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Supervisors approve HealthWorks agreement with Mercy

Supervisors approve HealthWorks agreement with Mercy

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors heard a road report from County Engineer Mary Kelly.  She said work on 250th Street in the Ventura area…

ICE seeks public’s help to identify possible MN person in need

MINNEAPOLIS – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is urgently seeking the public’s help to identify the pictured individual who may need law enforcement assistance, but…

Iowa union chief applauds Obama’s decision to halt deportations

Iowa union chief applauds Obama’s decision to halt deportations

Statement by Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, President, Ken Sagar (pictured) on President Obama’s Announcement on Deferred Action for Immigrant Youth: Working families in Iowa applaud the Obama Administration’s announcement…

Large Electric Outage Affects Ames

AMES, Iowa – (June 19, 2012 – 3:30 pm) – An electric outage reported just before 3 p.m. today affected the entire city for approximately 10 minutes before power was…

Thousands flee homes as violent typhoon hits Japan

By Lars Nicolaysen – TOKYO — Typhoon Guchol assaulted parts of Japan on Tuesday with fierce winds and heavy rainfall, forcing thousands to flee their homes and disrupting transportation throughout…

Taliban attacks leave 23 dead in Afghanistan

By Jon Stephenson and Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — Twenty-three people have been killed in a spate of violence in southern Afghanistan, including civilians, policemen, insurgents, and a…

Two Charged Following Fatal Des Moines Boating Collision

DES MOINES – The operators of two boats involved in a fatal collision Sunday night on the Des Moines River have been charged with boating while intoxicated (BWI). Steven Mayo,…

Gravestone Preservation Days at Elmwood-St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery

Gravestone Preservation Days at Elmwood-St. Joseph Municipal Cemetery

MASON CITY – Elmwood-St. Joseph’s History Walk and Adopt a Section program have raised awareness of the City’s heritage contained within the Cemetery.  People participating in these activities have noticed…

Jobs for skilled workers are going unfilled

Jobs for skilled workers are going unfilled

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With more than 12.7 million Americans unemployed, companies have no trouble attracting applicants. What’s tougher for some firms is finding…

Defense companies retool for future

Defense companies retool for future

By Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — With products ranging from a 1.2-pound robot that can survive a three-story fall to penile implants for injured soldiers, Minnesota companies…

Missouri Woman Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Vandalism and Arson of Biracial Man’s Home

A Missouri woman was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for her role in the vandalism and arson of a biracial man’s home in Independence, Mo., the Department of…

Albert Lea police investigating death of baby

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – ALBERT LEA — Albert Lea police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old baby. The child reportedly died over the weekend. Albert Lea Police Chief…

S. MN sexual assault suspect changes plea

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A Spring Valley man charged in February 2010 for sexually assaulting a woman who suffers from mental disabilities has changed his plea to…

U.S. House agrees to pay Minnesota tribes $28 million

Corey Mitchell, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – WASHINGTON – Congress is moving towards repaying a multi-million dollar debt to northern Minnesota’s Indian tribes more than 100 years after the U.S. government…

Mpls. cop charged with assault; bar patron severely injured

Paul Levy, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An off-duty leader of the Minneapolis police SWAT team was charged Monday with assaulting a man at an Andover restaurant, leaving the victim hospitalized…

Mason City School Board approves student meal fee increase

Mason City School Board approves student meal fee increase

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board raised the cost of student breakfast and lunch meals by 10 cents for the next school year. …

Democrats kick-off campaign season in North Iowa

Democrats kick-off campaign season in North Iowa

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY -The Cerro Gordo County Democratic Party Headquarters held a grand opening Monday at 5:30 PM at 219 North Federal Ave. There was a potluck…

After slavery controversy, Adidas pulls shackles shoe

After slavery controversy, Adidas pulls shackles shoe

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Barraged by expressions of outrage, Adidas announced Monday evening that it’s pulling a shoe design that critics say evokes slavery.…

