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 More »

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 More »

‘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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

Friday May 26th Local Sports

TONIGHT: 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 More »

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.

Democratic leader seizing on Reynolds’ remark on ‘party labels’

DES MOINES — Democrats in the legislature are seizing on what they consider an olive branch from Iowa’s new governor.

Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids attended Wednesday’s ceremony installing Republican Kim Reynolds as governor and he heard her first address.

“On the issues that she laid out, those are issues that we’re willing to work with her on,” Hogg says. “Tax reform that is fairer and simpler and helps ordinary Iowans, we’re interested in working on that as long as it’s not just a guise for a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Iowans.”

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.

Guilty plea by Rock Falls man involved in high-speed chase, officer assault

ROCK FALLS — A Rock Falls man accused of fighting with a deputy and leading authorities on a high-speed chase has pleaded guilty. A deputy pulled over 28-year-old Joseph Porcelli in the early morning hours of December 10th on State Highway 122 near Iowa Avenue and attempted to arrest Porcelli after drugs were allegedly found in the vehicle. Porcelli fought with the deputy, jumped back into his vehicle and sped away.

Mason City man sentenced on sexual contact charge

MASON CITY — It’s up to ten years in prison for a Mason City man who was accused of inappropriate contact with a child. 47-year-old Greg Courtier pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of lascivious acts with a child. Courtier was accused of inappropriately touching the child on February 14th of last year. District Judge James Drew this week sentenced Courtier to ten years in prison and ordered that he be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life, with eligibility for parole, following the completion of his prison term. Courtier must also register as a sex offender.

Man pleads not guilty in deadly western Iowa jail escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another while escaping from an Iowa jail.

Online court records say 24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty filed the written pleas Tuesday to charges of murder, attempted murder, escape, kidnapping and other crimes. His trial in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County is scheduled to begin July 25.

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

TONIGHT:
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.

Veal ruled competent to stand trial in Mason City double homicide case (AUDIO)

Listen to the entire hearing by clicking on the left side of the audio player below:

 

MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County judge has ruled a Lake Mills man accused of murdering two people in Mason City last November is competent to stand trial. 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. In March, District Judge Rustin Davenport ruled that Veal was not competent to stand trial after reviewing the results of a psychiatric evaluation.

Branstad heading home to north-central Iowa on his final day as governor (AUDIO)

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 — Terry Branstad is going to spend his last day as governor where — in his words — “it all began.”

“I just want to say, ‘Thank you,’ to the people that launched my career,” Branstad said this morning.

Branstad was born in the Forest City hospital, grew up on a farm near Leland and practiced law in Lake Mills. Branstad’s first successful campaign for office was to represent Lake Mills and the surrounding area in the Iowa House.

“They were so generous and supportive of me and I want to let them know how much I appreciate the honor and the opportunity that I’ve had coming from that small county in Minnesota border,” Branstad said.

Branstad will visit the museum in Forest City where some of his political memorabilia has been deposited and where more of it is being transferred as he packs for his new post as U.S. Ambassador to China. He’ll also visit his elderly aunt as well as other family and friends in the area.

Reynolds to reveal ‘forward-looking policy’ in first speech as governor (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will take the oath of office tomorrow at 10:30 in the state capitol, right after Governor Branstad resigns in the office he’s occupied for more than 22 years and is sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China.

Reynolds will deliver her first speech as governor tomorrow and she gave a hint of what it may contain this morning.

Grassley reacts to terror bombing in England

WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says last night’s terrorist attack in England that killed at least 22 people and injured around 60 has cast a “somber” mood over this morning’s work at the U.S. Capitol. ISIS is claiming responsibility for the bombing in Manchester at a concert featuring American pop star Ariana Grande.

“What was supposed to be a joyous occasion was ruined by hate,” Grassley says. “Attacks like these remind us that the war on terror is a multi-generational battle and one that is about nothing less than humanity’s values.”

Second downtown hotel meeting planned for Wednesday evening

MASON CITY — The Mason City Foundation will be hosting another public forum tomorrow night about the proposed hotel development plan with Gatehouse Capital and Music Man Square. David Rachie of Gatehouse Capital will be in attendance to answer questions regarding the hotel, which is proposed to be constructed in the southeastern portion of the Southbridge Mall main parking lot.

Competency hearing today for Lake Mills man

MASON CITY — A Lake Mills man accused of murdering two people in Mason City last November plans to use an insanity defense in his trial. 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. In March, District Judge Rustin Davenport ruled that Veal was not competent to stand trial after reviewing the results of a psychiatric evaluation.

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