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Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

Obstacles stand in way of cleaning up city, by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I met last Monday morning with city officials in City Hall. Pat Otto the neighborhood coordinator along with her two associates that work along side of…

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

Two North Iowa men arrested on counterfeiting charges

MASON CITY – Investigators from the Mason City Police Department arrested two suspects in connection to recent reports from Mason City businesses receiving counterfeit money. Bradley Gene Gouge (19) of…

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

United Sugars warehouse to be done in July

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Construction of a new 83,000-square-foot warehouse at United Sugars Corp. is expected to be finished in July, helping the company save money on…

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

Two teens arrested at John Adams Wednesday

MASON CITY – Mason City police were called to John Adams Middle School, 29 Illinois S. Avenue Wednesday morning at 8:16 a.m. due to a disturbance at the school. Gary…

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

Counterfeit money arrest made by MCPD

MASON CITY – On Thursday, May 12 at approximately 11:24 a.m., a subject ordered food from a local business and asked that it be delivered to a residence. The business…

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

Life’s Lessons by Peter Children

(Op-ed by Peter Children) I want to address everyone who spends time at this site, whether you simply read the blogs or actively jump into the discussions taking place at…

$2.1 million for new biodiesel refinery near Forest City

May 11, 2011(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Power Fund Board approved awards of over $2.1 million for projects to build a biodiesel refinery near Forest City, create jobs for the…

State Record White Bass Caught at Spirit Lake

SPIRIT LAKE – A new state record white bass was caught from a dock Saturday evening on Big Sprit Lake. Josh Zylstra, 23, of Laurens, landed the 18.7-inch, 4.16 pound…

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

Forest City woman sentenced to federal prison for meth-distribution conspiracy

A Forest City, Iowa, woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a Mason City area methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Jessica Risius, age 32, of Forest City, Iowa,…

Auto accident in Frankiln county Monday injures two

Auto accident in Frankiln county Monday injures two

Two people were injured in a Monday afternoon accident in Franklin county. The incident took place on northbound Interstate 35 in Franklin county at about 5 p.m. Monday. A vehicle…

Mason City Bulls is newest minor league hockey team in Mason City

Mason City Bulls is newest minor league hockey team in Mason City

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that its Board of Governors has accepted the membership application for a team in Mason City, Iowa, to begin play for…

Fatal hit and run this Tuesday morning in Worth County

KENSETT – Around 8:00 a.m., person was struck by a burgundy GMC Chevy truck on Raven Avenue in Worth County 1 mile north of Kensett. Air Med was dispatched but…

NIACC Recognized 675 Graduates at Commencement

NIACC Recognized 675 Graduates at Commencement

During the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6, approximately 675 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded to graduates. Several honors and awards were also…

Street sweeper tips over (photos)

Street sweeper tips over (photos)

MASON CITY – A street sweeper tipped over in Mason City, Iowa on May 6, 2011.…

Serious auto accident this afternoon near Plymouth

Serious auto accident this afternoon near Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, IOWA – Today at 2:50 PM, Worth County requested Mason City Ambulance, Plymouth EMT and Helicopter for one vehicle accident with 4 subjects in the vehicle. At least one…

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event held in Mason City

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event held in Mason City

MASON CITY – Guest Speaker Josh Jasper, Dubuque, IA was invited to kick off the third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, at Central Park in Mason City, Wednesday.…

Nora Springs bakery serves up small-town charm

Nora Springs bakery serves up small-town charm

NORA SPRINGS — Ruth Willier’s kitchen at home was overflowing with pies, bars, cakes and other baked goods. It was obvious she needed a bigger space. So when she found…

Branstad names Paul Trombino as Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced that Paul Trombino III, P.E. will serve as the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. “I am pleased to announce…

Bookmeyer “regrettably” makes new appointee to Human Rights Commission

Bookmeyer “regrettably” makes new appointee to Human Rights Commission

MASON CITY – Today Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved to fill a vacancy on the Human Rights Commission, this time nominating Stephen Palmer of Mason City. The commission did not approve…

Two Mason City men arrested for drug possession

Two Mason City men arrested for drug possession

MASON CITY – On 4/18/2011 officers from the Mason City police department executed a search warrant at 324 1st Street SW. Officers located more than 50 grams of marijuana inside…

Nelson follows up with state authorities on possible Tornquist conflict of interest

Nelson follows up with state authorities on possible Tornquist conflict of interest

MASON CITY – Don Nelson made good on his word of following up with state authorities over a possible conflict of interest involving City Council member Scott Tornquist. Nelson had…

