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

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

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation extends regulatory relief allowing bars and restaurants to provide carry-out or…

73 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa, one additional death confirmed

73 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa, one additional death confirmed

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 73 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 497 positive cases. One…

Health department director to travelers: “Self-isolate now”

Health department director to travelers: “Self-isolate now”

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo county’s health department director, Brian Hanft, says travelers should self-isolate in a statement released this morning: Tuesday, 3/31/2020 One of the most frequently asked questions…

Iowa advocacy group points out that Senator Joni Ernst took credit for paid sick leave in Coronavirus stimulus after voting to strike it from bill

Iowa advocacy group points out that Senator Joni Ernst took credit for paid sick leave in Coronavirus stimulus after voting to strike it from bill

DES MOINES – An Iowa advocacy group has rightly pointed out that Senator Joni Ernst is taking credit for paid sick leave for workers that was included in the Coronavirus…

Don’t take your chances with Coronavirus – you ain’t that good at gambling

Don’t take your chances with Coronavirus – you ain’t that good at gambling

It’s a bad bet to try and live the normal, daily routine you have been accustomed to in your life now that Coronavirus has invaded and is wreaking havoc across…

88 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa

88 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 424 positive cases. There…

Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks  for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center

Winnebago Industries manufactures medical masks   for Mercyone North Iowa Medical Center

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, announced today it will be providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks…

President Trump extends social distancing recommendation until April 30

President Trump extends social distancing recommendation until April 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Sunday held a press conference and extended the current social distancing recommendation until April 30, but this could pushed all the way through…

Health department director warns, “huge increase” of Covid-19 cases now taking place in Iowa

Health department director warns, “huge increase” of Covid-19 cases now taking place in Iowa

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo county’s health department director is warning this morning of a “huge increase” of Covid-19 cases now taking place in Iowa. According to Cerro Gordo county’s…

38 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional death confirmed

38 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional death confirmed

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 38 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 336 positive cases. There…

Iowa courts attempt to serve citizens during COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa courts attempt to serve citizens during COVID-19 pandemic

DES MOINES – During these unprecedented and ever-changing circumstances, the Iowa Judicial Branch is attempting to provide regular public updates on the steps they have taken to provide essential services to…

Authorities continue search for missing Mason City man on dangerous river

Authorities continue search for missing Mason City man on dangerous river

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – Authorities continued the search Sunday for a Mason City fisherman missing since Friday after a boat mis-hap. The Worth county sheriff’s office said this morning that…

Continued progress announced on implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

Continued progress announced on implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions…

Iowa fishing and hunting regulations not affected by COVID-19

Iowa fishing and hunting regulations not affected by COVID-19

DES MOINES – Iowa’s hunting and fishing regulations are not affected by the current COVID-19 health emergency in Iowa. Despite rumors on social media channels, the DNR has no plans…

Waterloo domestic abuser on the loose, authorities say

Waterloo domestic abuser on the loose, authorities say

WATERLOO – A multi-convicted Waterloo domestic abuser is on the loose, authorities say, and they are seeking help bringing him back to justice. Troy Edward Stewart, convicted of Domestic Abuse…

Authorities search for missing Mason City fisherman in Worth county

Authorities search for missing Mason City fisherman in Worth county

NORTHWOOD – A Mason City man has gone missing in a Worth county river after his fishing boat became entangled with a wire. On Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:12…

Iowa 1st District Congresswoman Finkenauer asks Governor Reynolds to issue statewide ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

Iowa 1st District Congresswoman Finkenauer asks Governor Reynolds to issue statewide ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognizing the governor’s efforts regarding the outbreak of coronavirus in the state and urging consideration of…

Charles City man accused of sex abuse of special needs female under his care pleads not guilty, awaits trial

Charles City man accused of sex abuse of special needs female under his care pleads not guilty, awaits trial

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64 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa

64 additional COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 64 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 298 positive cases (a…

