Ernst Questions USDA Nominee Perdue at Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, today questioned President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, at his confirmation hearing.   Senator Ernst began her questioning by […]

Ernst Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Demanding Action After ‘Marines United’ Postings

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a combat veteran, has joined a bipartisan group of Senators calling on U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to better combat sexual harassment in the military after the exposure of nude posts of female servicemembers online in the Facebook group “Marines United” – […]

Study Says Prestage Foods Costs Are Lower Than Projected Tax Collections

A comprehensive report is being released on the financial impact of the major new pork processing plant that will be built in Eagle Grove. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss presented the findings in the Hamilton County town of Stanhope Wednesday night. It tallies the pros and cons of the planned $246 million Prestage Farms […]

Mason City Airport Could Lose Commercial Airline Service Under Federal Budget Cut Proposals

Mason City along with two other Iowa airports could lose commercial air service under President Trump’s proposed budget. Airports in Burlington and Fort Dodge depend on federal subsidies to provide regular flights to major cities in the Midwest. Trump has proposed eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which makes those flights possible. Pam Osgood is the director of […]