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Albert Lea father pleads not guilty to hitting son

Tim Engstrom, Albert Lea Tribune – A man accused of beating his 11-year-old son with boards as a means of punishment entered a provisional plea of not guilty Monday in Freeborn…

MCHS varsity bowling sweeps Valley

The Mason City boys and girls bowling teams bet Valley on Tuesday at Mystic Lanes. The boys varsity team won 3011 to 2598.  Even Stalker was the top scorer, with…

Iowa Legislature notes from Wednesday, Jan. 25

Iowa Legislature notes from Wednesday, Jan. 25

Senate Floor Action – Wednesday, January 25, 2012 The Senate convened at 9:06 a.m. Prayer Pledge of Allegiance The Journal of Tuesday, January 24, 2012, was approved. The Senate recessed at…

Op-ed: Mason City’s face of Agenda 21

Op-ed: Mason City’s face of Agenda 21

OP-ED by Otis Lewis – Sustainable Development is a movement with political goals that has achieved an enormous amount while being largely portrayed as altruistic. I would encourage everyone to…

Decker House hosts Crisis Intervention benefit

Decker House hosts Crisis Intervention benefit

by Kacie Krominga – MASON CITY – Somebody who knows somebody… who did this thing… and thought it was a good idea. That pretty much sums up how The Decker…

FBI: Best practices for recovery from the malicious erasure of files

Cyber criminals can damage their victim’s computer systems and data by changing or deleting files, wiping hard drives, or erasing backups to hide some or all of their malicious activity…

Estherville woman wins $30,000 lottery prize

Estherville woman wins $30,000 lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Estherville woman was on her way home with her family when she decided to stop for a few “Crossword” tickets and ended up winning a…

An Interview With: IOWA COACH FRAN McCAFFERY

An Interview With: IOWA COACH FRAN McCAFFERY

January 24, 2012 THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach? Q. After a brutal seven game opening stretch in the Big Ten, it’s been widely discussed, that it’s almost a break going…

An Interview With: IOWA COACH LISA BLUDER

An Interview With: IOWA COACH LISA BLUDER

January 25, 2012 COACH BLUDER:  We’re in the middle of kind of a tough week with three top 25 teams, and two of them being on the road, our next…

Rowe takes issue with media coverage of caucus ballot issues

Rowe takes issue with media coverage of caucus ballot issues

In a letter to Cerro Gordo County Republicans, chairman of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party John Rowe (pictured) issued the following information to the public in order to help…

U.S. helicopter raid frees two aid workers from Somali pirates

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – JOHANNESBURG — U.S. military forces carried out a dramatic helicopter rescue overnight in Somalia, freeing two Western aid workers taken hostage by pirates. Jessica…

Branstad draws the line he’d cross on a gas tax increase

Branstad draws the line he’d cross on a gas tax increase

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad isn’t threatening a veto if the Legislature sends him a gas tax increase, but the Republican who was governor…

Iowa, Nebraska not overlooking one another in border battle

Iowa, Nebraska not overlooking one another in border battle

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — At first blush Iowa’s opening Big Ten slate seemed daunting, if not impossible. Six of Iowa’s first seven league opponents competed in…

BRIEF: Iowa City makes changes to 21-only law

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to tweak Iowa City’s 21-only law. The goal is to keep bars from skirting the intent…

Bail for 2 of 3 charged in Iowa child sex abuse case

Mark Newman, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – ELDON — Eldon police say two of the three people taken into custody on charges of child endangerment and sexual abuse are out on bail.…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors meet; hold budget hearing

Cerro Gordo Supervisors meet; hold budget hearing

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their regular meeting. An agreement between Barkema Land Company and Cerro Gordo County to stockpile rock was approved. A cigarette permit…

Computer guy earns expert status

Computer guy earns expert status

Hampton, Iowa – January 25, 2012 – The Computer Guy, from Hampton, Iowa, announced today that its commitment to quality service and professionalism has been recognized by the leading trade…

