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Autopsy shows man died of heart attack at Cerro Gordo County Jail last week

MASON CITY — Authorities say the man who died while being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail last week died of a heart attack. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 54-year-old Taras Roan of Mason City was found unresponsive while in a detox cell on Thursday morning after being arrested by Mason City police for assault and public urination.

Democrat who lost to Steve King in 2016 election wants rematch

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Kim Weaver wants a rematch against U.S. Rep. Steve King after losing to the Republican congressman in 2016. Weaver announced Sunday she would challenge King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in 2018. In the last election, Weaver lost in 38 of the 39 counties in the district, but she remains optimistic about her chances against King. The 52-year-old Weaver of Sheldon has criticized King in the past for his comments on minorities, immigration and same-sex marriage.

Iowa officials agree to help Medicaid firms with shortfall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Newly released documents show Iowa officials have agreed to help private Medicaid management companies shoulder huge losses they’ve suffered in covering more than 500,000 poor or disabled Iowa residents. The Des Moines Register reports that the three national companies have complained losing about $450 million in Iowa’s shift to private Medicaid management, which started last April.

Financing plan for water projects seems positioned for passage

JOHNSTON — Key legislators say there is not consensus on a bill that would reorganize the drinking water system in metro Des Moines, but it appears a statewide water quality initiative may get bipartisan support. Representative Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, has been working on that second bill, to set up a financing structure for water improvement projects.

Report critical of agriculture nuisance bill headed to governor

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City based research organization has released a report that’s critical of a bill approved at the statehouse dealing with nuisance claims against large livestock operations. David Osterberg is co-author of the report, titled “CAFOs and the Diminished Defense of Public Health,” released by the Iowa Policy Project. At issue is a bill that’s cleared both the Iowa House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature.

Community meeting about RAGBRAI Tuesday night in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE — A special community meeting will take place Tuesday night in Clear Lake about RAGBRAI. Chamber of Commerce executive director Tim Coffey says there will be a lot of information available at the meeting, with the hopes of attracting a lot of volunteers to help out with the July event.  He says it’s an opportunity not only for people to learn more about the July 25th event and get their questions answered, but also to give people an opportunity to sign up as volunteers.

Monday March 27th Local Sports

MASON CITY — The North Iowa Bulls have qualified for the Silver Cup Tournament once again after sweeping LaCrosse in the Central Division final playoff series over the weekend. On Friday night in Mason City, the Bulls scored three times in the second period for a 5-3 win. Brendan Studioso had back-to-back goals in the second period to lead the way for North Iowa. On Saturday night in LaCrosse, Connor Clemons scored twice but it was Mitch Dolter scoring the game-winner with 6:53 left in regulation to give the Bulls a 3-2 victory.

Ragan, Upmeyer field questions at legislative forum in Clear Lake (AUDIO)

CLEAR LAKE — A standing-room only crowd back into the community room of Clear Lake Bank & Trust late this morning for a legislative forum featuring House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate Minority Whip Amanda Ragan. Several topics were discussed during the event, including collective bargaining, water quality and the minimum wage. One of the first questions dealt with the privatization of Medicaid services in the state, specifically dealing with more than 220-thousand poor or disabled Iowans possibly losing access to the Mercy Health System because of a payment dispute with AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the three companies the state hired last year to run the program. Ragan says the switch happened too quickly.

Unemployment down again in Iowa

DES MOINES — More Iowans went off the unemployment rolls in February as the rate dropped for the fifth straight month to three-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman, Cory Kelly, says the state is pushing toward full employment — but that number is not exactly known. “We’re having those discussions, as a matter of fact a year ago our analysts were sitting around discussing that very same thing, thinking three-point-four or three-point-five percent was full employment,” Kelly says.  

Inmate death at Cerro Gordo County Jail being investigated

MASON CITY — State authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Cerro Gordo County Jail. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a man was found unresponsive in a detox cell at about 4:25 Thursday morning. According to the DCI’s written statement, jail staff attempted to perform life-saving measures and Mason City fire paramedics took the man to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, where he was pronounced dead. The inmate’s name was not released. An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

Charles City Democrat Prichard to explore run for governor

CHARLES CITY — A north-central Iowa Democrat who’s a 42-year-old veteran of the Iraq War has formed an “exploratory committee” — his first step toward officially launching a campaign for governor. Todd Prichard of Charles City is currently in his fifth year as a state representative. “I’m discouraged with the focus of our legislative agenda and the Republican leadership right now,” Prichard says, “and I think we need to find a new direction.” Prichard says his goal as governor would be to help more “regular Iowans” land in the middle class.

