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Man sentenced to sobriety, in DWI Court of Ramsey County

Mike Blair didn’t think he’d make it sober for one year. He’s made it for five. Blair, 55, of St. Paul, was recognized for five years of sobriety this week…

Austin, MN father pleads guilty to belt beating

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald – An Austin man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating his 12-year-old daughter in the face and legs with a belt. Christopher Craig Siverly, 33, pleaded guilty…

Lake Mills woman dies after being ran over by daughter

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune – LAKE MILLS, Iowa — A 75-year-old Lake Mills woman reportedly died Friday morning after her daughter unknowingly ran her over in a Jeep. Authorities are still…

Obama hints at campaign strategy pitting him against ‘do-nothing’ Congress

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Heading into the new year, President Barack Obama will insist that Congress renew the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012, but will otherwise limit his…

Santorum, others argue their talents for Iowa’s GOP caucuses

By David Lightman, Steven Thomma and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidates spent the last day of 2011 making their closing arguments to curious, often…

Conspicuous consumption of luxuries on the rise in China

Li Woke, Asia News Network Beijing (China Daily/ANN) – Tang Shan ran to her desk, screaming with delight when she saw the package containing her new dress had arrived. Tang, a…

Iowa cruises at Midlands

Iowa cruises at Midlands

EVANSTON, Ill. – The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team crowned a champion in Matt McDonough at 125 pounds and had four runner-up finishes in rolling to its record 22nd…

Films’ fast fizzle hurts box office

By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — When the big-budget superhero movie “Green Lantern” opened in June to $53 million, executives at Warner Bros. were optimistic…

Influential Iowa talk radio hosts go for Gingrich, Perry

By Seema Mehta and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — Two influential conservative talk radio hosts announced their picks for the Republican presidential nomination, and to no…

Some GOP voters in Iowa hope nominee stresses economy over social issues

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An icy wind scoured the parking lot of the Hy-Vee supermarket, ruffling Mitt Romney’s perfect hair as he urged…

UFC 141 results in Brock Lesnar’s retirement, Alistair Overeem’s rise

Case Keefer, Las Vegas Sun Conflicted is the best word to describe the mood after the UFC 141 main event. Conflicted as to whether the more pressing issue was putting a…

Miami trims Wolves, 103-101

Miami trims Wolves, 103-101

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune – MINNEAPOLIS — Those fans who arrived to Target Center on Friday night wearing solemn black No. 6 LeBron James jerseys or fiesta-colored sombreros each got…

BLOG: Access Vikings: Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp cited for fifth-degree assault, careless driving

Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp was cited for two misdemeanors Friday morning – fifth-degree assault and careless driving – after an altercation with security at Children’s Hospital…

BRIEF: Two people shot in north Minneapolis bar

David Chanen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Two men were shot during a fight inside a north Minneapolis bar Friday. The fight started between two men at the 4th Street Saloon on W.…

Lake City, MN officer shot during domestic call dies

David Chanen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis The small southeastern Minnesota town of Lake City is in mourning this weekend over the death of police officer Shawn Schneider, shot in the head early…

2 doctors face murder charges in botched abortion case

By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — Two doctors who Maryland authorities say botched a teenager’s abortion last year in Elkton, Md., have been indicted on murder charges and…

Visitor to 9/11 memorial told police of loaded gun, was arrested

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — A Tennessee tourist who says she unwittingly broke New York’s weapons laws by visiting the 9/11 memorial with a loaded gun —…

A little knowledge is a good thing for hangovers

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Gearing up for a big night on New Year’s Eve? One that will involve some drinking? Then maybe you need a…

4 charged after 2 U.S. flags burned at Occupy Charlotte site

By Steve Lyttle, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four Charlotte-area men, at least two of whom are members of the Occupy Charlotte group, were charged early Friday after they burned…

Silent strokes in the elderly may lead to memory loss

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Silent strokes, small areas of dead brain tissue, may be responsible for memory loss in older people. A study, released recently in…

Florida continues to fund dangerous assisted living facilities

By Michael Sallah and Carol Marbin Miller, McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — When Florida regulators found that a 71-year-old man with mental illness died from burns after he was left in a…

L.A.-area residents fear arsonist may strike again

L.A.-area residents fear arsonist may strike again

By Joel Rubin, Andrew Blankstein and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The first call came in 25 minutes after midnight. A car parked in an underground garage in…

