Real estate developer sues Mason City over defaulted hotel deal

MASON CITY — A real estate developer who proposed to construct a hotel in downtown Mason City has filed a lawsuit. G8 Development of San Diego and developer Philip Chodur filed the More »

Thoma announces run for Mason City council seat

MASON CITY — A former longtime Mason City newspaperman says he’s running for the City Council in Mason City. Tom Thoma is announcing today his bid for an at-large seat on the More »

Ernst says qualified transgender individuals should be allowed in military

WASHINGTON — Senator Joni Ernst says taxpayers “shouldn’t cover the costs associated with gender reassignment surgery,” but Ernst says any qualified American should be able to serve in the military. President Trump More »

Governor and commodity groups discuss several trade issues while in China

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds spoke with reporters Wednesday from China where she hosted an Iowa reception along with representatives of most of the state’s commodities groups who are on the More »

Thursday July 27th Local Sports

TODAY: AM-1300 KGLO — 4A state quarterfinal, Mason City High vs. Dowling — 8:30 AM pre-game, 9:00 AM first pitch AM-1300 KGLO — 1A state semifinal, Newman vs. Remsen St. Mary’s — More »

Sioux City man announces run for 4th District congressional seat

SIOUX CITY — A former Morningside College baseball player says he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 4th District’s seat in Congress. J.D. Scholten formally announced his bid to run against More »

Party chair concerned with how new GOP voters may react in 2018 (AUDIO)

URBANDALE — The Iowa Republican Party’s chairman today said he’s “worried” some of the new voters who President Trump attracted to the GOP in 2016 may not vote in 2018 because of More »

Real estate developer sues Mason City over defaulted hotel deal

MASON CITY — A real estate developer who proposed to construct a hotel in downtown Mason City has filed a lawsuit.

G8 Development of San Diego and developer Philip Chodur filed the lawsuit against the City of Mason City and the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Foundation last week. Chodur alleges a breach of contract with the city and accuses Chamber executive director Robin Anderson of holding secret meetings with City Council members to encourage them to terminate their contract with G8 Development.

Thoma announces run for Mason City council seat

MASON CITY — A former longtime Mason City newspaperman says he’s running for the City Council in Mason City.

Tom Thoma is announcing today his bid for an at-large seat on the council. The 68-year-old Thoma worked for the Globe Gazette for 44 years in many varied positions.

Thoma says among the points he’ll be focusing on include the approval of the River City Renaissance project, continued strong public safety, job development, working with schools and Mercy-North Iowa to help them attract the best people, and continued implementation of quality-of-life attractions such as the recent trails program.

Ernst says qualified transgender individuals should be allowed in military

WASHINGTON — Senator Joni Ernst says taxpayers “shouldn’t cover the costs associated with gender reassignment surgery,” but Ernst says any qualified American should be able to serve in the military.

President Trump has sent a series of tweets, announcing the U.S. military “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military.” Trump says transgender soldiers cause “disruption” and cloud the military’s focus on “decisive and overwhelming victory.”

Governor and commodity groups discuss several trade issues while in China

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds spoke with reporters Wednesday from China where she hosted an Iowa reception along with representatives of most of the state’s commodities groups who are on the trade trip with her.

“We had about 150 people join us. It was a great opportunity for our commodity groups to meet with industry partners. We were blessed to have Ambassador (Terry) Branstad and his family join us for the reception tonight,”Reynolds says. Reynolds says they have also been visiting various agricultural operations in China.

“We had the opportunity to meet with the mayor of Shanghai and to continue to talk about partnerships and visit an aquaculture farm where the Iowa Soybean Association actually invested in technology to help with the production of the aquaculture at decreased cost and increased output,” according to Reynolds.

North Iowa man pleads guilty to fraud, identity theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors say a northern Iowa businessman already convicted of failing to pay employment taxes has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an ethanol plant scam.

Darrell Smith, of Forest City, entered the pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to charges of wire fraud and identity theft. Smith was sentenced in December to 13 months for payroll tax fraud.

