Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Founded October 1, 2010


Home » Archives by category » Watercooler

Police say two men shot in Mason City this past weekend

Police say two men shot in Mason City this past weekend

MASON CITY – Police are saying two men were shot in Mason City this past weekend. At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10th officers responded West Park at 1st…

Health Department: Pause recommended in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Health Department: Pause recommended in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

MASON CITY – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending a pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine…

What You Can Do at an Online Casino

What You Can Do at an Online Casino

Online casinos have become a ubiquitous feature of online gambling as the internet developed. The ability to enjoy the gambling experience without needing to leave your home opened up a…

Roadside spraying of chemicals to begin in Cerro Gordo county

Roadside spraying of chemicals to begin in Cerro Gordo county

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY –Roadside spraying of chemicals to kill weeds is set to begin in Cerro Gordo county. The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board ROW Vegetation Management staff will…

Free wood chips to be loaded for pick up in Cerro Gordo county

Free wood chips to be loaded for pick up in Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – Free wood chips will son be available to be loaded for pick up in Cerro Gordo county. The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board ROW Management staff will…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law 

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: SF 172:  An Act relating to the definition of Sex Act or Sexual Activity for the purpose of the Iowa…

Motorcyclist dead after run over by unlicensed driver while crossing street in Estherville

Motorcyclist dead after run over by unlicensed driver while crossing street in Estherville

ESTHERVILLE – A motorcyclist is dead after he was run over by an unlicensed driver while crossing a street in Estherville. On Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, at approximately 6:12 pm, 911…

Feds announce program offering families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses

Feds announce program offering families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is announcing a program offering families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral expenses. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of…

One hurt in Charles City auto accident

One hurt in Charles City auto accident

CHARLES CITY – One person was hurt and another cited by police in a Charles City auto accident. On April 6, 2021 at about 12:14 PM, officers with the Charles…

Iowa State Patrol trooper killed in Grundy county standoff

Iowa State Patrol trooper killed in Grundy county standoff

GRUNDY CENTER, IOWA – An Iowa State Patrol trooper was killed in a Grundy county standoff. On Friday, April 9, 2021, Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, a 27-year-veteran…

HUD announces over $42.5 million to increase affordable housing to address homelessness in Iowa

HUD announces over $42.5 million to increase affordable housing to address homelessness in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the allocation of nearly $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds, including $42,538,435 to…

Senator Amanda Ragan proclaims, “prison tragedy shows need for corrections funding”

Senator Amanda Ragan proclaims, “prison tragedy shows need for corrections funding”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: On March 23, two inmates attempted to escape Anamosa State…

Iowa man arrested after allegedly slamming puppy to ground, breaking multiple bones

Iowa man arrested after allegedly slamming puppy to ground, breaking multiple bones

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man was arrested after allegedly slamming a puppy to the ground, breaking multiple bones. A cooperative investigation by Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control with…

Health Department warns: Cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19

Health Department warns: Cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county health department is warning that “cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19” as the virus continues to impact lives. COVID-19 cases are…

City of Mason City expense report for April 8, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for April 8, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/8/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 324.12 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 226.50 ANDERSON, TYLER OFFICE SUPPLIES 35.00…

House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, after lurid accusations surface

House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, after lurid accusations surface

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz after a series of lurid accusations surfaced in recent weeks. The Chairman and Ranking…

Former Mitchell county supervisor vents on appointment of Josh Byrnes to Iowa Utilities Board

Former Mitchell county supervisor vents on appointment of Josh Byrnes to Iowa Utilities Board

MITCHELL COUNTY, IOWA – In December of 2020, it was announced that the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) welcomed Joshua J. Byrnes to the board. Now, a former Mitchell county supervisor…

Money available through NIACOG for home repairs

Money available through NIACOG for home repairs

MASON CITY – Two programs through NIACOG could help fund home repairs for area residents. There are two programs available through NIACOG in Mason City that could provide funds for home…

One dead in Cedar Rapids hotel stabbing; man wanted for murder out of Texas nabbed at scene

One dead in Cedar Rapids hotel stabbing; man wanted for murder out of Texas nabbed at scene

CEDAR RAPIDS – One man is dead after a stabbing incident at a Cedar Rapids hotel and after cops caught the suspect, they also nabbed a man wanted wanted for…

Forest City man dead and another man injured after ATV rollover accident

Forest City man dead and another man injured after ATV rollover accident

RURAL WINNEBAGO COUNTY, IOWA – A Forest City man is dead and another man was injured after an ATV rollover accident. According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol,…

