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Coltin Schupbach

Piano Flipper Gets Deferred Judgement

Piano Flipper Gets Deferred Judgement

A 22-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced for flipping over a public piano in Mason City. Coltin Schupbach on Monday was given a deferred judgment, two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,400 in restitution. Under the deferred judgment, the conviction will be removed from Schupbach’s record if he successfully completes probation.

Fire destroys furniture store in northeast Iowa

A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa. Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey’s Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported. New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says

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Blast Forces Closure of Iowa Fertilizer Plant

A northern Iowa dry fertilizer plant rocked by an explosion will be closed for a short time. Scott Janssen manages the Northern Country Co-op’s plant in Stacyville, and he says the cause of Monday’s blast is being investigated. Janssen says one employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was able to return

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1st Annual “Trunk or Treat” at First Reformed Church

Halloween is a wonderful tradition that adults and children enjoy as doorbells are rung, “Trick or Treat” is sung and everyone’s sweet tooth gets satisfied. Many folks living in the country don’t get many trick or treaters so First Reformed Church wants to share the fun.  Rural residents who want to be part of the

Deadline to Seed Winter Hardy Cover Crops Extended to Nov. 15

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and State Agronomist Barb Stewart with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that farmers participating in state cost-share and most federal financial assistance programs now have until Nov. 15, 2014 to plant winter hardy cover crops and still qualify for assistance. The seeding date is extended following the announcement


Forest City School Board to Meet with Legislators Tonight

The Forest City Community School Board will meet with area legislators tonight to discuss legislative topics pertaining to education. The meeting will take place at the Forest City Jr./Sr. High School. The district meets annually with legislative members to get a feel for the upcoming session. Forest City school Superintendent Darwin Lehmann explains: The meeting is scheduled between 6:30pm and


Creepy, Scary Creatures Coming to Thorpe Park

Just in time for Halloween, the Winnebago County Conservation Board will be presenting a program on Creatures of the Night! The program will be held at the Thorpe Park shelterhouse on Thursday evening, October 30th, beginning at 6:30 PM. Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls explains: The program will last about 45 minutes and will include


House Fire Escape Time is 2 Minutes

Most people in Iowa know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, but according to a new survey, most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows that many people think they have five minutes, but it’s really only two. Brandon

Mason City Man gets New Bike Days after First One is Stolen

Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker’s bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver’s restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one. Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant Saturday and found a new silver Schwinn hybrid bike waiting for him. King says the gift made him feel special, and