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  • Grassley doubts “rambunctious” town hall crowd was paid to protest February 22, 2017
    NEW HARTFORD — President Trump suggests some vocal protesters at Tuesday’s public appearances by Iowa’s two Republican U-S senators may’ve been recruited to be there by “liberal activists.” Senator Chuck Grassley says he “enjoyed” interacting with the people who attended his Iowa Falls and Garner town hall meetings. Grassley says they were “rambunctious” but he
  • Ernst expresses concerns about cantankerous crowd in Maquoketa February 22, 2017
    CLINTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst followed Tuesday’s loud and cantankerous public forum in Maquoketa with a closed-door meeting with a drug abuse fighting organization in Clinton. Ernst spoke with local reporters after the meeting and expressed concern about the tone of the Maquoketa meeting. “I am o.k. with people coming out and exercising the
  • Sentencing set for Mason City woman accused of child neglect February 22, 2017
    MASON CITY — The sentencing date has been set for a Mason City woman accused of making her children sleep in a room covered with human waste. 25-year-old Alexis Martinez was taken into custody on September 12th of last year on three charges of neglect of a dependent person. She was accused of allegedly forced
  • Mason City man’s kidnapping trial delayed again February 22, 2017
    MASON CITY — A Mason City man’s trial on kidnapping, attempted murder and burglary charges scheduled to start next month has been delayed. 43-year-old Jason Clausen is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on the morning of May 29th of last year. The woman was taken to Mercy-North Iowa with what were described as serious injuries.
  • Osage woman pleads not guilty to gambling away mother’s money at casino February 22, 2017
    OSAGE — An Osage woman accused of gambling her mother’s money has pleaded not guilty to a theft charge. 58-year-old Marilyn Spartz was charged with second-degree theft after being accused of gambling with her mother’s money from July to December at the Diamond Jo Casino near Northwood. The theft was discovered when Spartz’s mother’s health
  • Mason City council sets budget hearing, levy proposed to decrease one cent February 22, 2017
    MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night set March 7th as the date for a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The proposed budget shows a one-cent decrease in the tax levy from $13.71 per $1000 assessed valuation to $13.70. The projected tax levy increase was five-percent, but council
  • Lawsuits filed against seven businesses for hitting underground gas pipes February 22, 2017
    DES MOINES — Iowa’s Attorney General has filed seven lawsuits covering five counties for alleged violations of the “Iowa One Call” law. The law requires anyone who is going to be digging to call at least 48 hours in advance to have underground utility lines marked. Attorney General Tom Miller’s spokesman, Geoff Greenwood, says the
  • Police respond to mental health check at NIACC February 22, 2017
    MASON CITY — Police were called to North Iowa Area Community College on Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a suicidal person on campus. The Mason City Police Department in a statement says they were notified at about 10:30 AM that someone Winnebago County authorities were looking for as part of a welfare check
  • Iowa AG wants to be excused from collective bargaining suit February 22, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top attorney wants to excuse himself from defending the state in a lawsuit that challenges a new collective bargaining law. Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday he wants to seek outside legal counsel to represent the state in a lawsuit filed Monday by the American Federation of State, County
  • AFP’s state director accused of failing to register as lobbyist February 22, 2017
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Federation of Labor’s president has filed an ethics complaint against a high-profile lobbyist for a prominent conservative group. Drew Klein is state director for Americans for Prosperity. The group was founded and financed by the billionaire Koch brothers. Klein’s been a very public presence at the statehouse this year. He

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