House panel to investigate DHS child welfare system

DES MOINES — Republican leaders in the Iowa House are launching an investigation “inspired by” the case of a central Iowa teen who died last October of starvation, but House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says they do not plan to ask direct questions that might jeopardize the criminal case against Natalie Finn’s adoptive mother and the woman’s ex-husband. “We certainly don’t want to do anything that would prevent the law from dealing with this the way they should,” Upmeyer says. “Now, I think, we are at (time) where we have a responsibility to look at the system and the process.”

Two Mason City men arrested on burglary charges

MASON CITY — Two Mason City men have been arrested after a burglary to a home. The Mason City Police Department says they were called shortly before 12:50 Thursday afternoon to the area around 26th and South Washington, where on arrival it was determined that a residence had been burglarized in the zero block of 25th Southwest, with two suspects fleeing from the scene on foot. Police say the first suspect, 46-year-old John Adams, was located in the Georgia Hanford Park area, with the second suspect, 21-year-old Dylan Mennenga, being found in the area of 19th and South Carolina Terrace.

Friday March 24th Local Sports

– Friday 5:00 PM — NCAA men’s Sweet 16

– Saturday 1:45 PM — NCAA Division II championship, followed by Division I regional championship games

– Sunday 1:45 PM — Iowa women — NIT quarterfinal vs. Washington State

– Sunday after Iowa women’s basketball — NCAA Division I regional championship games




IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye women have advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Alexa Kastanek had 19 points and the Hawks took control with a 17-0 run in the second quarter to beat Colorado 80-62, as you heard last night on AM-1300 KGLO. The Hawkeyes never trailed and improved to 20-13 on the season. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says the Hawkeyes are enjoying their post season run.

Report details impact of new Prestage pork processing plant

STANHOPE — A comprehensive report is being released on the financial impact of the major new pork processing plant that will be built in Wright County. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss presented the findings in the Hamilton County town of Stanhope Wednesday night. It tallies the pros and cons of the 246-million dollar Prestage Farms plant that’s planned south of Eagle Grove.

Iowa cancer cases projected to be up while deaths go down

IOWA CITY — The annual report on cancer from the State Health Registry in the University of Iowa College of Public Health finds the number of cancer cases this year are expected to be up — with the number of deaths down.

Doctor Mary Charlton revealed the findings of the report today. “We estimate there will be 17,400 new cancers diagnosed in Iowa this year — which is an increase from last year — because cancer cases have not been declining as quickly as estimate, so numbers had to be adjusted up,” Charlton says.

After Oval Office meeting, King to be ‘yes’ on GOP’s ObamaCare replacement

WASHINGTON — Iowa’s congressional delegation is part of the drama over whether enough Republicans will vote for House leadership’s plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Iowa is represented by four congressmen. Three of them will vote no on the bill.

Senators vote to let police pull texting, Snapchatting drivers over

DES MOINES — Using a cell phone the wrong way at the wrong time could get you a traffic ticket if a bill that cleared the Iowa Senate Wednesday night becomes law. Drivers still could use a hand-held device to make a phone call or look at a digital map to get G-P-S driving directions, but police could pull a driver over for texting, Snapchatting or having a Facebook live session behind the wheel.

Woman accused of stealing money from Clear Lake auto dealership pleads guilty

CLEAR LAKE — A 43-year-old Mason City woman who had been accused of stealing more than $50-thousand while employed as the office manager of a Clear Lake auto dealership has pleaded guilty. Amy Monahan was arrested on felony charges of ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft and forgery. The charges concluded a seven-month investigation into reports of misconduct while Monahan was working for Lake Chevrolet from 2013 through 2016. Investigators had determined Monahan misappropriated more than $50,000 in funds during a two-year period of her employment.

Thursday March 23rd Local Sports


5:00 PM — NCAA men’s Sweet 16
6:45 PM — Iowa women’s basketball in WNIT vs. Colorado



IOWA CITY — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder says her team is thrilled to be playing in late March and the Hawkeyes host Colorado tonight in the third round of the WNIT.

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