Iowa offering free tuition to boost ticket sales

News, Sports

July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is offering a year’s worth of free tuition to five randomly selected students who’ve purchased season tickets for the 2014 football season. The move is designed to boost a sharp decline in student sales since 2012. The Hawkeyes have seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years, and any unsold season tickets allotted to students will be made to the general public as well on Friday.

Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000. The award can also be used to cover fees, books and related supplies for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. The Hawkeyes, who rank among the favorites to win the new Big Ten West, open on Aug. 30 against Northern Iowa.

Chiefs QB Smith focusing on football, not contract


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith says that the time is approaching where he will shelve all talk about a contract extension and focus solely on football for the remainder of the season. The Chiefs have been discussing a new deal with Smiths’ representatives for months, though the sides remain far apart. Smith said after practice Wednesday that he’s yet to set a date to break off negotiations, but he acknowledged that “at some point mentally it’ll come to me.”

Smith is due $7.5 million this season, the final year of his contract, and many expect him to get an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick received from the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick signed a six-year, $126 million deal that includes $61 million guaranteed.

Few applying for insurance acknowledge smoking


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Surveys show about 18 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but less than half that percentage acknowledge smoking when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms. The Des Moines Register reports when Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield used federally required language to ask applicants about their tobacco use, only 7 percent acknowledged smoking.

The Affordable Care Act doesn’t allow insurers to charge more for customers with many health problems, but it allows higher fees for regular tobacco users. CoOportunity Health, which also uses the tobacco language on its application forms, imposes a 49 percent surcharge on smokers in its individual insurance policies.

Only 5 percent of applicants acknowledge smoking, and CoOportunity chief operating office Cliff Gold says he’s surprised the percentage isn’t lower, given the charge.

Chiefs’ Murray says bro, ‘Bachelorette’ very happy


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.
No worries. Murray knew months ago that his brother, Josh Murray, would be chosen by “The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman on this season of the reality dating show. In fact, the finale was taped the same week of the NFL draft, making it a memorable weekend in his household.

Josh Murray played professional baseball for a while before returning to college. He ultimately joined the football team at Georgia, playing safety while his brother starred at quarterback. Asked whether his brother is still engaged, the younger Murray laughed: “Yes, still engaged,” he said Wednesday. “It’s going well so far.”

Chiefs S Commings leaves field with ankle injury


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Oft-injured Chiefs safety Sanders Commings was carted off the practice field Wednesday after getting juked to the ground by running back Jamaal Charles and hurting his right ankle. Commings broke his collarbone in his first practice as a rookie and was finally getting up to speed. He was trying to tackle Charles in the open field when he whiffed, turning his ankle in such a way that he was unable to put any weight on it.

Commings was in a heated competition for a backup job, and the Chiefs hoped he would push veteran Husain Abdullah for the free safety spot that opened when Kendrick Lewis departed. Meanwhile, right tackle Donald Stephenson returned to practice after missing Monday’s workout with a left ankle injury. The Chiefs had Tuesday off.

Minor injuries in Cass County accident


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports an accident this (Wednesday) morning in the southern part of the county resulted in minor injuries. Authorities say deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on 590th Street, about one-quarter of a mile north of Yankton Road, at around 8:20-a.m. A 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 20-year old Taylor Michelle Watson, of Griswold, was northbound on Yankton Road when Watson lost control of the car, which entered the west ditch and hit a utility pole.  Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

2014 Hawkeye 10 Baseball All-Conference Teams


July 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

1st Team:
P – Cob Baker, Glenwood, 12
P – Brett Croghan, Harlan, 10
P – Josh Jones, Lewis Central, 12
C – Austin Simmons, Lewis Central, 11 (Unanimous)
C – Brady Wheeler, Glenwood, 12
IF – Corey Bertini, Glenwood, 12 (Unanimous)
IF – Sean Houston, Denison-Schleswig, 11 (Unanimous)
IF – Shae Patterson, St. Albert, 12
IF – Caleb Shudak, Lewis Central, 10
OF – Jon Meyering, St. Albert, 11 (Unanimous)
OF – Nate Gettys, Harlan, 12
OF – Trevor Luther, Creston, 12
UTL – Josh Hecker, St. Albert, 12
UTL – Logan Steffens, Atlantic, 12
UTL – Cale Stork, Harlan, 12
UTL – Luke Sutherland, Lewis Central, 11

