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Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Deputies nab Mason City drug dealer

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Deputies nab Mason City drug dealer

A Mason City man who was out on bond for felony 3rd or subsequent offense domestic abuse assault and riot charges is now behind bars once again on drug dealing…

Day of Thunder on the Syrup coming to fairgrounds this weekend

Day of Thunder on the Syrup coming to fairgrounds this weekend

By Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Terrance Prochaska (pictured) and the Fair Board have been busy all week getting the All Seasons Building at the North Iowa Fairgrounds ready…

Recent deaths and obits

Recent deaths and obits

Milton C. Obermeier, 92 of 509 1st Avenue, Charles City, died Thursday December 29, 2011 at the Floyd County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Tuesday, January…

Harkin: Cordray Appointment Important for Middle Class Families

Harkin: Cordray Appointment Important for Middle Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after learning that President Obama will appoint Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In…

Branstad, Reynolds to take Condition of the State address to Iowa communities

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that they will be embarking on a tour across Iowa to share the governor’s Condition of the…

Lifelong Learning Institute Comes to Charles City

The spring 2012 schedule of classes for the Lifelong Learning Institute is now available for the public. “The new catalogues are out and we are excited to announce that for…

Christmas Tree Collection Date for Mason City

Christmas trees will be collected on one date this year. The trees should be placed at the curbside prior to 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. If the tree…

Possible Casey Anthony ‘video diary’ surfaces online

By Arelis Hernandez, Hal Boedeker and Amy Pavuk, The Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — A video of a woman who looks and sounds like Casey Anthony has surfaced online, in what…

Obama: Defense cuts will mean ‘leaner’ U.S. military forces

Obama: Defense cuts will mean ‘leaner’ U.S. military forces

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new defense strategy that he says will make U.S. military forces “leaner” in the coming…

Two men get life sentences for murder of black teen

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Two white men were given life sentences Wednesday for the racially motivated murder of a black teenager nearly 19 years ago in…

Egypt’s Islamists close to a sweeping elections victory

By Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood, expected to dominate the final round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, called Wednesday for unity with other political parties in…

Ecuador court upholds historic environmental case against Chevron

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – BOGOTA, Colombia — Humberto Piaguaje, a school teacher in Ecuador’s Amazon, says he has lost eight family members to cancer. He blames the rash of…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad to tour 4 Latin American nations

By Cristina Munoz and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times QUITO, Ecuador — In the face of increasing tension between Iran and the West, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans a four-nation tour…

Afghan tribal elder gunned down in Helmand province

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen ambushed and killed a prominent tribal elder in Helmand province Wednesday as he was on his way to evening prayers,…

Harkin Announces Nearly $6.5 Million in FEMA Funding for University of Iowa

Harkin Announces Nearly $6.5 Million in FEMA Funding for University of Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the University of Iowa has been awarded $6,488,130 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  …

January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Action Month

Governor Terry Branstad will formally declare January as “Radon Action Month” in Iowa with a proclamation signing on Thursday, January 5. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes…

Scores killed in string of bombings in Iraq

By Raheem Salman and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – BAGHDAD and BEIRUT — A string of explosions Thursday targeting Shiite Muslim pilgrims in the south of Iraq and mainly Shiite…

Losing students in southern Iowa: Can local schools reverse the troubling trend?

Mark Newman, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – OTTUMWA — The state as a whole may have lost students 14 years straight, but it may be the smaller and rural districts which have…

Tax-increment financing criticized, defended at Coralville forum

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – CORALVILLE – Tax policy usually doesn’t get many people excited, but it proved to be a popular, and divisive, topic in Coralville on Wednesday. A…

Op-ed: A dastardly act (by Peter Children)

In the blink of an eye, the Globe Gazette splashed across the front page that the folks at CES had signed on with Lockheed Martin to provide their expertise and…

Wilf encouraged by latest stadium talks

Wilf encouraged by latest stadium talks

Sid Hartman, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – During most of Zygi Wilf’s long effort to get a new football stadium for the Vikings, the team owner stood pretty firm on Arden Hills…

Man faces 7 counts of arson after St. Paul house fire

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An arson that sent people fleeing from a St. Paul home Tuesday was set after a woman rejected the alleged arsonist’s sexual advances, according to…

MOA plans life after Bloomingdale’s

Thomas Lee and Janet Moore, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The Mall of America said Wednesday it is negotiating leases with at least five retailers to replace the iconic Bloomingdale’s store, which…

BRIEF: Still few details about assault against 3-month-old baby in northern Minnesota

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn. – Jan. 05–Few new details are available in the assault of an infant earlier this week. Deputies are continuing to investigate why a 3-month-old girl was…

Iowa holds off Minnesota, wins 2nd straight Big Ten game

Iowa holds off Minnesota, wins 2nd straight Big Ten game

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – MINNEAPOLIS – There are easier ways to win a Big Ten road basketball game, but Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery will take the victory, no matter how…

Six officers shot in Utah

Michael Mcfall and Scott Schwebke, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah – OGDEN — Emergency responders rushed Wednesday night to 3268 Jackson Ave., where there was a report of “shots fired” and “officer down.”…

Headless cats found in Utah park

Jasen Asay, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah – CLEARFIELD — The next time Jana Taylor takes her dog for a walk in the park, she plans to carry pepper spray and her cellphone.…

Bachmann gives no indication of what’s in store for future

Bachmann gives no indication of what’s in store for future

By Kevin Diaz and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – DES MOINES, Iowa — As the reality of Michele Bachmann’s failed presidential bid set in on Wednesday, the Minnesota Republican…

Obama’s recess appointment leaves legal questions lingering over consumer bureau

By Jim Puzzanghera and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the centerpiece in the overhaul of financial regulations 18 months ago, was billed…

Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

By Peter Nicholas, Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera, Tribune Washington Bureau – SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — President Barack Obama kicked off the election year aggressively, picking a fight with congressional Republicans…

As GOP race’s pace quickens, Romney’s on top — and the target

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – CONCORD, N.H. — The Republican presidential campaign shifted to New Hampshire on Wednesday with one key question hanging over it: Can Mitt…

NIACC men routed by Iowa Lakes, 99-77

NIACC men routed by Iowa Lakes, 99-77

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – The NIACC men’s basketball team struggled in its first game after winter break, getting routed by Iowa Lakes 99-77 on Wednesday night. The Lakers had 62 points…

NIACC women beat Iowa Lakes, 60-57

NIACC women beat Iowa Lakes, 60-57

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Kika Greenlee (Fr., St. Louis Park, MN) scored 27 points to help the NIACC women’s basketball team hold off a second half surge by Iowa Lakes in…

Iowa’s improving jobless rate comes with cost for job-seekers

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The recent improvement in Iowa’s unemployment rate has come with a price for job-seekers — a decrease in extended unemployment benefits from 47 to 34…

Iowa legislators to consider gas tax hike

Iowa legislators to consider gas tax hike

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – There’s going to be a gas tax debate. The outcome is uncertain, but lawmakers who see a need to raise revenue to address Iowa’s aging…