- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The northern Iowa community of Mason City is offering free sand to residents.

Each year the city provides sand that people can spread on their sidewalks, driveways and patios for some measure of traction during winter’s ice and snow.

The sand is ready for pickup from a mound that sits across a street from the city’s water treatment plant.

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