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U.S. shuts down embassy in Bangui

The U.S. Embassy in Bangui temporarily suspended its operations on December 28 as a result of the present security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). We have not suspended…

Most inmate deaths from cancer and suicide

WASHINGTON– During 2010, 4,150 inmates died while in the custody of local jails and state prisons—a five percent decline from 2009, according to a report released in December by the…

U.S. soldiers die in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas, died Dec. 24, in Baraki Barak,…

Long-time Iowa Athletics Department trainer to retire

IOWA CITY, Iowa – John Streif, a member of the University of Iowa athletic department since 1972, has announced his retirement. Streif served as assistant athletic trainer for 40 years…

With Deadline Looming, Congress Awaits President’s Proposal for Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for swift, bipartisan action to prevent the country from going…

NIACC women return to action Friday

NIACC women return to action Friday

PEORIA, Ill. – The NIACC women’s basketball team returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Illinois Central Tourrnament against South Suburban College. If NIACC…

More snow coming to North Iowa area, please drive carefully

More snow coming to North Iowa area, please drive carefully

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 4:00 pm, the snow started to fall again. The National Weather Service out of Des Moines said today: An…

McConnell Calls on Democrats to Take Up House-Passed Bill, Prevent Tax Hikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Friday regarding the need for the President and Senate Democrats to finally take…

Mason City man wins $30K lottery prize

Mason City man wins $30K lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mason City man decided to purchase a “Holiday Crossword” instant-scratch ticket while traveling for work and ended up winning a top prize of $30,000. Marcos…

Western Iowa Drivers Advised to Slow Down, Beware of Black Ice

Western Iowa Drivers Advised to Slow Down, Beware of Black Ice

Denison, IOWA — Throughout the morning Troopers in western Iowa have responded to assist numerous motorists whose vehicles have slid off the road. Though the road surface appears clear, law…

Mason City woman jailed on contempt charge

Mason City woman jailed on contempt charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was jailed Thursday on a contempt of court charge. Angela Marie Honebrink, 24, was picked up by Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s deputies at…

Iowa DOT: No driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants granted deferred action

Iowa DOT: No driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants granted deferred action

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 27, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has determined it will not issue driver’s licenses or nonoperator identification (ID) cards to persons granted Deferred Action…

Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa

Michelle and I extend our warm thoughts and best wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the first day of the week-long celebration of African-American history…

Progress “unthinkable a decade ago” being made in Afghanistan, U.N. Security Council told

Progress “unthinkable a decade ago” being made in Afghanistan, U.N. Security Council told

NEW YORK – A United Nations spokesperson told the Security Council last week that progress is being made in Afghanistan but the “challenges and tragedies” that remain call for more…

U.S. welcomes actions to address crises affecting Mali

From the U.S State Department – The United States welcomes adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution on the situation in Mali. The resolution, cosponsored by the U.S.,…

UNI to open conference play on the road Sunday

UNI to open conference play on the road Sunday

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI men’s basketball team will open Missouri Valley Conference play at Wichita State on Sunday.  Game time is at 5 PM. The UNI Panthers are 7-5…

Wolves bounced at home by Rockets, 87-84

Wolves bounced at home by Rockets, 87-84

MINNEAPOLIS – James Harden was too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night, scoring 30 points and leading the surging Houston Rockets past the Wolves 87-84. “When he’s playing downhill…

Cerro Gordo Community Foundation announces Grant Deadline is April 1, 2013.

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, December 27, 2012 – The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation (CGCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is announcing the grant application process and…

Former President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

Media reports are surfacing that former President George H.W. Bush is in a Texas hospital in intensive care. Reuters reported that the 88 year-old Bush has been in the hospital…

Deer shot, drug into street by shooters early Thursday; MCPD investigates

Deer shot, drug into street by shooters early Thursday; MCPD investigates

MASON CITY – A Mason City resident reported to police shots fired early Thursday morning in the south central area of town. “I was headed to bed,” the resident said,…

