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Visit Mason City Honors Tourism Leaders

Visit Mason City Honors Tourism Leaders

MASON CITY – Visit Mason City recently hosted its annual meeting and appreciation open house at the North Iowa Events Center. During the event, Visit Mason City honored a few…

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Add 6 Recruits

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Add 6 Recruits

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head baseball coach Jack Dahm announced the signing of six players to the 2014 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes now have 11 players signed…

NIACC beats Kirkwood 2-1 in opening round at regional baseball

NIACC beats Kirkwood 2-1 in opening round at regional baseball

WATERLOO – The NIACC baseball team topped Kirkwood 2-1 in the opening round of the Region XI baseball tournament Friday afternoon. Sophomore right-hander Lucas Bakker (8-1) went the distance (9…

Three NIACC softball players earn second-team all-region honors

Three NIACC softball players earn second-team all-region honors

MASON CITY – Three NIACC softball players earned second-team all-Region XI honors. Freshman Janae Annetts and sophomores Hailey Eckstein and Cassie Pappas all earned second-team utility honors for the Lady…

Waterloo police report attempted child abduction

WATERLOO – On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at approximately 2:26 PM, Waterloo Police were dispatched to Essex Drive and Idaho Street on report of an attempted child abduction. The victim,…

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Grassley Opening Statement Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary Executive Business Meeting The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744…

Efforts to add 1,050 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa by year-end 2015

Efforts to add 1,050 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa by year-end 2015

Senator Chuck Grassley on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 commented on the announcement by MidAmerican Energy Company that it plans to seek authority to add up to 1,050 megawatts of wind…

Grassley: Questions Continue About 340B Discount Drug Program

M E M O R A N D U M To: Reporters and editors Re: Discount prescription drug program Da: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is…

Bachmann says 9/11 attacks were “judgements” from God (VIDEO)

Bachmann says 9/11 attacks were “judgements” from God (VIDEO)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said Wednesday that the attacks on 9/11 and in Benghazi were “judgements” from God, Salon.com reported. At a prayer event, Bachmann said “It’s no secret that…

Report: Syrian patients in Turkey tested for chemical weapon injuries

ANKARA, Turkey, May 10 (UPI) — About a dozen patients from Syria with symptoms suggestive of exposure to chemical weapons attacks are being treated in Turkey, CNN reported. “They were…

School board member Mark Young resigns

School board member Mark Young resigns

MASON CITY – Mason City School Board member Mark Young resigned at Monday’s school board meeting. Young is a local attorney and has aspirations for a career in education.  “Mr.…

DNA testing confirms Castro is father of hostage’s 6-year-old girl

CLEVELAND, May 10 (UPI) — Ariel Castro is the father of the child born to one of the three women he is charged with holding hostage for 10 years, an…

‘Walking Dead’ stars back to work in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 10 (UPI) — Production on the fourth season of the zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” began this week in Atlanta, AMC announced. Based on the comic book…

Kossuth county man indicted on federal child sexual exploitation charges

SIOUX CITY – Timothy Koenck, age 53, of Fenton, Iowa, has been indicted on federal child sexual exploitation charges. T­he charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed April 22, 2013,…

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner sees signs of war crimes in Syria

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner sees signs of war crimes in Syria

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 10 (UPI) — The situation in Syria is becoming more alarming despite recent pleas for a political solution to the crisis, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay…

Treasury sanctions two for dealings with N. Korea WMD procurer

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a business and individual, both from Taiwan, linked to an accused weapons of mass destruction procurer for North Korea. Citing…

A contest: Which local elected official will come through?

A contest: Which local elected official will come through?

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I have already reported that the North Iowa Corridor, a publicly-funded agency that takes $50,000 a year from Clear Lake taxpayers, $50,000 a year from…

Space station crew prepares for spacewalk to address coolant leak

Space station crew prepares for spacewalk to address coolant leak

GREENBELT, Md., May 10 (UPI) — The crew International Space Station crew is planning a spacewalk to deal with a leak of ammonia from a cooling system, the commander said…

Restaurant offers African lion tacos

Restaurant offers African lion tacos

TAMPA, Fla., May 10 (UPI) — A Florida restaurant known for its unusual tacos is raising eyebrows by offering a taco featuring African lion meat for $35. Taco Fusion in…

Local CPA Tim Wendel questions school board (VIDEO)

Local CPA Tim Wendel questions school board (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – At Monday’s Mason City School Board meeting, local CPA Tim Wendel questioned the spending practices of the school district as the board considered cutting coaches and contracts…

Minnesota House passes same-sex marriage bill; Senate passage expected

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 10 (UPI) — The Minnesota Senate is the next stop for a same-sex marriage bill, putting Minnesota on the path to become the 12th state to…

Ragan: Ensuring government works for Iowans

Ragan: Ensuring government works for Iowans

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Iowans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom deserve the highest quality care we can offer. That is a top priority for all legislators,…

Public humiliation added to justice’s sentence

Public humiliation added to justice’s sentence

PITTSBURGH, May 9 (UPI) — The judge who sentenced a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice to three years house arrest added some touches designed to humiliate her. Joan Orie Melvin…

Health Department Asks Community for Assistance with Wellness Survey

Health Department Asks Community for Assistance with Wellness Survey

(Mason City) — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is asking county residents for help in assessing the health of Cerro Gordo County. The Health Department is releasing…

Microsoft considering $1 billion bid for Nook

REDMOND, Wash., May 9 (UPI) — U.S. technology giant Microsoft is considering a $1 billion bid to buy Nook, the e-book business owned by Barnes & Noble, a TechCrunch report…

Colorado officials open investigation into wild horse shipments

LA JARA, Colo., May 9 (UPI) — A Colorado sheriff’s office has launched an investigation into allegations a man illegally shipped nearly 1,000 protected wild horses out of the state.…

Boston police chief: More cameras, surveillance needed

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) — The United States must deploy more cameras, undercover officers and specialized units to protect vulnerable targets from terrorism, Boston’s police chief said. In written testimony…

Madonna to be honored at Billboard Awards ceremony

LAS VEGAS, May 9 (UPI) — Madonna is to be honored with the Top Touring Artist Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas this month, ABC announced.…