Public Information Board refuses to release audio of meeting about Burlington police video

DES MOINES — The state board that oversees openness in government has voted not to release a recording of its own closed meeting. Bert Dalmer of the Iowa Ombudsman’s Office is seeking More »

ACLU of Iowa to sue over denial of Medicaid coverage for transgender care

DES MOINES — The ACLU of Iowa will go to court to try to lift the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for transgender surgical care. Joe Freund is a family practice doctor More »

Bankers: Rural economy continues to struggle in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states. The Rural More »

UPDATED — Filing deadline passes for city elections

Click on this story to see the full list of candidates running in Cerro Gordo County The ballot is set for city elections this November as the filing deadline for candidates to More »

Flu cases starting to show up in Iowa

MASON CITY — We are just heading into fall and winter is still weeks away, but cases of the flu are already showing up in Iowa. Health Department Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk More »

Iowa party leaders debate state’s finances, federal health care bill (VIDEO)

JOHNSTON — The leaders of Iowa’s two major political parties had a face-to-face discussion of state government finances Thursday. It’s a debate likely to continue for months among the 2018 candidates for More »

Friday September 22nd Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND: == FRIDAY 93.9-FM KIA — Newman at Rockford — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00 AM-1300 KGLO — Mason City at Cedar Falls — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:15 AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB More »

Public Information Board refuses to release audio of meeting about Burlington police video

DES MOINES — The state board that oversees openness in government has voted not to release a recording of its own closed meeting. Bert Dalmer of the Iowa Ombudsman’s Office is seeking the recording, to investigate a complaint about the board’s vote to keep the audio secret.

“In the interest of full transparency and accountability, we need this information,” Dalmer says.

There’s a long-running dispute over whether the public should be able to view ALL the body camera footage from a fatal police shooting in Burlington. The Iowa Public Information Board hired an independent prosecutor to seek release of that video.

ACLU of Iowa to sue over denial of Medicaid coverage for transgender care

DES MOINES — The ACLU of Iowa will go to court to try to lift the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for transgender surgical care. Joe Freund is a family practice doctor in Des Moines who treats transgender patients.

“I’m passionate about this,” Freund said, “because I’ve lost patients to suicide because of the inability to get this care that they have needed.”

Bankers: Rural economy continues to struggle in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states.

The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region fell to its lowest level of the year at 39.6 from August’s 42.2. The index released Thursday ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

Milwaukee man accused of using bogus credit cards to purchase vehicles in Mason City, Storm Lake

MASON CITY — A Milwaukee man is in the Cerro Gordo County Jail after being arrested on charges of buying cars with fake credit cards in Mason City and Storm Lake.

23-year-old Timothy Litt has been charged with first-degree and second-degree theft in Cerro Gordo County, as well as first-degree theft in Buena Vista County.

Mason City police accuse Litt of purchasing a vehicle at Wheel Man Auto on July 5th, with the credit card being found not to be good after he took the vehicle.

Southern Minnesota man arrested after chase in Mason City

MASON CITY — A southern Minnesota man wanted for drug dealing was arrested this week after a brief chase through Mason City.

A criminal complaint says officers attempted to stop 36-year-old Corey Stigney of Austin in the area of 1st and South Monroe at about 10:35 Wednesday night. Stigney allegedly failed to stop, gained speed, disobeyed a stop sign and stop light before an officer lost sight of him.

Mason City council denies zoning change for mobile dock trailers

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week turned down a zoning request for a mobile dock trailer to be placed on the city’s south side. A mobile dock trailer is a semi-trailer that’s been modified to function as a cross-dock, where an incoming semi would load materials directly into outbound trucks or trailers with little or no storage in between. Demand for cross-docking facilities has grown as more manufacturers tightly manage their supply chains by implementing “just in time” delivery.

Mason City’s zoning code currently does not allow for mobile dock trailers, and the council was asked to allow a conditional use permit to be issued in suitable areas of the community.

State Transportation Commission approves rail project between Clear Lake, Emory

CLEAR LAKE — The Iowa Transportation Commission approved grants and loans for three rail development projects at its meeting Tuesday, including one in Cerro Gordo County.

D-O-T spokeswoman Laura Hutzell says the rail project by Progressive Rail on the Iowa Traction Railway will bring freight service to Clear Lake. The project was awarded a loan of 655-thousand dollars. “It actually goes from Emory, Iowa to Clear Lake, Iowa. There’s a rail line up there that is doing some rehab. There’s a section of track that is currently being used to store empty cars and they are going to strengthen a couple of bridges on the rail line,” Hutzell says.

UPDATED — Filing deadline passes for city elections

Click on this story to see the full list of candidates running in Cerro Gordo County

The ballot is set for city elections this November as the filing deadline for candidates to appear on the ballot was last night:

 

=== In Mason City, for the At-Large seat currently held by Bill Schickel, former Globe-Gazette staffer Tom Thoma is being challenged by Max Weaver. Weaver filed his nomination papers Thursday afternoon, two days after only getting 28-percent of the vote in the Third Ward special election won by Joshua Masson.

 

=== In the Second Ward, former Mason City Human Rights Commission director Lionel Foster filed on Thursday for the seat being vacated by two-term councilman Travis Hickey. Park Board member Troy Levenhagen and Will Symonds had previously filed.

Flu cases starting to show up in Iowa

MASON CITY — We are just heading into fall and winter is still weeks away, but cases of the flu are already showing up in Iowa.

