August 25, 2014 - 1:06 pm - Posted in Sports

Tyler StarrFormer Central Lyon George Little Rock and University of South Dakota Football standout Tyler Starr has made it through the first round of cuts with the Atlanta Falcons. NFL rosters need to be down to 75 by the end of the day Tuesday. Starr was a 7th round draft pick in this past spring’s draft.

According to their official website the Falcons waived 10 players, placed Mike Johnson and Marquis Spruill on injured reserve and placed Drew Davis and Zeke Motta on PUP on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they have waived defensive end Theo Agnew, linebacker Brendan Daley, linebacker Darin Drakeford, safety Devonta Glover-Wright, wide receiver Julian Jones, quarterback Jeff Mathews, linebacker Walker May, running back Jerome Smith, wide receiver Tramaine Thompson, and tight end Brian Wozniak. The club also placed offensive lineman Mike Johnson and linebacker Marquis Spruill on injured reserve, in addition to placing wide receiver Drew Davis and safety Zeke Motta on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and released safety Tyrell Johnson.

The Falcons roster now sits at 75 players. As part of the NFL’s mandatory roster cut down, Atlanta will have to trim its roster to 53 players by August 30 and may establish a 10-player practice squad beginning on August 31.
Atlanta was selected as the feature team for this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. The program selects one team in the NFL and follows their training camp experience as they get ready for the upcoming season.

August 21, 2014 - 3:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers shallow.  Muskellunge – Good: Quite a few nice muskies have been caught on Big Spirit the past couple weeks.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish. Early morning seems to be when most are fishing these spots.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers.  Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.  Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Rock Rapids, IA – Alpha Omega Academy, an online distance learning program for grades K-12, congratulates Assistant Principal Tim De Jong on his induction into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame last week in the Quad Cities.
De Jong played in eight NAFA World Series between 2002 and 2012. During his time with the Sioux Falls Sox, his team won the NAFA World Series AA Championship in 2007, and placed second and third in the same division in 2009 and 2010.

In addition to the team accomplishments, De Jong was named Most Valuable Player in 2007. He’s also been selected four times to the First Team, once to the Second Team, and been named an All-World performer.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected for the NAFA Hall of Fame,” De Jong said. “I have been blessed to play on some great teams with great teammates. Fastpitch softball is just a great sport. Over the years I have met some great ball players and people from all over the world.”

De Jong set records on his high school and college baseball teams. Following college, De Jong channeled his passion into coaching while continuing to play. He led the Western Christian High School girls’ softball team to the Iowa regional finals twice in his three years as head coach. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls during the 2011-2012 season.

De Jong joined the Alpha Omega Academy staff in 2013. He served as an academic advisor and lead education coordinator before taking on the role of assistant principal, where he uses his athletic and coaching background to help students develop academically and as individuals.

“I enjoy watching students grow and mature as people,” De Jong said. “I love seeing their sense of accomplishment when completing a challenge.”

August 19, 2014 - 12:10 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRLast year Iowa had six treestand falls, all resulting in personal injury. Tree stand incidents are one of the leading causes of injury to hunters. The DNR urges hunters to utilize the following safety tips:

· National studies show that up to 30 percent of hunters that use a treestand without using/wearing the proper safety equipment will fall during their lifetime.

· Always wear a safety harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when you are in a tree stand, as well as when climbing into or out of a tree stand. 1 in 2 treestand users do not use a fall arrest device.

· 86 percent of treestand incidents occur while climbing in and out of a stand

· A safety strap should be attached to the tree to prevent you from falling more than 12 inches.

· Always inspect the safety harness for signs of wear or damage before each use.

· Follow all manufactures’ instructions for use of a safety harness and stand.

· Follow the three point rule of tree stand safety. Always have three points of contact to the steps or ladder before moving. This could be two arms and one leg holding and stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the ladder before moving. Be cautious that rain, frost, ice, or snow can cause steps to become extremely slippery. Check the security of the step before placing your weight on it.

· Always hunt with a plan and if possible a buddy. Before you leave home, let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and who is with you.

· Always carry emergency signal devices such as a cell phone, walkie-talkie, whistle, signal flare, PLD (personal locator device) and flashlight on your person at all times and within reach even while you are suspended in your FAS. Watch for changing weather conditions. In the event of an incident, remain calm and seek help immediately.

· Always select the proper tree for use with your tree stand. Select a live straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your tree stand’s instructions. Do not climb or place a tree stand against a leaning tree.

· Never leave a tree stand installed for more than two weeks since damage could result from changing weather conditions and/or from other factors not obvious with a visual inspection.

· Always use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your tree stand once you have reached your desired hunting height. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Prior to descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.

· Always know your physical limitations. Don’t take chances. Do not climb when using drugs, alcohol or if you’re sick or un-rested. If you start thinking about how high you are, don’t go any higher.

