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Republicans strive to stand out in South Carolina forum

Republicans strive to stand out in South Carolina forum

COLUMBIA, S.C. ó The first thing Mitt Romney would do if elected president would be to let states opt out of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan, Romney said…

Teamster chief’s salty language at Obama event draws fire

LOS ANGELES ó Led by Sarah Palin, the “tea party” movement, which is often accused of promoting incivility, on Tuesday lashed out at Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa and Democrats for…

Wisconsin Democrat could be first openly gay U.S. senator

WASHINGTON ó Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin launched her bid for the Senate on Tuesday, an effort that if successful would make her the first openly gay senator in U.S. history.|By…

Kids miss more school when people smoke in the house, study finds

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES ó Smoking doesn’t just harm kids’ health ó it also may lower their performance in school and cost their families money. That’s…

Jonathan Takiff: Go back to school with cool gadgets

Jonathan Takiff: Go back to school with cool gadgets

School bells are chiming again. Is your student ready with cool tech tools to help get the job done? PHOTO: The good folks at Griffin make scores of smart accessories.…

Prepaid cards give alternative to credit cards, banks

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ó When it comes time to pay, more Americans are turning to prepaid debit cards. They look like credit or gift cards, can be reloaded with money…

Record gold prices have sellers emptying jewelry boxes

Record gold prices have sellers emptying jewelry boxes

MIAMI ó In more than 53 years of business, Louis Morningstar has never seen anything like the hundreds of people who have lined up during recent weeks in his downtown…

Building torn down in Mason City Tuesday

Building torn down in Mason City Tuesday

A building located at the corner of South Federal Avenue and 8th Street was torn down Tuesday, late morning. The very small building, owned at P&B Rental out of Rockford,…

Jimmy John’s still looking for a location in Mason City

Jimmy John’s may still locate in Mason City. According to a spokesperson from Jimmy John’s, “we are still looking for a spot in that area.” If and when a spot…

Iowa vs Iowa State football game a sellout

AMES, Iowa ñ Iowa State University announced today that Saturday’s game against the University of Iowa will be a sellout. The only remaining tickets (fewer than 200) are single tickets…

Former Mason City man wonders why he still follows news there

By Dennis Orpen, former Mason City resident Not too long ago, I had an intriguing conversation with a citizen of Mason City who is very near and dear to me.…

Street Closure at South Kentucky Avenue

Beginning Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m., Sanitary Sewer Main repairs will begin in the 800 block of South Kentucky Avenue. South Kentucky Avenue will be closed at the…

More elderly couples live together without marrying

More elderly couples live together without marrying

By Anita Creamer, McClatchy Newspapers SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó The ceremony in February seemed like a traditional celebration. One of Charlotte Benedict’s sons walked her down the aisle in the Eskaton…

Branstad, Reynolds Announce Members of Governorís STEM Advisory Council

Branstad, Reynolds Announce Members of Governorís STEM Advisory Council

(DES MOINES) ñ Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the individuals who will serve on the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council.|(DES MOINES)…

Fight for education pays off

Fight for education pays off

I fought hard for our local students and schools this year in the Legislature. I joined Iowans from across the state who spoke out against deep cuts to education at…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors refund taxes, approve Cartersville driveway

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning. Supervisor Bob Amosson was absent. A brief road report was given by County Engineer Mary Kelly. Supervisors approved a Cartersville driveway project…

Perry aims to prove worthy of buzz in GOP debate

AUSTIN, Texas ó After charging to the front of the pack in less than four weeks, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make his debut in a national presidential debate this…

Wesley man sentenced to federal prison for meth conspiracy

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced August 31, 2011, to 10 years in federal prison. Keith R. Robinson, 54, from Wesley, Iowa, received the prison…

Two men apprehended in North Iowa area sentenced to prison for illegal entry

Two men who illegally re-entered the Untied States from Mexico and Guatemala were sentenced on August 29, 2011, to federal prison. Samuel Castro-Justo, age 22, from Mexico, and Oscar Pelico-Vicente,…