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Renovations begin at Target Center in Minneapolis

Renovations begin at Target Center in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Starting now for the next 18 months, construction crews will improve Target Center inside and out, making the building a world-class venue for sports, concerts and other…

Schoneman working to fill two Mason City shopping centers

Schoneman working to fill two Mason City shopping centers

MASON CITY – A local real estate agent is working on a brighter future for two down-and-out shopping destinations. Southport shopping center and Southbridge Mall in Mason City have seen…

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Alliant Energy, which serves customers in Wisconsin and Iowa, is proposing to adjust its rates for electricity and natural gas for 2017 and 2018 in Wisconsin in…

Cerro Gordo Health Department employee earns certified infection control credential

Cerro Gordo Health Department employee earns certified infection control credential

MASON CITY – The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. has announced that Karen Crimmings, RN, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Service Manager with the Cerro Gordo…

Dr. Ron Prestage: “Thinly-veiled racism” and “kooks” ruined his hog plant in Mason City

Dr. Ron Prestage: “Thinly-veiled racism” and “kooks” ruined his hog plant in Mason City

MASON CITY – Less than two days after a historic vote by the Mason City council which ended the prospects of his hog slaughterhouse getting built in town, Dr. Ron…

FDA bans e-cig’s for minors

FDA bans e-cig’s for minors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FDA today announced a new regulation restricting youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigs, hookah and more. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its…

HSBC Bank slapped with huge penalty due to sleazy tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced a $131 million penalty against HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. and HSBC Finance Corporation for deficiencies in residential mortgage loan…

Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

AMES – Police in Ames are warning of an auto dealership with a website that is attempting to sell cars – but the business doesn’t actually exist. According to the…

Girl Scouts of Iowa announces new CEO

Girl Scouts of Iowa announces new CEO

DES MOINES – Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa recently announced that Beth Shelton will be joining the organization as the new Chief Executive Officer. Shelton has extensive experience with non-profits…

Wall Street oversight opponents get win with no extra funding for agency that oversees activities

Wall Street oversight opponents get win with no extra funding for agency that oversees activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Regulation of Wall Street didn’t advance in the bi-partisan omnibus spending bill passed last week by Congress, as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) got no funding…

Summary of $1.15 trillion bipartisan omnibus spending bill

Summary of $1.15 trillion bipartisan omnibus spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The federal government last week released a summary of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that totals $1.15 trillion in discretionary spending…

Gov. Branstad signs executive order to address cybersecurity

Gov. Branstad signs executive order to address cybersecurity

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced in their Monday morning press conference that Gov. Branstad has signed Executive Order Eighty-Seven that will combat cybersecurity threats…

Winnebago announces new President and CEO, expansion to Twin Cities

Winnebago announces new President and CEO, expansion to Twin Cities

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Happe as its President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board…

Estate gift will allow agency to provide services for animals

Estate gift will allow agency to provide services for animals

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation (FCCF) is excited to announce that the Floyd County (PAWS) Humane Society has started a permanent endowment fund. The endowment fund will…

ISU veterinarian urges pork producers to stay vigilant as Senecavirus strain grows more prevalent

ISU veterinarian urges pork producers to stay vigilant as Senecavirus strain grows more prevalent

AMES, Iowa – A once uncommon virus in pigs that’s appearing this year with greater frequency should keep pork producers and local veterinarians vigilant but is no cause for panic,…

FDA wants to ban indoor tanning for anyone under age 18

FDA wants to ban indoor tanning for anyone under age 18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Big government interference or just keeping kids cancer-free? That’s the question being asked today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed proposals to ban indoor…

Iowa unemployment rate drops again

Iowa unemployment rate drops again

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to drop in November, falling to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent in October. “That’s the lowest since 2001 and 6th…

Farmland values fall for second consecutive year

Farmland values fall for second consecutive year

AMES, IOWA – Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9…

Seminar on gifting and farm estate planning trends scheduled in Charles City

Seminar on gifting and farm estate planning trends scheduled in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation will hold its annual professional advisor luncheon on January 14, 2016 at The Pub in Charles City. The featured speaker this year…

Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City

Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – So this hotel development in downtown Mason City has always kind of irked me. Ever since Eric the Mayor and his sleazy media (Globe, KIMT,…

