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Gunderson sentenced to 15 years in death of Kadyn Halverson

Gunderson sentenced to 15 years in death of Kadyn Halverson

Tim Engstrom, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – NORTHWOOD, Iowa — The man charged with the fatal hit-and-run of a young girl boarding a school bus last May has been sentenced to…

Unconstitutional Power Grabs

Unconstitutional Power Grabs

Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley – I addressed the Senate recently on President Obama’s so called “recess” appointments when the Senate was not in fact in recess.  I…

Stocks mostly down; S&P streak holds

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks on Friday finished mostly lower, but a late surge in financial shares helped the S&P 500 preserve a fourth week of…

Controversy swirls around Chicago referee for UFC bout

By Jared S. Hopkins, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The UFC might draw its largest television audience Saturday in Chicago when Rashad Evans faces Phil Davis. Before that, Rob Madrigal will…

Suicide bombing at Baghdad funeral kills 32 people

By Raheem Salman and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomb detonated Friday at a busy Baghdad intersection as a funeral procession was passing by,…

Iowa Investigators Seek Suspected Burglar, Arsonist

Iowa Investigators Seek Suspected Burglar, Arsonist

Hastings, IOWA — Investigators with the State Fire Marshal Division and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office are looking for 30 year old Jason Anthony Vasquez. Vasquez is wanted on an…

United Way announces campaign total, new shuttle

United Way announces campaign total, new shuttle

By Kacie Krominga – MASON CITY – A press conference for the United Way was held today at the North Iowa Joint Transit Facility to announce the grand total for…

Rose Bowl high scores 1/20 – 1/26/12

Early Bird Mixed 1/20/12 High team scratch game – K O Construction 788 High team scratch series – K O Construction 2,213 High Individual games 1. Chad Elliott 247 2.…

Editorial: Design on your dime

Editorial: Design on your dime

by Matt Marquardt – The Mason City City Council met Tuesday night and was introduced to Finance Director Kevin Jacobson’s 2013 city budget. The room was full of city department…

Op-ed: Select few calling the shots in Mason City (by Peter Children)

There is a select few that are calling the shots in this community. They do not represent the majority but in doing what they are doing is not in anyway…

Flags Thursday honor Centerville Marine

Michael Schaffer, Daily Iowegian, Centerville, Iowa – CENTERVILLE — Between 250-300 people came to the Centerville Fire Department Thursday afternoon to take part in placing 2,200 American flags along the route…

Iowa fades in second half, loses to Nebraska

Iowa fades in second half, loses to Nebraska

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — The game meant something to Zach McCabe. That’s why the final result hurt him so much. The Iowa sophomore from…

Neighbors worry about possible UI expansion

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The University of Iowa has spent more than $6.3 million on dozens of tenant properties since 2001, the majority of them in the…

Trust withdraws claim for Hot Lotto jackpot prize

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES – An already weird story took another bizarre twist Thursday when representatives for a trust based in Belize that turned in…

Wrestling: Iowa Central 41, NIACC 9

Wrestling: Iowa Central 41, NIACC 9

FORT DODGE, Iowa – No. 12 NIACC wrestling only had two wins against No. 1 Iowa Central on Thursday night in a 41-9 loss to the Tritons. Jameel Bryant’s (So.,…

Capitol Digest, 1-26-2012

Capitol Digest, 1-26-2012

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, Jan. 26: MOTOR VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT: Branstad administration officials said Thursday they…

U.S. sales of new homes in 2011 hit record lows

Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – New home sales in 2011 were the worst on record for U.S. home builders, dampening optimism that the housing market was poised for an immediate…

Minnesota adds wind farms, yet rank falls to No. 5

David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Minnesota slipped from fourth to fifth place among states with the most wind power last year even as the state’s number of wind farms climbed…

‘Luck,’ premiering Sunday on HBO

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – “Luck,” HBO’s new series about a racetrack in Southern California, has such impressive bloodlines, it’s almost intimidating. Among its executive producers are filmmaker Michael…