City of Mason City expense report for April 1, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for April 1, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 04/01/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES 1,798.81 AHLERS AND COONEY PC TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE 2,927.36 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL…

Iowa paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

Iowa paddlers need to take extra precautions to stay safe

CLEAR LAKE – With recent warmer temperatures, restless paddlers are ready to put canoes and kayaks in the water. Early spring paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to…

Applications now being accepted for Iowa rent and utility assistance

Applications now being accepted for Iowa rent and utility assistance

DES MOINES – Iowa renters can now apply for assistance with rent and/or utility payments through the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program. Program details and the application is available…

USDA increases emergency SNAP benefits for 25 million Americans

USDA increases emergency SNAP benefits for 25 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took action this week to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million people in…

Senator Amanda Ragan warns: “Charter schools will drain funding from Iowa’s public schools”

Senator Amanda Ragan warns: “Charter schools will drain funding from Iowa’s public schools”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: A bill that passed the Iowa House and is making…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation  

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation  

DES MOINES – Friday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery. The proclamation continues to strongly encourage Iowans, businesses, and organizations to take…

Lone assailant attacks U.S. Capitol, striking two officers with vehicle, killing one

Lone assailant attacks U.S. Capitol, striking two officers with vehicle, killing one

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A lone assailant attacked the U.S. Capitol on Friday, striking two officers with vehicle, killing one. Just after 1 PM Friday, April 2, a man in a…

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs legislation into law, “protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens”

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs legislation into law, “protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens”

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF 756: An Act relating to the acquisition and possession of weapons and providing penalties. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement on…

Juvenile and adult suffer multiple stab wounds over property dispute in Mason City

Juvenile and adult suffer multiple stab wounds over property dispute in Mason City

MASON CITY – A juvenile and an adult suffered multiple stab wounds over a property dispute in Mason City, police say. On Thursday, April 1, 2021, at approximately 6:26 PM,…

Police seek suspect on murder charge after man shot and killed in Mason City

Police seek suspect on murder charge after man shot and killed in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police are seeking a suspect on a murder charge after a man shot and killed in Mason City. On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 10:26 p.m., officers…

Authorities and police to return to scene in Mason City where human remains were found to continue investigation

Authorities and police to return to scene in Mason City where human remains were found to continue investigation

MASON CITY – Authorities and police today plan to return to the scene along a river in Mason City where human remains were found to continue their investigation. On March…

Attorney General Miller fights for Iowa renewable fuel industry in U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General Miller fights for Iowa renewable fuel industry in U.S. Supreme Court

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller filed an amicus brief today in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting several renewable fuels and agricultural associations in their challenge to the EPA’s…

Rita Hart gives up bid for Iowa’s Second District seat in Congress, concedes cause is lost

Rita Hart gives up bid for Iowa’s Second District seat in Congress, concedes cause is lost

WHEATLAND, IOWA – Rita Hart, a Democrat who trailed Republican Marionette Miller-Meeks by just 6 votes – with at least 22 uncounted votes hanging in the void – announced this…

Mason City police investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Mason City police investigating fatal motorcycle crash

MASON CITY – Mason City police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash and are seeking more clues. On Monday, March 29, 2021 at around 4:25 PM, Mason City Police Department…

Teen saved from cold Iowa lake after kayak sinks

Teen saved from cold Iowa lake after kayak sinks

LAKE DARLING, IOWA – A 17-year-old from Marion, Iowa was pulled from Lake Darling Friday afternoon, March 19 after the kayak he was paddling sank from a crack in its…

Final nine community trout ponds in Iowa ready for anglers to catch trout

Final nine community trout ponds in Iowa ready for anglers to catch trout

CEDAR FALLS – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at the nine remaining community trout ponds as part of its cool weather…

New law impacts boat operators on federal waterways beginning April 1

New law impacts boat operators on federal waterways beginning April 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new federal law goes into effect on April 1, that requires the operator of a boat with an installed Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) to use the…

Conservation Board opens Bluebill boat ramp

Conservation Board opens Bluebill boat ramp

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Effective immediately, the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board has opened access to the boat ramp at the Bluebill Wildlife Area. A reminder to boaters using…

Mason City man nabbed after Yes Way convenience store burglarized

Mason City man nabbed after Yes Way convenience store burglarized

Please SUBSCRIBE to read this story.

Top Iowa election official Pate tells Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart

Top Iowa election official Pate tells Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart

DES MOINES – Iowa’s top election official, Paul Pate, is telling California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart, an election contested by…

Page 1 of 357123Next ›Last »