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City Council honors Mohawks

City Council honors Mohawks

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council met Tuesday night and honored a Mohawk state champion wrestler and the Mohawk Danzers. Mason City’s Jared Bartel…

Mason City man to serve six months in jail for probation violation

Mason City man to serve six months in jail for probation violation

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, March 6th, 21-year-old Brandon Lee Hadacek of Mason City was found guilty of violating probation while serving his original sentence at Beje Clark. Hadacek was…

Woman accused of delivering crack cocaine gets deferred judgment

Woman accused of delivering crack cocaine gets deferred judgment

MASON CITY – On Monday, March 5th, 47-year-old Donya Marie Lee received a deferred judgment on a Class C felony charge of delivery of crack cocaine. Donya was originally arrested…

Explosion kills 6 British troops in Afghanistan

By Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Six British soldiers were believed to be killed when an explosion struck their armored vehicle, marking the biggest loss of life for…

Congressman seeks new penalties for gun traffickers

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A lawmaker and former federal prosecutor has drafted proposed new penalties for criminals who illegally purchase and smuggle firearms into Mexico,…

Pentagon leaders reject military intervention in Syria

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Any U.S. military effort to protect civilians in Syria would take weeks to implement, the top Pentagon civilian and military officials said…

Central Springs’ Nodtvedt signs with NIACC Volleyball

Central Springs’ Nodtvedt signs with NIACC Volleyball

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC volleyball continues to add to its roster for next season by signing Central Springs’ Lexy Nodtvedt as the seventh member of its 2012 recruiting class.…

‘The Rosie Show’ reportedly moving from Chicago to New York

By Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — After less than a year in town, Rosie O’Donnell is leaving Chicago, according to the Huffington Post. The site reports O’Donnell is taking…

NBC reveals ‘America’s Got Talent’ return date, Tuesday lineup

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — NBC is doing some spring cleaning and scheduling: The network gave “America’s Got Talent” a May premiere date and has a…

European recession fears put US stock rally at risk

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Renewed fears of a European recession are threatening to derail the stock market’s 2012 rally. Stock indexes around the world experienced…

Pinterest co-founder bemused at site’s meteoric rise

By Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s half an hour before the CEO of Silicon Valley’s hottest social network is set to take the stage,…

Troy Wolverton: Sony’s new PlayStation Vita disappoints

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – With the PlayStation Vita, Sony has attempted to infuse a traditional handheld game machine with some of the smartphone and tablet features that…

Web Wealth: Steps to take to avoid an audit

By Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Can you avoid an IRS audit by staying on the straight and narrow when preparing your tax return? There’s no guarantee, but some forethought…

MCPD warns of tax scam exposed by IRS

The Mason City Police Department forward the following IRS press release today: WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today warned senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging…

216,000 jobs added in February, private study says

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – In another possible sign of an improving U.S. economy, private companies added 216,000 more jobs in February, according to a study released Wednesday by…

Older workers are exiting fast, shrinking the labor force, study says

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — New research challenges the conventional wisdom that the unemployment rate is falling because workers have given up looking for a job and…

Apple’s new iPad will be faster and prettier, company says

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple unveiled the third generation of its popular iPad tablet computer Wednesday, with a host of upgraded features…

Grassley Expresses Disappointment Over FCC’s Blocked Access to Key Staff

Grassley Expresses Disappointment Over FCC’s Blocked Access to Key Staff

In January, staff for Sen. Chuck Grassley on separate occasions asked the Federal Communications Commission chairman to make two senior staff members available to discuss the LightSquared wireless project.   The…

Letter claims Urdahl “leans on rich Republicans”

Letter claims Urdahl “leans on rich Republicans”

by Matt Marquardt – NorthIowaToday.com has received a hard copy letter stating that Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Jay Urdahl is the the Republican party’s “favorite Democrat” and “leans on rich…

Spring Break Art Camp planned at the MacNider Museum

Spring Break Art Camp planned at the MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – A whole week of messy Spring Break fun for students in grades 1 through 6 is planned for Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 from 8:00…

