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Mason City man sentenced for tire iron attack

MASON CITY, Iowa – A jail sentence is handed out for a tire iron beating in Cerro Gordo County. Brian Nathaniel Smith, 39 of Mason City, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury for the incident on July 19, 2020, in Mason City. Investigators say Smith hit another man...
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Car accident leads to injuries, lawsuits and a claim of legal malpractice

One of Iowa’s largest nursing home corporations is suing its lawyers for allegedly botching settlement negotiations in lawsuits tied to a 2014 traffic accident. ABCM Corp., which operates more than 60 care facilities in Iowa, is suing the Fudge Broadwater law firm of Florida in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, alleging […] The post Car accident leads to injuries, lawsuits and a claim of legal malpractice appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Cerro Gordo County jury to hear Fort Dodge murder trial starting today

MASON CITY — The first-degree murder trial of a Fort Dodge man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s mother is underway with a Cerro Gordo County jury hearing the trial. 31-year-old Mark Russell was arrested in January 2020 after being accused of murdering 45-year-old Angela McLeod. A criminal complaint states that officers found McLeod face down on a bedroom floor with blood on the carpet near a golf club missing its head. She was later pronounced dead.

Another Mason City Woman Wins $300,000 Lottery Prize

For the second time within two months, a $300,000 lottery prize has been won with the same scratch game in north Iowa. The Iowa Lottery says Jessica Chambers of Mason City has won the 16th top prize in their “Colossal Crossword” scratch game. She bought her winning ticket at Northside Liquor on North Federal Avenue in Mason City and claimed her prize Tuesday (01.31) at lottery headquarters in Clive.

Two People Die In Iowa After Falling Into Water While Ice Fishing

A husband and wife are dead after a tragic accident over the weekend. Just before 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, authorities were contacted by someone who observed two people who had fallen through the ice while fishing in a farm pond. Emergency crews responded to the scene near Durham, Illinois, in extreme western Illinois. They rescued the two people from the water and began life-saving efforts. A release from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office does not state whether it's known how long they were in the water.

Former Clear Lake legislator Scott dies

CLEAR LAKE — A former Clear Lake state legislator has died. Kenneth Scott served in the Iowa House from 1971-1972 and later served in the Iowa Senate from 1973-1977 and 1987-1991. Scott was a lifelong farmer who was co-owner of the Reisch Worldwide Auction College and as a real...
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Buddy Holly and the Winter Dance Party (All Ages Live Concert)

Buddy Holly and the Winter Dance Party (All Ages Live Concert) Join us at the Olde Pine Theatre for a re-creation of the February 2nd, 1959 Winter Dance Party. In January, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper”, Dion and the Belmonts, Frankie Sardo, Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch set out on a 24 day tour barnstorming the Midwest. It became the most infamous tour in rock ‘n roll history.

Storm Large Coming to NIACC

NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series proudly present Storm Large at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023. This presentation is part of the 2022-2023 Performing Arts and Leadership Series. Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. She shot to...

Hennessy Joins NIACC Alumni Advisory Board

Kevin Hennessy of Mason City, graduated from NIACC with an Associate’s Degree in Business in 2009, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011. Hennessy is a Mortgage Loan Officer with Clear Lake Bank & Trust. Hennessy has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. Hennessy is actively involved in the community as part of the River City Barbershop Choir, has participated in Lake Leadership, serves as a board member of the Mason City YMCA, and Mason City Lions Club. He is also a Mason City Chamber Ambassador and is participating in Leadership North Iowa. Hennessy lives in Mason City with his wife, Libby (Kropp) Hennessy.

Remembering Rock and roll Pioneer Buddy Holly

Today is often referred to as "the day the music died." On February 3rd, 1959, the rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas, in 1936. He began his musical career playing the guitar and singing country music but soon transitioned to rock and roll, becoming one of the pioneers of the "rock and roll" sound.

Hancock County Supervisors Meeting (Live)

(Click on the live link above to view the Hancock County Supervisors Meeting) The meeting will cover the builder’s risk policy and coverage amounts for vestibule and roof projects. The board will also review an amended 28E agreement with Winnebago County regarding housing of Hancock County inmates. Jeremy Purvis,...

Forest City Council Meeting (LIVE)

(Click the link above to view the city council meeting live.) The Forest City Council will meet beginning at 7pm in the City Council Chambers of the Forest City Hall. The council is looking to establish civil penalties for brush collected outside the City limits of Forest City. Brush collected outside of the city limits and dropped off at the city brush collection site is strictly prohibited. The first offense is not to exceed $750.00. Each repeat offense is not to exceed $1,000.00.

Worth County Board of Supervisors (LIVE)

The Worth County Board of Supervisors will meet to hear from Richard Brumm, County Engineer, on the current state of secondary roads in the county. He will discuss repairs and road maintenance. Drainage matters will also be reviewed including claims and the need to set a date for an informational...

Flashback: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & ‘The Big Bopper’ Remembered

It was 64 years ago today (February 3rd, 1959) that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash after a performance in Clear Lake, Iowa. The three had been performing along with Dion & The Belmonts as part of the Winter Dance Party Tour, which would cover 24 cities in a short three-week period from January 23rd to February 15th. Holly, who had parted ways with longtime backing group the Crickets the previous year, was backed up by a then-unknown Waylon Jennings on bass, Carl Bunch on drums, and Tommy Allsup on lead guitar.

Worth County Board to Discuss County EMS Services

The Worth County Board of Supervisors will meet Monay morning at 8:30am. You can watch the meeting live on The board will hear from Richard Brumm, County Engineer, on the current state of secondary roads in the county. He will discuss repairs and road maintenance. Drainage matters will also...

Winnebago County Board to Meet

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors will discuss a number of road issues along with other topics in their Tuesday morning meeting beginning at 9am . Winnebago County Treasurer Juie Swenson will present her semi-annual report from her department. Then the board will turn their attention to a proposed sharing agreement with Hancock County. The agreement is over the housing of prisoners at the Winnebago County Jail from Hancock County.