An Iowa native and veteran broadcaster returned to the Hawkeye State Tuesday as part of a lecture series at Wartburg College in Waverly. Richard Threlkeld, a native of Cedar Rapids, went on to cover the world for the CBS and ABC networks. He talked to Wartburg students about the United States after the attacks of September 11th. Threlkeld says the attacks initiated Americans into an unwanted club.He says in much of the world, people unfortunately have gotten almost used to daily acts of violence, and he says we’ve come to become members of that club and will try to get along as best we can while defending ourselves. Threlkeld’s says the role of journalists in the events of the world has changed, because there are so many more choices now for listeners and viewers. He says a lot of people have tuned the news out, and he says that’s sad, because uninformed people make bad citizens and bad voters. Threlkeld was asked to assess the way reporters are covering news today. Threlkeld says today’s journalists are trying as hard as they can to cover events in a market-driven environment, both in newspapers and broadcasting, that makes the coverage of daily events, particularly for well-meaning journalists to do. Some would say the viewers and listeners are to blame for “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude of today’s news. Threlkeld doesn’t agree. He says the fault lies in the buying and selling of radio and t-v shows by large conglomerates whose management has no real interest in the news other than the bucks it can bring in. He says it’ll be tough to improve news until that situation changes. He says as long as tv and radio stations are hostage to quarterly stock market and earnings reports, it’s not going to get any better. Threlkeld’s wife, Betsy Aaron, also a former network reporter, joined him for the lecture at Wartburg.
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Iowa’s Democrat Senator, Tom Harkin, was the final speaker at last night’s tribute to Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone in Minneapolis. He says Wellstone had a powerful authenticity that made a miner in the iron range know he was as important to Wellstone as the President of the United States.Harkin called Wellstone the “soul of the Senate.” Harkin noted the “outpouring of grief and admiration” for Wellstone that he said was “every bit as authentic as he was.” Wellstone’s two sons intended the event as part memorial and part political rally, and Harkin was the designated cheerleader. He called Wellstoned a leader, a “true D-F-L Liberal.”Toward the end of his 25-minute-long speech, Harkin threw off his coat and pumped his arms in the air as he urged the crowd of 25-thousand to carry on Wellstone’s political mission. His speech brought applause after every line.After Harkin finished, the crowd chanted “Fritz” — Walter Mondale’s nickname. Mondale, former Vice President and a one-time Minnesota Senator, was asked the Wellstone sons to take their father’s name on the ballot. Wellstone, who had been campaigning for re-election, died Friday in a plane crash in northern Minnesota.
Iowa running back Fred Russell is doubtful for Saturday’s game at home against Wisconsin. Russell injured his hand in Saturday’s win over Michigan but coach Kirk Ferentz says it is not fractured, but it was jammed pretty good and Russell will be day-to-day.Ferentz says he is leaving the door open for running back Aaron Greving to return to the team. The Ames native left the squad last Thursday during an injury plagued season in which he opened fall practice as the starting running back. He says Greving’s situation gives people not involved in athletics insight into how tough it is for players to deal with injuries. Ferentz says the while the Hawkeyes were impressive in the victory at Michigan, Ferentz says any letdown would result in a loss to the Badgers.Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says he has not lost confidence in kicker Adam Benike. The Cyclones are coming off a 21-10 loss at seventh-ranbked Texas, a game in which Benike missed two short field goal attempts. McCarney says he told Benike he’s the guy and has done a great job so far, even though Saturday was disappointing.The Cyclones have lost two straight games and McCarney says while they are disappointed they are not discouraged. He says they’ve lost all three of their games to highly ranked teams and are ready to enter the month of November with a lot to play for.McCarney hopes the Cyclones take the same amount of confidence out of the Texas game that they got in the season opening loss to Florida State. He says they gave a tremendous effort and just came up short.
