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Senator Amanda Ragan explains Iowa’s redistricting for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts

Senator Amanda Ragan explains Iowa’s redistricting for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The Iowa Legislature’s role in redistricting is under way. The…

Two Mason City High School Seniors named as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Two Mason City High School Seniors named as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

MASON CITY – Two Mason City High School Seniors have been named as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Dave Versteeg, Superintendent of Schools. Officials of…

Mason City police seek help identifying downtown vandals

Mason City police seek help identifying downtown vandals

MASON CITY – Mason City police are seeking help identifying vandals who damaged vehicles in the downtown area. On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at approximately 10:31 p.m., Mason City Police…

Mason City school board makes request for comments on mandating masks in school

Mason City school board makes request for comments on mandating masks in school

MASON CITY – At the Mason City Community School District Board of Education meeting to be held on September 20, 2021, the Board Meeting Agenda will have an agenda item…

Three juveniles arrested on felonies after “terroristic threats” at Emmetsburg school

Three juveniles arrested on felonies after “terroristic threats” at Emmetsburg school

EMMETSBURG – Three juveniles were arrested on felonies after they allegedly made “terroristic threats” at an Emmetsburg school, police said today. On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the Emmetsburg Police Department…

One dead, one hurt in crash at Highway 122 and California Avenue in Mason City

One dead, one hurt in crash at Highway 122 and California Avenue in Mason City

MASON CITY – A Waterloo man is dead and an Osage man hurt in a crash at Highway 122 and California Avenue today in Mason City. At approximately 5:39 a.m.…

College Football: Iowa prepares for Saturday game against Kent State

College Football: Iowa prepares for Saturday game against Kent State

IOWA CITY – Fresh off another routine victory over in-state for Iowa State, the Iowa Hawkeyes next prepare to take the field against Kent State. University of Iowa Football Media…

College Football: Iowa prepares to defeat Iowa State and keep Cy-Hawk Trophy

College Football: Iowa prepares to defeat Iowa State and keep Cy-Hawk Trophy

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes are preparing to head to Ames this weekend to defeat the Iowa State Cyclones again this year and keep the Cy-Hawk trophy in their…

Mason City to commemorate events of September 11, 2001

Mason City to commemorate events of September 11, 2001

MASON CITY — Mason City will commemorate “the time that changed everything” during a ceremony at 8:59 a.m. Saturday in Central Park. The ceremony will begin at the exact time…

College Football: Iowa prepared to face tough Indiana team, coach Kirk Ferentz says

College Football: Iowa prepared to face tough Indiana team, coach Kirk Ferentz says

IOWA CITY – Iowa opens the college football season Saturday and is prepared to face a rising opponent in the Indiana Hoosiers. University of Iowa Football Media Conference Tuesday, August…

Senator Ragan says “hard-working Iowans deserve support”

Senator Ragan says “hard-working Iowans deserve support”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: On Labor Day, let’s renew our commitment to Iowa’s working…

Iowa’s Delta virus surge, striking down children more and more, owned by Republicans, Senator says

Iowa’s Delta virus surge, striking down children more and more, owned by Republicans, Senator says

DES MOINES – An Iowa Senator minced no words in placing blame on Republicans for sick children across the state, stricken with the dreaded Delta virus. Senator Zach Wahls told…

Police seek suspect after Mason City shooting incident leaves man injured

Police seek suspect after Mason City shooting incident leaves man injured

MASON CITY – Police are seeking a suspect after a Mason City shooting incident leaves a man injured. On Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6:22 AM, the Cerro Gordo County…

Iowans call out Rep. Ashley Hinson for opposition to the American Rescue Plan

Iowans call out Rep. Ashley Hinson for opposition to the American Rescue Plan

CENTRAL CITY, IA — Iowa leaders today spoke out at a press conference at the Linn County Fairgrounds calling out Rep. Ashley Hinson for voting against the American Rescue Plan…

“Governor, you need to change course” on COVID and Iowa schools, Iowa Senator says

“Governor, you need to change course” on COVID and Iowa schools, Iowa Senator says

DES MOINES – In a Thursday, August 26, news conference, Iowa Senator Zach Wahls, called on Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to smarten up somehow on her anti-mask stance for schools.…

Late Summer Recreational Experiences Close to Home

Late Summer Recreational Experiences Close to Home

By Bailey Dohlman, Conservation Education Intern, Lime Creek Nature Center Late summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy recreational activities. There are endless amounts of recreational opportunities…

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

MASON CITY – Three North Iowa agricultural startups have found success with the assistance of the NIACC Pappajohn Center Venture School program. Value-added agriculture businesses have thrived in the Venture…

Iowa Democrats say Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread is threatening safe return to school

Iowa Democrats say Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread is threatening safe return to school

DES MOINES – Iowa Democrats say that Republicans’ failure to reject COVID disinformation and control the spread of the nasty virus is threatening the safe return to school. Statement by…

Mason City police hunt down and arrest man who fired shots at associates near schools

Mason City police hunt down and arrest man who fired shots at associates near schools

MASON CITY – Mason City police hunted down and arrested a man who fired shots at his associates near two schools. On Monday, August 23, 2021, at approximately 2:10 p.m.,…

Event held in Mason City in remembrance of Dr. Gary B. Blodgett (1937-2021)

Event held in Mason City in remembrance of Dr. Gary B. Blodgett (1937-2021)

