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Vandals take note: Mason City skywalk cannot be damaged by thrown rocks

Vandals take note: Mason City skywalk cannot be damaged by thrown rocks

MASON CITY – Any disgruntled punks launching rocks from their muscled upper appendages at Mason City’s new skywalk will be completely humiliated and out of luck, it was declared this…

Iowa’s April was cooler, drier than normal

Iowa’s April was cooler, drier than normal

DES MOINES — With average rainfall about 2 inches below normal and temperatures about 2 degrees below normal, April was cooler and drier than usual, according to the latest Water…

Mason City board of education to consider personnel changes at tonight’s meeting

Mason City board of education to consider personnel changes at tonight’s meeting

MASON CITY – The Mason City board of education will consider personnel changes at tonight’s meeting. The panel will meet in the Board Room of the Administrative Center, 1515 S.…

Top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate cancels appearance due to Des Moines hate crimes

Top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate cancels appearance due to Des Moines hate crimes

DES MOINES – The top Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate has canceled an appearance due to a rash of alleged hate crimes in Des Moines. Admiral Mike Franken was…

Police advise Mason City citizens to have pets up-to-date on vaccinations and licenses

Police advise Mason City citizens to have pets up-to-date on vaccinations and licenses

MASON CITY – The Mason City police department is advising citizens to be sure their pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and licenses. A statement from the MCPD: As the weather…

Des Moines NAACP advises African-Americans to be on high alert after alleged beating

Des Moines NAACP advises African-Americans to be on high alert after alleged beating

DES MOINES – The Des Moines NAACP is advising African-Americans to be on high alert after an alleged beating of a young black male in the state’s capitol city. The…

Shoplifting batteries and booze lands Charles City man behind bars

Shoplifting batteries and booze lands Charles City man behind bars

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Iowa Court of Appeals upholds conviction of Fort Dodge woman for choking child

Iowa Court of Appeals upholds conviction of Fort Dodge woman for choking child

DES MOINES – A Fort Dodge woman who was seen choking a child at the daycare she worked at and was soon convicted of child endangerment has had her conviction…

Rep. Upmeyer: “Better Days Are Just Ahead!”

Rep. Upmeyer: “Better Days Are Just Ahead!”

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: Greetings! It has been a couple weeks since I’ve written, although…

Fleeing Hampton man tries to swim away from cops and needs rescuing in Mason City’s black pit

Fleeing Hampton man tries to swim away from cops and needs rescuing in Mason City’s black pit

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Mason City man faces felonies after fleeing police in Clear Lake after burglary

Mason City man faces felonies after fleeing police in Clear Lake after burglary

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Mason City woman faces felony theft charge

Mason City woman faces felony theft charge

WAVERLY – A Mason City woman is facing a felony theft charge. An arrest warrant was issued on February 28, 2020, in Bremer county, Iowa by the Bremer county sheriff’s…

Mason City man races away from police toting illegal drugs on stolen motorcycle

Mason City man races away from police toting illegal drugs on stolen motorcycle

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Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

DES MOINES – State Senator Claire Celsi is calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to expand testing in cooperation with other entities in order to provide a larger testing footprint in…

Businesses that are allowed to re-open in Iowa on May 15, 2020

Businesses that are allowed to re-open in Iowa on May 15, 2020

DES MOINES – The following is a list of the businesses that are allowed to open and under what circumstances, on May 15, 2020: Restaurants Limits customers to 50% capacity…

One person airlifted to hospital after auto accident in Palo Alto county

One person airlifted to hospital after auto accident in Palo Alto county

RURAL PALO ALTO COUNTY – One person was airlifted to a hospital after an auto accident in Palo Alto county this week. On May 12, 2020 at 5:48 AM, the…

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Post reports today that taxpayers are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for hotel stays at President Donald Trump’s hotels. David Fahrenthold of the…

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds, House Speaker Pat Grassley, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced their request for the Revenue Estimating Conference to convene a meeting prior…

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/14/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 505.29 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 612.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

Mason City man speeds away from traffic stop armed with “AR15 style rifle”

Mason City man speeds away from traffic stop armed with “AR15 style rifle”

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USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This…

Cerro Gordo county COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update

Cerro Gordo county COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update

Data Snapshot  13,675 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa (05/13/2020). 15 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo (05/13/2020). Age Ranges of lab-confirmed cases: (18-40) = 3 cases,…

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

Iowa watchdog group slams Ernst and Grassley for offering “false choice” between letting Iowa go bankrupt and giving corporations legal immunity from sick employees 

DES MOINES, IA — As the U.S. Department of Labor this morning reported that nearly 3 million Americans, including 16,735 Iowans, have filed new jobless claims in the last week,…

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

Admiral Mike Franken, candidate for U.S. Senate, reacts to Governor Reynolds decision to further open Iowa 

DES MOINES – On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she is lifting further restrictions across Iowa. The Des Moines Register reported: “Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she is…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa…

Mason City will not open its public pool this summer due to COVID-19

Mason City will not open its public pool this summer due to COVID-19

MASON CITY – Mason City announced today that the City will not open its public pool this summer due to COVID-19 “The City of Mason City continues to prioritize the…

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor EDC began distributing awards from the Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund this week to 118 local businesses totaling $414,495. The fund, created…

North Iowa volunteers log thousands of hours during COVID-19

North Iowa volunteers log thousands of hours during COVID-19

MASON CITY – North Iowa volunteers have logged thousands of hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are receiving recognition for their sacrifices. Since the beginning of COVID-19, hundreds of…

Law enforcement nab driver after wild chase in Charles City

Law enforcement nab driver after wild chase in Charles City

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Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

Transcript of Nancy Pelosi Interview on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on efforts to…

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

SEATTLE – As some states continue to ease social distancing mandates and new data are acquired on people’s movements, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University…

Police raid house in Clarksville, find trove of dope

Police raid house in Clarksville, find trove of dope

CLARKSVILLE, IOWA – Police raided a house in Clarksville and found a trove of dope in the residence. The Clarksville Police Department says that on May 10, 2020, the their…

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon…

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

Des Moines Register endorses Franken for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES – Thursday evening, The Des Moines Register announced their endorsement of Admiral Mike Franken for U.S. Senate. “The retired three-star admiral is the candidate who is the most…

Letter to Editor: A thank you from Alliant Energy

Letter to Editor: A thank you from Alliant Energy

Dear Editor, All around us, I see our neighbors and communities powering through this health crisis together. From our healthcare workers and store clerks to delivery drivers and farmers, Iowans…

Incomplete 911 call to Northern Iowa Walmart parking lot leads to chase of armed felon with female juvenile

Incomplete 911 call to Northern Iowa Walmart parking lot leads to chase of armed felon with female juvenile

SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA – An incomplete 911 call to a Northern Iowa Walmart parking lot led to a chase of an armed man who was with a female juvenile. On…

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan…

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary Perdue this week applauded the decision made by the District Court of Western Missouri which ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has…

Iowa farmer airlifted to hospital after tractor rolls onto him

Iowa farmer airlifted to hospital after tractor rolls onto him

RURAL FAYETTE COUNTY – An Iowa farmer has been airlifted to a hospital after his tractor rolled onto him. On May 6, 2020 at 11:33 AM, the Fayette County Sheriff’s…

City of Mason City expense report for May 7, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 7, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/7/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 825.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 2,267.50 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 60.00…