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Report of shot fired leads to arrest of rural Mason City man

Report of shot fired leads to arrest of rural Mason City man

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s said today that Thomas Al Peck was arrested and charged with Reckless Use of A Firearm and is currently being held in the…

Floor Statement regarding Audit Oversight Failure by Department of Defense Inspector General

Floor Statement regarding Audit Oversight Failure by Department of Defense Inspector General

Floor Statement of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley – Audit Oversight Failure by the Department of Defense Inspector General Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Mr. President, with sequestration looming on the horizon,…

New four-lane section of U.S. 20 set to open soon

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 15, 2012 – Iowa is set to receive another economic boost with the opening of a new 26-mile, four-lane segment of U.S. 20 in northwest Iowa.…

Public Health Hosts Additional Saturday Flu and Immunization Clinic

Public Health Hosts Additional Saturday Flu and Immunization Clinic

Convenient for College Students’ Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Mason City) — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will host a flu and immunization clinic this Saturday, November…

ISU’s Poppens Named to Naismith Watch List

ISU’s Poppens Named to Naismith Watch List

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens has been named to the 2012-13 Naismith Player of the Year women’s early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The…

Pres. Obama: There’s Only One Way to Solve These Challenges – Together

Pres. Obama: There’s Only One Way to Solve These Challenges – Together

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama held a news conference Wednesday to answer questions about his plans for the next four years. He made one thing clear: his job is to…

Clippers take down another elite team in Heat

Clippers take down another elite team in Heat

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It would be easy to say that Clippers point guards Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe were the show-stoppers during L.A.’s…

Cory Chodur: “Unnecessary” to report on crime after deferred judgement

NorthIowaToday.com received the following from Cory Chodur of Mason City on Thursday morning, November 15th, regarding the deferred judgement he received on drug charges on November 13th: —— I find…

6.2 quake strikes Mexico; little damage reported

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattled west-central Mexico early Thursday morning, but government officials have reported finding little damage so far.…

UPDATED: Northwood mayor and city council member resigned

NORTHWOOD – Council meeting minutes now confirm that Northwood Mayor Randy Severson and City Council member Teresa George both resigned at this week’s council meeting. Any reason for their resignations…

Man caught with 2 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and cash will serve no jail time

Man caught with 2 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and cash will serve no jail time

MASON CITY – The North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force arrested Cory Chodur on February 14th for one Class B felony count of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver,…

City paid $25,000 deductible to insurance company in Maria Ohl case

City paid $25,000 deductible to insurance company in Maria Ohl case

MASON CITY – The true cost of the Maria Ohl settlement to Mason City taxpayers is fuzzy, but the city did not come out of the case unscathed, as a…

Jurors rule in favor of female bartender in police beating case

By Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—Throughout the 2 1/2-week trial, Karolina Obrykca displayed the steely countenance of a woman who would stand up to a man…

White House receives secession pleas from all 50 states

By Danielle Ryan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — What began as a small group of citizens voicing their disappointment with President Barack Obama’s victory in last week’s presidential election, has…

Suspect in slaying of religious-group member appears in court

By Joe Robertson and Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Micah Moore made his first court appearance Tuesday morning to face a first-degree murder charge…

Cuba journalist convicted of spying

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — A journalist with Cuba’s Granma newspaper was sentenced to 14 years in prison for spying, a charge filed soon after…

Iowa to auction unclaimed valuables on eBay

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS – Add www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com to your Cyber Monday shopping list. Just in time for Christmas shopping, Iowa Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald will put 100 lots on…

Tribune Co. bankruptcy about to clear last major hurdle, source says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The staff of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended that the agency grant Tribune Co. waivers of media ownership rules, paving…

Timberwolves fall to surging Bobcats

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Wednesday’s question to come out of Target Center: Is it better to have come back and lost or never to have…

Messages from the River

By Larry Stone, Cedar River Watershed Coalition Were the floods of 2008 trying to tell us something besides, “Gosh! What a lot of rain!”? What about the apparent trend to…

