2013 High School Football Schedule – Week 0, August 23


August 23rd, 2013 by Jim Field

Eight Man, District 6

  • CAM @ Adair-Casey (live on KJAN AM 1220/FM101.1, www.kjan.com, KJAN TV – 6:30 pre-game)
  • Grandview Park Baptist @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
  • Glidden-Ralston @ Murray
  • Mormon Trail @ Seymour
  • Colo-Nesco @ Melcher-Dallas
  • Lenox at East Union

Eight Man, District 7

  • Heartland Christian @ Ankeny Christian
  • Boyer Valley at Kingsley-Pierson
  • Fremont-Mills at West Harrison
  • Sidney at Ar-We-Va

Eight Man, District 8

  • Stanton @ Nishnabotna
  • Essex/South Page @ Twin Cedars
  • Southwest Valley at Tri-County

Iowa Hires Bjorkgren as Head Coach


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Energy of the NBA’s D-League has named Nate Bjorkgren as its new coach.

Bjorkgren, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa, spent the past two seasons as the coach of Golden State’s D-League affiliate and went 61-39 in the regular season.

Bjorkgren got his start in the league as Nick Nurse’s assistant with Iowa in 2007. Bjorkgren was named the Energy’s coach in waiting in 2011 before leaving for Golden State’s affiliate in North Dakota.

Bjorkgren graduated from Buena Vista University in 1998.

New-look Chiefs Still Learning to Communicate


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith might as well have been playing Paul Newman’s part from the seminal 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” after the Kansas City Chiefs struggled in a preseason loss to San Francisco.

You know the line where Newman says, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Smith and his wide receivers weren’t on the same page. The offensive line might just as well have been speaking another language given the seven sacks they allowed. The entire unit never put together a sustained drive, the Chiefs’ lone touchdown coming on special teams.

Coach Andy Reid says that the communication issues remain a work in progress. The next benchmark to judge that progress comes in preseason game No. 3 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

49ers Sign Quarterback Wallace to one-year Deal


August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick’s backup, signing nine-year veteran and former Iowa State star Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract Thursday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.

San Francisco waived wideout Ricardo Lockette, who worked out with Kaepernick in Atlanta for a stretch this offseason along with departed A.J. Jenkins.

Due to overwhelming demand, additional $1 million made available for water quality practices


August 22nd, 2013 by admin

Due to strong demand from Iowa farmers, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that an additional $1 million in cost share funds have been made available to help farmers implement nutrient reduction practices. Farmers have already submitted applications for the initial $1.8 million in funding that was made available on Aug. 8 for water quality practices.

“We are extremely pleased by the overwhelming response we have received from farmers and believe this shows their commitment to water quality,” Northey said. “Farmers are matching all these funds, so they are putting up at least $1.8 million of their own money to implement these voluntary, science-based practices to protect water quality.”

The practices that are eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip-till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. Any farmer not already utilizing these practices can apply for assistance. Farmers are only eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres.

The cost share rate for farmers planting cover crops is $25 per acre and for farmers trying no-till or strip till is $10 per acre. Farmers using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre.

Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District office to apply.

To date, more than 700 farmers in 85 of the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Iowa have applied to participate in the program. Farmers have submitted applications for 71,023 acres of cover crops, to use nitrification inhibitor on 4,019 acres, 770 acres of no-till and 466 acres of strip-till.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received $3 million in one-time funding to support statewide science-based water quality practices over the next five years. After today’s announcement the Department will have made $2.8 million available to support these practices this fall.

Nation’s largest volunteer food packaging effort to start Wednesday in Des Moines


August 22nd, 2013 by admin

The 2013 Meals from the Heartland Annual Hunger Fight, the nation’s largest volunteer food packaging effort, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 28 at 9 a.m. at Hy-Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines. Packaging will take place daily through Saturday, August 31.

Meals from the Heartland has the goal of packaging at least 5 million meals during this four-day event. Meals packaged during 2013 are provided to children and families in need internationally as well as locally. Prior shipments have been distributed to Iowa, New Mexico, Haiti, South Africa, Honduras, El Salvador, Philippines, and many other countries.

Meals from the Heartland’s soy-based meals are made of U.S.-grown rice, soy protein from Midwest soybeans, dried vegetables and vitamins. Each package assembled at the event feeds a family of 6.

Over 15,000 Iowans starting as young as 5 years old, and ranging through all ages, will volunteer to package meals at Hy-Vee Hall throughout the four-day event. Training is provided to each volunteer. Time slots are still available, and registration can be completed online at www.mealsfromtheheartland.org.

Hy-Vee Hall is full of fun, energy, teamwork and excitement during this four-day event. On Wednesday evening, August 28th, over 1,100 high school students will package meals exclusively during the DuPont Pioneer Student Challenge.

Financial contributions to Meals from the Heartland are greatly appreciated to help purchase the raw materials for the packaging. Contributions may be made online or at the event, and are tax-deductible.