Timberwolves report: Kevin Love in midseason talk for NBA MVP

Timberwolves report: Kevin Love in midseason talk for NBA MVP

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – If Kevin Love keeps this up, it won’t seem so extraordinary to hear him mentioned along with LeBron James or Kevin Durant as…

Palin: ‘Anything is possible’ if her name is called at GOP convention

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin cast a vote Tuesday night for one of the Republican presidential candidates. But for whom? A CNN producer caught…

Free throw shootout competitive fun

Free throw shootout competitive fun

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Hustling off to the YMCA to shoot hoops after work – sometimes in heels – paid off for Sandy King. She was able…

Iowa Central ends NIACC Men’s season, 82-73

Iowa Central ends NIACC Men’s season, 82-73

FORT DODGE, Iowa – NIACC’s men’s basketball ended its season with a 82-73 loss to Iowa Central in the first round of the  Region XI tournament on Tuesday. NIACC’s Chris…

NIACC women’s season ended by Iowa Central

NIACC women’s season ended by Iowa Central

FORT DODGE – The NIACC women’s basketball team was knocked out of the Region XI Tournament after 94-50 loss to Iowa Central on Tuesday night. The Trojans ended the season…

Obama says new bargaining with Iranians could quickly indicate if military action is needed

Obama says new bargaining with Iranians could quickly indicate if military action is needed

By Paul Richter and Henry Chu, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Saying new negotiations with Iran will provide “a pretty good sense fairly quickly” if a diplomatic solution can prevent…

Romney begins to pull away and pile up a delegate advantage

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — It may not be pretty. It may not be a love fest. But Mitt Romney is starting to pull away from the pack…

Containing Illinois center Meyers Leonard the key for Iowa

Containing Illinois center Meyers Leonard the key for Iowa

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – INDIANAPOLIS — One player literally stood head — and partially shoulders — above everyone on the court the last time Iowa and Illinois met on…

Senate approves transportation budget, but key issues left undebated

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Senate passage of a transportation budget bill Tuesday was almost more noteworthy for what was not debated than the $350 million in spending authority that…

Senate committee to consider nuclear power bill Thursday

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – The leader of a Senate committee considering the state regulatory framework for MidAmerican Energy’s proposed construction of a nuclear power plant said…

Senate gives bars more latitude to “infuse” drinks

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Iowa bartenders and restaurateurs would be able to mix and store “infused” drinks for up to 72 hours under legislation that got…

Trial set in murder-for-hire scheme targeting Mount Vernon police chief

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A man accused of attempting to hire a person to murder the Mount Vernon Police chief and other charges pleaded not guilty last week in…

Iowa Capitol Digest 3-6-12

Iowa Capitol Digest 3-6-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, March 6, 2012: BIRDS OF A FEATHER House members approved a bill…

Branstad to be in North Iowa

Branstad to be in North Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds today announced three new stops on their tour promoting their plan for permanent property tax relief for all classes of property.…

EDITORIAL: Sadly, hate met with more hate in Duluth

Duluth News Tribune, Minn. March 07–Hate came to Duluth on Saturday — but not from where we thought it would. And in the end, with the way things played out,…

Romney, Santorum, Gingrich score victories on Super Tuesday

Romney, Santorum, Gingrich score victories on Super Tuesday

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum in Ohio’s critical Republican primary race Tuesday, as the two GOP presidential candidates battled into the wee hours…

McCaffery disappointed Gatens didn’t make Big Ten 1st Team

McCaffery disappointed Gatens didn’t make Big Ten 1st Team

Q. Are you disappointed Matt Gatens didn’t make the All-Big Ten first team? COACH McCAFFERY:  I think the thing that you have to look at is, obviously, I thought he…

White Earns USBWA District VI Honors

White Earns USBWA District VI Honors

ST. LOUIS- Iowa State sophomore forward Royce White was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VI team, announced today by the USBWA. White’s district consists of…

Op-ed: The real facts behind parking lot (by Peter Children)

In the interest of truth I must comment on the editorial in today’s Globe Gazette. It references the empty corner at Second and North Federal which has stood empty for…

For struggling Wild, the beatings go on

Ben Goessling, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – DENVER – Of all the things Mike Yeo expected to be doing in his first year as the head coach of the Wild,…