Mason City man charged in Worth County burglary

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been charged in a Worth County burglary.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says on January 24th, they took a report of a burglary in rural Worth Conuty near Manly. At a later date, they say a witness came forward with information regarding the burglary, saying that 18-year-old Tirrell Hopkins was involved.Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Sunday in the 600 block of 13th Northeast in Mason City. The Sheriff’s Department says when officers arrived at Hopkins’ home, he took off on foot and was pursued before being taken into custody in the 700 block of 11th Northeast.Hopkins has been charged with third-degree burglary and interference with official acts.last_img

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Tuesday April 16th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle says spring is the time new faces show that work in the weight room translates to success on the field. The Hawkeyes are currently going through spring drills.Doyle says the repetition during spring allows players to make a lot of progress.Doyle says leadership in the program is a plus during spring.Iowa concludes spring drills on April 26th MASON CITY – The NIACC baseball team split an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader with No. 4 Southeastern on Monday at Roosevelt Field.Southeastern won the first game 10-6 and NIACC took the nightcap 7-2. The Trojans won the four-game series, 3-1 by winning both games on Sunday.In the first game, Southeastern scored five runs in the first inning and pushed its lead to 10-6 with two runs in its half of the seventh inning.NIACC scored four runs in the third inning, including a solo home run from Ben Fitzgerald. Jake Hansen drove in two runs with a single and Carson Parker had an RBI single.Fitzgerald was 3 for 4, including a double and home run, with two RBIs.In the second game, NIACC jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings by scoring two runs in the first inning and three runs in the second frame. Will Sturek hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Fitzgerald drove in three runs with a double in the second inning.NIACC’s Ryan Swanson gained the win by pitching seven innings and only allowing two runs in the third inning. Swanson struck out four, walked two and hit two.NIACC returns to action Tuesday at home against Marshalltown in a nonconference contest starting at 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Field. AMES — Datrone Young and Anthony Johnson are entering their sophomore seasons but they will be the leaders of a group of corners at Iowa State that are young. ISU must replace Brian Peavy and D’Andre Payne off of last year’s team that finished 8-5. Cyclone corners coach Matt Caponi.Caponi says Young and Johnson have accepted their roles as leaders.Young played in eight games last year before a shoulder injury cut short his season. He says film study is a big part of development.Johnson played in 12 games a year ago and says that experience makes him ready to step into the starting lineup.Johnson says the secondary may be young but it is talented.Iowa State wraps up spring drills later this week. MASON CITY — Ames shut out Mason City 4-0 in boys soccer last night. Tristan Koopman had 12 saves in the loss for the Mohawks, who drop to 1-2 and will travel to Des Moines North on Friday. FORT DODGE – The NIACC men’s golf team placed fifth at the Iowa Central Invitational on Monday at the Fort Dodge Country Club.NIACC was fifth with a 616. Mount Mercy won the invitational with a 593. Southwestern was second with a 603.NIACC was led by sophomore Ben Boerjan with a 147.Also for the Trojans, Austin Eckenrod shot a 153, Jackson Hamlin shot a 157, Zach Martin shot a 161 and Matthew Heinemann shot an 82 on Monday.center_img MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning, giving the Toronto Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. After Hernandez saved starter Matt Shoemaker from his first loss with his new team, Joe Biagini pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. Jorge Polanco had three hits and raised his average to .420 for the Twins, who took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on C.J. Cron’s three-run homer off Shoemaker. CLEAR LAKE — Humboldt scored in extra time to beat Clear Lake 3-2 in boys soccer last night in Clear Lake. Conner Morey and Jacob Peterson each had goals in the second half to erase a 2-0 deficit, but the Wildcats were able to score in the second extra period. Clear Lake drops to 2-2 on the season and will host Waverly-Shell Rock tonight and Webster City on Thursday. FORT DODGE – The NIACC women’s golf team placed second at the Iowa Central Invitational on Monday at the Fort Dodge Country Club.NIACC shot a 739. Iowa Lakes was the team champion with a 702.NIACC was led by Sydney Fullerton and Ashley Alert each with a 181. Also for the Lady Trojans, Jordyn Barragy with a 188 and Morgan Luecht with a 189.The NIACC women open play at the four-round NJCAA Region XI tournament Friday and Saturday at Otter Creek in Ankeny.last_img read more

