Reversal: Dix to release internal report, brings in volunteer HR advisor

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate’s Republican leader is changing course, announcing this morning he — by the end of the week — release a report on the internal investigation into alleged More »

Trial date set for Mason City man charged with murder

MASON CITY — The trial date has formally been set for a Mason City man charged with murder last year. 61-year-old Larry Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot 19-year-old More »

Mason City council to discuss Gatehouse agreement tonight

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider a final development agreement between the city and Gatehouse Mason City LLC on the construction of a hotel in the More »

Clear Lake council approves measure to determine city administrator’s salary on performance

CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night approved an agreement with City Administrator Scott Flory establishing and authorizing additional supplemental benefits for the position. Mayor Nelson Crabb says Flory’s More »

Trial date set for mother of infant found dead in swing at family home

ALTA VISTA — The trial date has been set for the mother of a four-month-old boy whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home in Alta Vista. 20-year-old More »

Three sections of the state have lots of corn remaining to harvest

DES MOINES — The harvest of soybeans in the state is pretty well done, while work remains when it comes to corn. The U.S.D.A. crop report released Monday shows most of the More »

Reynolds wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a Trump assist on 2018 campaign trail

DES MOINES — Some of the nation’s Republican governors told New York Times reporters last week that they’re concerned about campaigning alongside President Trump next year. Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds told More »

Friday November 17th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND

== SATURDAY

AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Iowa football vs. Purdue, pre-game 12:30, kickoff 2:30

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jack Nunge scored a career-high 17 points in his third collegiate game and Iowa cruised past Grambling State, 85-74, for its third-straight win Thursday night.

Isaiah Moss and Tyler Cook (15 points each) added some scoring help for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who needed second-half momentum to pull away from the Tigers.

Judge says suspect competent to stand trial in Mason City murder case

MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County District Court judge has ruled that a Mason City man charged with murder last year is competent to stand trial.

61-year-old Larry Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot 19-year-old Samantha Teeter in the head during an incident in an apartment complex at 116 17th Southeast shortly before 4 o’clock on the morning of December 2nd of last year. Teeter died two days later after being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Trial set for Chickasaw County father in death of maggot-infested baby

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – Trial has been set for next year for the father of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s Alta Vista home.

The trial for 28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn has been scheduled for Jan. 3 in Chickasaw County.

Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, have each pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and first-degree murder charges in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn.

State regulators vote down second bid for Cedar Rapids casino

DUBUQUE — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted down for the second time a request from Cedar Rapids for a gambling license on a 3-2 vote today .

The vote was tied 2-2 and came down to Commissioner Kris Kramer of New Hampton. She says her decision was based on the impact on existing casinos.

“It has been said that if Cedar Rapids does get a license that the neighboring casinos will fell the negative affect, but will bounce back. I disagree with that statement,” Kramer says. Kramer says the impact could hit especially hard on the casinos in smaller cities and the surrounding community.

Legalizing industrial hemp production in Iowa is this group’s goal

SPENCER — The Iowa Hemp Association is hosting an informational meeting in Spencer tonight.

“The Iowa Hemp Association has been working now for about five or six years to push for agricultural and industrial as a third major rotational crop and commodity here in Iowa,” says Chris Disbro, the association’s founder and president. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to the reintroduction of this crop as a staple of Iowa agriculture.”

Industrial hemp was once grown throughout the country and used to make clothing, rope and even paper, but it was outlawed in 1970 because the plant is part of the cannabis family.

Deferred judgment, probation for suspect accused in Mason City home invasion

MASON CITY — It’s a deferred judgment for a Clear Lake man accused of being involved in a home invasion in Mason City earlier this year.

Police accused three men of breaking into a home in the 1000 block of East State Street at about noon on March 27th, holding down an occupant of the home and stealing a safe containing money.

“Best in Show” winner named for River City Sculptures on Parade competition

MASON CITY — An artist from Fort Wayne Indiana has won his second “Best in Show” title in the River City Sculptures on Parade competition.

Gregory Mendez claimed the honor and a cash award of $2000 after his piece, entitled “All Under Heaven”, was selected the “Best in Show” winner. The kinetic contemporary sculpture of two figures reaching for the sky is on display near Clear Lake Bank & Trust’s drive-in entrance on East State Street.

Grassley, Ernst tout GOP tax plan, two other GOPers raising concerns

WASHINGTON — Iowa’s two U.S. senators are touting the GOP’s tax plan, but it may not have enough support from their fellow Republicans to pass the senate. Senator Joni Ernst yesterday said she’s backing the bill because the economy has “under-achieved” during the current recovery.

