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Cambrex announces expansion in Charles City

CHARLES CITY — Cambrex has announced a major expansion of their Charles City facility.

The pharmaceutical company has announced a $24 million project that would add 4500 square feet of production area that would include reactor vessels ranging from 200 to 1000 gallons. The company says the project will also reconfigure their existing small-scale manufacturing area and create a single high containment building to support early stage development.

Wright County man now facing federal child pornography charges

EAGLE GROVE — A Wright County man facing 11 state-level child pornography-related charges has now been indicted with similar federal charges.

30-year-old Jason Marvets of Eagle Grove was charged in US District Court with sexual exploitation of a child, enticement of a minor, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography, extortion, and destruction of evidence.

Voting opens on three new Iowa license plate designs

DES MOINES — Officials have unveiled three new options for the state-issued license plates for Iowa motorists. Governor Kim Reynolds said her office and several state agencies provided input to the graphic designers in the Iowa DOT who were responsible for coming up with the three alternatives.

“The three new designs represent what makes us special as Iowans,” Governor Kim Reynolds said. “We’re patriotic. We’re forward-thinking. We take pride in our state’s natural beauty and embrace both our rural and urban heritage.”

You may vote for your preferred design here.

The current Iowa license plates have been in use since 1998. They’re blue and white and feature a city and country image. One of the new options is red, white and blue — the colors of the state flag — and includes the image of the eagle that’s in the center of the flag. The design has been dubbed: “Flying Our Colors.”

Iowa Utilities Board deregulates land-line phone service

DES MOINES — More and more Iowans are getting rid of their “land lines” and the Iowa Utilities Board has issued an order that deregulates that original form of phone service.

The Iowa Utilities Board decision means it will no longer require telephone companies to offer land-line service statewide. Most state standards for the quality and customer service provided to Iowans who still have a land-line are being shelved. State regulators say there’s effective competition for phone service now from mobile wireless, internet and cable providers.

Iowa State University proposes five years of 7% tuition hikes

AMES — Iowa State University is proposing an increase in tuition for undergraduate residents of 7 percent for each of the next 5 years.

Interim president Ben Allen unveiled the proposal during the second Board of Regents Tuition Task Force meeting. He says the proposed increases are based on a couple of assumptions.

“Our general operating state appropriations will remain flat. Our enrollment will remain flat. The HEPI index rate will be 2.14. The HEPI is the inflation rate used in higher education, and 2.14 is the average for the last five years,” Allen says.

Thursday August 10th Local Sports

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Bartolo Colón pitched seven innings for his second consecutive win since joining the Twins, Brian Dozier added a home run, double and single and Minnesota beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Colón (2-1) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked one in his sixth career start at Miller Park. Milwaukee failed to advance a batter past second.

The oldest active player in the majors, Colón made his 518th career start and fifth for the Twins. He was 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts for Atlanta before being released July 4. Three days later, the 44-year-old right-hander signed with Minnesota. He pitched the 37th complete game of his career in his last start and beat Texas 8-4.

Crabb says he’s running for another term as Clear Lake’s mayor

CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s mayor says he’s running for another term. Nelson Crabb is completing his third term as the community’s mayor. He says, “When you have people that we have there that are very enthusiastic, that are very positive, that want to see the community move forward…you know, I really love that community.”

Crabb credits City Administrator Scott Flory for the community’s continued success. He says, “If Scott Flory wasn’t going to be there, I wouldn’t do this. There is a man who is very, very bright. Many times he says what he thinks, and I don’t want to hear it, but he is factual on everything. He does his research.

Meservey man to be sentenced Friday for kidnapping, pleads not guilty to having offensive weapons

MASON CITY — A Meservey man already facing a life sentence after being convicted of kidnapping has pleaded not guilty to a charge of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons.

41-year-old Charles Albright was convicted last month by a Franklin County jury of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury after being accused of kidnapping and torturing his girlfriend on October 7th of last year in Meservey and Sheffield.

Albright was separately charged on June 26th of this year with unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, alleging that he possessed a bomb, explosive or combination of such parts comprising an offensive weapon.

Charles City woman dead after single-vehicle rollover in east central Iowa

SOLON — A Charles City woman is dead after a single-vehicle accident in Johnson County last night.

The Iowa State Patrol says 35-year-old Tiffany Beckles was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place at about 10:35 PM along State Highway 1 about two miles north of Solon.

Marble Rock man accused of dealing weapons to felon

MARBLE ROCK — A Marble Rock man has been indicted on federal weapons dealing charges.

