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War on terrorism: No time to ease up

By Mike Brownfield, The Heritage Foundation – The killing of Osama bin Laden was a hard-won victory for the United States. But the gains made that day, and in waging…

Help children receive a Christmas gift today at Willlowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – The public is invited to Willowbrook Mall today (Saturday, November 19th) to help children less fortunate receive a Christmas Gift. A Christmas Tree will be decorated with…

Occupy Wall Street not what it appears to be

(Op-ed by Otis Lewis) While America is in the season of change, we need a thread that binds. The Occupy minions have no such thread. Equally important is that Occupy…

Additional Details: Law Enforcement Seek Wanted Subject

Additional Details: Law Enforcement Seek Wanted Subject

Emmetsburg, IOWA — The Emmetsburg Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking assistance from the public in locating James Michael Pietrarosso. Pietrarosso is a 32 years…

Judge Penalizes Forest City Cattle Producer for Manure Discharge

GARNER – A Hancock County judge Tuesday penalized a Forest City cattle producer $10,000 following an illegal discharge of manure last year from his cattle feedlot operation into a tributary…

Mason City man heading to prison after 12th public intoxication

Mason City man heading to prison after 12th public intoxication

On Wednesday, November 16th, Michael Cabrera Jr., age 33 of Mason City had a two year suspended prison sentence imposed after being found guilty less than a month into probation.…

“Home for the Holidays” enjoyed by all at Southbridge Mall

“Home for the Holidays” enjoyed by all at Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – The annual “Home for the Holidays” was held at the Southbridge Mall Thursday night.  The festivities were enough to bring out the holiday spirit in anyone. Click…

Steckmann announces intention to run for re-election

Steckmann announces intention to run for re-election

MASON CITY – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City Thursday night announced that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House in the new House District 53, which includes…

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported domestic assault and child endangerment incident on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The reported incident alleges that Christopher Heyden…

Steckman announces intention to run for re-election

Mason City, Iowa — State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City Thursday night announced that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House in the new House District 53, which…

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

North Iowa man wanted by local authorities

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported domestic assault and child endangerment incident on Thursday November 17, 2011. The reported incident alleges that Christopher Heyden…

Get Smart About Antibiotics

DES MOINES – To bring attention to the growing world-wide problem of antibiotic resistance, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the CDC in observing Get Smart About Antibiotics…

North Iowans sound off on “Great American Smokeout” day

North Iowans sound off on “Great American Smokeout” day

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At the Southbridge Mall Thursday evening, Theresa Simon, who works with the Department of Human Services, was helping promote the Great American Smokeout.…

“Twilight” movie excites North Iowans; wait hours to get tickets

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Jessica Dewitt was the first person in line for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1”. “I was here to get my sister…

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

NORA SPRINGS – Shortly after 4pm on Wednesday a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy made traffic stop west of Nora Springs near the corner of HWY 18 and 265th street.…

Question and answer session held on proposed energy plant

MASON CITY – A question and answer session was held on a proposed energy plant that Creative Energy Systems wants to build on Mason City’s south side. CES gave a…

Is pizza a vegetable? Congress will decide

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Buried in a thick spending bill before Congress that must be approved to prevent a government shutdown is one line dealing with…

Two accidents on South Federal Ave. Thursday morning

MASON CITY – Approximately 9:15 this morning, the Mason City Police Department was dispatched to a three vehicle accident at 6th Street and South Federal. Click here to view photos.…

Two accidents on South Federal Ave. Thursday morning

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Approximately 9:15 this morning, the Mason City Police Department was dispatched to a three vehicle accident at 6th Street and South Federal. Click…

Today is 36th annual Great American Smokeout

History of the Great American Smokeout, from cancer.org: Not long ago, nonsmoking airplane passengers had no choice but to breathe clouds of smoke as other passengers lit up cigarettes in…

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – Paul Dunbar, of Mason City, was sentenced this week to ten years in prison after plea bargaining to one possessions with intent to deliver methamphetamine charge. As…

