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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.

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.

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.

Thursday February 23rd Local Sports

– 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.”

Sentencing set for Mason City woman accused of child neglect

MASON CITY — The sentencing date has been set for a Mason City woman accused of making her children sleep in a room covered with human waste. 25-year-old Alexis Martinez was taken into custody on September 12th of last year on three charges of neglect of a dependent person. She was accused of allegedly forced three children, ages two, four, and six, to sleep for a week in a room with feces on the walls and floors, with the door to the room being locked from the outside.

Iowa AG wants to be excused from collective bargaining suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top attorney wants to excuse himself from defending the state in a lawsuit that challenges a new collective bargaining law. Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday he wants to seek outside legal counsel to represent the state in a lawsuit filed Monday by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61.

Chief Justice makes personal pitch for funding to legislative panel

DES MOINES — The head of the state court system made a surprise appearance before a legislative committee Tuesday. “I do so now for the sole purpose of sharing with you my belief that the judicial branch is at a crossroads.” Chief Justice Mark Cady spoke to legislators who will draft next year’s spending plan for the courts. Cady says a three-million dollar cut to the current year’s budget already has limited access to justice for Iowans — and Cady says without a budget boost for next year, things could get worse.

Wednesday February 22nd Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women at Indiana — 5:45


SHEFFIELD — St. Ansgar outscored Newman 26-21 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 58-52 win in a Class 1A District 4 semifinal round contest last night in Sheffield, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Cole Willert scored 23 points while Ben Boerjan added 15 to lead the Saints to the district final. Newman was led by Chris Andrews who had 12, as the Knights finish their season with a 15-8 record.


Rowdy crowd greets Senator Grassley

IOWA FALLS — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley faced rowdy town hall meetings yesterday in Iowa Falls and Garner. Chris Petersen, a farmer from Clear Lake, drew cheers when he urged Grassley not to repeal ObamaCare.  “Improve it!” Petersen said. Jim Kessler of Grinnell brought up the same topic.  “Your promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with ‘TrumpCare’ frightens and angers me,” Kessler said. Marion Cooper of Ackley brought up Grassley’s refusal to consider President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Mason City council to vote on capital improvement plan

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight is being asked to approve the capital improvements plan portion of next year’s budget that includes more then $20-and-a-half million in projects. City Finance Director Kevin Jacobson says the five-year plan has a total of $20 million-573-thousand worth of capital projects to be included in the city’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Mason City man’s murder trial delayed

MASON CITY — The trial for a Mason City man accused of murder scheduled for next month has been delayed until late May. 60-year-old Larry Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot 19-year-old Samantha Teeter in the head during an incident in an apartment complex at 116 17th Southeast shortly before 4 o’clock on the morning of December 2nd. Teeter died two days later after being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Eagle Grove woman pleads guilty after child found alone in rain in Galt

GALT — An Eagle Grove woman charged with neglect of a child after an incident in Galt back in November has pleaded guilty. 24-year-old Ysabel Ceplecha was charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person after the Wright County Sheriff’s Department found her two-year-old daughter alone in the rain near a vacant post office in Galt on November 22nd.

Iowa union files lawsuit against collective bargaining law

DES MOINES — An attorney for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union filed a lawsuit Monday morning, challenging the state’s new collective bargaining law for public sector employees. Danny Homan is president of AFSCME Council 61, the union that represents 40-thousand public workers in Iowa.

Lobbyist criticized as ‘super PAC punk’ posts photo with governor

DES MOINES — A photo featuring a lobbyist shaking Governor Terry Branstad’s hand last Friday has sparked outrage among opponents of the bill Branstad signed moments before the picture was taken. Branstad’s signature on the bill immediately reduced negotiating rights for government workers. AFSCME Council 61 president Danny Homan leads a union representing 40-thousand govenrment workers in Iowa and he says it was “disgusting” to see Branstad and the lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity smiling in that photo.

Public workers’ pensions may be next Iowa GOP reform effort

DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad does not expect to approve changes in the pension systems for government workers in Iowa before he resigns and heads to China to serve as U.S. Ambassador. “It’s not something that could be done that quickly,” Branstad sys. “…I think it would make sense to have a long-range study that would look at moving a defined contribution as opposed to a defined benefit system as a lot of companies have already done.” The phrase “defined benefit” is another way to say a pension.

GOP-led House panel OKs Iowa bill against foreign law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A panel of House lawmakers has approved a bill that would prevent Iowa judicial courts from applying foreign law to state cases. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the bill mirrors anti-Sharia legislation passed in other states, though Sharia law is not directly referenced in the bill. The GOP-led House Judiciary Subcommittee agreed Monday to support the bill. It now heads to a full committee.

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