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Mason City man headed to prison for methamphetamine delivery

Mason City man headed to prison for methamphetamine delivery

On Tuesday 52-year-old Allen Ray Brooking, of Mason City, was sentenced ten years in prison after plea bargaining to one of five possessions of a controlled substance with intent to…

Iowa State Women Fall at Oklahoma, 80-51

Iowa State Women Fall at Oklahoma, 80-51

NORMAN, Okla. – Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 points, Joanna McFarland equaled a career-high with 19 points and Oklahoma rode its hot hands, making 11-of-18 (61 percent) shots from three-point range…

A new, old feeling: Looking forward to an Iowa basketball game

A new, old feeling: Looking forward to an Iowa basketball game

Mike Hlas, The CR Gazette – All I ask from sports is what I ask from everything else in life, including my fellow humans. Namely, be interesting. I liked the 2010…

Grizzlies weather late Timberwolves’ surge

Grizzlies weather late Timberwolves’ surge

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune – MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves entered Wednesday’s game at Target Center against Memphis on the heels of two victories in which the Wolves offense had…

LeBron’s dominance overcomes Wade’s absence in Heat rout

LeBron’s dominance overcomes Wade’s absence in Heat rout

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — Through the prism of the Big Three, sometimes the little things can go unnoticed. But with Dwyane Wade sidelined Wednesday with a bruised…

Sunflower Staters lead No. 14 Kansas to victory over No. 23 K-State

Sunflower Staters lead No. 14 Kansas to victory over No. 23 K-State

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – LAWRENCE, Kan. — Conner Teahan is the only Kansas native among the team’s regulars. Travis Releford is the only one that attended a Sunflower State…

Temple upsets Duke, 78-73

Temple upsets Duke, 78-73

By Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, Temple forward Anthony Lee said the outcome of Wednesday’s game against Duke would be a barometer of how the Owls…

Panthers Snap Slide With 65-48 Win Over Indiana State

Panthers Snap Slide With 65-48 Win Over Indiana State

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball squad snapped a three-game losing slide with a 65-48 victory over the visiting Indiana State Sycamores on Wednesday night…

Shopko and Pamida to merge

Shopko and Pamida announced today that the two stores will be merging. A press release, posted below, said that the combined company, which will be headquartered in Green Bay, will use…

Iowa’s Eligibility for Extended Unemployment Changes with Decreased Unemployment Rates

DES MOINES – Iowa’s continued economic recovery has led to a decrease in the state’s unemployment rate. As such, the three month average rate has fallen below the required six…

DCI Conducts Investigation Regarding Allegation against Boone PD Officer

Boone, IOWA — On August 15th, 2011 the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted by the Boone Police Department to conduct an investigation into an allegation made against Officer…

Reiff, McCall leaving Iowa

Reiff, McCall leaving Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff announced he will enter the 2012 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Hawkeye football…

Photo of the day: Tree on fire

Photo of the day: Tree on fire

Today’s photo comes from an anonymous NorthIowaToday.com reader, submitted just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.  The message that came with the photos: “Christmas tree on fire in the road on…

Worth County caucus results

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune – MANLY, Iowa — Worth County Republicans followed suit with the rest of the state Tuesday in Iowa’s presidential caucuses, selecting Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney…

Sex offender captured at Burchinal residence on warrant

Sex offender captured at Burchinal residence on warrant

For a 2nd time in two months 53–year-old Mitchel Rex Willette, a convicted Minnesota sex offender, has been captured by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies at a Burchinal residence for…

Redbox’s Top 10 DVD rentals

McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) These were the Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks from Dec. 26-Jan. 2: 1. Colombiana (Sony) 2. The Help (BVHE) 3. Friends With Benefits (Sony)…

Parents guide to new movie releases

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – THE DARKEST HOUR Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some language What it’s about: Young American travelers are in a country where they…

‘Beneath the Darkness’

By Cary Darling, McClatchy Newspapers The teens-in-trouble horror-thriller “Beneath the Darkness” has a few things going for it: It’s not a blood-soaked slash-a-thon; musician-turned-director Martin Guigui manages to build some suspense;…

