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School board ready to join Blue Zone initiative

School board ready to join Blue Zone initiative

MASON CITY – Blue Zones coordinator Angie Determan made a presentation to the Mason City School Board Monday night. This “overview” of the Blue Zones initiative explains how the city…

Plane banner calls for removal of Paterno statue

Mark Dent, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – JULIAN, Pa. – From about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a plane towing a banner that read “Take The Statue Down or We Will” flew…

Supervisors met Tuesday morning

Supervisors met Tuesday morning

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY -The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met on Tuesday morning at the courthouse. They heard a road report from County Engineer Mary Kelly.  She said…

Larger area around lake being taped off as Evansdale search continues

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – UPDATE: On the fourth day since the two girls vanished, Meyers Lake continues to drop. Authorities searching for cousins Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook,…

Retail sales fall across categories in June

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Retail sales fell in June for the third straight month, knocking down economic growth projections for the second quarter and dimming…

Pay-TV industry divided on Web strategy

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Want to watch an episode of TNT’s “The Closer” online? You have to fill out a form on TNT’s website,…

Seahawks arrested for DUI suspicion

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning in Northern California on suspicion of DUI. The arrest was made…

It’s a football score: Twins 19, Orioles 7

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — By July’s end, the Twins could trade Denard Span to a team such as the Nationals or Reds that’s looking for…

GPS device put in ‘bait money’ leads police to suspected bank robber

By Rosemary R. Sobol, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A GPS tracking device is responsible for the capture — less than a half an hour after the crime — of…

U.S. ship attacks fishing boat in Persian Gulf, killing one

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy fuel-resupply ship that had just passed through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf opened fire…

Man charged in deaths of 2 Missouri sisters

By Glenn E. Rice and Sangeeta Shastry, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Platte County, Mo., authorities Monday charged Clifford D. Miller of Trimble, Mo., with the methamphetamine-fueled slaying…

Congressional Democrats dig in on ‘fiscal cliff’ scenario

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The game of chicken over the nation’s impending “fiscal cliff” — the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts due if Congress…

After innocent man freed, inmate gets more time for ’84 killing

By Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — The innocent man wrongfully convicted of beating, raping and killing a 63-year-old Milwaukee woman in 1984 was sentenced to life in…

Alliant Energy urges energy conservation with continued hot weather

Alliant Energy urges energy conservation with continued hot weather

Utility to initiate appliance cycling across Iowa – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 17, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will…

Lee’s Junck expects digital subscriptions in “nearly all” markets by end of year

Lee’s Junck expects digital subscriptions in “nearly all” markets by end of year

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 17, 2012) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), owner of the Globe Gazette in Mason City, reported today for its third fiscal quarter ended June 24, 2012, a…

Op-ed: The bars I ran never had problems with clientele that caused trouble (by Peter Children)

We are on the downward slide of summer; I figure the 4th of July as being the pinnacle and as the pendulum moves it begins its downward slide.  We just…

Open burning ban in Cerro Gordo County now effective

MASON CITY – The State Fire Marshal’s office has issued an open burning ban in Cerro Gordo County effective at 9:30 a.m. this morning. This ban is in effect until…

In Texas, it’s attack of the grasshoppers

By Steve Campbell, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — A scourge of grasshoppers is chomping through gardens, orchards, pastures and urban landscapes across a wide swath of Texas this…

M.C. School Board discusses options for introducing new taxes

M.C. School Board discusses options for introducing new taxes

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY –  The Mason City School board Monday night held a discussion on how to break it to the public that taxes need to be…

Reminder: Neighborhood block party kits available

Mason City, IA – “Having a neighborhood block party is the best way to get to know your neighbors, your local government representatives and your community police officers,” according to…

Branstad moves to prevent the release of dangerous murderers in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decision

Branstad moves to prevent the release of dangerous murderers in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decision

Branstad commutes 38 sentences to life with a mandatory 60 years before parole possible –  (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday took action to prevent the release of…

FDA approves drug to prevent HIV infection

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — The federal government has for the first time approved a drug that can prevent an HIV infection, a significant development for…

Subprime lending on rise for autos, credit cards

Subprime lending on rise for autos, credit cards

By Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Subprime lending is gaining steam again, although lenders are still largely steering clear of subprime mortgages, the disastrous home loans that…

Yahoo names Google executive Marissa Mayer as new CEO

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Prominent Google executive Marissa Mayer will be the new CEO of Yahoo Inc., the company announced Monday…

Syria fighting intensifies in Assad stronghold Damascus

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – ANTAKYA, Turkey — Armored vehicles patrolled the streets of the Syrian capital’s historic Midan quarter. Shelling and gunfire rattled the southern Tadamon…

Iowa’s James Morris Named to Butkus Award Watch List

Iowa’s James Morris Named to Butkus Award Watch List

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior linebacker James Morris was named to the 2012 preseason Butkus Award Watch List on Monday. The Butkus Award honors the nation’s best…

ISU’s Klein, Knott Run the Table on National Awards

ISU’s Klein, Knott Run the Table on National Awards

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott are 4-4 on preseason watch lists. The Cyclone duo was named to the Butkus Award watch list this morning…

NBC, Comcast draw a line between MSNBC website, TV channel

By Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — NBC News and Comcast Corp. moved on Monday to fix brand confusion between the MSNBC 24-hour cable news show, whose ratings…

Microsoft releases touch-friendly version of Office

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new version of its Office software suite designed with its upcoming Windows 8 operating…

Retail sales fall across categories in June

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Retail sales fell in June for the third straight month, knocking down economic growth projections for the second quarter and dimming…

Bears poised for big production from receivers this season

By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — No longer will wide receiver be an afterthought in the Bears’ offense. There’s really no other way to summarize the lack of…

A look at Tuesday’s prep baseball substate finals

Jeff Johnson, CR Gazette – CLASS 1A No. 6 Lisbon (33-7) vs. No. 8 Preston (30-6) Where: Calamus When: 7 p.m. Scouting Report: These two Big East Conference clubs met…

Bulls complete Korver trade with Hawks

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – The Bulls completed the trade of Kyle Korver to the Hawks reported last Friday, however the Timberwolves dropped out of the thoroughly discussed three-team…

Vikings’ offense has better pieces

Vikings’ offense has better pieces

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – The statistical evidence is inescapable. The Vikings’ offense in 2011 was lackluster at best. And atrocious at times. During a disastrous 3-13 season,…

Bears sign Forte to four-year deal worth up to $31.5 million

By Vaughn McClure, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Matt Forte’s messy contract dispute concluded with a harmonious ending. The Pro Bowl running back officially put to rest any thoughts of…

Ray Rice and Ravens agree to five-year contract extension

By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — Less than 10 minutes before the deadline that would help decide his football future in Baltimore, a smiling Ray Rice stepped…

Second man found guilty in April farm thefts

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald – The second Glenville man who helped steal and pawn farm machinery from rural Austin pleaded guilty on Friday. Todd Duane Oakland, 46, pleaded guilty…

ESPN agrees to pay $80 million a year to broadcast Rose Bowl

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – The “Granddaddy of Them All” has hit the mother lode. ESPN has agreed to pay an average of $80 million a year to…