Breakthrough Web Design - 515-897-1144 - Web sites for businesses
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
Founded October 1, 2010

Home » 2014 » April » 14

DOD unveils improved sexual assault prevention training

By Amaani Lyle, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 – As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials…

Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

Russian aircraft flies near U.S. Navy ship in Black Sea

By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 – A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black…

US guarantees $1 billion in loans to Ukraine, other assistance

US guarantees $1 billion in loans to Ukraine, other assistance

WASHINGTON – The US State Department on Monday described the aid and assistance the United States is providing to Ukraine as it facing a growing threat from Russia and upcoming…

NIACC sports notebook

NIACC sports notebook

BASEBALL What’s next: The NIACC baseball team returns to action Tuesday in a nonconference doubleheader against Madison Area Technical College at a neutral site in Peosta, Ia. Rosemount, Minn. Game…

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who distributed child pornography pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Brady Verlo, age 22, from West Branch, Iowa, was convicted of…

Hoiberg adds prized transfer to Cyclone basketball team

Hoiberg adds prized transfer to Cyclone basketball team

AMES – Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg announced the addition of Bryce Dejean-Jones, a highly-touted transfer from UNLV. Dejean-Jones (DEE-john) is expected to graduate from UNLV and be eligible…

Dirty doctor sent to slammer for a week

Dirty doctor sent to slammer for a week

HAMPTON – A judge says this dirty doctor is either a bully or thinks he is a above the law, but either way, he’ll be in jail for a week…

Iowa DOT auction to be held April 26

Iowa DOT auction to be held April 26

AMES – A public auction of state-owned equipment and a limited number of vehicles will be held by the Iowa Department of Transportation on its grounds in Ames, Saturday, April…

Investigation says that officer was justified in shooting at troubled, suicidal man man

Investigation says that officer was justified in shooting at troubled, suicidal man man

MAQUOKETA – On April 1, 2014, shortly before 3:00 a.m., Sgt. Brendan Zeimet was ending his shift by filling his squad car up with gas at the city lot. He…

Alliant says more of its own customers generating renewable energy

Alliant says more of its own customers generating renewable energy

CEDAR RAPIDS – This year, Alliant Energy electric utility customers across Iowa will generate more renewable energy than ever before. In the last three years, the number of Alliant Energy…

Another man found guilty of sex trafficking as a result of sting at Sturgis bike rally

Another man found guilty of sex trafficking as a result of sting at Sturgis bike rally

MINNEAPOLIS – United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that James Eugene Larive, Jr., age 43, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, was found guilty of commercial sex trafficking as a…

Utah woman accused of murdering 7 babies

Utah woman accused of murdering 7 babies

PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH – Police in this Utah community discovered the bodies of seven infants at a home where the mother perviously lived, and the woman was arrested and charged…

Obamacare working? Americans without health insurance at lowest level in years

Obamacare working? Americans without health insurance at lowest level in years

NIT – Obamacare may be accomplishing its goal of lowering the US uninsured rate, as fewer Americans are without health insurance since 2008. According to a new poll from Gallup,…

Two Iowans dead after head-on collision with boom sprayer

Two Iowans dead after head-on collision with boom sprayer

VAN HORNE, IA – A compact car crossed the center line on a rural Iowa highway and struck a large piece of farm machinery, taking the lives of two Iowans…

Gas stations awarded funds for offering higher blends of ethanol fuel

Gas stations awarded funds for offering higher blends of ethanol fuel

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced the Oak Street Station in Inwood, Iowa, and Farmers Cooperative in Mount…

Mason City man in jail for violating terms of probation on drug charge

Mason City man in jail for violating terms of probation on drug charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested and jailed Monday for allegedly violating his probation related to a drug charge. Jamison D. Diekhuis, age 19, was arrested by…

Christofferson inks deal with Phoenix Mercury

Christofferson inks deal with Phoenix Mercury

AMES, Iowa – It wasn’t long after the conclusion of the WNBA draft that a deal was struck for senior Hallie Christofferson to continue her basketball career. Christofferson will sign…

One dead, several injured in I-80 crash near Iowa City

One dead, several injured in I-80 crash near Iowa City

CORALVILLE – A busy stretch of Interstate 80 saw another traffic pile-up Sunday, this time with one dead and several injured. An Iowa State Patrol report stated that compact car…

Pilot Al Haynes returns to Iowa 25 years after United Airlines 232 crash

Pilot Al Haynes returns to Iowa 25 years after United Airlines 232 crash

AMES – April 14, 2014 – As part of the 2014 Iowa Aviation Conference, the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Public Airports Association welcome Al Haynes, captain of United…

Rampant use of torture by Syrian forces, opposition groups, condemned

NIT – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed…

Woman’s execution by Iran should be halted, UN says

Woman’s execution by Iran should be halted, UN says

NIT – A United Nations independent expert has issued a strong call on the Government of Iran to halt tomorrow’s scheduled execution an Iranian woman said to be the victim…

Mason City high school students compete in solo and ensemble contest

MASON CITY – The Mason City High School (MCHS) Music Department participated in the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) Class 4A Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Cedar Falls…

Man who threatened to kill passengers on airplane indicted by grand jury

Man who threatened to kill passengers on airplane indicted by grand jury

WASHINGTON – A Virginia man who made threats to kill passengers on a United Airlines flight has been indicted by a federal grand jury for interference with flight crew members…

US supports peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

US supports peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

WASHINGTON – The US State Department in a statement late last week expressed support for a United Nations Security Council resolution that established a peacekeeping mission to the Central African…

Statement from the President on Passover

Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. On Tuesday, just as we have every year…