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Christmas light displays draw onlookers

Christmas light displays draw onlookers

By Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY — Christmas light displays on 12th Street Northeast and 11th Street Northeast — both just east of Kentucky Avenue — are drawing amused onlookers…

Law enforcement searching for escapee from Beje Clark

Law enforcement searching for escapee from Beje Clark

Mason City police took an absence from custody report from Beje Clark a residential treatment / work-release facility, located at 818 15 Street SW in Mason City on Friday afternoon.…

The Week Ahead: Economy’s shaky gains depend on job market

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – Maybe it has been drowned out by all the holiday sales and Christmas cheer, but the U.S. job market seems to be improving. In each…

Reaping satisfaction from a grim job

Reaping satisfaction from a grim job

By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Briefcase in hand, Steve Allen knocks on the back door of Rose Mortuary and Crematory. He’s been on the road…

North Korea is a tough target for US intelligence agencies

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Robert Egan has a pretty good feel for how desperate the CIA is for scraps of information about North Korea. Egan has served…

Obama seeks to shift debate on his handling of economy

Obama seeks to shift debate on his handling of economy

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — With Republicans distracted by an increasingly divisive primary battle, President Barack Obama and his aides have begun a high-stakes effort…

40 killed in Christmas Day attacks in Nigeria

By Habiba Salihu and Shabtai Gold ABUJA, Nigeria — A series of attacks on churches in Nigeria during Christmas Day services killed at least 40 people, witnesses said Sunday, with…

Bomber hits funeral in Afghanistan; legislator among 19 killed

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a funeral gathering in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 19 people, including a member of parliament,…

Clues emerge from North Korea on Kim Jong Un’s regime

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times SEOUL, South Korea — Like the Soviet Union during the Cold War, North Korea plays out its politics out almost exclusively behind iron gates,…

Mitt Romney leads strongly in New Hampshire poll

By Maeve Reston, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON —Mitt Romney is holding on to his double digit lead in the early primary state of New Hampshire, according to poll results released Sunday..…

7 found dead inside Texas apartment

By Tim Madigan and Domingo Ramirez Jr., McClatchy Newspapers GRAPEVINE, Texas — Seven members of a family were found shot to death Christmas morning in the living room of a Grapevine…

Sudan says it killed Darfur rebel leader

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT, Lebanon — Sudan’s armed forces said Sunday that they killed the leader of Darfur’s main rebel group, inflicting what could be a severe blow…

Timberwolves expect better in 2012

Timberwolves expect better in 2012

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — There is — quite possibly for the first time since Latrell Sprewell wondered aloud just how he would feed his family on $21…

Bowling scores 12-18 to 12-22, 2011

Sunday Night Mixed League   Rose Bowl       12/18/11 Team High Series          Candy Bar         1489 Team High Game           Candy Bar         524 Individual High Series Male         Terry Shoafstall              573 Individual High Series Female…

Make your own marshmallows for a sweet winter treat

Make your own marshmallows for a sweet winter treat

By Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune Toasting marshmallows sounds so Fourth of July, doesn’t it? You can practically hear the bug zapper keeping time with the fireworks in air perfumed by Coppertone,…

Nostalgia increasing in pop culture

By Christopher Kelly, McClatchy Newspapers FORT WORTH, Texas — In his grand, elegiac and unexpectedly beautiful new novel “11/22/63,” Stephen King conjures up a time-travel story that could not be more…

Gingrich’s ‘disaster’: Failure to get on Va. primary ballot raises questions

Andrew Cain, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. – The exclusion of Newt Gingrich from Virginia’s presidential primary is heightening scrutiny of his campaign organization and the state’s strict rules for ballot access. The…

Israeli domestic debate on war with Iran

MCT FORUM, By Chen Kane The recent debate in Israel about the urgency of Iran’s nuclear threat and the wisdom of an Israeli military attack to counter it are historically unprecedented.…

