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Gunman kills 3 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, takes own life

Gunman kills 3 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, takes own life

By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 – A soldier killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 more before killing himself at Fort Hood, Texas,…

UNI to add live panther as part of game day experience

UNI to add live panther as part of game day experience

Courtesy UNI Athletics Communications – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa athletic department has announced the addition of a live Panther as part of in-game and on-campus…

NIACC’s Bell commits to Grand View

NIACC’s Bell commits to Grand View

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore Emily Bell has verbally committed to play basketball next season at Grand View University in Des Moines. Bell, a 5-8 guard from Algona, averaged 6.9 points…

Mason City man arrested for second time in 8 days

Mason City man arrested for second time in 8 days

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been arrested for the second time in 8 days, this time for suspicion of harassment. Police went to the home of Nick…

Established automotive shop seeks FT customer service/front counter sales

Established automotive shop seeks FT customer service/front counter sales

MANLY – An established automotive shop specializing in tires and wheels is currently looking to hire a front counter person with strong customer service skills, as well as a strong…

Cops halt hog slaughter at Cultural Crescent house

Cops halt hog slaughter at Cultural Crescent house

MASON CITY – When you got a hankerin’ for some fresh-sliced bacon, what could top haulin’ the house hog out to the front yard and butcherin’ the little feller? Apparently,…

Wisconsin pimp who brought girls to Iowa gets life in prison

Wisconsin pimp who brought girls to Iowa gets life in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who transported two minor girls from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Iowa for purposes of having them engage in prostitution was sentenced today to life in prison…

Teen reported missing to MCPD

Teen reported missing to MCPD

MASON CITY – A fifteen-year-old teenage girl has been reported missing to Mason City police. Kassidy J. Henry ran away from home voluntarily yesterday at approx 6:49 PM, police told NIT. She…

Iowa DNR: Anglers trashing shoreline is major problem

Iowa DNR: Anglers trashing shoreline is major problem

Littering is not only an eyesore; it shows a lack of respect someone demonstrates by leaving their trash behind for others to clean up. And that reputation as litterbugs nearly…

Letter to the “South Side Boys” from Publisher Matt Marquardt

Letter to the “South Side Boys” from Publisher Matt Marquardt

Editorial from NorthIowaToday.com Publisher Matt Marquardt – For about a year, I have received rather nasty, threatening letters periodically from an entity which refers to itself as the “South Side…

Ames police search for “scruffy looking” robbery suspect

Ames police search for “scruffy looking” robbery suspect

AMES – A fast cash store in Ames was robbed today and police are seeking a “scruffy looking” black male suspect. According to Ames police, at approximately 9:50 AM, an…

Update on status of RAGBRAI preparations in Mason City

Update on status of RAGBRAI preparations in Mason City

MASON CITY – Committees are in place and efforts are in full swing for this year’s RAGBRAI® overnight stop in Mason City on Wednesday, July 23. Over the next 4…

US Supreme Court drops more barriers to large campaign contributions

US Supreme Court drops more barriers to large campaign contributions

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court today – by a narrow 5-4 ruling – declared unconstitutional federal limits on aggregate campaign contributions, allowing political donors to make more large contributions…

Senator Ted Cruz praises Supreme Court decision to make large political donations easier

Senator Ted Cruz praises Supreme Court decision to make large political donations easier

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement praising the Supreme Court for its recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC to uphold individuals’ right to…

Mason City man arrested for felony domestic assault

Mason City man arrested for felony domestic assault

MASON CITY – Police were called to a North End house Tuesday morning on a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested a man for felony domestic assault. Officers were…

Sen. Ted Cruz introduces legislation to prevent terrorists from entering U.S. as U.N. ambassadors

Sen. Ted Cruz introduces legislation to prevent terrorists from entering U.S. as U.N. ambassadors

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Tuesday introduced legislation, S. 2195, to prevent known terrorists from obtaining visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the…

Drinking water advisories lifted for Aplington

Drinking water advisories lifted for Aplington

APLINGTON, IOWA – Water advisories for the town of Aplington in Butler county were lifted today, authorities said. The city had water samples tested for bacteria on both Monday and…

U.S. Commander outlines posture to counter North Korean threats

By Amaani Lyle, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 – Readiness is critical to thwarting North Korea’s effort to develop nuclear arms and long-range missiles, the commander…

Afghans urged to vote in upcoming presidential and provincial council elections

Afghans urged to vote in upcoming presidential and provincial council elections

NEW YORK – A senior United Nations official today urged Afghans to use this Saturday’s presidential and provincial council elections to shape the future of the country through peaceful, democratic…

Authorities to crack down on rural traffic safety

Authorities to crack down on rural traffic safety

DES MOINES – In 2012, 72% of fatal crashes in Iowa occurred on secondary rural roads. Approximately 79% of Iowa’s total roadways are considered secondary in nature. Due to these…

Grassley says more transparency needed about use of federal aircraft

Grassley says more transparency needed about use of federal aircraft

WASHINGTON – Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said Monday that more transparency is needed from US intelligence agencies about use of federal aircraft. Senator Grassley said Monday: According to a new…

UNI spring football game set for April 25

UNI spring football game set for April 25

Courtesy UNI Athletics Communications CEDAR FALLS – The 2014 University of Northern Iowa Spring Football Game presented by Tyson Foods is set for Fri., April 25, at the UNI-Dome. The…

Prairie Chicken Festival to be held in Iowa town

KELLERTON, Iowa – Annual Prairie Chicken Festival will be held at Grand River Grasslands Bird Conservation Area on April 5. The site provides a wildlife viewing platform two miles west…

Sewage sludge released from storage tank at Cresco

Sewage sludge released from storage tank at Cresco

CRESCO – Approximately 2,000 gallons of sewage sludge was released to an unnamed tributary to Silver Creek from a storage tank at the Cresco wastewater treatment plant yesterday in Howard…

Senators press fed’s for answers on guidance provided to banks on illegal marijuana money

Senators press fed’s for answers on guidance provided to banks on illegal marijuana money

WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein are pressing the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to answer questions about the guidance it offered financial institutions on providing services to…

NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute joins Road Scholar Institute Network

NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute joins Road Scholar Institute Network

MASON CITY – The Lifelong Learning Institute at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has joined the Road Scholar Institute Network. The Road Scholar Institute was formerly called Elderhostel and…