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Matt Curtis recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center March Entrepreneur of the Month

Matt Curtis recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center March Entrepreneur of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are pleased to announce Matt Curtis of Wayne’s Ski & Cycle in Mason City as the…

Russia sells United States of America ventilators to save citizens from COVID-19

Russia sells United States of America ventilators to save citizens from COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Valdimir Putin’s Russia has graciously stepped in to sell the United States of America ventilators to save its citizens from COVID-19. The U.S. Department of State announced…

Department of Justice makes over $850 million available to public safety agencies to help address Covid-19 pandemic

Department of Justice makes over $850 million available to public safety agencies to help address Covid-19 pandemic

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Department of Justice today announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of…

Don’t take your chances with Coronavirus – you ain’t that good at gambling

Don’t take your chances with Coronavirus – you ain’t that good at gambling

It’s a bad bet to try and live the normal, daily routine you have been accustomed to in your life now that Coronavirus has invaded and is wreaking havoc across…

Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks  for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center

Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks   for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, announced today it will be providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks…

President Trump extends social distancing recommendation until April 30

President Trump extends social distancing recommendation until April 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Sunday held a press conference and extended the current social distancing recommendation until April 30, but this could pushed all the way through…

Continued progress announced on implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

Continued progress announced on implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions…

City of Mason City expense report for March 26, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 26, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/26/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 13,508.00 ALL STAR PRO GOLF OTHER SUPPLIES 497.50 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES &…

Federal student loan payments suspended, waives interest waived during national emergency

Federal student loan payments suspended, waives interest waived during national emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this week that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing on President Donald J. Trump’s promise to provide student loan…

Iowa’s Disaster Declaration approved by President Trump

Iowa’s Disaster Declaration approved by President Trump

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds received notification last night that President Trump has approved her request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19, removing a $5 million cap…

Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted…

Gov. Reynolds announces unemployment insurance tax extension to assist small businesses

Gov. Reynolds announces unemployment insurance tax extension to assist small businesses

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th  will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31,…

Attorney General urges Americans to report COVID-19 fraud

Attorney General urges Americans to report COVID-19 fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General William P. Barr is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline…

U.S. Small Business Administration issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Iowa

U.S. Small Business Administration issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Iowa

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and…

Senators unveil new plan to cancel student loan payments for duration of coronavirus emergency

Senators unveil new plan to cancel student loan payments for duration of coronavirus emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled an emergency student loan payment and…

DEA proposes process to expand marijuana research in the United States

DEA proposes process to expand marijuana research in the United States

WASHINGTON – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice announced action to further expand opportunities for scientific and medical research on marijuana in the United States. The…

City of Mason City expense report for March 19, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 19, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/19/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 280.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 35,068.67 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC OTHER SUPPLIES…

Gov. Reynolds today temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and other measures

Gov. Reynolds today temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and other measures

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds issued an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately providing additional regulatory relief to Iowans impacted by this public health disaster. She will…

Iowa Rep. Axne urges credit monitoring companies to halt reporting of missed payments until coronavirus outbreak ends

Iowa Rep. Axne urges credit monitoring companies to halt reporting of missed payments until coronavirus outbreak ends

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote with her colleagues to the three major credit reporting agencies to urge them to cease reporting of missed payments on hospital bills, mortgage…

U.S. Senate today passes bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

U.S. Senate today passes bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today passed the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 90-8, and it is now on its way to President Donald Trump to be signed…

Alliant Energy donates $100,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts  

Alliant Energy donates $100,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts  

CEDAR RAPIDS  – Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is donating $100,000 to the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts in Iowa and Wisconsin through its foundation. The immediate support will benefit non-profit organizations…

Alliant Energy temporarily suspends disconnects for non-payment; intends to waive late fees

Alliant Energy temporarily suspends disconnects for non-payment; intends to waive late fees

MADISON, Wis. (March 18, 2020) — Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is temporarily suspending disconnections for all of Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus…

Workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits

Workers impacted by COVID-19 closures can apply online for unemployment benefits

DES MOINES – Employees impacted by COVID-19 closures can and should apply for unemployment benefits online here: CLICK HERE In order to comply with current recommended guidelines regarding reducing large…

Public Statement from Waldorf University President Bob Alsop: Updated status on face-to-face course offerings

Public Statement from Waldorf University President Bob Alsop:  Updated status on face-to-face course offerings

FOREST CITY – Based on currently published information and face-to-face meetings with Public Health Officials regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Waldorf University has decided to suspend all face-to-face courses and utilize a…

USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak

USDA ensures food safety during COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ensuring the safety and timely delivery of the U.S. food supply while protecting the health of USDA employees during this…

Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon…

Governor Reynolds announces assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs

Governor Reynolds announces assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19.  The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as…

Secretary Pate pledges $1 million to assist counties with cybersecurity; Requests counties shift to .gov domains

Secretary Pate pledges $1 million to assist counties with cybersecurity; Requests counties shift to .gov domains

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced a plan to provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections.…

City of Mason City expense report for March 12, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 12, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/12/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,450.19 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 60.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES OTHER SUPPLIES 865.93 ARNOLD…

Gov. Reynolds signs bill allowing mobile barbershops

Gov. Reynolds signs bill allowing mobile barbershops

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed bill SF 155 Tuesday, a bill to allow mobile barber shops in the state of Iowa. Gov. Reynolds was joined by Lt. Gov.…

Book review: Republican Crackhead

Book review: Republican Crackhead

Iowan Todd Blodgett’s newly-published memoir, REPUBLICAN CRACKHEAD, takes readers on such a wild ride that it epitomizes the adage, ‘The Truth is Stranger than Fiction’. What he survived isn’t merely…

City of Mason City expense report for March 5, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 5, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/5/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABC LOCK SERVICE BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 85.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,615.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Stock market plunges 2,000 points on oil and pandemic fears, triggering halt in trading

Stock market plunges 2,000 points on oil and pandemic fears, triggering halt in trading

NEW YORK – The S&P 500 index this morning declined by 7%, triggering a Level 1 Market Wide Circuit Breaker trading halt at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The…

Congress passes $8.3 billion Coronavirus emergency funding package

Congress passes $8.3 billion Coronavirus emergency funding package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congress passed a bipartisan $8.3 billion Coronavirus emergency funding package. The bill will allow the federal government to deliver a coordinated, comprehensive response to the Coronavirus…

Voters approve special elections for projects in Clear Lake, NIACC and Mason City Schools

Voters approve special elections for projects in Clear Lake, NIACC and Mason City Schools

MASON CITY – Voters were heavily in favor of measures on the ballot for projects in Clear Lake, NIACC and Mason City Schools. Returns show all measures passed regarding a…

Federal Reserve slashes rates by half a point to combat complications from coronavirus

Federal Reserve slashes rates by half a point to combat complications from coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Reserve announced the largest rate cut since 2008 today in a move to try to offset economic fallout from complications arising from the Coronavirus…

Brad Jones recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center February Entrepreneur of the Month

Brad Jones recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center February Entrepreneur of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are pleased to announce Brad Jones of Jonesy’s Stop n Shop in Rockwell, IA as the…

USDA fleet to increase biofuels usage, will fund biofuels infrastructure program

USDA fleet to increase biofuels usage, will fund biofuels infrastructure program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a memo today directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) when replacing conventionally fueled…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 27, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 27, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/27/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABC LOCK SERVICE BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 143.78 ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 34,235.20 ACTION TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE395.00 ADAMS SHARPENINGM/E…

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…