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MCFD responded to small fire at LD’s Thursday

MCFD responded to small fire at LD’s Thursday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 10:30 am, Thursday, the Mason City Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at LD’s Filling Station…

Settlement proposed in Alliant’s natural gas rate increase request

Settlement proposed in Alliant’s natural gas rate increase request

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – August 16, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) and…

Beware: City Hall will rollover and play dead after sanitation department is privatized

Beware: City Hall will rollover and play dead after sanitation department is privatized

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – A story in the Ottumwa Courier caught my eye today. As Mason City’s City Hall pursues the privatization of its sanitation department, another similarly-sized city…

Decorah opens at No. 1, Charles City No. 9 in cross country rankings

Jeff Linder, CR Gazette – Defending Class 2A state champion Monticello and 2011 3A runner-up Decorah are ranked No. 1 in their respective classes in the Iowa Association of Track…

Staff at Iowa high school have eyes opened about bullying

Jermaine Pigee, The Hawk Eye – A short teenager with braces and thick glasses stuttered slightly when he asked Jim Jelinske, his guidance counselor, to stay in his office. Jelinske…

Dome, Sweet Dome

K.J. Pilcher, CR Gazette – Open in the Dome. Close in the Dome. The latter is a dream, but the former is a reality for the Central City football team.…

Man Faces Voyeurism, Child Porn Charges

David Owens, The Hartford Courant – A Windham man is to be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court in Rockville on voyeurism and child pornography possession charges. Jacob A. Harper, 30,…

Santorum returns to Ohio to stump for former rival Romney

By Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum told an Akron crowd his enthusiasm for Mitt Romney has grown in recent weeks…

Construction underway on $345 million emissions reduction project at Ottumwa Generating Station

State and local leaders join owners for groundbreaking of emissions reduction technology projects Ottumwa, Iowa – August 16, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company,…

Village ex-official to be charged with inflating salary to $472,000

By Joseph Ryan and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Two years ago, Roy McCampbell said in a Chicago Tribune investigation that he earned every penny of his $472,000…

Attack on Pakistan base raises fear about nuclear arsenal

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A militant raid early Thursday on a northern Pakistan air force base with suspected links to the country’s nuclear weapons…

Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Ecuador said Thursday it would grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the controversial founder of the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks website who has…

7 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed in restive Kandahar province on Thursday, killing seven American troops and four Afghans, U.S.…

Analysis: Paul Ryan unfazed by spotlight’s glare

Analysis: Paul Ryan unfazed by spotlight’s glare

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – OXFORD, Ohio — He can rouse large crowds to giddiness, ascend private jets two steps at a time, and catch a baseball with…

FAMU moves to settle Champion hazing lawsuit

By Denise-Marie Ordway, The Orlando Sentinel – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Trustees at Florida A&M University asked their attorney Thursday to try negotiating a settlement with the family of drum major…

Gunmen kill 19 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan bus attack

By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Militants flagged down a bus in northern Pakistan on Thursday and shot to death at least 19…

Iowa police officer saves baby left in hot car; mother charged

Iowa police officer saves baby left in hot car; mother charged

From Waterloo police: “On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 12:30 PM, Officer Adam Galbraith stopped in the 800 block of W.2nd Street to investigate an illegally parked car. When…

Rockford man gets deferred judgment in burglary case

Rockford man gets deferred judgment in burglary case

MASON CITY – A Rockford man has received a deferred judgment and probation as part of a voluntary negotiated plea agreement in a burglary case. On March 21st Cerro Gordo…

Mason City man gets 10 year sentence for Merle Norman Cosmetics robbery

Mason City man gets 10 year sentence for Merle Norman Cosmetics robbery

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, August 14th, 34-year-old Joshua Kelly Winders received up to 10 years in prison during sentencing on an amended 1st degree theft charge. Originally Winders had…