ABC Family series ‘Switched at Birth’ seen as a good sign

By Chuck Bamey, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Olivia Stein, a 17-year-old student at California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif., can probably count on one hand…

Brad Pitt’s double play for ‘Moneyball’

By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Like a mid-season coaching hire for a losing ballclub, director Bennett Miller inherited an uphill battle when he was brought in…

Oprah begins ‘Next Chapter’ with Steven Tyler interview, mixed results

By Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune – There is a moment in the first episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” the new celebrity and spiritual travelogue starring Oprah Winfrey and also her interview…

Dean Tavoularis gives films an artist’s touch

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — For more than four decades, Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis has taken audiences to other worlds and times, whether it’s the…

Sound Advice: If your cable TV is too expensive, consider Dish Network or DirecTV

By Don Lindich, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Q. What do you recommend for pay TV? We have Comcast, but it’s getting expensive so we are thinking of switching. What do you…

British police investigate discovery of body on queen’s estate

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — There were all the elements of a mystery novel of the type Britons love so well: a wooded area on the queen’s…

Final Deer Season Begins Jan. 11

The January antlerless deer season begins Jan. 11, for 42 counties, mainly in southern Iowa, and is the final deer season of the year. Even though there may be licenses…

Health law explained: States gain new flexibility in setting policies

By Matt McKillop and Christine Vestal, Stateline.org – WASHINGTON — A linchpin of the 2010 federal health law is the requirement that nearly everyone sign up for a health insurance plan…

Authorities make arrests in alleged stem cell scheme

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Three men were arrested and a fourth was being sought by the FBI in connection with what investigators said was a $1.5…

Montana court opinion takes aim at Citizens United decision

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — Montana has engaged in a long, slow dance between corporations and politicians through much of its history. The free-spending audacity of the…

Case in tiny town makes big waves

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Michael Allison is a lot of trouble for a small town. The 42-year-old car buff from Bridgeport, about 250 miles south of Chicago,…

Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Bloomington, MN

Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Bloomington, MN

On January 2, 2012, at approximately 8:45 a.m., a bank robbery occurred at a U.S. Bank branch, located at 9633 Lyndale Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota. The robber, who was described…

South Carolina Murder Suspect Captured

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault was arrested by the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Savannah…

New Jersey Doctor Pleads Guilty to Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

NEWARK, NJ—Rocco Martino, 43, of South Orange, N.J., admitted today to making available images and videos of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused—sometimes violently—to others over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Fishman…

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

A man who robbed a Nebraska bank pled guilty December 28, 2011, in federal court in Sioux City. Karlis Baisden, 23, from Vermillion, South Dakota, was convicted of bank robbery.…

Former Department of Defense Employee Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Submitting False Travel Claims Totaling Nearly $500,000

WASHINGTON – A former civilian employee of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), a component of the Department of Defense, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for…

Rhoads tabes Messingham new ISU offensive coordinator

Rhoads tabes Messingham new ISU offensive coordinator

AMES, Iowa – Courtney Messingham will start his fourth season on the Iowa State coaching staff as the Cyclones’ new offensive coordinator. Messingham, who spent his first two seasons as…

An Interview With: COACH LISA BLUDER, January 3, 2012

An Interview With: COACH LISA BLUDER, January 3, 2012

COACH BLUDER:  Obviously a big week for us with three Big Ten games within a week’s period.  We have two at home now, and we’re excited about playing back at…

Q&A: Free email means security is our job

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: My Gmail address was hacked and the hacker changed my password. As a result, I can’t access my account’s e-mail or some personal…

Stump The Geeks: Give your old tech a new purpose

By Tyler Dukes, McClatchy Newspapers – Nothing is more effective at making your most beloved gadgets obsolete than the holidays. Unwrap the gift of a thinner flat screen, a sleeker cellphone…

New Year won’t be a happy one for some tech companies

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – This year we’ll see new video game machines, a new version of Windows and maybe even an Apple-branded television. But don’t get your…

New Hampshire appears to be a Romney stronghold

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — When several GOP contenders announced this week that they would fly straight from Iowa to South Carolina on Wednesday, bypassing the…

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