Blizzard Warning continues for north-central Iowa, travel not advised

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Two people from Wyoming arrested after shoplifting incident in Mason City

MASON CITY — Two people from Wyoming were arrested Thursday after a shoplifting incident in Mason City. Shortly after 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, police were called to Mills Fleet Farm on the More »

Thousands of Iowans encouraged to get a new birth certificate

DES MOINES — Iowans who have a child, born between 1993 and 2009, are being encouraged to replace their wallet-sized birth certificate issued to newborns in the state during that time period. More »

Friday February 24th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND: = FRIDAY – AM-1300 KGLO — 4A boys substate semifinal — Mason City High boys at Cedar Rapids Kennedy — postponed   = SATURDAY – AM-1300 KGLO — 4A boys More »

Snowplows ready to go for winter storm

MASON CITY — State snowplow crews are preparing for the massive snowstorm that’s forecast to hit a wide section of north-central and northwest Iowa tonight and tomorrow. Craig Bargfrede, the Iowa D-O-T’s More »

Mason City council approves study on removing dams on Winnebago River

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week has approved awarding a contract for a feasibility study on removing dams on the Winnebago River in Mason City, which in More »

Legislative forum postponed due to weather forecast

CLEAR LAKE — A legislative forum scheduled for Friday morning in Clear Lake has fallen victim to the weather. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, and Senate Minority Whip More »

Legislators ponder state E-Verify requirement for some Iowa businesses

DES MOINES — Nineteen Republicans in the Iowa Senate are co-sponsoring a bill that would require Iowa businesses with more than 25 employees use the federal government’s “E-verify” system to confirm all new hires are citizens or legal residents of the United States. Dave Stitz is a vice president at the McAninch Corporation, a central Iowa contracting company that’s been using E-Verify for about eight years. Since 2009, the company has had just one applicant who failed the cross-check.

Blizzard Warning continues for north-central Iowa, travel not advised

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MASON CITY — A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for the listening area until midnight tonight. As of 6:30 AM, travel was not being advised throughout north-central Iowa. These are the details of the warning from the National Weather Service at 6:30 AM:

Two people from Wyoming arrested after shoplifting incident in Mason City

MASON CITY — Two people from Wyoming were arrested Thursday after a shoplifting incident in Mason City. Shortly after 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, police were called to Mills Fleet Farm on the city’s west side after a report that store loss prevention officers were attempted to detain a man and a woman for shoplifting. While the officers were en route, they received a call that the man had displayed a gun in the store’s parking lot.

Thousands of Iowans encouraged to get a new birth certificate

DES MOINES — Iowans who have a child, born between 1993 and 2009, are being encouraged to replace their wallet-sized birth certificate issued to newborns in the state during that time period. Melissa Bird, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says the smaller cards are missing vital information that make them useless for various identification purposes.

Friday February 24th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND:

= FRIDAY
– AM-1300 KGLO — 4A boys substate semifinal — Mason City High boys at Cedar Rapids Kennedy — postponed

 

= SATURDAY
– AM-1300 KGLO — 4A boys substate semifinal at Coe College — Mason City High boys vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy — 4:45
– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Maryland — joined in progress
– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — 2A boys substate final at Clear Lake (game location changed) — Osage vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura — 6:45

 

 

=== West Fork and West Hancock will meet in the 1A boys basketball substate round tomorrow night after both teams picked up district championships last night.

 

Snowplows ready to go for winter storm

MASON CITY — State snowplow crews are preparing for the massive snowstorm that’s forecast to hit a wide section of north-central and northwest Iowa tonight and tomorrow. Craig Bargfrede, the Iowa D-O-T’s winter operations administrator, says they’re well aware of the predictions calling for 12-to-18 inches of snow and the Blizzard Warning for two-dozen Iowa counties.

Mason City council approves study on removing dams on Winnebago River

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week has approved awarding a contract for a feasibility study on removing dams on the Winnebago River in Mason City, which in turn would create more recreational activities for the river. The removal of the low-head dams on the river would make it more navigable for kayaking and canoeing.

Legislative forum postponed due to weather forecast

CLEAR LAKE — A legislative forum scheduled for Friday morning in Clear Lake has fallen victim to the weather. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, and Senate Minority Whip Amanda Ragan, a Democrat from Mason City, were scheduled to hold a forum at Clear Lake Bank & Trust tomorrow morning, hosted by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce officials issued a statement this morning, saying that the event has been cancelled due to the impending weather. The Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host another forum on Friday March 24th at the Clear Lake Bank & Trust Community Room.

Medical marijuana bill clears first House hurdle

DES MOINES — Advocates for a bill that would set up state-sanctioned operations to grow marijuana, make cannabis oil and dispense it in Iowa were at the capitol Wednesday, urging legislators to act. Carrie Anderson of Grimes has M.S. “While on vacation this last summer in Denver, my husband persuaded me to try medical cannabis,” Anderson says. “…I can tell you that the first night I took it, I slept through the night for the first time in six and a half years.

