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Monthly activity report for Mason City from City Administrator Aaron Burnett

Monthly activity report for Mason City from City Administrator Aaron Burnett

MASO CITY – City Administrator Aaron Burnett will present this update to the city council at tonight’s Mason City council meeting: The Mason City Arena officially opened with 2 near…

Rep. Steckman proposes bills on hog confinements, e-cigarettes and more

Rep. Steckman proposes bills on hog confinements, e-cigarettes and more

The following is a legislative update released Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: The second session…

Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham to seek second term in office

Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham to seek second term in office

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Tim Latham will seek a second term in office, he announced this week. According to a statement: “I would like to announce that…

News update from Iowa Democrats, January 17, 2019

News update from Iowa Democrats, January 17, 2019

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats: 2020 Legislative Session Starts with Focus on Iowans This week the 2020 Legislative Session began and lawmakers pledged to work together…

USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals last week that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of…

Clear Lake house fire forces evacuation, causes major damage to structure

Clear Lake house fire forces evacuation, causes major damage to structure

CLEAR LAKE – A house fire Sunday in Clear Lake forced the occupants to evacuate and major damage to the structure. The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a…

Rep. Upmeyer: Eighty-Eighth General Assembly convened on Monday, January 13th

Rep. Upmeyer: Eighty-Eighth General Assembly convened on Monday, January 13th

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: The second half of the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly convened on Monday,…

Senator Ragan: Let’s make Iowa a more welcoming place

Senator Ragan: Let’s make Iowa a more welcoming place

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: We kicked off the 2020 legislative session on Monday. I hope we…

Non-partisan federal agency says Trump broke law by withholding Ukraine military aid

Non-partisan federal agency says Trump broke law by withholding Ukraine military aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A non-partisan federal agency says President Donald Trump broke the law by withholding Ukraine military aid last year as part of allegations of a quid pro quo to…

Peter Children Opinion:  Trump has emboldened those with marginal mental capacities

Peter Children Opinion:  Trump has emboldened those with marginal mental capacities

The internet and the airwaves are dominated by rhetoric surrounding anti- Semitism across the country. Placed an increase of 17% statistically. This is Sufficient cause for alarm especially in smaller…

Three new firefighters sworn in for Mason City Fire Department

Three new firefighters sworn in for Mason City Fire Department

MASON CITY – Three new firefighters were sworn in this week for the Mason City Fire Department. On Tuesday, January 14, the Mason City Fire Department (MCFD) hosted a swearing-in…

City of Mason City expense report for January 16, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for January 16, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/16/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 308.69 ACTIVE911 INC INVESTIGATION FUND 15.99 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 7,342.08 ALTEC INDUSTRIES INC…

Ben Arentson promoted to General Manager at POET Biorefinin

HANLONTOWN, IA — Ben Arentson has been promoted to General Manager at POET Biorefining—Hanlontown in Hanlontown, Iowa. Arentson started his career at POET in 2014 as the Quality Manager at…

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation grant application available

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation grant application available

CEDAR FALLS – Grant applications can now be submitted to the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation’s 2020 grant cycle. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. April 1, 2020.…

Four juveniles charges after riot at Northern Iowa youth facility

Four juveniles charges after riot at Northern Iowa youth facility

EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – Four juveniles were charged and six were hurt after an apparent riot recently at a Northern Iowa youth facility. Six people were treated for injuries and…

President Trump signs Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China, Iowa leaders thrilled

President Trump signs Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China, Iowa leaders thrilled

DES MOINES – President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China Wednesday, and several top Iowa political leaders were thrilled with the outcome. “One of the greatest trade deals…

Iowa Governor Reynolds delivers Condition of the State

Iowa Governor Reynolds delivers Condition of the State

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds delivered her Condition of the State Address Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lieutenant Governor,…

Chris Watts announces he will seek re-election to Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, District 3

Chris Watts announces he will seek re-election to Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, District 3

MASON CITY – Chris Watts has announced he will seek re-election to Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, District 3. Chris Watts was first elected to the Board of Supervisors…

Two people hospitalized after Tuesday morning auto accident near Thornton

Two people hospitalized after Tuesday morning auto accident near Thornton

THORNTON, IOWA – Two people were hospitalized after a Tuesday morning auto accident near Thornton. On January 14, 2020 at 7:29 AM, an accident occurred at the intersection of 150th…

Iowa DNR investigating after man shoots himself while chasing coyote

Iowa DNR investigating after man shoots himself while chasing coyote

BENTON COUNTY – An Iowa man was injured and an investigation is underway after he shot himself while chasing a coyote. On January 11, 2020, at approximately 12:21 PM, a…

Lime Creek Nature Center’s Annual Winter Festival will be held on Saturday

Lime Creek Nature Center’s Annual Winter Festival will be held on Saturday

MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center’s Annual Winter Festival will be held on Saturday, January 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the nature center. Beat the winter blahs with…

Iowa Voices applauds Attorney General Tom Miller for protecting Iowans’ health care