“Last year the United States saw less than a two percent increase in the amount of goods and services we produced. And the reason? Our stagnant economy has suffered from an outdated tax system that stifles economic growth through high tax rates and an unreasonable compliance burden,” Ernst said during a brief speech on the senate floor.

Iowa lawmakers tasked with opioids report miss deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report offering findings and recommendations.

The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver an opioids report to Gov. Kim Reynolds and lawmakers by Nov. 15, but the report wasn’t available Wednesday.

IRGC to decide on Cedar Rapids casino license

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Racing and Gaming Commission is set to vote on a gambling license for Cedar Rapids.

Commissioners voted down a license for Cedar Rapids in 2014 — citing a concern the new casino would pull away business from existing state casinos.

Two new studies on the gambling market in Iowa released in October raise some of the same concerns. One of the studies says the current plans for a Cedar Rapids casino overstate the revenue potential and would still take away from existing casinos.

New, optional fine arts standards for Iowa public schools

DES MOINES — The State Board of Education has approved new fine arts standards for all students in the state’s public schools.

The new standards for music, theater, dance and other forms of artistic expression in Iowa public schools mirror standards used in 22 other states. Iowa school districts, however, have the option of ignoring these recommendations.

Medicare users encouraged to shop around in new enrollment period

DES MOINES — We’re now two weeks into the open enrollment period for the half-million Iowans who depend on Medicare, the federal insurance program for people 65 and older.

Medicare recipients have until early next month to decide what coverage they want for next year. Julie Brookhart, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says log on and look around, even if you like your current plan.

Smokers are encouraged to try and quit during today’s ‘Smokeout’

MASON CITY — Iowa smokers are being urged to try and quit just for today as part of the 40th annual Great American Smokeout, in hopes they may be able to quit for a week, for a month, and for good.

Brian Ortner, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, says giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products can bring almost immediate results, in addition to the long-term improvements in health. “Within 20 minutes, there’s benefits to their body,” Ortner says.

Wear purple Thursday to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

DES MOINES — Iowans are being encouraged to “wear purple with a purpose” Thursday in order to raise awareness about what’s considered the world’s toughest form of cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death in Iowa and in the U.S. Melinda Thach, a volunteer for the Des Moines Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, says she strives to teach more people about the disease and how to spot it.

Absentees ballots ready for Mason City runoff election

MASON CITY — Absentee ballots are now available for the December 5th city council Second Ward and Fourth Ward runoff elections in Mason City.

Any eligible voter may vote an absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office or submit a written request for a ballot to be mailed to the voter. Requests should be addressed to the County Auditor’s Office at 220 North Washington in Mason City,

State still getting lots of unclaimed property

DES MOINES — More and more Iowans are forfeiting proceeds from unclaimed property, and State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald is trying to get the word out on how they can claim the goods.

The state logged almost 40 million dollars in unclaimed assets last year. Fitzgerald says only about 15 million dollars went back to the rightful owners. “Unclaimed property comes from bank accounts, savings accounts, people forget about property they own, when they move they don’t get their utility deposits back.”

Thursday November 16th Local Sports

TONIGHT
== AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com — Iowa men vs. Grambling State — pre-game 6:00, tipoff 7:00

 

MASON CITY – The 11th-ranked NIACC wrestling team dropped a 30-12 decision to top-ranked Ellsworth Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

NIACC picked up a fall from top-ranked Austin Anderly (2-0) at 141 pounds. The Trojans’ Zach Wagenhoffer (1-1) won by decision at 174 pounds and 4th-ranked Jaylen Lee (1-1) won by a 15-13 decision in overtime at 184 pounds over Reece Westphal.

Campaign kicked off to raise funds for Clear Lake veterans memorial

CLEAR LAKE — North-central Iowans honored veterans with several Veterans Day ceremonies around the area on Saturday. In Clear Lake, not only did they honor veterans with a luncheon, the Clear Lake VFW Post 4868 kicked off a $100-thousand capital campaign to fund a veterans memorial to be located in the courtyard of their downtown post.

The memorial consists of black granite slabs, with two exterior walls of the post holding three slabs of granite engraved with the names of both living and deceased veterans. Post commander Mike Nelson says the project will be done in two phases. He says the first phase will put up marble tablets with the names, with the second phase being more aesthetics.

Parents plead not guilty in death of maggot-infested baby

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – The Chickasaw County parents of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, filed written pleas of not guilty earlier this week.

Each faces charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn.

USDA boosts its guess of Iowa corn production

DES MOINES — The U.S.D.A. has increased its corn production outlook for Iowa and the nation. The National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report released today shows Iowa corn production is now forecast at 2.54 billion bushels.

Yields are expected to average 197 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels per acre from the October forecast. If the predictions hold, this would be Iowa’s second highest yield and production on record behind last year.

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