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Officials launch ‘This Is Iowa’ campaign, hoping to boost state’s population

first_imgDES MOINES — State officials are launching a new multi-media campaign they hope will attract new residents. Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham said you can “live big” in Iowa.“It’s time for us to stop being quite so humble about all we have to offer and to start changing the conventional thinking about Iowa,” Durham said.Durham’s agency has used part of its annual $5 million marketing budget to produce a YouTube video. It shows New Yorkers viewing real estate they think is nearby, but it’s really in Des Moines, Dubuque, Waterloo and Council Bluffs. The actress portraying a realtor eventually reveals the properties are in Iowa — and the New Yorkers shared their reactions.“All of those were places I would very much want to see myself living in,” one man said.A woman in the video said: “I didn’t think that the homes in Iowa would be that modern.”Australia native Alex Hall sold his restaurants in New York, moved to Iowa — his wife’s from Urbandale, Iowa, and has opened three restaurants in Des Moines. Hall and his wife have built what Hall calls their “dream home” here.Alex Hall.“The perception of Iowa and Des Moines, especially….it’s so skewed from reality and it is very frustrating,” Hall said. “…I see my employees. We have 65 employees now, the majority of them under 30 years of age. They have great apartments. These kids in New York would do anything to live in anywhere near an apartment like these. I brought two guys with me from New York. They love it here and I don’t think will ever go back to New York.”Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference in one of Hall’s restaurants to tout the new “This Is Iowa” campaign.“Many people around the country don’t realize the culture and lifestyle that we have to offer,” Reynolds said. “This campaign will showcase all the great things Iowa has to offer visitors and residents, like amazing local restaurants.”Antoinette Stevens talks about the new campaign.Antoinette Stevens, who grew up in an Atlanta, Georgia, suburb, also spoke at the governor’s news conference. Stevens had no ties to Iowa when she did an internship at Principal Financial in Des Moines. She accepted a job at Principal when she graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015.“In three weeks I start my new job for a company that’s based in San Francisco, but I chose not to leave Des Moines,” Stevens said. “…San Francisco is expensive, but I have built a network here and a support group here really helps me be the kind of person I want to be and I’m not ready to leave that.”The state’s “This Is Iowa” campaign will target travelers, as Iowa Economic Development Authority research indicates about two-thirds of the people who travel to a new place consider moving there, but do not follow through because they don’t have a job lined up. Iowa’s population growth ranks 29th in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau and many Iowa businesses say they cannot find employees with the right skills.last_img read more

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Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

first_imgMANNING, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure.Biden said Tuesday in Manning, Iowa, a town of about 1,500 residents, that “we have to ensure we bring along everyone.” He says it “doesn’t matter if you live in a skyscraper in Manhattan, or here in Manning — your child is entitled” to all the benefits of being an American.The plan builds on policies the former vice president has already released on health care and climate change. It sets the ambitious goal of making America’s agriculture industry the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions.It also includes a raft of policies aimed at bolstering rural health care access.last_img read more

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Mason City council approves submitting letter of interest to host 2020 RAGBRAI overnight stop

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved submitting a letter of interest to host an overnight stop for the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa in 2020. Mason City previously hosted a RAGBRAI overnight stop in 2014. If the city is chosen, they will partner with Main Street Mason City to serve as the main planning organization for the event.Main Street Mason City executive director Emily Ginneberge says her organization will be ready to help with such a commitment. “If Mason City is selected, the riders will arrive on July 21st or July 22nd of 2020. This event will bring 10-to-15,000 people to the community, generating a tremendous amount of economic impact from visitor spending estimated at more than $3 million for an overnight stay.”Ginneberge says they want to make a RAGBRAI overnight stop a memorable event for bicyclists and guests to the community.  “Main Street Mason City stands ready and willing to lead efforts to organize and facilitate an epic RAGBRAI overnight event.”Host communities for the 2020 edition of RAGBRAI will be announced on January 25th.last_img read more

