Card skimmer possibly used at Mason City credit union

MASON CITY — Mason City police say they believe a card skimmer was recently attached to at least one automatic teller machine in the community. The North Iowa Community Credit Union confirmed More »

City of Mason City gets funding for road expansion, new buses from DOT commission

MASON CITY — The City of Mason City received good news on a couple of different items approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission. The city has been approved for a Revitalize Iowa’s More »

Mason City schools new human resources director is longtime county employee

MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board this week approved the hiring of a longtime Cerro Gordo County employee as the school district’s new human resources director. Tom Drzycimski has been More »

Reynolds says no special session needed for FY 2017 budget

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds says there will not be any need for a special session later this fall to deal with the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. State budget officials say More »

Girls found safe after AMBER Alert, search continues for mother

ROYAL — Authorities say three northwest Iowa girls who were the subject of an Amber Alert Tuesday are safe, but the search for the girls’ biological mother continues. Authorities say at about More »

Wednesday September 20th Local Sports

NEW YORK (AP) – CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins More »

BREAKING — Masson gets 72% of vote to beat Weaver in Third Ward special election

MASON CITY — On his third attempt to win a seat on the City Council in Mason City, Joshua Masson was victorious on Tuesday, winning the special election for the council’s Third More »

Abnormally dry to drought conditions reported in 70 percent of Iowa

DES MOINES — A new report shows the drought zone in Iowa has greatly expanded.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry or in some form of drought. A week ago, the report indicated about half of Iowa in those conditions. The area of extreme drought has expanded as well. All or parts of seven counties in south central and southeast Iowa are now in extreme drought.

In our listening area, the eastern parts of Mitchell, Floyd, and Butler counties as well as the southwestern half of Wright County are in the “abnormally dry” category.

Senator Ernst says it’s time to cut the government perks for ex-presidents

WASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst is renewing her push to cap the amount of money the federal government spends on former presidents. Ernst went on Fox News this week to talk about her proposal.

“Our former presidents have book deals, they have speaking engagements and they are paid quite liberally in those areas,” Ernst said.

Ernst would not cut the pensions each living president is paid, but Ernst proposes a $200,000 limit on how much the federal government pays for other expenses, like office space and staff.

Steve King’s 2016 opponent launches PAC for POWER

SHELDON — The Democrat who lost to Republican Congressman Steve King in 2016 is buying $22,ooo worth of advertising in the fourth congressional district. Kim Weaver of Sheldon has formed a political action committee called “PAC for POWER.”

“Progressives Organizing to Win Every Race,” Weaver said of the acronym, “and so this race we’re solely focusing on beating Steve King.”

Weaver raised nearly $150,000 for a rematch with King, but ended her campaign earlier this summer after published reports about her work as a psychic. Weaver’s PAC purchased $22,000 worth of half-page ads in “small town newspapers” throughout the fourth congressional district.

Board of Education approves transfer exception for homeless students

DES MOINES — The State Board of Education is moving ahead with a change that creates an exception in transfer rules for homeless students.

The department’s Nicole Proesch says the change brings the state in line with federal regulations.”It’s another way of removing a barrier for a student who is experiencing homelessness, it to allow them to immediately enroll in athletics or other activities in the school district because they are in a homeless status,” Proesch says.

Cassini wraps up 20-year space mission with fiery finale

IOWA CITY — A robotic spacecraft carrying instruments built at the University of Iowa plunged into the atmosphere of Saturn and burned up early Friday morning, its final mission after 20 years in deep space.

U-I research scientist Bill Kurth is at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where the final commands were given to Cassini, sending it to its fiery fate. Kurth says the mission’s been a great success.

“I would say it’s more than exceeded all of its goals,” Kurth says. “It originally was planned to be in orbit at Saturn for four years and we’re now in our 13th year.”

Mason City council to set public hearing date for hotel development agreement

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City will be holding a special session later today on the plan to construct a downtown hotel and conference center complex.

The council will be setting their October 17th meeting for a public hearing on a development agreement between the city and Gatehouse Mason City LLC on their proposal to construct a hotel in the southeastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall and attach it via skywalk to Music Man Square, which would be renovated into a conference center.

Grassley satisfied Trump didn’t make immigration deal with Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s been reassured that President Trump did not strike a deal with Democrats that would protect young immigrants from deportation, without funding a wall along the southern border.

Early Thursday morning, Grassley tweeted after reports that Trump and the top two Democrats in congress had come to an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Grassley tweeted that the reported deal “undercut” his bipartisan work in the Senate Judiciary Committee. A few hours later, Grassley told reporters in Washington, D.C. that President Trump’s tweets on the topic came later than his own and Grassley said he was “satisfied” Trump had not made a deal.

Ex-U.S. Representative Nussle: credit unions are the ‘original disrupters’ in financial services

DES MOINES — Former north-central Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle says Iowa’s 94 not-for-profit credit unions have filled a void as banks throughout the country and in Iowa continue to consolidate.

“When I started in congress back in 1990, seems like ages ago now, small community banks made up about 75 percent of the entire marketplace of financial services,” Nussle said. “That’s down to 17 percent today.”

Nussle is president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association. He was in Des Moines Thursday to address the Iowa Credit Union Convention.

