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Diversity Team sponsoring art/writing contest

The North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) is sponsoring its 7th annual Art/Writing contest. This contest is for children K through 12 in North Iowa – as far West as…

Former UNItix Assistant Director Charged with Felony Theft

Former UNItix Assistant Director Charged with Felony Theft

Cedar Falls, IOWA — Today, 44 year old John Gogola of Cedar Falls, Iowa was arrested and charged with Theft in the First Degree.  This charge is a class C…

Florida man arrested, had “makings of an ecstasy lab” inside his car

Florida man arrested, had “makings of an ecstasy lab” inside his car

Dallas S. Keen, 22, of Ocala is in the Marion County Jail to face one count of possession of pre cursor chemicals to manufacture DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine) and one count…

Iowa man charged with manufacture of a destructive device

DES MOINES, IA – On December 20, 2011, Charles Crider, 44, of Humeston, Iowa, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer and entered a not guilty plea to federal…

Golden Valley, MN human rights commission dismissed

Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The Golden Valley City Council has fired its Human Rights Commission after it asked the city to form a task force to help prevent…

Iowa school enrollment dips; Mason City loses 64 students

Iowa school enrollment dips; Mason City loses 64 students

The number of students who enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2011-12 school year decreased slightly from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released by…

Recent obituaries – December, 2011

Recent obituaries – December, 2011

Jean L. Howell Jean L. Howell, 71 of 625 14th Ave. N., Clear Lake, went to be with her heavenly father, on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at Heritage Care Center,…

Iranian oil threat is mostly bluster, say observers

Iranian oil threat is mostly bluster, say observers

By Nancy A. Youssef and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — Amid an escalating war of words between the United States and Iran over the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. and…

Tea party rant with a British accent

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — The rants are familiar to any listener of talk radio — blistering critiques of the Occupy Wall Street movement, outrage over…

Soldier accused of killing woman in Washington state

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — To the string of suicides, assaults and slayings plaguing Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, add one more: A soldier stationed there…

Plenty to prove

Plenty to prove

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – It was an ugly beginning to the Big Ten schedule last season for the Iowa basketball team. The Hawkeyes opened…

‘Elections are over,’ Putin tells protesters

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — After more than three weeks of public protests over fraud allegations in Russia’s parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made clear…

World loses notable beauties, artists, and villains in 2011

By John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer – Some believe that in 2011, the world lost its most beautiful woman. When Elizabeth Taylor, 79, took leave of this life in March, hers…

Sexual assault reports double at Naval Academy

By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — The number of sexual assaults reported at the Naval Academy doubled during the 2010-11 academic year, as did the percentage of…

Family to get $17.8 million after Marine jet crash that killed 4

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — A federal judge Wednesday awarded $17.8 million to the survivors of four family members killed when a Marine Corps jet crashed into…

Cardinal defends his comparison of gay rights movement to KKK

Cardinal defends his comparison of gay rights movement to KKK

By Brian Slodysko, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Setting off a new round in his dispute with gay right activists, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a statement defending his recent…

Gary Johnson quits GOP race, will run as Libertarian

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Gary Johnson ended his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, announcing instead that he’ll continue his quest for the White…

Leading in Iowa, Ron Paul says ‘a message is going to be sent’

Leading in Iowa, Ron Paul says ‘a message is going to be sent’

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau NEWTON, Iowa — Returning to Iowa, where polls show him contending for first place in next week’s caucuses, Ron Paul studiously ignored a barrage of…

French officers look to ICE HSI for guidance on gang enforcement

French officers look to ICE HSI for guidance on gang enforcement

WASHINGTON — Across the United States, gangs threaten public safety in neighborhoods and communities. “Transnational gangs are a worldwide problem, not confined to any single country,” said Mark Selby, unit…

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich visits Mason City

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich visits Mason City

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich arrived in Mason City Wednesday morning at about 10:30 am and addressed a large crowd at Southbridge Mall. Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House in…

Traffic stop in Thornton leads multiple drug charges

Traffic stop in Thornton leads multiple drug charges

A Tuesday afternoon traffic stop of a suspended driver on Main Street by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Hodak led to an arrest on multiple drug charges for a…

Early morning traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

Early morning traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

A traffic stop shortly before 2:30am near the intersection of 2nd Street Northeast and North Connecticut Avenue led to an arrest on two felony drug charges for an 18-year-old Mason…

Iowa State corners have to stop yet another top WR

Iowa State corners have to stop yet another top WR

NEW YORK — Leonard Johnson, Jeremy Reeves and the rest of Iowa State’s defensive backfield have covered most of college football’s best wide receivers in some fashion this year. There…

Perry sues to get on Virginia primary ballot

Perry sues to get on Virginia primary ballot

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rick Perry is taking his fight to get on the Virginia primary ballot to the courts, challenging the constitutionality of the commonwealth’s…

Perry shifts abortion views: No exception for rape, incest

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – OSCEOLA, Iowa — Rick Perry, in the midst of a furious late-stage effort to finish strongly in next week’s GOP Iowa caucuses, said at…

Obama nominates 2 to Federal Reserve Board

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama nominated a former Treasury official from the George H.W. Bush administration and a Harvard economist to fill two vacancies on…

North Korea holds funeral for Kim Jong Il

North Korea holds funeral for Kim Jong Il

By John M. Glionna and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times SEOUL, South Korea — On a snowy, overcast day, North Korea bid farewell to “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il and ushered…

Snapshot of how Iowa caucuses work

Snapshot of how Iowa caucuses work

Graphic showing how the Iowa caucuses work for Republicans and Democrats.…