41-year-old Jonathan Duncomb is accused of selling six pistols and a rifle between May 2015 and October 2015 to a convicted felon living in Mason City, Levi Andersen. Andersen was arrested in a high-profile, multi-agency raid at Gracious Estates in December 2015

Reynolds says EPA chief pledges to partner, not dictate to farmers

DES MOINES — Iowa’s governor, the state’s ag secretary and both United States Senators were among those who met privately Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Pruitt’s agency is rewriting rules that clarify which “Waters of the United States” are subject to federal regulation. Governor Kim Reynolds said Pruitt pledged to partner with farmers rather than dictate to them.

“To maintain the environment as well as work to not shut down growth and our ability to do what we take very seriously,” Reynolds told reporters late Tuesday morning, “and that is feeding the world.”

Report critical of methods used at Boys State Training School in Eldora

ELDORA — A report from a nonprofit law center claims the Boys State Training School is overusing seclusion rooms and restraints in dealing with troubled youth who are placed at the facility in Eldora.

Nathan Kirstein, an attorney for Disability Rights Iowa, says there is no independent State licensure or oversight of the Boys State Training School. “Right off the bat, we have issue with that because why is it that DHS (Department of Human Services) gets to exempt themselves from that? They don’t have to have regulations, oversight or licensure,” Kirstein says.

The Training School, operated by the DHS, currently houses around 120 teenage boys. Kirstein says they are sometimes confined to seclusion rooms for over 24 hours at a time.

Wednesday August 9th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Brian Dozier hit his first career grand slam and Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario each homered twice, powering the Minnesota Twins past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 on Tuesday night for a two-game sweep.

Matt Garza (5-6) turned in his shortest and worst start of the season with eight hits and eight runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings for the Brewers, who fell to 4-11 in their last 15 road games. They entered the night 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Trial date set for former Charles City school board candidate’s second sex abuse trial

CHARLES CITY — A Charles City man’s second sex abuse trial has been scheduled for October in a different county.

A judge Monday set Oct. 30 to begin the trial of Douglas Lindaman. It will be held in Franklin County, because Lindaman contended he couldn’t get a fair trial in Floyd County because of publicity.

Mason City downtown mural project underway

Artist’s rendition of the proposed mural for the City Center building in downtown Mason City


MASON CITY — A downtown mural project is being kicked off this week in Mason City. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant by the Iowa Arts Council to beautify the entrances to the downtown area, starting with a mural on the back of the Brick Furniture building.

Chamber president Robin Anderson says the murals will be in the spirit of the Frank Lloyd Wright prairie school architecture style. She says, “As citizens, we forget that when you enter our downtown from any direction, you are greeted not by those lovely investments that we’ve made on our front doors, but by our not-so-attractive building backs.”

“Little Red Riding Hood” newest addition to Mason City sculpture collection (AUDIO)

MASON CITY —- There’s another addition to the “River City Sculptures on Parade” permanent collection. The bronze sculpture “Little Red Riding Hood” depicting a crouching, sly fox was installed today outside the Mason City Room of the Public Library.

The sculpture was purchased by Laura Weers in honor of her parents, Elmer and Rosalind Weers. Rosalind was a librarian in the Young Adult Room of the library for many years, and Laura says she wanted to find a way to honor her parents.

Grassley seeking tighter farm subsidy rules, Ernst questioning CRP use (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Senator Chuck Grassley is suggesting the federal government’s “deficit problem” means it’s likely there will be new “enforceable payment limits” on farm subsidies.

During a speech at this weekend’s Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines, Grassley said he supports a federal “farm safety net” and expects crop insurance subsidies to be part of the next Farm Bill, but Grassley has been a frequent critic of sending those payments to wealthy landowners who aren’t actively engaged in the farm operation.

U.S. Ag Secretary launches mentoring program for beginning Iowa farmers (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue is touting a new program designed to find mentors for beginning farmers.

“New farmers, veterans, those who are transitioning to agriculture from other careers face distinct challenges. They need land. They need equipment. They need access to capital,” Perdue said, “and they need someone to turn to with their questions.”

Perdue spoke Saturday in Des Moines at the Iowa Ag Summit, touting the U.S.D.A.’s new partnership with a group called SCORE — the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Clear Lake council sets public hearing for sidewalk project

CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council has set the public hearing date to discuss a sidewalk extension project along the north shore of the lake.

City Administrator Scott Flory says the construction involves an area along North Shore Drive. He says it would be about 2100 linear feet of four-foot wide sidewalk along the lakeside of North Shore Drive between Fairway Drive and the bridge at the Harbourage. Construction would take place between the final week of September and November 3rd.

Britt woman charged with stealing cash from resident of assisted living facility

BRITT — A Britt woman has been charged with stealing cash from an assisted living facility.

35-year-old Randi Chipman was taken into custody on Saturday. She’s accused of while being employed as a caregiver at the Summit House Assisted Living entering one of the apartments and taking cash from a resident’s purse while she wasn’t there.

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