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Iowa drops hard fought contest to Indiana, 69-65

Iowa drops hard fought contest to Indiana, 69-65

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team lost a tough conference-opening game to the Indiana Hoosiers Monday, 69-65, in front of a sold-out crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena.…

NFL Playoff picture all set

After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived. “We’re starting the second season, the tournament, the playoff season now,” says Denver Broncos head coach…

Kansas City Chiefs get first pick in 2012 NFL draft

The Kansas City Chiefs own the No. 1 pick of the 2013 National Football League Draft, which will be held on April 25-27. The tentative order of the first round…

UPDATED: No deal reached, nation to plunge over “fiscal cliff” at midnight

WASHINGTON – Although President Obama said Monday that a deal was near, the House of Representatives will not vote on any legislation to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” that kicks…

Senate Republican leader reports deal on fiscal cliff is “close”

Senate Republican leader reports deal on fiscal cliff is “close”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the status of the fiscal cliff negotiations: “Yesterday, after days of…

Former Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Pleads Guilty, is Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison on Seven Counts of Production of Child Pornography

Philip Hugh Wentzel, age 41, a former sergeant with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, was indicted by a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Wisconsin on May 22,…

“Dairy cliff” bringing $7 gallon of milk may be avoided

“Dairy cliff” bringing $7 gallon of milk may be avoided

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill in the House of Representatives may be voted on within the next day or so to help avoid what is being called a “dairy cliff”…

UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

NEW YORK – Appalled by the “escalating terrorist violence” in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the matter, calling for those responsible to be held accountable,…

NATO, US welcome announcement that Afghan forces will take greater security role

NATO, US welcome announcement that Afghan forces will take greater security role

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan forces are set to take on a greater role in Afghanistan’s security and peacekeeping, it was announced. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday that “It…

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualty

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualty

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fla., died Dec.…

Fifteen Members of Alleged Drug Ring Arrested

NEWARK, NJ—Two members of an alleged drug trafficking ring based in Elizabeth, New Jersey and operating throughout the Northeast and Puerto Rico made their initial court appearances last week, U.S.…

Possible BB shatters window at Mason City business

Possible BB shatters window at Mason City business

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 6:45 am Monday morning, a Mason City Police officer making his morning rounds noticed that a window at Arnold…

ISU WBB: Christofferson, Poppens Too Much For Alabama State

ISU WBB: Christofferson, Poppens Too Much For Alabama State

Courtesy: cyclones.com – AMES, Iowa – Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens combined for 41 points on 15-of-19 shooting to pace Iowa State (9-1 overall, 0-0 Big 12) to an 86-47…

Shockers Stop Panthers at Koch Arena, 66-41

Shockers Stop Panthers at Koch Arena, 66-41

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – WICHITA, Kan. – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team came up on the short end of a 66-41 decision to the Wichita State…

Upmeyer: 2013 legislative session will soon be kicking off

Upmeyer: 2013 legislative session will soon be kicking off

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to a blessed New Year.  I hope you were able to break free from the…

Mason City residents caught shoplifting now face immigration charges

Mason City residents caught shoplifting now face immigration charges

MASON CITY – Shortly before 4:30 pm Saturday Mason City police officers were dispatched to Kohl’s for two people shoplifting from the store. Upon the officers arrival both suspects had…

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department confirmed Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been hospitalized with a blood clot. In the course of a follow-up exam performed…

Iowa Legislature to consider law forcing people convicted of aggravated misdemeanor to submit DNA sample

Iowa Legislature to consider law forcing people convicted of aggravated misdemeanor to submit DNA sample

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature convenes on January 14th, 2013 and will consider a bill that would require any person convicted of or receiving a deferred judgment for an…

Bookmeyer zeroing in on activities of Human Rights Commission, compiling numbers

Bookmeyer zeroing in on activities of Human Rights Commission, compiling numbers

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission will meet on Thursday for its monthly meeting. The agenda calls for a discussion on an “operations report” proposed by Commissioner…

Iowa Supreme Court Establishes Business Specialty Court Pilot Project

Iowa Supreme Court Establishes Business Specialty Court Pilot Project

Des Moines — The Iowa Supreme Court this month issued an order establishing a three-year pilot project for an Iowa Business Specialty Court for complex commercial cases with $200,000 or…

Narrowband deadline approaches for Iowa police, fire agencies

DES MOINES – Narrowbanding is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) terminology for a process that will reduce the size of radio channels used by many public safety and business systems…

North Korea claims U.S. launches spy satellites

Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) — Recently, U.S. Air Force launched small unmanned spacecraft in Florida State. Rodong Sinmun Thursday observes in a bylined commentary in this regard: The U.S. keeps…