Dispute over littering leads to lesson learned for kids

Dispute over littering leads to lesson learned for kids

Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – This morning in Mason City, two children learned a life lesson on littering. A witness reported the following information…

Human Rights Commission, Bookmeyer duel over appointment

Human Rights Commission, Bookmeyer duel over appointment

MASON CITY – The Human Rights Commission voted unanimously on Thursday April 7, 2011, not to consent to the appointment of Mr. Brian McNamara as recommended by Mayor Bookmeyer. This…

Nelson wants Tornquist investigated

Nelson wants Tornquist investigated

MASON CITY – City Council member Don Nelson is asking for an investigation of fellow Council member Scott Tornquist. The request stems from what Nelson calls a “possible conflict of…

Witnesses: Man jumps from girlfriend’s moving car

Witnesses: Man jumps from girlfriend’s moving car

By Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Witnesses tell NorthIowaToday.com that an intoxicated man, whose name they say is Yann Lem, tried jumping from his girlfriend’s moving…

Fight leads to hospitalization of two Mason City men

Fight leads to hospitalization of two Mason City men

MASON CITY – On April 3rd, 2011 at approximately 12:13 AM Mason City police officers were called to the 500 block of 8th St. SE in Mason City for a…

School Board OK’s bid for John Adams Middle School renovation

School Board OK’s bid for John Adams Middle School renovation

MASON CITY – The Mason City School board met in a special session on Tuesday to discuss and vote on approving a bid for phase 3 renovation work on John…

Former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch dies

Former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch dies

LANCASTER, CA – The musician who kept the beat and suffered the worst from the brutal cold during of one of rock ‘n roll’s most infamous tours is dead. Carl…

Tanning salon an Oasis in the city

Tanning salon an Oasis in the city

MASON CITY – When Cindy Graves decided she wanted to open a tanning salon, she looked at some existing salons in North Iowa with the idea of maybe buying one.…

‘The Dog’ cart offers lunch on the street

‘The Dog’ cart offers lunch on the street

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – For many years David Lockwood had an urge to run a hot dog stand. But he just couldn’t swing it. “It doesn’t make…

Wise Guys serving up sports and fun

Wise Guys serving up sports and fun

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Just in time for March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day, a new sports bar has opened in the former site of Pete’s Corner…

Three shoplifters arrested Sunday at Mills Fleet Farm

Three shoplifters arrested Sunday at Mills Fleet Farm

MASON CITY – On March 13, 2011 at approximately 2:00 p.m. employees of Mills Fleet Farm 3200 4th S.W. notified the police department that they had detained three women inside…

Alley Katz to liven up North Side with drinks, music and food

Alley Katz to liven up North Side with drinks, music and food

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Alley Katz, a new bar and restaurant offering homemade pizzas, subs and a wide variety of beverages and entertainment, is expected to open…

Nelson hopes Bookmeyer makes appointments, ends controversy

MASON CITY – City Council member Don Nelson has asked Mayor Eric Bookmeyer to end the Human Rights controversy and appoint the three candidates that have been submitted. The Human…

New weightlifting gym a ‘breath of fresh air’

New weightlifting gym a ‘breath of fresh air’

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Jake Prazak knows that walking into a weight-lifting gym can be a bit intimidating. So he and his partner, John Berding, make it…

Burrito Bunker opening soon in Mason City

Burrito Bunker opening soon in Mason City

MASON CITY – Mexican food lovers will soon be able to order custom-made burritos and such with locally raised meat. Shaun Hoffman and Lance Martin, both of Little Cedar, plan…

Human Rights Commission approves three applicants

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission met Thursday and approved three applicants for the three vacancies on the commission. Two approved were brought by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer;…

Council passes ordinance changes diminishing Mayor’s role in selecting Human Rights Commissioners

Council passes ordinance changes diminishing Mayor’s role in selecting Human Rights Commissioners

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council ok’d on first reading Tuesday night new rules for selecting Human Rights Commissioners that would diminish the Mayor’s role. The ordinance passed 4-2…

ServiceMaster making good of Vibrations

ServiceMaster making good of Vibrations

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – ServiceMaster of Mason City is cleaning up a logistics challenge by consolidating operations at a new site near the north edge of town.…

The Ruse: The Pot and the Kettle exposed (by Max Weaver)

The Ruse: The Pot and the Kettle exposed (by Max Weaver)

I was ready to let the human rights issue go (you know, who said what, who wanted to shut it down) but Mr. Bookmeyer (the Pot) and Mr. Tornquist (the…