2nd Team:
P – Jake Petry, St. Albert, 11
P – Wyatt Schulz, Glenwood, 11
P – Brayden Schurke, Denison-Schleswig, 12
C – Zac Reynolds, Denison-Schleswig, 11
C – Adam Schleisman, Kuemper Catholic, 11
IF – Jackson Baker, Shenandoah, 12
IF – Adam Juhl, Harlan, 12
IF – Derek Leinen, Harlan, 12
IF – Joey Walker, Atlantic, 11
OF – Eric Johnson, St. Albert, 12
OF – Nolan Robinson, Glenwood, 12
OF – Rease Snyder, Kuemper Catholic, 9
UTL – Carlos Guerra, Red Oak, 10
UTL – Jett Kettwick, Clarinda, 11
UTL – Jose Rendon, Shenandoah, 12
UTL – Nick Tarney, Harlan, 9

Honorable Mention:
UTL – Ryan Hawkins, Atlantic, 10
C – Brendan Holmes, Atlantic, 10
P – Jacob Cabbage, Clarinda, 11
UTL – Cole Crawford, Creston, 12
INF – Conner Pals, Creston, 11
UTL – Brandon Phipps, Creston, 12
P – Brandon Brotherton, Denison-Schleswig, 10
UTL – Nathan Promes, Denison-Schleswig, 11
OF – Mitch Kramer, Harlan, 11
INF – Blake Elam, Lewis Central, 9
UTL – Payton Mehsling, Lewis Central, 11
OF – Kyler Nixon, Lewis Central, 11
INF – Trevor Feilmeier, Kuemper Catholic, 10
IF – Jesse Taylor, Red Oak, 10
OF – Devon Perkins, Shenandoah, 9

Carson Rodeo begins Thursday

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The community of Carson, in Pottawattamie County, is hoping you’ll get into the cowboy spirit and mosey on over to watch some of the craziest eight-seconds ever, during their annual rodeo. The 37th Annual Carson Community Rodeo is scheduled to take place from Thursday, July 31st to August 2nd. The event hosts Mutton Bustin’ every night starting at 8-p.m., followed by professional riders doing their best not to get bucked off by the bulls. Sherm Rotten, Vice President of the Carson Rodeo, says Thursday is kid’s night.

“Thursday night we also have a stick horse race for the kids and I think the first one hundred through the gates get a Carson Rodeo get a wristband they can have. It’s just kind of a good fun, family night.”)
He says the numbers continue to increase. “We end up with over 30 bull riders and almost 30 saddle bronc riders so we are real pleased with that. That’s the third year in a row our numbers have been up so it should be a good show for everybody.”

On Friday, Carson will feature a street dance after the rodeo on Main Street of Carson and Saturday starts with the Carson parade at 10:30-a.m. “It’s a really good parade mainly because the shriners come over for us and make up half the parade. They just have a lot of neat stuff, old cars, motorcycles and acts going through there.”

Carson also features the 33rd annual Country Showdown musical event on Saturday evening before the rodeo. The Carson Rodeo was named Best Small Rodeo of the Year for 10 years by the PRCA but Rotten says with the numbers increase Carson isn’t considered a small rodeo any longer. “We jumped up a class and that’s part of the reason we got a few more cowboys. We put some added money in so we are no longer considered a small rodeo now we are a medium sized rodeo.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at many locations across southwest Iowa at $10 a piece for adults and $4 for kids or the day of the event for $13 and $5 respectively. You can find more information and the nearest location by visiting

(Joel McCall/KNOD)


Trading Post

July 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: Used Bundy Student Clarinet (Plastic) for $295.00. It has been cleaned and checked. Pads and corks have been replaced where needed. It comes with a new case (choice of pink or gray), swab, cork grease, and Hite Premiere Mouthpiece. Call 712-263-6908.

FOR SALE: 7 foot diameter, 2 foot deep, galvanized steel horse tank with steel plug. Used as a kids pool in the summer and stored upside down in winter. $100 and you haul away. Call or text 712-249-3269 or 712-249-9678.

FOR SALE:  nice maytag washer in excellent working condition. White. Asking $70 or best offer. Call 712-482-3157 or 402-206-5838.

FOR SALE: Yamaha flute with case and music stand. $60.00. Call 712-249-0150 after 5:30.

FOR SALE: Metal futon $20. 243-5004.

WANTED: Used horseshoes for horses; used circular planter plates that go in old planters; old steel rod fence posts. 249-4005.

Third party candidate on ballot for Iowa governor


July 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former Des Moines school board member will be on the ballot for governor as a third-party candidate. Jonathan Narcisse announced Tuesday he had been certified by the Iowa secretary of state’s office to run as the Iowa Party candidate.

Narcisse attempted to run as a Democrat in the primary election, but the secretary of state’s office ruled his nomination petitions were incomplete. His attempts to overturn the ruling in the courts were unsuccessful. That meant that state Sen. Jack Hatch was the only Democrat running for governor.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term. Narcisse has owned a number of publications, including the Iowa Bystander. He served on the Des Moines School Board for two years. He also ran for governor in 2010.