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Two Iowa prisons report new COVID cases; Suspend video visitations

Two Iowa prisons report new COVID cases; Suspend video visitations

DES MOINES – The Anamosa State Penitentiary and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women received the results of positive COVID-19 tests yesterday afternoon. Due to these new positive cases, these…

Up to $3 Million in U.S. Department of Labor Disaster Recovery Funding for Derecho Recovery annouced for Iowa

Up to $3 Million in U.S. Department of Labor Disaster Recovery Funding for Derecho Recovery annouced for Iowa

DES MOINES – An announcement was made this morning that Iowa will receive a U.S. Department of Labor Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $3 million to…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 22, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/22/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AIKEY ENTERPRISES INC M/E REPAIRS 635.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 125.00 APOLLO WATER SERVICES LLC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES…

Iowa man accused of harming two-week old infant

Iowa man accused of harming two-week old infant

NEVADA, IOWA – An Iowa man is accused of harming a two-week old infant that was left in his care. On October 28, 2020, 26-year-old Christopher Lee Roberts Moran was…

Franklin county sheriff says missing man Ethan Kazmerzak’s car found submerged in water northwest of Hampton

Franklin county sheriff says missing man Ethan Kazmerzak’s car found submerged in water northwest of Hampton

HAMPTON – The Franklin county sheriff said this morning that missing man Ethan Kazmerzak’s car has been found submerged in water northwest of Hampton. Franklin County Sheriff Aaron Dodd said…

Judge rules against Donald Trump in rape case

Judge rules against Donald Trump in rape case

NEW YORK – A Judge today has ruled against Donald Trump in a case in which a woman claims Trump raped her and then defamed her and the Department of…

Amy Coney Barrett elevated to U.S. Supreme Court by Senate

Amy Coney Barrett elevated to U.S. Supreme Court by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., will administer the Judicial…

Woman murdered at Iowa Chuck E. Cheese restaurant; suspect in custody

Woman murdered at Iowa Chuck E. Cheese restaurant; suspect in custody

DAVENPORT, IOWA – A woman was shot and killed inside an Iowa Chuck E. Cheese Sunday evening. On Sunday, October 25, 2020, at approximately 7:38 PM, Davenport, Iowa police responded…

Globe Gazette property up for sale in Mason City at well under assessed value; newspaper’s future uncertain

Globe Gazette property up for sale in Mason City at well under assessed value; newspaper’s future uncertain

MASON CITY – As the American newspaper industry continues to struggle and possibly disappear forever, the Globe Gazette building and grounds in Mason City, Iowa is now up for sale…

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

Social Security benefit payments to get 1.3 percent boost in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced this month. The…

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

Postal Service to use “extraordinary measures” to accelerate the delivery of ballots starting Oct. 26 through Nov. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data this week to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both claim victory in only debate as both battle for Iowa’s fourth district seat in Congress

J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both claim victory in only debate as both battle for Iowa’s fourth district seat in Congress

DES MOINES — J.D. Scholten and Randy Feenstra both want to represent Iowa in Congress from the fourth district and they finally had the only debate scheduled for the campaign…

Two perish in house explosion in rural Thornton in Franklin county

Two perish in house explosion in rural Thornton in Franklin county

THORNTON, IOWA – Two persons have passed away as a result of a house explosion near Thornton, Iowa earlier this month. An obituary says Janice Doane, 71, of rural Thornton…

Clear Lake boat ramp closed

Clear Lake boat ramp closed

CLEAR LAKE – The boat ramp on Clear Lake at Ventura Access is closed while a new boat ramp is installed. Other boat ramps on Clear Lake will remain open,…

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

Mason City man wins $10,000 lottery prize

CLIVE, IOWA — A Mason City man has won a $10,000 lottery prize. Dennis Bor won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “$100,000 Holiday Crossword” scratch game. He purchased…

Gallup Poll: 56% of U.S. voters say Trump does not deserve reelection

Gallup Poll: 56% of U.S. voters say Trump does not deserve reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Gallup poll says the majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does.…

U.S. Bank location in Mason City closing permanently

U.S. Bank location in Mason City closing permanently

MASON CITY – A U.S. Bank location in Mason City is closing permanently. U.S. Bank made the announcement this month that the U.S. Bank location at 555 South Illinois Avenue…

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis as the October 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis as the October 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to recognize Jeff and Lori Otto of Otto’s Oasis in Charles City, IA as…

College Football: Iowa Hawkeyes in final preparation for opening game against Purdue

College Football: Iowa Hawkeyes in final preparation for opening game against Purdue

