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Mason City’s Shopko to remain open during company restructuring

Mason City’s Shopko to remain open during company restructuring

GREEN BAY, WI – Mason City’s Shopko retail store will remain open during company restructuring, the company announced this week. Shopko was founded in 1962 and currently operates 134 Shopko…

Winnebago launches new wheelchair-friendly RV collection

Winnebago launches new wheelchair-friendly RV collection

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Aiming to bring greater freedom and comfort to people traveling in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, ​Winnebago​ Industries has launched three ​accessibility-enhanced motorhomes​, the Intent 30R AE,…

$575 million settlement with Wells Fargo announced; Iowa gets over $6 million

$575 million settlement with Wells Fargo announced; Iowa gets over $6 million

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Friday that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws…

Winnebago Industries charity drive contributes 268,000 meals

Winnebago Industries charity drive contributes 268,000 meals

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, is announced a contribution of 268,640 meals to nearby communities through Fill-the-RV and Fill-the-Boat Food Drives organized by…

Wooze’s car wash demolished for new Kwik Star station

Wooze’s car wash demolished for new Kwik Star station

MASON CITY – A long-time structure on a busy Mason City road was leveled this week to make way for an exciting new business. Wooze’s Car Wash operated for decades…

Iowa tied for lowest unemployment rate in nation

Iowa tied for lowest unemployment rate in nation

DES MOINES – Iowa is now tied with Hawaii for having the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Iowa’s November unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent while Hawaii increased to…

Winnebago Industries announces record First Quarter Fiscal 2019 results

Winnebago Industries announces record First Quarter Fiscal 2019 results

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company’s first quarter Fiscal 2019. Revenues for the Fiscal 2019 first quarter ended…

Winnebago Industries to withdraw Chicago Stock Exchange Listing

Winnebago Industries to withdraw Chicago Stock Exchange Listing

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced plans to voluntarily withdraw the listing of its common stock from the Chicago Stock Exchange,…

North Iowa businesses invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

North Iowa businesses invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

MASON CITY – North Iowa businesses are invited to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, NIACC’s Pappajohn Center announced. Grow your business right here in Iowa with…

Mason City’s Shopko store losing pharmacy, chain could file bankruptcy

Mason City’s Shopko store losing pharmacy, chain could file bankruptcy

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced on Friday that it has acquired the business of 22 Shopko pharmacies including one in Mason City. Shopko patient files will merge into…

NIACC offering Society for Human Resource Management Certification prep course

NIACC offering Society for Human Resource Management Certification prep course

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering an online course designed to prepare HR professionals for SHRM Certification – SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior…

Dean and Marcia Sonquist of Plas-Tech Tooling recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center December Entrepreneur of the Month

Dean and Marcia Sonquist of Plas-Tech Tooling 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 Dean and Marcia Sonquist of Plas-Tech Tooling as the Entrepreneurs of…

Food Bank of Iowa to benefit from buy two, give one campaign

Food Bank of Iowa to benefit from buy two, give one campaign

BOONE – Iowa Egg Farmers, in partnership with Fareway Stores, Inc., are conducting a buy two, give one promotion. From Monday, December 17 through Monday, December 24, when a customer…

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors Approves Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.11 Per Share

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors Approves Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.11 Per Share

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced that on December 12, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of…

Business owners, entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to ‘10,000 Small Businesses Program’

Business owners, entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to ‘10,000 Small Businesses Program’

DES MOINES – Iowa small business owners and entrepreneurs can grow their businesses with the help of the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses Program.” Beginning in January 2019, the program…

Winnebago acquires boat builder to diversify portfolio and become “premier outdoor lifestyle company”

Winnebago acquires boat builder to diversify portfolio and become “premier outdoor lifestyle company”

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced that it has acquired Chris-Craft, an iconic recreational boat builder, from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft…

Graham Wood Doors in Mason City sold by Assa Abloy to Masonite

Graham Wood Doors in Mason City sold by Assa Abloy to Masonite

MASON CITY – ASSA ABLOY has sold its Wood Door business – with a plant in Mason City – to Masonite. The ASSA ABLOY Wood Door business consists of two…

Mason City awarded $9.6 million in capital investment from Iowa Economic Development Board

Mason City awarded $9.6 million in capital investment from Iowa Economic Development Board

DES MOINES – Today, the IEDA board approved the maximum benefit amount of $9,162,600 for the Mason City Downtown Reinvestment District plan submitted by the City of Mason City. This…

Globe Gazette to fire as many as 12 employees, admits $2 million used printer is worthless

Globe Gazette to fire as many as 12 employees, admits $2 million used printer is worthless

