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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…

Realtors say home sales are strong in Iowa

Realtors say home sales are strong in Iowa

DES MOINES – Homes sales and sale prices continue their steady upward trend in Iowa in September, the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR) said this week. This is the strongest…

Iowa man gets probation for removing USDA labels from meat and then mis-branding

Iowa man gets probation for removing USDA labels from meat and then mis-branding

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Mason City Nissan dealership moving to new location (photos)

Mason City Nissan dealership moving to new location (photos)

MASON CITY – Under construction at this time on Mason City’s west side will be the new home to the local Nissan dealership. What once was a corn field in…

Charles City couple to rehab building with help of $55K state grant

Charles City couple to rehab building with help of $55K state grant

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Belmond restaurant serves state’s best tenderloin, pork producers say

BELMOND – Iowa pork producers say a Belmond restaurant serves the state’s best tenderloin. A Belmond restaurant that’s been under current ownership for less than a year is the 2015…

Iowa direct mail marketer punished for facilitating fraud

Iowa direct mail marketer punished for facilitating fraud

DES MOINES – An Iowa City-based sales lead list provider will better screen its clients and pay the state $2,500 in a settlement with Attorney General Tom Miller over concerns…

NIACC launches online career search tool

NIACC launches online career search tool

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) announced this week that it has launched Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore…

Small business owners can learn about social media at workshop

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is hosting a full-day workshop on effectively using social media, digital marketing, and automation tools to…

Business owners offered free seminar at NIACC on tax preparation

Business owners offered free seminar at NIACC on tax preparation

MASON CITY – Business entities have many questions about income tax considerations. That’s why North Iowa Area Community College’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Small Business Development Center (SBCD) bring…

Alliant Energy to expand solar generation in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy is seeking to expand its renewable energy generation with solar power. Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is issuing a request for proposals for new solar projects…

Iowa energy plan launched

Iowa energy plan launched

PELLA, IOWA – The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) meeting was held at Pella Corporation to kick off the Iowa Energy Plan. The initiative, chaired by Lt. Governor Kim…

Upmeyer: Iowa’s farm economy in decline

Upmeyer: Iowa’s farm economy in decline

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – Autumn is finally upon us which brings one of my favorite times of the year in Iowa. Pumpkin patches, football, and harvest season fill our…

Alliant Energy breaks ground on new Mason City operations center

Alliant Energy breaks ground on new Mason City operations center

MASON CITY – A project to construct Alliant Energy’s new operations center in Mason City kicked off with a groundbreaking on Monday. Work is already underway on the new 67,000…

Branstad, Reynolds call for 70% of Iowans with education or training beyond high school by 2025

Branstad, Reynolds call for 70% of Iowans with education or training beyond high school by 2025

DES MOINES – A goal of Governor Terry Branstad’s administration aims to give Iowans the skills needed for “rewarding” careers and provide Iowa employers with the skilled workforce needed to…

John Deere announces agreement with union

John Deere announces agreement with union

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Officials to detail statewide Energy Plan process

Officials to detail statewide Energy Plan process

PELLA, IOWA – State and business officials will detail a statewide Energy Plan process this week in Pella. The state of Iowa is in the process of developing a statewide…

Op-Ed: Time to worry about the manufacturing-skills gap

Op-ed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers Jay Timmons – If manufacturing in the United States were its own country, it would…

Government report shows pay premium exists for manufacturing jobs

Government report shows pay premium exists for manufacturing jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commerce Department today released a new report drawing on evidence from 10 federal data sets to show that a pay premium exists for workers in manufacturing…

City hall targets more blight in downtown area

City hall targets more blight in downtown area

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Winnebago chooses Lawrence A. Erickson as interim CEO

Winnebago chooses Lawrence A. Erickson as interim CEO

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago has a new interim CEO, the company announced today. Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) (the Company), a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, announced today…