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Cerro Gordo Supervisors hold regular meeting Tuesday

Cerro Gordo Supervisors hold regular meeting Tuesday

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met at the courthouse Tuesday morning for their regular meeting. A road report was given by County Engineer Mary Kelly.…

Toys for Tots donations stolen; thief sought

Toys for Tots donations stolen; thief sought

MASON CITY – Police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole a Toys for Tots donation canister at a local pizza shop. On October 29th, 2012, at about 7…

Lane closure on 12th Street NW set for Wednesday

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m., the Mason City Utility Division will begin street repairs on 12th Street NW. The south eastbound lane of 12th…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for Story City

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 13, 2012 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Story City.…

Harkin Remarks at the Investiture of Judge Stephanie Rose

Harkin Remarks at the Investiture of Judge Stephanie Rose

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Due to a scheduled vote in Washington, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today delivered remarks by video during the investiture ceremony for Judge Stephanie Rose.  Harkin recommended Rose…

Bipartisan Support for Extending the Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of four governors and a U.S. senator today urged Congress to extend the production tax credit for wind energy, one of a number of tax…

Grassley, Branstad leading call for wind energy tax credit extension

James Q. Lynch, C R Gazette – Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Terry Branstad led a bipartisan call for Congress to approve a multi-year extension of the renewable energy…

I was a foot soldier for Obama

By John Johnson, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — It was at a modest house on the outskirts of this gambling mecca last weekend that I finally became confident President…

Thanksgiving flights expected to be 90% full on average

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – If you plan to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday, you can practically give up on the idea of having an empty seat next to…

Ponder spreads the ball around, regains positive energy

Ponder spreads the ball around, regains positive energy

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Christian Ponder didn’t need a boxscore Sunday to realize he had spent most of his afternoon spreading the ball around…

Real estate Q&A: Short sale may be worth the extra tax hit

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: I have decided to sell my home through a short sale. I have heard that the deadline for the tax waiver is the…

House fire extinguished Monday evening in Mason City

House fire extinguished Monday evening in Mason City

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Mason City firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 652 11th Street NE Monday evening shortly after 7:00 pm.…

Mason City bar’s liquor license to be suspended for 30 days

Mason City bar’s liquor license to be suspended for 30 days

MASON CITY – The Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division has imposed a $1,500 fine against the Kozy Corner bar located at 1402 North Federal Avenue.  In addition, the Iowa Alcohol Beverage…

Palestinians to ask U.N. for upgraded status

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Facing a lack of progress in their statehood bid, Palestinian leaders announced Monday they will ask the U.N. General Assembly by month’s…

Incident report ties Iowa’s Gray to ‘improper use of complimentary tickets’

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – UPDATE: The UI Department of Public Safety doesn’t have any criminal complaints associated with Peter Gray, a former senior academic adviser who resigned last week amid…

‘Americans agree’ with Obama on taxes, adviser says

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — With the election him, President Barack Obama enters negotiations over the looming fiscal deadlines with a mandate from voters, his top political…

Inmate: ‘I felt like they were trying to kill me’

Paul Mcenroe, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Erick Thomas lay in his bunk moaning in pain, too weak to make the night’s final count at Stillwater prison. Alerted by guards, two nurses…

Republicans in disarray over possible changes in direction

Republicans in disarray over possible changes in direction

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – Republicans set aside many differences — over immigration, gay rights and climate change among other things — in their fervor to win the…

Duluth gets $500,000 Cargill grant for flood relief

Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – An Eden Prairie foundation has pledged $500,000 to northeastern Minnesota residents struggling to recover from the torrential rain and flash flooding that overwhelmed Duluth and…

Witnesses differ with US over when Libya consulate attack began

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – BENGHAZI, Libya — Witnesses in Benghazi, Libya, provide a chronology for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate here that differs in significant…

FBI director’s top aide was told of Petraeus affair week before elections

By Jonathan S. Landay, Franco Ordonez And Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller’s top aide was told former CIA chief David Petraeus was having an extramarital…

UPS stops donations to Boy Scouts over anti-gay rule

By Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — United Parcel Service will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America, joining other companies that have stopped funding or…

Sex scandal punches holes in the Petraeus aura

By Hannah Allam and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has muddied the carefully crafted narrative of America’s most eminent…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for city of Spirit Lake

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for city of Spirit Lake

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 13, 2012 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Spirit Lake.…

Netflix has challenges on path to ‘Internet TV’ dominance

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – Depending on whom you ask, Netflix is either a company that’s poised for a remarkable resurgence or a washed-up has-been whose best days…

Honda rushes 2013 Civic redesign to blunt criticism of current car

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – Stung by criticism from consumers, its own dealers and auto reviewers, Honda Motor Co. is about to begin selling a significantly redesigned Civic. The…

BBC scandal spreads

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — They’re words that the BBC isn’t accustomed to hearing about itself: “shoddy journalism” on one of its premier investigative programs, “unacceptable…

Aryan brotherhood members arrested

WASHINGTON—Thirty-four alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang, including four of its most senior leaders, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston for allegedly…

RIM sets launch of BlackBerry 10 for January

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – BlackBerry 10 is finally making its debut in January after a lengthy delay, but it may be too little, too late for troubled Research…

Immigration proposal, shelved in 2010, may be revived

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Two senators are revisiting a comprehensive immigration plan that they dropped two years ago. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, R-N.Y., said he and…

Parents of missing journalist Austin Tice speak to press in Beirut

By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The parents of missing American journalist Austin Tice appealed for information about their son Monday at a news conference in Beirut. Marc and…

Radical cleric wins appeal against deportation

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — A radical Muslim preacher who praised the 9/11 bombings and preached terrorist violence against Christians and Jews won his latest appeal against…

Did Obama or Romney win the Cuban-American vote?

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — A claim that nearly half of Cuban-American voters favored President Barack Obama continued under dispute Monday, with one side claiming it…

Here’s the goofiness of the BCS: Northern Iowa’s game Saturday factors into Kansas State’s BCS ranking

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – The BCS insanity is nothing new to any of us. It’s going away after next season. I will miss it because it is so absurd.…

NIACC Presents “Korea, Land of Contrast” Film

NIACC Presents “Korea, Land of Contrast” Film

MASON CITY – The 2012-13 Travel and Adventure Film Series continues with “Korea, Land of Contrast” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 in the North Iowa Community Auditorium, located…

NASCAR fines Jeff Gordon fined $100,000, docks him 25 points

By Jim Utter, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The intentional wrecking and subsequent pit road brawl in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix did not go over well with…

Bulls’ Rose takes next step in rehab

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Derrick Rose has taken the next step in rehabilitation from his left knee surgery, beginning cutting drills. “He’s doing great,” Chicago Bulls coach…

Haiti still faces ‘alarming threats,’ rights groups say

By Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Despite foreign assistance after their country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians continue to face “alarming threats” from deplorable living conditions, a broken justice…

Vikings fans may face seat licenses

Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Faced with the need to make a nearly half-billion dollar contribution to build their new downtown football stadium, the Minnesota Vikings may tap their most…