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Positives, negatives locally in latest US Census data

MASON CITY — New US Census data shows Cerro Gordo County’s two largest communities saw a slight increase in population between 2015 and 2016, but population numbers are still lower than in 2010.

== The data shows Mason City’s estimated population as of July 1st 2016 is 27-thousand-430, 52 more than the estimated population in July 2015. The new figure is still about 2-point-3 percent lower than the April 2010 census figure of 28-thousand-79.

== Clear Lake’s estimated 2016 population is 75-hundred-89, 293 more than the 2015 estimate. It’s 2-point-4 percent lower than the 2010 census number of 77-hundred-77.

== Charles City’s 2016 population estimate is 74-hundred-57, two people fewer than the 2015 estimate. It’s 2-and-a-half percent lower than the 2010 population of 76-hundred-52.

Trial date set for Veal in Mason City double homicide case

MASON CITY — The trial date for a Lake Mills man accused of murdering two people in Mason City last year has been set. 30-year-old Peter Veal is accused of the November 17th murders of Mindy Kavars and Caleb Christensen, as well as the attempted murder of another person, at a residence in the 1600 block of North Hampshire. District Judge Rustin Davenport earlier this week ruled that Veal was competent to stand trial after he had been ruled incompetent in May.

‘Acting’ Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg says he’s ‘ordinary Iowa guy’

CLEAR LAKE — The man who Governor Kim Reynolds has named as her “governing partner” grew up in a small northwest Iowa town and credits former Governor Terry Branstad for igniting his interest in politics.

Reynolds has given Adam Gregg the title of “acting” lieutenant governor due to the recent legal controversy over whether she has the authority to name a new lieutenant governor.

Attorney General approves of Acting Lieutenant Governor appointment (Audio)

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he has no problem with new Governor Kim Reynolds designating an “acting lieutenant governor.”

Miller, a Democrat, released an opinion earlier this month that the state constitution does not give Reynolds, a Republican, the authority to name a new lieutenant governor after she became governor.

“You know I am pleased that Governor Kim Reynolds has taken action today that would not alter the secession provision,” Miller says, “That is the fundamental question, that is the Constitutional question, and she has complied with our opinion fully in that regard.”

Ernst introduces bill to train new military members to prevent sexual assault

WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, has introduced a bill with a Democrat Senator from New York to mandate in-person sexual assault prevention training for new members of the military. Ernst says this training would add to what’s already in place.

“Those who are currently serving, they do undergo mandatory training when it comes to sexual assault prevention. And we do have many layers within our leadership — whether its our enlisted soldiers or whether its in our officer ranks — that are out there ever day encouraging respectful actions within our military,” Ernst says.

Iowa Supreme Court resets the way Iowa criminals are charged

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A divided Iowa Supreme Court has reset the way criminals are charged by redefining when a person is formally arrested.

The court ruled Thursday in cases involving three Waterloo men accused of drugging and raping two 15-year-old girls in 2012. The men were not charged until more than a year later after DNA samples returned from testing labs connecting them to the case.

Friday May 26th Local Sports

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — Clear Lake softball vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows — 7:20



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Matt Hoeg hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning and Iowa beat Maryland 9-8 on Thursday in their Big Ten Tournament baseball opener.

Iowa (35-19) was ahead 6-1 before Maryland scored six in a row to take the lead. Solo home runs by Robert Neustrom and Chris Whelan put Iowa up 8-7 in the top of the sixth.

Maryland’s Marty Costes then tied it on a homer, but the Terrapins (34-20) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.

Josh Martsching (4-0) got the win for Iowa, which will face Nebraska in the winner’s bracket on Friday. Mason City native Ryan Erickson is scheduled to get the start in that game, which is scheduled for 12:30 this afternoon.

Trump in Cedar Rapids next week

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Donald Trump has scheduled a visit to Iowa – his first as president of the United States.

His campaign website says a rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. June 1 at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. People are invited to register for up to two tickets each.

Trump’s last visit to Iowa occurred in Des Moines during his “Thank You” tour as president-elect in December. Trump won Iowa’s six electoral votes in November.

Woman accused of stealing $30K diamond ring

MASON CITY — A not guilty plea has been entered by a Mason City woman accused of stealing a $30-thousand diamond ring. 43-year-old Debra Ewing-Swartz is accused of being involved in a burglary at a residence in the 1800 block of 12th Northeast in Mason City back on March 27th. A criminal complaint states that she took a 2.65-karat ring from the numerous items of $80-thousand worth of stolen jewelry and wore it for several weeks.

UPDATE — Reynolds names Gregg as “Acting Lt. Governor” (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Less than 24 hours into her tenure as governor, Kim Reynolds has made the executive decision to designate an “acting lieutenant governor.” She’s chosen Adam Gregg, an attorney who worked for Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, to be her “governing partner.”

“I value his opinion,” Reynolds said. “I trust his judgment.” But Gregg he will NOT be her successor should something happen to Reynolds. “Battling over who is going to be second in line to succession is a distraction and it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars at this point,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds faced a potential legal battle if she had named her permanent replacement. That’s because Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said earlier this month that according to his read of the constitution, Reynolds lacked the authority to name a new lieutenant governor.

Reynolds to appoint new lieutenant governor today, both will appear in north-central Iowa Friday

DES MONIES — Iowa’s new governor will hold a news conference later this morning to appoint a new lieutenant governor, with that person coming to north-central Iowa on Friday morning. The governor’s office says a news conference will be held at 10 o’clock this morning to announce whether she will appoint someone to the position. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller issued a legal opinion earlier this month, saying that Kim Reynolds does not hold the authority to make that appointment. The Cerro Gordo County Republican Party is advertising an event on Friday where supporters can meet Reynolds and the new lieutenant governor. That will take place at 11:30 AM at Tom and Barb Hovland’s airport hangar at the Mason City Municipal Airport.

