Author Archives: AJ Taylor

He’s Back Up in Trees After Falling

 A Mason City man is back climbing trees after he fell 40 feet from one over the summer, breaking several bones. Owner Kevin Hardy of Cutting Edge Tree Services in Mason City fell from a tree in Charles City on July 20. He broke nearly everything but his will. Hardy suffered several injuries in the fall, including


Minnesota Voters Turn in Lowest Turnout Since 1986

The fall election has produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election. The state Canvassing Board certified the results Tuesday, three weeks after Election Day. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

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Iowa Teen Sentenced in Drive-by Shooting

A Fort Dodge teenager has been given five years in prison for his involvement in a drive-by shooting. Eighteen-year-old Xavier Rhone was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court on a charge of going armed with intent. Judge Kurt Wilke said he would reconsider the sentence if Rhone undergoes counseling and shows improvement. Rhone admitted

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November Agricultural Price Report Issued

The preliminary November 2014 average price received by farmers for corn in Iowa was $3.50 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This is down $0.12 from the October full month price, and $0.93 lower than November 2013. The preliminary November 2014 average price received by farmers

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Iowa Posts Record Egg Production as Demand Soars

The egg is on a roll. It has never been more popular as a fast-food restaurant breakfast staple and its appeal has broadened far beyond the day’s first meal. High demand has kept egg prices at record levels, even as production soars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa, the nation’s leading egg supplier, produced

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Northey Suggests Buying Iowa Christmas Trees

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey again encouraged Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa grown Christmas tree to decorate their home this holiday season. “Selecting a fresh Christmas tree can be part of a great family tradition and is an opportunity to connect with an Iowa farmer and support the local economy,” Northey said. 


Bobcat Door Stolen, Forest City Police Seeking Suspects

Holland Contracting has been victimized by vandalism near the Forest City School bus barn. Between Tuesday night around 5pm and 6:30 am Wednesday, a Holland Contracting Bobcat T300 Skidloader had the door stolen. They had just replaced it within the last week and company officials are very frustrated by the situation. Company officials say it makes the work