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EDITORIAL: Pavement painting program sends more dollars out of Mason City

EDITORIAL: Pavement painting program sends more dollars out of Mason City

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – As the City of Mason City continues to downsize its staff and handle fewer maintenance jobs around the city than in past years,…

Snow owl in Mason City caught on video

Snow owl in Mason City caught on video

Sent to NorthIowaToday.com by “Observer” – MASON CITY – Before Christmas, and ever since, a Snow Owl has been out and about downtown upsetting the resident crows during the night.…

Traveling Dutch euthanasia clinic swamped with requests

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch mobile euthanasia clinics that began offering assisted death in people’s homes last week received nearly 60 requests within their two first days of operation, Dutch daily…

GOP rivals are minding their mouths

By Maeve Reston and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — In the last 10 days, voters learned that Mitt Romney’s wife drives two Cadillacs, and that while Romney does…

Timberwolves win to move up in playoff chase

Timberwolves win to move up in playoff chase

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – PORTLAND, Ore. — Ending a four-game Western trip that’s only the beginning of their manic March travels, the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Kevin Love…

This time, North Carolina says no to a Duke comeback

By Jack Daly, McClatchy Newspapers – DURHAM, N.C. — Ever since it beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Feb. 8, Duke has played Austin Rivers’ dramatic game-winning shot on its…

Iowa State’s Gibson wins heavyweight Big 12 title

Iowa State’s Gibson wins heavyweight Big 12 title

COLUMBIA, Mo. – After nearly pinning his opponent in the championship match, Iowa State heavyweight Matt Gibson earned the 2012 Big 12 Championship heavyweight title Saturday at the Hearnes Center.…

Iowa State Women Fall to No. 1 Baylor, 77-53

Iowa State Women Fall to No. 1 Baylor, 77-53

WACO, Texas – For 25 minutes Saturday, Iowa State (18-11, 9-9 Big 12) held No. 1 Baylor (31-0, 18-0 Big 12) at bay before a big second half run allowed…

NIACC softball splits at Yellowjacket Classic

NIACC softball splits at Yellowjacket Classic

ROCHESTER, Minn. – NIACC softball started its season off with a split at the Yellowjacket Classic on Saturday, losing to the Gustavus Adolphus JV 5-3 in eight innings, and beating…

Five arrested in early morning Mason City burglary

Five arrested in early morning Mason City burglary

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence in the 0 block of 5th Street NW at 4:32 a.m. Sunday…

Op-ed: There won’t be garlic at new Park Inn restaurant (by Peter Children)

Historic Park Inn Hotel to open eatery; how nice.  The long awaited restaurant is finally scheduled to open.  The city has been rife with rumors concerning that empty space that…

New Look and New Items for the Lime Creek Nature Center Gift Shop

New Look and New Items for the Lime Creek Nature Center Gift Shop

By Lesley Sheridan, Naturalist Intern, Lime Creek Nature Center – The Lime Creek Nature Center recently updated its gift shop inventory to include several new items. We are especially excited…

Let’s address the dental crisis in America

MCT FORUM, By Sen. Bernie Sanders – The United States is in the midst of a major dental crisis. There are 130 million Americans who have no dental insurance. One-fourth of…

One Lucky Person to Win St. Patrick’s Day Promotion

(Des Moines, IA) – One lucky person, Irish or not, will have a St. Patrick’s Day to remember when they win the Dinner and Drafts promotion from the Iowa Wine and…

50 or Older? Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening!

Governor Branstad has declared March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges residents to learn more about colorectal cancer, the third leading…

CEO Ettinger reflects on community, Hormel’s future

Adam Harringa, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – This story is originally appeared in Progress 2012, which published Sunday, Feb. 26. From the time Jeff Ettinger started at Hormel Foods Corp. 21 years…

China reduced US Treasury holdings last year

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt, reduced its holdings of federal securities last year, according to revised data released…

Chevrolet Volt production halts to match low demand

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — General Motors Co. has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck plant that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks…

Apple says it has created half a million US jobs

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple, which relies on Asian contractors to manufacture its iPhones and iPads, said in a report released Friday that…

