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Some dogs dumped in cruelest manner

Kathy Lynn Gray, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – Michelle Phillips couldn’t believe what she was seeing. A wriggling brown puppy, locked in a crate, was slowly sinking into the chilly water…

Is there anyone left in Mason City that cares about local government?

Is there anyone left in Mason City that cares about local government?

by Matt Marquardt – Mason City Council meetings are beginning to have the look and feel of county supervisor meetings. Dull, boring, and no one shows up. It’s been said…

Suspect in death of Cold Spring police officer released

Larry Oakes and Curt Brown, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ST. CLOUD – Stearns County prosecutors have released Ryan Michael Larson without charges in the shooting of Cold Spring police officer Tom…

Is IC Systems set to close?

MASON CITY – NorthIowaToday.com has received multiple reports today that the IC Systems bill collection / call center will begin a series of layoffs and then close its doors on…

Israel vows to pursue settlement plans despite international anger

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – JERUSALEM — Unshaken by rising international criticism, Israeli officials confirmed Tuesday that they plan to proceed with two new settlement construction projects, including development in…

Mason City man tells convicted investment advisor he “literally financially raped” him and his wife

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette –  CEDAR RAPIDS – Dwight Miller told his former investment adviser, who was sentenced Monday for defrauding numerous people out of their life savings, that he…

Mason City Man Injured by Gunshot Wound Sunday

NORA SPRINGS – A rural Mason City man was hospitalized Sunday after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot while deer hunting Sunday afternoon. Jeffrey A. Esser, 29, was…

Supervisors change dates for next two meetings

Supervisors change dates for next two meetings

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday morning. At the meeting, the board set new dates for the next two…

UPDATED: Convicted felon, drunk driver allegedly causes 3 car accident; one injured (video)

UPDATED: Convicted felon, drunk driver allegedly causes 3 car accident; one injured (video)

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – An Orange City, Iowa man was arrested on multiple charges including operating while intoxicated after a serious three vehicle accident…

Arrests made for public urination and intoxication

Arrests made for public urination and intoxication

MASON CITY – Mason City police arrested two men Saturday morning for public intoxication. Police were already on the scene at Burke’s Bar, 1221 North Federal Avenue, at 2:13 AM,…

Ragan asks: How can we boost Iowa’s economy in the upcoming year?

Ragan asks: How can we boost Iowa’s economy in the upcoming year?

From Senator Amanda Ragan – When looking ahead to the 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature, continuing to create jobs and grow Iowa’s economy tops my priority list. We need…

Foreclosures down in October

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON—The number of homes in foreclosure dropped in October from the previous month and was down 9 percent for the year as the housing…

Dykstra gets more prison time for bankruptcy fraud

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Former New York Mets star and self-styled financial guru Lenny Dykstra, who was already sentenced to three years in state…

Governors meet with Obama, members of Congress on fiscal cliff

Governors meet with Obama, members of Congress on fiscal cliff

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of governors came to Washington on Tuesday to express concern to the White House and members of Congress…

‘FTC refund’ campaign was a scam, agency says

By Jeff Gelles, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Imagine a brazen burglary at the police precinct and you’ll understand what the Federal Trade Commission was up against. For weeks, consumers had been…

Serial-murder suspect, a suicide in Alaska, called ‘a force of pure evil acting at random’

By Michelle Theriault Boots and Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Israel Keyes was a serial killer who traveled from Alaska to Vermont for the “specific purpose…

NIACC men start three game stretch Tuesday night

NIACC men start three game stretch Tuesday night

MASON CITY – The No. 3 NIACC men’s basketball team begins a stretch of three games in six days Tuesday night. NIACC (9-1 overall) plays at Rochester Community Technical College…

Final Participants in Des Moines Firebombing Sentenced

DES MOINES, IA — Two Des Moines men were sentenced for their roles in the use of Molotov cocktails in an attempt to destroy an apartment leasing office, announced United…

Students Share Warmth this Winter with Mitten Tree

Students Share Warmth this Winter with Mitten Tree

Forest City, Iowa – As temperatures started to drop in recent weeks, members of the Education Club at Waldorf College discovered they weren’t the only ones cold. “Education students working…

Howard Stern returning to ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Howard Stern has signed on for another season of “America’s Got Talent.” The outspoken radio personality made the announcement on his…

Man Who Arranged Internet Sex Shows with Minors Overseas Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM PAUL PATRICK, 68, of Glastonbury, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W.…

Cyber Monday sets sales record

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – Shoppers went hunting for bargains over the Internet on Cyber Monday in yet another round of retail mania this month, setting a record as…

Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o wins Nagurski Award, but . . .

By David Scott, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was happy and honored to win the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night. He’s the nation’s…

McCarthy relied on extra pass protection vs. Vikes

McCarthy relied on extra pass protection vs. Vikes

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — The offense the Green Bay Packers ran Sunday against Minnesota isn’t the offense that coach Mike McCarthy wants to run…

Facebook opens balloting on user voting policy

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is getting out the vote — on whether users can continue to vote on policy changes at the giant social…

US auto sales zoom after Superstorm Sandy

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – With the presidential election and Superstorm Sandy behind them, car shoppers headed for dealer lots last month in the biggest numbers since early 2008.…

Obama keeps Wasserman Schultz as Democratic Party chair

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday asked Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida — who led the Democratic Party in a triumphant election…

US official rejects Cuba’s offer to swap contractor Alan Gross for 5 Cuban spies

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Cuba’s offer to swap U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross for five Cuban spies convicted in Miami is not at all…

Typhoon leaves dozens dead in Philippines

By Ellen Cruz – MANILA, Philippines — More than 50 people were killed Tuesday, and some 57,000 displaced, as Typhoon Bopha hit the southern Philippines, with strong winds and heavy…

GOP fiscal-cliff counter: cut tax rates, limit deductions to increase revenue

GOP fiscal-cliff counter: cut tax rates, limit deductions to increase revenue

By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A Republican proposal Monday to shave $2.2 trillion off projected budget deficits sets up a fiscal-cliff showdown with…

Minutes at a premium with Iowa men’s basketball

Minutes at a premium with Iowa men’s basketball

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Iowa’s 88-59 win Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was the perfect opportunity to spread minutes throughout Iowa’s bench. Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery…

Chicago moves to have verdict in cop beating set aside

By David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration asked a federal judge Monday to set aside a jury verdict in the infamous videotaped beating of…

Southern Calif. home where 4 were slain may have been boarding house

By Kate Mather and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times – NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — From the street, the tidy two-story ranch house didn’t stand out in the suburban Northridge tract northwest…

Kansas State’s Klein named Heisman finalist, wins Unitas Award

By Kellis Robinett, The Kansas City Star – MANHATTAN, Kan. — The first day of college football’s award season couldn’t have gone much better for Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. He…

DVD collections fit for the holidays

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee – Are you trying to find just the right gift because last year’s coupon for the Chocolate-Covered-Meat of the Month Club was a flop? Skip…

WBB: Iowa State Moves Up To No. 22 In AP Poll

WBB: Iowa State Moves Up To No. 22 In AP Poll

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball team’s 42-point win over intrastate rival Drake was enough to propel the Cyclones (5-0) up two spots to No. 22 in this…

Protesters storm presidential palace compound in Cairo

By Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — Protesters Tuesday night stormed onto the grounds of the Egyptian presidential palace in a dramatic escalation of the crisis…

Health Department Recognizes National Influenza Week

Health Department Recognizes National Influenza Week

(Mason City) – December 2 – 8, 2012 marks National Influenza (flu) Week. Now more than ever, it is imperative to receive your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control…