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Local health department warns of increase in cases of severe lung disease and points to vaping as culprit

Local health department warns of increase in cases of severe lung disease and points to vaping as culprit

MASON CITY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a Health Advisory regarding severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use. The CDC is providing information on…

Unionized American auto workers go on strike after helping General Motors reach record-level profits

Unionized American auto workers go on strike after helping General Motors reach record-level profits

DETROIT – Local Union leaders from across the nation met Sunday morning after the 2015 General Motors collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday night and opted to strike at midnight on…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a news update from Iowa Democrats, released September 11, 2019: Trump Trade Conflict Adding to Slow Economic Growth The damage caused by the Trump Administration’s trade war…

Man who helped two others invade rural Iowa home and sexually assault elderly women to get decades in prison for his crimes

Man who helped two others invade rural Iowa home and sexually assault elderly women to get decades in prison for his crimes

AMES – A man who joined two others in invading a rural Iowa home and sexually assaulting an 82-year-old woman will get decades in prison, prosecutors say. Luis Cruz will…

Restaurant and sports bar under construction in Southbridge Mall

Restaurant and sports bar under construction in Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – A restaurant and sports bar venue is under construction in Southbridge Mall’s south entrance area and is seeking city dollars to help the project along. According to…

Hawkeyes prepare to face Iowa State in rivalry game

Hawkeyes prepare to face Iowa State in rivalry game

AMES – The eyes of the college football world will be focused on Ames this weekend, when the #19 Iowa Hawkeyes face the Iowa State Cyclones with ESPN Gameday festivities…

Iowa Governor Reynolds applauds EPA dismantle of clean water act

WASHINGTON — At an event in Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James…

Plymouth to get new bus stop with help from University of Iowa students

Plymouth to get new bus stop with help from University of Iowa students

IOWA CITY – Students in Plymouth, Iowa, will soon be warmer, drier, and safer—as well as have their devices fully charged—while waiting for their buses thanks to a grant through…

Flyover bridge from northbound I-35 to westbound U.S. 30 in Ames scheduled to open Thursday morning

Flyover bridge from northbound I-35 to westbound U.S. 30 in Ames scheduled to open Thursday morning

AMES – The northbound I-35 to westbound U.S. 30 flyover bridge is scheduled to open to traffic this Thursday morning, Sept. 12, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of…

Judge orders Iowa woman to repay Iowa Department of Human Services nearly $35,000 in food stamp funds

Judge orders Iowa woman to repay Iowa Department of Human Services nearly $35,000 in food stamp funds

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa woman who unlawfully obtained SNAP (sometimes knows as food stamps) funds for her household was sentenced September 3, 2019, to time served and restitution. Jessica…

North Iowa Businesses Look to Improve LGBT Inclusivity 

North Iowa Businesses Look to Improve LGBT Inclusivity 

In recent years, there has been a country-wide push to increase the inclusivity of workplaces. Many businesses in the US have now started to become more inclusive of both their…

3 Ways To Save Money On Your Utility Bills 

3 Ways To Save Money On Your Utility Bills 

With utility prices increasing year on year and concerns for our environment growing, more and more people are looking for ways to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. Fortunately,…

J.D. Scholten: Iowa Farmers Struggling To Make a Dime as a Result of Trump’s Trade War

J.D. Scholten: Iowa Farmers Struggling To Make a Dime as a Result of Trump’s Trade War

SIOUX CITY — J.D. Scholten, congressional candidate for Iowa’s 4th district, today published an opinion piece in the Sioux City Journal about President Trump’s reckless trade war and the prioritization of special…

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff for Patriot Day 

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff for Patriot Day 

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in honor of Patriot Day…

Miller announces bipartisan investigation of Google

Miller announces bipartisan investigation of Google

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller released the following statement on a bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices related to state and federal antitrust laws: “It’s…

Search for missing Ethan Kazmerzak of Hampton continues

Search for missing Ethan Kazmerzak of Hampton continues

HAMPTON, IOWA – Hampton police reminded today, the search for missing Ethan Kazmerzak of Hampton continues and will continue until a resolution. On September 15, 2019  it will be six years that a  local…

Welfare available for farmers affected by natural disasters, feds announce, again

Welfare available for farmers affected by natural disasters, feds announce, again

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 9, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply…

North Iowa Choral Society to hold auditions

MASON CITY – North Iowa Choral Society is announcing auditions for the 2019-2020 performance season.  Auditions will be held from 4:45 p.m.to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, in the…

Governor extends existing proclamations for March flooding

Governor extends existing proclamations for March flooding

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday issued a proclamation extending existing proclamations of disaster emergency for flooding and severe weather that began in March. This extension allows state…

