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Little Black Dress Night set for Thursday night

CLEAR LAKE – Little Black Dress Night will be held on Thursday, May 31st at The Island Bar and Grille in Clear Lake from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The…

Liriano sets the tone in Twins’ quick shutout victory over Athletics

Liriano sets the tone in Twins’ quick shutout victory over Athletics

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano admitted Wednesday that the club asked him to go to Class AAA Rochester earlier…

NBA’s worst team misses out on franchise pick by falling to No. 2 in the draft lottery

By Rick Bonnell, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats finished a single spot shy of a franchise player Wednesday night. The Bobcats will pick second in the…

King: SpaceX Dragon Launches Young Iowans’ Futures

King: SpaceX Dragon Launches Young Iowans’ Futures

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement today prior to the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft’s return to Earth later tonight. Before the SpaceX Dragon took off, student groups from…

Bad for your computer: Ransomware attempts to extort money from you

Bad for your computer: Ransomware attempts to extort money from you

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has been made aware of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware, named Reveton. The ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download website,…

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Man with an Axe Handle

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 47-year-old Red Lake man pleaded guilty to assaulting a Grand Rapids man with an axe handle. Joseph William Howard, Jr. pleaded guilty to one…

Federer breaks record for match wins in Grand Slam events

By Bill Scott – PARIS — Roger Federer uncharacteristically let two match points slip away in a tiebreaker but cracked the whip in the ensuing set to notch another tennis…

Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is coming to Cerro Gordo County

Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is coming to Cerro Gordo County

MASON CITY, Iowa – May 29, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is constantly working to keep trees away from power lines, and soon, the team is coming…

Expert: Iowa City landfill fire large, challenging

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – The size and type of the fire at the Iowa City landfill make it especially difficult to deal with, according to a…

Iowa City landfill fire may bring operations changes statewide

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – The fire at Iowa City’s landfill may bring changes at other landfills in the state. “We’re probably going to ask these questions,” said Alex Moon,…

Iowa corn checkoff referendum set for July 10

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Iowa corn producers will be asked in July to decide whether they want to increase a per-bushel checkoff that raises money for research, promotion, market…

Former state representative named Iowa’s drug ‘czar’

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Iowa has a new drug “czar.” He’s Steve Lukan, 32, a five-term member of the Iowa House of Representatives who resigned his District 32 seat…

Planned Parenthood endorses Obama, calls Romney ‘wrong for women’

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a $1.4 million ad campaign Wednesday attacking Mitt Romney as “just wrong for women,”…

Op-ed: Bookmeyer cares little or nothing about other people (by Peter Children)

Well……I’m not going to beat a dead horse here.  Everyone is quite aware of my position in these matters, it’s all been said before….but before I move on I want…

The time for ignoring Mason City’s real problems has long passed

The time for ignoring Mason City’s real problems has long passed

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – This mayor, council and administrator continue to ignore the real problems in Mason City and make new ones, and people are taking notice. Case in…

Spurs make it two in a row against Thunder

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nasty worked for the San Antonio Spurs. So did cutesy. There was Manu Ginobili midway through the third quarter…

Spurs show their flip side with more finesse, less nasty in 120-111 win

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nasty worked for the San Antonio Spurs. So did cutesy. There was Manu Ginobili midway through the third quarter…

Branstad names Steve Lukan as Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today named state Rep. Steve Lukan (R-New Vienna) as the new Director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy. Lukan replaces Mark Schouten, who…

Obit: Dixie Y. Schaer, 75

Obit: Dixie Y. Schaer, 75

Dixie Y. Schaer, 75 of 912 Fillmore Ave, Mason City, died Monday May 28, 2012 at Heritage Care Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm…

Preventing prison rape

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times: Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003 hoping to contain a national epidemic. Nearly a…

The Golden Gate Bridge’s fatal flaw

By John Bateson, Los Angeles Times – As San Francisco hosts a citywide birthday party for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary, one thing that won’t be celebrated is the fact…

Alleged sex offender faces up to 160 years in prison on 16 counts of child porn

Robert Stanton, Houston Chronicle – A Houston man faces up to 160 years in prison if he is convicted of 16 counts of possession of child pornography, a Harris County prosecutor…

Time to put brakes on domestic spying

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Americans who pick up the phone to call overseas have no way of knowing whether they’re on the modern-day…

Few details on death of pregnant Iowa woman

Mark Newman, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – AGENCY — Authorities are being cautious in releasing information as they continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred southwest of Agency. Lisa Techel, 23, …

New Hawkeye golf complex to open in February

Matt Levins, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa men’s golf team has become one of the elite programs in the nation in Mark Hankins’…

Wal-Mart runs ads to lure Best Buy store shoppers

Wal-Mart runs ads to lure Best Buy store shoppers

By Thomas Lee, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy Co. Inc.’s plans to close 50 big-box stores by the end of the year is creating, at least temporarily, a…

Iowa banks post strong asset quality improvement in 1st quarter

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Iowa banks and savings institutions recorded strong improvement in the quality of their assets in the first quarter of 2012, according to data provided…

Celtics hobbled sharpshooter Ray Allen hopes to locate missing shot

By Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — When Ray Allen, arguably the purest shooter in NBA history, misses 6-of-7 shots, including 4-of-7 free throws and 3-of-4 from three-point land as…

Less ‘hero ball’ equates to more offense for Miami Heat

By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — Dwyane Wade was known as “The Flash,” until deciding to drop the nickname before last season. Wade thought it was time to move…

Corn emerges ahead of schedule, dry soil threatens soybeans

Corn emerges ahead of schedule, dry soil threatens soybeans

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Iowa’s corn crop has emerged ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop progress report, but a lack of rainfall…

Fans appreciate Cubs’ Soriano’s recent play

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – The left field bleacher bums gave Alfonso Soriano the Andre Dawson “salaam” treatment Tuesday after booing him for most of April. “They know I’m working…

Grassley: Wind power tax credit renewal unlikely until after election

Grassley: Wind power tax credit renewal unlikely until after election

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – WEST BRANCH — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told employees at the Acciona Windpower wind turbine plant here that Congress will probably renew a key tax…

Cedar Rapids man who tried to jump over courthouse railing gets 10-year sentence

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A man who attempted to jump over the railing on the top floor of the Linn County Courthouse after being convicted for kidnapping a woman…