Democrats seek to hang Branstad record on Reynolds

DES MOINES — Now that Republican Kim Reynolds is Iowa’s governor, Democrats are hoping to tie her to what they consider Terry Branstad’s unpopular policies.

“It’s not like she just became governor without being a partner to all of these…She was there for every bit of the agenda that’s held back Iowans,” says State Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines, one of the Democrats who’s running for governor.

Boulton says after scaling back union bargaining rights and rolling back minimum wage increases in “multiple” counties, the only person who seems to have gotten a “bump in status” from the Branstad years seems to be Kim Reynolds.

Second informational meeting held about downtown hotel, Music Man Square

MASON CITY — About 40 people attended a public meeting yesterday afternoon to further discuss the Gatehouse Capital proposal to place a hotel in the southeastern portion of the main Southbridge Mall parking lot and connect it to Music Man Square. The current museum portion of the building would be transformed into conference and convention space, with a new, separate building being constructed to house the museum’s contents.

David Rachie of Gatehouse Capital says it was a productive meeting in his mind, with developers being open to ideas, including looking into the possibility of placing the hotel on property south of the Music Man Square building.

Thursday May 25th Local Sports

BALTIMORE (AP) – Jose Berrios took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Kennys Vargas drove in two runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday to complete their first three-game sweep in Baltimore since 1996.

Eduardo Escobar had two hits and an RBI for the first-place Twins, who have won six of seven and are a major league best 14-5 on the road.

Berrios (3-0) allowed three runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven. He was pulled in the seventh after solo homers by Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop got Baltimore to 4-3.

US Supreme Court rejects appeal by DeCosters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a sentencing appeal by a father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak.

The rejection Monday means Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster will be required to serve prison time for misdemeanor food safety violations. The appeal was denied without comment.

The DeCosters were sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge in Iowa in 2015 but appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the sentences last July.

Alliant rate hike hearing Thursday evening in Mason City

MASON CITY — The Iowa Utilities Board will be holding a public hearing tomorrow evening in Mason City as part of Alliant Energy’s application to increase electric rates in the area. Alliant is requesting a permanent annual revenue increase of about $176 million, or 11-point-6 percent. It would be the first increase in six years in the company’s rates. Alliant says the average residential customer’s monthly bill would increase by 12-and-a-half percent, or about $14.26, but the increase varies by customer usage. Alliant implemented a temporary 8-point-3 percent increase last month. That temporary increase is subject to refund if the final rate approved by the IUB is lower. The IUB is scheduled to make a final decision on the rate increase request in October. Thursday’s public hearing will start at 5:30 in the Muse-Norris Conference Center on the North Iowa Area Community College campus.

Kim Reynolds sworn in as governor, delivers first address

DES MOINES — Iowa has a new governor. Kim Reynolds took the oath of office shortly after 10:45 this morning.

Reynolds will serve out the remaining 18 months of the sixth term Governor Terry Branstad won from Iowa voters in 2018.

“I’m incredibly proud to stand before you today as your governor,” Reynolds said in her first address as the state’s chief executive.

Branstad resigned shortly after 10 a.m. today. He was immediately sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China. The federal judge who administered the oath to Branstad was Steven Colloton.

Colloton serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit and he was among the dozen people Donald Trump listed last year as potential picks for an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court. Colloton’s father is John Colloton, a Mason City native who was the director and CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1971 to 1993. It’s Branstad who is now part of President Trump’s Administration.

With Branstad’s exit, the statehouse spotlight has shifted to Governor Reynolds. She delivered her first speech as governor to a crowd gathered in the state capitol rotunda.

Soon-to-be Governor Reynolds reflects on her past, the mission ahead

Programming note: We’ll have live coverage Wednesday on AM-1300 KGLO of the resignation of Terry Branstad as governor and his swearing in as US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, as well as Kim Reynolds taking the oath of office to be Iowa’s first female governor starting at 10:00 AM from the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda in Des Moines. 


DES MOINES — The woman who will become Iowa’s next governor later this morning credits her “small town roots” with propelling her to this point in her political career.

Republican Kim Reynolds will take the oath of office at about 10:30 this morning, shortly after Governor Terry Branstad resigns and is sworn in by a federal judge as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Reynolds is well aware that as Iowa’s first female governor, she’s breaking barriers.

“Young girls just come up already and they’re so excited,” Reynolds told Radio Iowa yesterday afternoon, her voice cracking with emotion. “You have to see it sometimes to believe in it.”

Court workers getting Friday off without pay in budget cutting measure

DES MOINES — Those who work in the state court system are going to get an extra day off this holiday weekend without pay.

The Iowa Judicial Branch announced Tuesday that all offices, including clerk of district court offices, the office of the clerk of the supreme court, and juvenile court services offices, will be closed Friday (May 26) to help make up for the cuts in the budget.

Wednesday May 24th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Newman baseball vs. North Butler — 7:20


CLEAR LAKE — Newman scored in all but the first inning, taking advantage of eight errors as the #3/1A Knights downed #1/2A Clear Lake 15-3 in six innings last night in Clear Lake, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Peyton Scott knocked in three runs while Ben Fitzgerald and Josh Thilges each had two RBI. Clear Lake took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but Newman scored twice in the top of the second.

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