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Update: 6th Street SW Utility and Street Improvements Project

MASON CITY – On Tuesday October 30th, the intersection of Tyler Avenue will be closed to traffic for approximately three days for the replacement of a sanitary sewer manhole and…

As Romney shifts to the center, Ryan steps back

As Romney shifts to the center, Ryan steps back

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Paul D. Ryan stood onstage in his red North Face jacket, talking about his running mate, when the applause suddenly…

Romney ad falsely claims that Jeep is moving manufacturing to China

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – AVON LAKE, Ohio — In a sign of continued concern over the political impact of his opposition to the auto bailout, Mitt Romney is…

Cyclone Sandy roars ashore in N.J., bringing floods and power outages to region

Cyclone Sandy roars ashore in N.J., bringing floods and power outages to region

By Joseph Tanfani, David Zucchino and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times – PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Cyclone Sandy roared ashore with 80 mph winds in southern New Jersey Monday night, poised to…

Statement from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Michelle Obama’s visit to Iowa

Statement from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Michelle Obama’s visit to Iowa

The Obama campaign stopped in Iowa City and Sioux City Monday, October 29th, 2012 with First Lady Michelle Obama making speeches in both cities. The following statement is from Iowa…

Hashtags seep into everyday speech

By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Heard in the high school hallway: #. No, that’s not pronounced “pound” or “number.” Try “hashtag.” The character so ubiquitous on the…

Stock markets to stay dark Tuesday

By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Stock markets will be closed Tuesday. The New York Stock Exchange announced it would remain closed another day because of Hurricane…

Travel in and out of East Coast at a standstill

Travel in and out of East Coast at a standstill

By Jennifer Waters, MarketWatch – CHICAGO — Travel in and out of much of the East Coast has been mostly halted as Hurricane Sandy pounds its way up the densely populated…

Ten men no problem as Packers’ special team scores

Ten men no problem as Packers’ special team scores

By Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Blocked punt returned for a touchdown, 10 men on the field. Want to create a new entry for the National…

Scutaro, Giants finish off Series sweep

Scutaro, Giants finish off Series sweep

By Matt Kawahara, The Sacramento Bee – DETROIT — No doubt Marco Scutaro had waited a long time for the at-bat. Days before, the 36-year-old infielder had caught the final out…

Today’s Cartoons: October 29th, 2012

Today’s Cartoons: October 29th, 2012

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

Op-ed by Carl Grover: Lucky Devil

Op-ed by Carl Grover: Lucky Devil

I’ve been a vocal opponent of drug testing for more than 20 years. Not surprisingly, these objections have fallen on deaf ears. The bottom line is, our bodies are sacred…

Casey’s on 19th Street Closed Temporarily

Casey’s on 19th Street Closed Temporarily

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Driving by Casey’s this morning on 19th Street SW, all was dark. There were people out in the parking lot,…

Waldorf students hold Rake-A-Thon

Waldorf students hold Rake-A-Thon

FOREST CITY – Waldorf College continued its emphasis on service this weekend with Rake-A-Thon on Sunday. The annual event brings Waldorf College students to Forest City community member’s lawns to…

Vikings look to regain lost confidence

Vikings look to regain lost confidence

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — There was a moment Thursday night when an agitated and freshly wounded Minnesota Vikings team seemed most dangerous. More than 3…

Medical attention refused after car accident Sunday

Medical attention refused after car accident Sunday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Persons involved in a two vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Buffalo Wild Wings refused medical attention. According to the report,…

Judging recovery time from the Great Recession

By Russ Britt, MarketWatch – LOS ANGELES — Getting a handle on how long it’ll take to recover from the Great Recession is more art than science, but a few economists…

Obama adviser says hurricane could hurt campaign

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A top campaign adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that Hurricane Sandy could hurt efforts to turn out voters and potentially…

Taking the bankers to court

Taking the bankers to court

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times – A new lawsuit against Bank of America illuminates the warped incentives that helped inflate the housing bubble and contributed to…

Romney courts Ohio’s undecided voters; Obama monitors Hurricane Sandy

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – FINDLAY, Ohio — His planned events in Virginia canceled by a giant storm off the Atlantic coast, Mitt Romney campaigned across another key state…

Packers make do with patchwork secondary

Packers make do with patchwork secondary

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Linebacker Brad Jones was surprised to learn that the Green Bay Packers allowed 12 plays of 15 or more yards…

California poll shows Obama with smaller but still substantial lead

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Even in vividly blue California, President Barack Obama’s luster has faded since his historic victory here in 2008, a new poll…

DNR Investigates Fish Kill in Benton County

From the Iowa DNR – The DNR is investigating a fish kill in Prairie Creek just west of Blairstown in Benton County. A local resident reported the fish kill to…

Jimmy Carter: Voters should replace a death penalty process that is wasteful, immoral and discriminatory

By President Jimmy Carter for the Los Angeles Times – The process for administering the death penalty in the United States is broken beyond repair, and it is time to choose…

Mason City residents help train Turkish teachers

Mason City residents help train Turkish teachers

by Jennifer Golle – Mason City residents Tom and Deb Woythal presented a two-day training program in Instanbul, Turkey, to 55 Turkish teachers on behalf of the Future Problem Solving…

SpaceX ends space station supply mission with a splashdown

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — SpaceX’s Dragon space capsule survived a fiery re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down about 250 miles west of the…

Bond film ‘Skyfall’ makes big debut overseas

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures is spying a hit in its latest James Bond film, as “Skyfall” premiered at No. 1 in 25 foreign…

‘Argo’ summits, ‘Atlas’ loses map at weekend box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With no new film proving especially intriguing at the box office, the well-reviewed “Argo” ascended to the No. 1 position after…

Leading NBA title contenders make major offseason moves

By Joseph Goodman, The Miami Herald – Never mind that the Lakers added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason, the majority of NBA general managers still believe the Miami…

For Romney and Obama, suburban women are key to Virginia

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – ASHBURN, Va. — With the presidential contest in Virginia teetering on a knife’s edge, Mitt Romney is counting on the economic concerns of suburban…

7 more Tibetans set themselves afire last week

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIJING — Seven ethnic Tibetans in China set themselves on fire in the past week, bringing the number of self-immolations in defiance of Chinese government…

Twin Cities freeway passenger shot in back; no word on where gunfire came from

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A passenger in a vehicle traveling on a Twin Cities interstate was shot in the back early Sunday, and authorities are trying to figure out…

Romney spends big on political firms tied to his aides

By Matea Gold, Maloy Moore and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s campaign has directed $134.2 million to political firms with business ties to his senior staff,…

Still time to attend tonight’s fitness class in Clear Lake

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce another LIVE Community Wellness Conversation with Fitness Wright Now partners, Daniel Wright and Rebecca Meyer,…

Candidates joust over Romney’s record as governor

By Seema Mehta and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts was the focal point of presidential campaign sparring on…

Commentary: Auto industry buys into fuel economy rules

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press – The U.S. government has set tough fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, and Detroit’s automakers couldn’t be happier. What mad world is this?…

Under The Hood: Automakers dream up new ways to use wasted energy

By Brad Bergholdt, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – QUESTION: I am the owner of a 1992 Cadillac Allante, so I could ask you hundreds of questions about the unusual things that car…

Sculpture removed … by who is unclear

Sculpture removed … by who is unclear

MASON CITY – Jacque Frazee can’t be thrilled about what happened to his sculpture that used to be in Mason City. Frazee is the artist who created the “Jumping Through Hoops” sculpture…