Health Department Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk says they’ve seen a handful of cases and it’s a sign to begin preparing. “We’re starting to see people diagnosed with the flu and we’ve actually even had some hospitalizations due to the flu,” Quinlisk says. “So, it’s starting to pick up and we want to remind everybody that it’s time to go get your flu shot.”

Iowa party leaders debate state’s finances, federal health care bill (VIDEO)

JOHNSTON — The leaders of Iowa’s two major political parties had a face-to-face discussion of state government finances Thursday.

It’s a debate likely to continue for months among the 2018 candidates for governor and the legislature. Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann said Republican Governor Kim Reynolds showed “steady management” by withdrawing $13 million from the state’s economic emergency fund to cover the state budget deficit.

Friday September 22nd Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND:

== FRIDAY
93.9-FM KIA — Newman at Rockford — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00

AM-1300 KGLO — Mason City at Cedar Falls — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:15

AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB — “This Week in College Football” Big Ten preview 6:00; “Radio Iowa Scouting Report” 6:30; Clear Lake at Forest City — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:30; “Iowa High School Scoreboard Show” 10:00-11:30

== SATURDAY
AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa vs. Penn State — pre-game 4:30, kickoff 6:30

 

 

DETROIT (AP) – Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Minnesota Twins extended their lead for the American League’s second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night.

The Twins are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL’s final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland.

Interim city administrator approved by Mason City council

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week unanimously approved naming an interim city administrator.

The city’s finance director Kevin Jacobson will add the duties of interim city administrator starting on October 1st as the city prepares for Brent Trout to exit in mid-October for his new job as city manager in Topeka Kansas.

Trout says Jacobson is a perfect fit for being the interim. He says Jacobson is the only department director who regularly works with all the other department directors.

Iowa woman accused of kidnapping her children arrested

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested an Iowa woman accused of abducting her three daughters.

Police say 25-year-old Danica Noel Arzaga was arrested in Sioux City Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities had been searching for Arzaga since she allegedly abducted her three children from Royal, Iowa, on Tuesday morning. An Amber Alert was issued and then canceled after the three young girls were found abandoned in Sanborn, in northwest Iowa, late Tuesday.

One of three people accused of operating “one pot” meth lab pleads guilty

MASON CITY — One of three people charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after being arrested in Mason City earlier this summer has pleaded guilty.

49-year-old James Mejia, 27-year-old Stephanie Stroud, and 22-year-old Levi Mahaney all of Mason City were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of 12th and North Pierce in the early morning hours of July 12th. The deputy allegedly found a “one-pot” meth lab inside the car.

Iowa’s governor backs Graham-Cassidy health care bill in U.S. Senate

DES MOINES — Kim Reynolds is among the 21 Republican governors who are pressing Republican senators to pass the latest alternative for repealing ObamaCare.

“Right now, this is the only vehicle that we have to address ObamaCare that’s failing,” Reynolds said during her weekly statehouse news conference.

The bill authored by Republican senators from South Carolina and Louisiana would send federal spending on the health care law back to the states as block grants.

New option moving forward for getting your high school diploma

DES MOINES — A change that gives those who failed for one reason or another to get a high school diploma another option to go back and get it is moving close to reality.

The State Board of Education signed off on the rule change for the high school equivalency requirements during their meeting last week. Department of Education spokesman, Jeremy Varner, says those who have wanted to get the missed high school diploma had only had one option.

Reynolds: budget fix without special session ‘right thing to do’

DES MOINES — There will be no “special session” of the Iowa legislature this fall to discuss fixes to the state budget and the debate is now shifting to topics for the 2018 legislative session. Governor Reynolds announced yesterday she’d be able to cover the short-fall in last year’s state budget by withdrawing $13 million from the state’s economic emergency fund.

Reynolds said in July, she was getting “a lot of push” to have legislators reconvene to fix things.

“That was reckless and we took our time and we monitored where the revenue stood and it was the right thing to do,” Reynolds said during a stop in southwest Iowa on Wednesday.

Veal appeals murder conviction, sentence

MASON CITY — A Lake Mills man recently sentenced to two life prison sentences for murder has filed an appeal.

31-year-old Peter Veal is seeking the appeal of his final judgment and sentence of two consecutive life sentences plus 25 years for the murders of Mindy Kavars and Caleb Christensen and the attempted murder of Ron Willis at a house in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue in Mason City last November 17th.

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in Cedar Rapids speed camera cases

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on a couple of cases involving speed camera tickets issued by Cedar Rapids.

Marla Leaf challenged her ticket, saying the city didn’t prove she was speeding. Attorney James Larew of Iowa City represents Leaf and another group of people who had their cases combined. Larew says one of the problems is Cedar Rapids’ Automated Traffic Enforcement ordinance lacks the proper procedure for challenging the tickets.

Training hotel/motel workers to recognize, report sexual exploitation

DES MOINES — Next week, hotel and motel employees in Cedar Rapids will undergo training in how to spot the victims of sexual exploitation. It’s part of a new, statewide effort to combat human trafficking in Iowa hotels and motels.

George Belitsos of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery says commercial sexual exploitation is now a bigger business than the drug trade.

“Humans can be exploited for many years,” Belitsos says, “plus human trafficking is more hidden from public view.”

He says that’s why training everyone who works in an Iowa hotel or motel is so important. Training exercises were held last week in the Des Moines area.

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