Some communities around Iowa have declared tonight their local “Beggars Night” for the little kids to go out, and many more will do their trick-or-treating tomorrow might. Either way, Pediatric E-R doctor Dr Charles Jennissen says the most important thing they can take with them — is a parent.You can make certain they follow traffic laws, because kids running across a street in excitement could be hit, the most tragic Halloween risk. Dr. Jennissen says the safety concern is the limited visibility with small eyeholes, so a kid can’t see a car coming. He adds kids can fall, or run into trees and other things in the dark with their visibility restricted, and the doctor recommends face-paint or alternative ways to disguise a young goblin. Store-bought or homemade, the costume should be designed and worn with safety in mind. Jennissen says a long costume or one with a trailing cape is a risk for tripping a child or getting tangled up. The pediatric E-R doctor also has a tip, not for the trick-or-treaters, but everyone else who’ll be out in the early evening hours. He cautions them to be aware that the kids out on the street will do unexpected things and they’d better be extra alert driving.
Some of the people who create works like the opulent coronation gowns worn by the Queen of England are in central Iowa this week, teaching a series of classes in embroidery. While it may sound like something that only little old ladies might enjoy, organizers say the series is drawing men and women, ranging from 20-year-olds to people in their 80s. Roberta Green Ahmanson is an embroiderer and is also owner of the Hotel Pattee in Perry, where the course is being taught.The directors of two esteemed British schools of needlework will deliver the lectures starting Monday. They’re from London’s Royal School of Needlework and Britain’s Opus (oh’-pus) School of Textile Arts. Ahmanson says embroidery is -much- more than just stitching someone’s name across a breast pocket.Ahmanson says she’s purchased several museum-quality pieces of embroidery while visiting England.The course is being taught to more than 60 students who came to Perry from 26 states.
The early reports indicate Iowa’s pheasant season started off with a bang. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau Chief Richard Bishop says an estimated 155-thousand birds were bagged this past weekend, the opener for the season. He says areas north of I-80 saw good bird numbers. Bishop says the hunting was a little slower in southern Iowa. He says the hunting in southern Iowa was pretty spotty and depended on what type of habitat hunters were in. Some hunters in southern Iowa got a pleasant surprise with another kind of bird. He says some saw quail, which as a surprise due to low numbers last year. Bishop says this could be another big weekend for pheasant hunters.He says some people only hunt opening weekend, while others hunt throughout the season. He says opening weekend usually sees the biggest crowd, then the second weekend. Iowa’s looking to rebound from a record low harvest last year.
Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley says the Panthers aren’t just playing out the string as they prepare to battle Indiana State. U-N-I’s playoff hopes faded away following last Saturday’s loss to Illinois State which dropped the Panther’s overall record to 4-4. He says they’re playing because they have a lot of fight left in them and have a lot left to prove.Farley says they will not be thinking ahead to next year. He says they’re going to play their next three games like they mean everything to the team, and says he won’t sacrifice the season for the seniors who’ve contributed so much.Farley wants to send the seniors out on a positive note with the remainder of the season, and that means a three-game win streak to finish the season.
It is the battle for the telephone trophy on Saturday as Iowa State hosts Missouri. The Tigers are coming off a victory over arch-rival Kansas but coach Gary Pinkel says the Cyclones offer a much more difficult challenge. Pinkel says Dan McCarney has done a remarkable job at ISU and says it will be a difficult challenge for his team.Pinkel says against Seneca Wallace the Tigers will be forced to defend the entire field.Pinkel expects the Cyclones to be ready to play after back-to-back losses. He says they’ve played two of the best teams in the nation, including a very well-played game against Texas.
Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says the Cyclones will work on redzone offense prior to this weekend’s game at home against Missouri. The Cyclones had the ball deep in Texas territory several times but came away empty in a 21-10 loss. He says they’ve tried a lot of different things, but have been very ineffective in the last few games.McCarney says the missed opportunities have been frustrating, as he says they’re hard thing to overcome and win against great teams.McCarney says part of the problem has been the defenses the Cyclones have faced against Oklahoma and Texas.
A northern Iowa father and son accused of trying to run over the Nora Springs police chief with a minivan and a combine have pleaded innocent. Forty-two-year-old Virgil Fett and his 23-year-old son, Billy, both of Nora Springs, entered a written plea yesterday in Cerro Gordo County Magistrate Court. No trial date was set. Virgil Fett is charged with assaulting a peace officer and criminal mischief. Billy Fett is charged with assaulting a peace officer and interference with official acts. The charges stem from an incident earlier this month with Police Chief Alex Leu, who was investigating a complaint of reckless driving against the Fetts. The Fetts allegedly tried to run over Leu with a van and the combine when they were confronted in a field they were harvesting.