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Senator Amanda Ragan speaks of recent bipartisan successes in legislature

Senator Amanda Ragan speaks of recent bipartisan successes in legislature

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: BIPARTSAN SUCCESSES Employment leave for adoptive parents is family friendly A family…

Mason City woman disputes charges brought by police after alleged dog attack

Mason City woman disputes charges brought by police after alleged dog attack

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman vehemently denies charges brought by police after a child suffered an injury caused by her dog. Tammy Starbuck of Mason City was recently…

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 12, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 12, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for March 12, 2019: CLAIMS March 12, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Aaron’s Snow Removal, plow/blade 125.00 1 Alliant Energy, utilities 20.48 1 CDW Government, Inc.,…

Hilton Coliseum concourse renovation worth $25 million clears regent committee

Hilton Coliseum concourse renovation worth $25 million clears regent committee

AMES – Iowa State’s venerable Hilton Coliseum will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation project to expand its concourses, add additional concession areas, replace aging mechanical systems and improve fan accessibility…

Rockwell man wins $30,000 lottery prize

Rockwell man wins $30,000 lottery prize

MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County man has won a $30,000 lottery prize. Stephen Leininger, 54, of Rockwell won the big prize playing the Iowa Lottery’s “$300,000 Platinum Cash”…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Improvements to School Infrastructure Passes House The Iowa House passed a bill this week to extend funding for school infrastructure improvements…

Cold, wet February brought more than 40 inches of snow to Northern Iowa

Cold, wet February brought more than 40 inches of snow to Northern Iowa

DES MOINES — More than 40 inches of snow fell in parts of northern Iowa in February, while temperatures fell as low as 20 degrees below zero, according to the…

United States Attorney’s Office and Sioux City Human Rights Commission to host forum on protecting places of worship

United States Attorney’s Office and Sioux City Human Rights Commission to host forum on protecting places of worship

SIOUX CITY, IA –United States Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. and the Sioux City Human Rights Commission will host a community forum focused on protecting places of worship. Leaders of…

Rep. Steckman: Some bills advance, others are “dead”

Rep. Steckman: Some bills advance, others are “dead”

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: We have now passed through the first funnel…

Mason City judge applies for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

Mason City judge applies for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

DES MOINES – Thirty Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Chief Judge David Danilson retired…

Gov. Reynolds signs Ag Trespass legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs Ag Trespass legislation into law

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 519 into law following a bipartisan vote by both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa State Senate earlier this…

City of Mason City Publication Report March 14, 2019

City of Mason City Publication Report March 14, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/14/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 34.20 AKINS, GARY D EDUCATION AND TRAINING 45.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE…

Possible hotel and convention center project on horizon in Clear Lake

Possible hotel and convention center project on horizon in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – A possible hotel and convention center project is on the horizon in Clear Lake. Clear Lake City Administrator confirmed that the City of Clear Lake is engaged…

Gov. Reynolds announces new voting rights application for felons

Gov. Reynolds announces new voting rights application for felons

DES MOINES – Today at her weekly press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new application for felons to have their voting rights restored. The governor also reiterated her support…

Graduation rate in Iowa edges up to all-time high

Graduation rate in Iowa edges up to all-time high

DES MOINES – Iowa’s high school graduation rate edged up in 2018 to an all-time high of 91.4 percent, underscoring long-term progress, according to figures released today by the Iowa…

Gov. Reynolds releases statement on Senate vote to pass Judicial Nominating Reform

Gov. Reynolds releases statement on Senate vote to pass Judicial Nominating Reform

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass S.F. 237, reforming Iowa’s judicial nominating system: “Today’s vote by the Iowa State Senate…

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 5, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report: March 5, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for March 5, 2019: Accurate Analytical, lab tests 70.00  1 Airgas USA LLC, repair 227.62  1 All Star Pest Contro, extermin 90.00  1 Alliant Energy,…

Film ‘Three Identical Strangers’ to be shown at MacNider Museum on Saturday, March 16

Film ‘Three Identical Strangers’ to be shown at MacNider Museum on Saturday, March 16

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2019 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, concludes on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. with Three Identical…

Iowa law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17

Iowa law agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17

MASON CITY – Local Iowa law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement March 14 – 17 to combat drunk driving. Americans have celebrated their Irish heritage on St.…

Waldorf University to host first annual Music Career Day

Waldorf University to host first annual Music Career Day

FOREST CITY – Waldorf University will host the first annual music career day on Wednesday, March 13. The event will run from 2-9 p.m. with a feature keynote presentation from…