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Grassley hearing positive things about passage of USMCA

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s hearing encouraging news about progress on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.The trade deal must first go before the U.S. House before it would go to the Senate, and Grassley says he’s seen recent reports in the media quoting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying a vote will come very soon. “She expects it to be done yet this year,” Grassley says. “Those are the strongest points I’ve heard from her. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from her about USMCA since I discussed it with her three months ago in her office.”Many Republicans are critical of the Democrat-led House for focusing so much time on trying to impeach President Trump, but Grassley says this word from Pelosi on USMCA is cause for optimism. “This is the first that we’ve heard a period of time for it to be brought up,” Grassley says. “If it’s brought up even late this year in the House of Representatives, if it passes the House of Representatives, we can get it up right away in the United States Senate.”Grassley says Pelosi told him she didn’t want to bring the trade agreement up in the House until she was sure it had the votes to pass, and he remains confident of its chances in the Senate. “There is a limit on debate ahead of time so we know at a certain time after this debate starts, we have an up or down vote, we don’t have any amendments, we have just one vote,” Grassley says. “I think it’ll be approved, easy, in the United States Senate.”According to data released last month from a group called Americans for Free Trade, Iowa farmers and businesses have faced $343 million in retaliatory tariffs since the trade war began in February of 2018.last_img read more

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VIDEO: FUFA vows to bring ex-internationals to book

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Soccer governing body Fufa is seeking legal action against a group of ex-internationals that attacked FUFA House and ravaged property on Monday  Moses Magogo, announced the federations move during weekly press briefing at the federation headquarters in Mengo.last_img

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Semenya: Swiss court temporarily suspends IAAF testosterone rules

first_img“She can run the races that she was told that she cannot run,” he added, citing the 400m and 800m.The IAAF said it had “received no information from the Swiss Federal Court so we can not comment at this stage.”The Swiss ruling is designed to have a short shelf-life.The IAAF and Semenya’s legal team must now make further submissions to the court, which will decide on whether to order a longer suspension of the measures.The court is due in the coming weeks to issue another decision on whether to extend the suspension.Swiss justice moves slowly, meaning a final ruling on the admissibility of the IAAF measures could take years.“This is an important case that will have fundamental implications for the human rights of female athletes,” Semenya’s Swiss lawyer, Dorothee Schramm, said.Semenya had planned to compete at the rarely-run distance of 2,000 metres at a meeting in Montreuil in the Paris suburbs on June 11. It remains to be seen if she will now take part in the 800m instead.Wambui, the Kenyan runner, told AFP in an interview lat month that she refuses to take the testosterone-lowering medication and that the introduction of the new rules had left her lacking the will to train “because you don’t know what you are training for”.Share on: WhatsApp Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Switzerland’s top court said Monday it had temporarily suspended IAAF rules that oblige athletes including double Olympic champion Caster Semenya to lower their testosterone levels in order to compete in certain events.Judges at the Court of Arbitration for Sport had previously ruled that the rules were “discriminatory” but found, in a split decision, that they were “necessary” to ensure fairness in women’s athletics.Semenya, the South African who won the women’s 800 metres at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, last week announced plans to appeal to Switzerland’s highest court.And on Monday, Swiss Federal Tribunal spokesman Peter Josi told AFP that the court had issued a “super-provisional order,” barring the application of the rules introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations until a further hearing can take place.“I am thankful to the Swiss judges for this decision,” Semenya said in a statement issued by her legal team.“I hope that following my appeal I will once again be able to run free,” she added.– ‘She can run’ –The rules require women with higher than normal male hormone levels, a condition known as hyperandrogenism, to artificially lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies if they are to compete in races over distances of 400m to the mile.The reprieve granted by the court in Bern also applies to the two women who finished behind Semenya in the 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui of Kenya.“It is fantastic news,” Semenya lawyer Gregg Nott told South Africa’s 702 radio station. FILE PHOTO: Caster Semenyalast_img read more

