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Humane Society receives check from Hy-Vee West

Humane Society receives check from Hy-Vee West

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa announced Wednesday a donation from Hy-Vee West and Purina in the amount of $200. Human Society Director Sybil Soukup explained on…

NIACC softball upended by Ellsworth in sweep

NIACC softball upended by Ellsworth in sweep

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC softball almost broke through for their first conference win of the season against Ellsworth,  but lost both games 12-11 and 11-1 on Wednesday to drop…

A real-life ‘Hunger Games’

MCT FORUM – By Blaine Harden, Los Angeles Times – Joining my 9-year-old daughter and a sizable slice of the American population, I queued up last week to watch “The Hunger Games.”…

Stocks drop after weak Spanish bond sale

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks on Wednesday took their biggest hit in nearly a month on concern about Spain, where a weak bond sale revived investor…

UPDATE: Apparent brawl at Alley Katz reported Wednesday night; other scattered altercations

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City were dealing with several calls due to altercations between individuals. At 10:10 pm Mason City Police were dispatched to Alley Katz Bar for…

3 U.S. soldiers among dead in northern Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Three American soldiers were among at least nine people who were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber wearing civilian clothes blew himself…

Pentagon approves 9/11 death penalty trial

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with engineering the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.…

Tornadoes damage hundreds of homes in Texas

Tornadoes damage hundreds of homes in Texas

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — By the time the ominous black and gray clouds cleared, meteorologists had classified the tornado on their five-point scale as an EF…

Salmonella outbreak sickens scores across US

By Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Ninety-three people have been sickened by a nationwide salmonella outbreak, but a source of the cases has not been confirmed yet, health officials…

Death penalty trial of five 9/11 suspects to resume at Guantanamo

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantanamo Bay captives charged with engineering the Sept. 11,…

Court overturns order in woman’s will to put her cat to death

By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Boots, an 11-year-old cat from Berwyn, Ill., has narrowly avoided using up the last of her nine lives, thanks to trust officers at…

Letter to Editor: Senator Merlin Bartz is at it again

Dear Editor: Senator Merlin Bartz is at it again. He has decided to take a simple issue and has dressed it up to use it as a political attack.  An…

Titantic 3-D opens at Cinema West Theater today

Titantic 3-D opens at Cinema West Theater today

Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Titantic 3-D (PG-13) starts today (Wednesday April 4) at the Cinema West Theater to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic setting sail…

Allegations of impropriety alleged in lawsuit brought against North Iowa Fair

Allegations of impropriety alleged in lawsuit brought against North Iowa Fair

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A lawsuit was filed Monday in Iowa District Court by former North Iowa Fair Director Wanda Kruse against the North Iowa Fair Association.…

Mason City Schools administering “Iowa Assessments” tests this week

Mason City Schools administering “Iowa Assessments” tests this week

MASON CITY – The Mason City School District is administering “Iowa Assessments” this week. The tests were formerly known as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. “These tests are one…

Twins fall to Rays

Twins fall to Rays

By La Velle Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – FORT MYERS, Fla. — Spring training isn’t quite over, but the Grapefruit League season is. The Twins lost, 6-2, to Tampa Bay…

Jim Souhan: Vikings gathering moss

Jim Souhan: Vikings gathering moss

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — An open letter to Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman, Leslie Frazier and Christian Ponder: You fellas aren’t from around here, are you? What…

Twins’ Valencia is far from satisfied

Twins’ Valencia is far from satisfied

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mindy Valencia has tried to gauge her son’s standing in the Minnesota Twins’ clubhouse the past two years from words…

Griner leads Baylor past Notre Dame for women’s national championship

By John Altavilla, The Hartford Courant – DENVER — Notre Dame and Baylor used the same prod to propel themselves through the season. Their meeting Tuesday night for the NCAA Division…

Cardinals’ Lohse will start opener after strong spring

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – MIAMI — The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night open a season, a stadium and their defense of a world championship. They also go…

Wild falls in shootout to Predators

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Yeo doesn’t buy that the reason the Minnesota Wild has been successful recently is because the pressure’s off and players…

Bulls’ players eager for full roster to come together for playoffs

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – Tom Thibodeau went into greater detail than usual about the Bulls’ recent shortcomings after Monday’s loss to the Rockets, the first time they had dropped…

Lakers hold on to beat Nets

Lakers hold on to beat Nets

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Andrew Bynum walked into the locker room about an hour before Tuesday’s game with oversized headphones covering his ears, though the…

Masters win could proclaim Tiger Woods’ second reign

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods tied for fourth in each of the past two Masters. Last year’s came with a swing still in the…

Commentary: College coaches can’t ignore one-and-done reality

By Rick Bonnell, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some thoughts on underclassmen and the NBA draft: Mike Krzyzewski didn’t last this long as Duke coach by failing to adapt. Back…

Softball: Iowa Central tops NIACC in six innings twice

Softball: Iowa Central tops NIACC in six innings twice

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC softball showed strong defense early during both games against No. 4 Iowa Central, but lost to the Tritons in six innings twice, 9-1 and 13-4,…

Photo of the day: “Cultural Crescent” transportation modes

Photo of the day: “Cultural Crescent” transportation modes

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Today’s photo of the day comes from NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt.  It is a photo I shot in the parking lot of the Mason City…

Video: City council listening post

Mason City Council public listening post. Watch video:…

Romney ridicules Obama’s ‘Big Oil’ ad

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – WAUKESHA, Wis. — Just before President Barack Obama gave his scathing critique of the Republican Party on Tuesday, Mitt Romney sought to blunt the…

Florida is fertile ground for pro-gun laws

By Toluse Olorunnipa, McClatchy Newspapers – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., brought an avalanche of criticism directed at Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Yet…

Is the world ready for more ‘Titanic’ tears? James Cameron & Co. hope so

By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the late 1990s, a peculiar global fever broke out. Boys in Afghanistan began cutting their hair like Leonardo DiCaprio, girls…

Priest, admitted abuser, told to keep a low profile

By John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia let a pastor who admitted abusing adolescent boys at a Northeast Philadelphia parish return to limited ministry…

Trayvon Martin coverage: Republicans, many whites say ‘enough’

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A majority of Republicans say the media have gone overboard with their coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying, and 43 percent…

AARP, MidAmerican spar over nuclear bill

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – AARP Iowa leaders on Monday accused MidAmerican Energy of engaging in a campaign of misinformation aimed at confusing Iowans about legislation they claim attempts to…

80-year-old woman lands plane for dying pilot — her husband

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Flight conditions were ideal as the Cessna twin-engine plane flew through the clouds above Sturgeon Bay, Wis. There was a very…

Iowa farmers eager to roll planters as sunshine, temperatures beckon

Iowa farmers eager to roll planters as sunshine, temperatures beckon

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – With the sunshine and temperatures seeming more like May than the first week of April, Iowa farmers are anxious to start planting their 2012…

Two utilities take different paths to the top in wind

David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Xcel Energy Inc., based in Minneapolis, says it has the most wind power on its system of any U.S. electric utility. MidAmerican Energy Co., based…

Still not a woman’s world

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times: ——— Recent weeks have brought sharply different perspectives on the state of women in America today. A…

Veterans face new battles in civilian workforce

By Steve Giegerich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — George Owen sweats the normal stuff as he contemplates the next phase of his career. Like where the job will take…

Dick Polman: Embracing Obamacare

By Dick Polman, Philadelphia Inquirer – An amazing moment occurred the other day on the two-year anniversary of the health-reform law that has long been burdened by the pejorative term Obamacare.…

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