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Three Weeks Left To Apply For SBA Disaster Loans

Three Weeks Left To Apply For SBA Disaster Loans

Joseph M. Folsom, Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office, announced today that private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) who have suffered property damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred June 14 – 23, 2014, have until September 22, 2014, to apply for an SBA

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Trial Set for Man in Dog Death Case

A trial date has been set for a Mason City man accused of killing torturing and killing a dog, then leaving his infant daughter alone in the house. The trial for 26-year-old Dacota Alan Witham has been set for October 7th in Cerro Gordo County District Court after he pleaded not guilty to animal torture.

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Police to Increase Enforcement of Drunk Driving Over Labor Day

As part of the National Drunk Driving Campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” Iowa law enforcement officers will beef up their commitment to saving lives on Iowa’s streets and highways.  This initiative is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) effort to save lives by focusing on drunk/drugged drivers.  Together with law

Chinese woman seeks December trade secrets trial

A Chinese woman charged in what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is seeking to separate her case from her brother’s and she wants a trial held as quickly as possible. The attorney for Mo Yun filed documents in federal court in Des Moines on Thursday

Iowa Police Say Fast-Food Laced with THC

Police in southeast Iowa say lab tests have confirmed the presence of THC, the intoxicating chemical found in marijuana, in a burger bought last April at a local fast-food restaurant. An Ottumwa couple reported to police on April 26th that they believed the food they received from the restaurant on April 26 contained marijuana. Police

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5 Firefighters Hurt in Downtown Des Moines Fire

Five firefighters have been treated for injuries they received fighting a fire in a downtown Des Moines building. Officials say the firefighters’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The fire was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday in the 19-story Equitable Building. Fire Chief John TeKippe said that two firefighters were hurt by falling debris,


Severe Thunderstorms are Possible Today

Originally, the National Weather Service was calling for sunny skies and temperatures into the 80′s for today. That however, changed last night as upper level disturbances began to track north destablizing the atmosphere and creating severe weather overnight. Meteorologists have changed their tune now after Sunday Night and are now looking at severe weather possible

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Sunday Conversation with Senator Charles Grassley on ALS

Q:        What is ALS? A:        Some people may know the neurodegenerative disease by another name, Lou Gehrig’s disease.  ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  To the tens of thousands of American families impacted by this progressive, debilitating disease, the diagnosis is devastating.  The incurable disease disrupts nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading

Improve Your Health–Know Your Wellness Numbers

Hancock County Health System (HCHS) is hosting its second Wellness Fair for residents to receive various wellness screens, from measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and ankle-brachial index (ABI) screening to assessing hearing and sleep pattern, without a physician’s written order. The healthcare professionals in the Wellness Center will perform a headto-toe health wellness assessment