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Harkin: Obama did “the courageous thing”

Harkin: Obama did “the courageous thing”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement on marriage equality in response to the President’s announcement yesterday.  An audio recording of Senator Harkin’s comments on the…

Grassley: “I support traditional marriage”

Grassley: “I support traditional marriage”

Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, made the following comment regarding President Obama’s announcement today that he supports same-sex marriage. “I support traditional marriage.  I…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Congress Must Act on “To-Do List”

Obama’s Weekly Address: Congress Must Act on “To-Do List”

In this week’s address, President Obama called on Democrats and Republicans to come together and act on his Congressional “to-do list,” which will create jobs and help restore middle class…

Diamond shines again for Twins

Diamond shines again for Twins

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins lefthander Scott Diamond takes his lumps well. Diamond on Sunday carved up another opponent as he led…

Ready or not, Lakers set for series opener with motivated Thunder

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers-Oklahoma City Thunder series was already going to be rollicking, a classic case of young vs. old. Then…

Kuchar wins The Players Championship by 2 strokes

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Kuchar never needs much of a reason to smile. On Sunday he gave himself one of the best:…

Garnet defies his years

By John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BOSTON — This quick jump to the second round of the playoffs was supposed be problematic for a guy like Boston’s Kevin Garnett,…

Braves complete sweep of Cardinals

Braves complete sweep of Cardinals

By Carroll Rogers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ST. LOUIS — What was supposed to be a challenging, three-city trip through Denver, Chicago and St. Louis turned out to be a joyride…

Eight runs enough as Cubs avoid sweep in Milwaukee

Eight runs enough as Cubs avoid sweep in Milwaukee

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – MILWAUKEE — Cubs manager Dale Sveum hasn’t had any luck against his former team, dropping five of the first six games against the Brewers heading…

64-year-old Austin, MN man to serve 7.5 years in prison for sex crimes

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 64-year-old Austin man accused of molesting an underage girl over the last eight years was sentenced Thursday to seven and a half years in…

Bartz: “This session has been unique”

From Senator Merlin Bartz: By the time you read this, the probability is that the 2012 Iowa Legislative Session will have adjourned and I will finally be able to finish…

Jurors describe how they reached guilty verdict in Hudson family killings

By Jason Meisner And Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Eighty-three witnesses. More than 500 pieces of evidence. But a largely circumstantial case. That’s what the 12 jurors deciding…

Op-ed: GOP attempt to woo Latinos won’t work

By Chris Zepeda-Millan – Republicans are busy promoting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio because they know they have a big problem courting Latinos, a voting bloc that Time magazine recently predicted could…

LegalZoom.com files to raise up to $120 million in IPO

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — LegalZoom.com Inc., an online provider of legal services for consumers and small businesses, has filed to raise as much as…

Senior Afghan peace negotiator shot dead in Kabul

By Hares Kakar – KABUL — Gunmen killed a senior peace negotiator and former Taliban leader in the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday, officials said. Arsala Rahmani, a member of the…

Jimmie Johnson gives Hendrick Motorsports its 200th win

Jimmie Johnson gives Hendrick Motorsports its 200th win

By Jim Utter, McClatchy Newspapers – DARLINGTON, S.C. — One big win to cap 200 special memories. Jimmie Johnson held off Denny Hamlin to win Saturday night’s Southern 500 at…

Bob Ford: Age on Celtics’ side in Game 1

Bob Ford: Age on Celtics’ side in Game 1

By Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BOSTON — It was only the first act of a show that seems headed for a long run, but the first game of…

LeBron earns another MVP award, and teammates’ admiration

LeBron earns another MVP award, and teammates’ admiration

By Barry Jackson, McClatchy Newspapers – There has been uninterrupted excellence from LeBron James all season, culminating in Saturday’s NBA MVP Award. But do you know what else there has…

Local police take wanted felon off the streets

Local police take wanted felon off the streets

Shortly before 12:30pm Friday wanted fugitive Norris Odell Hughes JR, age 26, was captured when members of law enforcement from Mason City Police Department and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department…

Shriner’s circus continues through Sunday

Shriner’s circus continues through Sunday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The 2012 North Iowa Shrine Club Circus Spectacular is in Mason City at the All Seasons Building at the North…