Op-ed: Jobless benefits aren’t welfare

By Jeremy Schwartz, The Baltimore Sun – Opponents of continuing the extension of unemployment insurance often make one of the following arguments: (1) the program is welfare for the undeserving; (2)…

China, India and Brazil are on the rise as the West stagnates

MCT FORUM, By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero – Here’s a trend to watch in the coming year: the rise of new economic powers. China, India and Brazil are in the ascendancy, as the…

Gingrich may be too arrogant for Iowa

Gingrich may be too arrogant for Iowa

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — With a rich trail of utterances, Newt Gingrich has outlined an opinion of himself that ranges from lofty to stratospheric.…

One last ride in the Tiger Hawk

One last ride in the Tiger Hawk

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In his last outing, Marvin McNutt got a taste of life in the NFL. Against NFL-caliber corner Alfonzo Dennard, McNutt…

Corridor businesses grow by adding products, services

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Jim Rogers, owner of Jim’s Instrument Manufacturing in Iowa City, is known for his ability to visualize an intricate medical instrument and…

Timberwolves focus on fundamentals, simplified offense

Timberwolves focus on fundamentals, simplified offense

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has spent so much time working on fundamentals with the team – specifically, ballhandling and defense – that he…

BRIEF: Lake City, MN police officer still in critical condition

Star Tribune, Minneapolis The police officer shot in Lake City earlier this week remains in critical condition at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, a spokesman said Saturday. Shawn Schneider, 32,…

St. Paul cops fold unit dedicated to solving cold cases

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – For the past three years, St. Paul police had one pair of eyes looking at unsolved — “cold case” — murders, day in, day out.…

Long shadow of the Iraq war

Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – In Chisago City, two little daughters bake Christmas cookies for a father they can start to get to know again after his yearlong deployment fixing…

Austin, MN City council approves $100 million in public improvements

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald Austin City Council unanimously approved a plan Monday night for more than $100 million in public improvements over the next five years. The plan includes upgrades…

BRIEF: Alleged MN drunk driver rear ends family’s car

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald A 49-year-old alleged drunk driver wanted in Goodhue County reportedly rear-ended a family’s car Monday while intoxicated. Police Chief Brian Krueger said Darnell Jones, of Austin,…

Duo charged with robbing Austin, MN Walmart, Target

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald – Two women were charged with second-degree aggravated robbery Tuesday after allegedly stealing more than $750 in merchandise from the Austin Walmart and Target. Amanda Lynn…

Austin, MN man who allegedly exposed himself fired

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald – An Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority worker who allegedly exposed himself to a female tenant has been fired. Marv Repinski, chair of the HRA board,…

Charges brought in Albert Lea Chevy fight

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune – An Albert Lea man accused of striking and injuring another man with a Chevy Blazer on Saturday was charged in Freeborn County District Court on…

Trial delayed in Lake Mills case

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune –   LAKE MILLS, Iowa — The former business manager at Lake Mills Community School District accused of misusing more than $260,000 in school funds has…

Hormel CEO Ettinger makes $9 million in 2011

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. AUSTIN — Hormel Foods Corp. CEO, president and chairman Jeff Ettinger received a compensation package worth nearly $9 million for the 2011 fiscal year, equal to…

823 arrested for DWIs midway through MN campaign

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. ST. PAUL — Midway through a month-long statewide DWI enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 191 law enforcement agencies indicate 823 DWI arrests were made Dec. 1–11.…

BRIEF: Police investigate Chicago slaying

Chicago Tribune A man was shot and killed Saturday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. The assailant walked up to and confronted the victim outside on the 500 block…

Cops go online to get a clue

C.J. Lin, Daily News, Los Angeles – When Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley saw an explosion in the number of graffiti and monikers of taggers painting the…

US auto industry shuts door on another strong year

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — After a near collapse at the height of the Great Recession, the streamlined U.S. auto industry defied the odds and outperformed the greater…