By Matt Marquardt, Editor/Publisher of NorthIowaToday.com On May 19, Dr. Gary Blodgett died, after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Having known Gary before he was incapacitated, I’m dedicating this column to…

Bennett Smith launches campaign for Second Ward City Council seat in Clear Lake

Bennett Smith launches campaign for Second Ward City Council seat in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Bennett Smith has announced he is seeking a second term on the Clear Lake city council: I wanted to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for…

Hawkeye Area Labor Council announces cancelation of all Labor Day Events in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Marshalltown, & Mason City

Hawkeye Area Labor Council announces cancelation of all Labor Day Events in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Marshalltown, & Mason City

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Hawkeye Area Labor Council AFL-CIO announces the annual Labor Day Picnics in all chapters have been canceled for 2021 due to COVID numbers in the state…

10 ways How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft 

Are you skeptical about protecting your financial details? You might fear someone might steal it and misuse it. However, you might come across a few ways to avoid identity theft…

Mason City couple busted with illegal gun and meth during traffic stop

Mason City couple busted with illegal gun and meth during traffic stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City couple was busted with illegal gun and meth during a Friday evening traffic stop. At about 6:39 PM on Friday, August 20, 2021, a…

Opinion: Mason City man has message for Barry Alvarez ahead of his fundraising visit to town

Opinion: Mason City man has message for Barry Alvarez ahead of his fundraising visit to town

Hey Barry, I see you are coming to Mason City Iowa to try and get people to donate to a sports complex they did not need and did not get…

Lost Northern Iowa child found with help of police canine “Pepper”

Lost Northern Iowa child found with help of police canine “Pepper”

ESTHERVILLE – A lost Northern Iowa child was found with the help of police canine “Pepper”. On August 16, 2021 at 8:15 PM, the Estherville Police Department was contacted by…

Sheffield “Sons of Silence” enforcer and convicted felon sentenced to federal prison for possessing a firearm

Sheffield “Sons of Silence” enforcer and convicted felon sentenced to federal prison for possessing a firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was the enforcer for the Northern Iowa Chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club was sentenced yesterday to 10 months in federal prison.…

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors approves headquarters move to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from Forest City

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors approves headquarters move to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from Forest City

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, on Wednesday announced that on August 18, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly…

Iowa’s drinking water is clean, report claims

Iowa’s drinking water is clean, report claims

DES MOINES — Iowa’s public water systems deliver ample clean water, according to the 2020 Annual Drinking water Compliance Report. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 last year, Iowa’s 1,848 public…

Senator Ragan: Census will ensure fair representation for North Iowa

Senator Ragan: Census will ensure fair representation for North Iowa

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Detailed Census data<https://www.iowadatacenter.org/data/decennial> released August 12 shows where Iowa’s 3.2…

The 5 Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

The 5 Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

While it’s always fun to spend some time outdoors, it might surprise you just how good for you it is. There are a lot of mental and physical benefits you…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation 

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days. The proclamation can be found online here.…

Bicyclist dies in Clear Lake after run over by 94-year-old driver

Bicyclist dies in Clear Lake after run over by 94-year-old driver

CLEAR LAKE – A bicyclist has died in Clear Lake after the rider was run over by 94-year-old driver. The accident occurred Wednesday morning around 11:15 AM near Grouse Avenue…

Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office announces recipient of “1440 Citizen of the Month” for August 2021: Chuck Redemske

Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office announces recipient of “1440 Citizen of the Month” for August 2021: Chuck Redemske

ALGONA – The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce the recipient for the “1440 Citizen of the Month” for August 2021 is Chuck Redemske of Algona. Chuck was…

Remnant prairie in Emmet county is heart of Anderson Prairie Wildlife Area

Remnant prairie in Emmet county is heart of Anderson Prairie Wildlife Area

EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – At roughly 200 acres, Anderson Prairie State Preserve is one of the largest remnant prairies in Iowa and with more than 220 different plant species it…

Iowans call on Senator Chuck Grassley to dump Postmaster DeJoy and stop mail delays

Iowans call on Senator Chuck Grassley to dump Postmaster DeJoy and stop mail delays

NEW HARTFORD, IOWA – Iowa Postal Workers, community organizations and their allies are rallying at the New Hartford Post Office on Saturday, August 21st at 10AM in response to the…

What to Know Before You Become a Landlord in Your Community

What to Know Before You Become a Landlord in Your Community

Becoming a Landlord  Working a full-time job is an honorable way of making a living. Whether you work a 9:00 to 5:00 in the office, maintain a profession, or work…

College Football: Iowa State debuts at No. 7 In Preseason AP Poll

College Football: Iowa State debuts at No. 7 In Preseason AP Poll

AMES – Iowa State football will begin the season ranked in the Associated Press’ preseason poll for the third-straight season. The Cyclones are rated No. 7 in the debut poll…

Expanding Your Business Out of North Iowa

Expanding Your Business Out of North Iowa

If you are thinking about whether to expand your North Iowa company, you might be starting to look further afield. The United States is full of potential customers, and you…

Child dies near Rockwell after go-cart collides with boat trailer

Child dies near Rockwell after go-cart collides with boat trailer

ROCKWELL – Tragedy struck near Rockwell this weekend when a child died after driving a go-cart and colliding with a boat trailer. On August 15th, 2021 the Cerro Gordo County…

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