Lakers finally eliminate Nuggets, but it wasn’t easy

Lakers finally eliminate Nuggets, but it wasn’t easy

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—Bring on Oklahoma City? The Los Angeles Lakers lolled and lurched against the Denver Nuggets before finally prevailing in Game 7, 96-87,…

Leon Durham doesn’t think much of error in 1984 playoffs

By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune – Bill Buckner and Leon Durham gave the Cubs solid first basemen from 1977-87, when this reporter spent some time covering the team as the…

Winnebago Industries Earns Safety Awards

Winnebago Industries Earns Safety Awards

FOREST CITY, IA, May 10, 2012 – Winnebago Industries, Inc.’s (NYSE: WGO) Forest City and Charles City locations recently received safety awards from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC) at the…

Op-ed: When it comes to hockey rinks, sometimes the money just isn’t there (by Peter Children)

Our Mall has gone “belly up” which is not at all unusual.  Just walking through it you can’t help but notice a lot of empty space.  Add to that a…

Twins baseball camp held Saturday in Mason City

Twins baseball camp held Saturday in Mason City

MASON CITY – Mason City Park and Recreation hosted a Twins Baseball camp Saturday at Muse Norris baseball complex. The Twins Baseball organization conducted the camp for kids 6-16 years…

Food Safety Course Offered through Health Department

Food Safety Course Offered through Health Department

(Mason City, Iowa) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will offer a ServSafe Certification class from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in…

Obit: Marjorie (Margie) Anne Johnson, 71

Obit: Marjorie (Margie) Anne Johnson, 71

Marjorie (Margie) Anne Johnson, 71, of 809 S. Polk, Mason City, IA , passed away Friday May 11, 2012 at the Rockwell Nursing Home in Rockwell, Iowa. Funeral Services will…

Lane restrictions on southbound I-380 near Waterloo begin May 14

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – May 7, 2012 – Road construction work on southbound Interstate 380 will require motorists to share the roadway with opposing traffic on northbound I-380 from the…

Brewers slam the Cubs

By Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — When the Chicago Cubs opted to load the bases by intentionally walking Travis Ishikawa to get to Edwin Maysonet, the Milwaukee…

Safety measures taken for F-22 jets

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped…

GOP candidates from N.C. back down from questioning Obama’s birthplace

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — After questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birthplace, North Carolina congressional candidate Richard Hudson now says he’s willing to give the…

The cost of California’s death penalty

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a one-month span from December 2005 to January 2006, California carried out its last two executions, administering lethal…

Union’s pension plan targeted for criminal probe

By Judy Thomas, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers’ pension and benefit plans, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.…

New plant identification guide available at Lime Creek

New plant identification guide available at Lime Creek

MASON CITY – The Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) staff of the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board has recently completed a native prairie plant identification guide that contains photos and…

Romney courts evangelicals’ favor in speech at Liberty University

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – LYNCHBURG, Va. — Mitt Romney, needing badly to stir momentum among skeptical evangelical Christians vital to his presidential hopes, told a polite audience Saturday at…

As Europe’s economic outlook darkens, US risks grow

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Most economists don’t expect Europe’s debt problems to sink the sluggish U.S. economic recovery, but clearly Europe has sent new headwinds our…

Obit: Maynard Swancutt, 76

Obit: Maynard Swancutt, 76

Maynard F. Swancutt, 76, formerly of Riceville and Charles City, Iowa, died Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Avalon Southwest Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, Memorial services will be held at 10:30…

Ragan: Education budget boosts key job creation efforts

Ragan: Education budget boosts key job creation efforts

From Sen. Amanda Ragan: Education budget boosts key job creation efforts In the last days of the 2012 session, the Legislature approved a bipartisan compromise on the state’s Education Budget…

Spring clean-up to be held in Mason City

City of Mason City Sanitation customers are advised the city will be conducting Spring Clean-Up Days the week of June 4 through June 8.  During this week, customers are allowed…

Two NATO soldiers killed by men in Afghan police uniforms in latest ‘green-on-blue’ attack

By Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Two members of the U.S.-led coalition were killed Saturday when two men wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire on them at an…

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