· For more treestand safety tips visit: http://www.tmastands.com/_safety.html

August 19, 2014 - 12:05 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIt was not hard to see why the mourning dove is the most populous game bird in North America. As we bounced through the picked field, 30 or 40 lifted off ahead of us and to the sides; winging away from the millet-baited wire traps that held seven or eight less wary doves.

Yet, this handful of birds and a few more in the next set of wire live traps would bring the DNR wildlife crew from Otter Creek Wildlife Area in Tama County to their banding goal of 100. And over the next day, they would fit another 80 with tiny aluminum leg bands, to pad their quota. “You never catch them all. There are so many doves and we’ll catch only a small percentage,” explained wildlife technician Rodney Ellingson.

Setups across Iowa in August yield similar results…where 2,000 banded doves is the goal for this summer. Since 2003, 18,000 doves have been banded and released in Iowa. As any are harvested or recaptured, those bands tell wildlife biologists a lot about where the birds nest, age structure, their migration habits and just how many mourning doves are out there.

Even in mid-August, doves were on the move.

“We see a lot more birds. We know some are local, some are early migrants,” noted Ellingson. “Yesterday, we had some (already banded) recaptures; probably from the northern part of the state. They are definitely on the move; after a few cooler nights.”

That is what hunters want to see, with Iowa’s dove season opening September 1. The state’s newest season, hunters are still ‘trickling’ into the dove fields; as more learn how to hunt the elusive, fast moving game bird.

“An estimated 8,200 dove hunters harvested about 118,000 doves in 2013,” said DNR upland wildlife research biologist Todd Bogenschutz. “Band return data shows hunters harvest about 2 percent of Iowa’s doves.  The population has remained stable here over the last decade.”

Regionally, the 2013 estimated dove population in the Central Management Unit was 141 million.

Scouting is important for successful dove hunting. Many of the better areas are along food plots on public hunting areas and on private fields enrolled in IHAP—Iowa’s Hunter Access Program. Sunflowers have proven most popular in the first three seasons.  Contact the area wildlife biologist for locations of dove plots.  Observations by field staff indicate an abundance of doves this fall.  Visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/MigratoryGameBirds/MourningDoves.aspx for more information.

Iowa’s mourning dove season runs through November 9, 2014.  The daily bag limit is 15 doves (Mourning and Eurasian Collared combined) with a possession limit of 30.  Shooting hours are half hour before sunrise to sunset.  Dove hunters are required to register with the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Hunters can register with HIP online or thru any license agent.  Go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/migratoryregs.pdf for information.

Non-toxic shot is not required for dove hunting except on areas requiring it be used.  A list of public areas requiring non-toxic shot for doves is in the 2014-15 hunting regulations (p. 17) http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/HuntingLicensesLaws.aspx

August 15, 2014 - 9:39 am - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRDES MOINES – The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved the 2014-14 migratory game bird hunting seasons during its monthly meeting on Thursday.

In the north zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-19 and Oct. 25-Dec. 7, the youth waterfowl season is Sept. 27-28, Canada goose and brant season is Sept. 27-Jan. 2, White-fronted geese is Sept. 27-Dec. 9 and light geese is Sept. 27-Jan. 11.

In the south zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 18-Dec. 11, the youth waterfowl season is Oct. 11-12, Canada goose and brant season is Oct. 4-Jan. 9, White-fronted geese is Oct. 4-Dec. 16 and light geese is Oct. 4-Jan. 16.

In the Missouri River zone, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers is Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 25-Dec. 18, the youth waterfowl season is Oct. 18-19, Canada goose and brant season is Oct. 11-Jan. 16, White-fronted geese is Oct. 11-Dec. 23 and light geese is Oct. 11-Jan. 16.

Commissioners also approved reducing the daily bag limit for canvasbacks to one.

A statewide special September Teal season is Sept. 6-21. The daily bag limit is six with a possession limit of 18 of green-winged, blue-winged and cinnamon teal only. No other ducks may be taken.

Special September teal season shooting hours are different than regular duck season hours. Teal season shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.

The migratory game bird hunting regulations booklet is available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.

 

August 15, 2014 - 9:33 am - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest:

Big Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers are reporting a decent bullhead bite in the evenings. A great opportunity to get some kids out fishing for these hard fighting fish. Sinking a night crawler to the bottom should do just the trick.  Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weed beds.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past few weeks for daytime anglers. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers up shallow as well.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers.  Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action using small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.

August 7, 2014 - 4:44 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest:

Big Spirit Lake
Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weedlines and rocky points.
Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weedbeds.
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.

Little Spirit Lake:
Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9 to 11 inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye
 – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits.
Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.
Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.
Bluegill – Fair: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds.

Lost Island Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish.
Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats right now.
Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.
Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers.
White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested.

