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Rockford man faces felony burglary and assault charges

Rockford man faces felony burglary and assault charges

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff deputies responded to report of an assault at a rural county residence located at 3861 Thrush Avenue shortly before 10:30am Wednesday morning. Allegedly 51-year-old Scott Howard…

Former Mason City man arrested for probation violation

Former Mason City man arrested for probation violation

MASON CITY – A Rudd man was arrested in Mason City Tuesday on a probation violation warrant. Brandon Page, 38, formerly of Mason City, was wanted by authorities after he…

Mason City man wins $50K lottery prize

Mason City man wins $50K lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mason City man planned to stop for some lunch when he decided to pick up an “Aces High” instant-scratch ticket and ended up winning a…

Austin, MN Man pleads not guilty to striking woman 20 times

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A rural Austin man who allegedly hit a woman nearly 20 times and caused her substantial bodily harm — including a large gash on…

North Iowa Man charged with assaulting police horse

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – An Iowa resident was charged with assaulting a police horse after he allegedly slapped a horse’s hindquarters outside Patrick McGovern’s Pub in St.…

Property owners who want to build get a boost against regulators

Property owners who want to build get a boost against regulators

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that they are…

Rick Santorum makes the most of his new Etch-A-Sketch

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – MANDEVILLE, La. — Rick Santorum went shopping between his first stop on Wednesday at an oil services firm in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi…

Mystery booms unsettle Wisconsin town

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With a population of about 4,600 people and located just east of the middle of Wisconsin, Clintonville is small enough and…

Former Thornton man sentenced to prison

Former Thornton man sentenced to prison

Kenneth Neilsen, age 29, formerly of Thornton was sentenced to serve up to two years in prison after violating probation in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Tuesday. Neilsen had…

UNI cuts pass regents committee, head to full board

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – Academic program cuts at the University of Northern Iowa took a step toward approval Wednesday morning, when a committee of the state Board of Regents…

BRIEF: At student’s request, Iowa City adjusts law on public urination

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – The City Council Tuesday night passed a measure intended to make it clearer whether someone has been charged with going to the bathroom in public.…

Dubuque may limit plastic bag use

DUBUQUE – The Dubuque Telegraph Herald is reporting that the Dubuque City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require businesses to report the number of…

Lee to add paywalls in most markets by end of year

Lee to add paywalls in most markets by end of year

Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Lee Enterprises, the parent company of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said today that it will introduce digital subscriptions to its newspapers in most of its…

Vilsack defends Obama on gas prices

Rick Dandes, The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. – SUNBURY — While there is no silver bullet to bring down gas prices immediately, President Obama has put the U.S. on the right…

Minnesota Supreme Court disbars convicted Minneapolis lawyer; Drug charge, misused funds

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Twin Cities defense attorney Steven Paul Lundeen has been disbarred from the practice of law, having pleaded guilty to felony drug possession, misappropriated…

Clinton, Iowa area leaders lobby in D.C.

Ben Jacobson, Clinton Herald, Iowa – WASHINGTON, D.C. — The process has changed in recent years as legislators from both parties have agreed to move away from spending earmarks, but U.S.…

City Council looks to future of Highway 122

City Council looks to future of Highway 122

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City Council met Tuesday night. Alliant Energy Representative Jim Collins reminded the council that Alliant paid about $663,000 in taxes to…

Royce White Will Enter NBA Draft

Royce White Will Enter NBA Draft

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State point-forward Royce White recorded one of the finest seasons in school history this past year while helping thrust the Cyclone men’s basketball program back into…

Newman Catholic’s Jake Adams signs with NIACC Baseball

Newman Catholic’s Jake Adams signs with NIACC Baseball

MASON CITY, Iowa – Newman Catholic standout outfielder Jake Adams has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at NIACC starting in the 2013 season. Adams was a 1st-Team…

Grassley pushes for caps on payments to farmers

Grassley pushes for caps on payments to farmers

Grassley, Johnson Push for Legitimate Payment Limits in Upcoming Farm Bill Discussions; Senators Introduce New Legislation to Place Hard Caps and Close Loopholes –  WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and Tim…

