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MASON CITY — Iowa’s coldest temperatures of 2017 have arrived on the final week of the year. A few locations in northern Iowa reached double digits BELOW zero this morning and yesterday More »

Cerro Gordo County supervisors approve elected officials salaries for next fiscal year

MASON CITY — Without discussion, the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved the recommendations made by the county’s Compensation Board during their annual meeting last week. Under state law, county nonadministrative

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CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake police say they are continuing their investigation into an attempted armed robbery last night, and assuring that the neighborhood is safe. Police say they were called to raw-mouthed

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Wednesday December 27th Local Sports

NEW YORK CITY — Weather could be a factor on Wednesday when Iowa plays Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium (AM-1300 KGLO, 2:00 pre-game, 4:15 kickoff). The forecast calls More »

Cerro Gordo supervisors to vote on pay recommendations

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on the recommendations made by the county’s Compensation Board during their annual meeting last week. Under More »

Cold, snow highlight weather for end of 2017

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MASON CITY — Iowa’s coldest temperatures of 2017 have arrived on the final week of the year. A few locations in northern Iowa reached double digits BELOW zero this morning and yesterday morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Podrazik says even colder air will move in this weekend with actual HIGHS only in the single digits above and below zero.

Cerro Gordo County supervisors approve elected officials salaries for next fiscal year

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MASON CITY — Without discussion, the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved the recommendations made by the county’s Compensation Board during their annual meeting last week.

Under state law, county elected officials select someone to represent them on the Compensation Board that each year makes recommendations about salary adjustments for the upcoming fiscal year, but it’s the county’s board of supervisors who have the final say in the process.

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DES MOINES — Public health officials expect the number of opioid-related deaths this year in Iowa will surpass last year’s total of 180.

Kevin Gabbert is leader of the State Opioid Treatment Authority and says other states have reduced opioid-related deaths by strengthening prescription monitoring programs and instituting “good Samaritan” laws.

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IOWA CITY — Programs offered by the University of Iowa to draw more young people into so-called STEM fields appear to be working.

During 2017, more than 37,000 students took part in at least one of the U-I Healthcare programs tied to science, technology, engineering and math. That’s a 64% increase from a year ago. Emily Strattan, the U-I’s STEM education coordinator, says 77% more young women took part, thanks to a program aimed at middle school-aged girls.

Gatehouse corporate vice president disagrees with “malicious accusations”, statements from Mason City’s mayor about downtown project

MASON CITY — An e-mail to a Mason City councilman from an executive of Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital says his company is still interested in building a hotel in the downtown area, and he is disagreeing with what he’s calling “malicious accusations” made against the company’s representative.

Colin McDonald, who is the vice president of development for Gatehouse Capital in Dallas, sent an e-mail to councilman John Lee on Sunday in an attempt to correct misinformation being spread about the company.

Clear Lake police investigate attempted robbery

CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake police say they are continuing their investigation into an attempted armed robbery last night, and assuring that the neighborhood is safe.

Police say they were called to the 500 block of 7th Avenue North at about 6:10 PM. Police say they are searching for a suspect who the victim says knocked on the door of their home and displayed a gun.

A Watershed Approach to Improving Iowa Water Quality?

DES MOINES, Iowa – Long-term funding for water quality is expected to be one of the first priorities for Iowa legislators when they return to the State Capitol in January.

Competing water quality bills in the House and Senate failed to pass both chambers this year, and Republican leaders say they think the Senate version is the most feasible choice for long-term funding.

Will Iowans Prevent Solar Tax Credit from Fading Away?

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Just as Iowa’s crops require sunshine to grow, clean energy advocates say so does the state’s economy.

Part of the solar production tax credit for large utility-scaled projects expired last year. And, given Iowa’s $133 million budget shortfall, there are concerns that state lawmakers will also allow the credit for small-scale and residential solar installation to fade away.

DNR warns ice may still have flaws despite cold temperatures

CLEAR LAKE — While the temperatures have dropped to below freezing across the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning those who enjoy ice fishing to be extra careful during the next few days.

DNR Fisheries Chief Joe Larscheid says the cold snap likely froze most bodies of water solid — but you should still test it before venturing out. “We need a good solid four to six inches of clear ice, hard ice in order to be safe,” he says.

Wednesday December 27th Local Sports

NEW YORK CITY — Weather could be a factor on Wednesday when Iowa plays Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium (AM-1300 KGLO, 2:00 pre-game, 4:15 kickoff). The forecast calls for a temperature of 25 degrees at kickoff with a wind chill making it fell like it is 14.