Colts owner Irsay upset with Manning’s comments

By Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay expressed some irritation with quarterback Peyton Manning’s comments earlier this week about the atmosphere around…

Proposed bridge repair on U.S. 218 near Floyd to be discussed Feb. 9

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 27, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a public information meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, to discuss the proposed bridge repair on U.S.…

Iowa DOT – building improvement (only) for sale east of Tama

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 26, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is offering a pole building with metal siding for sale. The building is located at 2369 U.S.…

Fashion statement: The red carpet is unforgiving

By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With a lifetime of red carpet misses ranging from uncomfortably busty Guinevere gowns to something reminiscent of Grandma’s doily tablecloth, Disney…

Obama’s housing initiatives face significant hurdles

By Jim Puzzanghera and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Two new initiatives from President Barack Obama to address the foreclosure crisis — more help for struggling homeowners and…

HPV study finds 7 percent of US teens, adults carry virus in mouths

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A new study showing an estimated 7 percent of American teens and adults carry the human papillomavirus in their mouths may…

N.C. death row inmate taunts, ‘Kill me if you can, suckers’

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – DURHAM, N.C. — Danny Robbie Hembree considers himself a gentleman of leisure. He enjoys color TV, air conditioning and abundant food. He naps pretty…

Omaha Gang Member Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Jose Espinoza, 33, of Omaha and Grand Island, Nebraska, was sentenced on January 19, 2012, to 27 years in prison by the…

Lead Administrator and Web Host of Online Child Pornography Bulletin Board Sentenced to Prison

WASHINGTON – The lead administrator and the web host of an online child pornography bulletin board were sentenced today to 120 and 97 months in prison, respectively, announced Assistant Attorney…

Police say ax murderer ate victim’s eyeball, brains

By David Owens, The Hartford Courant – BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Police and U.S. Marshals in Florida have taken a former Connecticut resident into custody on charges that he used an ax…

Two Men Sentenced for Racially-Motivated Assault in New Mexico

WASHINGTON – Paul Beebe and Jesse Sanford of Farmington, N.M., were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Santa Fe, N.M., on federal hate crime charges related to a racially-motivated…

Bachmann to defend her seat in Congress

By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – WASHINGTON — Talking for the first time about her political future since she dropped out of the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday…

West Branch Man Admits To Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography pled guilty on January 17, 2012, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Timothy Wilker, age 48, from West Branch, Iowa, was convicted of one…

Goldman guides Romney’s riches

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Much of Mitt Romney’s millions has come from his relationship with the biggest name on Wall Street: Goldman Sachs. In the…

Deluge of campaign ads, calls, mail engulfs Florida voters

By David Lightman and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – ORLANDO, Fla. — The winner of Florida’s bruising Republican presidential primary probably will be the candidate who uses traditional mass-marketing tools such…

‘Man on a Ledge’

By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When a guy steps onto a narrow ledge, many stories above a messy bit of New York City asphalt, you figure…

Romney slams Gingrich over criticism of immigration views

By David Lightman and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mitt Romney blasted as “repulsive” Newt Gingrich’s criticism of his views on immigration, as the two Republican presidential candidates…

Pentagon releases plan that cuts projected spending, increases base budget

Pentagon releases plan that cuts projected spending, increases base budget

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Pentagon released a budget blueprint Thursday that cuts projected military spending by nearly half a trillion dollars, yet still calls…

New initiative will coordinate probes of mortgage meltdown

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new effort to investigate the causes of the nation’s mortgage meltdown will focus on coordinating the often overlapping state…

Surf Ballroom & KRIB to Host Winter Dance Party Sock Hop

Surf Ballroom & KRIB to Host Winter Dance Party Sock Hop

by Dave Hansen – NOTE: Due incorrect information supplied by KRIB the radio remotes from the surf featuring Bob Hale will not begin on Wednesday of this week. Instead they are…

Iowa Ladies Football Academy commits $1 million toward new UI Children’s Hospital

As registration opens today for the second annual Iowa Ladies Football Academy, set for June 9, the event’s organizers have announced a five-year, $1 million pledge toward the construction of…