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

Mason City man gets ten year prison sentence in meth distribution case

MASON CITY – On Monday Paul Dunbar, of Mason City, was sentenced to ten years in prison after plea bargaining to one possessions with intent to deliver methamphetamine charge. As…

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

Mason City man jailed on 3rd OWI and child endangerment charges

NORA SPRINGS – Shortly after 4pm on Wednesday a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy made traffic stop west of Nora Springs near the corner of HWY 18 and 265th street.…

U.S. seeks to double average gas mileage

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has proposed landmark fuel economy standards that would almost double the average gas mileage for each automaker’s passenger…

Question and answer meeting held on proposed energy plant

MASON CITY – A question and answer session was held on a proposed energy plant that Creative Energy Systems wants to build on Mason City’s south side. CES gave a…

Volunteers recognized for their service to the community

Volunteers recognized for their service to the community

MASON CITY – The 9th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Banquet was held at the MacNider Art Museum Salsbury room on November 16, 2011. Nearly 40 volunteers were recognized for their…

Increased enforcement of traffic around school buses on the way

MASON CITY – In the near future, the Mason City Police Department will be partnering with the Mason City School District to look for violations such as the unsafe passing…

Mason City City Council recognizes officers again

Mason City City Council recognizes officers again

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council recognized a team of emergency responders and police officers for their heroics. (See photo, right.) Each professional was given a certificate for…

Northwood man wins $50,000 lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Northwood man was on his way to work when he decided to stop for a “MONOPOLYTM” scratch ticket and ended up winning a top prize…

Charity basketball game to be held Tuesday night at the Mohawk gym

MASON CITY – The Mason City Mohawks’ and North Butler Bearcats’ JV & Varsity Girls’ Basketball teams will square off inside Mohawk Gym tonight 6:30 p.m. The Iowa Hall of…

Mason City City Council to meet Tuesday evening

MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council will meet Tuesday evening, 7:00pm, at the Mason City Library in the Mason City Room. On the agenda is a Certificate of…

FBI Releases 2010 Hate Crime Statistics

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released Hate Crime Statistics, 2010 based on information submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. These data indicate that 6,628 criminal…

Gingrich: ‘Dramatic change’ needed in Washington

Gingrich: ‘Dramatic change’ needed in Washington

by Joe Buttweiler, photos by Steve Waechter. SHEFFIELD – Saying he wants to be known as the paycheck president instead of a food stamp president, former U.S. Speaker of the…

Op-ed: Risky Business (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) When I write an opinion I first  put on hip boots because I know I am going to have to get down and roll around  with…

Mediacom to raise rates effective December 15th

Mediacom to raise rates effective December 15th

MASON CITY – The folowing letter was sent to the City of Mason City from cable TV and internet provider Mediacom:…

River City’s Dames of Anarchy’s first roller derby bout was a hit

River City’s Dames of Anarchy’s first roller derby bout was a hit

MASON CITY – Who would have expected the spectacular turnout the River City “Dames of Anarchy” had Saturday night for their first bout? A half hour before it was to…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors meeting, November 15, 2011

MASON CITY – Watch video of Cerro Gordo County Supervisor’s meeting from November 15th, 2011: Agenda is here.  …

North Iowa’s own “dog whisperer”

North Iowa’s own “dog whisperer”

MASON CITY – North Iowa has its own “dog whisperer.” His name is Craig Markham (pictured, right), and he is the owner and manager of “The Dog Whisperer” located at…

Dietz, Hampton’s new mayor, wants to focus on private property issues

Dietz, Hampton’s new mayor, wants to focus on private property issues

HAMPTON – “Private citizens must take back their rightful place as leaders.” When calling Shawn Dietz, he is a very busy man, but he took the time to give a…

Iowa law says public servants can be removed from office just for being intoxicated (by Peter Children)

(Op-ed by Peter Children) There has been much bantering these past days about drinking to excess in public and the ramifications of this behavior. Talk is cheap, it takes money…