Fareway opens new store in Belmond

Fareway opens new store in Belmond

BELMOND, IOWA – Fareway Stores, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today for its new location at 512 River Avenue N. in Belmond. The new 13,100 square foot store will…

Feds punish bill collector for shoddy practices

Feds punish bill collector for shoddy practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a federal complaint against EOS CCA (EOS), a Massachusetts debt collection firm, for reporting and collecting on old cellphone…

U.S. jobs reports shows “steady growth in our economy”

U.S. jobs reports shows “steady growth in our economy”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job…

Winnebago to move production of select class A diesel motorhomes to new facility in Oregon

Winnebago to move production of select class A diesel motorhomes to new facility in Oregon

FOREST CITY, IA – Winnebago Industries, Inc.announced today its purchase of motorhome production facilities and equipment in Junction City, Oregon. In total, the investment to support this expansion is estimated…

Report: Banks treat people like crap

Report: Banks treat people like crap

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest monthly consumer complaint snapshot, highlighting bank account and service complaints. The report shows many consumers are experiencing problems…

Mason City, Rudd businesses win awards

Mason City, Rudd businesses win awards

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 special entrepreneur awards. Sarah Novacek, Founder, President and CEO, Legacy Logistics Freight, Inc., Mason…

Mary Spitz chosen as inaugural SBDC Support Person of the Year

Mary Spitz chosen as inaugural SBDC Support Person of the Year

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to announce that Mary Spitz, Administrative Assistant, North Iowa Area Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Mason City, is the winner…

Iowa’s unemployment rate drops to 3.5 percent in October

Iowa’s unemployment rate drops to 3.5 percent in October

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.5 percent in October from 3.6 percent in September. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago.…

Mason City realtor reprimanded by state board

DES MOINES – A Mason City realtor was reprimanded by a state board after engaging in practices it deems harmful or detrimental to the public. Legal documents delivered to NIT…

Feds warn of scams this holiday shopping season

Feds warn of scams this holiday shopping season

WASHINGTON – Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are advising shoppers this holiday season to be aware of online scams that…

Passengers report mixed reviews as Air Choice One flights serve North Iowa for a year

Passengers report mixed reviews as Air Choice One flights serve North Iowa for a year

MASON CITY – Air Choice One has been serving Mason City for one year, the calendar says, and the quality of service it renders depends greatly on who you talk…

Alliant Energy honored for its advancement of women in the boardroom

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Today, Alliant Energy and Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO Patricia Kampling were recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York at the third biennial Breakfast of…

Winnebago again receives “fully meets” classification from Ford

Winnebago again receives “fully meets” classification from Ford

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), was recognized by Ford Motor Company for receiving the “fully meets” classification as part of their Qualified Vehicle Modifier Program (QVM.) Winnebago…

NIACC Marketplace is open to the public

NIACC Marketplace is open to the public

MASON CITY – The public is invited to attend the annual NIACC Marketplace from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20 in the NIACC Activity Center. Marketplace features…

Alliant announces contribution to energy assistance program

Alliant announces contribution to energy assistance program

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy today announced that it is making a donation of $2 million to its Hometown Care Energy Fund, which helps income-eligible customers across its service area…

Mason City Brewing moves ahead after change in ownership

Mason City Brewing moves ahead after change in ownership

MASON CITY – A change in ownership will not affect a favorite downtown Mason City craft brewery, NIT is told. Mason City Brewing opened on February 23, 2013, under the…

Undercover video shows alleged brutality toward pigs at Austin slaughter plant

Undercover video shows alleged brutality toward pigs at Austin slaughter plant

AUSTIN, MINNESOTA – An undercover video shot at a pork slaughterhouse in Austin, Minnesota has been turned over to the USDA for a possible investigation into the brutal treatment of…

Over a quarter-million new jobs added in U.S. last month

Over a quarter-million new jobs added in U.S. last month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 271,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.…

Iowa AFL-CIO wary of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Iowa AFL-CIO wary of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

DES MOINES – Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar made the following statement after the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text: For years, this trade deal has been negotiated in…

Class action lawsuit moves forward against Curries for alleged age discrimination after older employees were fired

Class action lawsuit moves forward against Curries for alleged age discrimination after older employees were fired

MASON CITY – A group of former employees of the Curries door manufacturer in Mason City has brought a lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation for damages arising out of employment terminations…