Eagle Grove man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove man facing multiple sexual abuse counts has pleaded not guilty. 37-year-old Jeddy Nicholas was arrested on November 18th and charged with one count of second-degree sexual More »

Runoff election tomorrow in Mason City for open council seat

MASON CITY — Voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide on who will fill the vacant at-large seat on Mason City’s City Council. Andy O’Brien and Paul Adams received the most More »

Trooper injured in crash involving Floyd County woman

CEDAR RAPIDS — An unidentified Iowa State Patrol trooper was hurt in a crash Sunday morning in northeast Iowa’s Buchanan County which also involved a Floyd County woman. The patrol says the More »

BREAKING — Victim in Friday shooting dies, Mason City man now charged with first-degree murder

MASON CITY — The victim in last week’s shooting in southeastern Mason City has died and the man accused of shooting her has been charged with murder. 19-year-old Samantha Teeter was shot More »

Preliminary hearing scheduled for Mason City man charged with attempted murder

MASON CITY — The preliminary hearing has been set for later this week for a Mason City man accused of shooting a 19-year-old woman Friday morning in the southeastern part of the More »

Two dead after crash in Butler County

PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) – A Parkersburg couple has been killed in a crash involving a semitrailer truck in Butler County. 75-year-old Dennis Bartels and 73-year-old Sharon Bartels were killed when their van More »

Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council releases recommendations

DES MOINES — The Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council has released four recommendations to help school districts that have too many students missing class. Governor Terrry Branstad’s Special Assistant for Education, Linda More »

BREAKING — Victim in Friday shooting dies, Mason City man now charged with first-degree murder

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MASON CITY — The victim in last week’s shooting in southeastern Mason City has died and the man accused of shooting her has been charged with murder. 19-year-old Samantha Teeter was shot in the head during an incident in an apartment complex at 116 17th Southeast shortly before 4 o’clock Friday morning. Teeter was transported from Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where she died Sunday afternoon of cardiac failure. 60-year-old Larry Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot Teeter.

Eagle Grove man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove man facing multiple sexual abuse counts has pleaded not guilty. 37-year-old Jeddy Nicholas was arrested on November 18th and charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, one count of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of lascivious acts with a child, two counts of incest, two counts of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse causing bodily injury, and two counts of indecent exposure.

Ten years for north-central Iowa man convicted of sexual abuse

CHARLES CITY — A north-central Iowa man found guilty of sexual abuse has been sentenced to ten years in prison. A Floyd County jury only needed a short time to convict 47-year-old Stephen Brodersen Junior of third-degree sexual abuse. He was accused of raping a 25-year-old woman while she was his house guest back on May 21st.

Runoff election tomorrow in Mason City for open council seat

MASON CITY — Voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide on who will fill the vacant at-large seat on Mason City’s City Council. Andy O’Brien and Paul Adams received the most votes out of the eight candidates that were on the ballot in September’s special election, but neither received the required 50-percent-plus-one needed to win the election, forcing tomorrow’s run-off.

Trooper injured in crash involving Floyd County woman

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CEDAR RAPIDS — An unidentified Iowa State Patrol trooper was hurt in a crash Sunday morning in northeast Iowa’s Buchanan County which also involved a Floyd County woman. The patrol says the trooper’s SUV was parked on the inside shoulder of Interstate 380 southbound, while he was assisting a motorist whose vehicle had gone into the median. A 2006 Toyota Camry driven by 22-year-old Brittany Anderson, of Charles City, was traveling south on I-380, when the car went out of control and struck the rear of the trooper’s 2015 Ford Explorer, causing the SUV to enter the median.

Branstad says ambassadorship would be ‘family decision’

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DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad foresees both “danger and opportunity” ahead in the relationship between the United States and China. Branstad, who is the nation’s longest-serving governor, is rumored to be among President-elect Trump’s top choices to be ambassador to China. “I learned something on my very first trip to China in 1984,” Branstad says. “…The Chinese symbol for danger and opportunity is one and the same. I think that’s kind of interesting and I think that kind of sums up where we are today. America is a world super power and China is a growing super power as well.”

Preliminary hearing scheduled for Mason City man charged with attempted murder

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MASON CITY — The preliminary hearing has been set for later this week for a Mason City man accused of shooting a 19-year-old woman Friday morning in the southeastern part of the community. 60-year-old Larry Whaley made his initial court appearance on Friday afternoon on a charge of attempted murder. Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot the 19-year-old woman in the head at an apartment complex at 116 17th Southeast.

Two dead after crash in Butler County

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PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) – A Parkersburg couple has been killed in a crash involving a semitrailer truck in Butler County. 75-year-old Dennis Bartels and 73-year-old Sharon Bartels were killed when their van pulled out in front of the semi on Iowa Highway 14, just north of Parkersburg. The Iowa State Patrol says the semi hit the van that Dennis Bartels was driving. A 51-year-old Parkersburg man driving the semi was not injured. A patrol report says that Bartels’ van had been stopped on the southbound shoulder of Highway 14 as they got items from a mailbox. The patrol says Bartels then pulled out onto the roadway, into the path of the semi.

Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council releases recommendations

DES MOINES — The Iowa Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council has released four recommendations to help school districts that have too many students missing class. Governor Terrry Branstad’s Special Assistant for Education, Linda Fandel, was part of the group. “The first recommendation is to establish a uniform way to define an track chronic absenteeism,” Fandel says. ” And that definition is missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason — excused or unexcused. In Iowa if a student misses 10 percent of school, at a minimum that’s 18 days, and that’s nearly a month of school.”

Northey wants more money for Iowa Department of Ag for animal disease prevention

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DES MOINES — Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is seeking a half-a-million dollar budget boost, to create an animal disease prevention unit. After the “bird flu” outbreak in 2015, Northey made the same proposal to hire new staff and buy new equipment, but legislators and the governor didn’t approve it, so he’s asking again.  “This request is really to help us increase our biosecurity efforts to prevent things from happening again, but also if things happen, to be able to limit that impact by trying to keep it on a handful of farmers rather than having it spread to more farms.”

Food prices fell in 2016, could fall still in 2017

DES MOINES — While Iowa farmers are still struggling with low commodities prices, Iowa consumers are seeing consistently lower prices at the grocery store. A review from the U-S-D-A finds prices at the supermarket fell over the past several months, prompting agency ag analyst Annemarie Kuhns to recalculate her food price forecast for 2017.  Kuhns says, “We’re now expecting to pay half to one-and-a-half percent more for groceries in 2017 than we will in 2016.”

Beef, pork production improved over last year

AMES — After a few down years, pork and beef production are doing much better this year. In one recent week, the two meats together reached an all-time production high. That pushes prices down. Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz says the various meats are always competing for consumer food dollars. This holiday season, beef may have an edge over Christmas hams or turkeys.

Scratch tickets bigger seller than jackpot games for Iowa Lottery

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Lottery’s top management is shooting to “make” 70 million dollars for the state treasury every year. “Powerball” and “Hot Lotto” ticket sales grab the headlines, but sales of scratch tickets are the steady, consistent money-maker for the Iowa Lottery. Terry Rich, the organization’s C-E-O, says that’s why the Iowa Lottery “refreshes” its scratch ticket line-up more than 40 times a year.

Deer hunters reminded of harvest reporting system

DES MOINES — Iowa’s first shotgun deer season opened this weekend and hunters who were successful are being reminded to report their animal to the state’s harvest reporting system. Chris Ensminger, a wildlife research supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, estimates 20-percent of hunters who kill a deer fail to report it to the DNR. “We use that data to help us with our population models to get a better idea of what the deer herd is doing overall across the state – is it rising, falling, or are we stable? That kind of thing,”

Clear Lake Polar Bear Club nets $13,000 for charity

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CLEAR LAKE — About 300 people made their way into the frigid waters of Clear Lake Sunday afternoon for the 19th annual Polar Bear Club dip for charity. Heather Becthold of Nashua made her 14th trip into the lake. She says, “It takes your breath away. You run in and all of a sudden you can’t breathe, and then it feels like your legs are pins and needles from the cold.”

Monday December 5th Local Sports

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IOWA CITY — For the fifth time since 2003 the Iowa Hawkeyes are headed to the Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes will play Florida in the January 2 game in Tampa, Florida. It will be the third time Iowa has played the Gators in the Outback Bowl. “I guess you would call this the rubber match since we have split in Outback Bowls”, said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta. “They have been great experiences the several times we have been to this bowl.” It will be Iowa’s 14th trip to a bowl game in 16 years.

Clear Lake police officer arrested on assault charge

CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake police officer has been arrested on an assault charge. 36-year-old Ryan Eskildsen was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail at about 9:30 last night on a charge of domestic assault causing bodily injury. Eskildsen has been an employee of the Clear Lake Police Department since 2002. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.

Mason City woman who had prison sentence commuted by Obama comes home today

MASON CITY — A Mason City woman hailed by an advocacy group as the poster child for the wrongs of mandatory sentencing guidelines and had her sentence commuted earlier this year by President Obama is returning home today. The White House last month announced that 39-year-old Mandy Martinson would be released. She had been serving a 15-year prison sentence since a January 2005 conviction for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a meth mixture, possession with the intent to distribute meth and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.

Council candidates differ on how city should pay for downtown project

MASON CITY — The candidates running for the at-large seat on the Mason City City Council have differing opinions on the city’s downtown redevelopment project. Earlier this week the deadline passed for a developer to start construction on a $10 million hotel that was a key part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act project.

New GPS system for Iowa snowplows

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DES MOINES — All 902 plow trucks owned by Iowa Department of Transportation now are on a new G-P-S system. Craig Bargfrede heads winter operations for the D-O-T. He says this new system allows vehicles to gather all sorts of data, which the D-O-T will now be able to use for clearing Iowa’s roadways of snow and ice more efficiently.  “By having this data available, we’re able to go back and do a review to see, ‘Okay, based on, this is the treatment practice we applied during this type of storm’,” Bargfrede says.

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