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739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 739 additional positive cases for a total of 7,884 positive cases. There have been an…

City of Mason City expense report for April 30, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 30, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/30/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 749.00 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 6,000.00 AETNA SERVICE EXPENSES…

467 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

467 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 12 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 467 additional positive cases for a total of 6,843 positive cases. There have been an…

Winnebago Industries to resume operations as scheduled in May

Winnebago Industries to resume operations as scheduled in May

FOREST CITY, IOWA, – Winnebago Industries, Inc. today (April 29, 2020) provided the following business update on actions the Company is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Manufacturing Operations…

Iowa leaders urge ‘immediate assistance’ from administration to support pork producers

Iowa leaders urge ‘immediate assistance’ from administration to support pork producers

DES MOINES – In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence – the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force – Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and…

Mitch McConnell to reconvene Senate next week, push bill to curb lawsuits against business owners over coronavirus

Mitch McConnell to reconvene Senate next week, push bill to curb lawsuits against business owners over coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming Senate schedule: “Senators will return to Washington D.C. one week from today.…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation re-opening many restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, retail, race tracks and more in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa…

Feds resume Paycheck Protection Program

Feds resume Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON – Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection…

Iowa Attorney General Miller recommends help for homeowners affected by COVID-19 

Iowa Attorney General Miller recommends help for homeowners affected by COVID-19 

DES MOINES — In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Tom Miller and a bipartisan coalition of 34 attorneys general recommended actions to help homeowners in letters sent Thursday to the Federal Housing Finance Administration and the Department of…

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

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

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some…

Getting into College: Top Tips

Getting into College: Top Tips

Whether you’re coming to the end of your high school education, or you have decided to attend college at a later stage in life, the process of applying to colleges…

City of Mason City expense report for April 23, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 23, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/23/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES 1,446.32 ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 7,155.55 ACCURATE AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 316.63 ALL STAR…

Iowa receives $49.4 million tobacco payment 

Iowa receives $49.4 million tobacco payment 

DES MOINES — Tobacco companies involved in the 1998 landmark settlement have transferred about $49.4 million to the state treasury for this year’s payment. In the last 22 years, Iowa has received more than…

USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%, prompted by COVID-19

USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%, prompted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all…

Tyson Foods to indefinitely suspend Waterloo plant operations

Tyson Foods to indefinitely suspend Waterloo plant operations

WATERLOO – Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, plans to indefinitely suspend operations at its Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant this week. The facility, the company’s…

Winnebago cancels Grand National Rally because of covid-19 pandemic

Winnebago cancels Grand National Rally because of covid-19 pandemic

FOREST CITY – The 51st Annual Winnebago Grand Nationally Rally in Forest City, Iowa, originally scheduled for July 13 – July 17, 2020, will be cancelled in response to the…

Financial Tips For Healthcare Facilities

Running a healthcare facility is quite different from running a regular business, which can make it challenging for facility owners. The priority of these facilities is providing the best level…

All workers at Prestage slaughterhouse will be tested for Covid-19

All workers at Prestage slaughterhouse will be tested for Covid-19

EAGLE GROVE, IOWA – The Wright county emergency management agency announced that all workers at its slaughterhouse in outside Eagle Grove will be tested for Covid-19 after workers traveling to…

Rep. Upmeyer looks to re-opening America, “convinced it can be done wisely”

Rep. Upmeyer looks to re-opening America, “convinced it can be done wisely”

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Warm greetings! As we wrap up another week of physical distancing,…

Grassley Opinion: Coronavirus-damaged businesses deserve financial relief

Grassley Opinion: Coronavirus-damaged businesses deserve financial relief

By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa For the first time in our nation’s history, a pandemic has closed the economy, shutting down businesses, schools and our way of life. Congress…

City of Mason City expense report for April 16, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 16, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/16/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AAMCO TRANSMISSIONS #14583 M/E REPAIRS 666.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 308.69 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 ALL…

How to Cope with Financial Emergencies

How to Cope with Financial Emergencies

Emergencies can be a nightmare when it comes to your finances. With so few people having access to emergency savings, struggling to cope when affected by the unexpected can be…

Cerro Gordo county businesses cash-in on Iowa pandemic “relief” money

Cerro Gordo county businesses cash-in on Iowa pandemic “relief” money

DES MOINES – Selected businesses in Cerro Gordo county have accepted state of Iowa “relief” money up to $25,000 each, including a local CEO. Governor Kim Reynolds launched the Iowa…

USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address the COVID-19 pandemic

USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address the COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Planning for an Enjoyable Retirement in 2020

Planning for an Enjoyable Retirement in 2020

If you are planning for retirement in 2020, you may be excited about the next stage of your life. With more time to do the things you love, this is…

122 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 3 additional deaths confirmed

122 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 3 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 122 additional positive cases for a total of 1,510 positive cases. There have been an additional…

Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments

Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON — To help millions of people, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those…

Iowa issues order related to estimated tax payments

Iowa issues order related to estimated tax payments

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Revenue announced today conditional penalty relief for taxpayers required to make estimated payments. The changes, prompted by COVID-19, are the result of Order…

City of Mason City expense report for April 9, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 9, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY City of Mason City 4/9/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 1,458.70 BATTERIES PLUS CPCORP M/E SUPPLIES 12.00 BAUER BUILT TIRE CENTER M/E…

Alliant Energy gives $1 million to Hometown Care Energy Fund

Alliant Energy gives $1 million to Hometown Care Energy Fund

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is making a $1 million donation to its Hometown Care Energy Fund in Iowa. The fund assists customers that need financial help to…

5 Tips to Help Your Family Become Money Savvy 

5 Tips to Help Your Family Become Money Savvy 

Managing your money has never been more critical. However, we often treat this as an adult-only issue when, in fact, it’s a great idea to get the kids involved too.…

3 Tips for Dealing with a Debt Collector

3 Tips for Dealing with a Debt Collector

Even the most financially responsible people can be faced with the prospect of a debt collector. This could be down to something as simple as a bill being overlooked. In…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures 

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures and relaxing additional regulations to support the state’s efforts to…

Alliant Energy partners with Iowa State to create face shields for hospitals

Alliant Energy partners with Iowa State to create face shields for hospitals

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy is partnering with a team of Iowa State University students to manufacture and distribute face shields to medical professionals at hospitals in Iowa. Hospitals need…

City of Mason City expense report for April 2, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 2, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/2/2020 Payee – Description – Amount —————————————— ACTIVE NETWORK LLC OTHER SUPPLIES 15,708.28 ADAMS SHARPENING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 90.40 ADAMS, JENNIFER E REFUND 18.22…

North Iowans join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

North Iowans join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Foundation is proud to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors:   Sherry Becker of Mason…

North Iowa Corridor announcing Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund

North Iowa Corridor announcing Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor EDC announced the launch of the Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund, a partnership with the City of Clear Lake, the City of…

Iowa receives $44 million for reimbursement of COVID-19 response costs

Iowa receives $44 million for reimbursement of COVID-19 response costs

DES MOINES – Today Gov. Kim Reynolds received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that more than $44 million has been obligated to the State of Iowa for…

Ways to Finance a Growing Business 

It’s natural to want to push a business forward at every possible opportunity. However, sometimes there is a gap to do this, and the funds might not be available. Thinking…

Iowa Attorney General Miller unveils new price-gouging complaint form  

Iowa Attorney General Miller unveils new price-gouging complaint form  

DES MOINES ― Attorney General Tom Miller’s office has created a new form for consumers to report price gouging, as the number of reports continues to rise during the COVID-19…