Occupy member who helped burn U.S. flags explains actions to group

By Elisabeth Arriero and Steve Lyttle, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An Occupy Charlotte member who was jailed after helping burn two U.S. flags told other members late Friday that while…

Power struggle could further destabilize Pakistan

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s powerful army wants President Asif Ali Zardari gone, but it has ruled out staging a coup, and instead is hoping for a legal…

Settlement outposts at root of Jewish violence in West Bank

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times GIVAT ASSAF OUTPOST, West Bank — For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats…

5 killed in bomb blast at Nigerian mosque

By Habiba Salihu and Kate Thomas   ABUJA, Nigeria — At least five people were killed in a bomb explosion at a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri…

EDITORIAL: Is Iran simply rattling its saber again?

Tulsa World, Okla. No country likes rattling its saber more than Iran, other than maybe North Korea. Therefore, its threat that it will block the Strait of Hormuz if the…

BRIEF: Cedar Rapids man arrested for indecent exposure in front of children

Jeff Raasch, CR Gazette – Police arrested a Cedar Rapids man Thursday night after witnesses said he masturbated while he was watching them. Brian D. Zirtzman, 47, was arrested on suspicion…

Source: Coker intends to remain a Hawkeye

Source: Coker intends to remain a Hawkeye

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa TEMPE, Ariz. — Running back Marcus Coker wants to return to the University of Iowa, a source close to the situation…

The sky did fall on the Hawkeyes

The sky did fall on the Hawkeyes

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – TEMPE, Ariz. — It was brushed off as happenstance, but Marvin McNutt did almost get hit by a camera from the sky. Yeah, that happened. It happened…

Bulls finish 3-1 on West Coast trip with victory over Clippers

Bulls finish 3-1 on West Coast trip with victory over Clippers

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune LOS ANGELES — Some Clippers home openers have featured as much sizzle as lettuce. But even with Chauncey Billups sidelined with a strained groin, a buzz…

Defending champion Mavericks defeat Raptors for first win of season

By Dwain Price, McClatchy Newspapers DALLAS — The drought is finally over. For the first time since winning the NBA Finals last season, the Dallas Mavericks won a game. Playing with…

Poppens Double-Double Leads Iowa State Past Buffalo, 65-45

Poppens Double-Double Leads Iowa State Past Buffalo, 65-45

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens notched her second-straight double-double (19 points/13 rebounds) and the Cyclones stifled Buffalo to just 14 second-half points en route to a 65-45 victory…

Toeterville Man loses his life on Interstate 35 Friday Evening

Friday evening at 5:52 pm a fatal accident occurred at the 193 mile marker on Interstate 35. Frederick Langrock, age 74, of Toeterville, lost his life when the vehicle he was driving, a 2004…

NIACC WBB: Kishwaukee tops NIACC, 64-44

NIACC WBB: Kishwaukee tops NIACC, 64-44

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – NIACC women’s basketball finished a three-game stint at the Illinois Central Christmas Tournament with a 64-44 loss to Kishwaukee College (IL) on Friday night.  The Trojans…

Subject wanted for escape from BeJe Clark Residential Facility

Subject wanted for escape from BeJe Clark Residential Facility

An arrest warrant has been issued for William Thomas Hester Jr. for escape. Hester had been sentenced to the BeJe Clark Residential Facility in Mason City in November 2011 for…

NIACC Soccer: 12 named Academic All-Region

NIACC Soccer: 12 named Academic All-Region

MASON CITY, Iowa – Twelve NIACC soccer players were given Academic All-Region honors by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC), with six of those players earning 1st-Team honors. Players…

Commentary: Bloggers (by Peter Children)

This morning while reading the morning paper my mind drifted to North Iowa Today, the newly launched Website by local entrepreneur Matt Marquardt, and how it has changed the landscape…

Mason City man arrested burglarizing vehicles in court house

Mason City man arrested burglarizing vehicles in court house

MASON CITY – Law enforcement received a report of a man going through cars at the Cerro Gordo County Court House Thursday afternoon. As a result police arrested 19-year-old Anthony…

Iowa’s annual education report shows little progress on state, national exams

Meredith Hines-Dochterman, The CR Gazette  – More than two months have passed since Gov. Terry Branstad released his blueprint for education, with changes he’s said will make Iowa’s students competitive on…

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