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Peppermint twist: New wave holiday desserts draw inspiration from traditional candy cane flavors

By Jackie Burrell – Red-nosed reindeer may be immortalized in merry carols, but candy canes — those striped, peppermint delights of yore — hold a special place in every child’s…

For men, it’s sex, food, sleep — in that order

By Bill Ward, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A recent study came up with this blockbuster finding: Young men think about sex. A lot. Actually, here’s the real revelation: They think about…

Study on HIV treatment called biggest breakthrough of 2011

By Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers – CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — An HIV discovery from researchers led by a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill scientist is the biggest scientific breakthrough of 2011, according…

Chicago cardinal under fire for comparing gay movement to KKK

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George has never been shy about expressing his views on divisive issues like abortion rights and civil unions for same-sex…

Regulators approve nuclear reactor design for Southeast utilities

By Curtis Morgan, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Federal regulators on Thursday signed off on a next-generation nuclear reactor slated for Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point plant and five…

House GOP leaders yield on payroll tax

House GOP leaders yield on payroll tax

By Lisa Mascaro and Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, bowing to pressure from both the White House and their Senate colleagues, agreed to a…

Yale study uncovers some of fluoride’s mysteries

By William Weir, The Hartford Courant – HARTFORD, Conn. — The way we use fluoride hasn’t changed much since the mid 20th century, but a new Yale University study could…

Mayweather is sentenced to 90 days in jail

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – A Las Vegas judge Wednesday sentenced boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to 90 days in jail for his role in a 2010 domestic violence…

Iowa men defeat Boise State, 81-72

Iowa men defeat Boise State, 81-72

Q.  That was a clean half of basketball.  One turnover in the second half, five overall.  You must be happy. COACH McCAFFERY:  I think when you’re going to beat a…

All Cyclones Eligible for Pinstripe Bowl; ISU Ticket Sales Pass 5,000

All Cyclones Eligible for Pinstripe Bowl; ISU Ticket Sales Pass 5,000

AMES, Iowa – There was plenty of good football news in the Iowa State football camp Thursday. Firstly, Iowa State fans have now secured 5,002 tickets for the Dec. 30…

Rhoads Signs Three Football Recruits

Rhoads Signs Three Football Recruits

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads signed a pair of junior college student-athletes and another signee who will enroll at Iowa State for the 2012 spring…

Walkers turn out to show support for Blue Zone

Walkers turn out to show support for Blue Zone

A Blue Zones Walk was held in Mason City on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011. Walkers congregated at the Music Man Square at noon and were asked to wear blue.  There…

Car bombs kill 65 in Baghdad, worsening crisis

Car bombs kill 65 in Baghdad, worsening crisis

By Roy Gutman and Sahar Issa, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — A dozen car bombs detonated Thursday in the Iraqi capital, killing 65 people and wounding more than 200, in…

Russian president pledges political reforms

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW — In his final state of the nation speech, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday promised a series of political reforms…

Turkey fumes as French lawmakers adopt Armenian genocide bill

By Clare Byrne and Jasper Mortimer PARIS — The already strained relations between France and Turkey suffered a further blow Thursday after France’s National Assembly adopted a bill making it…

Spanish village wins jackpot in world’s richest lottery

By Sinikka Tarvainen MADRID — The world’s biggest lottery on Thursday showered prizes worth $3.3 billion on Spaniards, with the jackpot going to a small farming village. The Christmas lottery…

Residents of Bethlehem fear Israeli expansion

Residents of Bethlehem fear Israeli expansion

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The Alam family used to boast of their biblical view over the lush valley outside the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.…

AP opens North Korea news bureau, but celebration will wait

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Associated Press was ready to formally dedicate a new bureau in North Korea’s capital this week, giving AP the first permanent…

U.S. says both sides erred in deadly Pakistani border incident

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A U.S. military investigation has blamed poor coordination between American and Pakistani forces for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in…

Op-ed: City needs to clean up, check its priorities

(Op-ed given to NorthIowaToday.com by a person from Manly, wishing to remain anonymous) I live just outside Mason City but come to town often with my wife.  I would like…

One final tune-up

One final tune-up

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa IOWA CITY – Fran McCaffery didn’t give his Iowa basketball team much time to enjoy its 41-point win over Central Arkansas on Monday…

Police: Iowa dad was drunk in crash that seriously hurt two kids

Jeff Raasch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Two weeks after a crash that seriously injured two of his children, a Cedar Rapids father has been accused of being drunk…

Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Announces Working Groups

(DES MOINES) – The Governor’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council has charged nine working groups with bringing solutions to the challenges Iowa faces in STEM Education. Eight…

Osage man donates a ton of food to the Humane Society

Osage man donates a ton of food to the Humane Society

An Osage man has made a large donation to the Humane Society of North Iowa: 2000 pounds of dog food! The donor, Garth Jordan, made arrangements through the Osage Cooperative…

$1.34 million grant awarded to Fort Madison

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today announced a $1.34 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment to the city of Fort Madison, Iowa to make sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements…

Kuhn, Lee, Marinos sworn in as Council members

Kuhn, Lee, Marinos sworn in as Council members

As three council members leave the Mason City City Council, three new persons were sworn in on Wednesday. Alex Kuhn, John Lee and Jean Marinos are not officially council members…

The most beloved American filmmaker of his generation sets out to reclaim his crown

The most beloved American filmmaker of his generation sets out to reclaim his crown

MIAMI — A couple of years ago, Steven Spielberg was attending a horse show with his daughter when some kids recognized him and came over to say hello. “They started…

Former Flight Attendant Sentenced for Setting Plane on Fire

FARGO, ND—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Dec. 16, 2011, Eder H. Rojas, 23, formerly from Woodbury, Minn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on…

Former Iowa Real Estate Agent Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

DAVENPORT, IA—On December 19, 2011, Mary Pat Harper, formerly Mary Pat Lord, age 57, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Jarvey to 24 months’ imprisonment…

Minnesota Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—On December 16th in federal court in St. Paul, a 43-year-old St. Paul man was sentenced for photographing and filming pornographic images of three girls and one boy who were…

Advertisers have their hands, or cookies, in your browser

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Your computer’s appetite for cookies would put the Cookie Monster to shame. Without letting you know, your Internet browser gulps down…

Iowa Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register

A sex offender who failed to register when he moved to Iowa pled guilty on December 19, 2011, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Bruce Myers, age 44, from Kentucky,…

Justice Dept. Statements Regarding AT&T’s Abandonment of Its Proposed Acquisition of T-Mobile

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Sharis A. Pozen issued the following statements today after AT&T Inc. abandoned its…

North Iowans Join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

North Iowans Join NIACC Foundation Board of Directors

The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Foundation is proud to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors: Nancy Prohaska of Garner is an elementary…

Senator Rick Santorum coming to Mason City

Senator Rick Santorum coming to Mason City

Senator Rick Santorum, candidate for President will be in Mason City on Tuesday, December 27th at The Historic Park Inn from 12:00pm to 1:30 pm. He will be holding a…

MCHS Senior Heading to Des Moines to be Senate Page

MCHS Senior Heading to Des Moines to be Senate Page

Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Jordan Grube, a senior at Mason City High School, will be heading for Des Moines 0n January 9th to start her job…

Photo of the day: December 22, 2011

Photo of the day: December 22, 2011

A local paper carrier sent this image. She says she got a can of beer and powdered sugar as a Christmas gift from a paper subscriber. She thought it was…

Iowa DNR Awards Watershed Improvement Projects

Six contracts with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation for five watershed improvement projects and one water quality-farming education project were approved Dec. 20…