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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…

Up rising (by Peter Children)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Peter Children) Joe, Joker, and all other malcontents. Understand once and for all, its not about Peter Children, Max Weaver or Don Nelson’ s concern with…

Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda

Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Opportunity and need have intersected at Mason City Honda with the purchase and renovation of an adjacent property. “We were kind of cramped…

Unfair treatment (by Sandra Servantez)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Sandra Servantez) City Council: In regards to the appointments I just read in the Globe Gazette about Mayor Bookmeyer’s appointments to the human rights commission I…

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

Age factor (by Don Nelson)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Don Nelson; letter is regarding Mayor Bookmeyer’s appointments to boards and commissions) If age is a factor, and I repeat, if, in your consideration to nominate…

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

Mayor approves three applicants for Human Rights Commission

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer moved quickly after Tuesday’s direction from the City Council and brought forward three applicants for the Human Rights Commission. The City Council voted 4-2…

Time for the truth (by Peter Children)

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by Peter Children) To those of you who visit this site, you are aware of the controversy swirling around the HR issues. In a democratic society that’s…

Impeach Now! (by Peter Children)

There are legal remedies available to correct the impasse at the administrative level in Mason City; its called impeachment…..and petitions should be placed around this city starting today. The transparency…

Delivering smiles by the dozen

Delivering smiles by the dozen

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Is there a Cindy Dahl here?” asked the deliveryman, walking into the Woodharbor lobby Monday morning with a Valentine’s Day flower arrangement. “Wow,…

Cameras discourage crime in, near liquor store

Cameras discourage crime in, near liquor store

By Joe Buttweiler. Part 3 in a series. MASON CITY – Video cameras that were installed following a fight at Northside Liquor last May have definitely had the desired effect, according…

Access to information by adult adoptees

Access to information by adult adoptees

(Submitted to NorthIowaToday.com by David A. Grooters) In 2007, North Carolina resident and adult adoptee David Vaughan faced a dilemma. Although he never had a desire or an urge to…

Hotel’s interior designers focus on ‘what’s Wright’

Hotel’s interior designers focus on ‘what’s Wright’

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Designing and furnishing the guest rooms of an historic hotel without the benefit of photos can be a tough challenge when you know…

Officers have criminal data at their fingertips

Officers have criminal data at their fingertips

By Joe Buttweiler. Second in a series. Read Part 1: Online maps help citizens, police track crime Read Part 3: Cameras discourage crime in, near liquor store MASON CITY –…

Online maps help citizens, police track crime

Online maps help citizens, police track crime

MASON CITY – Want to know what criminal activity has been reported in your neighborhood? Then check out the Mason City Police Department’s online crime mapping website. The customizable map…