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NIACC seeks to raise taxes on property owners for improvements

NIACC seeks to raise taxes on property owners for improvements

MASON CITY – NIACC is seeking to raise property taxes for campus upgrades. According to information from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), located in Mason City, “the cost is…

Jimmy John’s sandwich chain warned by FDA about serving “adulterated fresh produce” after several e coli outbreaks including one in Iowa

Jimmy John’s sandwich chain warned by FDA about serving “adulterated fresh produce” after several e coli outbreaks including one in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jimmy John’s sandwich chain was warned today by the Food and Drug Administration about serving “adulterated fresh produce” after several e coli outbreaks, including one in Iowa.…

Marijuana sales rake in $10 million for Illinois in first month of legal sales

Marijuana sales rake in $10 million for Illinois in first month of legal sales

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that adult-use cannabis sales generated $7,332,058 in cannabis tax revenue during the month of January, with an additional $3,147,928.29 generated in…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 20, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 20, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/20/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 308.69 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 650.00 AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 13, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 13, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/13/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 2,571.50 ACTIVE911 INC COMPUTER EXPENSE 585.00 ADORAMA EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 240.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS &…

February 16-22 is Grain Bin Safety Week

February 16-22 is Grain Bin Safety Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation naming February 16-22 as Grain Bin Safety Week. Earlier this week, the Secretary sat down with the Governor…

89 Iowa counties opt in for Master Matrix on animal confinements

89 Iowa counties opt in for Master Matrix on animal confinements

DES MOINES – Exactly the same as the last two years, 89 of Iowa’s 99 counties plan to use the master matrix to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed sites…

Judge orders Iowa telemarketing operation to pay $2.6 million

Judge orders Iowa telemarketing operation to pay $2.6 million

DES MOINES — A Polk County judge has ordered a Quad Cities-based telemarketing operation to pay nearly $2.6 million and permanently banned it from doing business after finding the operation…

City of Mason City expense report for January 30, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for January 30, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/30/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABC LOCK SERVICE BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 75.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 875.00 AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION DUES & PUBLICATIONS…

Mason City’s performing arts pavilion inches closer to completion, city says

Mason City’s performing arts pavilion inches closer to completion, city says

MASON CITY – Another component in Mason City’s River City Renaissance project is moving closer to completion, the city announced this week. The Performing Arts Pavilion will be incorporated into the…

Reynolds, Naig Urge USDA to revive Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

Reynolds, Naig Urge USDA to revive Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig submitted joint comments to USDA voicing support for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The federal HBIIP…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 23. 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 23. 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/23/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS 1,951.00 ABELL, DYLAN MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 20.00 ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 23,768.80 ADAMS, PAUL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE…

Floyd County Community Foundation distributes $106,010 to local organizations at grant celebration

Floyd County Community Foundation distributes $106,010 to local organizations at grant celebration

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation (FCCF) held its 2019 grant celebration at the Floyd County Fairgrounds on January 22, where $106,010 in grants were distributed to 29…

Audit report released for City of Mason City shows $52 million in revenue, $65 million is expenses last year

Audit report released for City of Mason City shows $52 million in revenue, $65 million is expenses last year

MASON CITY – Kronlage & Olson, P.C., Certified Public Accountants today released an audit report on the City of Mason City for the year ended June 30, 2019. The City’s…

USDA Invests $11 million in broadband for rural Minnesota and Iowa communities

USDA Invests $11 million in broadband for rural Minnesota and Iowa communities

HARMONY, MN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky announced recently that the USDA has invested $11 million in three, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will…

City of Mason City expense report for January 16, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for January 16, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/16/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 308.69 ACTIVE911 INC INVESTIGATION FUND 15.99 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 7,342.08 ALTEC INDUSTRIES INC…

Ben Arentson promoted to General Manager at POET Biorefinin

HANLONTOWN, IA — Ben Arentson has been promoted to General Manager at POET Biorefining—Hanlontown in Hanlontown, Iowa. Arentson started his career at POET in 2014 as the Quality Manager at…

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation grant application available

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation grant application available

CEDAR FALLS – Grant applications can now be submitted to the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation’s 2020 grant cycle. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. April 1, 2020.…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 9, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 9, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/9/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE5 60.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 2,566.56 ADORAMAEQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 3,050.10 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Iowa Utilities Board demands Alliant Energy refund $7.5 million to customers while approving rate increase

Iowa Utilities Board demands Alliant Energy refund $7.5 million to customers while approving rate increase

