Unexpected illness forces Johnson & Johnson to pause Covid-19 vaccine trial

Unexpected illness forces Johnson & Johnson to pause Covid-19 vaccine trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Johnson & Johnson announced they have temporarily paused further dosing in all their COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to…

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the launch of the new Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will provide eligible households with up to $2,000 towards electric, natural gas and…

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

CHARLES CITY – Residential water customers in Charles City who struggled to pay their bills got a reprieve from being shut off during the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to ravage…

Sukup to build world’s largest grain bin in Mason City

Sukup to build world’s largest grain bin in Mason City

MASON CITY – Sukup Manufacturing Co. has designed and manufactured the world’s largest free span grain bin, with a diameter of 165 feet, the North Iowa company says, and it…

City of Mason City expense report for October 1, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for October 1, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/1/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 3SI SECURITY SYSTEMS INC INVESTIGATION FUND 228.00 A & N OF RIVER CITY INC SALES TAX 636.75 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

USPS Postmaster DeJoy confirms additional resources to ensure successful delivery of election mail

USPS Postmaster DeJoy confirms additional resources to ensure successful delivery of election mail

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the ongoing preparations by the United States Postal Service for the November election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requested the issuance of an internal directive…

Winnebago Industries announces Huw Bower as President, Winnebago Outdoors

Winnebago Industries announces Huw Bower as President,  Winnebago Outdoors

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO) today announced that it has appointed Huw Bower as President, Winnebago Outdoors, effective October 12, 2020. Mr. Bower will report to President…

US economy adds 661,000 jobs, unemployment rate down to 7.9%

US economy adds 661,000 jobs, unemployment rate down to 7.9%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements…

The Psychological Reasons people Can’t Resist Instagram Influencers

The Psychological Reasons people Can’t Resist Instagram Influencers

Instagram is a unique social network. It has opened a new way to become a celebrity. Influencers are people who express their opinions and demonstrate lifestyle and behavior that are…

U.S. Department Of Labor launches hotline to combat “unlawful race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating”

U.S. Department Of Labor launches hotline to combat “unlawful race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating”

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has established a hotline and email address to receive and investigate…

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 24, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 24, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/24/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 135.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 36,783.05 ALPHA MEDIA ADVERTISING (GENERAL)210.00 ARAMARK…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health proclamation continuing mitigation efforts in Johnson and Story counties

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health proclamation continuing mitigation efforts in Johnson and Story counties

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation extends the closure of bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs in…

Bureaucrats come after Iowa businesses for violating Reynolds’ COVD-19 rules

Bureaucrats come after Iowa businesses for violating Reynolds’ COVD-19 rules

DES MOINES – The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) announced Wednesday that it has filed hearing complaints on six businesses for violations of Governor Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster proclamation.…

Alliant Energy to electrify 100 percent of light-duty fleet vehicles by 2030, company claims

Alliant Energy to electrify 100 percent of light-duty fleet vehicles by 2030, company claims

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy announced today that 100 percent of the company’s active light-duty fleet vehicles will be electric by 2030. “Our customers and the communities we are privileged…

Mars Food announces the Uncle Ben’s rice brand will change its name to Ben’s Original, so less people are offended

Mars Food announces the Uncle Ben’s rice brand will change its name to Ben’s Original, so less people are offended

LONDON – Today, Mars Food announced it will change the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand to Ben’s Original™, signaling the brand’s ambition to create a more inclusive future while maintaining its commitment…

Mason City school district bills report for September, 2020

Mason City school district bills report for September, 2020

MASON CITY – Mason City school district bills for September, 2020: Download the PDF file .…

Mason City’s ‘River City Renaissance Project – Mason City Arena’ Named the People’s All-Star Community Award Recipient by the Iowa League of Cities

Mason City’s ‘River City Renaissance Project – Mason City Arena’ Named the People’s All-Star Community Award Recipient by the Iowa League of Cities

DES MOINES – The Iowa League of Cities named Mason City’s ‘River City Renaissance Project – Mason City Arena’ as the People’s All-Star Award winner for 2020. This project was…

Mason City school board to meet Monday night; High School expansion project could cost $25 million

Mason City school board to meet Monday night; High School expansion project could cost $25 million

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board will meet Monday night and a document released by the district shows a massive expansion to the High School could cost up…

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 17, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 17, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/17/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A+ LAWN AND LANDSCAPE OTHER IMPROVEMENTS 1,150.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CONCESSION SUPPLIES 223.41 ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE…

Feds to dole out up to $14 billion to farmers

Feds to dole out up to $14 billion to farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.…

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

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

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days. Bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs continue to be…

City of Mason City hiring concession workers for shiny new arena

City of Mason City hiring concession workers for shiny new arena

MASON CITY – The beer may be set to flow at Mason City’s fancy new hockey arena as the City is seeking concessions workers now. The City of Mason City…

Terry Branstad Opinion: Resetting the Relationship Based on Reciprocity

Terry Branstad Opinion: Resetting the Relationship Based on Reciprocity

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, wrote on September 10, 2020: We have long said we want a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, and that view has not changed. A…

City of Mason City expense report for September 10, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for September 10, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/10/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 415.40 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 825.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 132,959.25 ARAMARK UNIFORM…

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