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Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States.  Effective immediately, the United States will begin…

Greed and drama in the courthouse? Former board member says don’t trust Cerro Gordo officials

Greed and drama in the courthouse?  Former board member says don’t trust Cerro Gordo officials

MASON CITY – A retired military serviceman residing in Mason City who was appointed to a county board that advises on salaries and pay rates for county servants was quickly…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the federal Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms in U.S. election meddling and use…

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for December 11, 2018 Download the PDF file .…

Governor Reynolds to visit Manly elementary school this week

Governor Reynolds to visit Manly elementary school this week

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds is planning to visit a Manly elementary school this week. Reynolds’ trip will to North Iowa will be Wednesday, December 19, beginning in Manson,…

City of Mason City expense report, December 13, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, December 13, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/13/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 323.99 ADAMS SHARPENING M/E SUPPLIES 28.50 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 260.00 ALPHA…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Kathleen Law to State Judicial Nominating Commission

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday announced her appointment of Kathleen Law to serve as an appointed member of the State Judicial Nominating Commission. Law fills a vacancy…

King: Farm Bill passage is a victory for Iowa agriculture and biofuels

King: Farm Bill passage is a victory for Iowa agriculture and biofuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill conference report Wednesday and the bill now goes to the president’s desk for his signature. Congressman Steve King,…

Gov. Reynolds announces more Iowans on track for success in postsecondary education, training

Gov. Reynolds announces more Iowans on track for success in postsecondary education, training

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg on Wednesday announced that fewer Iowa high school graduates are taking remedial coursework during their first year at Iowa’s…

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 6, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Dec. 6, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 12/6/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— —————— AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,315.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 3,351.92 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 137,089.76 ARAMARK…

Gov. Reynolds names 16 members to first Governor’s Teachers Cabinet

Gov. Reynolds names 16 members to first Governor’s Teachers Cabinet

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Tuesday the names of all 16 members of her first Governor’s Teachers Cabinet, which is being convened to give teachers a more…

Senator Ragan looks to move Iowa forward through bipartisan work in legislative committees

Senator Ragan looks to move Iowa forward through bipartisan work in legislative committees

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City will help shape the work of the 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature through participation on several Iowa Senate committees.…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: On January 14, 2019 the Iowa legislature will be sworn in and go to work in Des Moines. Medicaid Audit Incomplete;…

Iowa Corrections Director Jerry Bartruff announces retirement

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Corrections Director Jerry Bartruff announced his retirement Monday. His last day at the department will be Thursday, December 27, 2018. “On behalf of all…

FEMA denies Gov. Reynolds’ appeal for disaster assistance in Winnebago, other counties

FEMA denies Gov. Reynolds’ appeal for disaster assistance in Winnebago, other counties

DES MOINES – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office that the governor’s appeal for disaster assistance for flood victims in Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk and Winnebago…

Iowa Governor Reynolds to make two stops in North Iowa this week

Iowa Governor Reynolds to make two stops in North Iowa this week

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will make two stops in North Iowa this week. On Thursday, December 13 at 11:30 AM, Gov. Reynolds & Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg…

Iowa Attorney General Miller joins  in fight against robocalls

Iowa Attorney General Miller joins  in fight against robocalls

DES MOINES – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced that he has joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general in 38 states and the District of Columbia to stop or reduce…

Waukee school district accused of spending tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements”

Waukee school district accused of spending tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements”

DES MOINES – A school district in the suburbs of Des Moines is accused of blowing tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements” like fancy lounge chairs for the Superintendent’s office…

Mason City school board to meet and plan new gym and swimming pool, possible pay raises for administrators

Mason City school board to meet and plan new gym and swimming pool, possible pay raises for administrators

MASON CITY – A school board meeting is planned for Monday evening gin Mason City, where the panel evidently will plan a new gym and swimming pool. The Mason City…

U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada announced

U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has reached an agreement with Mexico and Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free…

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appointed to GOP Governor’s Association Executive Committee for 2019

