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Softball: Marshalltown overpowers NIACC

Softball:  Marshalltown overpowers NIACC

MASON CITY, Iowa – Marshalltown Community College knocked out 10 homeruns to complete the season sweep of the NIACC softball team with 17-3, 12-1 wins, both in five innings, over…

St. Paul man hurled 4-pound dog against parked car, charges say

A man is accused of throwing his wife’s dog, which weighs less than 4 pounds, repeatedly against a parked car in St. Paul. Police found the woman cradling the Yorkshire…

Oops: Maplewood, MN leader forwards ‘shocking’ email to reporter

Sarah Horner, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A Maplewood City Council member forwarded an email this week with a subject line “Muslim’s” that contained pictures of topless women and a…

Viking Caleb King beat man after being teased, sheriff’s office says

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was arrested Saturday, April 28, after he allegedly sent a man to the hospital with a “substantial…

Analysis: After sensational start to John Edwards trial, an uphill push for prosecutors

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – Jurors in the federal criminal trial of John Edwards were clearly not given a primer on the intricacies of the campaign finance laws he…

One dead, 100 injured when wind hits beer garden

By Jennifer Mann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Strong, sudden winds blew over a tent Saturday afternoon outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis, injuring about 100 people, at least four critically.…

WGolf: NIACC’s Smith, Eckenrod qualify for NJCAAs

WGolf: NIACC’s Smith, Eckenrod qualify for NJCAAs

ANKENY, Iowa – Freshmen Mikayla Smith (Mason City, IA) and Alexandria Eckenrod (Mason City, IA) have reserved spots at the NJCAA National Women’s Golf Championships after placing second and fifth…

SWAT team blows up bunker, finds body believed to be survivalist

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After surrounding an underground bunker in Washingon state for almost a day, King County SWAT officers used explosives Saturday to…

After Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida still a many-headed threat

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A year ago, U.S. Navy SEALs slipped into a heavily fortified compound in Pakistan and killed the face of international terrorism. There…

Military to show Guantanamo proceedings at 4 U.S. bases

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Firefighters and cops who raced to the burning trade World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, will watch in one room…

Bus tour makes “wonderful” stop in Mason City

Bus tour makes “wonderful” stop in Mason City

MASON CITY – A private bus tour made a stop in Mason City on Saturday to take in the best the city has to offer. The tour was sponsored by…

Heat and Knicks gets physical in a hurry

Heat and Knicks gets physical in a hurry

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Saturday was the first postseason game between the Heat and Knicks in 12 years, but it didn’t take long to rekindle the…

Isner seems likely to make U.S. tennis team for this summer’s London Games

By Kathleen Nelson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Like most 10-year-old athletic hopefuls, John Isner had his heroes. Among them was Andre Agassi, and Isner watched in 1996 when Agassi captured…

Drake Relays: Saturday’s results

Jeff Linder, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Results for high school events at Saturday’s session of the Drake Relays: BOYS 3,200 relay — 1. Indianola (Schulze, Arndt, Gorsche, Krpan),…

One horrific play, and Derrick Rose’s season is over; Bulls win

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — After reaching all those dizzying heights and unfurling countless acrobatic moves in his first three spectacular seasons, Derrick Rose’s fourth ended with…

Ash bore posing danger to lilac bushes

Ash bore posing danger to lilac bushes

MASON CITY – The 279 lilac bushes planted along 19th Street SE are slowly being killed by the ash/lilac bore. So far, only 12 of the bushes have died. Neighborhood…

Steckman: No “closer to resolving the budget issues”

Steckman: No “closer to resolving the budget issues”

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – We just finished up our second week of overtime and don’t seem to be any closer to resolving the budget issues. We know regardless of…

Criminal charges won’t be filed against border agent who shot 15-year-old

By Steve Padilla, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Criminal charges will not be filed against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy…

Ragan: Still time to do more for economic growth

Ragan: Still time to do more for economic growth

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – Doing more to create jobs for Iowans and grow our state’s economy is still my top priority as the 2012 session winds down. I hope…

Iowa baseball loses to Minnesota, 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota scored a game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth and won the game on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to rally and beat the Iowa…

Op-ed: Eric dreams of TIF (by Peter Children)

Eric and his psychedelic induced council are secretly searching for ways to use TIF money to fund his wet dream of a double rink hockey center without taking it to…

The patient as customer

By Karen Garloch, McClatchy Newspapers – When buying a new car or TV, most consumers shop around and compare prices. But when it comes to medical care, cost is often…

Fix Social Security, now

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times: ——— The Social Security trustees projected this week that funding for retirement benefits will run short in…

Failed assassination try in Afghanistan leaves 4 dead

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — Turban bombs had become too obvious. So the two men who apparently set out Saturday to assassinate Kandahar’s governor looked to…

Iowa tries to keep privacy laws current in digital age

Iowa tries to keep privacy laws current in digital age

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – Someone taking pictures of a woman partially nude in a bathroom is charged with invasion of privacy. Someone who picks up a 15-year-old girl’s cellphone…

Capitol Digest, 4-27-2012

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol items of interest for Friday, April 27, 2012: FRIEND OF THE COURT: Gov. Terry Branstad has filed an amicus…

‘Desperate Housewives’ hopes to go out the way it came in

By Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LOS ANGELES — Ask Teri Hatcher to select her favorite moment from eight seasons of “Desperate Housewives,” and she’ll most likely reminisce about the…

Baseball rankings

By Larry Stone, The Seattle Times – Larry Stone’s MLB power rankings Last week’s rankings in parentheses Team 1       Rangers (1)     Every conscientious manager feels need to warn young players…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – THE AVENGERS (PG-13): This is the one you’ve been waiting for — and the one that carries the future of Marvel Films with it. Iron…

Lending for small businesses is on the rise

By Andrew Dunn, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Pue family business lives by its line of credit. Air compressors need to be bought and sold, stacks of metal wires…

Auto review: Nissan Juke lovable in spite of looks

By Larry Printz, The Virginian-Pilot – You might call Nissan’s newest trucklet, the 2012 Nissan Juke, ugly. Or the Nissan Joke. Really. As I first sized up the Juke, thoughts flooded…

Trial date slated for Iowa man accused of texting during break-in

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Authorities said a Columbus Junction man sent a text message to another person, indicating he was inside someone’s home taking a laptop…

Elmwood – St. Joseph Cemetery seeks Sentry volunteers

Elmwood – St. Joseph Cemetery seeks Sentry volunteers

MASON CITY – An informational meeting about the Elmwood-St. Joseph’s Cemetery Sentry Program will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Cemetery office at 1224 S.…

The Week Ahead: Spring bloom may fade for job market

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – Baseball fans know not to get too excited if their team wins a lot of games in the spring. Athletes are healed and fresh…

Proposed improvements on Iowa 14 in Grundy County to be discussed May 10

Proposed improvements on Iowa 14 in Grundy County to be discussed May 10

AMES, Iowa – April 26, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, May 10, to discuss proposed improvements to Iowa 14 from 0.3…

Weed Control at City Owned Downtown Parking Lots in Mason City

Pending favorable weather conditions, the City of Mason City will be treating the city owned parking lots in the downtown area for weed control on Monday, April 30, 2012. Residents…