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Gov. Reynolds announces $5 million in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants as part of Rural Iowa Initiative

Gov. Reynolds announces $5 million in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants as part of Rural Iowa Initiative

DES MOINES — Gov. Reynolds announced today a new round of grants to expand broadband access. The $5 million dollars in additional broadband grants is the latest in a series…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/22/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AIKEY ENTERPRISES INC M/E REPAIRS 635.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 125.00 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Judge rules against Donald Trump in rape case

Judge rules against Donald Trump in rape case

NEW YORK – A Judge today has ruled against Donald Trump in a case in which a woman claims Trump raped her and then defamed her and the Department of…

Amy Coney Barrett elevated to U.S. Supreme Court by Senate

Amy Coney Barrett elevated to U.S. Supreme Court by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., will administer the Judicial…

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced this month. The…

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data this week to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

Nearly $4.4 million awarded to Iowa colleges and universities to expand student access to technology, increase internet connectivity 

Nearly $4.4 million awarded to Iowa colleges and universities to expand student access to technology, increase internet connectivity 

DES MOINES — The state of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education announced 43 Iowa colleges and universities have been awarded nearly $4.4 million to increase internet connectivity for…

J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both claim victory in only debate as both battle for Iowa’s fourth district seat in Congress

J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both claim victory in only debate as both battle for Iowa’s fourth district seat in Congress

DES MOINES — J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both want to represent Iowa in Congress from the fourth district and they finally had the only debate scheduled for the campaign…

Gallup Poll: 56% of U.S. voters say Trump does not deserve reelection

Gallup Poll: 56% of U.S. voters say Trump does not deserve reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Gallup poll says the majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does.…

Second Presidential debate to feature mute button

Second Presidential debate to feature mute button

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – An obvious solution to usher in a shred of dignity and coherence to the next Presidential debate – a mute button – will be employed Thursday when…

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

DES MOINES – An audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explicitly said, “this misuse of CARES Act Funds is not…

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

MASON CITY – A pair of dilapidated structures in Mason City are planned for demolition, City Hall says. The City has acquired 1450-1452 and 1454 North Federal Avenue, the dilapidated…

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Year-end data from the September 2020 Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government show that the deficit for FY 2020 was $3.1…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/15/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 415.40 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,038.50 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 15,085.79…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days.     The proclamation extends all the public health mitigation measures currently…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/8/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 280.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ADORAMASPECIAL GRANT 2,210.85 AHLERS AND COONEY PC LEGAL…

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shut down census

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shut down census

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow the Trump administration to end the 2020 census count early. The Supreme Court considered the Trump administration’s request to…

Iowa sets record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000

Iowa sets record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000

DES MOINES – Iowa has set a record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000, the state’s top election official says. Iowa Secretary or State Paul Pate reports that more…

Mason City sports bar faces charge of violating Governor’s Covid-19 proclamation

Mason City sports bar faces charge of violating Governor’s Covid-19 proclamation

DES MOINES – The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) announced that it has filed a hearing complaints on a Mason City businesses for violations of Governor Reynolds’ emergency public health…

Unexpected illness forces Johnson & Johnson to pause Covid-19 vaccine trial

Unexpected illness forces Johnson & Johnson to pause Covid-19 vaccine trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Johnson & Johnson announced they have temporarily paused further dosing in all their COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to…

Donald Trump coming to Iowa for Des Moines political rally

Donald Trump coming to Iowa for Des Moines political rally

DES MOINES – Donald Trump is coming to Iowa for a Des Moines political rally this Wednesday. Donald Trump plans to hold an in-person rally at 6:00 PM Wednesday, October…

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the launch of the new Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will provide eligible households with up to $2,000 towards electric, natural gas and…

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

CHARLES CITY – Residential water customers in Charles City who struggled to pay their bills got a reprieve from being shut off during the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to ravage…

Second Presidential debate set for October 15, but unclear if both candidates will participate

Second Presidential debate set for October 15, but unclear if both candidates will participate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to face off in a second Presidential debate in a virtual format, it was announced, but it is unclear if…

Todd Blodgett opinion: BIDEN: the Disney-Inspired, ‘OZ’ Candidate?

