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Feds punish Discover for deceiving customers

Feds punish Discover for deceiving customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Discover Bank and its affiliates for illegal private student loan servicing practices. The CFPB found that Discover overstated…

Looking for a turn-key business? Colony Inn is available and for sale

Looking for a turn-key business? Colony Inn is available and for sale

VENTURA, IOWA – Have you ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant, with a banquet room and bar? If you have, there’s a gem in Ventura that is waiting for…

Were you scammed by Citibank? Federal agency may score a refund for you

Were you scammed by Citibank? Federal agency may score a refund for you

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Citibank, N.A. and its subsidiaries to provide an estimated $700 million in relief to eligible consumers harmed by illegal practices…

Iowa’s unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

Iowa’s unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in June from 3.8 percent in May. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The…

NIACC seeks to raise $15 million

NIACC seeks to raise $15 million

MASON CITY – The NIACC Foundation officially announced the launch of the Keeping NIACC First Capital Campaign. As the College’s first capital campaign in over 15 years, the Keeping NIACC…

Iowa State attracts record $424.9 million in external funding

Iowa State attracts record $424.9 million in external funding

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University broke its external funding record this past fiscal year, attracting $424.9 million during the year ending June 30. The previous record was $388.2 million…

Clean Air settlement leads to fine, cuts in emissions for Alliant Energy

Clean Air settlement leads to fine, cuts in emissions for Alliant Energy

CEDAR RAPIDS — In a settlement announced today by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, has agreed…

Gas prices could hit $2 per gallon or lower after Iran deal

Gas prices could hit $2 per gallon or lower after Iran deal

MASON CITY – According to reports, the Iran nuclear deal could drive gas prices much lower than they already are. CNN reported today that in the wake of a nuclear…

Chamber loses dues-paying member over smoking support

Chamber loses dues-paying member over smoking support

NEW YORK – After revelations in the New York Times that the Chamber of Commerce is helping to keep cigarettes in the hand of people all over the world, a…

Shop opens in downtown Mason City offering a little of everything

Shop opens in downtown Mason City offering a little of everything

MASON CITY – An experienced retailer has opened up shop in downtown Mason City, offering a little of everything for the curious to browse through. On May 1, Joyce Schneider…

Paw-some! Do-it-yourself doggie wash ready for business

Paw-some! Do-it-yourself doggie wash ready for business

MASON CITY – Mason City’s relatively new dog park has helped spawn a new business: A do-it-yourself doggie wash. Opened by Greg Hodak in mid-May, The Laundro-Mutt is for washing…

Clear Lake’s Kingland Systems wins award

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – A global company headquartered in Clear Lake is being recognized for its innovative software and data solution products, as well as their support of rural…

More details released on $36 million downtown Mason City projects

More details released on $36 million downtown Mason City projects

DES MOINES – The supposed economic impact of a $36 million downtown project in Mason City has been described by state officials today, who say hundreds of jobs will be…

Artificial colors to be removed from some of your favorite cereals

Artificial colors to be removed from some of your favorite cereals

MINNEAPOLIS – General Mills announced Monday it will phase out the use artificial flavors and colors in its breakfast cereals. By 2017, General Mills will tweak all the different recipes…

Iowa unemployment rate remains at 3.8 percent

Iowa unemployment rate remains at 3.8 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, but was down from the May 2014 rate of 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate…

Long-term unemployed workers in Iowa to benefit from $5.2 million federal grant

Long-term unemployed workers in Iowa to benefit from $5.2 million federal grant

DES MOINES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development more than $5.2 million dollars to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to transition to high demand…

Downtown building under re-hab, will become reception hall and events venue

Downtown building under re-hab, will become reception hall and events venue

MASON CITY – Two Mason City business owners are working together to re-hab a downtown building to create a reception hall and events center. As anticipation rises for a multi-million…

FDA bans trans fats

FDA bans trans fats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A common ingredient until recent times won’t be allowed in foods any longer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its’ final determination today that Partially…

