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Gov. Reynolds announces Employer Innovation Fund and Child Care Challenge funding opportunities 

Gov. Reynolds announces Employer Innovation Fund and Child Care Challenge funding opportunities 

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds announced two Future Ready Iowa grant opportunities for totaling $1.2 million. The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is designed to expand opportunities for…

North Iowa entrepreneur wins place in AgLaunch365 Accelerator

North Iowa entrepreneur wins place in AgLaunch365 Accelerator

MASON CITY – ReEnvision Ag, founded by Jason Ryner and based in Nora Springs, IA, is one of six startup companies selected to participate in the full AgLaunch365 Accelerator and…

Sukup Manufacturing to open facility in Hampton

Sukup Manufacturing to open facility in Hampton

SHEFFIELD, IOWA – Sukup Manufacturing Co. announced the company will expand its manufacturing facilities with a new location in Hampton, Iowa. The approximately 30,000-square foot facility is located in the…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 7, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 7, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/7/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ACTIVE NETWORK LLC OTHER SUPPLIES 97.50 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES136.00…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 31, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 31, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/31/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————– ANDERSON, DILLON CHAUFFEURS LICENSE 112.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 460.91 BLACK HAWK ROOF CO INC CAPITAL OUTLAY 77,779.80…

Gov. Reynolds lifts restrictions for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events

Gov. Reynolds lifts restrictions for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation continues to…

Trump now banned from Facebook indefinitely, Zuck says President too risky to humankind

Trump now banned from Facebook indefinitely, Zuck says President too risky to humankind

MENLO PARK, CA – Facebook, possibly America’s most-used social media platform, has banned Donald Trump indefinitely for fear of him inciting more violence and mayhem. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released…

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

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

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/24/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL LABORATORY SUPPLIES 110.00 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 300.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL…

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

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

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/17/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCE ALARM SERVICES LLC BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 167.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 325.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL…

Iowa elected officials to discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in Wednesday press conference

Iowa elected officials to discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in Wednesday press conference

DES MOINES – Iowa elected officials will discuss regulating marijuana similar to alcohol in a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Iowa elected officials will take part in a statewide Zoom news…

Mason City awarded $150,000 for Riverwalk improvements

Mason City awarded $150,000 for Riverwalk improvements

DES MOINES – A state agency this week announced Mason City will receive grant fund to help renovate the downtown area of Willow Creek. Nine communities across Iowa were awarded…

10 Great Tips When Starting a Home Care Agency for a Successful & Rewarding Venture

Planning to start a home care agency? Before doing so, check out these helpful tips to make sure you’re off to a good start with the business!…

Best Resume Questions

Best Resume Questions

You’ve written your resume. You got a call for an interview. Now what? Many job seekers never realized many interview questions are resume questions in essence. Recruiters use the information…

Tyson Foods fires Waterloo plant managers who bet on virus infections among employees

Tyson Foods fires Waterloo plant managers who bet on virus infections among employees

WATERLOO – Mega meat maker Tyson foods says that an independent investigation into wagering allegations at Tyson Foods’ pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, has led to the termination of seven…

NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series receives Iowa Arts & Culture Recover Program Grant

NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series receives Iowa Arts & Culture Recover Program Grant

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College Performing Arts and Leadership Series is pleased to announce that it has received an Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program from…

Mason City Arena receives “2020 Best Development Award” in the Renovated Civic category by 1000 Friends of Iowa

Mason City Arena receives “2020 Best Development Award” in the Renovated Civic category by 1000 Friends of Iowa

MASON CITY – 1000 Friends of Iowa proudly announces ten recipients of its Best Development Awards for 2020 in eight categories. These recipients were chosen because they implemented the efficient…

Iowa remains under widespread drought conditions; teleconference offers discussion

Iowa remains under widespread drought conditions; teleconference offers discussion

DES MOINES — Iowa is suffering from widespread drought, and an upcoming teleconference will offer discussion about how it may play out in 2021. About half of Iowa’s population is…

Mason City professional tax & accounting business finds new home in Willowbrook Mall

Mason City professional tax & accounting business finds new home in Willowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – A long-time Mason City tax & accounting business has found a new home in a familiar, customer-friendly environment. D & S Services, owned and operated by Julia…

Department of Justice files nationwide lawsuit against Walmart for controlled substances act violations

Department of Justice files nationwide lawsuit against Walmart for controlled substances act violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a civil complaint filed Tuesday, the Department of Justice has alleged that Walmart Inc. unlawfully dispensed controlled substances from pharmacies it operated across the country and…

