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 »

Not guilty plea in Mason City sexual abuse case

MASON CITY — A not guilty plea has been entered by a Mason City man accused of sexual abuse. 37-year-old Christopher Hull was charged earlier this year with second-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child after being accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old child in June 2015. Hull entered a written plea of not guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Monday. His trial has been scheduled for July 11th. If convicted of second-degree sexual abuse, Hull would face up to 25 years in prison.

Algona man gets three years of probation for asbestos violations

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) – An Algona man has been given three years of probation for asbestos violations.

57-year-old Gary Christianson was sentenced last week. He’d pleaded guilty to one count of failing to notify state and federal authorities about building renovations that involved asbestos. Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange for his plea.

Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Education plans to end its contract with a testing software vendor after a technical audit found the $14 million system was “unfit.”

The 91-page audit found that the TIER testing platform, which is designed to give reading tests to students, was a “dense and disjointed” system and would likely experience technical failures in the future.

Branstad confirmed as US Ambassador to China

WASHINGTON — Winnebago County native Terry Branstad has been confirmed to be U.S. Ambassador to China.

Eighty-two U.S. Senators voted for Branstad’s nomination and 13 Democrats voted no Monday afternoon. Branstad will resign as governor on Wednesday morning and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he praised Branstad during remarks on the Senate floor before the confirmation vote was taken.

North Dakota man arrested in Worth County for going 117 MPH on I-35

HANLONTOWN — The Iowa State Patrol says they pulled over a North Dakota man for going 117 miles per hour on Interstate 35 in Worth County early yesterday morning. The State Patrol’s Facebook page had a picture posted on Monday afternoon showing patrol vehicle’s radar during a traffic stop from about 5:00 AM on I-35 northbound near the 205 mile marker between Hanlontown and Joice. 23-year-old Spencer Gee of West Fargo was arrested for speeding, driving without a valid driver’s license and driving without insurance.

Mason City man arrested, accused of crashing vehicle into church

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been charged with stealing a vehicle and crashing it into a church. Authorities accuse 31-year-old Daniel Solano of attempting to elude an officer at about 10 o’clock Sunday night in a stolen vehicle. Solano allegedly entered the property at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 670 12th Northeast and hit a tree along the side of the driveway, then backed away from the tree and hit the back corner of the church building.

Charles City police investigate gas station robbery

CHARLES CITY — Charles City police are asking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a gas station Sunday morning. Authorities say a person robbed the Rush Stop at 609 South Main Street shortly before 12:15 AM. They say a white male displayed a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Des Moines to offer money for information on unsolved murders

DES MOINES — Des Moines Police and the capital city’s leaders held a news conference Monday after the city recorded its 15th homicide of the year over the weekend.

“Today’s conversation is about violent crime,” Mayor Frank Cownie said, “and violent crime needs to be punished.” The city and private groups are providing additional funding to create an incentive for the public to cooperate with police.

Cownie says the ultimate goal is to reduce instances of violent crime. “We have put together a group here in Des Moines that is committed to working together to try to make that happen,” Cownie said.

Iowa crop planting progressing amid spring storms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers have planted 92 percent of the state’s corn crop, which is three days behind last year’s rate mostly due to wet fields from recent storms but their progress is two days ahead of the five-year average.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop update released Monday says 59 percent of the Iowa crop has emerged. The quality of the crop is high with 75 percent rated good or excellent.

Soybean planting in Iowa is 62 percent completed.

ISU extension releases survey on horticulture growers

AMES — The Iowa State University Extension Department has released the results of its first horticulture survey since 2000. Arlene Enderton with the extension Outreach Local Foods Program, says the survey includes crops that can be eaten that are grown to sell to others. “It would include sweet corn, any fruits or vegetables, also it included nuts. And it included pumpkins, even though people don’t usually eat them, you could eat them. We also included honey and maple syrup — which are not horticultural products — but they are specialty crops,” according to Enderton.

Tuesday May 23rd Local Sports

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ALGONA — The Clear Lake girls golf team is headed back to the state tournament. The Lions shot a 358 to win the 3A regional tournament held at the River Road Golf Course in Algona. Clear Lake’s Emily Snelling was the medalist, shooting an even-par 72. MOC-Floyd Valley was the other team qualifier with a 378.