Target sells all its pharmacies to CVS

Target sells all its pharmacies to CVS

Woonsocket, RI and Minneapolis, MN – CVS Health Corporation and Target Corporation announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Health to acquire Target’s pharmacy and…

Partnership created to help prepare skilled workforce moves to phase two

Partnership created to help prepare skilled workforce moves to phase two

MASON CITY – Project Lead Forward, a public-private partnership designed to help relieve the shortage of skilled workers in rural Iowa will continue to phase two. Iowa Business Growth Company…

NIACC expands offerings at Charles City Center

NIACC expands offerings at Charles City Center

CHARLES CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is again expanding the number of classes being offered at the NIACC Charles City Center, located at 200 Harwood Drive. “NIACC…

NIACC offers American Welding Society Certification

NIACC offers American Welding Society Certification

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) now offers students the ability to earn an American Welding Society (AWS) Certification at the completion of their welding program. This…

Governor Branstad to tour North Iowa businesses

Governor Branstad to tour North Iowa businesses

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad will tour North Iowa businesses next week. On Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., Governor Branstad will attend the “Be Your Own Boss”…

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was announced at the safety council’s professional development conference and…

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it will impose fines totaling more than $1.8 billion against six major banking organizations for their unsafe and unsound practices in…

More than $360,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Story City, Ankeny

DES MOINES – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $366,917 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to an aquatic center in Story City and a park project in Ankeny. The…

One thousand new jobs coming to Sioux City

One thousand new jobs coming to Sioux City

SIOUX CITY – Governor Terry Branstad today announced a new pork processing plant coming to Sioux City that will employ over 1,000 people. “Over 1,000 jobs coming to Sioux City…

Factory employment in Iowa rises in 2015

Factory employment in Iowa rises in 2015

Manufacturing employment increased in Iowa for a fourth straight year, reports the 2015 Iowa Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory. According to data collected by MNI, Iowa manufacturers added…

Winnebago plans more hiring, this time in Indiana

Winnebago plans more hiring, this time in Indiana

FOREST CITY – Not long after announcing a plan to expand to Waverly, Iowa, Winnebago Industries announced Tuesday that its subsidiary would hire up to 150 more people in Northern…

Charles City businesses recognized by state economic development agency

Charles City businesses recognized by state economic development agency

DES MOINES – Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (Iowa Events Center)…

Winnebago announces new director of purchasing

Winnebago announces new director of purchasing

FOREST CITY – Winnebago today announced Trisha Hammer as the Company’s Director of Purchasing, and she will be re-locating to North Iowa from Lakeville, MN. Hammer has more than 15…

Iowa crop and weather report

Iowa crop and weather report

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released…

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

MASON CITY – Area high school students have the chance to take advantage of an adventurous and potentially profitable opportunity this summer. Applications for North Iowa Area Community College’s John…

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in March from 4.1 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The…

Winnebago promotes Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager

Winnebago promotes Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced the promotion of Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager. In his new position, Honsey is responsible for assembly operations including Chassis…

Tours of Winnebago plant offered

Tours of Winnebago plant offered

FOREST CITY – More than 10,000 visitors come to Forest City, Iowa, each year to get the inside story of one of America’s most iconic brands – Winnebago®. Come see…

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the latest investment by tech giant Google, which is set to make an additional $1 billion…

USDA confirms bird flu in Minnesota turkey flocks

USDA confirms bird flu in Minnesota turkey flocks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in an…

Feds target ruthless debt collectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced on April 8 that it has filed a lawsuit against the ringleaders of a robo-call phantom debt collection operation, their…

Winnebago announces new multi-million dollar e-coat process

Winnebago announces new multi-million dollar e-coat process

FOREST CITY – Winnebago has announced the installation of a $7 million state-of-the-art electro-deposition (e-coat) paint system in the Company’s motorhome chassis prep facility in Forest City. Winnebago is one…