Is It Happening?

first_imgSince the NCAA basketball scandal of the past couple of years, the state athletic associations and the basketball coaches associations have decided to try to bring recruiting back to high school gyms.Big-time basketball men’s recruiting has developed into a practice similar to scouting pro athletes.  Third party people and large athletic facilities (not high school gyms) are where the top college prospects work out, play games, and get recruited.Under this new system, state athletic associations and basketball coaches associations are using 2 weekends late in June to set up basketball tournaments, or in some cases workouts, in high school facilities under the complete directions of the high school.  College coaches can come and watch, but they are not involved in how these tournaments and/or games are set up.  It is back to where the college coach comes to a high school, watches the young athletes play, talks to high school coaches and parents, and tries to sell his program to an athlete.  It eliminates third parties “buying” services of a potential player with no control by any high school official.  Amen and Yeah!!last_img read more

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2020-09-23

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Poyet: Black Cats not good enough

first_img But in the meantime, he has left his players in little doubt as to what he expects of them after the momentum he hoped they had gained from a spirited display in defeat by Chelsea in midweek dissipated alarmingly against Spurs. Poyet said: “You can’t do it every now and then. With all respect, we don’t get paid to do your job today but not tomorrow, and maybe on Wednesday but not on Saturday. “At the moment, we are not good enough. Sometimes being honest doesn’t mean that you are negative. I am not, I am very positive. I am realistic and at the moment, that’s what we are. “We want to keep going, yes. The desire, the fighting, the spirit – the players are trying their best. “At the moment, it’s not enough, so we will see how we are going to change.” It might have been so different for Sunderland had they been able to reach half-time unscathed after Adam Johnson had made the most of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ blunder as he came for Ondrej Celustka’s 37th-minute cross. But just as they had done against Jose Mourinho’s men, the home side conceded within minutes with Paulinho stabbing home from close range after Nacer Chadli had headed back across goal. Worse was to follow five minutes after the restart when Mousa Dembele burst past Jack Colback on the left and saw his driven cross cannon off defender John O’Shea’s heel and fly past wrong-footed goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Gus Poyet has warned Sunderland they are currently not good enough to stay in the Barclays Premier League. The 46-year-old’s stark assessment of the club’s prospects came in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham, which left the Black Cats sitting at the foot of the table, still five points adrift of safety, but with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace threatening to cast them adrift. Poyet remains hopeful of dragging his side out of trouble, and his chances of doing so could depend on what he is able to do in the January transfer window. Press Association The Black Cats have now scored five own goals this season, and their run of fortune took a further turn for the worse 15 minutes from time when they were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Sebastian Larsson’s corner struck substitute Sandro’s arm. However in the meantime, Jermaine Defoe had twice struck the post as Spurs passed up a series of opportunities to extend their lead, and Poyet was in no mood to blame ill fortune for a damaging defeat. He said: “Luck is once or twice. Five own goals in seven games, eight games? No, I’m not taking that, I’m sorry. “I think we were lucky at the end because it could have been 5-1. At the moment, I see too many players of the opposition playing against us probably their best games of the season. “Do you think that that’s a coincidence as well? You have to be very naive to think that. “[Chelsea’s Eden] Hazard had his best game of the season against us; today probably [Kyle] Walker had his best game of the season against us. I can go on and on and on. “It has become too easy to play against Sunderland and you have to take it. “My job – I’m a head coach, I coach, I convince players what is the best way to play football. I try to convince them constantly. “In training I show them, I tell them, I repeat to them and we keep doing it and we keep doing it. “It’s going to be like a hammer in your head constantly. Now if we can get it before Saturday, we have a chance. If we don’t, it’s going to be worse and worse, it’s as simple as that.” last_img read more

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2020-09-21

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Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