DCI: Leath will not be charged over use of Iowa State planes

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University President Steven Leath will not be charged over allegations that he used school airplanes for personal benefit. The Division of Criminal Investigation said Wednesday that Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds declined to charge Leath Feb. 3 after determining “there was no probable cause to substantiate a violation of Iowa law.”

University of Iowa to eliminate 2400 academic scholarships due to budget cuts

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa is eliminating academic scholarships expected by more than 2,400 resident students for the 2017-18 school year. A letter being sent by university President Bruce Harreld blames the Legislature’s decreasing university funding by $8 million. University officials estimate that cutting the scholarships will save the university about $4.3 million.

Iowa Court of Appeals upholds use of speed cameras

DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has turned down a challenge of a speed camera ticket issued in Cedar Rapids. Marla Leaf was issued a ticket after a speed camera on Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids captured her Ford Mustang traveling sixty-eight miles-an-hour in a 55-miles-an-hour zone in February of 2015.

Illinois man charged in Cerro Gordo County with lascivious acts

MASON CITY — A Harvey Illinois man has been arrested and brought back to Cerro Gordo County on a charge of lascivious acts with a child. 29-year-old Sean Dright is accused of sexually abusing a child two years ago in Mason City. Investigators say Dright put his hand down a child’s pants and fondled the child at a Mason City residence multiple times between February and July in 2015.

Blizzard forecast to hit north-central Iowa Friday

 

 

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MASON CITY — North-central Iowa is getting ready for a major winter storm to impact the area. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Cerro Gordo, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Wright and Kossuth counties from tomorrow morning through midnight tomorrow night. Rain tonight will transition into snow Thursday night into early Friday morning with winds increasing to 20-30 miles per hour through the day on Friday, causing visibilities to drop to less than a half a mile. Travel will not be recommended during the storm, but if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you, and if you do get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Nora Springs woman accused of stealing from booster club fund

MANLY — A Nora Springs woman is accused of stealing over $9000 from the Central Springs High School Athletic Booster Club. 37-year-old Autumn Dillavou has been charged with third-degree theft after she allegedly stole $9334 from the club from May through December 2016. A criminal complaint states that other club members had discovered the money missing from the club’s bank account over a period of six to seven months. Dillavou recently made her initial appearance in court, but online court records do not show an arraignment date.

Democrat tells Leath use of school plane ‘probably…wasn’t the best decision’

DES MOINES — During a legislative hearing on Wednesday, two Democratic lawmakers questioned Iowa State University president Steve Leath about campus hiring decisions, his use of a university-owned plane AND where his guns have been. Leath says it was “well known” when he took the job that he was an avid hunter. Leath says he got a waiver to keep his guns in the president’s residence which is in the “guns-free zone” of the Ames campus.

Bakken pipeline protesters occupy governor’s office

DES MOINES — Twenty people began occupying the governor’s office early Wednesday afternoon, to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline which passes through Iowa. At 5 p.m., four were arrested and charged with trespassing when the office closed for the day. Frank Cordaro, a spokesman for the group, says continued reliance on oil will cause “more dirty wars.” “It’s oil-based this. It’s oil-based that,” Cordaro said. “We’ve sold our soul to oil.”

Thursday February 23rd Local Sports

TONIGHT:
– AM-1300 KGLO — 1A boys district final at Garner — West Fork vs. St. Ansgar — 5:45/6:00 (NEW START TIME DUE TO WEATHER)

 

(The following information on boys basketball has been updated due to decisions made this morning with the weather)

GARNER — Class 1A and 3A boys basketball district championship games are scheduled to be held tonight across the state.

Grassley doubts “rambunctious” town hall crowd was paid to protest

NEW HARTFORD — President Trump suggests some vocal protesters at Tuesday’s public appearances by Iowa’s two Republican U-S senators may’ve been recruited to be there by “liberal activists.” Senator Chuck Grassley says he “enjoyed” interacting with the people who attended his Iowa Falls and Garner town hall meetings. Grassley says they were “rambunctious” but he doesn’t think any of them were paid Democratic Party protesters. “I wouldn’t have any evidence they were paid to be there,” Grassley says.

Ernst expresses concerns about cantankerous crowd in Maquoketa

CLINTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst followed Tuesday’s loud and cantankerous public forum in Maquoketa with a closed-door meeting with a drug abuse fighting organization in Clinton. Ernst spoke with local reporters after the meeting and expressed concern about the tone of the Maquoketa meeting. “I am o.k. with people coming out and exercising the right to free speech,” Ernst said. “They certainly can do that, but what is concerning is that when are we going to start coming together and having a productive dialogue.”

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