MASON CITY — Forecasters say Iowa will get another one-two punch from winter weather this weekend, with the potential for rain, sleet, snow, ice, blizzard conditions and even flooding.Meteorologist Chad Hahn, with the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says the first round tonight won’t entail much snow, if any, though a layer of ice is threatened. “Expect freezing drizzle to develop across much of the state of Iowa later on this evening and overnight,” Hahn says. “Even some light glazing is possible across portions of the state overnight and that will continue into the morning hours on Saturday.”Temperatures are predicted to warm up into the upper 30s tomorrow, changing the snow to rain and raising the chances of ice dams, ice jams and flooding. “We’ll have a break as we get into the day on Saturday where we actually transition much of the state into rain but it’ll be pretty short-lived because the colder air will filter in later on Saturday afternoon and especially overnight on Saturday night,” Hahn says. “We’re expecting significant accumulating snows across the central part of Iowa.”The heaviest snow is forecast to fall roughly from the Omaha area to Fort Dodge to Mason City. That region may see six to eight inches of snow. As the storm front moves through Iowa, there’s the potential for blizzard conditions on Sunday. “Winds are going to increase significantly behind the low pressure area with wind gusts out of the northwest at 40 to 50 miles an hour,” Hahn says. “In areas that do see that snowfall, they can expect significant blowing and drifting as we work into Saturday night and during the day on Sunday.”A series of winter weather advisories, watches and warnings are being posted through Sunday for wide sections of the state. Visit weather-dot-gov for details. In the long-ranger forecast, Hahn says we may see more snow Monday and Tuesday in what’s already one of the snowiest Iowa Februarys on record.
For the latest on the Blizzard Warning, click hereClick on these links for road conditions — Iowa Minnesota From Worth County —- All Worth County plows have been pulled from the roads and will not be back on the roads until 4 AM Monday morning. Hanlontown community center will be opened as a shelter for any stranded motorists. Interstate 35 closed, north of U.S. 30 in Ames #iatrafficPosted on: February 24, 2019 FROM CERRO GORDO COUNTY — A tow ban is currently in affect for Cerro Gordo County roads until further notice. Travel is not advised. If you do go out make sure you have plenty of fuel, food, water, blankets; you will be spending the night in your vehicleThe sheriff’s office is still receiving multiple calls for vehicles in the ditches throughout the county. Deputies are not able to reach all stranded motorists. The county plows have went back to the shed due to visibility problems. Deputies will only be responding to medical emergencies until further notice. For your safety and the safety of all emergency responders, please stay off the roads until the weather clears AMES, Iowa – FEB. 24, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, has closed Interstate 35 in both directions north of the U.S. 30 interchange at Ames to the Minnesota border due to blowing and drifting snow and limited visibility.The gate system at the U.S. 30/I-35N interchange has been activated and the gate arms are down. Northbound I-35 travelers must exit at U.S. 30. Traveler services are available at the nearby U.S. 30 exits into Ames.In addition to restricting travel on the mainline interstate roadway, all entrance ramps to I-35 at each of the intersecting roadways will be closed by gates.Travelers already within the closed section will be allowed to exit the roadway. If vehicles are stranded, emergency crews will attempt to assist travelers to safety. Persons who have sought shelter in any available rest area facilities will be allowed to remain there, unless directed by Iowa DOT or law enforcement personnel to relocate to another designated safe location.The decision to close an interstate roadway means a serious safety condition exists and rescue crews may be in the area. Persons should never attempt to enter a closed roadway or go around barricades or gates. In addition, travel conditions on roadways near the interstate are dangerous and many are listed as travel not advised. For your safety, it is best if you delay your trip in this area, if you do not need to travel.The Iowa DOT will issue a notification when the roadway will be safely reopened.For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html. Iowa DOT News Release
MASON CITY — City of Mason City offices will be closed coming up on Friday due to the observance of Good Friday.The make-up day for garbage and recyclable service for those that normally have pick-up on Friday will be this Wednesday. City transit buses will be operating as normal on Friday.County offices at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse will also be closed on Good Friday.
