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  • Date, time and place set for Mason City stop on Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy Tour January 17, 2017
    MASON CITY — The date, time and place have been finalized for the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy appearance in Mason City later this month. According to the Cubs website, the trophy will be shown from 6:00 to 7:30 on the night of Tuesday January 31st at Music Man Square in Mason City. The trophy
  • Mason City council to discuss hotel development, capital improvement levy January 17, 2017
    MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight is scheduled to vote on seeking developers for a downtown hotel project, as well as set the date for a special election on a capital improvement levy that could result in smarter spending by the city.   === The council is being asked to approve
  • Vilsack confirms post with US Dairy Export Council January 17, 2017
    WASHINGTON — Tom Vilsack confirmed today he will become president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). The former Iowa governor, who left his job as U.S. Agriculture Secretary on Friday, will now lead a nonprofit group that seeks to drive demand for U.S. dairy products. Agri-Pulse had reported earlier this month that
  • Proposed ‘defunding Planned Parenthood’ plan in Iowa financed with federal grant January 17, 2017
    DES MOINES — Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says this is the second year Republican Governor Terry Branstad has recommended using a federal block grant to finance reproductive health care and cancer screenings for Medicaid patients. “Each year there’s a surplus that’s run within this block grant and so we believe we can provide the core
  • Nearly 19% of recent high school grads had to take remedial math in college January 17, 2017
    DES MOINES — The state has released a new report on Iowa schools that measures how many students go on to college and how those students perform at the next level. Department of Education director Ryan Wise says the report shows how many Iowa high school graduates had to take remedial classes in college because
  • Arraignment date set in Galt child endangerment case January 17, 2017
    GALT — The date of the arraignment hearing for an Eagle Grove woman charged with neglect has been scheduled. The Wright County Sheriff’s Department charged 24-year-old Ysabel Ceplecha with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person after finding her two-year-old daughter alone near a vacant post office in Galt, wearing just pajamas and no coat
  • Charles City man accused of harboring runaway now faces child stealing charge January 17, 2017
    CHARLES CITY — A Charles City man who has pleaded not guilty to harboring a runaway has now also been accused of child stealing. 34-year-old Mark Lynch was arrested on December 10th after Charles City police received a call from the Pickerington Ohio Police Department about a 14-year-old girl that had been taken and was
  • Ice jams pose a threat in Iowa as temperatures warm up January 17, 2017
    MASON CITY — Slick sidewalks, parking lots and roadways could remain a problem this morning as temperatures across the state hover around the freezing point. A slight warmup is expected to arrive tomorrow, but National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Small says that could bring another danger along rivers — ice jams. “So, as all of
  • GOP leaders ready to ‘fix’ the state budget ‘crisis’ January 17, 2017
    DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad’s plan for erasing the anticipated red ink in the current year’s state budget may be overhauled by legislators. “We’ve been warning that the level of spending was cumulating to a point where this kind of crisis was going to occur and we’re prepared to fix it.” That’s Senate Republican
  • New Senate Minority Leader says he’s a ‘facilitator’ rather than person to ‘lead the charge’ January 17, 2017
    DES MOINES — For the first time in 20 years, Democrats in the Iowa Senate have a new leader. Senator Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs had been the legislature’s top Democrat until he was defeated in November. Soon after, Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids was chosen by his colleagues to be the leader of

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