Lobby for Ethanol

Iowa’s governor and congressional delegation are trying to shore up political support for ethanol, which is slipping as the nation produces more of its own oil. Republican Terry Branstad is pushing to reverse the Obama administration’s proposal to cut the required amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Almost half of Iowa’s corn crop […]

Community College Enrollment Down

  Iowa officials say community college enrollment this fall is down for the third straight year, dropping 3.5 percent from 2012. Enrollment at Iowa’s 15 community colleges peaked in 2010 at more than 106,000 students. This fall’s enrollment estimate is around 97,000 students. Officials at Northern Iowa Area Community College could not be reached for […]

911 Book Banned in Ankeny

 Copies of a novel about a boy whose father died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been removed from an Ankeny school. A parent had questioned the content of Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Assistant Ankeny Superintendent Jill Urich says the novel was removed from ninth-grade classrooms at Northview Middle School because […]

Convicted Sex Abuser to be Sentenced

    An 81-year-old northern Iowa man convicted in the sexual abuse of two 8-year-old girls has asked for a new trial.              Clarence Miller’s motion is scheduled to be heard Tuesday morning in Winnebago County District Court in Forest City. He’s scheduled to be sentenced later in the day.    A jury convicted Miller, […]

Embezzler Sentenced

A 54-year-old Mason City woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for embezzling nearly $70,000 from the bank where she worked. Margaret Sheese was sentenced yesterday in federal court. In a plea agreement, Sheese admitted to making 29 secret withdrawals from accounts belonging to one customer of Northwood State Bank.