The 12th ranked U-N-I volleyball team is on the road for three matches in three days. The Panthers visit Drake on Friday, Creighton Saturday and close it out with a visit to 11th ranked Nebraska on Sunday. Peterson says a match like the one at Nebraska can help when it comes to seeding for the N-C-A-A Tournament. She says when you go up against a ranked team, it helps your team in the rankings.Peterson says three matches in three days will be tough for the players. She says they’ve played some tournaments with two matches in a day, but you usually don’t get three in a row. She says that’s going to be a tough challenge. U-N-I is 18-3 on the season
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Despite a state championship in 2001 and a runner-up finish a year ago Fredricksburg High School will play its final football game tonight when the Falcons play West Central of Maynard as part of a doubleheader in the UNI-Dome. Fredricksburg coach Steve Staker says participation in football and other sports has been strong but budgetary issues led to the school board’s decision to consolidate with neighboring Sumner. He says athletic wise he didn’t think it was necessary and says he’d hope there would be an alternative. He says he understands from the enrollment aspect that something needs to be done, but he says it would be nice to keep their athletic identity. Staker says the players have been motivated knowing it is the final season. He says they’ve had a pretty good year and have said they want to go out on a winning note and want to make it one to remember. There is plenty at stake. At 4-4, the Falcons need a victory to close their final season with a winning record. He says West Central has struggled, but he says they can’t just show up and say they’ll win.
Two of the three teams that tied for the Iowa Conference football championship last season collide in Waverly on Saturday as Wartburg plays host to Coe. Wartburg is sixth ranked nationally in division three and 5-0 in the league race. With a victory, the Knights could lock up the conference title next week. Coe is 3-2 after a 66-63 win over arch-rival Cornell which set a record as the highest scoring division three game of all time. Coe coach Eric Raeburn says the game was a little too excited. He says the win was nice, but he says the defense needs a much better effort this week. He says Wartburg’s defense is very good and they need a good performance to balance that. Another key is the Kohawks must find a way to run the ball against the Wartburg defense. Coe is 3-2 in conference play.
The Drake women’s basketball team enters this season with a new role as under dog. A program that is used to competing for the Missouri Valley title and playing in the N-C-A-A tournament is picked to finish sixth in the pre-season valley poll. Senior forward Martha Chaput is not comfortable with low expectations. She says it’s hard to see their name in the middle after the tradition of being one of the top three teams. She says that’s motivation to climb back to the top. Chaput says new coach Amy Stephens and her staff have a certain way they coach, the extreme detail is one of the things she says sticks out.After playing in the W-N-I-T last season the U-N-I women are selected fourth in the pre-season Valley poll. Panther coach Tony Dicecco expects a balanced race this season, as he says teams will beat up on each other. Dicecco says an experienced core of players should make the Panthers a good defensive team. He says they have four “really quality” kids that have been able to prove themselves.
If we have clear skies tonight, Iowans will likely have the rare treat of being able to see the aurora borealis or northern lights. This week’s solar flare ejected particles that show up in the night sky as colorful glowing bands of light, according to Doug Rudd, president of the Des Moines Astronomical Society. Rudd says he watched the light show last night (Tuesday) and explains where and when folks may be able to see a repeat tonight. He was watching the northern sky, away from the city lights, between nine P.M. and midnight. For people who haven’t seen the northern lights before, Rudd says they’re very impressive and worth bundling up to view.Due to the size of this week’s solar flare, the northern lights may still be visible over Iowa tomorrow night (Friday) as well.
Authorities in northwest Iowa are trying to find out where some cemetery headstone pieces originated. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a vandalism report out of Dickens Wednesday afternoon. Deputies at the scene found 14 chunks that were broken off of headstones in a ditch east of town. The catch is– the local cemetery wasn’t missing any headstones. Sheriff Randy Krukow says someone apparently transported the pieces from another cemetery. The two cemeteries in Spencer have been checked and neither had been damaged. Krukow says one of the pieces appears to have the name “Norgaard” inscribed on it. The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in solving this act of criminal mischief. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff at 712-262-3221.
Congressman Leonard Boswell says the latest wave of attacks in Iraq — and the exit of Red Cross and U-N workers in Baghdad — is a troublesome development. Boswell, a democrat from Des Moines, says he served a couple of tours of duty in Vietnam in the same circumstance — when there’s no “front-line” or safe zone for anyone. Boswell says we shouldn’t be surprised since soldiers and civilians are being killed and injured every day. But he says it’s important to get the aid workers back in place to help get services restored to the people of Iraq. And Boswell says the situation illustrates the need for appealing for international help inside Iraq. Boswell says we need more allies helping us because things just aren’t working right now.
A recent report from the U.S. Agriculture Department concludes most of the income of American farming families comes from off the farm. Ag economist Roy Frederick says the U-S-D-A report contains contains a stunning figure. In what the agency sees as a typical farm household, 94-percent of the income comes from off-farm sources. The University of Nebraska economist says the definition of “farm” is a very broad one, one reason for the conclusions of this report. Frederick says “A farm is not a farm is not a farm.” There’s such great variation in the kind of homes classed as a farm, they range from half-a-million dollars gross a year to a farm home that’s nothing but a residence, yet they’re all grouped together for analysis. The professor says lots of people live in rural areas produce a thousand dollars worth of “agricultural product,” which classes them as a farm. As an example, he cites a family in which parents have city jobs but one child raises a steer for 4-HHe says that’d probably be a thousand dollars right there, and would class them as a farm, like people who have a small truck garden or orchard, something people in Iowa and Nebraska would not recognize as a farm. Freddrick says if Americans want to preserve family farms and use government money to help them, it may take some serious consideration of how farms should be defined.
A 13-year-old middle school student in Storm Lake is in trouble after bringing brass knuckles to school. Storm Lake Police captain Bob Swanson says Lucas Wiley brought the weapon to school because he says felt threatened by another student. Swanson says they were unable to find any threat to Wiley. He says Wiley tried to dump the brass knuckles in a trash can, but detectives found them. Wiley’s charged with carrying a weapon. Wiley was taken to the youth services center near Cherokee. He also faces a hearing for violating his juvenile probation.
Congressman Steve King used today’s scare in his House office building to play a prank on his chief of staff. As you may have heard, a man got through security in the Canon Office Building earlier today with a back pack that had a pistol which was later identified as a toy gun.King says “the timing of it was perfect” because King had purchased a plastic toy pistol at a gun show in Iowa several weeks ago. The barrel of King’s toy gun aims backwards and is labeled a “Norwegian pistol.” King’s chief of staff is Norwegian and King had the toy gun in his bag — as police officers in the building were searching for the young man who’d run from the security check point with a back pack. King called a staff meeting, put his bag on the table and asked his chief of staff to search the bag. When the gun was found, King presented the “Norwegian” toy pistol to his staffer. Officials in Washington say the gun that set off the scare there was a toy that was part of a Halloween costume.