Prichard makes campaign stop in Mason City

MASON CITY — North-central Iowa Democrat Todd Prichard is finishing out the first week of his official campaign for governor with a stop in Mason City this morning. Prichard had been exploring running for governor in the last few months, and made his campaign official last Tuesday in his hometown of Charles City. Prichard told a crowd of about 25 in a downtown coffee shop this morning that a Democratic governor needs to lead the state against the dramatic changes Republicans have done in the last session.

Governor continues preparing to leave as nomination hearing approaches

DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad will be in front of a screen watching later today as the U.S. Senate votes on his nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to China.

“It’s coming up at 5:30 eastern time,” Branstad told reporters this morning. “That’d be 4:30 our time.” Branstad is wearing a red tie, made in China today, but the governor isn’t superstitious and his fashion choice wasn’t intentional. There’s a gathering this evening at the governor’s mansion for staff and state agency directors that Branstad says will be one of the last official things he does there.

Iowa Supreme Court orders new trial in Floyd County sex abuse case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As expected, the Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

The decision by the Iowa Supreme Court came after state prosecutors last month took the rare step of asking it to reverse 61-year-old Doug Lindaman’s conviction.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office made the move after finding the Charles City man was allowed to represent himself at his trial without knowingly waiving his right to have an attorney.

ACLU: Dispute over transgender student’s treatment resolved

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says a central Iowa school district and the parents of a transgender student have resolved a dispute over his treatment.

The ACLU of Iowa says the Newton High School student’s free speech rights were violated last November when ordered to wash off “Love trumps hate” that he’d inked on one of his arms or be sent home. The ACLU also says a teacher repeatedly referred to the student as “girl,” even though he openly identifies as male.

ISU study: Most advice for dealing with workplace bullying doesn’t work

AMES — An Iowa State University study focused on people who are targets of workplace bullying. Stacy Tye-Williams, an I-S-U professor of communication studies, says she surveyed 48 targets of bullying about what advice they’d received, if they used the advice, if it worked and what advice they’d offer others.

Tye-Williams says most bullying victims said none of the advice worked. “But interestingly, when I asked them what kind of advice they would give to others, they repeated the same advice that either was not helpful for them, that made things worse, or that they didn’t use because they didn’t think it would be helpful for them,” she says.

Confirmation vote scheduled today for Branstad

WASHINGTON — Today is scheduled to be the day that a north-central Iowa native is confirmed to be the next United States Ambassador to China. Senator Chuck Grassley says a roll call vote has been scheduled in the Senate late this afternoon on the confirmation of Terry Branstad for the position. If Branstad wins approval, he would resign later this week and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds would then become the first female governor of the state of Iowa.

Branstad says ‘tragedy’ of teens’ starvation deaths will be reviewed

DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad says the parents accused of mistreating two Iowa teenagers who’ve recently starved to death will be held accountable by the justice system and the governor said staff in the Department of Human Services who did child welfare checks in both homes are trying to do the best they can.

“We have to review what went wrong and how we can do a better job to prevent these kind of things from happening in the future,” Branstad told reporters.

An outside consultant is being hired to review the state’s child welfare system. Natalie Finn of West Des Moines starved to death last fall, despite reports from neighbors and school officials who raised concerns about her home environment. Sabrina Ray of Perry, who also was 16, died last week and the medical examiner said she was severely malnourished. Child abuse investigators had visited her home as well.

Branstad veto puzzles groups seeking money for repairs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some advocates for programs that help low-income people are expressing puzzlement over Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to veto spending from an infrastructure fund.

When he used his line-item veto authority earlier this month to cut $1.8 million in spending approved by the Legislature, Branstad wrote that he would prefer state funds be spent on people, not buildings. But the proposed spending came from a fund that can only be used on building work.

‘Mentor, role model’ Joy Corning, former lieutenant governor, has died

DES MOINES — Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning died this weekend. She was 84.

Corning was in her sixth year as a state senator when Terry Branstad picked Corning as his lieutenant governor running mate in 1990. Corning served eight years in the post.

“She, I think, was the epitome of civility,” said Mary Ellen Miller of Mason City, executive director of “50-50 in 2020”, an organization that encourages women to run for office in Iowa. Corning was one of the group’s founding board members.

Governor Branstad issued a written statement Sunday, calling Corning “an outstanding, unflappable leader who treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved.”

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