Rep. Upmeyer says her priorities remain alive for discussion this session

Rep. Upmeyer says her priorities remain alive for discussion this session

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Several friendly faces in Des Moines this week with the Boys…

Rep. Steckman: “mandatory sentences have had such terrible effects on many individuals”

Rep. Steckman: “mandatory sentences have had such terrible effects on many individuals”

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature: Last week, I reported to you that John…

Ragan: Foundation laid for a children’s mental health system

Ragan: Foundation laid for a children’s mental health system

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, who represents Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin counties. Senate lays foundation for children’s mental health care…

Bill forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns passes U.S. House

Bill forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A bill dubbed a “historic reform package to restore the promise of our nation’s democracy, end the culture of corruption in Washington, and reduce the role of money…

City of Mason City expense report for March 7, 2019 – $1,021,465.57 total

City of Mason City expense report for March 7, 2019 – $1,021,465.57 total

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/7/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 317.99 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 2,648.99 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 103,440.82…

Alliant Energy seeks rate increases, says gas and electric “base rates will go up” by as much as 24% or more

Alliant Energy seeks rate increases, says gas and electric “base rates will go up” by as much as 24% or more

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy, which serves much of North Iowa, is preparing to raise rates substantially, the company announced. Electric rates for residential customers could go up as much…

Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Forest City

Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Forest City

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, April 2, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Forest City, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Boman Fine Arts Center,…

Waldorf University to host prominent investigative journalist, Kerry Howley, to read on cage fighting and espionage

Waldorf University to host prominent investigative journalist, Kerry Howley, to read on cage fighting and espionage

FOREST CITY – Cage fighters, a prisoner who leaked military secrets, molested gymnasts, and the unbeatable Serena Williams, these are all people interviewed by Kerry Howley, a distinguished visiting writer…

City Hall poses and answers the question: What is the River City Renaissance Project?

City Hall poses and answers the question: What is the River City Renaissance Project?

Information released by City Hall in Mason City on Tuesday, March 5, 2019: The Music Man Complex & Hotel A 105-room, full-service hotel and conference center will be built in…

Mason City school board to get details on proposed new gymnasium and swimming pool

Mason City school board to get details on proposed new gymnasium and swimming pool

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board will meet Monday night and talk about proposed projects to build a new gymnasium and swimming pool, potentially costing beleaguered taxpayers millions of…

Developer seeks to build large apartment complex in downtown Mason City

Developer seeks to build large apartment complex in downtown Mason City

MASON CITY – A developer is seeking to build a large apartment complex in downtown Mason City. Tuesday night, the Mason City council will consider setting forth the competitive bidding…

ICE discovers 67 illegal aliens, including 6 unaccompanied teens, in deplorable conditions in New Mexico shed

ICE discovers 67 illegal aliens, including 6 unaccompanied teens, in deplorable conditions in New Mexico shed

EL PASO — Deportation officers and special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday discovered 67 illegal aliens from Guatemala and Ecuador, including six unaccompanied teenagers, in…

Sheriff Kevin Pals to be honored at NIACC’s Pathways to Success Luncheon

Sheriff Kevin Pals to be honored at NIACC’s Pathways to Success Luncheon

MASON CITY – The public is invited to attend the NIACC Alumni Association’s 29th annual Pathways to Success luncheon on Friday, April 5, 2019. The event is scheduled to begin…

Hawkeyes prepare to face Rutgers Saturday afternoon

Hawkeyes prepare to face Rutgers Saturday afternoon

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Basketball Media Conference held Friday, March 1, 2019 with Fran McCaffery, men’s basketball head coach: Q. Did Dolph take you up on your offer?…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer talks school infrastructure, safety, and technology

Rep. Linda Upmeyer talks school infrastructure, safety, and technology

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: We had another eventful week with the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines and several…

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 28, 2019

City of Mason City expense report, Feb. 28, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/28/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 3,289.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL…

Sen. Ragan wants to stop bill that cuts “key health requirements” for schools

Sen. Ragan wants to stop bill that cuts “key health requirements” for schools

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, representing Butler, Cerro Gordo, and Franklin counties: HEALTH & HEALTH CARE Bill eliminates key health requirements…

DNR monitoring manganese in public water supplies in Iowa

DNR monitoring manganese in public water supplies in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR is currently working on a monitoring plan to identify the public water supply systems in the state that may have levels of manganese in…

Iowa Democrats tout plan for school infrastructure improvements, more

Iowa Democrats tout plan for school infrastructure improvements, more

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Tax Credits, Free Tax Filing Assistance Available to Iowans State and federal income taxes will be due soon. Iowa state income…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, who represents the middle third of Cerro Gordo county: This week certainly started out differently for me.  I usually…

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