Thursday July 27th Local Sports

TODAY:
AM-1300 KGLO — 4A state quarterfinal, Mason City High vs. Dowling — 8:30 AM pre-game, 9:00 AM first pitch

AM-1300 KGLO — 1A state semifinal, Newman vs. Remsen St. Mary’s — coverage follows MCHS-Dowling

 

DES MOINES — Rainy weather in the Des Moines area played havoc on the state baseball tournament on Wednesday. Three of the four Class 4A games did get played, with the final game of the night ending at 12:43 this morning, but state officials late in the afternoon postponed the final scheduled game of the night, Mason City against Dowling, to this morning. The Mohawks are 26-17 and will face a Dowling team that is second-ranked, has a record of 34-8, and beat Mason City four times during the regular season. The first pitch in this morning’s game is scheduled for 9 o’clock, with the pre-game show on AM-1300 KGLO starting at about 8:30.

Sioux City man announces run for 4th District congressional seat

SIOUX CITY — A former Morningside College baseball player says he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 4th District’s seat in Congress.

J.D. Scholten formally announced his bid to run against Republican incumbent Steve King for the U.S. House seat in a short campaign video news release Tuesday.

“I’m running to help build an economy that benefits hard-working middle class Iowans. And a health care system that makes sense for the way we live our lives in this district. And a return to decency and integrity in our politics,” Scholten says.

Scholten released an additional statement that says he is “sick and tired of how divisive politics in this country has become, and how divorced it is from people’s lives.”

Party chair concerned with how new GOP voters may react in 2018 (AUDIO)

URBANDALE — The Iowa Republican Party’s chairman today said he’s “worried” some of the new voters who President Trump attracted to the GOP in 2016 may not vote in 2018 because of inaction in congress.

“Bottom line is, with this health care thing, I am concerned,” Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann said this morning at the Westside Conservative Breakfast Club in Urbandale.

Kaufmann told the group that party “insiders” understand the nuances of the legislative process and are willing to give Iowa Republicans in congress the benefit of the doubt when it comes to fulfilling promises to “build the wall” along the southern border and repeal ObamaCare.

Mason City man pleads guilty to lascivious acts

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has pleaded guilty in a sexual abuse case.

37-year-old Christopher Hull was charged earlier this year with second-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child after being accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old child in June 2015. Hull originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but during a plea change hearing on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to the lascivious acts charge.

Illinois man to plead guilty to sexual abuse charge

MASON CITY — An Illinois man charged with sexual abuse in Cerro Gordo County has pleaded guilty.

29-year-old Sean Dright was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child after being accused of sexually abusing a child two years ago in Mason City. Dright is accused of putting his hand down a child’s pants and fondled the child at a Mason City residence multiple times between February and July in 2015.

Three charged with burglary during home invasion in Charles City

CHARLES CITY — Charles City authorities have arrested a trio of suspects on burglary charges.

The Charles City Police Department says they received a 9-1-1 call shortly before 9:30 Tuesday night of armed intruders inside a house in the 400 block of B Street. The caller was able to hide in a closet, while two other residents of the home were able to leave at the beginning of the incident and go to a local business where one was transported to the hospital for medical care.

One of three accused of jewelry heist back in jail after violating pre-trial release

MASON CITY — One of the three defendants in a Mason City jewelry theft case is back behind bars after allegedly violating the terms of her pre-trial release.

43-year-old Debra Swartz along with 43-year-old Jason Bendickson and 45-year-old Jonathan Rieman, all of Mason City, are all accused of being involved in a burglary at a residence in the 1800 block of 12th Northeast on March 27th where $80-thousand worth of jewelry was stolen.

Swartz was accused of taking a 2.65-karat ring and wearing it for several weeks. She was charged with first-degree theft, pleaded not guilty in May, and was released from jail with supervision.

State Patrol using several methods to catch texting drivers

DES MOINES — The Iowa State Patrol is warning motorists that troopers are getting creative in efforts to enforce the state’s new distracted driving law.

