Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the Entire North Iowa Region

Founded October 1, 2010


Home » 2012 » March » 23

Lumberjacks beat North Iowa 2-1 to take Game 1

St. Cloud Times, Minn. – March 23–SAUK RAPIDS — Riley Bengston scored 10:37 into overtime to lift the Granite City Lumberjacks over the North Iowa Bulls, 2-1, in Game 1…

Op-ed: Some of you drink a lot of cheap beer (by Peter Children)

Every now and then I like to write directly to the bloggers; I read what is written and it offers an insight into several forms of psychosis, it tells me…

Obama weighs in on Trayvon Martin’s killing

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Declaring that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Barack Obama chose a highly personal…

Mason City man taken into custody on warrants

Mason City man taken into custody on warrants

MASON CITY – Mason City police arrested Rory Buchite of Mason City Thursday night just before midnight at the 500 block of 8th Street SE on three outstanding warrants and…

Murderer Angela Johnson’s death sentence vacated

Murderer Angela Johnson’s death sentence vacated

SIOUX CITY – A woman formerly of Klemme, Iowa who helped a North Iowa drug dealer murder 5 people in 1993 had her death sentence vacated this week. Angela Johnson,…

Camping, hiking, bird watching and other outdoor activities ready to begin

Camping, hiking, bird watching and other outdoor activities ready to begin

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – The recent weather has many outdoor enthusiasts enjoying spring recreational opportunities.  Each activity may range from camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, multi-use trails or wildlife viewing.  Cerro…

Thomas scores 26 points, 20 in first half, to lead Ohio State past Cincinnati

Thomas scores 26 points, 20 in first half, to lead Ohio State past Cincinnati

By Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune – BOSTON — Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger admitted his home state probably is crazier about football than his sport of choice. But that wasn’t likely…

Florida defeats Marquette to advance to Elite Eight

By Matt Watts, McClatchy Newspapers – PHOENIX — Marquette slapped, pushed and attempted to manhandle Florida. The Gators defended, frustrated and outhustled Marquette. In the end, hustle and defense won. The…

Serena Williams rolls past China’s Zhang Shuai

Serena Williams rolls past China’s Zhang Shuai

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The last time South Florida tennis fans saw Serena Williams play at Key Biscayne was three years ago, and it wasn’t…

Mark Whicker: Saints aren’t victims in this

By Mark Whicker, The Orange County Register – Within the hour, the red herrings began piling up higher than the levees on the Mississippi. And the New Orleans Saints and their…

Syracuse survives Wisconsin’s three-point barrage to advance

By Mike Jensen, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BOSTON — Just off the TD Garden court, Scoop Jardine put his head against his father, both rubbing the back of the other’s head,…

Louisville knocks out top-seeded Michigan State

Louisville knocks out top-seeded Michigan State

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times – PHOENIX — Magic Johnson came to cheer for Michigan State and Muhammad Ali sat in Louisville’s section. Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols asked…

Iowa House panel votes to freeze tuition

Iowa House panel votes to freeze tuition

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – The state’s regent universities would see their budgets cut by roughly $31 million from this year and be forced to freeze tuition rates for…

Littering lands Mason City man in jail

Littering lands Mason City man in jail

MASON CITY – Shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday a Mason City police officer made a traffic stop after reportedly observing a small baggie containing marijuana being thrown onto the…

Thousands of Iowans facing utility shutoff despite mild winter

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – About 224,000 Iowa households are behind on their utility bills despite the mild winter. “One would expect starting April 1 we could see record numbers…

More films are appealing MPAA ratings

By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When the Motion Picture Assn. of America voted to uphold the R rating for “Bully” several weeks ago,…

Ewan McGregor: A fish happily out of water

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It’s a tribute to Ewan McGregor’s great gifts that we believe someone so naturally cute, funny and knowing is stuck in a…

Minnesota Woman Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse, and aiding and…