Motorcyclists are out early on Iowa highways; be mindful

Motorcyclists are out early on Iowa highways; be mindful

AMES, Iowa – March 21, 2012 – The early spring has brought motorcyclists out onto Iowa highways earlier than normal. The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds motorists that added motorcycle…

Capitol Digest, 3-20-2012

Capitol Digest, 3-20-2012

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol items of interest for Tuesday, March 20: PUBLIC RECORDS PANEL: A House subcommittee approved legislation that creates the Iowa…

EDITORIAL: Disaster bill an appropriate investment

Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Board – One of several major issues remaining on the Iowa Legislature’s table this session is a proposal to help communities socked by major weather disasters…

Emails show UNI Price Lab planning, feedback

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – State regents were discussing when to meet to talk about the University of Northern Iowa’s Malcolm Price Lab School before parents and students had been…

Cedar Rapids City Manager warns against costs of two-way street conversion

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — City Manager Jeff Pomeranz told a City Council committee on Tuesday he didn’t want to embark on a quarter-million-dollar traffic study that…

Op-ed: Council rehearsed perfectly for their meeting (by Peter Children)

Last night’s council meeting was a non event; as expected it worked flawlessly just as it did in rehearsals. The street painting issue was brought forth and they trotted out…

Problems with TIF financing outlined

IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 15, 2012) — Iowa’s largest county offers good examples of why tax-increment financing (TIF) can favor city development strategies at an unreasonable cost to schools and…

Iowa State researchers receive $1.7 million award to improve electricity markets

Three Iowa State University researchers are working to reduce costs and maintain reliability as more renewable energy is added to the nation’s energy grid. Sarah Ryan, professor of industrial and…

Iowa State report examines Cerro Gordo County economic trends

AMES, Iowa — Retail sales in most Iowa regions appear to have stabilized over the past fiscal year following a substantial downturn during the recession, according to new reports produced…

Arrests made in O’Brien County, Iowa drug bust

The Daily Globe, Worthington, Minn. March 16–PRIMGHAR, Iowa — The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six people on charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to possession of…

Online dating sites agree to screen for sex offenders

By Torey Van Oot, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday touted an agreement she said will help improve safety and security for people looking…

Texas man sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

SAN ANTONIO — A former Los Angeles police officer and Special Forces medic was sentenced last Wednesday to serve 17 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography, following an…

Texas Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking and Related Federal Charges

WASHINGTON — Marcus Choice Williams, 36, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 30 years in prison followed by 30 years…

Once-burgeoning Latino population dips in many U.S. cities

By Don Lee and Rebecca Trounson, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — For years, America’s growing and mobile Latino population helped transform cities such as Atlanta and Las Vegas as well…

Diane Stafford: Asking for a job? Ask good questions

By Diane Stafford, McClatchy Newspapers – Feel free to ask questions in a job interview. Just make them good ones. Don’t waste an interviewer’s time by asking what the job pays…

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the White House Lgbt Conference on Safe Schools & Communities

Arlington, Texas ~ Tuesday, March 20, 2012 As prepared for delivery Thank you, Dr. [Alejandro] del Carmen, for your kind words – and for welcoming me to this beautiful campus.   I also want…

Your Office Coach: Not always best to reveal depression diagnosis

By Marie G. McIntyre, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – QUESTION: For the past five years, I have suffered from depression. During that time, I have been on and off medication, but I…

John Mellencamp, Chuck D to welcome 2012 Rock Hall inductees

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — John Mellencamp, Chuck D, Steve Van Zandt, Bette Midler and Chris Rock are among the presenters who have been tapped to…

Meteorologists warn of dangers of budget cuts to National Weather Service

By Anthony R. Wood, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Usually they post warnings of floods, tornados and assorted mayhem, but now government meteorologists are issuing warnings of another kind. They…

New State Record Yellow Perch Caught From Mississippi River

New State Record Yellow Perch Caught From Mississippi River

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Travis Peterson, 18, of Dubuque, caught a 16-inch, 2 pounds 7 ounce state record yellow perch in Pool 12 on the Mississippi River on March 13.  The…

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