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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…

Spencer chiropractor to pay $62K for improperly billing Medicaid

Spencer chiropractor to pay $62K for improperly billing Medicaid

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Free Start Smart Workshops to be offered in Charles City and Mason City

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are offering two free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a…

Volkswagen in big trouble for lying about emissions

NIT – Volkswagen undertook a serious effort to lie about the emissions from its vehicles, it was revealed this week, and could face billions in repercussions. Its CEO, Dr. Martin…

New consumer finance experts appointed to consumer protection board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the appointment of new consumer finance experts from outside the federal government to the Consumer Advisory Board, Community…

Board of Regents approve tuition increase

Board of Regents approve tuition increase

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director assures realtors his agency is “here to work with you”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director assures realtors his agency is “here to work with you”

Prepared Remarks of Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the National Association of Realtors: Washington, D.C. September 17, 2015 Thank you for inviting me today. That renowned philosopher…

Indian Motorcycle of Mason City to celebrate grand opening Sept. 26

Indian Motorcycle of Mason City to celebrate grand opening Sept. 26

MASON CITY, IOWA — Indian Motorcycle of Mason City, an affiliate of Mason City Powersports, has opened for business at 12499 265th Street in Mason City. Serving northern Iowa and…

NIACC to mark Manufacturing Day on October 1

NIACC to mark Manufacturing Day on October 1

MASON CITY – In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will open its doors on October 1st to area high school students and hundreds of…

Winnebago announces departure of Robert J. Olson as CEO

Winnebago announces departure of Robert J. Olson as CEO

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced this week that Robert J. Olson notified the Board of Directors that, effective September 24, 2015, he will be stepping down as…

Chop and Eleven close for good

Chop and Eleven close for good

MASON CITY – The downtown Mason City establishment Chop Restaurant and Eleven Bar has closed permanently, NIT has learned. Owner George Barlas confirmed the closing this afternoon. “I did close…

Labor Day picnic planned for September 7 in Mason City

Labor Day picnic planned for September 7 in Mason City

MASON CITY – Supporters of working persons and the general public are invited to a Labor Day Picnic on September 7 in Mason City. President of the North Iowa Nine…

Governor announces broadband expansion to nearly 90,000 homes across Iowa

Governor announces broadband expansion to nearly 90,000 homes across Iowa

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today were joined at the administration’s weekly press conference by leaders from CenturyLink, Windstream, Frontier and Consolidated…

The “Clear Lake Breezer” is Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail”

The “Clear Lake Breezer” is Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail”

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake’s “signature cocktail” was chosen Thursday evening at an event held at the Surf Ballroom. The “Hamptons of Mason City” – as those in attendance gleefully…