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World-traveling child molester gets 30 years in prison

World-traveling child molester gets 30 years in prison

WASHINGTON – An American man who traveled between the US and China – molesting young girls in both countries – received three decades in prison for his crimes. Hector Orjuela…

Iowa slips to six seed in Big Ten tourney

Iowa slips to six seed in Big Ten tourney

INDIANAPOLIS – The Iowa men’s basketball team has hit the skids at the wrong time of year, slipping to a six seed in the 17th annual Big Ten tourney and…

Mason City woman, allegedly drunk, plants car in median on 4th SW

Mason City woman, allegedly drunk, plants car in median on 4th SW

MASON CITY – Police worked to take an alleged drunk driver in a dangerous situation into custody this weekend. Police said that Saturday morning at abut 12:45 AM a vehicle…

Massachusetts court rules that taking ‘upskirt’ photos is not illegal; legislature and governor take action

Massachusetts court rules that taking ‘upskirt’ photos is not illegal; legislature and governor take action

NIT – Massachusetts courts and lawmakers last week hastily dealt with questions of decency and what is perverted behavior and what is not. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that…

Shoot, or not? Police officers forced to make “split second decision” between toy and real gun

Shoot, or not? Police officers forced to make “split second decision” between toy and real gun

OMAHA – To shoot or not to shoot. That was the question that faced an Omaha police officer when he spotted a young male walking down a street carrying a…

UNI finishes second at Mid-American Conference wrestling tourney

UNI finishes second at Mid-American Conference wrestling tourney

KENT, Ohio – UNI wrestling grabbed two more spots at the NCAA national tournament en route to a second-place team finish in the final day of the Mid-American Conference Championships. UNI…

Charles City to celebrate 21st annual St. Patty’s Parade

Charles City to celebrate 21st annual St. Patty’s Parade

CHARLES CITY – The St. Patty’s annual parade in Charles City is set for March 15th, followed by a pub crawl. The 21st annual – 1st ever – Charles City…

Iowa second at Big Ten wrestling tourney

Iowa second at Big Ten wrestling tourney

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State won its fourth-straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on Sunday, claiming first place with a score of 140.5. The Nittany Lions become just the fifth…

Mason City man arrested at Surf Ballroom after fight

Mason City man arrested at Surf Ballroom after fight

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man got too feisty at an 80’s tribute band concert in Clear Lake late Friday and was arrested. According to police, 48-year-old David Michael Haag…

Melvin Ejim named Big 12 Player of the Year

Melvin Ejim named Big 12 Player of the Year

AMES – Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year, announced today by the Big 12 Conference. Ejim is the first Cyclone to…

ISU men receive conference awards

ISU men receive conference awards

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State men’s basketball players were well-represented on the 2013-14 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards, as announced by the Big 12 Conference today. Seniors Melvin…

Prolific identity thief gets 12 years in prison

WASHINGTON – The leader of an identity theft ring that stole more than 600 identities from U.S. government employees and others was sentenced today to serve 12 years in prison,…

Feds force H&R Block to make its website friendly to people with disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced last week that it had entered into a consent decree with national tax preparer H&R Block, which requires it to redesign its websites and…

Iowa GOP Chairman AJ Spiker stepping down

Iowa GOP Chairman AJ Spiker stepping down

DES MOINES – On Friday, March 7th, in a letter sent to members of the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee, Chairman A.J. Spiker announced he was stepping down…

City of Mason City expense report – Feb. 27, 2014

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/27/2014 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ———————– ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC COPY CHARGE 337.05 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 432.52 AKAY…

Registration is open for summer classes at NIACC

Registration is open for summer classes at NIACC

MASON CITY – Registration is open for summer courses at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). Students are encouraged to call now and enroll. Summer school is a great opportunity…

Wanted Iowa sex offender arrested

Wanted Iowa sex offender arrested

SPENCER – A wanted Iowa sex offender was caught in Des Moines and taken to North Iowa to await trial on a number of new charges. Gerald Busch, age 48,…

Harkin: Jobs report emphasizes need to renew federal unemployment insurance

Harkin: Jobs report emphasizes need to renew federal unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the February employment numbers. Friday’s report shows…

US marks seventh anniversary of missing American believed to be in Iran

WASHINGTON – The US State Department recognized Sunday as the seventh anniversary of the day that former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared from while on a mission for the CIA.…

New report: 57 percent of small business owners support Harkin-Miller proposal to raise minimum wage to $10.10

New report: 57 percent of small business owners support Harkin-Miller proposal to raise minimum wage to $10.10

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee,…

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship schedule announced

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship schedule announced

KANSAS CITY – The University of Kansas has earned the 2013-14 Big 12 men’s basketball regular-season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12…

U.S. Marshals apprehend alleged child rapist, U.S. army top 15 most wanted fugitive

FAYETTEVILLE – The U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the arrest of Oscar Rodriguez, 34, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez is wanted for multiple alleged sex crimes…

Health department asks community for input with communication survey

Health department asks community for input with communication survey

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is asking county residents for their help in assessing the best way to communicate with our residents. The survey…

Iowa State finishes third at Big 12 wrestling meet

Iowa State finishes third at Big 12 wrestling meet

NORMAN, Okla. – The Iowa State wrestling team took home a pair of Big 12 titles Saturday evening at Oklahoma’s McCassland Fieldhouse. Cyclone grapplers Lelund Weatherspoon and top-ranked Kyven Gadson…

Over 11,000 Iowans part of 2 million denied unemployment benefits

Over 11,000 Iowans part of 2 million denied unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON – The number of people who have lost their unemployment benefits as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program’s expiration has surpassed two million this week, according to…

Honors Day to be held at Waldorf College

Honors Day to be held at Waldorf College

FOREST CITY – On April 2, Waldorf College students, faculty, staff and alumni will come together to celebrate the honors of academic excellence. The annual Waldorf College Honors Day ceremony…