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MASON CITY — While parts of Iowa had record high temperatures in the low 90s on Thursday, forecasters say cooler, wetter weather will likely dominate much of the rest of the month and well into June.During a National Weather Service briefing late last week, climatologist Martha Shulski says heavy rain will spread across Iowa and much of the Northern Plains this week, raising the critical risk of renewed flooding. “The prediction is in the three-to-five inch range, so a pretty active pattern,” Shulski says. “These forecasts have been pretty consistent which gives you some higher confidence in the forecast actually verifying. Certainly, it’s something to look out for in terms of impacts over the next week.”In spite of a few scattered hot and humid days, Iowa’s weather has been much cooler than normal this spring and forecasters anticipate that pattern will remain. “Continued higher probability for below-normal temperatures for a swath in the central U.S.,” Shulski says. “This is combined with the increased probability of wetter-than-normal conditions for June.”Thanks to the El Nino, it’s possible the cool, wet weather will last well into summer, as will the risk of more flooding, as the ground remains saturated in many parts of the state.
MASON CITY — Mason City’s city administrator says progress on the hotel and convention center portion of the River City Renaissance project can ramp up immediately if the City Council tonight approves a development agreement for the project. City officials have finalized a development agreement with Gatehouse Mason City LLC for the construction of a hotel that would fulfill the private investment portion of the $39 million project being supported through the Iowa Reinvestment Act.City Administrator Aaron Burnett says approval of the agreement will kick off that project full-steam. “Once we approve that agreement, Gatehouse can move forward with their design and their financing. We can continue to work on the site to make sure that it’s prepared for them to be able to start construction as soon as possible. All of these things are big developments and they are things that get us closer to finalizing the Reinvestment District and being able to capture those state dollars to make sure that we’re financing this through all the different means that we’ve set out over the years.”Burnett says a lot of hard work from both parties went into figuring out the final details of the development agreement. “This is a very complex project. When you look at all the different components, whether it’s the reinvestment district from the state, the ability to capture those revenues is extremely important, and it’s also important for the developer to make sure that that they have that confidence that the city’s going to come through and follow the plan is as laid out. Every single phrase, every single item in that development agreement was scrutinized by both parties, by their lawyers, in making sure that we’ve set a good plan to move forward. Now that that’s in place, now that we have that agreement work from, I think that things will move very quickly, because we’ve had these very thoughtful discussions ahead of time.”After the initial approval of the development agreement, state law mandated that the city had to wait 30 days for any competitive proposals to be submitted and considered for the project. A public hearing will be held prior to the council considering approval of the development agreement. The council meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.
EAGLE GROVE — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he drank from a toilet tank at a migrant detention center recently to show the water was safe for drinking.NBC News recorded King during a town hall Wednesday in Eagle Grove as he talked about touring detention facilities for asylum-seekers. “I actually went into that cell where it was reported they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet,” King said. “I took a drink out of there and it was actually pretty good, so I have a video tape and I smacked my lips.”King told the crowd in Eagle Grove he hadn’t posted the video online, to help put complaints about conditions in the detention centers “in the rear view mirror.” But after NBC reporter Maura Barrett posted King’s comments online, King tweeted out the video.King, according to the NBC News video, described the system this way to the Eagle Grove audience: “These toilets in these prisons are solid stainless steel. They’re built so that they are semi-indestructible by the inmates that are there and in the back, where the lid would be on our toilet, that’s also sealed and there’s a water fountain there and you push the button and the water comes out and you take a drink That’s how it is. It’s not drinking out of the toilet. It’s drinking out of the water fountain that’s integral with the back of the toilet.”King said he believes a “language barrier” prevented those being held in the cells from understanding the words “potable water” printed on a sign above the tank. A Democrat in congress who visited the detention centers criticized King. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said migrants told her the guards directed them to drink out of the toilet because the water fountain was broken.See the video here. https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/1169362227863797762
