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Women’s College Basketball: No. 9 Iowa State rallies late for thrilling win at No. 25 KSU, 73-70

Women’s College Basketball: No. 9 Iowa State rallies late for thrilling win at No. 25 KSU, 73-70

AMES, Iowa – No. 9 Iowa State (15-1, 4-0 Big

OBIT: Dirk Uetz

OBIT: Dirk Uetz

Dirk Allen Uetz, 61, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022

City hall in Charles City closed to the public due to COVID surge

City hall in Charles City closed to the public due to COVID surge

CHARLES CITY – City hall in Charles City is immediately

Clarksville man nabbed for stealing from store

Clarksville man nabbed for stealing from store

CLARKSVILLE, IOWA – A Clarksville man was nabbed by cops

Iowa man shot while waiting in his car in parking lot; cops seek clues

Iowa man shot while waiting in his car in parking lot; cops seek clues

WASHINGTON, IOWA – An Iowa man was shot while waiting

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2022 Condition of the State: 4% flat tax, “X-rated” books in schools, Mason City downtown rehab, and more

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2022 Condition of the State: 4% flat tax, “X-rated” books in schools, Mason City downtown rehab, and more

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds delivered her 2022 Condition of the State Address

College Basketball: UNI rallies for overtime win over Sycamores, 80-74

College Basketball: UNI rallies for overtime win over Sycamores, 80-74

CEDAR FALLS – UNI men’s basketball overcame a 17-point second

OBIT: Donald “Don” Eugene Fischer

OBIT: Donald “Don” Eugene Fischer

Donald “Don” Fischer, 62, of Parkersburg, IA passed away on

OBIT: Judith “Deon” Stadtlander

OBIT: Judith “Deon” Stadtlander

Judith “Deon” Stadtlander, 88, formerly of Rockford, IA and Mason

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa State’s Ryan named Big 12 Player of the Week

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa State’s Ryan named Big 12 Player of the Week

AMES – Emily Ryan’s outstanding work leading No. 9 Iowa

Northern Iowa sex offender faces felony for living in unapproved location

Northern Iowa sex offender faces felony for living in unapproved location

FAYETTE COUNTY – A Northern Iowa sex offender is facing

OBIT: Jeanette A. “Hedy” Runde

OBIT: Jeanette A. “Hedy” Runde

Jeanette A. “Hedy” Runde, 90, of Mason City and longtime

OBIT: Shirley Kay Crooks

OBIT: Shirley Kay Crooks

Shirley K. Crooks, 84, of Mason City passed away peacefully

Todd Blodgett Opinion: Amateur Staffers Undermine Biden

Todd Blodgett Opinion: Amateur Staffers Undermine Biden

While Senator Joe Manchin’s refusal to support President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar

United States Mint begins shipping new quarters with “ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse” women, starting with Maya Angelou on them

United States Mint begins shipping new quarters with “ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse” women, starting with Maya Angelou on them

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) has begun shipping

OBIT: Bryan R. Ones

OBIT: Bryan R. Ones

Bryan R. Ones, 59, of Mason City, passed away on

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host annual reception on Jan. 22, 2022

Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City to host annual reception on Jan. 22, 2022

MASON CITY – Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City will

Northern Iowa sex offender accused of prowling in Charles City garage

Northern Iowa sex offender accused of prowling in Charles City garage

CHARLES CITY – A Northern Iowa sex offender was apprehended

Cops chase wanted Charles City man on bike, allegedly catch him with illegal drugs

Cops chase wanted Charles City man on bike, allegedly catch him with illegal drugs

CHARLES CITY – Cops chased a wanted Charles City man

Northern Iowa felon caught with drugs, gun and ammo faces up to 10 years in federal prison

Northern Iowa felon caught with drugs, gun and ammo faces up to 10 years in federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A Northern Iowa felon caught with drugs,

Locally-owned Prudent Produce acquires North Iowa Fresh

Locally-owned Prudent Produce acquires North Iowa Fresh

CLEAR LAKE – Prudent Produce announced today that they are

NFL Football: Vikings fire head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman

NFL Football: Vikings fire head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman

MINNEAPOLIS – After another lame season, the Minnesota Vikings announced

OBIT: Geraldine “Jerry” Spurbeck

OBIT: Geraldine “Jerry” Spurbeck

Geraldine “Jerry” Spurbeck, 88, of Waverly, formerly of Charles City,

Women’s College Basketball: No. 12 Iowa State defeats TCU, 78-47

Women’s College Basketball: No. 12 Iowa State defeats TCU, 78-47

AMES – No. 12 Iowa State (14-1, 3-0 Big 12)

OBIT: Julie A. Haugen

OBIT: Julie A. Haugen

Julie A. Haugen, 59, of Garner passed away Monday, December

OBIT: Mary L. Funke

OBIT: Mary L. Funke

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on

OBIT: Wilton “Wilt” Thomas

OBIT: Wilton “Wilt” Thomas

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of

College Basketball: UNI defeats Missouri State, 85-84

College Basketball: UNI defeats Missouri State, 85-84

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – UNI men’s basketball out-dueled the Missouri State

Officer assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary, then hospitalized

Officer assaulted at Iowa State Penitentiary, then hospitalized

FORT MADISON – On the evening of Friday, January 7,

Women’s College Basketball: UNI wins their first conference game, 58-54, over Loyola

Women’s College Basketball: UNI wins their first conference game, 58-54, over Loyola

CHICAGO, Illinois – The UNI women’s basketball team bounced back

College Wrestling: Top-ranked Hawkeyes steam past Boilermakers

College Wrestling: Top-ranked Hawkeyes steam past Boilermakers

IOWA CITY – A top-five victory by freshman Drake Ayala

College Wrestling: UNI falls to South Dakota State on the road, 27-13

College Wrestling: UNI falls to South Dakota State on the road, 27-13

BROOKINGS, S.D. – UNI wrestling’s Parker Keckeisen moved up a

Comedian Bob Saget dies at age 65

Comedian Bob Saget dies at age 65

ORLANDO, FL – Comedian Bob Saget has died at age

Iowa man guilty of selling meth at Boys and Girls Home, sent to prison for 70 months

Iowa man guilty of selling meth at Boys and Girls Home, sent to prison for 70 months

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa man who conspired to distribute

OBIT: George Leonard Marson

OBIT: George Leonard Marson

George Leonard Marson, 87, passed away on Tuesday, December 28,

OBIT: Melvin Knaack

OBIT: Melvin Knaack

Melvin Knaack of Gladbrook passed away after Thanksgiving and will

USDA sends additional $750 million to schools to feed kids

USDA sends additional $750 million to schools to feed kids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom

Park board members in Mason City will now be paid a yearly sum

Park board members in Mason City will now be paid a yearly sum

MASON CITY – Park board members in Mason City will

Artist talk to be held at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on Jan. 15, 2022

Artist talk to be held at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum on Jan. 15, 2022

MASON CITY – Join the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

OBIT: Sherrol A. Gatchell

OBIT: Sherrol A. Gatchell

Sherrol A. Gatchell, 57, of Garner passed away Saturday, January