Breakthrough Web Design - 641-201-1459 - Build Your Online Presence
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
• Founded 2010
Home » 2013 » March » 27

U.S. markets pull back in early trading

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes slipped Wednesday following downturns in markets across Europe. The European Commission said Wednesday that economic sentiment indexes for the eurozone and…

Iowa DOT Online Land Auction Underway

Iowa DOT Online Land Auction Underway

AMES, Iowa – March 27, 2013 – An online land auction is currently underway in which nine Iowa Department of Transportation-owned parcels are being offered for sale in Jefferson, Shelby,…

2013 Cyclones Are Prepared For Evolving Roles

2013 Cyclones Are Prepared For Evolving Roles

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team that will begin its spring schedule on Thursday against Creighton has seen a lot of change this offseason. Last year’s team that…

Sequester shuts down tuition assistance for Iowa Guard soldiers

Sequester shuts down tuition assistance for Iowa Guard soldiers

Due to the current fiscal challenges, the Army and Air Force have announced the suspension of the federal Tuition Assistance (TA) program, effective immediately. The announcement affects all Army and…

Iowa DNR takes enforcement actions on Iowa businesses

DES MOINES — The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions: Manufacturers Bank & Trust Company and Rognes Bros. Excavating Inc., Worth County  Cease illegal open burning and open dumping…

ISU Volleyball Spring Season Starts With Creighton

ISU Volleyball Spring Season Starts With Creighton

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State volleyball team will open the 2013 spring season on Thursday night with a neutral-site match against Creighton at Harlan High School in Harlan, Iowa.…

FBI: Cruise ship death ‘suspicious’

BALTIMORE, March 26 (UPI) — The FBI Tuesday called the death of a woman passenger aboard the cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas “suspicious” and was investigating. The Royal Caribbean…

NBA: Minnesota 105, Detroit 82

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 26 (UPI) — J.J. Barea came off the bench to pop in 21 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a huge third period to hang a…

U.S. food-borne illness down 40 percent

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) — From 2001 to 2010, U.S. food-borne illness outbreaks — E. coli, Salmonella and other dangerous pathogens — dropped 40 percent, a food advocacy group said.…

Gov. Christie to keep eye on Prince Harry

TRENTON, N.J., March 27 (UPI) — Gov. Chris Christie has promised to keep Prince Harry of Britain on a short leash during an upcoming visit to New Jersey. Harry will…

Alleged gunman arrested after standoff

TACOMA, Wash., March 27 (UPI) — Police arrested a 67-year-old man Tuesday who allegedly walked through a neighborhood in Tacoma, Wash., firing randomly at houses. The man was described as…

U.S., Mexico tie in World Cup qualifier

MEXICO CITY, March 27 (UPI) — The United States added a point to their World Cup qualifying tally Tuesday by battling Mexico to a 0-0 draw at Azteca Stadium. The…

Branstad appoints Henry Latham Seventh Judicial District Judge

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed Henry Latham Seventh Judicial District Judge. Latham, of Eldridge, earned his law degree from the University of Iowa and is currently…

Editorial: Bookmeyer, Council, Trout wasted everyone’s time with one-arm trash trucks farce (VIDEO)

Editorial: Bookmeyer, Council, Trout wasted everyone’s time with one-arm trash trucks farce (VIDEO)

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Whoever put City Administrator Brent Trout up to researching the idea of pursuing a radical change to our Sanitation Department involving trash…

Outside View: Shocking and Awing

By HARLAN ULLMAN WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) — Ten years ago this month, the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom against Saddam Hussein. The real reason for this invasion was…

Iowa hunters have “new tool” available in Hunting Atlas

Iowa hunters have “new tool” available in Hunting Atlas

DES MOINES – There is a “new tool” available for Iowa hunters, according to Iowa Senator Jeff Danielson. Danielson introduced the Iowa Hunting Atlas, calling it “an interactive map that…

Iowa Senator: Secretary of State should end intimidation of Iowa voters

Iowa Senator: Secretary of State should end intimidation of Iowa voters

Statement by State Senator Jeff Danielson, chair of the Senate State Government Committee, following dismissal of election misconduct charges in Council Bluffs that were prompted by Iowa Secretary of State…

Iowa man killed after losing control of his vehicle

Iowa man killed after losing control of his vehicle

PRESTON, IA – An Iowa was killed after he lost control of his vehicle Tuesday morning. According to a report, at about 9:30 AM, Timothy Michael Vosatka, 46, of Sabula,…

Hoiberg to Coach in Reese’s College All-Star Game

Hoiberg to Coach in Reese’s College All-Star Game

ATLANTA, Ga. – Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will coach one of the two teams at the 2013 Reese’s College All-Star Game, April 5 at the Final…

Key U.S. Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 22nd Session

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 25, 2013 The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust engagement at the Council, where…

MN Man Indicted for Producing, Distributing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed late Friday charges a 40-year-old Blooming Prairie man with producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography. The indictment, which was filed on March 19, 2013, charges Brian…

IPL extends agreement for nuclear power, takes another important step in long-term energy resource plan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), announced today the signing of an 11-year power purchase agreement from the…

Iowa man to prison for meth conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced March 14, 2013, to more than six years in federal prison. Esmelin Belloso-Valle, 49, from Sibley, Iowa, received…

Health Department Hosts Radio Contest in Honor of National Public Health Week

Health Department Hosts Radio Contest in Honor of National Public Health Week

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will celebrate National Public Health Week the first week in April. It is observed by focusing attention on issues…

Cedar Rapids man sentenced to federal prison for lying to U.S. Postal Inspector

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who made a false statement to a U.S. Postal Inspector conducting a fraud investigation was sentenced today to more than one year in federal prison.…

Dubuque man charged with distributing heroin near school and playground, resulting in death

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alvin Stanley Briggs, Jr., age 50, from Dubuque, Iowa, has been charged with one count of distribution of heroin resulting in death and four counts of distribution…

Selling crack cocaine lands Waterloo student in federal prison

Selling crack cocaine lands Waterloo student in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Waterloo college student who was selling crack cocaine was sentenced on March 26, 2013 to seven years in federal prison. Ryan Stevenson, 25, from Waterloo, Iowa,…