RIVERSIDE – The NIACC men’s golf team tied for fifth with a 333 at the Region XI preview meet Monday at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course.DMACC was the preview champion with a 306 and Kirkwood was second with a 308. Iowa Central tied NIACC for fifth with a 333.NIACC was led by sophomores Austin Eckenrod (41-40 – 81) and Jackson Hamlin (36-45 – 81). Also for the Trojans, Zach Martin shot 39-44 – 83, Matthew Heinemann shot 43-45 – 88, Beau Thompson shot 47-44 – 91.NIACC golfers playing as individuals were Jackson French (39-41 – 80), Charles Lorenz (47-43 – 90) and Peter Stadheim (47-49 – 96).Monday’s regional preview tournament wrapped up the fall season for the Trojans. Eight-man1. Don Bosco (7-0), LW #1 @ North Iowa2. Turkey Valley (7-0), LW #2 vs #5 Easton Valley3. Remsen St. Mary’s (7-0), LW #3 vs Newell-Fonda4. Audubon (7-1), LW #4 @ Glidden-Ralston5. Easton Valley (7-0), LW #5 @ #2 Turkey Valley6. CAM (7-0), LW #6 vs #7 Coon Rapids-Bayard7. Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1), LW #7 @ #6 CAM8. Harris-Lake Park (6-1), LW #10 vs Siouxland Christian9. AGWSR (6-1), LW #9 @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck10.Lenox (7-1), LW (X) @ @ Lamoni MASON CITY — Despite splitting four matches at the Iowa Central tournament over the weekend, the NIACC volleyball team remains ranked 20th in the latest junior college Division II rankings. Parkland of Illinois is ranked first, followed by Coffeyville of Kansas and Glendale of Arizona. Iowa Central is the only other Iowa Community College Athletic Conference team that is ranked this week, dropping three spots to 14th. Kirkwood was ranked 19th in last week’s poll but dropped out of this week’s rankings. NIACC is scheduled to travel to Iowa Falls Wednesday night to face Ellsworth Class 2A1. Waukon (7-0), LW #1 vs Anamosa2. Clear Lake (7-0), LW #2 @ New Hampton3. Algona (7-0), LW #3 @ Spirit Lake4. Greene County (7-0), LW #6 vs Red Oak5. Des Moines Christian (7-0), LW #5 @ Chariton6. OABCIG (7-0), LW #7 vs Carroll Kuemper7. Waterloo Columbus (6-1), LW #4 vs North Fayette Valley8. Benton (6-1), LW #9 @ #10 West Marshall9. Sioux Center (5-2), LW (X) vs Central Lyon10.West Marshall (5-2), LW (X) vs #8 BentonClass 1A1. Dike-New Hartford (7-0), LW #1 @ South Hardin2. Van Meter (7-0), LW #2 @ Mount Ayr3. West Branch (7-0), LW #3 @ Cascade4. Western Christian (7-0), LW #5 vs Emmetsburg5. South Central Calhoun (7-0), LW #5 vs Eagle Grove6. West Sioux (6-1), LW #7 vs Unity Christian7. West Lyon (6-1), LW #4 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan8. Iowa City Regina (6-1), LW #8 vs Jesup9. Treynor (7-0), LW #9 @MVAOCOU10.Sigourney-Keota (7-0), LW (X) @ Wapello DES MOINES — Radio Iowa sports broadcasters high school football pollClass 4A1. WDM Valley (7-0), LW #1 @ Ames2. Dowling Catholic (6-1), LW #2vs DSM Hoover3. Cedar Falls (7-0), LW #3 @ Dubuque Senior4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (6-1), LW #5 @ Davenport Central5. Ankeny Centennial (6-1), LW #6 vs #10 Roosevelt6. Southeast Polk (5-2), LW #7 @ Marshalltown7. Bettendorf (5-2), LW #4 vs Davenport West8. Ankeny (4-3), LW #8 @ Sioux City North9. Waukee (4-3), LW #9 vs Indianola10.Des Moines Roosevelt (6-1), LW #10 @ #5 Centennial Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (7-0), LW #1 @ Marion2. Solon (7-0), LW #2 vs Keokuk3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-1), LW #3 vs Center Point-Urbana4. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-1), LW #5 @ Webster City5. North Scott (6-1), LW #6 vs Clear Creek-Amana6. Lewis Central (6-1), LW #4 @ #10 Glenwood7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (6-1), LW #7 @ Denison-Schleswig8. Independence (7-0), LW #8 @ Waverly-Shell Rock9. Norwalk (6-1), LW #9 vs Ballard10.Glenwood (6-1) vs #6 Lewis Central LUBBOCK, TEXAS — Texas Tech coach Matt Wells says Iowa State is very similar to the Baylor team the Red Raiders lost to in overtime this past weekend. Tech is 3-3 and will host the Cyclones in Lubbock.Wells says the Red Raiders expect to see a lot of Cyclone running back Breece Hall. The freshman piled up 132 yards in a win at West Virginia.Kickoff in Lubbock on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. Class A1. West Hancock (7-0), LW #1 @ Graettinger-Terril2. Saint Ansgar (7-0), LW #2 vs Mason City Newman3. North Tama (7-0), LW #3 @ Postville4. Grundy Center (6-1), LW #5 vs Hudson5. MFL MarMac (7-0), LW #6 vs #7 Edgewood-Colesburg6. Earlham (6-1), LW #8 @ Oakland Riverside7. Edgewood-Colesburg (6-1), LW #9 @ #5 MFL MarMac8. Woodbury Central (6-1), LW #10 vs Lawton-Bronson9. BGM (Brooklyn) (6-1), LW (X) vs Durant10.South O’Brien (6-1), LW #4 vs Akron-Westfield FOREST CITY — Newman captured both the girls and boys team crowns at the Forest City Invitational cross country meet. On the girls side, Newman had four runners in the top 11, winning with 40 points. Forest City was second with 82, Osage third with 87. Abby Christians of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura won the girls race in 19:22. Lindsey Davidson of Northwood-Kensett was second in 20:35. Newman’s best runner was Olivia Schissel, who finished fifth in 21:38. On the boys side, Newman had three runners in the top nine to win with 59 points. St. Ansgar had the top two runners but finished second with 68, while Forest City was third with 91. Seth Hershey and Riley Witt of St. Ansgar were the top two runners, finishing with times of 16:32 and 16:37. Braden Petree, Joey Ringo and Ryan Kelly has Newman’s best finishes, placing seventh, eighth and ninth in times of 17:43 for Petree and 18:07 for Ringo and Kelly. You can see the full results of the Forest City Invitational by clicking here. All the teams involved on Monday will run on Thursday in the Top of Iowa Conference meet in Mason City on the NIACC campus. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots he faced and the Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Victor Rask and Zach Parise scored third-period goals for the Wild.
