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Mason City teen reported missing on Monday

Mason City teen reported missing on Monday

MASON CITY – A teen has been reported missing Monday. Mariah Mahaney, age 15, was reported missing to the Mason City Police Department (641-421-3636), in Mason City on October 15th,…

Frederiksen in State Custody, Faces Initial Appearance

Frederiksen in State Custody, Faces Initial Appearance

Charles City, IOWA — Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents have taken Casey Frederiksen into state custody. Frederiksen, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the…

Change order for additional $12,800 submitted to city for demolition of building

Change order for additional $12,800 submitted to city for demolition of building

MASON CITY – An unexpected basement found beneath a building being demolished in Mason City will cost the city thousands of extra dollars to have removed. According to a city…

Open burning ban lifted in Cerro Gordo county; caution still advised

Open burning ban lifted in Cerro Gordo county; caution still advised

MASON CITY – The Fire Chiefs of the fire departments in Cerro Gordo County requested the State Fire Marshal’s Office to lift the ban on open burning currently in effect…

UPDATE: Missing Mason City man returns home

UPDATE: Missing Mason City man returns home

MASON CITY – UPDATE: A Mason City man who was reported missing since Friday has returned home. Alonzo Higgins, age 21, was reported missing to the Mason City Police Department…

Moms say coach bullied their daughters, said “It’s all about winning”

Moms say coach bullied their daughters, said “It’s all about winning”

by Matt Marquardt – NORA SPRINGS – Two North Iowa women are furious over the treatment of their daughters by an 8th grade volleyball coach. The mothers, Melissa Holding-Thomas of…

Today’s cartoons: October 14th, 2012

Today’s cartoons: October 14th, 2012

Political cartoons for readers to enjoy and discuss.  Click each cartoon to view larger.    …

Meyer, Hitchens earn football honors

Meyer, Hitchens earn football honors

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior PK Mike Meyer and junior LB Anthony Hitchens have earned national recognition for their play in Iowa’s 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan…

Branstad, Reynolds issue statement on the passing of state Senator Pat Ward

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statements today upon learning of the passing of state Sen. Pat Ward: “I was with shock…

Work Release Escapee Apprehended – Nikolas Saul

Work Release Escapee Apprehended – Nikolas Saul

Nikolas Saul, who escaped from work release placement on October 6, 2012 was apprehended on Friday, October 12, 2012 and is in the Woodbury County Jail.…

Burn ban lifted for Franklin and Winnebago counties; still set in Cerro Gordo

DES MOINES – A burn ban that was set in Franklin county on July 17th was lifted on Monday at 10AM by Steve O’Neil, Emergency Management Coordinator in Franklin County. …

Mason City Blue Zones initiative currently 76% over budget

Mason City Blue Zones initiative currently 76% over budget

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – According to a City Hall memo, The Mason City Blue Zones Initiative is 76.92% over budget at this time. In a department budget…

Iowa football — The art of sawing wood

Iowa football — The art of sawing wood

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Iowa and Michigan State get together, it’s as grunty as Big Ten football gets and there’s usually a body count.…

Alleged sex with goat leads to animal cruelty charge

Joseph Lindberg, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A report of a dead goat, a condom and hair gel on a Grant Township farm in early August prompted authorities to use…

5 British troops charged with murder in Afghan incident

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in an allegedly unlawful death in Afghanistan last year, defense officials said Sunday, marking…

Displaced Syrians desperate for shelter as winter nears

Los Angeles Times – ATMA, Syria — The rows of olive groves that line the hillsides like silent sentinels are bursting with life, both on the laden branches and the…

Wendy’s cuts all ties to dairy connected to animal abuse

Mary Vanac, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – Animal protection organization Mercy For Animals is asking Wendy’s Co. to end its supplier relationship with Bettencourt Dairies in Murtaugh, Idaho, which is accused…

Does it really matter who gets elected president?

