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Parker and Okafor headline Under-17 national basketball team

By Ian McCue, The Gazette – Even when more than 1,000 miles from home and sharing a court with the top high school players in the nation, it doesn’t take…

Democratic Party Headquarters Grand Opening Set for Today

Democratic Party Headquarters Grand Opening Set for Today

MASON CITY -The Cerro Gordo County Democratic Party Headquarters will hold a grand opening today at 5:30 PM at 219 North Federal Ave.  The party said today that everyone is…

In jail calls, Zimmerman tells wife how to move around money

By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — In a half-dozen phone calls between a locked-up George Zimmerman and his wife, the couple talk about…

Mason City schools looking to increase student meal fees; Micich contract to be discussed

Mason City schools looking to increase student meal fees; Micich contract to be discussed

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board and Superintendent Anita Micich will be meeting Monday afternoon. Among the items on the agenda is a student…

Alleged drug dealer nabbed with handgun in cultural crescent

Alleged drug dealer nabbed with handgun in cultural crescent

MASON CITY – Mason City police were called to the 000 block of South Delaware Ave. shortly before 2 AM Sunday morning on a report of a large crowd gathering…

Men Sentenced for Assault

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two McLaughlin, South Dakota men charged with simple assault and assault by striking, beating and wounding were sentenced on June 14, 2012,…

3 reasons not to refinance at extra-low rates

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Be on guard against those low, low mortgage rates — you may end up spending more by refinancing than if…

Log cabin dedicated at Hanlontown’s Sundown Days celebration

Log cabin dedicated at Hanlontown’s Sundown Days celebration

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – HANLONTOWN, IA – Hanlontown celebrated the annual “Sundown Days” Saturday.  The celebration coincides with the sun set on the railroad tracks making them…

Possible record highs temps today in North Iowa; take caution

DES MOINES – The National Weather Service in Des Moines is warning of possible record high temps throughout the North Iowa region. Temps could reach heat indexes of 95 to…

Insurer’s effort at price transparency raises hospitals’ concerns

By Jim Doyle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — The purpose of United Healthcare’s new online medical cost estimator seems simple enough: to provide data its plan participants can…

Familiar Names in the Winners Circle at I-35 Speedway Sunday Night

Familiar Names in the Winners Circle at I-35 Speedway Sunday Night

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – It was a quick, smooth Sunday night at the races. Very few accidents or cautions, so the night was an…

Op-ed: Values: What do they mean? (by Peter Children)

Values: What do they mean?  First you must define the word itself.  The dictionary tells us it means a “fair return” when considering monetary matters. “Something as principle or matters…

Photo of the day: “Piggy Sue”

Photo of the day: “Piggy Sue”

Photo of the day submitted by an NIT reader:  “I took this photo southwest of Mason City on Indigo Ave on my way home and noticed the pot belly pig…

On The Money: Save on summer cooling costs

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The heat is on again. And with it, the battle to keep a home cooling costs in line. The summer months can exact…

High cropland prices sow fortune and worry

Star Tribune, Minneapolis LAKE CRYSTAL, MINN. Mick Schmiesing strides into the local rec center in a plaid shirt, Massey Ferguson tractor cap and old tennis shoes. It’s auction day, and…

Tom Vilsack: City boy, Iowa pol, Cabinet secretary

Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – WASHINGTON — Host two conference calls, attend a Cabinet meeting, provide a mad cow disease update on a national television news program, visit an agricultural…

Defense in Sandusky case prepares to tell his side of the story

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Beginning Monday, the 12 people who will decide former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s fate will hear his side of the…

Egypt starts counting votes as military expands powers

Egypt starts counting votes as military expands powers

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — As Egyptians began tallying votes in their presidential runoff election Sunday night, the ruling military council expanded its control over the country…

Sandusky believed to be undergoing psychiatric evaluation

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky left his house for several hours Sunday afternoon with attorney Karl Rominger, who may have been taking him for…

What investigators found inside Whitey Bulger’s home

By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When the FBI arrested Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger last June, officials documented the contents of his Santa Monica, Calif.,…

Cruise, Sandler lose out to ‘Madagascar 3’

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two A-list stars failed to attract moviegoers to the box office this weekend, as a musical featuring Tom Cruise and a…

Polls: Public’s opinions on Zimmerman shifting

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most…

Fed rebel Charles Evans preaches bold moves to fix economy

By Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Charles Evans believes the nation’s unemployment rate is unacceptably high, and he has a plan to get Americans back to work. In an…

Arctic drilling could contribute to US oil resurgence

Arctic drilling could contribute to US oil resurgence

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — During the last year, some 400 workers at a shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island have been installing new diesel engines, welding bulkheads,…

Romney blasts Obama for bypassing Congress on immigration

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faulted President Barack Obama on Sunday for bypassing Congress to shield about 800,000 young illegal immigrants…

‘Falling Skies’ picks up pieces of first season

‘Falling Skies’ picks up pieces of first season

By David Martindale, McClatchy Newspapers – Noah Wyle experienced an “ER” flashback while filming the season premiere of “Falling Skies.” Early in the return episode of TNT’s alien-invasion drama, his…

TV picks for the week of June 18-24

By Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman – —Monday “The Glass House” 9 p.m., ABC: The most exciting thing about this alleged “Big Brother” ripoff is whether it will air in spite…

Runnin with the Law Triathlon held Saturday (updated with results)

Runnin with the Law Triathlon held Saturday (updated with results)

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department held its 4th Annual “Runnin with the Law” Triathlon on Saturday, June 16 at the Family Aquatic Center on Birch Drive. The…

Young adults can face legal consequences when they date a minor

Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J. Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked…

‘Booty bikers’ provoke admiration, disgust at Madison’s Naked Bike Ride

Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal – Some wore cowboy hats or bathing suits, others were decked out in body paint, and some wore only smiles Saturday as Madison’s third annual…

Cubs baffled by Red Sox lefty Morales again in loss

Cubs baffled by Red Sox lefty Morales again in loss

By Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Cubs are feeling a little more left out than usual this season, and we’re not talking about the postseason. They have…

Rockwell man injured Sunday while riding motorcycle

MITCHELL, IOWA – A Rockwell man was injured Sunday afternoon while riding his motorcycle. Julius Harig, 66, was riding his 2002 Harley Davidson Sunday at about 2 PM in Mitchell,…