MASON CITY – The geniuses that call the business shots at the Globe Gazette in Mason City are firing as many as 12 employees due to the failure of the…

Huge pork symposium to be held in Des Moines this week

Huge pork symposium to be held in Des Moines this week

DES MOINES – The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. North America’s…

Iowa Workforce Development leader attends Registered Apprenticeship roundtable at White House

Iowa Workforce Development leader attends Registered Apprenticeship roundtable at White House

DES MOINES – Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend was at the White House Thursday to attend a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta…

U.S. beef exports to China no longer banned

U.S. beef exports to China no longer banned

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T.…

Governor Reynolds to lead agricultural trade mission to China

Governor Reynolds to lead agricultural trade mission to China

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that she will lead an all Iowa agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28. Traveling with her will be representatives from commodity…

Area nonprofits receive over $60,000 in grants from Alliant Energy Foundation

Area nonprofits receive over $60,000 in grants from Alliant Energy Foundation

CEDAR RAPIDS – Twenty-eight area nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling $60,920 from the Alliant Energy Foundation in the first of its two 2017 giving cycles. “These organizations do…

Grassley cautions administration on NAFTA renegotiation: Ag exports a bright spot in rural economy

Grassley cautions administration on NAFTA renegotiation: Ag exports a bright spot in rural economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a lifelong family…

Taxpayers recover $57.7 million from the sale of Treasury’s remaining stake in First Bancorp

Taxpayers recover $57.7 million from the sale of Treasury’s remaining stake in First Bancorp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that it had agreed to sell all of its remaining 10,291,553 shares of First BanCorp. (FBP) common stock, exiting…

McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

MASON CITY – You’ll be in the drive thru even more often once these tasty delights sizzle on that big flat cooking surface. McDonald’s USA today announced that by mid-2018,…

Economic Development Board approves awards to support over $74 million in capital investments in Iowa

Economic Development Board approves awards to support over $74 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist…

U.S. economy adds 235,000 jobs

U.S. economy adds 235,000 jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 235,000 new jobs as the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7%, a report from the labor department shows. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by…

Federal consumer watchdog sues nation’s largest student loan company for cheating borrowers

Federal consumer watchdog sues nation’s largest student loan company for cheating borrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing the nation’s largest servicer of both federal and private student loans for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at…

McKesson agrees to pay record $150 million settlement for failure to report suspicious orders of pharmaceutical drugs

McKesson agrees to pay record $150 million settlement for failure to report suspicious orders of pharmaceutical drugs

WASHINGTON, DC – McKesson Corporation (McKesson), one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs, agreed to pay a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled…

Strong harvest reported in Iowa and nationwide in 2016

Strong harvest reported in Iowa and nationwide in 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Corn for grain production in Iowa for 2016 is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Production 2016 Summary report.…

Volkswagen agrees to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties in conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests

Volkswagen agrees to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties in conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – VW to Pay $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine in Guilty Plea and $1.5 Billion Settlement of Civil Environmental, Customs and Financial Violations; Monitor to Be Appointed to Oversee…

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN – Fiat-Chrysler today confirmed the next phase of its industrialization plan by announcing a total $1 billion investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio, and the addition…

Air Choice One announces EAS contract renewal for Mason City

Air Choice One announces EAS contract renewal for Mason City

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently re-selected Air Choice One to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to Mason City, IA for the next four years. Air…

Ford cancels auto plant in Mexico, will add 700 new jobs in U.S. instead

Ford cancels auto plant in Mexico, will add 700 new jobs in U.S. instead

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – In a major announcement today, Ford Motor Company will not build a new plant in Mexico and will instead invest in and bring 700 new jobs here…

Associates of Iowa dental clinic slapped with $300K settlement for false and unnecessary procedures

Associates of Iowa dental clinic slapped with $300K settlement for false and unnecessary procedures

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CENT Credit Union purchasing and renovating two vacant buildings in Mason City; moving two current locations

CENT Credit Union purchasing and renovating two vacant buildings in Mason City; moving two current locations

MASON CITY – CENT Credit Union is formally announcing the purchase and renovation of two vacant buildings in Mason City for use as CENT locations: The CENTer: CENT has purchased…

Wind turbines may have beneficial effects for crops, according to Iowa State University research

Wind turbines may have beneficial effects for crops, according to Iowa State University research

AMES, Iowa – A multi-year study led by an Iowa State University scientist suggests the turbines commonly used in the state to capture wind energy may have a positive effect…

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

NEW YORK – President-elect Donald J. Trump had some sobering, tough words for businesses who attempt to abandon the U.S. and fire workers, promising “retribution or consequence” for offenders. “The…

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