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  • City weighing it’s options after hotel developer misses final deadline for construction December 1, 2016
    MASON CITY — Mason City’s city administrator says the city is weighing its options and asking residents for some patience after a developer missed the final deadline Wednesday to start construction of a hotel that’s part of a downtown redevelopment project. Philip Chodur, a Mason City native who is president of San Diego-based G8 Development,
  • Midwest economic survey shows improvement in November December 1, 2016
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of business supply managers shows improvement but still reflects relatively weak economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Thursday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 46.5 in November from 43.8 in October. Creighton University economist Ernie
  • Mason City native talks about numerous meetings with Fidel Castro December 1, 2016
    MASON CITY — A north-central Iowa native who met multiple times with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is mourning the passing of the 90-year-old. Sandra Levenson is originally from Mason City and is executive director of the New York City-based Center for Cuban Studies. Whilie he’s been in ill health for some time, Levenson says
  • Today is World AIDS Day December 1, 2016
    DES MOINES — This year marks the 35th anniversary of the first detection of HIV. And while research has changed outcomes for those living with the virus, experts say there’s much more work to do. Today is World AIDS Day, an annual observance to support people living with HIV, remember those who have died from
  • Iowa unemployment benefits system getting major computer upgrade December 1, 2016
    DES MOINES — Iowa officials have formed a partnership with two other states on a “technology upgrade” to process unemployment insurance payments from companies and checks to laid-off workers.  Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend says the state’s current system is operating off a computer server that was built in 1973. “We want to get

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