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Ngbaba, a sport lost in time, returns to battered C. Africa

first_imgA sport known as ngbaba that is unique to the Central African Republic has been hauled back from near-deathBangui, Central African Republic | AFP | Two teams confronted each other on the dusty sports field, wielding roughly cut sticks to whack a homemade puck at high speed.For the middle-aged and beyond, the sight of this rugged game triggered distant memories, of happier times.The sport, known as ngbaba, is unique to the Central African Republic — and, almost like the embattled country itself, has been hauled back from near-death.Once played widely in streets and villages, ngbaba — pronounced “g’baba” — has simple rules and requires speed, dexterity and a dose of fearlessness.Players hew a thin stick, roughly about as long as their arm and slightly curved at the end, and use it to hit a puck carved out of an old pair of rubber sandals.If the puck lands in the opposing side of the pitch, the other team has to make sure that they get to it quickly to keep it moving and hit it back over to the other side.The aim is to avoid the puck stopping face down in your half of the pitch.At this match, played on a sports field at the University of Bangui, the challenges and skills of ngbaba were on clear display.To reach the puck in time requires lightning sharp reflexes, and it takes quick thinking and team coordination to mount a counterattack.“It’s years since we’ve seen this,” exclaimed Terrence, 31, as he prepared to take to the field. “It brings back good memories for everyone.”Jean, a student kicking his heels in the shade of the mango trees as he awaited his turn to play, said ngbaba belonged to the time before social networking and mobile phones.“In the old days, young people only had ngbaba for leisure,” he said.Sonek Langate, head of the Baila association that has launched ngbaba’s rebirth, said: “Every time we organise a match, everyone wants to take part.”“We have to revive this game, especially among the young generation. We have a culture and we should value it.”– Misty origins –Ngbaba is played only in the CAR, one of the poorest, most war-ravaged countries in Africa.But how it began is unclear.Neither players nor spectators at the match had any idea, nor did a local history professor.Michel, a gnarled old man who is the university archives watchman, recalled that “it was already being played in the 1970s.”His theory: the sport developed from children who watched western sports on TV after the CAR began to get television.The idea is tempting, given the clear similarity with mega-sports like ice hockey and baseball.Yet games using sticks and a ball or other object have a history that long predates these modern sports — and some speculate that ngbaba’s roots may be much older. “It was part of the initiation rites among certain tribes,” Langate suggested. “You can find variations of it in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.”If so, ngbaba clearly meets some of the needs of typical rites to celebrate the passage into manhood, such as endurance and bonding.The whizzing puck can cause painful injuries and confrontation also brings rivals together.“It’s not a sport for softies,” said Terrence, dripping with sweat as he came off the field.Ngbaba is also a “driver of peace and social cohesion,” Langate argued.“In the old days, young people would challenge kids in other neighbourhoods to a match — it helped them to get to know each other and make friends.”– Conflict –But at the start of the century, ngbaba’s fortunes began a downward spiral.Like so many other aspects of life in the CAR, it became a victim of the unrest that broke out among the country’s mosaic of ethnic and religious groups.“People became afraid of going into other neighbourhoods,” Langate said, adding that parents took to banning their children from playing it, fearing violence and eye injuries.In 2003, former president Francois Bozize seized power in a coup, and in 2013 was himself overthrown, and since then, much of the country has been at the mercy of armed groups trying to control gold, diamond and oil deposits.In February, Bozize’s elected successor, Faustin-Archange Touadera, signed a peace deal with 14 militias who still control more than three-quarters of the territory.– Peace hopes –The agreement is the 13th in a decade and violations have been many.But in the past few months, the country’s roads and the streets of the capital have been relatively calm, enabling Baila to set up matches between neighbourhoods.Many hurdles lie ahead before ngbaba recovers its former glory.“These days, young people prefer to play football or basketball, because they have a better chance of making a living from those sports,” said Jean, the student.“What we need is a professional federation.”Joel Nacka, a CAR businessman who lives in France, the former colonial power, has his eyes on that very goal.He is hunting for sponsors and, more distantly, believes that the sport can be exported.“A sport that we give to the world– what better way to give a different image of our country,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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