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NIACC wrestlers return to action Saturday

The NIACC wrestling team returns to action Saturday at the Simpson College Invitational. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. The Trojans have not wrestled since Nov. 17 at the Coe College…

Mason City woman flees law enforcement after attempted traffic stop

Mason City woman flees law enforcement after attempted traffic stop

MASON CITY – On Friday, November 30, 2012 at about 12:30 PM, Cerro Gordo County Deputies attempted to stop suspect Jennifer Kay Collins, 42, of Mason City near 5th and…

Phone, Internet access are cut amid Syria fighting

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syria was plunged into Internet darkness Thursday and much of the nation’s telephone service was cut as fighting raged on the…

Powerball winners in Missouri planning ‘a pretty good Christmas’

By Glenn E. Rice, The Kansas City Star – DEARBORN, Mo. — Cindy and Mark Hill graduated from North Platte High School in Dearborn, Mo., a year apart in the late…

China sex video scandal puts website founder in spotlight

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Zhu Ruifeng fancies himself a Chinese version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen journalist who is plying his trade online. In…

Arrest made in ambush slaying of Minnesota police officer

By Paul Walsh and Larry Oakes, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – COLD SPRING, Minn. — A Cold Spring police officer was fatally shot late Thursday when he and his partner were answering…

Two Mason City garage fires this week cause damage to surrounding structures

Two Mason City garage fires this week cause damage to surrounding structures

Photos by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Two garage fires earlier this week caused serious damage to those structures and surrounding buildings. Mason City fire fighters…

Man posing as police officer convicted of enticing children to produce pornographic videos

SALT LAKE CITY—David Morris Richards, age 55, of Orem, will serve 19 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of production of child pornography. U.S. District Judge…

Steckman attends anti-bullying summit

Steckman attends anti-bullying summit

From State Representative Sharon Steckman – This is a busy time for families in North Iowa! There are so many activities this weekend and in the next few weeks I…

OPINION: Is Skipper covering up for City Hall?

by Jack McCourt of Mason City – I do not know if John Skiper’s recent article is an answer to my letter to the editor I sent prior to that,…

VOLLEYBALL: Cyclones Outlast Mastodons To Advance

VOLLEYBALL: Cyclones Outlast Mastodons To Advance

AMES, Iowa – The No. 18 Iowa State volleyball team (21-7, 13-3 Big 12) moved on the second round of the NCAA tournament with a five-set win (25-11, 23-25, 22-25,…

Clear Lake man receives deferred judgment in sexual abuse case

Clear Lake man receives deferred judgment in sexual abuse case

A Clear Lake man has received a deferred judgment in a Class C felony count of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. Nickolas David Kuhlemeier, age 21, was charged in January of…

Home invasion suspect back on the streets

Home invasion suspect back on the streets

MASON CITY – On Wednesday, November 21st, 22-year-old Victoria Ann Carrot of 728 N. Delaware Avenue posted a $5,000 cash bond to obtain pre-trial release for her part in a…

Adam Gregg named legislative liaison for office of Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that Adam Gregg will serve as the administration’s new legislative liaison. Gregg will begin his duties on…

Branstad names Hannah Walsh as student member to state Board of Regents

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named University of Iowa student Hannah Walsh as the student member to the state Board of Regents. Walsh, 20, is from Spirit Lake…

McCaffery and Hawkeyes prepare for Saturday’s game (video)

McCaffery and Hawkeyes prepare for Saturday’s game (video)

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery met the media on Thursday to talk about the Hawkeyes’ upcoming game against Texas A&M Corpus Christie on…

Sauser to Run for State Representative in District 52

Retired teacher and coach Tom Sauser of Chickasaw County announced today that he will run for state representative in the special election for House District 52.  The special election will…

White House proposes unidentified tax hikes, new stimulus spending; GOP rejects plan

By David Lightman, Anita Kumar and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Thursday offered to get the nation off the fiscal cliff with a package that…

10 civilians killed as minivan hits roadside bomb in Afghanistan

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A minivan packed with civilians struck a roadside bomb in the southern Afghanistan province of Oruzgan on Thursday morning, killing 10…

Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mitchell, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Terace Castaway, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand…

Third-quarter GDP growth revised upward to 2.7%

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first estimated, but the latest government report laid bare the vulnerabilities…

Man accused of trying to smuggle jetliners to Iran

By Ben Wolford, Sun Sentinel – For anyone — let alone a middle-aged airplane mechanic from Texas — the plan to smuggle seven jetliners into Iran was audacious and risky. It…

Arizona governor sued over order denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times – Several civil- and immigrant-rights organizations sued Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday, challenging an executive order that denies driver’s licenses to some young people who…

Senate committee approves sweeping update to digital privacy law

Senate committee approves sweeping update to digital privacy law

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Digital privacy laws in the United States just got one step closer to the 21st century. A Senate committee on Thursday…

Parents charged with child neglect, animal abuse

Jonathan McFadden, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)  – CLOVER — A Clover couple who deputies say left two young children and many pets in a home crawling with roaches, filled with…

Elvis Presley could have his day — Jan. 8 — if Congress agrees

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — With lawmakers singing the blues about the looming “fiscal cliff,” why not a resolution to show their support for designating Jan. 8…

Obama makes public pitch for fiscal cliff deal, leaves details to aides

By Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Fresh off his re-election victory, President Barack Obama has started campaigning again, this time to sell the nation on his solution to avert…

Boehner downbeat about state of ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Once-upbeat talks over the nation’s year-end budget crisis stalled Thursday as Republicans rejected the latest White House offer and…

Rewards offered for help solving the “crime of the week”

Rewards offered for help solving the “crime of the week”

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is investigating a home burglary in the northeast section of Mason City the weekend of November 24th and 25th, 2012. A large…

Ponzi mastermind Allen Stanford investigated ex-State Department official, records show

By Murray Waas, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In 2006, Allen Stanford had yet to be identified as the mastermind of one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in U.S.…

UN boosts Palestinians’ status to nonmember observer state

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday to slightly enhance the status of the Palestinian territories at the international organization, a…

Lawmakers press Obama for action on Mississippi River

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from drought-stricken states along the Mississippi River on Thursday asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and President Barack Obama to act…

Alliant warns small business customers of utility scam

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, is warning small business customers about a recent utility scam. The scam artists claim to be…

Housing recovery continues as home prices rise in September

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – Home prices increased in September, a leading gauge shows, indicating that a moderate but stable housing recovery is under way after several months of…

Like FDR before him, Obama has saved capitalism by harnessing its excesses

By Wayne Madsen – WASHINGTON — The canard that President Obama is anti-business is a propaganda remnant from Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign. Obama, after all, was the president who…

Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons elevates profile with prolific play

Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons elevates profile with prolific play

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Iowa freshman Anthony Clemmons was considered a defensive specialist when he signed his letter of intent last year. Clemmons, a 6-foot-1 point…

US will not appeal 37-year sentence for would-be ‘millennium bomber’

By Mike Carter, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it will not appeal the 37-year sentence handed down to would-be “millennium bomber” Ahmed Ressam, ending…

GAO report says moving Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons is feasible

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – In a renewed Democratic effort to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Sen. Dianne Feinstein released an independent feasibility study that showed six military…

The new house call is online

By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Elle Ashton was pretty sure the “crud” that made her head feel like it was in a crushing vise had morphed into a sinus…

Payroll Agent Sentenced for Embezzling More Than $1 Million from Land O’Lakes

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, a former payroll agent for Land O’Lakes was sentenced for embezzling more than $1 million from the company. United States District Judge Donovan…

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