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Officials Keep Mason City Wal-Mart Closed Due to Roof Collapse

Officials Keep Mason City Wal-Mart Closed Due to Roof Collapse

Wal-Mart officials continue to keep the mammoth supercenter closed in Mason City due to a roof collapse on Saturday morning. A structural engineer is expected on the grounds today to review if the building can be occupied. Heavy rains in the area Friday night and into Saturday morning are to blame for the structures collapse


Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Letting Out Early

As is the case when school begins in mid August, the heat will cause schoold to close early. KIOW News has leaned that Ventura buildings will be closing at 1:10 pm today. Garner building will be closing 20 minutes later at 1:30 pm. Since this accounts for a full day of school, no make up

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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

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Britt City Council Will Partially Help Historic Bank

The Britt City Council has decided to move forward to try and entice investors to purchase and subsequently renovate the old Britt Bank building. The way that the city will do this is to initially invest $15,000 to temporarily fix the roof and walls of the facility. By a 4-1 vote, the will put the

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Iowa Firm Thrives with Concrete Security Barriers

A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe. The company began nearly 101 years ago when founder L.T. Petersen invented an automatic livestock watering appliance that was popular with farmers


Iowa Couple Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

An Iowa couple has been sentenced for improperly collecting nearly $50,000 in disability benefits. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt’s office says 45-year-old Robert Alexander and 38-year-old Maureen Alexander were both sentenced last week. Robert Alexander had told the Social Security administration that he hadn’t been able to work since 2008 because of a disability. Prosecutors say

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Branstad Will Again Seek Broadband Legislation

An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Governor Terry Branstad is optimistic a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for re-election, has offered a rebooted version of his broadband proposal. It’s dubbed “Connect Every Acre” and among the goals is

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Suspicious Death in Clive and Police Need the Public’s Help

On August 23, 2014, at 10:07am, Clive Police and EMS were dispatched to an unresponsive male lying on the ground on the south side of 7930 University Avenue adjacent to the Greenbelt Recreational Trail. Responding emergency personnel determined that the male was deceased. The first responding officers noted suspicious circumstances around the body and called