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NIACC national wrestling preview

NIACC national wrestling preview

DES MOINES – The NIACC wrestling team is taking nine out of a possible 10 wrestlers to the NJCAA national wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday. But NIACC wrestling coach Steve…

Snowstorm moves across U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) — About 30 million people in 18 states are under a storm watch or warning as snow and icy conditions that struck California move to…

Fed minutes weigh on Wall Street

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes dropped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve revealed divisions about how to support the economic recovery. In meeting minutes from its late…

COL BKB: Ohio State 71, Minnesota 45

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Deshaun Thomas helped No. 18 Ohio State break open the game in the second half and scored 19 points in the Buckeyes’ 71-45 victory…

Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Washington Wednesday to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. The 47-year-old son of…

Library board accepts proposal from NIVC to operate coffee stand

Library board accepts proposal from NIVC to operate coffee stand

MASON CITY -The Mason City Library Board accepted a proposal Tuesday from North Iowa Vocational Center to operate the coffee and food stand in the Commons Area of the library,…

Body found in rubble of Mo. restaurant

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 20 (UPI) — A body was found Wednesday in the rubble of a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant destroyed in an explosion and fire possibly caused by…

Woman calls cops on landlord, arrested for driving offenses

Woman calls cops on landlord, arrested for driving offenses

MASON CITY – A woman was arrested for driving offenses after complaining about damage to her home. According to a report, Terrie Rae Adams, 36, called police to a home…

Iowa Senator calls fertilizer plant “worst Iowa economic development decision ever”

Iowa Senator calls fertilizer plant “worst Iowa economic development decision ever”

DES MOINES – Iowa Senator Joe Bolkcom, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, is calling an economic development for a Orascom fertilizer plant the “worst Iowa economic development decision…

Online magazine “newsstand” Zinio now available at mcpl.org

Online magazine “newsstand” Zinio now available at mcpl.org

MASON CITY – The Mason City Public Library is proud to announce the addition of Zinio Online Magazine Newsstand to our online patron resources. Library Journal named Zinio for Libraries…

Branstad thanks partners for supporting education reform

Branstad thanks partners for supporting education reform

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today thanked the myriad Partners for Education Reform who have signed on with their proposal to make Iowa’s…

NIACC plays at Southwestern Wednesday

CRESTON – The NIACC men’s basketball team looks to get back on track Wednesday night at Southwestern after having its five-game winning streak snapped last week. Game time is set…

NIACC women seek third straight win

CRESTON – The NIACC women’s basketball team looks to push its winning streak to three games at Southwestern on Wednesday. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. NIACC (15-12 overall,…

Cops question men drinking Bud Light on Spring Lake (VIDEO)

Cops question men drinking Bud Light on Spring Lake (VIDEO)

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Shortly before 5:00 pm Tuesday, a call was made to the Mason City Police Department informing them that there was…

Mason City schools again suffering from lower enrollment (VIDEO)

Mason City schools again suffering from lower enrollment (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – At Tuesday’s school board meeting, district official Hal Minear indicated that enrollment at Mason City schools again is in decline although he indicated that the losses seem…

Branstad, Reynolds praise House action to make schools best in the nation

Branstad, Reynolds praise House action to make schools best in the nation

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today thanked House Republicans for spearheading the effort to make Iowa’s schools best in the nation again. The…

North Iowa man dead after two car accident Tuesday

North Iowa man dead after two car accident Tuesday

BANCROFT – A North Iowa man is dead after a two car accident Tuesday morning west of Bancroft. Philip Bernard of Bancroft was southbound on County Road P30 in his…

Police arrest 9 in gang beheading

TULTITLAN, Mexico, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Mexican police said they have arrested nine gang members who allegedly beheaded a woman who tried to break up a fight between rival groups.…

Pilot cited by FAA before fatal accident

ACTON, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in California while filming a television program had his pilot privileges suspended twice since 2003, records show.…

DoD prepares to furlough civilian workers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) — The Pentagon said it is preparing to notify Congress it plans to impose furloughs on civilian U.S. defense workers because of impending budget cuts. The…

Experts: Obama wants map of human brain

Experts: Obama wants map of human brain

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Scientists say the Obama administration is planning a project to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics — map the…

Lawyers tangle at Peterson hearing

JOLIET, Ill., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Ex-policeman Drew Peterson’s request for a new trial in the death of his third wife began Tuesday in Joliet, Ill., with a claim his…

Shellie Zimmerman’s perjury charge stands

SANFORD, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, accused murderer of Trayvon Martin, was told in a Sanford, Fla., court her perjury charge would not be…

UNI Wins Sixth Straight; Panthers Top Bears, 69-63

UNI Wins Sixth Straight; Panthers Top Bears, 69-63

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team scored its sixth straight win with a 69-63 road win over Missouri State in…

Pistorius says he thought he shot intruder

PRETORIA, South Africa, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, accused of murder in South Africa, thought he was shooting at an intruder when he killed his girlfriend, his…

Harasser claims victim injured him

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, Feb. 19 (UPI) — A woman celebrated in India after fighting off several men who were harassing her and a friend now faces charges filed by one of…

4 dead in quiet Calif. neighborhoods

TUSTIN, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Several usually quiet Orange County, Calif., neighborhoods were the scenes of a series of killings and carjackings that left four people dead, police said.…

China says trade with North Korea normal

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Chinese trade with North Korea hasn’t been affected by the North’s recent nuclear test, observers told the China Daily. However, the official newspaper Tuesday quoted…

Tiger Woods: He and Obama won golf match

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 19 (UPI) — U.S. golfer Tiger Woods said Tuesday he and U.S. President Barack Obama partnered to beat their opponents during a weekend round of golf in…

Indiana 72, Michigan State 68

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Victor Oladipo’s tip-in with 43 seconds left Tuesday put top-ranked Indiana ahead and the Hoosiers posted a rare road win against No. 5…

NBA: Chicago 96, New Orleans 87

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Luol Deng fired in 20 points Tuesday and the Chicago Bulls used to a tenacious defense to get past New Orleans 96-87. Joakim Noah…

NHL: Chicago 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)

CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) — Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane each tallied a shootout goal Tuesday and the Chicago Blackhawks tied an NHL record with their 4-3 win over Vancouver.…

Secretary of State John Kerry to travel Europe, Middle East

Secretary of State John Kerry to travel Europe, Middle East

From February 24 to March 6, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.…

Jesse Jackson Jr. likely to get prison

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is likely to lose his pension and spend time prison if he pleads guilty to misuse of campaign funds,…

UI-Nebraska MBB Game Moved to Saturday Afternoon

LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska and University of Iowa athletic departments, in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference, announced Tuesday afternoon that the men’s basketball game between Iowa…

Detroit jury mulling Kilpatrick charges

DETROIT, Feb. 19 (UPI) — The fate of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was in the hands of 12 jurors Tuesday as they began deliberations on federal corruption charges against…