Three Join NIACC Alumni Advisory Board 

Three Join NIACC Alumni Advisory Board 

MASON CITY – Louisa Montealvo, Chad Nelson, and Paul Rottinghaus have joined the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Alumni Advisory Board. Louisa Montealvo of Clear Lake, graduated from NIACC…

UNI to build outdoor practice facility after receiving $2 million gift

UNI to build outdoor practice facility after receiving $2 million gift

CEDAR FALLS – A $2 million gift from Doug and Ann Goschke, residents of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has set the stage to make outdoor artificial turf a reality for…

Alliant suggests customers donate money to help neighbors pay energy bill

Alliant suggests customers donate money to help neighbors pay energy bill

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy really wants their money this winter, and to help make sure they get paid in full, the company is suggesting that their customers pitch in…

Gifts on a Budget

Gifts on a Budget

In today’s world, it is not easy to buy thoughtful gifts when you’re on a tight budget. After the year we have all had, many of us a struggling for…

How to Communicate Well in Business 

How to Communicate Well in Business 

Communication is key in business. Being able to get your point across effectively and being capable of instructing others and conveying opinions and ideas can be really beneficial and make…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation requires social…

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 10. 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Dec. 10. 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/10/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,323.00 ACTIVE NETWORK LLC OTHER SUPPLIES 744.38 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 11,052.77 ARAMARK UNIFORM…

FCC awards over $140 million to Iowa broadband providers

FCC awards over $140 million to Iowa broadband providers

DES MOINES — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it has awarded $143,892,544.40 to 11 broadband providers to bring broadband to rural Iowa. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund…

FDA issues emergency use authorization for first COVID-19 vaccine

FDA issues emergency use authorization for first COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe…

North Iowa Businesses recognized after competing in competition at Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

North Iowa Businesses recognized after competing in competition at Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

MASON CITY — The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosted the Venture School Launch Day Competition on Thursday, November 19, 2020. The Fall 2020 cohort of 11 teams competed virtually…

Iowa Attorney General Miller joins 48 AGs, FTC in suing Facebook over antitrust violations

Iowa Attorney General Miller joins 48 AGs, FTC in suing Facebook over antitrust violations

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is helping lead a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in suing Facebook Inc., alleging that the company illegally stifles competition to…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures  

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation continues to require…

How to Land Your Dream Healthcare Job 

How to Land Your Dream Healthcare Job 

With over 16 million people working in healthcare in the US, it’s clear how popular these jobs are. There are so many benefits to working in healthcare, but for many,…

Millions of Americans remain unemployed, jobs report shows; President-elect Biden calls situation “grim, dire”

Millions of Americans remain unemployed, jobs report shows; President-elect Biden calls situation “grim, dire”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. However, the pace of improvement in the labor market has…

When You Should Sell Your Old Car: Insider’s Guide on the Matte

When You Should Sell Your Old Car: Insider’s Guide on the Matte

Today we do not buy a car to own it forever and cherish like an old friend while it rusts peacefully in the garage. Every few months, new models are…

City of Mason City expense report for December 3, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for December 3, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/3/2020 Payee Description Amount ———————————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 60.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY…

Student loan forbearance period extended through January 31, 2021, in response to COVID-19 national emergency

Student loan forbearance period extended through January 31, 2021, in response to COVID-19 national emergency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the extension of the federal student loan administrative forbearance period, the pause in interest accrual, and the suspension of collections…

Iowa announces $9 million to assist low-income iowans in preventing eviction or regaining housing

Iowa announces $9 million to assist low-income iowans in preventing eviction or regaining housing

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced that a total of nearly $9 million in assistance is available to assist eligible low-income Iowans who are at imminent risk of eviction…

Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Arts & Cultural Recovery Program

Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Arts & Cultural Recovery Program

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced the launch of an Iowa Arts & Cultural Recovery Program. The statewide grant program will provide…

Waldorf University upgrading residential wireless access in response to student survey responses

Waldorf University upgrading residential wireless access in response to student survey responses

FOREST CITY – In response to student suggestions, Waldorf University is pleased to announce the residential campus is receiving a facelift regarding wireless access. In conjunction with responses received via…

Senator Charles Grassley offers Q&A on farming in 2020

Senator Charles Grassley offers Q&A on farming in 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley offered a Q&A on 2020 farm outlook last week: Q: What’s your take-away on the 2020 farm economy? A: Between the historic derecho…

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