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Lottery fever hits Mason City

Lottery fever hits Mason City

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – People all over Mason City were out Friday buying their MegaMillions Lottery Tickets for a chance to win a record…

Editorial: Watching the watchers

Editorial: Watching the watchers

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Today your local media sunk to the lowest depths I have ever witnessed. KIMT, The Globe Gazette and other regional news outlets camped outside Gretchen…

Branstad, Reynolds pen letter to superintendents asking them to continue use of healthy, lean beef

Branstad, Reynolds pen letter to superintendents asking them to continue use of healthy, lean beef

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are releasing a letter they sent to superintendents this afternoon, encouraging them to continue choosing lean, finely textured…

Stanford crushes Gophers, 75-51, in NIT championship game

By Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – NEW YORK — For six possessions after getting his fifth foul, Rodney Williams sat slumped over his knees on the Gophers bench, unable to…

Wild turns back Panthers in overtime

Wild turns back Panthers in overtime

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. That’s not for Jason Zucker, who became the eighth Wild player this season to make his NHL debut Thursday…

Jerry Brewer: Another ‘Dream Game’ between Louisville and Kentucky

By Jerry Brewer, The Seattle Times – It’s a gag gift, Dad says, with a heavy emphasis on “gag.” Two Christmases ago, he and Mom bought me a University of Kentucky…

Court filing details allegations against mobster’s priest

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For two years, mob killer Frank Calabrese Sr. allegedly passed cupcakes, candy bars and a copy of a psalm through the food slot…

Emanuel unveils new $7 billion infrastructure proposal for Chicago

By John Byrne, Kathy Bergen and Jon Hilkevitch, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Unveiling a plan for “Building a New Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday promoted a package of infrastructure…

Prevalence of autism among children continues to climb, report shows

By Alan Bavley, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Lauren Shouse wonders why her third child, Luke, is autistic. Was it his difficult birth? Was it something inherited that…

Paul pitches his economic policies to Wisconsin voters

By Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul made his first stop in Wisconsin Thursday in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary in the most unlikely…

Senate deal will end GOP hold on Obama appointments

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In a rare sign of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate approved dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees as leaders sought to temper the…

Officials seek to excavate behind apartment building in search of more bodies linked to Gacy murders

Officials seek to excavate behind apartment building in search of more bodies linked to Gacy murders

By Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Nearly two decades after John Wayne Gacy’s execution, Cook County sheriff’s officials hope to excavate the backyard of a Northwest Side apartment building…

City of Sanford says reporters won’t be arrested

By Susan Jacobson, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — The city of Sanford Thursday night decided that reporters won’t be arrested for pursuing the Trayvon Martin story after normal business…

Santorum invokes Ronald Reagan at Jelly Belly factory in California

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Republican leaders and voters, frustrated by their party’s prolonged presidential contest, are increasingly coalescing behind front-runner Mitt Romney. Yet Rick Santorum…

Report says French police arrest 20 suspected Islamic extremists

PARIS — Police in southern France arrested around 20 suspected Islamic extremists early Friday, a news report said. The raids were “not directly linked” to a series of killings this…

Replacement license plate issuance begins April 2

Replacement license plate issuance begins April 2

ANKENY, Iowa – March 29, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Iowa’s 99 county treasurers, will implement a 10-year license plate replacement cycle beginning April 2. The…

Unarmed teen shot, killed by New York police

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — In a protest reminiscent of those surrounding the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, marchers in New York City held…

Future of Mason City Best Buy store unclear

Future of Mason City Best Buy store unclear

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – As Best Buy Co., Inc. announced Thursday steep cuts in its stores and employees, the future of the Mason City store remains unclear.…

Supreme Court’s decision on health-care law is likely this week — in secret

Supreme Court’s decision on health-care law is likely this week — in secret

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Eight years ago, Bush administration lawyers went before the Supreme Court arguing that the justices should defer to the president during wartime and…

North Iowa Dancers now offering special promotions, opportunities

by Matt Marquardt – If you are bummed that the “gentlemen’s club” idea didn’t pass in Mason City, your dreams of female companionship are not totally dashed. According to their…

Elmwood Cemetery looking for more Adopt a Section volunteers

Elmwood Cemetery looking for more Adopt a Section volunteers

MASON CITY – Elmwood-St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery will be kicking off their Adopt a Section program with a volunteer meeting on Thursday, April 5th at 9:00 AM in the classroom at…

Hockey comedy ‘Goon’ is no ‘Slap Shot’

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – The fact that a movie as harsh and despicable as “Goon” can be promoted as a comedy says terrible things about the state of…

Upmeyer: Wrapping up another month at the Capitol

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – It is hard to believe that we are already wrapping up another month at the Capitol. While the beautiful weather outside is hard to resist,…

School board settlement with ACLU stirs anger in Missouri town

By Donald Bradley, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nothing stirs up a small town quite like the American Civil Liberties Union. When attorneys for that group demanded that the…

Witness recalls gropings by Pennsylvania priest in her teen years

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — She was a 13-year-old girl, fifth child of seven in a devout Catholic family in suburban Roslyn, Pa., whose mother attended…

Performance in 100-meter butterfly leaves Phelps and his coach dissatisfied

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun – INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Phelps essentially owns the 100-meter butterfly race, holding the U.S. and world records for it, and he kept his hold on…

Autism rates rise, disorder now affects 1 in 88 children, CDC says

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Federal health authorities have significantly raised their estimate of the prevalence of autism in children, concluding in a new study of…

NIACC softball walks past Riverland

NIACC softball walks past Riverland

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC broke a six-game losing streak by taking advantage of 10 walks in both games during a 10-2, 10-3 sweep over Riverland Community College. The Trojans…

Baseball: No. 7 NIACC sweeps Dakota County

Baseball: No. 7 NIACC sweeps Dakota County

MASON CITY, Iowa – Kyle Moses (So., Saint Ansgar, IA) and Drew Verstegan (Fr., Mason City, IA) allowed only one hit each as seventh-ranked NIACC baseball team swept Dakota County…

New claims for jobless benefits drop; GDP grows at solid pace

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Fresh evidence indicates that the labor market is continuing to heal and that there’s stronger economic growth supporting new hiring than the…

One minor injury after Thursday fender bender

One minor injury after Thursday fender bender

MASON CITY – A two car accident caused a non-serious injury to one man Thursday in Mason City. The incident ocurred at the intersection of Highway 122 and South Federal…

Update: Road construction work on U.S. 218 near Janesville begins April 2

Update: Road construction work on U.S. 218 near Janesville begins April 2

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – March 29, 2012 – Road construction work on U.S. 218 near Janesville will resume Monday, April 2, and continue until early November, weather permitting, according to…