At court-martial trial, prosecutors portray soldier as methodical killer

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE—In seeking a death-penalty court-martial for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Army prosecutors Tuesday portrayed the Lewis-McChord soldier as a methodical, deliberate killer who…

Hormone may help protect monogamous relationships

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – If retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus had gotten an occasional dose of supplemental oxytocin, a brain chemical known to promote trust and…

Women provide ‘beautiful scenery’ at China congress

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China’s leaders are often thought of as men with near-identical suits and hairdos. But among the 2,268 delegates to the 18th…

Tommy Lee Jones happy to be part of ‘Lincoln’

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — That growly, barky delivery, those foot-draggy Southwestern vowels, the world-weary sighs. The voice on the phone could belong only to Tommy…

Toyota recalls Prius and Corolla models

By Jerry Hirsch and Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times – Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday announced two safety recalls for its flagship Prius hybrid and a separate agreement to pay…

N.J. businesses that survived Sandy may have to foot tab, economists say

By Juliet Fletcher, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – TRENTON, N.J. — Owners whose businesses survived Superstorm Sandy unscathed may have thought they got lucky but are likely to end up…

High-ranking Mexican police official is arrested in attack on CIA operatives

By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — The Mexican federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that a high-ranking federal police officer had been arrested in…

Ex-Speaker Hastert conducted business in government office to tune of $1.8 million in taxpayer cost, paper finds

By Katherine Skiba and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has conducted private business ventures through a little-known government office that has cost taxpayers about…

Salazar says he ‘regrets’ threatening to punch reporter

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Tuesday that he “regrets” threatening to punch a Gazette reporter for asking…

Ex-comptroller pleads guilty to embezzling $53 million

By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A former treasurer of Dixon, Ill., pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraud in federal court in Rockford for stealing $53 million from the…

US forfeits $2.1 million worth of property purchased with alleged bribes paid to the family of the former president of Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has forfeited a Manhattan condominium and a Virginia residence with a combined value of nearly $2.1 million. These properties were purchased with the…

Repairs planned to highway-railroad grade crossings across Iowa

Repairs planned to highway-railroad grade crossings across Iowa

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 14, 2012 – Funding to improve the surface at 12 highway-railroad grade crossings in 2014 was approved yesterday by the Iowa Transportation Commission. A list of…

Four Preps Sign To Become Lady Cyclones

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and head coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday the signing of four prep standouts. The four players have signed to play for…

Interstate Power and Light Co. seeks regulatory approval for proposed Marshalltown Generating Station

Company files applications for a generation facility siting certificate and ratemaking principles with Iowa Utilities Board – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – November 14, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company…

No. 19 Cyclones Defeat No. 20 Kansas State, 3-1

No. 19 Cyclones Defeat No. 20 Kansas State, 3-1

AMES, Iowa – The No. 19 Iowa State volleyball team (17-7, 10-3 Big 12) beat No. 20 Kansas State (21-6, 8-6 Big 12) on Wednesday at Hilton Coliseum in four…

Interview with Iowa Women’s BB Coach Lisa Bluder – Nov. 14th, 2012

COACH BLUDER:  Well, if I can risk stating the obvious, it’s nice to have Jaime Printy back.  You know, what can you say about that last shot?  But her whole…

Attorneys for soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians say questions have only begun

By Kim Murphy, McClatchy Newspapers – JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. — The case against U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales appeared at first to be horribly simple: Days after…

The Big Ten and Big 12 conferences could be torn apart by secession — from the United States!

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Is conference realignment again about to rear its head in major-college sports? Or will conferences be content to have member schools in several different nations?…

Soccer players who ‘head’ the ball may be damaging their brains, study finds

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Soccer players who repeatedly strike the ball with their heads may be causing measurable damage to their brains, even if…

Pelosi decides to remain as House Democratic leader

Pelosi decides to remain as House Democratic leader

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi, the liberal San Francisco congresswoman who became the first woman speaker of the House, will seek to remain the…