Photo of the day: Iowa Cub Scout Pack visits the Iowa Statehouse

Photo of the day: Iowa Cub Scout Pack visits the Iowa Statehouse

DES MOINES – Some of the hardest working Cub Scouts in Iowa were at the Iowa Statehouse on Thursday, March 22. While there, they met Representative Sharon Steckman and Senator…

ISU’s Fennelly Announces Personnel Changes

ISU’s Fennelly Announces Personnel Changes

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly announced two roster changes Thursday. Fennelly announced that sophomore guard Kelsey Harris and freshman center Kileah Mays will transfer…

This week’s Rose Bowl scores: 3-20 & 3-22, 2012

Over The Hill 3/20/12 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1.    Gene Roberts     243 2.    Gary Book         209 3.    Tim Carlson       203 1.    Michele Olson     201 2.    Evonne Witham   190…

Fury over Trayvon Martin shooting grows

Fury over Trayvon Martin shooting grows

By David Ovalle and Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – SANFORD, Fla. — The aftershocks of Trayvon Martin’s killing continued to reverberate Thursday from Sanford to South Florida, as the embattled police…

EDITORIAL: Individual mandate is constitutional

EDITORIAL: Individual mandate is constitutional

By Leslie Meltzer Henry and Maxwell L. Stearns, The Baltimore Sun – On Monday, the Supreme Court will commence a nearly unprecedented six hours of oral argument concerning the constitutionality of…

Thousands join Sharpton at rally calling for ‘justice’ in Trayvon Martin case

Thousands join Sharpton at rally calling for ‘justice’ in Trayvon Martin case

By Jeff Weiner, Jon Busdeker and Martin Comas, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla.—They came seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. (PHOTO: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally after the shooting death…

Senate moves insider trading bill to Obama’s desk

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval to one of the most sweeping ethics laws in years, clamping down on insider trading by lawmakers and…

Lead suspect in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe released more than once

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Manuel Celis-Acosta, the chief suspect in the federal “Fast and Furious” investigation who was caught but released at the U.S.-Mexico border…

JOBS Act clears Senate, back to House for final passage

JOBS Act clears Senate, back to House for final passage

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to make it easier for small businesses to raise investment cash by easing federal regulations cleared the Senate, despite…

Defrocked priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy

By John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A defrocked Philadelphia priest accused of molesting boys pleaded guilty Thursday, four days before he was to stand trial with two…

Sanford police chief temporarily steps down amid growing unrest in Trayvon Martin shooting

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – SANFORD, Fla. — The slaying of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer has prompted a federal investigation and, on…

Staff Sgt. Bales to be charged with 17 murder counts

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The American soldier suspected in the bloodiest rampage against civilians in the decade of the Afghan war is expected to be charged Friday…

Picture bleak in photography business

By Diana Lambert, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — High school students waiting to have senior portraits taken once filled Richard Givens’ photography studio in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Now that studio…

University of Illinois president resigns amid discord

By Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When University of Illinois President Michael Hogan took over 20 months ago following an embarrassing scandal, his supporters championed him as a…

Santorum suggests Obama preferable to ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ Romney

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum’s latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide’s “Etch-A-Sketch” remark against the GOP front-runner instead gave his rival a…

Authorities find 180 heroin pellets in woman’s stomach

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A bellyful of an alleged drug-smuggling attempt was recently thwarted at Dulles International Airport with the arrest of a woman on suspicion…

U.S. intelligence: Looming water woes will add to global instability

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Floods and water shortages in the next 30 years will make it hard for many countries to keep up with growing demand for…

Tourism spending in US surges 8.1 percent

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A record number of foreign visitors helped boost overall tourism spending in the U.S. last year 8.1 percent to $1.2 trillion, the…

Real Estate Q&A: How buyers can ruin a short sale

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – Two weeks ago, I wrote about mistakes sellers make to kill short sales. Buyers also end up ruining these deals or making things more…

EU home to 400 `lone wolves,’ expert says

By Alvise Armellini – BRUSSELS — The serial-killer suspect who died after a 32-hour stand-off with French police was one of about 400 al-Qaida trained extremists in the European Union,…