Todd Blodgett opinion: BIDEN: the Disney-Inspired, ‘OZ’ Candidate?

California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World feature robots of all US Presidents, which look, move, and sound exactly like their human counterparts.  This fall, the Democrats have somewhat replicated…

Law firm tells Mason City that vulgar, tasteless political signs are protected by First Amendment

Law firm tells Mason City that vulgar, tasteless political signs are protected by First Amendment

MASON CITY – A law firm sent a letter to the City of Mason City informing City officials that vulgar, tasteless, divisive and demeaning political signs are protected by the…

Department of Homeland Security Releases Homeland Threat Assessment

Department of Homeland Security Releases Homeland Threat Assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf released the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA). This first-of-its-kind report synthesizes threat information across DHS…

Cops say juveniles charged after Biden election signs stolen in Estherville

Cops say juveniles charged after Biden election signs stolen in Estherville

ESTHERVILLE, IOWA – Cops in Estherville say juveniles have been charged after Joe Biden election signs were stolen. Estherville police say an ongoing case regarding stolen Biden for President campaign…

City of Mason City expense report for October 1, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for October 1, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/1/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 3SI SECURITY SYSTEMS INC INVESTIGATION FUND 228.00 A & N OF RIVER CITY INC SALES TAX 636.75 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Mason City school board to meet Monday night

Mason City school board to meet Monday night

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District Board of Education will meet in a Committee of the Whole work/student session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020,…

USPS Postmaster DeJoy confirms additional resources to ensure successful delivery of election mail

USPS Postmaster DeJoy confirms additional resources to ensure successful delivery of election mail

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the ongoing preparations by the United States Postal Service for the November election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requested the issuance of an internal directive…

US economy adds 661,000 jobs, unemployment rate down to 7.9%

US economy adds 661,000 jobs, unemployment rate down to 7.9%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements…

Gov. Reynolds proclaims October as Healthiest State Month

Gov. Reynolds proclaims October as Healthiest State Month

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds has declared October as Healthiest State Month in a virtual proclamation signing. Iowans will join together all month to celebrate 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!…

President Donald Trump and First Lady infected with coronavirus

President Donald Trump and First Lady infected with coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have been infected with the dreaded Coronavirus, he admitted on social media today. “Tonight, @FLOTUS (First Lady Melania) and…

J.D. Scholten announces parking lot rallies in Webster City and Iowa Falls

J.D. Scholten announces parking lot rallies in Webster City and Iowa Falls

SIOUX CITY — J.D. Scholten, candidate for Iowa’s 4th congressional district, today announced parking lot rallies in Webster City on Thursday and Iowa Falls on Saturday. In addition to these…

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg to tour North Iowa communites

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg to tour North Iowa communites

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released an updated public schedule for the week of Monday, September 28, 2020 – Sunday, October 4, 2020.  The following…

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $305M 

Iowa budget closes with full cash reserves, surplus of $305M 

DES MOINES – The State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2020 with a balance of $305.5 million in its General Fund, the governor claims. “Fiscal responsibility has put the state of…

Commission on Presidential Debates promises changes to upcoming debates after Trump-Biden debacle

Commission on Presidential Debates promises changes to upcoming debates after Trump-Biden debacle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An ugly performance Tuesday night has prompted the Commission on Presidential Debates to promise changes in upcoming debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In a statement…

Iowa Attorney General reminds of rules and penalties at polling places

Iowa Attorney General reminds of rules and penalties at polling places

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Attorney General today reminded the public of rules and penalties at polling places as in-person voting launches on October 5. Tom Miller, Iowa’s Attorney General said…

Trump and Biden to debate tonight in Cleveland, Ohio

Trump and Biden to debate tonight in Cleveland, Ohio

CLEVELAND – President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will debate for the first time tonight in Cleveland, Ohio. The first presidential debate will be held on Tuesday,…

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