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes Defeat San Diego, 83-73

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes Defeat San Diego, 83-73

SAN DIEGO – The University of Iowa women’s basketball team defeated San Diego, 83-73, to win the 2012 Maggie Dixon Surf N’ Slam Hoop Classic at University of San Diego.…

Vikings sneak past Packers into playoffs

Vikings sneak past Packers into playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday in a shoot-out 37-34 to reach the playoffs and set up a re-match with the Packers next weekend. Adrian…

NIACC women upset No. 1 Lake Michigan

NIACC women upset No. 1 Lake Michigan

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The NIACC women’s basketball team shocked No. 1 Lake Michigan 64-61 in the consolation game of the Illinois Central tournament Sunday afternoon. NIACC (8-6 overall) trailed…

North Korean newspaper claims U.S. GIs deserted military, sold drugs

Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) — Four GIs who deserted from the U.S. Second Division in Tongduchon in south Korea have been seized recently. They smuggled raw materials for drugs and…

North Korea: No One Can Quell Korean Nation’s Will for Independent Reunification

Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) — No move of the anti-reunification forces can block the advance of the patriotic and enthusiastic Korean nation for reunification, says Rodong Sinmun Thursday in a…

Record-Breaking Year for Tourism to Israel

2012 is a record-breaking year for tourism to Israel: ​3.5 million visitors to Israel will have arrived by the end of 2012, 4% more than in 2011. Tourists (not including day…

Head-on crash claims life of Iowa teen Sunday

Head-on crash claims life of Iowa teen Sunday

LONE TREE, IOWA – An Iowa teen has lost her life Sunday morning in a 2 car accident in southeast Iowa near Lone Tree. According to a report, a vehicle…

Republicans insisting on smaller social security checks as part of fiscal cliff deal, CNN reports

Republicans insisting on smaller social security checks as part of fiscal cliff deal, CNN reports

CNN is reporting Sunday afternoon that fiscal cliff talks have hit a major obstacle. Citing a “Democratic source,” CNN says that “Republicans are now insisting that any fiscal cliff deal…

NATO soldiers stationed in Afghanistan reflect on the holidays

Italian, Spanish, Czech and French soldiers send messages home to their families for Christmas and New Year and talk about why they feel strongly about working towards the mission in…

E-cigarette helps North Iowa man kick smoking habit

E-cigarette helps North Iowa man kick smoking habit

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man that had smoked for years says he kicked the habit with the help of an e-cigarette. Rick Pierce, who lives in Ventura and…

NIACC Introduces New Director of Incubation and Acceleration Services

MASON CITY – Daniel Pitts Winegarden joined NIACC’s JPEC Center as Director of Incubation and Acceleration Services in December. Mr. Winegarden is a graduate of Iowa State University and the…

A lot on the line in Sunday’s Vikings-Packers game

A lot on the line in Sunday’s Vikings-Packers game

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s do or die for the Minnesota Vikings Sunday when they battle their hated rivals the Green bay Packers at Mall of America Field. For the Vikings, a…

Wolves drop Suns, 111-107

Wolves drop Suns, 111-107

MINNEAPOLIS – Nikola Pekovic scored 28 points and Kevin Love contributed 23 points and 18 rebounds in a victory over the Phoenix Suns Saturday night in front of 19,356 fans…

PHOTOS: A frosty morning in North Iowa

PHOTOS: A frosty morning in North Iowa

MASON CITY – The last weekend of the year 2012 and out of the foggy night frost brings a beautiful Sunday morning. Normal everyday things, that we pass by day…

Four UNI Wrestlers to Compete for Third at Midlands Championships

Four UNI Wrestlers to Compete for Third at Midlands Championships

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications EVANSTON, Ill. – Four wrestlers from the University of Northern Iowa are vying to medal at the Midlands Championships, and the team finished the first day…

Drake Men’s Basketball Falls At Bradley In MVC Opener, 67-57

Courtesy: Drake Athletics – PEORIA, Ill. – Cold shooting and turnovers combined to hamper the Drake University men’s basketball team in its Missouri Valley Conference opener as the team fell…

NIACC women fall Saturday night

NIACC women fall Saturday night

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The NIACC women’s basketball team dropped a 76-56 decision to No. 8 Illinois Central in the semifinals of the Illinois Central tournament Saturday night. NIACC plays…

Op-ed: An idea to make our schools safer

Op-ed from Jack McCourt – I have seen on TV that an FBI agent said that having an armed guard in school buildings is the only way for schools to…

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