Trooper Alex Dinkla says drivers should think twice about picking up their cell phone, even if they don’t see a marked state patrol vehicle in the area.

Troopers in each district are coming up with ways to disguise themselves in order to catch drivers breaking the new law. “In eastern Iowa, they’re doing an effort with an undercover RV…so troopers will be riding in the motor home and looking out the window as they head down the interstate, looking for those violations,” Dinkla said. “We might have a trooper sitting on a bulldozer in a construction zone area.”

New Research Shows Prevalence of Post-Concussion Problems

INDIANOLA, Iowa – Ninety-nine percent of former National Football League players whose brains were studied suffered from the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, according to just-released research.

The finding doesn’t surprise Brenda Easter of Indianola. Her son Zac took his life at age 24 after suffering with CTE following years of playing football. She now operates a foundation, CTE Hope, working to develop a saliva test that could immediately reveal concussions.

Easter said she’s part of a “football family” and noted that her husband coached at the collegiate level for 14 years.

Floyd, Kossuth, Chickasaw among new counties with disaster proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in northern and eastern Iowa ravaged by severe weather, heavy rains and flash flooding.

The governor’s office said Tuesday that the proclamation covers Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth counties affected by weather Friday and Saturday.

The proclamation allows state resources to be used to aid in recovery efforts. It also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance program for qualifying residents of the four counties.

Legislative committee discusses state employee pension plan shortfall

DES MOINES — A projected shortfall in Iowa’s pension fund for public employees may now be approaching seven billion dollars. Workers and lobbyists crowded a committee room at the statehouse Tuesday to hear the latest figures on the projected shortfall in the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System known as IPERS.

IPERS C-E-O Donna Mueller says for more than ten years workers were not putting enough money into the system and the alarm bells were ignored. “Since 2002 until 2014 the contributions paid into IPERs did not meet with the what the actuary stated every year was required to fund the benefits,” Mueller says.

The shortfall is five-point-six billion dollars, but analysts have lowered their expected investment returns, so the shortfall could reach seven billion dollars.

Wednesday July 26th Local Sports

TONIGHT:
AM-1300 KGLO — 4A baseball state quarterfinal — Mason City vs. Dowling — 7:00 pre-game, 7:30 first pitch (approximate times)

 

DES MOINES — The Mason City High baseball team faces Dowling of West Des Moines in the 4A quarterfinals of the state baseball tournament later today. The Mohawks come in 10th ranked in the state with a 26-17 record and will face a Dowling team that’s 34-8. At one point late in the season the Mohawks found themselves with a sub-500 record, but coach Troy Rood says there was one game that he can point back to as the turning point of the season.

Wedding bells ring at RAGBRAI

CLEAR LAKE — There was a wedding at RAGBRAI yesterday afternoon. Whit and Sarah Oyler tied the knot on the City Beach stage shortly after 3 o’clock on Wednesday. The couple had been on RAGBRAI when Clear Lake was a pass-through community in 2014.

 

The couple met while they were both going to school at Oklahoma State and six years later decided to finally tie the knot.

Mason City man accused of injuring five-month-old pleads not guilty

MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of severely injuring a five-month-old child has pleaded not guilty.

27-year-old Jeremy Rose was arrested on June 29th and charged with child endangerment resulting in serious injury after police say he caused a serious brain injury in his five-month-old baby. Officers and medics were called to a house in the 2500 block of South Jefferson Avenue the night of June 22nd for a report of an infant having difficulty breathing.

Not guilty plea for Belmond man accused of creating false sales contracts

MASON CITY — A Belmond man has pleaded not guilty after being arrested on forgery and theft charges.

31-year-old Joel Pals is accused of creating false sales contracts and on two occasions forging customer signatures while working as a salesman for Advanced Systems Incorporated in Mason City. A criminal complaint says the crimes allegedly took place between June of last year and January of this year, with Pals illegally obtaining over $54-hundred in commissions.

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