Friday September 15th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND:

= FRIDAY
93.9 KIA-FM — Newman at Grundy Center — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00

AM-1300 KGLO — Mason City High at Urbandale — pre-game 6:40, kickoff 7:00

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — “This Week in College Football” Big Ten show 6:00; “Radio Iowa Scouting Report” 6:30; Clear Lake vs. Osage — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:30; “Iowa High School Scoreboard Show” 10:00-11:30

= SATURDAY
AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa vs. North Texas — pre-game 12:30, kickoff 2:30

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Byron Buxton’s 10th-inning homer gave the Minnesota Twins their second straight walk-off victory, a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

A night after Eddie Rosario beat the San Diego Padres with a 10th-inning homer, Buxton connected on a 1-0 count off Toronto’s Luis Santos with two outs. Buxton’s 15th homer didn’t leave much suspense as it reached the second deck in left field.

King, Grassley weigh in on Trump’s DACA dealing with Democrats

WASHINGTON — The two longest-serving members of Iowa’s congressional delegation have been tweeting about their frustrations with President Trump’s discussion of immigration policy with the top two Democrats in congress.

Republican Congressman Steve King took to Twitter last night. King said Trump’s “base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair” if Trump accepts a deal that would shield so-called DREAMers from deportation. King called it amnesty and tweeted that he supported Trump’s “no amnesty” campaign pledge.

Ernst thankful Trump shifting more authority to military

WASHINGTON — As this week marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Senator Joni Ernst said she is “thankful” for a new direction in the “overall War on Terror.”

“We finally do have a president that is very focused on really destroying ISIS, destroying al Qaeda, putting the Taliban back in its place instead of just trying to contain these different issues,” Ernst said during an interview with Radio Iowa.

Low-income Iowans’ winter heat help safe for now

DES MOINES, Iowa – A utility-assistance program that President Donald Trump targeted for elimination in his proposed budget appears to be safe for the winter ahead in Iowa. The feds’ short-term plan to fund the government for three more months as Congress debates a longer-term solution means the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or “LIHEAP” will continue to help more than 80,000 Iowans.

Bill Brand, the division administrator for the Iowa Department of Human Rights, says LIHEAP is vital and that fact isn’t changing.

Hearing to be held to determine whether Woden woman will stand trial on arson charges

WODEN — A hearing has been ordered to determine whether or not a Woden woman facing multiple arson charges is competent to stand trial.

51-year-old Marvella Harms was arrested on July 30th and charged with first-degree arson after allegedly starting a man’s vehicle on fire. Law enforcement says witnesses saw Harms walking away from the vehicle and that she allegedly confessed pouring gasoline inside the car out of a beer can before igniting it with a cigarette lighter.

Iowa Court of Appeals rejects two north-central Iowans criminal appeals

DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed convictions in two north-central Iowa cases:

=== 43-year-old Antoine Smith had appealed his conviction for eluding, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and OWI after being arrested for a high speed pursuit between Garner and Britt in July of last year. Two law enforcement vehicles were damaged during the chase with two deputies being injured.

Fed Reserve Bank finds some improvement in Midwest economy

KANSAS CITY — A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City shows slight improvements in the economy of the Midwestern farm sector.

Nathan Kauffman, an executive with the Fed’s Omaha Branch, says lower farm incomes and weaker credit conditions continue in Iowa and neighboring states, but he says the second quarter was not quite as negative as it has been the past couple of years.

ISU research shows state’s loss of high-skilled workers will slow down

AMES — Research by two Iowa State University economists shows Iowa doesn’t have enough high-skilled jobs to keep qualified people from leaving the state — but that is expected to change.

Economist David Swenson studied the situation leads to what some call the “brain drain.”

“The problem in Iowa is that it’s existing industrial structure can’t use all of the people that we educate. Our economy has fewer higher-skilled and higher-educated workers as part of its occupational structure than the national average,” Swenson explains.

Chuck Grassley supporting grandson for Iowa ag secretary

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is firmly behind his grandson as a candidate to replace Bill Northey as Iowa’s secretary of agriculture.

Northey has been nominated to an undersecretary post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is widely expected to be confirmed. State Rep. Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, has acknowledged his interest in succeeding Northey.

State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach

DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s office is calling on Iowans to “act now” following a massive data breach involving the credit reporting company Equifax.

Geoff Greenwood, spokesman for the AG’s office, says approximately 143 million consumers nationwide are affected by the breach.

“Here in Iowa, it affects in the neighborhood of 1.1 million,” Greenwood said. “So, that’s a lot of people affected by this.” The data includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.

Thursday September 14th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to maintain their cushion for the second AL wild card spot.

After Joe Mauer hit a one-out single off Phil Maton (3-1), Rosario sent a 2-0 pitch soaring into the right-field seats that stayed just inside the foul pole. He raced around the bases to find a mob of teammates waiting for him at the plate in celebration of the team’s fourth walk-off win this season, dumping a bucket of ice on his head after he hit his 23rd homer.

Mason City man’s murder trial delayed, defendant to get new lawyer

MASON CITY — A Mason City man scheduled to go on trial for murder later this month has had his trial pushed back to December, and he’ll have another new lawyer.

20-year-old Braedon Bowers is accused of stabbing 23-year-old Wraymond Todd during an incident at 325 West State Street on May 30th. Todd died on June 4th while being treated at Mercy-North Iowa in Mason City.

Bowers in July successfully requested that the Mason City public defender’s office not represent him in his trial since Bowers and Todd were co-defendants in a 2013 case that involved the use of that office.

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