“We have been outside the last couple of weeks”, said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “I feel like we are in the midwest and Big Ten football. You just kind of put that out of your mind and just worry about the game.”

Iowa will be out to halt a dreadful run in post season games. The Hawkeyes have lost five straight bowl games and the average margin of defeat is just short of three touchdowns.

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MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on the recommendations made by the county’s Compensation Board during their annual meeting last week.

Under state law, county elected officials select someone to represent them on the Compensation Board that each year makes recommendations about salary adjustments for the upcoming fiscal year, but it’s the county’s board of supervisors who have the final say in the process.

Unclear if Iowa lawmakers will touch privatized Medicaid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – There appears to be consensus among Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature that there are problems with Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program, but there is less agreement over what, if anything, legislators should do about it when they return to the Capitol in a few weeks.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled statehouse are expected to address a range of issues when they gather in January, including taxes and water quality. But Medicaid, the massive health care program for poor and disabled people in Iowa, is less certain to be on their to-do list.

Governor won’t propose it, but she supports executions in ‘limited circumstances’

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DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds supports the death penalty in “limited circumstances,” but she is not calling on legislators to pass a law in 2018 that would re-establish capital punishment in Iowa.

“You’re not going to see me putting forth a bill,” Reynolds told Radio Iowa. “But I know there’s some indication that there are some senators looking at that and so what I would say at this point is I would be willing to take a look at it, but not going to weigh in until I see what direction they’re going in.”

Another delay in Crystal Lake man’s kidnapping trial

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CRYSTAL LAKE — A Crystal Lake man’s kidnapping trial scheduled to start next month has been delayed again.

27-year-old Christopher Moore is accused of confining a woman against her will and seriously injuring her on August 2nd of this year. A criminal complaint states that a witness told a deputy she saw Moore throw the woman around and hit her numerous times in the front yard of a home after hearing the woman yelling for help.

Upmeyer aims to boost ‘associations’ that offer group insurance

CLEAR LAKE — The top Republican in the legislature says she’s hoping to find a way to help the thousands of Iowans who can’t afford to buy individual insurance policies for 2018.

“My gosh, we have got people that are paying up to $40,000 was one I heard with an $8000 deductible for each person. How is that sustainable? I’ve heard bankers talking about people coming in to borrow money to pay for health insurance. How do we sustain that kind of thing?” House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake asked. “We have to move this needle.”

Upmeyer plans to consult with the state insurance commissioner and the head of a federal agency to see what options may be available.

State’s medical marijuana program cost could be as high as $1 million

JOHNSTON — State public health officials are trying to find out why eight medical marijuana manufacturers did not apply to be the supplier in Iowa.

In late November, MedPharm Iowa got the state license to grow marijuana and manufacture cannabis oil here. Iowa Department of Public Health director Gerd Clabaugh says the law allowed two licensed manufacturers.

“Part of our application process asked for companies, organizations to file with us a notice-of-intent-to-apply, so we had an early indication about who and how many applications we might receive,” Clabaugh says. “And in that part of the process, we received nine letters.”

State official concerned federal trade agreements still not complete

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DES MOINES — Iowa exports are “flat-lining” according to the director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Debi Durham says it’s worrisome since negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement are unresolved.

“I believe that all trade agreements, particularly ones like NAFTA that should be looked at to be modernized — I don’t think there’s any issue with that, but certainly Mexico and Canada are some of our largest trading partners and that’s concerning to us,” Durham says.

Ventura man arrested for multi-county pursuit

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VENTURA — A Ventura man has been arrested after a vehicle pursuit early Christmas morning.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says they tried to stop a vehicle driven by Justin Glidden shortly at 12:20 AM at 237th and Balsam Avenue just south of Ventura. The department says Glidden refused to stop, with a pursuit going through Hancock, Wright and Franklin counties on several gravel and paved roads, with speeds reaching 90 miles per hour at times.

Iowa Court of Appeals rejects one charge in Mitchell County man’s poisoning case

OSAGE — The Iowa Court of Appeals has overturned one conviction of an Osage man accused of sexually abusing a man and then attempting to kill him to keep him from testifying.

Mark Retterath was found guilty of attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, and sexual abuse. In October he was sentenced to 35 years in prison – including 25 for attempted murder.

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BLUE GRASS — The Blue Grass Police Department says four people died in a house fire there early Christmas morning.

Police say in a report that they were called out at 12:34 a.m. to the 300 block of Salem street in Blue Grass. Four people were inside the home at the time the fire started. One person got out and was taken to the hospital but later died. The three other people that were inside the home were unable to escape and died inside.

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