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‘Not bothered’ India, a country obsessed with cricket, has never finished high on the medal table — winning just 28 from 24 Olympic appearances.But India, with a population of more than a billion people and enjoying strong economic growth, had been targeting 10 medals in Rio and sent its largest ever squad.India’s government spent about 1.2 billion rupees ($18 million), however, preparing the athletes, according to the sports ministry, a fraction of the amount forked out by China, Britain and other countries.With the lack of silverware becoming evident, media began focusing on the officials, including a former IOA chief, currently facing trial in a corruption case, seen attending the Games with an accreditation pass.Veteran journalist K. Jagannadha Rao who has covered six Olympics said such incidents involving officials were not unusual.Khan, one of the few Indians to have tasted success when the hockey team won bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, agreed, saying few lessons had been learnt over the years.“They are simply not bothered if the country is winning medals or not.” Share on: WhatsApp “I won’t get angry and spoil my own health. It happens every time and that is the way it is,” the shooter, who won gold in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in Rio, told the NDTV network.“We need a complete overhaul of the system. We need more experts coming in… I have no problem with a politician if he can bring something to the table.”India’s anti-doping officials were also left red-faced in Rio after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned for four years for failing drug tests — overturning India’s earlier decision to allow him to compete.Indian officials had cleared Yadav just days before Rio, accepting his defence that a rival spiked his food supplements, after failing two tests for a banned steroid.The World Anti-Doping Agency swiftly challenged the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport which found “no evidence” of such contamination. New Delhi, India | AFP | As Olympic under-achievers India head home from Rio having failed to win a gold medal, its gate-crashing, selfie-taking officials have been accused of failing to help its athletes taste success.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals at the Games, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.Badminton champion P.V. Sindhu’s silver towards the end of the Rio Games sparked an outpouring of national pride and celebrations, along with wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze.But reports during the competition of Indian officials seemingly living it up in Rio, while athletes struggled to make it through qualifying, sparked anger back home and raised questions about the commitment of those in charge.“Officials do not have the welfare of the athletes on their mind. All they are bothered about is having a good time,” Aslam Sher Khan, India’s former hockey Olympian, told AFP.“While other countries have scripted a turnaround in their fortune like the UK, we sadly continue to languish in mediocrity,” he told AFP.“We have become the laughing stock of the world.”Indian sports minister Vijay Goel has described as a “misunderstanding” reports that his entourage tried to muscle unaccredited people accompanying him into Olympic venues.Rio organisers reportedly accused his entourage of “aggressive and rude behaviour” and threatened to cancel his accreditation, prompting Goel to deny any involvement.The minister also sparked ridicule on social media after praising one of India’s athletes on Twitter, only to use a photo of a different one.And the Indian Express newspaper accused him of spending his time in Rio taking selfies with “exhausted Indian athletes” — after posting a picture of himself ringside with just defeated boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav.The incidents come as little surprise to observers who have long accused sport administrators of being more concerned about protecting their own fiefdoms than targeting success.At the 2014 Winter Olympics, India suffered the humiliation of being banned from flying its flag at the opening ceremony following corruption concerns.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) suffered a 14-month ban which was only lifted after it elected new leaders, excluding those who had been accused of corruption over the chaotic organisation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, said he was fed up with apathetic officials, some of whom were unqualified for the job and were not being held accountable for a lack of success on the field.