Cubs beat White Sox 12-3 behind 5 home runs

Cubs beat White Sox 12-3 behind 5 home runs

By Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — One was hoping to hang on to first place and one was hopelessly buried in the basement. And it seems not…

Op-ed: Is this what Jesus would do? (by Peter Children)

Other than reported home invasions, an occasional murder,  some drug busts, there isn’t much happening in River City but of course I don’t go to the North End unless I…

Sandusky defense expected to argue ex-coach had ‘histrionic personality disorder’

Sandusky defense expected to argue ex-coach had ‘histrionic personality disorder’

By Meeri Kim, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A psychologist testifying for Jerry Sandusky’s defense is expected to present a novel defense soon on behalf of the former…

Fueled by immigration, Asians are fastest-growing U.S. group

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Asian Americans are now the nation’s fastest-growing racial group, overtaking Latinos in recent years as the largest stream of new…

Phone call from family member leads to discovery of woman’s remains in Green River case

By Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — After Sandra Denise Major, 20, climbed into a truck in North Seattle almost 30 years ago, she was never heard from…

Most Americans won’t like health care ruling — whatever it is

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Save yourself the bother and just get ticked off now: A new poll shows that most people will be…

House apologizes for laws targeting Chinese immigrants

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — One hundred and thirty years after passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, the House on Monday expressed its regret for enacting…

Marco Rubio dropping election-year plan to offer alternative to DREAM Act

Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In the latest aftershock from President Barack Obama’s move to bar the deportation of some young illegal immigrants, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio…

Supreme Court backs off view requiring live testimony by crime analyst against accused

Supreme Court backs off view requiring live testimony by crime analyst against accused

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court retreated Monday from its view that a criminal defendant’s right to confront his accusers requires live trial…

Obama, Putin call for end to violence in Syria

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS CABOS, Mexico — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to the bloodshed in…

Bob Dylan returning to Rochester; Morrissey surfing to Clear Lake

Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – It might be time for Bob Dylan to get a checkup at the Mayo Clinic. Last seen in his home state on the night…

More ethanol plants might switch to isobutanol production

David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A third Minnesota ethanol plant — along with two in Iowa and one in Nebraska — might be among the next to switch production…

BRIEF: Iowa’s over-under for football regular-season wins in 2012 is ….

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Eight for Iowa, 4.5 for Iowa State. Here’s how it works. You bet in a legal sports book (Nevada is the only state that has…

Heat facing moment of truth

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Pat Riley knew this moment would come — the moment when the basketball world would be watching LeBron James in the NBA…

Microsoft mystery event to be held at Hollywood’s Milk Studios

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times – LOS ANGELES — Microsoft sent word Monday that its “major” announcement will be made at Milk Studios in Hollywood Monday afternoon. According…

Movie theaters diversify offerings beyond films

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – On a recent Saturday afternoon, a crowd of elderly patrons bought tickets to see Fabio Luisi conduct the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Wagner’s…

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson retires

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Running back LaDainian Tomlinson officially retired Monday, signing with the San Diego Chargers so he could call it a career…

Disney’s Cars Land draws big crowds

Disney’s Cars Land draws big crowds

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The opening of a 12-acre Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure Park fueled big crowds and long lines at…

Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges he lied about steroid use

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens, known as “The Rocket” for the fastball that dominated major league batters, won his most critical contest yet Monday…

Hatch: Branstad Administration should recognize funding benefits to the Iowa Food Bank

Hatch: Branstad Administration should recognize funding benefits to the Iowa Food Bank

Statement by Senator Jack Hatch, chair of Health & Human Services Budget  “The statement today by Lt. Governor Reynolds in support of the Governor vetoing $500,000 to the Food Bank…

Twins’ Morneau credits strict diet with improved game

Twins’ Morneau credits strict diet with improved game

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a sugar lover’s paradise, with big glass jars filled with…

Bosh’s injury proves positive for the Miami Heat

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – MIAMI — Chris Bosh’s lower-abdominal strain may end up being a major pain for NBA playoff teams not named the Miami Heat. It…

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