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appointed to GOP Governor’s Association Executive Committee for 2019

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was elected to serve as the RGA Chairman for 2019. Additionally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott…

Governor Reynolds responds to EPA Renewable Volume (RVO) announcement

Governor Reynolds responds to EPA Renewable Volume (RVO) announcement

DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2019. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 29, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 29, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/29/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 45.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL CHEMICALS 125.00 ALL STAR…

Senator Amanda Ragan preparing list of “constituent priorities”

Senator Amanda Ragan preparing list of “constituent priorities”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: What are your top 3 priorities for 2019? As another year comes…

Iowa’s Auditor says state saved $126 million after privatizing Medicaid

Iowa’s Auditor says state saved $126 million after privatizing Medicaid

DES MOINES – State Auditor Mary Mosiman on Monday released a report on a review of Medicaid savings estimates as a result of the Iowa Department of Human Services (Department)…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 21, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 21, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/21/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE AUTO INSURANCE FT & EC 164.84 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 83.56 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL BUILDING…

Mason City council to consider new ordinance dealing with sale of fireworks

Mason City council to consider new ordinance dealing with sale of fireworks

MASON CITY – After a wild, noisy and potentially dangerous Fourth of July holiday in Mason City in which pets and residents were essentially terrorized by out-of-control exploding of fireworks…

Mason City to bring back Gatehouse to build hotel

Mason City to bring back Gatehouse to build hotel

MASON CITY – America is the land of second chances, and nowhere is that monicker more firmly displayed than Mason City, Iowa, where the City Council will consider giving Gatehouse…

Democrats Warren, Speier and O’Rourke question Defense Secretary Mattis on deployment of military personnel to border

Democrats Warren, Speier and O’Rourke question Defense Secretary Mattis on deployment of military personnel to border

WASHINGTON, DC – Some top Democratic politicians are concerned by a report that claims deployment of over 5,000 soldiers to the U.S.-Mexican border is an “Expensive Waste of Time…and Morale…

Steckman selected to Iowa House leadership post

Steckman selected to Iowa House leadership post

DES MOINES – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City has been selected by her colleagues to serve as an Assistant Minority Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives for…

Cerro Gordo County claims for November 13, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for November 13, 2018

Cerro Gordo County claims for November 13, 2018: Download the PDF file .…

Grassley says he will opt for Chairmanship of Senate Finance Committee, leave Judiciary Committee

Grassley says he will opt for Chairmanship of Senate Finance Committee, leave Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today announced that he will opt to serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance during the 116th Congress when committees are…

Iowa Supreme Court Justice announces retirement

Iowa Supreme Court Justice announces retirement

DES MOINES – An Iowa Supreme Court Justice announced his retirement last week. Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, Sloan, announced his intention to resign from the supreme court December…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 15, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 15, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/15/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————– ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL BUILDING REPAIRS AND MAINTEN 1,060.26 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 172.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC…

Republicans irked that Shannon Latham puts up good fight versus Amanda Ragan but predictably lost

Republicans irked that Shannon Latham puts up good fight versus Amanda Ragan but predictably lost

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan’s closest brush with defeat has left many north Iowans shocked, with more than a few Republicans irked at the defeated GOP nominee –…

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s arch-rivals Russia and China are closing the military gap and could challenge or even defeat the U.S. in a war, a new report for Congress warns.…

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate Republican majority of the upcoming 116th Congress unanimously nominated Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who was first elected to serve Iowans in the U.S. Senate…

Ragan re-elected Whip for Senate Democrats in Legislature

Ragan re-elected Whip for Senate Democrats in Legislature

DES MOINES – State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City will continue to help lead the Iowa Legislature over the next two years. Senator Ragan was re-elected Whip by the…

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 1, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, Nov. 1, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 11/1/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 315.42 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 745.00 AHLERS…

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds congratulated two Home Base Iowa businesses on Friday after they were selected to receive 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration awards. The U.S. Department…