Cornhuskers figure to show their class: No. 14 Nebraska

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times – Nebraska’s Big Ten Conference indoctrination last year at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium was more like a boot camp. The Badgers kicked the stuffing…

Op-ed: Anything news is newsworthy

Op-Ed by OneEyed – Anything news is newsworthy. To Everybody who is bitching about what is considered “newsworthy!” (If you find my language offensive, then perhaps you should stay away…

Obama says GOP plan would ‘end Medicare as we know it’

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – DUBUQUE, Iowa — President Barack Obama defended his Medicare reforms Wednesday as improvements that didn’t affect benefits for seniors “by a dime.” Countering a…

Packers’ offensive line is built to last

Packers’ offensive line is built to last

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — At some point this season or next, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson will reward MVP quarterback Aaron…

New demands prompt resignation, walkout at college newspaper

By Alexis Stevens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — The editor in chief of the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia resigned Wednesday during a walkout involving several staff…

Georgia Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Other Officers to Assault and Injure Inmates

Darren Douglass-Griffin, 35, a former member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Macon State Prison (MSP) in Oglethorpe, Ga., pleaded guilty to a two-count bill of information charging…

Bears now can reach for the sky in red-zone receiving game

By Vaughn McClure, Chicago Tribune – BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It’s hard for Jay Cutler not to salivate over red-zone scoring potential with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the field…

In swing states, economies mostly looking up

By Douglas Hanks, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — In a state President Barack Obama needs to win, the incumbent should be pleased by the sales report from Tom Sarach’s staffing…

Body parts found in Michigan sewer line

By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press – STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Authorities said what appear to be human body parts were found Wednesday in a sanitary sewer inceptor line in Sterling…

White House race gets ugly, risking voters’ disgust

By Lesley Clark and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – DUBUQUE, Iowa — Americans already hate politics, and the latest ugly spat between the presidential candidates is likely to sour them even…

New 76er Andrew Bynum receives hero’s welcome in Philadelphia

By John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — At least 10 minutes before new 76ers center Andrew Bynum strode into the atrium of the National Constitution Center, the…

Brewers swept out of Denver

By Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – DENVER — Done in by poor starts each of the previous two nights, the Milwaukee Brewers returned to a painfully familiar script Wednesday…

Brewers give slumping Braun a rest

By Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – DENVER — For the first time since he became manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, Ron Roenicke gave Ryan Braun the day off because…

Rock band asks Romney campaign to stop using its song

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Another political candidate is getting a cease-and-desist order from another rock act over the unauthorized use of a song during an…

Medicare comes front and center in campaign

By Michael Finnegan and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over the future of Medicare on Wednesday in a battle to…

Tip helps Waterloo police catch man who enticed 12 year old girl

Tip helps Waterloo police catch man who enticed 12 year old girl

From Waterloo police: In July 2012, Waterloo Police received a report from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Cybertipline. The tip stated that inappropriate content had been discovered on a social…

Computer scam threatens users with criminal charges for child porn viewing

Computer scam threatens users with criminal charges for child porn viewing

From the FBI: There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI. “We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna…

Seven People Indicted for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed yesterday charged seven individuals with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Heriberto Sanchez, age 24; Musaaleh Waheed Muhammad,…

Suspect’s jailhouse poem will be evidence in upcoming trial

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Will County, Ill., jury in the upcoming trial of Christopher Vaughn will hear evidence about a coded poem he wrote while jailed…

Obit: Ruth “Gerry” Geraldine Knoop, 89

Obit: Ruth “Gerry” Geraldine Knoop, 89

Ruth “Gerry” Geraldine Knoop, 89, of Marble Rock, IA died on August 13, 2012 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home in Rockwell, IA.  Online condolences may be left at www.Fullertonfh.com.…

Thirteen Individuals Indicted for Drug Trafficking in Minnesota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that 13 individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury for drug conspiracy and distribution offenses alleged to have occurred in Jackson…

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