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83 additional COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in Iowa; state taking all measures to protect at-risk population

83 additional COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in Iowa; state taking all measures to protect at-risk population

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 83 additional positive cases for a total of 868 positive cases. There have been an additional…

City of Mason City expense report for April 2, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for April 2, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/2/2020 Payee – Description – Amount —————————————— ACTIVE NETWORK LLC OTHER SUPPLIES 15,708.28 ADAMS SHARPENING REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 90.40 ADAMS, JENNIFER E REFUND 18.22…

Iowa courts detail latest preparations to minimize impact of coronavirus, yet serve public

Iowa courts detail latest preparations to minimize impact of coronavirus, yet serve public

DES MOINES – Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Christensen signed a supervisory order on Aril 2, 2020, detailing preparations aimed at minimizing coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the services the judicial branch provides…

Iowa receives $44 million for reimbursement of COVID-19 response costs

Iowa receives $44 million for reimbursement of COVID-19 response costs

DES MOINES – Today Gov. Kim Reynolds received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that more than $44 million has been obligated to the State of Iowa for…

Grassley demands answers from Trump after President fires Inspector General

Grassley demands answers from Trump after President fires Inspector General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today demanded answers from Donald Trump after the President terminated of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. “Inspectors general play a critical…

Todd Blodgett Opinion: WILL CORONAVIRUS RE-ELECT TRUMP?

Todd Blodgett Opinion: WILL CORONAVIRUS RE-ELECT TRUMP?

Until mid-March, Donald Trump looked nearly unbeatable to most astute political observers. The US economy was roaring and America was at peace. No President seeking re-election under such favorable circumstances…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Matthew McDermott to the IA Supreme Court

Gov. Reynolds appoints Matthew McDermott to the IA Supreme Court

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Matthew McDermott as a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. “Matt is a talented, smart, and astute lawyer with deep…

Senator Amanda Ragan reminds citizens to stay home to slow spread of virus

Senator Amanda Ragan reminds citizens to stay home to slow spread of virus

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be at the top of everyone’s mind.…

After second week of record jobless claims, Iowans question why Senators Ernst and Grassley voted to limit unemployment benefits

After second week of record jobless claims, Iowans question why Senators Ernst and Grassley voted to limit unemployment benefits

DES MOINES, IA — Iowa Forward Executive Director Emily Holley released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported a second week of record jobless claims this morning:…

Iowa Attorney General Miller unveils new price-gouging complaint form  

Iowa Attorney General Miller unveils new price-gouging complaint form  

DES MOINES ― Attorney General Tom Miller’s office has created a new form for consumers to report price gouging, as the number of reports continues to rise during the COVID-19…

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…

Leading Iowa Democrats Petersen and Prichard call on Governor Kim Reynolds to issue statewide Stay-at-Home order

Leading Iowa Democrats Petersen and Prichard call on Governor Kim Reynolds to issue statewide Stay-at-Home order

DES MOINES – Leading Iowa Democrats Janet Petersen and Todd Prichard are calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide Stay-at-Home order. The legislators sent Reynolds a letter today,…

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…

Iowa advocacy group points out that Senator Joni Ernst took credit for paid sick leave in Coronavirus stimulus after voting to strike it from bill

Iowa advocacy group points out that Senator Joni Ernst took credit for paid sick leave in Coronavirus stimulus after voting to strike it from bill

DES MOINES – An Iowa advocacy group has rightly pointed out that Senator Joni Ernst is taking credit for paid sick leave for workers that was included in the Coronavirus…

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…

Iowa 1st District Congresswoman Finkenauer asks Governor Reynolds to issue statewide ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

Iowa 1st District Congresswoman Finkenauer asks Governor Reynolds to issue statewide ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognizing the governor’s efforts regarding the outbreak of coronavirus in the state and urging consideration of…

President Donald J. Trump signs CARES Act; Read FAQ about rebates and more

President Donald J. Trump signs CARES Act; Read FAQ about rebates and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump signed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act gives rebates to millions of Americans, loans and grants…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer offers COVID-19 response 

Rep. Linda Upmeyer offers COVID-19 response 

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: I know this is a hard time for everyone, and I…

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…

Absentee voting and planning for Primary Election in response to COVID-19

Absentee voting and planning for Primary Election in response to COVID-19

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Adam Wedmore is encouraging those wishing to vote in the June 2 Primary Election to vote absentee by mail…

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 signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

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

DES MOINES –   Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional…

Rep. Upmeyer: COVID-19 Interrupts Life As We Know It

Rep. Upmeyer: COVID-19 Interrupts Life As We Know It

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: As you know by now, the Iowa Legislature suspended session late…

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…

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…

Chris Watts makes it official; submits paperwork for re-election to Board of Supervisors

Chris Watts makes it official; submits paperwork for re-election to Board of Supervisors

MASON CITY – Chris Watts will seek re-election to the Cerro Gordo county Board of Supervisors, and has been busy collecting signatures for his petitions. Watts, a Republican who was…

Todd Blodgett Opinion: GAFFE-PRONE BIDEN’S INCURABLE PROBLEM

Todd Blodgett Opinion: GAFFE-PRONE BIDEN’S INCURABLE PROBLEM

In August of 2019, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Joe Biden, “So, to gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns?” …

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…

Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being

Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being

MASON CITY – Rep. Sharon Steckman plans to work from home for time being, she said in a statement today: As you have probably heard, the legislative session has been…

Report claims that  pandemic shows Affordable Care Act more critical than ever for Iowans 

Report claims that  pandemic shows Affordable Care Act more critical than ever for Iowans 

DES MOINES — As the country grapples with a growing coronavirus pandemic, Iowa Voices – an organization focused on the voting record of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst – released a…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation expanding roles for physician assistants

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation expanding roles for physician assistants

DES MOINES– Today Gov. Reynolds signed SF 2357, a bill which expands the roles of physician assistants in Iowa, enabling them to better serve patients. “Enabling physician assistants to better…

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon 

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon 

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of nine additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 38 positive cases. According…

Iowa Supreme Court allows new court procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19

Iowa Supreme Court allows new court procedures to slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19

DES MOINES – Following Governor Reynolds’s State of Public Health Emergency Declaration earlier today, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order permitting new ways to access courts to prevent the spread…

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