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Supervisors select bid for S14 resurfacing project

Supervisors select bid for S14 resurfacing project

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Heartland Asphalt was the lone bidder on a resurfacing project for county road S-14.  Their bid was 1,908,219 .38.  The estimated cost was $1.85…

Gretchen Crooks funeral notice

Gretchen A. Crooks, 37 of 3955 Cameo Ave, Osage, IA, died Saturday March 24, 2012 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012…

Video: Harkin against striking down “Obama Care”

Video: Harkin against striking down “Obama Care”

WASHINGTON – Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today appeared at a Capitol Hill media availability with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jack…

California Man Sentenced to 300 Months in Prison for Production and Possession of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Edward Lee Sullivan, of Oakland, Calif., was sentenced today to 300 months in prison for production and possession of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer…

Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in 2009 Shooting

WASHINGTON – A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2009 shooting of a man in…

“Half of a Dozen” Murder & Attempted Murder Suspects in Custody Thanks to Operation Intercept

Greenville, SC – For the last 13 days Operation Intercept (OPIN), the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, has proven the cooperation with state and local agencies can bring wanted men…

Iowa freshman White named to All-American team

Iowa freshman White named to All-American team

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa’s Aaron White was named today to the 2012 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team. White was one of 16 student-athletes recognized nationally. White,…

Governor Branstad and several state department heads scheduled to attend Keep Iowa Beautiful event this afternoon

AMES, Iowa – March 27, 2012 – Iowa Governor Branstad, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande, Iowa Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin, and Iowa Department of Transportation…

Updated: Alliant says downed pole was inspected, already replaced

Updated: Alliant says downed pole was inspected, already replaced

Information from Alliant Energy, Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. : Alliant Energy’s Justin Foss alerted NIT today that the downed pole was inspected within the last few years, and at that time,…

Iowa City Man Sentenced For Child Pornography Offense

DAVENPORT, IA – On March 23, 2012, Ryan Felts, 27, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment for distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney…

Obama administration sets limits on power plant emissions

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced long-awaited rules that would sharply limit the output of carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, the gases…

Neighbors rally around 80-year-old accused of shooting burglar

By Rosemary Sobol, Liam Ford and Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Neighbors are calling on prosecutors to drop charges against an 80-year-old owner of a local tavern who allegedly…

Suicide vests founds inside Afghan defense ministry

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In what would be one of the more serious security breaches to hit an Afghan government installation, nearly a dozen suicide…

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

Pope arrives in Havana to meet at least one Castro

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the Cuban capital Tuesday ahead of a highly anticipated private meeting with President Raul Castro and, possibly,…

11 killed, 29 injured by roadside bomb in India

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — A roadside bomb killed 11 paramilitary officers and wounded 29 others Tuesday as they were traveling in a minibus in India’s…

Appeals court united on compensation for bone marrow donors

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Displaying rare unanimity on an issue, the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a request by…

Hackers claim to have exposed nearly 171,000 military email accounts

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES —The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back after many months of laying low, claiming to have exposed the accounts…

Unusually windy, dry March fuels deadly Colorado wildfire

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Fire officials were hopeful Tuesday that calmer winds would help them bring a wildfire under control that has burned more than 3,000…

Council work session to focus on landfill, one-way streets and more

Council work session to focus on landfill, one-way streets and more

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will be discussing the City’s agreement with the North Iowa Landfill tonight. The discussion will seemingly be centered on…

Reminder: Remove grave decorations as soon as possible

Reminder: Remove grave decorations as soon as possible

MASON CITY – The Elmwood – St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery would like to remind families and friends to remove their winter decoration as soon as possible. Meaningful winter decorations they…

Discover the history of “you” at the MC Library

Discover the history of “you” at the MC Library

Discover the history of you at the Mason City Public Library. Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital…

NIACC Marketing Department Receives National Award

NIACC Marketing Department Receives National Award

The Marketing Department at North Iowa Area Community College has received a national award for a recent ad campaign. The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) presented its…

Op-ed: Angela Johnson is back from the dead (by Peter Children)

Angela Johnson is back from the dead; well she’s not actually dead yet but none the less she’s back.  We all know what happened with her and her despicable boy…

Op-ed: Should health insurance be required? (by Peter Children)

QUESTION: Should people be required to pay for some form of health insurance or spend their money on pull tabs and chemical substances? I had a neighbor who went without…

Former Minnesota teacher must pay former foster son damages for child porn

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A federal judge has ordered former St. Paul teacher Gregg Alan Larsen to pay $240,000 to a man who was once his foster…

Op-ed: So much for your day in court

Op-ed: So much for your day in court

By Lawrence A. Cunningham, The Baltimore Sun – If you think you will have your day in court when aggrieved by civil injustice, think again. More likely, you will be headed…

Vikings get 2 fourth-round picks for losing Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards

Vikings get 2 fourth-round picks for losing Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings will receive two fourth-round selections in next month’s NFL draft as compensation for losing Sidney Rice and Ray Edwards in…

Vikings stadium: Minneapolis leaders deliver show of support

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Responding to a longstanding request from state lawmakers, Minneapolis leaders delivered a show of support for a new Vikings stadium Monday, March 26…

Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back, poll finds

Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back, poll finds

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Months into a bruising primary campaign, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is still neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a hypothetical…

Op-ed: ‘Birther’ movement needs to die

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer: ——— It’s settled. President Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. But some opponents who can’t…

Grassley: A Safe and Abundant Food Supply

Grassley: A Safe and Abundant Food Supply

From Senator Chuck Grassley –  Chances are pretty good you’ve enjoyed at least one meal today before reading the words here in front of you.  Due in large measure to…

How the Mason City Harley deal really got done

How the Mason City Harley deal really got done

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Harley Davidson of Mason City owner Steve Minert is a successful business owner. He, along with his dad Ron, is lucky enough…

Campaign finance concerns ‘off the radar’

Campaign finance concerns ‘off the radar’

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — State election watchdogs are worried that if left unchecked this legislative session, a loophole in the state’s campaign finance disclosure law could…

Ex-law professor Clark Griffith unzipped pants in public, charges say

Emily Gurnon and Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A former adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law has been charged with indecent exposure after a 24-year-old student…

Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approves projects resulting in $71 million in capital investment

March 26, 2012 (DES MOINES, IA) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority board today awarded financial assistance to seven companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today’s awards will assist…

Facebook seeks dismissal of NY man’s lawsuit

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. asked a federal judge to throw out a case brought by a New York state man who claims he’s…

Marcus Hayes: Tim Tebow handles New York media mass

Marcus Hayes: Tim Tebow handles New York media mass

By Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News – FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York got Tebowed. Never in the history of sport has the arrival of a backup player generated the sort…

NFL boss Goodell says it was unacceptable for those involved in bounties ‘to hide the issues’

By Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – PALM BEACH, Fla. — Stiff penalties have been handed down to three coaches, a general manager and one franchise, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell…

Delegate counting is odd science

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — According to the latest delegate count, Mitt Romney is nearly halfway to the Republican presidential nomination. Or not. Delegate trackers for the…

NIACC Men’s T&F: Marquez Hobson signs with Eastern New Mexico

NIACC Men’s T&F: Marquez Hobson signs with Eastern New Mexico

MASON CITY, Iowa – Sophomore member of NIACC men’s cross country and track and field Marquez Hobson has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University. Hobson, a native of Minneapolis,…

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