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Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

Sen. Ragan: Privatized Medicaid is increasingly unaffordable

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will continue. The state has signed contracts with…

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, July 18, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/18/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 4IMPRINT COMMUNITY POLICING 354.19 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 124.90 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 300.00 AMES…

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

Iowa school districts will expand computer science after state appropriation

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds announced a total of 23 Iowa school districts – including Clear Lake and Mason City – will be able to bolster their computer science teacher…

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

Nancy Pelosi furious over Trump’s “cruel, illegal asylum restrictions”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration announced new restrictions on illegal aliens traveling to the Southern border of the United States, and liberal Senator Nancy Pelosi is furious over the…

Albert Lea man takes shotgun back to work after he was fired

Albert Lea man takes shotgun back to work after he was fired

ALBERT LEA, MN — An Albert Lea man was fired from his job and evidently returned to the scene with a shotgun to find his supervisor. On Tuesday, July 16,…

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has won a $10,000 lottery prize. Terry Williams claimed the first of 10 prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Jewel Game…

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

Former state official awarded $1.5 million after Branstad discrimination

NEWTON – A gay, former state official who sued former Governor Terry Branstad in court for discrimination after Branstad slashed his salary has won $1.5 million from a jury in…

Two hurt in Charles City auto accident; Riceville man cited after blowing through stop sign

Two hurt in Charles City auto accident; Riceville man cited after blowing through stop sign

CHARLES CITY – Two people were hurt in a Charles City auto accident and a Riceville man was cited after blowing through a stop sign. The accident took place on…

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa this month

DES MOINES — Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Iowa for stops next Saturday and Sunday in Council Bluffs, Afton, Nevada, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, and Davenport. Earlier this month, Sanders…

Iowa breaks record for new business filings for fourth consecutive year

Iowa breaks record for new business filings for fourth consecutive year

DES MOINES – Secretary of State Paul Pate announces Iowans set a record for most new business filings in a single year, for the fourth year in a row. During…

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

Congressman Steve King to hold town halls in Ames and Harlan

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King announces that he will be hosting two town hall meetings on Friday, July 19. Both town halls are open to the public and to the…

“Blue Ribbon” North Iowa Fair is back, management proclaims

“Blue Ribbon” North Iowa Fair is back, management proclaims

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Fair Association Board of Directors, staff and volunteers cordially invite the public to explore “New Heights” at the 2019 North Iowa Fair, returning to…

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

House passes King Amendment targeting China’s abusive surveillance state

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve King releases these remarks following House passage of an amendment he offered to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the Department of Defense…

Iowa gets first reported case of West Nile Virus Infection of 2019

Iowa gets first reported case of West Nile Virus Infection of 2019

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first case of West Nile virus infection reported in 2019, an older adult (aged 61 years to…

Iowa man shot and killed, state investigating

Iowa man shot and killed, state investigating

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Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

Tennessee Governor signs proclamation for Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week signed a proclamation declaring today “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” honoring the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Reportedly, Lee…

R&B singer ‘R. Kelly’ nabbed by feds in Chicago, charged with racketeering, coercing and transporting minor girls to engage in sex

R&B singer ‘R. Kelly’ nabbed by feds in Chicago, charged with racketeering, coercing and transporting minor girls to engage in sex

NEW YORK — Robert Sylvester Kelly, AKA “R. Kelly,” was arrested in Chicago Thursday night following an investigation by the joint Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York and New York…

Iowa Athletics earns top 10 rating

Iowa Athletics earns top 10 rating

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa overall athletics program ranked seventh-best nationally for 2018-19 in the Best in College Sports Award Rankings published by CBS Sports. CBS Sports tweaked…

Three people found dead in Bancroft

Three people found dead in Bancroft

BANCROFT, IOWA – Three people have been found dead in Bancroft and an investigation is underway. On July 12th, 2019 at about 8:13 am, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received…

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 11, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/11/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CONCESSION SUPPLIES 576.05 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 861.70 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 155.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC…

Iowa grandfather convicted of sex abuse of child; mother allegedly knew of abuse for 2 years

Iowa grandfather convicted of sex abuse of child; mother allegedly knew of abuse for 2 years