Burglary of Great Clips doesn’t go so well for thieves

Burglary of Great Clips doesn’t go so well for thieves

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A burglary report was taken Wednesday morning at Great Clips, located at 319 5th Street SW. Manager Amanda Rose explained…

Bank Robber Denied Christmas Cash

A bank robber trying to get some quick Christmas cash was turned away at a Houston Chase Bank today. But, you can earn some money if you can help the…

Ice fishing event to be held at Bluebill Wildlife Area

MASON CITY – An Ice Fishing Event sponsored by the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center will be held on Saturday, January 12, from 9 –…

Texans have AFL best 8 all-star selections

The AFC South champion Houston Texans lead the American Football Conference All-Star squad with a conference-best eight All-Stars for the 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Right behind the…

49ers lead NFL with 9 players on Pro Bowl team

PRO BOWL KICKS OFF SUPER BOWL WEEK IN PRIMETIME ON NBC ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 The San Francisco 49ers placed a league-best nine players on the National Football Conference All-Star…

Week 17 NFL Preview

It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, December 30. All 16 games are division contests. And with one week to go, there are…

Former Middle School Teacher in Federal Custody on Child Pornography Charge

FORT WORTH, TX—Daniel Oberlender, 45, a former choir teacher at Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine, Texas, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging transportation and distribution of…

United Nations responds to Russia’s ban on American adoptions

United Nations responds to Russia’s ban on American adoptions

NEW YORK – Responding to the proposed adoption ban being considered by Russia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today asked the Government there to be guided solely by the…

South Korean officials say North Korea now has capability to strike U.S. with rocket

SEOUL, South Korea – The South Korean government released a statement right after North Korea’s missile launch on December 12th and stated, “This missile launch by North Korea poses a…

Toyota to take $1.1 billion loss on settlement of unintended acceleration in its vehicles

NEW YORK, Dec 26, 2012 –Toyota Motor North America today announced an agreement to resolve economic loss litigation in the U.S. related to previous recalls by committing to actions that…

Congress warned today that U.S. debt limit of $16.4 trillion will be reached on December 31st

Congress warned today that U.S. debt limit of $16.4 trillion will be reached on December 31st

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner warned Congress on Wednesday he would have to take “extraordinary measures” to avoid a default on the country’s debt as it…

Energy Department Announces Six Projects to Develop Energy-Saving Windows, Roofs, and Heating and Cooling Equipment

WASHINGTON – As part of the Energy Department’s efforts to help homeowners and businesses save money by saving energy, the Department announced today a $9 million investment in leading-edge building…

U.S.: Only Egyptians can decide their country’s future

From the U.S. State Department: This past weekend, the draft Egyptian constitution passed a public referendum. We have stood with Egyptians as they have engaged in the difficult work of…

President, Congress set to return to work on fiscal cliff on Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama is returning early from his vacation in Hawaii to join Congress in Washington in a last minute attempt to iron out the fiscal cliff issue.…

Charles City and Mason City police work together to investigate burglaries

CHARLES CITY – On the morning of December 17th, 2012, the Charles City Police Department (CCPD) took reports from 3 residents that their house had been burglarized on the south…

NIACC’s Minto ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds by NJCAA

NIACC’s Minto ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds by NJCAA

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore Basil Minto (Cape Coral, Fla.) is ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds in the latest NJCAA wrestling rankings. Minto (10-1) was ranked second in the…

Ice Fishing Huts Popping Up on Iowa Lakes

Ice Fishing Huts Popping Up on Iowa Lakes

From Iowa DNR – Winter has arrived. The storm that ushered in winter last week brought with it cold temperatures covering most area lakes with a layer of ice. Since…

Supervisors hold weekly meeting

Supervisors hold weekly meeting

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday morning for their regular weekly meeting. There was no road report this week, as County Engineer Mary Kelly…

Iowa Man Sentenced For Federal Drug and Firearm Offenses

DAVENPORT, IA- On December 20, 2012, Jamarlo Scales, age 25, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute…

Iowa Man Sentenced on Firearm Charges

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On December 11, 2012, Justin Christopher Sneed, Sr., age 21, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court on the charge of felon…