Nashua man dies in ATV mis-hap while igniting fires

Nashua man dies in ATV mis-hap while igniting fires

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Iowa state parks reduce some amenities as part of COVID-19 response

Iowa state parks reduce some amenities as part of COVID-19 response

CLEAR LAKE – Iowa state parks are continuing to look at ways to help protect the health of visitors and staff during the COVID-19 health emergency. Iowa state parks are still…

President Donald J. Trump signs CARES Act; Read FAQ about rebates and more

President Donald J. Trump signs CARES Act; Read FAQ about rebates and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump signed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act gives rebates to millions of Americans, loans and grants…

Rep. Linda Upmeyer offers COVID-19 response 

Rep. Linda Upmeyer offers COVID-19 response 

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: I know this is a hard time for everyone, and I…

Cerro Gordo health department “working tirelessly to prepare for when sick people fill our hospitals”

Cerro Gordo health department “working tirelessly to prepare for when sick people fill our hospitals”

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county health department is hard at work for the possibly unavoidable time when our local hospitals are inundated with Covid-19 victims, as other parts…

56 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 2 additional deaths confirmed, Reynolds holds press conference today

56 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 2 additional deaths confirmed, Reynolds holds press conference today

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 56 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 235 positive cases. There…

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Wright County

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY – On March 26, 2020, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported a positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wright County. This individual is currently self-isolating at…

City of Mason City expense report for March 26, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for March 26, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/26/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————————– ———— ACCORD ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 13,508.00 ALL STAR PRO GOLF OTHER SUPPLIES 497.50 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES SUPPLIES &…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation closing numerous types of businesses

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation closing numerous types of businesses

DES MOINES –  Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business…

Iowa coronavirus update for March 26, 2020

Iowa coronavirus update for March 26, 2020

DES MOINES – State officials in Iowa released the following information on the coronavirus emergency today, March 26, 2020: There were 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 reported…

34 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa

34 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 34 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 179 positive cases. There…

How to Plan a Memorable Vacation Itinerary 

How to Plan a Memorable Vacation Itinerary 

The destination that you select for your hard-earned vacation is of great importance. However, it does not matter how beautiful the location is if the activities in which you engage…

Four Ways to Make More Space in Your Home

Four Ways to Make More Space in Your Home

No matter what your size or style of home, at some point you’ll no doubt wish you had more space. However, moving is expensive and not always practical, plus it…

Federal student loan payments suspended, waives interest waived during national emergency

Federal student loan payments suspended, waives interest waived during national emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced this week that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing on President Donald J. Trump’s promise to provide student loan…

Health department developing 12-18 month “long-term recovery plan” in midst of coronavirus pandemic

Health department developing 12-18 month “long-term recovery plan” in midst of coronavirus pandemic

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Health department is developing a 12-18 month “long-term recovery plan” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Health department director Brian Hanft released…

21 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa; Reynolds to hold press conference today

21 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa; Reynolds to hold press conference today

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 145 positive cases. There…

Absentee voting and planning for Primary Election in response to COVID-19

Absentee voting and planning for Primary Election in response to COVID-19

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Adam Wedmore is encouraging those wishing to vote in the June 2 Primary Election to vote absentee by mail…

Opinion: Heil Trump

Opinion: Heil Trump

Well today I’ve decided to come clean – I want you to know that I just got out of the shower because I know now I’m super clean. I want…

First COVID-19 death confirmed in Iowa

First COVID-19 death confirmed in Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned late today of the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years…

Blodgett News Analysis: Fed-Up Greeks Take Drastic Action Against Migrants

Blodgett News Analysis: Fed-Up Greeks Take Drastic Action Against Migrants

(News Analysis by Todd Blodgett) Angry citizens on the Greek border island of Lesbos jeered from the pier, at the boat, overloaded with Turkish migrants hoping to disembark on Greek…

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds to hold press conference today

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, Reynolds to hold press conference today

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 19 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 124 positive cases. There…

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