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – The impact of the presidential election Nov. 6 will depend less on who actually wins than on their margin of victory and what happens…

Gangnam style? Not in N. Korea

By Laura Ling, Los Angeles Times – By now, “Gangnam Style” has become part of the pop culture lexicon. The infectious song by South Korean singer Psy broke the Guinness world…

Daredevil breaks world record with highest jump

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Felix Baumgartner leaped from a capsule dangling more than 120,000 feet above the Earth and safely landed in New Mexico, breaking…

October is “Adopt-A-Dog” Month

October is “Adopt-A-Dog” Month

MASON CITY – October is national “Adopt-A-Dog” month and the Humane Society of North Iowa has plenty of dogs all waiting to find their forever homes. Adopting a dog is…

IMF, finance ministers seek to revive global growth

By Takehiko Kambayashi – TOKYO — World finance ministers said on Saturday that global economic growth had slowed and called for more effective measures to restore confidence. “Global growth has…

Iowa man could get 109 years in prison

Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – KEOKUK – A Keokuk man is facing 109 years in prison if convicted of numerous drug charges after investigators said they found a…

One injured and one arrested in Selma, IA shooting

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – SELMA – A shooting in this tiny Van Buren community sent one person to the hospital Saturday afternoon, but further details weren’t available.…

Just don’t call it ‘swagger’

Just don’t call it ‘swagger’

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – EAST LANSING, Mich. — Whatever you do, don’t suggest to the Iowa defense that it’s developed “swagger.” That word is tired, played out. Even junior…

Commentary: As Europe plays politics, Boeing should benefit

By David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the proposed merger of two European rivals paid Boeing Co. a big compliment. Boeing, however, would…

TV picks for the week of Oct. 15-21

By Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman – “American Horror Story” is back without any of its first-season characters. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week. —Monday: “Hawaii…

Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ finishes second at box office, earns high marks

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” failed to win the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the political thriller may have…

Body found by hunters believed to be missing Florida student

By Audra D.S. Burch, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — For weeks, Carlos Aguilar made the 350-mile trip to Gainesville to continue the agonizing search for his missing son, Christian Aguilar,…

After glitches and delays, Endeavour finally reaches its new home

After glitches and delays, Endeavour finally reaches its new home

By Andrew Khouri, Marisa Gerber and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It was built for orbital speeds approaching five miles per second, but space shuttle Endeavour took…

Online database lets consumers air complaints against credit card firms

Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – Mira Tanna wanted to lower the interest rate on her credit card, but the customer service representatives weren’t budging. So the consumer advocate for a Florida…

Obama crams for second debate

Obama crams for second debate

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — President Barack Obama is hunkered down with aides at a Virginia golf resort, trying to plot his comeback from the lackluster…

Republicans want more money for security after Libya attack

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A top Republican said more money should be spent to improve diplomatic security after the attack on the U.S. compound in Libya,…

Church service assault settled with conviction

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 40-year-old Austin man will serve two years’ supervised probation for beating a woman during a March 11 church service. Agwak Othow Omat, 40,…

Rodgers throws six TD passes as Packers roll past Texans

Rodgers throws six TD passes as Packers roll past Texans

By Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – HOUSTON — The Green Bay Packers, anything but dominating in their first five games, were precisely that Sunday night at Reliant Stadium. A defense…

Heat stars blow off some steam in Shanghai

By Joseph Goodman, The Miami Herald – SHANGHAI — The front door of the nightclub was simply out of the question. It was too dangerous. Even the Chinese toughs hired to…

Daredevil jumps into record books from 24 miles above Earth

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With a short salute and a small step forward, Felix Baumgartner leapt from a capsule perched more than 24 miles above…

9/11 hearings to focus on secrecy, transparency

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The five men accused of plotting the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were in the custody of…

Pete Rose banishment letter expected to command at least $500,000

By Frank Fitzpatrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer – The five-page message that at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24, 1989, was faxed from Major League Baseball’s New York headquarters to all 30 teams…

Romney donors gather for retreat as candidate preps for next debate

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – While all eyes will be on the second presidential debate in Long Island, N.Y., this week, Mitt Romney will have one very important group…

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