HOSPERS, IOWA – An Iowa grandfather has been convicted by a jury of sex abuse of a child and the mother of the victim allegedly knew of the abuse for…

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

President Trump gives up census question on citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump gave up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. President Trump and the Justice Department lost in court in their quest to…

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation doles out $117,000 to local organizations

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation doles out $117,000 to local organizations

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation (CGCCF) held its 2019 grant awards ceremony at the North Iowa Events Center on July 10, announcing the distribution of $117,358.50…

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

DES MOINES – A wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise, as described by Iowa union leaders, was undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines. According to AFSCME 61, Des Moines…

Garage fire extinguished in Charles City

Garage fire extinguished in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – A garage fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday in Charles City. The Charles City Fire Department (CCFD) responded to a 911 report of a garage on fire at…

Man with long criminal history caught with drug related items in Charles City

Man with long criminal history caught with drug related items in Charles City

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Construction underway on new Kwik Star convenience store in Mason City.

Construction underway on new Kwik Star convenience store in Mason City.

MASON CITY – Construction has started on a new Kwik Star convenience store and gas station in Mason City. Demolition of the Wooze’s Car Wash, which operated for decades at…

Webster City doctor pleads guilty to making false statements about Medicare claims

Webster City doctor pleads guilty to making false statements about Medicare claims

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Webster City doctor who made false statements to the United States Attorney’s Office about Medicare claims that the doctor had billed for his nursing home patients…

Grassley-led bipartisan IRS reform bill becomes law

Grassley-led bipartisan IRS reform bill becomes law

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statement on the Taxpayer First Act becoming law. “This bipartisan, bicameral bill represents years of hard work and…

Lumber yard burns in Greene

Lumber yard burns in Greene

GREENE, IOWA – A lumber yard burned down in Greene on Monday. The Greene Lumber Company at 208 East Traer Street suffered a catastrophic fire Monday morning, July 8. Local…

Best in Show Award Winner featured in exhibition opening at MacNider Art Museum

Best in Show Award Winner featured in exhibition opening at MacNider Art Museum

MASON CITY – A Best in Show Award Winner’s art will be featured in an exhibition opening at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. Larry Gregson, of Mason City, was…

NIACC Pappajohn Center announces Entrepreneur Gala in October

NIACC Pappajohn Center announces Entrepreneur Gala in October

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host the NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala celebrates the entrepreneurs and…

Remains of missing man found in pond at Plymouth campground

Remains of missing man found in pond at Plymouth campground

PLYMOUTH, IOWA – The remains of a missing man were found in a pond at a campground in Plymouth Friday evening, authorities say. On July 5th, 2019 at 6:12 PM,…

City of Mason City expense report for July 3, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for July 3, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 7/3/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 210.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 1,098.09 ACCO OTHER SUPPLIES 2,428.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY…

North Dakota man charged with boating while intoxicated at Clear Lake

North Dakota man charged with boating while intoxicated at Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – A North Dakota man has been charged with boating while intoxicated at Clear Lake after a collision on the body of water. On July 4, 2019 at…

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship receives $1.15 million grant from EPA to fund Middle Cedar River wetland project

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship receives $1.15 million grant from EPA to fund Middle Cedar River wetland project

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 2, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has been selected for a $1.15 million…

Rep. Steckman reminds citizens of new Iowa laws now in effect as of July 1

Rep. Steckman reminds citizens of new Iowa laws now in effect as of July 1

DES MOINES – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City this week reminded Iowans about several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s…

DNR Conservation Officers on the lookout for intoxicated boat operators

DNR Conservation Officers on the lookout for intoxicated boat operators

DES MOINES – State, federal and local law enforcement agencies will be focusing on the boating while intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw…

Health Department teams with Mason City Chamber of Commerce for Annual Workplace Wellness Awards

Health Department teams with Mason City Chamber of Commerce for Annual Workplace Wellness Awards

MASON CITY –  The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and their Worksite Wellness Committee, is announcing the fourth annual…

FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities

FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds on Tuesday received word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits impacted by severe weather…

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