Storm Lake
The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait.
Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

 

July 31, 2014 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake

Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably, but some anglers are still catching a few around the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish: Fair – try using cut bait, dip bait, or shrimp. The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested using spinner baits near weed beds.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

July 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Sports

downloadThe Annual Lake Pahoja Youth Triathlon was on Friday July 25th  and  the Adult mini triathlon and 3.5 Mile Fun Run was on Saturday July 26. The Youth triathlon was for ages 7-14. The 7-10 year olds swam 75 yards, biked 2.5, ran 1 mile, while the 11-14 year old participants had to  swim 150 yards, bike 2.5, and run 1 mile. In the Adult mini triathlon, participants had to swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles, and run 3.5 miles.

Here are the results

Youth Triathlon
Boys 7-8  Name  Time
1st Evan Mahrous 18 min, 52 sec
2nd Joseph Levesquet 21 min 29 sec
3rd Bryson Childress 22 min 47 sec
Boys 9-10
1st Wilson Dodge 19 min 14 sec
2nd Ty Brinkman 22 min 12 sec
3rd Jordan Levesquet 23 min 2 sec
Boys 11-12
1st Andrew Grady 21 min 50 sec
2nd Jacob Vander Brink 23 min 19 sec
3rd Todd Jiskoot 24 min 8 sec
Boys 13-14
1st Liam Reese 18 min 43 sec
2nd Chase Bradner 22 min 59 sec
3rd Trent Hoogendorn 25 min
Girls 7-8
1st Gracy Gruber 22 min 20 sec
2nd Addison Van’t Hul 24 min 14 sec
3rd Tara Hoogendoorn 26 min 7 sec
Girls 9-10
1st Randi Childress 25 min 30 sec
2nd Bell Schiermeyer 27 min 21 sec
3rd Alyssa Tryon 30 min 37 sec
Girls 11-12
1st Hannah Dodge 20 min 45 sec
2nd Annabella Klosterman 23 min 14 sec
3rd Emma Brower 23 min 31 sec
Girls 13-14
1st Analise Levesquet 21 min 23 sec
2nd Morgan Van Der Brink 21 min 32 sec
3rd Maria Hoogendoorn 22 min 20 sec
3.5 Mile Fun Run
Women 0-19
1st Chayla Besonen 29 min 56 sec
2nd Amara Jones-Meyer 47 min 15 sec
3rd Pam Regnerus 50 min 12 sec
Women 20-29
1st Lanae Regnerus 28 min 59 sec
2nd Jana Regnerus 50 min 12 sec
Women 30-39
1st Tracy Kramer 25 min 18 sec
2nd Mallorie Hansmann 34 min 41 sec
3rd Josephine Myers- Kyekindal 48 min 4 sec
Women 40-49
1st Lisa Murphy 31 min 43 sec
2nd Cathy Anderson 33 min 58 sec
Men 0-19
1st Jacob Van Der Brink 30 min 29 sec
2nd Scott Hansmann 34 min 40 sec
Men 30-39
1st Dustin Schrumm 31 min 26 sec
Men 40-49
1st Scott Van Der Brink 29 min 21 sec
2nd Chad Overgaard 30 min 32 sec
Adult Triathlon
Female 20-29
1st Leah Freese 2 hr 4 min 58 sec
2nd Tiffany Huber 2 hr 6 min 10 sec
3rd Leah Rasmussen 2 hr 8 min 58 sec
Female 30-39
1st Laura Leenderts 1 hr 43 min 39 sec
2nd Renae Remer 2 hr 6 min 16 sec
3rd Leslie Johnson 2 hr 12 min 5 sec
Female 40-49
1st Kathy Grady 1 hr 27 min 12 sec
2nd Patty Klinghagen 1 hr 47 min 3 sec
3rd Amy Barr 1 hr 47 min 5 sec
Men 0-19
1st Jadon Johnson 1 hr 29 min 19 sec
Men 20-29
1st Russel Fergen 1 hr 34 min 58 sec
2nd Jeremy Reimer 1 hr 40 min 52 sec
3rd Brennan Thompson 1 hr 54 min 34 sec
Men 30-39
1st Jeremy Reimer 1 hr 18 min 25 sec
2nd Brenton Rains 1 hr 22 min 8 sec
3rd Eric Bannwarth 1 hr 22 min 44 sec
Men 40-49
1st Lance Bergeson 1 hr 24 min 8 sec
2nd Ryan Remers 1 hr 30 min 9 sec
3rd Timothy Olson 1 hr 38 min 10 sec
Men 50-59
1st Brian Williams 1 hr 31 min 39 sec
2nd Kirby Schroll 1 hr 40 min 9 sec
3rd Glenn Voss 1 hr 46 min 42 sec
Men 60-up
1st Gary Patton 1 hr 46 min 53 sec
2nd Howard Bich 2 hr 34 sec