Golf course plowed under; players teed off

Golf course plowed under; players  teed off

By Joe Buttweiler – ROCKFORD — Claude Nash enjoyed playing golf at the Rockford golf course for 44 years. He would often play a quick nine after work before his…

Gov. Branstad announces new appointees to Iowa’s boards and commissions

Gov. Branstad announces new appointees to Iowa’s boards and commissions

(DES MOINES)- Gov. Branstad today announced the appointment of 58 Iowans to various boards and commissions. The individuals were appointed between July of 2011 and January 20, 2012.  The members…

GOP response to State of Union speech attacks Obama’s efforts to divide America

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama called for economic fairness in this State of the Union speech, his Republican rivals blasted the president for…

Marine gets no jail time in killing of 24 Iraqi civilians

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich will not serve a jail sentence following his guilty plea in the killing of 24…

With assets spread across globe, Romney’s tax rate below 14 percent

By Ralph Vartabedian, Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS ANGELES — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns reveal a sophisticated low-tax investment strategy that includes offshore…

California town known as a speed trap disbands police force

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Faced with crushing bills, a tiny Kern County town that became infamous for aggressive law enforcement has eliminated its police department.…

Obama delivers confrontational State of the Union speech

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — By using his State of the Union speech to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes and the…

Giffords returns to Washington for president’s speech, a homecoming and a farewell

Giffords returns to Washington for president’s speech, a homecoming and a farewell

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A year ago, the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords weighed heavily in the chamber. A seat with her Arizona delegation was left…

Suspect in N.J. synagogue firebombings is called a loner

By Stephanie Akin, Deon J. Hampton and Marlene Naanes, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The 19-year-old New Jersey man charged with firebombing a synagogue and setting fire to…

James Farentino, longtime TV actor, dies at 73

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Actor James Farentino, whose private life was sometimes as dramatic as the roles he played in theater and on television, died…

Miami becomes battleground for Gingrich, Romney

By Erika Bolstad and Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — A sign it’s getting close to election day in Florida: Mitt Romney softens his immigration stance and his opponent’s new…

Teen burglar admits to crime

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa –   When Logan Jacob Wall’s case was brought before Des Moines County juvenile court, the 17-year-old was charged with 10 counts of third-degree…

Airfares might appear higher as new rules kick in

By Doreen Hemlock and Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Starting Thursday, forget about finding a $9 airfare. That’s the beginning of new U.S. Department of Transportation airfare…

Google overhauls its privacy policies

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — As Google increasingly seeks to meld what were once separate services into a single overall experience, the Internet giant…

Stocks deflated by Europe; Nasdaq up

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed with losses for two of three main indexes as investors mulled a European standoff over Greece’s debt and the latest…

Apple’s earnings far exceed Wall Street expectations

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Apple Inc. is selling a whole lot of just about every product it makes — and investors are loving it. The…

Suspect in L.A. fires pleads not guilty to 100 charges

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A 24-year-old German national entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in connection with 100 arson-related charges stemming from…

New consumer bureau chief grilled by GOP

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In his first congressional testimony as the official director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray faced tough questions on Tuesday…

Romney’s tax data sits uneasily with Florida voters

By Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — Even before Tuesday, Mitt Romney was struggling to connect to average voters, suffering from impromptu remarks —…

2 more held in terror case

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal investigators say one of three North Carolina men convicted recently of conspiring to commit terror abroad tried to arrange the murder…

Obama frames his election-year vision in State of the Union address

Obama frames his election-year vision in State of the Union address

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama used an election-year State of the Union address Tuesday night to frame the national debate not as a referendum on…

Giants gearing up for the Brady Bunch

Giants gearing up for the Brady Bunch

By Jeff Roberts, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Justin Tuck rubbed his eyes as he reached the lectern, then stared back at a pack of reporters and…

Timberwolves’ teammates hope Kevin Love contract gets done

Timberwolves’ teammates hope Kevin Love contract gets done

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — With a little more than 24 hours left for the Timberwolves and Kevin Love to come to an agreement on a contract…

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