IOWA CITY – Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz continues to prepare his team to face Purdue this Saturday in the opening game of the season. University of Iowa Media…

Young boy goes missing in rural Mason City but found safe after tracked by police dog and drone

Young boy goes missing in rural Mason City but found safe after tracked by police dog and drone

RURAL MASON CITY – A young boy went missing in rural Mason City but was found safe after being tracked by a police dog and drone. The incident took place…

Clear Lake bar punished for disguising cheap alcohol using funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands

Clear Lake bar punished for disguising cheap alcohol using funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands

DES MOINES – A Clear Lake bar is being punished by a state agency for disguising cheap alcohol using a funnel and worn-out bottles of top-shelf brands. The Iowa Department…

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds

DES MOINES – An audit shows Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mis-spent millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explicitly said, “this misuse of CARES Act Funds is not…

Research from Journal of American Medicine attempts to explain “true measure of the human cost of the Great Pandemic of 2020”

Research from Journal of American Medicine attempts to explain “true measure of the human cost of the Great Pandemic of 2020”

Editorial titled “Excess Deaths and the Great Pandemic of 2020” published October 12, 2020, in Journal of American Medicine; by Dr. Howard Bauchner, (Editor in Chief) and Dr. Phil B.…

Two houses destroyed in rural Clear Lake Saturday night

Two houses destroyed in rural Clear Lake Saturday night

CLEAR LAKE – Two houses were destroyed in a fire outside Clear Lake late Saturday night. The Clear Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in rural…

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

Dilapidated buildings in Mason City to be demolished

MASON CITY – A pair of dilapidated structures in Mason City are planned for demolition, City Hall says. The City has acquired 1450-1452 and 1454 North Federal Avenue, the dilapidated…

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

Federal deficit soars to $3.1 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Year-end data from the September 2020 Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government show that the deficit for FY 2020 was $3.1…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 15, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/15/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 415.40 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 1,038.50 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC GAS & ELECTRICITY 15,085.79…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration 

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days.     The proclamation extends all the public health mitigation measures currently…

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Frank & Julie Fox of Fox Auction Company as the September 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Frank & Julie Fox of Fox Auction Company as the September 2020 Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to announce Frank and Julie Fox of Fox Auction in Mason City, IA as…

Mason City to offer free transit rides on election day

Mason City to offer free transit rides on election day

MASON CITY – Mason City will offer free transit rides on election day the city announced. Mason City Transit will provide free transit rides on Election Day on Tuesday, November…

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for Oct. 8, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 10/8/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 280.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 ADORAMASPECIAL GRANT 2,210.85 AHLERS AND COONEY PC LEGAL…

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shut down census

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to shut down census

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to allow the Trump administration to end the 2020 census count early. The Supreme Court considered the Trump administration’s request to…

Iowa sets record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000

Iowa sets record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000

DES MOINES – Iowa has set a record for absentee ballot requests at over 700,000, the state’s top election official says. Iowa Secretary or State Paul Pate reports that more…

Iowa’s 2020 Water Year ends on a dry note

Iowa’s 2020 Water Year ends on a dry note

DES MOINES — Iowa’s statewide precipitation was 3.76 inches below normal for the 2020 Water Year, according to the latest Water Summary Update. The 2020 Water Year, running from Oct.…

Donald Trump coming to Iowa for Des Moines political rally

Donald Trump coming to Iowa for Des Moines political rally

DES MOINES – Donald Trump is coming to Iowa for a Des Moines political rally this Wednesday. Donald Trump plans to hold an in-person rally at 6:00 PM Wednesday, October…

North Iowa farmer perishes in grain bin mis-hap

North Iowa farmer perishes in grain bin mis-hap

HARDIN COUNTY – A long-time North Iowa farmer was killed in a grain bin mis-hap in Hardin County Wednesday. At approximately 12:30 PM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the Hardin…

College Football: Iowa prepares for season-opening game against Purdue

College Football: Iowa prepares for season-opening game against Purdue

IOWA CITY – College football is being played and the Big Ten is preparing to finally take the field, among them the Iowa Hawkeyes, who are preparing for their first…

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

Iowa announces COVID-19 Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program 

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the launch of the new Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will provide eligible households with up to $2,000 towards electric, natural gas and…

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

Pandemic rages on in Iowa, but Charles City to resume water shut-offs after reprieve

CHARLES CITY – Residential water customers in Charles City who struggled to pay their bills got a reprieve from being shut off during the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to ravage…

Second Presidential debate set for October 15, but unclear if both candidates will participate

Second Presidential debate set for October 15, but unclear if both candidates will participate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to face off in a second Presidential debate in a virtual format, it was announced, but it is unclear if…

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