Free parking will be available to event volunteers on the north side of Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Vets Auditorium). Volunteers are also encouraged to bring canned goods and fresh produce to support Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantries.

Meals from the Heartland is a Des Moines based 501c3 organization. Online registration, donations and information on Meals from the Heartland can be found at www.MealsfromtheHeartland.org.

Backyard and Beyond 08-22-2013

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen talks about Aronia Berries and why you would want them.

Report ranks Iowa #4 in USA for organ donors


August 22nd, 2013 by admin

A new survey ranks Iowa among the top states in the nation for organ and tissue donors. Tony Hakes, at the Iowa Donor Registry, says Iowans are known for helping each other in times of need, so the ranking is a big complement.

A heart or a set of lungs need to be transplanted within four to six hours, so Hakes says they’ll try to find what’s called a “critical needs match” locally first.

“So if someone passes away here in Iowa City and they’re a heart donor, we try to allocate that heart to someone in the area who is most in need,” Hakes says. “If they can’t find someone that is a critical need match in this area, they’ll offer it up statewide. Can’t find a critical need match statewide? They’ll offer it up to Zone 8 which is basically the border states.”

Some organs, like kidneys, can be kept viable for up to 48 hours. Hakes, the donor network’s community development supervisor, says it’s easy for Iowans to make it known they’d like to be donors.

“It just came out that Iowa is #4 in the nation as far as number of people that are registered as organ and tissue donors, percentagewise,” Hakes says. “We have about 1.8-million registered organ and tissue donors which is terrific. That’s great for a state of roughly 3-million people.”

There are about 600 Iowans on the waiting list for various organs, with kidneys being in the most demand. Nationwide, there are 125,000 people waiting. Hakes says it’s an important decision to make.

“We always encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors,” Hakes says. “Mark ‘yes’ on your driver’s license and make sure your family knows and understands your wishes and you know and understand their wishes. If you have ‘no’ on your license, you can certainly change that when you go to renew or log on to iowadonorregistry.org and change your status there.”

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic recieves Alliant Energy’s “Branching Out” Grant


August 22nd, 2013 by admin

Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility and Trees Forever announced they are awarding $115,050 to 25 Iowa communities or organizations through their Branching Out community tree planting program this fall.

Alliant Energy provides funding for Branching Out, a nationally recognized program. It partners with Trees Forever and local community leaders to develop and implement public tree-planting projects. The program supports energy efficiency with strategic planting locations and designs. It also improves the quality of life, increases environmental awareness, and encourages volunteer involvement.

“We hope that by investing in tree planting and education, our customers will learn more about the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits trees offer,” said Tom Aller, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “This is one of the ways we are working with our communities and customers to help create a more sustainable future.”

Alliant Energy provides grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for community-based, tree-planting projects in communities it serves. These can be at parks, community gateways, cemeteries, nature trails, libraries, nursing homes, schools, and more. Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program and provides technical and planning support.

Since the beginning of the Branching Out program in 1989, communities and organizations have planted more than 1.4 million trees and seedlings in Iowa.

“Every Branching Out project focuses on long-term tree care, with a special emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation,” said Shannon Ramsay, founding president of Trees Forever. “We are pleased to continue our long partnership with Alliant Energy, in a combined effort to educate Iowans about the importance of trees and improving our environment, one community at a time.”

Organizations can submit grant applications anytime. However, funding is only decided during two grant-making cycles – November 1 for spring plantings and June 1 for fall plantings.

In Atlantic, $5,000 is being awarded to Cass County Memorial Hospital.

For more information, contact Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269 or visit alliantenergy.com/branchingout or treesforever.org.


Trading Post

August 22nd, 2013 by Jim Field

WANTED:  fresh milk to feed show pigs. Would like several gallons daily.  Please call 712-304-5483.

WANTED: 10-50 acres of farm ground to rent to seed down to hay in Cass County for this fall or next spring. Please call 712-254-2518.

FOR SALE:  h. s. shop made book case, holds lots of books. Dark stained wood. $20.  A fancier dresser with mirror and shelf on one side. Heavy, 6 drawers. $25.00.  563-2243. Or cell 249-4267.

FOR RENT: 1 bdrm house, appliances included, $300 per month with $400 deposit. Must sign lease, off street parking and parking in back, cats only, no dogs. Available immediately. 712-249-6223 or 249-7292.

FOR SALE: Brand new tackle box with lots of lures, swivels, etc. $20. 712-778-5131.

FOR SALE: Amana electric range with hood if needed, almond color. $75. 712-243-4951.

FOR SALE: TV antennae, good condition $15-20; white steel garage door, 8ft wide x 7 ft, have most of hardware, in good condition $100 obo. 641-746-2583 (Casey).

FOR SALE:  Nike Shark football shoes size 10 used only a few times non-removable studs.  Under Armour football shoes size 14 used only a few times has removable studs.   $20 Atlantic/Exira area.   712-292-9902.  foghorn1@mchsi.com.