The 21st-ranked UNI volleyball team will put their undefeated record on the line this weekend as they play a pair of Missouri Valley Conference teams on the road at Wichita State and Southwest Missouri State. Southwest is 4-0 in the conference, while UNI is off to a 3-0 record. UNI has won their last 63 conference matches.
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It is not just college rivalries that feature a traveling trophy, but several at the high school ranks as well. One of those series will be renewed tomorrow night in Tama as class 3A second ranked Grinnell visits South Tama in the battle for the helmets. Grinnell coach Jim Dunne says this is always a big game since they’re not very far away.Dunne says he has been impressed with South Tama as they have five returning offensive linemen.South Tama coach Jim Plantz says the game is always big no matter where it’s played. Plantz says his team knows what’s ahead, as he says Grinnell is one of the top 3A teams in America.
Cornell is the early surprise of the Iowa Conference race and will be at home Saturday to play Simpson. The Rams are 3-0 and have already equaled their win total of last season. Coach Steve Miller says added experience is one factor and the confidence level continues to rise.The offense has been generating impressive numbers and has also provided a number of big plays.Normally a strong running team, Simpson has thrown the ball more this season, but he says they still run the same I set.
A teenage father in northern Iowa is accused of beating his infant son. 19-year-old Casey Meyers, of Burt, is charged with child endangerment after his eight-week-old son was hit in the head. Kossuth County authorities say the boy suffered serious head injuries and is being treated at a Mason City hospital.
An Iowa business that took a big blow from the slumping farm economy is finally making a recovery. In the previous three years, Terra Industries, a Sioux City based maker of fertilizer, had suffered 130-million in losses.Spokesman Mark Rosenbury says it takes a lot of natural gas to make fertilizer, so when fuel prices soared, dealers turned to South American imports. Natural-gas prices are back to normal and Terra is re-opening a plant in Arkansas and it may be making product before the end of the week. He says it competes with foreign imports of urea, a fertilizer ingredient. With American sales finally recovering, Rosenbury says Terra has found a new and different market for its products.Ammonia, the product they handle as urea, can be used to filter emissions from coal-fired power plants, and they’re installing some systems right now. Ammonium nitrate, one ingredient of fertilizer, was used by terrorist Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing, but Rosenbury says Terra doesn’t have that concern at its plants in the U-S and Canada.Terra has two British plants making ammonium nitrate, and is careful there to make sure purchasers are checked out. The liquid ammonia Terra makes in the U-S is more likely to be a target of theft by makers of illegal drugs, as it’s an ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.The company only sells to dealers, not farmers, but helps work on ways to keep the supplies secure. In 2000, Terra had revenues of one billion dollars.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is meeting with airport officials around the state today. Harkin, a democrat, says we can’t forget the small airports in bailing out the airline industry. He says they provide an essential service and must stay in business.He says security has increased greatly and Iowans shouldn’t be reluctant to fly. In fact, he says this is probably the safest time to fly with all the security. Harkin says he isn’t sold yet on the idea of arming pilots, he says he’d rather have a sky marshal.Harkin says he also favors having cockpit doors reinforced.
Two refugee families from Afghanistan settled in central Iowa this week and five more families are on the way. They’re getting a hand from -former- refugees.Six of the seven families are led by Afghani widows who were subjected to brutal attacks and extreme discrimination in their home country. Some of them have seven children.Laura Keegan, at Catholic Charities in Des Moines, says a Vietnamese family that fled to America –and Iowa– 25 years ago is sponsoring one of the new families. Terrorist groups, believed based in Afghanistan, are suspected in the September 11th attacks on the U-S, which Keegan says makes her mission to find homes for Afghani refugees in Iowa usual and challenging.Keegan says so far, everyone is welcoming the Afghan refugees and there’ve been no reports of trouble from the closed-minded.
Newton-based Maytag is recalling about 50-thousand Amana-brand “Big Oven” gas ranges.During the broil and self-clean functions, the range can emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. The storage drawer temperature can also get very high and cause a burn. No injuries have been reported. The ranges are safe for baking and cooking on the surface burners, but Maytag says consumers should not use the broil or self-clean modes. The ranges were sold from May of 2000 through this July. Call 800 266-3535 for home inspection and free repair. Maytag bought Amana’s appliance division in July.
The top grain buyer in southwest Iowa has filed for bankruptcy. Creston-based Crestland Cooperative filed the papers Wednesday as the state has suspended the company’s license to buy and store grain. The co-op is trying to find someone else with a grain license to run the operation until Crestland can regain its license. Crestland has about two thousand farmer members with 18 locations in the southwest Iowa region.
A train derailed last night north of Cedar Rapids in the town of Central City.About 8 p-m, at least six cars from the Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad train jumped the tracks. One car fell into the Wapsipinicon River. It was carrying vegetable oil but landed upright and didn’t leak. No injuries were reported. Another car hit a utility pole and knocked out power to 150-200 homes. Other cars dumped grain and paper products. Central City resident Donna Farrington lives near the tracks and was at home when the incident happened last night. She watched it happen from her kitchen.Cleanup is expected to take a few days. The cause of the mishap is unknown.