Nicollette Sheridan takes stand in ‘Desperate Housewives’ case

By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It started as normal Hollywood friction — an actress who wanted better lines and a writer annoyed by her suggestions. But…

Aspiring teen hitman gets house arrest, probation

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A Darby, Pa., teen who took up a Facebook solicitation to kill a Philadelphia woman’s boyfriend — but was unable to…

Navy appoints next commander of Guantanamo prison camps

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Navy has chosen a Key West, Fla.-based admiral, a helicopter pilot who ran Hurricane Katrina air relief operations, to take over as…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – FRIENDS WITH KIDS (R): Writer-director Jennifer Westfeld (“Kissing Jessica Stein”) returns with this comedy about two best friends who decide to have a child together…

Calif. dispensaries can’t be banned, but must grow pot on site, court rules

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an…

Renaissance Fair to be held at Mason City High School

The Mason City High School gymnasium will be transformed to a Renaissance theme for a spectacular event that includes food and entertainment for what proves to be a magical evening.…

California physician assistant wins $168 million in harassment suit

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Ani Chopourian lost track of how many complaints she filed during the two years she worked as a physician assistant…

Democratic Response to the Branstad’s request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind

Statement by Senator Herman Quirmbach of Ames, Senate Education Committee Chair “Senate Democrats remain committed to working with Governor Branstad and Republican legislators on our shared goals of raising academic…

29 charged in international schemes to import counterfeit goods and drugs, launder profits

NEWARK, N.J. — Massive conspiracies to import hundreds of millions of dollars in counterfeit goods from China and illegal drugs from Taiwan to the U.S. have been disrupted. The case…

31 charged as part of decade-long human smuggling organization

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A federal grand jury returned indictments against 31 Texas residents for their involvement in a conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens. The indictments were announced…

Bodog and 4 Canadians indicted for conducting internet gambling business

BALTIMORE – A federal grand jury has indicted Bodog Entertainment Group S.A., d/b/a/ Bodog.com, its owner and three operators for conducting an illegal sports gambling business and conspiring to commit…

Agents confiscate thousands of counterfeit goods at NBA All-Star Weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 2,500 counterfeit items were confiscated as the result of a joint operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations(HSI), the Orlando Police Department…

Zoomobile to visit Nature Center March 12th

Zoomobile to visit Nature Center March 12th

The Lime Creek Nature Center has scheduled a special program for students during spring break week.  The Zoomobile from the Minnesota Zoo will provide their presentation All Things Connected on…

Drug raid nets four Iowa residents

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – KEOKUK – A Thursday morning raid of a home in connection with the investigation into the making and delivery of meth and marijuana…

NIACC Soccer: Kinsella signs to Ashford University

NIACC Soccer: Kinsella signs to Ashford University

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC soccer’s starting goalkeeper this past season Patrick Kinsella will sign with Ashford University for next season. Kinsella, a sophomore out of Frimley, England, had 177…

Rose bowl scores, 2-28 and 3-1 2012

Over The Hill 2/28/12 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1.    Mike Roberts     250 2.    Bob Govern       229 3.    Gary Booke       198 1.    Marlene Moore      213 2.    Joyce Konigsmark  197…

NIACC track and field teams compete at nationals

NIACC track and field teams compete at nationals

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The NIACC track and field team had three fifth place finishes in the second day of the NJCAA National Indoor Championships on Saturday. Trey Taylor (Fr., Bloomfield,…

Late basket lifts Marshalltown past NIACC women, 70-68

Late basket lifts Marshalltown past NIACC women, 70-68

MASON CITY, Iowa – Marshalltown’s Courtney Sullivan hit a running jumper with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 70-68 win over NIACC during both team’s regular season…

Giant new plant shows coal power isn’t going away

Giant new plant shows coal power isn’t going away

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Prairie State power plant, set amid farm fields and woods in southwestern Illinois, will start producing power soon, beginning a life of…

Romney spends big to try to come from behind in Ohio on Tuesday

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The ads fall like hammer blows on television and radio: Rick Santorum is a “Washington insider” who bragged about all the…

Survivors recount fury of tornadoes that ripped through their communities

By John Hoeffel and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – HENRYVILLE, Ind. — “See, they told us yesterday morning to get out,” Beverly Evans said Saturday, stifling sobs as she gazed…

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