Clear Lake Fire Department to host its Annual September 11th Program

Clear Lake Fire Department to host its Annual September 11th Program

CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake Fire Department will be hosting its Annual September 11th Program. The Program will be held in the Front of the Clear Lake Fire Department…

Accident with injuries in Mason City Friday morning

Accident with injuries in Mason City Friday morning

MASON CITY – An accident with injuries was reported in Mason City Friday morning. Shortly after 10:00 AM Friday morning, a serious accident that caused a number of persons to…

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 5, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for Sept. 5, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 9/5/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 470.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 350.37 ADAMS SHARPENING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES 4.50 ADVANCED SYSTEMS COPY…

County treasurer says “blackout” license plates are all gone, for now

County treasurer says “blackout” license plates are all gone, for now

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County treasurer says the new “blackout” license plates available in Iowa are all gone, for now. Patricia Wright, Cerro Gordo County Treasurer’s office, released…

Waldorf University to host nationally recognized motivational speaker, Lamarr Womble

Waldorf University to host nationally recognized motivational speaker, Lamarr Womble

FOREST CITY – Creator of Passion for Leadership, Lamarr Womble, is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, dream director and school culture expert. Hosted by the Waldorf University Athletics and Department…

Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Donor Network launch new donor registry

Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Donor Network launch new donor registry

DES MOINES, IA— The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Donor Network launched a new organ, eye, and tissue donor registry on Wednesday, September 4th. The new registry makes it possible…

Iowa DNR says too little rain making drought conditions across state

Iowa DNR says too little rain making drought conditions across state

DES MOINES — For the first time in a year, there are areas of Iowa where groundwater conditions are beginning to show stress, according to the latest Water Summary Update.…

Missing Iowa woman turns up alive in Vermont

Missing Iowa woman turns up alive in Vermont

REMSEN, IOWA – An Iowa woman who many feared was missing under possibly dubious circumstances has turned up alive in Vermont after she willingly reported herself to authorities. At or…

Motorcycle crash seriously injures Nora Springs man; police say he ran red light

Motorcycle crash seriously injures Nora Springs man; police say he ran red light

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Walmart says no to handguns and ammo sales, tells customers to keep their guns out of stores

Walmart says no to handguns and ammo sales, tells customers to keep their guns out of stores

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS – Walmart today said there will be no more handgun nor handgun ammunition sold in their stores and is telling customers to keep their guns out of their…

Cerro Gordo Health Department presents new name and look

Cerro Gordo Health Department presents new name and look

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health announced this morning they will now officially be known as CG Public Health, and have a fresh new look!…

Authorities search for missing Iowa woman

Authorities search for missing Iowa woman

REMSEN – Iowa authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman who was last seen with a man. On Monday September 1, 2019, The Remsen Police…

Motorcycle accident claims Mason City man’s life

Motorcycle accident claims Mason City man’s life

MASON CITY – A motorcycle accident last Monday in Mason City sent a man to the hospital with injuries, and police announced Tuesday he has passed away. Around 10:30 AM…

Wanted Mason City man arrested after report of fight at apartments

Wanted Mason City man arrested after report of fight at apartments

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Several accounts with City of Mason City carrying large negative balances

Several accounts with City of Mason City carrying large negative balances

MASON CITY – Several accounts with the City of Mason City are carrying large negative balances, according to a City document.…

President Trump launches U.S. Space Command

President Trump launches U.S. Space Command

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Space Command was activated Aug. 29 by President Donald Trump, becoming the nation’s 11th combatant command. The establishment of U.S. Space Command aims to enhance the…

News update from Iowa Democrats

News update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a news update released by Iowa Democrats this week: Students Paying Higher Tuition this Fall After another year of low funding from the Iowa Legislature, students and…

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 12 in Clear Lake

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 12 in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 12, at the Lakeview Community Center, 10 North Lakeview…

Sheffield police say no danger after online threats made to students

Sheffield police say no danger after online threats made to students

SHEFFIELD, IOWA – Sheffield police say there is no danger after online threats were made to students. According to Sheffield Chief of Police Brad A. Gardner, “the Sheffield Police Department…

Bernie Sanders announces he will release plan to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt 

Bernie Sanders announces he will release plan to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt 

FLORENCE, SC – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders this weekend previewed his proposal to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt. In America today, medical debt is…

Alliant Energy implodes Sutherland coal-fired generating station

Alliant Energy implodes Sutherland coal-fired generating station

MARSHALLTOWN – Alliant Energy completed the implosion of the remaining structures of the company’s Sutherland Generating Station (SGS) on Friday. The demolition was carried out by Bierlein Companies from Midland,…

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