Iowa Voices applauds Attorney General Tom Miller for protecting Iowans’ health care

DES MOINES — Friday afternoon was the deadline for Republican attorneys general seeking to overturn the health care law to respond to the Supreme Court as to whether the court…

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins announces resignation

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins announces resignation

DES MOINES – Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins today announced his resignation from the court. Wiggins, age 69, will retire March 13 on March, leaving to vacancies on the…

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 9, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Jan. 9, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/9/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE5 60.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 2,566.56 ADORAMAEQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 3,050.10 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Iowa Utilities Board demands Alliant Energy refund $7.5 million to customers while approving rate increase

Iowa Utilities Board demands Alliant Energy refund $7.5 million to customers while approving rate increase

DES MOINES – The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) issued its final decision order in docket RPU-2019-0001 regarding a request from Alliant Energy/Interstate Power and Light Company (Alliant) to increase Iowa retail…

Shannon Latham announces run for Iowa House

Shannon Latham announces run for Iowa House

SHEFFIELD – Shannon Latham, a Republican from Sheffield, announces she will run for Iowa House District 54 now that Speaker Linda Upmeyer will not seek re-election. “Speaker Upmeyer has served…

Iowa leaders, including Mason City councilman Paul Adams, endorse Pete Buttigieg for President

Iowa leaders, including Mason City councilman Paul Adams, endorse Pete Buttigieg for President

DES MOINES – Today, Democratic elected officials and activists from across Iowa endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president. The endorsements come as Pete Buttigieg prepares to make his twenty-second trip to…

Clear Lake City Councilman Bennett Smith announces his candidacy for the Iowa Legislature

Clear Lake City Councilman Bennett Smith announces his candidacy for the Iowa Legislature

CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake City Councilman Bennett Smith announced his candidacy for the Iowa Legislature Wednesday: “I would like to take this opportunity to announce my decision to run…

Iowa’s Hawki health insurance program celebrates 20 Years

Iowa’s Hawki health insurance program celebrates 20 Years

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds recently joined the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) in celebrating 20 years of the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawki) program. Hawki…

Katie Wold recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center December Entrepreneur of the Month

Katie Wold recognized as NIACC Pappajohn Center December Entrepreneur of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Katie Wold of Three on the Tree as the December 2019…

Opinion: What is sugar?

Opinion: What is sugar?

Sugar reminds me of the movie “Catch Me If You Can”. It goes by many different names and comes in many different forms. One common myth about sugar is that…

Former Senator John Kerry to visit Mason City in support of Joe Biden

Former Senator John Kerry to visit Mason City in support of Joe Biden

MASON CITY – Former Senator John Kerry will visit Mason City on Thursday, January 9. The “community event” will be held in the Biden for President Field Office, located at…

Nora Springs to receive state grant to help build wastewater treatment facility

Nora Springs to receive state grant to help build wastewater treatment facility

NORA SPRINGS – Nora Springs will receive a state grant to help build a new wastewater treatment facility. A grant of $150,000 from the from Iowa Wastewater and Drinking Water…

City of Mason City expense report for January 2, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for January 2, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 1/2/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 18.00 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES & LAUNDRY 451.92 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E SUPPLIES 24.04…

DNR warns again of deteriorating ice conditions in Iowa after another incident

DNR warns again of deteriorating ice conditions in Iowa after another incident

LEHIGH, IOWA – The DNR is again reminding Iowans of deteriorating ice conditions after another extremely dangerous situation took place at Brushy Creek Lake on January 2, 2020. The DNR…

Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Mason City

Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Mason City

MASON CITY – Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally in Mason City on Saturday, January 4, 2019. The rally was held in the Music Man…

Iowa Attorney General joins coalition asking Supreme Court to review ACA repeal case 

Iowa Attorney General joins coalition asking Supreme Court to review ACA repeal case 

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined a coalition of 20 states and Washington, D.C., in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The states’…

Minnesota woman wins $10,000 prize on ticket received at her family’s Clear Lake holiday gathering

Minnesota woman wins $10,000 prize on ticket received at her family’s Clear Lake holiday gathering

CLEAR LAKE — A Minnesota woman has claimed a $10,000 prize on a lottery scratch ticket from her family’s Christmas gathering in northern Iowa. Stephanie Charpentier of Rosemount, Minn., said…

President Trump obliterates top Iran general, puts U.S. on brink of escalated war in Middle East

President Trump obliterates top Iran general, puts U.S. on brink of escalated war in Middle East

IRAQ – President Trump ordered the bombing of the top Iran general, who was responsible for countless American deaths, sparking a possible severe backlash from the U.S. enemy nation. Friday…

Police investigating vandalism against Jodi Huisentruit billboard in Mason City

Police investigating vandalism against Jodi Huisentruit billboard in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City are investigating after a billboard seeking clues in the disappearance of news anchor Jodi Huisentruit was vandalized this week. The billboard is located…

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