DES MOINES – The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) issued its final decision order in docket RPU-2019-0001 regarding a request from Alliant Energy/Interstate Power and Light Company (Alliant) to increase Iowa retail…

Katie Wold recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center December Entrepreneur of the Month

Katie Wold recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center December Entrepreneur of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Katie Wold of Three on the Tree as the December 2019…

City of Mason City expense report for January 2, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for January 2, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/2/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 18.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 451.92 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E SUPPLIES 24.04…

Gov. Reynolds encourages MLB to support Iowa’s MiLB teams

Gov. Reynolds encourages MLB to support Iowa’s MiLB teams

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has contacted MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred urging him to support Iowa’s MiLB teams and the vital role they play for communities across the…

IDR releases new state tax reform guidance

IDR releases new state tax reform guidance

DES MOINES – In 2018, the Iowa legislature enacted Senate File 2417, a state tax reform bill that includes extensive changes to the state’s tax structure. The Department has released…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 26, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 26, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/26/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 18,058.18 BERNIE LOWE & ASSOCIATES INC MEDICAL SERVICE 4,469.00 BLICK ART MATERIALS OTHER…

Consumers were deceptively charged monthly fee, Iowa attorney general alleges 

Consumers were deceptively charged monthly fee, Iowa attorney general alleges 

DES MOINES — All Iowans who purchased the “Miracle Scraper” ice scraper — including those unknowingly enrolled in an auto membership club — will receive complete refunds under a settlement reached with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Iowa Attorney…

DEA and FDA shut down 44 websites advertising illegal vaping cartridges

DEA and FDA shut down 44 websites advertising illegal vaping cartridges

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the seizure of 44 website domains offering to sell illicit vaping cartridges containing THC…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 19, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 19, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/19/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 110.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 50,721.20 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES OFFICE SUPPLIES 126.82 AMERICAN WATERWORKS…

House overwhelmingly passes USMCA trade deal

House overwhelmingly passes USMCA trade deal

DES MOINES – Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ratify the U.S. Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA): “Today’s vote is a…

Iowa politicians furious after Trump’s EPA undermines promises in new ruling

Iowa politicians furious after Trump’s EPA undermines promises in new ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa politicians sounded off on President Trump’s EPA rule that allows for disappointing results with required amounts of ethanol production. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement…

Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative adopted recommendations for consideration

Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative adopted recommendations for consideration

DES MOINES – This week, the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative officially adopted its recommendations to present to Governor Kim Reynolds for the 2020 legislative session. The task forces considered…

Democrats irked as Republicans vote against a commitment to keeping school funding up with inflation

Democrats irked as Republicans vote against a commitment to keeping school funding up with inflation

DES MOINES – The Iowa School Finance Formula Review Committee last week adopted six key Democratic recommendations.  Republicans, however, voted down three other key proposals.  This committee of Legislators meets…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 12, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 12, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/12/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 308.69 ADVANCED SYSTEMS EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 256.24 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 570.00 AHLERS AND…

Governor Reynolds says USMCA trade deal “a positive step forward for Iowa’s entire economy”

Governor Reynolds says USMCA trade deal “a positive step forward for Iowa’s entire economy”

DES MOINES – The United States, Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement to modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA into a 21st century, high-standard agreement. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)…

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issues statement after USMCA agreement reached

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issues statement after USMCA agreement reached

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced agreement on…

3 Top Cyber Security Measures For Your Business

Keeping your business safe from the devastating effects of cybercrime should be a top priority. An organization’s reputation and very existence are at stake when a hack attack or a…

City of Mason City expense report for December 5, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for December 5, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/5/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE5 60.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 2,776.70 ACTION TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 275.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY…

Gov. Reynolds announces second round of Employer Innovation Fund awardees, encourages employers to apply in third round

Gov. Reynolds announces second round of Employer Innovation Fund awardees, encourages employers to apply in third round

DES MOINES – This week, Governor Reynolds announced 22 recipients of the Employer Innovation Fund, a matching grant that helps employers provide postsecondary training and education opportunities for their employees.…

Gov. Reynolds highlights Second Chance Initiatives at Workforce Policy Board Mtg

Gov. Reynolds highlights Second Chance Initiatives at Workforce Policy Board Mtg

DES MOINES– Today, Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted her efforts to reduce recidivism in Iowa during the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting. Reynolds highlighted her 2nd chance initiatives and how…

Gov. Reynolds signs executive order to support biofuels industry

Gov. Reynolds signs executive order to support biofuels industry

DES MOINES– Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 5 (EO5) requiring all new contracts for the purchase of state vehicles with diesel engines to have written support from the…

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