first_img Press Association Head coach Tim Sherwood has been a long-time fan of Christian Eriksen and hopes Tottenham can hold onto the playmaker this summer. The 22-year-old has been one of the few shining lights in a disappointing season for Spurs, continuing his fine form with two assists as Fulham were overcome 3-1 on Saturday. Eriksen was brought in last summer as Spurs attempted to fill the void left by Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid, who also raided north London to sign Luka Modric the previous year. Sherwood is hoping Spurs can avoid losing a similarly key player this summer, but knows Eriksen will be attracting admiring glances. “You are always fearful that someone might come and take one of your best players and Christian is certainly one,” the Spurs head coach said. “I watched him at 17 years of age at Wembley for Denmark and I rang (chairman) Daniel Levy the day after and said that he needs to sign this boy – £10million later he is finally here, so that is all good news. “I don’t think he was available (at the time) and I think he wanted to continue his education at Ajax and that is what happened. “And perhaps Daniel didn’t follow up on it as he does not follow-up on every player I tell him, as there are probably too many. “He had a year left at Ajax. He has been great acquisition for the club and they have done well to bring him in. “He has just turned 22 and he has a head of a 35-year-old. He knows when to speed it up and slow it down and Harry Kane is very similar in his development.” Sherwood highlighted the extra work Eriksen and striker Kane put in as being key to their recent improvements – something it appears Sandro would do well to follow. The Brazilian midfielder was left out of the squad to face Fulham and took to Twitter on the morning of the game, posting “just to let you know that i’m not injured!”. Sherwood said Sandro’s absence is because “he’s not up to it at the moment” and, while he played down talk of bad blood between them, was confused as to why he took to Twitter. “Are there many fans screaming out there ‘why ain’t Sandro playing? I don’t know,” he said. “If that is what he is trying to say, I am not sure. The squad goes up, I show my hand early. I don’t care about showing my hand. “I tell them pretty much on the Thursday by the team shape and they know that they are not playing. “I don’t expect anyone of them not playing to be happy with it but I expect them to be professional and work hard to get back into the next squad. “If they don’t show me that then they will not be in the next squad and they will continue to be the same.” last_img read more

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2020-09-21

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Men’s Golf: Fresh faces show promise despite last place finish

first_imgThe Badger men’s golf team traveled in-state this past weekend to Erin, Wisconsin to compete in the Marquette Intercollegiate. The tournament — hosted at Erin Hills — consisted of three rounds from Sunday through Tuesday.The Badger’s five man lineup included freshmen Sebastian Iqbal and Coalter Smith, as well as juniors Sam Anderson, Griffin Barela and Nick Robinson. Sophomore Cameron Frazier also traveled with the team and competed as an individual. The team clashed against 11 other squads including Marquette, Georgia, UCLA and Big Ten rivals Northwestern and Purdue.Men’s Golf: Badgers to defend home course in opening fall tournamentThe fall golf season is getting underway for the Badgers at University Ridge — their home course. In their own Read…A challenging Erin Hills course did not seem to rattle Iqbal and Anderson as they both finished in the top 10 after the first 18 holes. The course is ranked within the top 50 courses in America but the team as a whole was able to take on the task on day one. The Badgers sat in a tie for sixth with four individuals in the top 25, including Frazier and Smith.After round two on Monday, three Badgers were still in the top 20. Anderson fired an impressive even par round of 72 with Iqbal right on his heels with a one-over-par 73.Men’s golf: Badgers finish in last place at Big Ten ChampionshipsThe Wisconsin men’s golf team traveled to Pennsylvania this past weekend to compete in the Big Ten Championships. The tournament Read…Barela was also in the mix as he bounced back with a three-over-par 75. Frazier continued to impress with an even par round of 72, making the most of his opportunity as an individual competitor. Unfortunately, as a team, the Badgers sunk down to a solo 11th place after the finish of the second round.Smith and Anderson led round three, with each shooting a one-over-par 73. The final round put Anderson into a share of 19th place, the lowest scoring Badger in the field. The Badgers as a team dropped down to 12th spot for the tournament — a last place finish. Big Ten counterparts Purdue and Northwestern finished first and second, respectively.Men’s Golf: Where to now? Last place finish forces reevaluationWith the 2019 spring season Jordan Hahn’s last, the Badgers hoped to capitalize off of their star player’s prowess one Read…The Badger Men’s Golf team struggled as a whole once again this past weekend, but there are still many bright spots to look forward to. The young Iqbal continues to play strong golf in his first semester as a collegiate athlete and the established Anderson is showing vast improvements from last year.There is a lot of promise on this golf team, and if Barela can regain last year’s form, they will be a squad to look out for as the season progresses.last_img read more

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2020-09-16

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Former WWE star Ultimate Warrior dead at 54

first_imgOnly three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, James Hellwig, who wrestled professionally as “The Ultimate Warrior,” died Tuesday at 54, WWE officials announced.No cause of death was given. TMZ reported Hellwig collapsed outside an Arizona hotel on Tuesday night and was transported via ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Hellwig appeared on WWE Raw on Monday in New Orleans on USA Network to a rousing ovation from fans, only a day after WrestleMania XXX.Known for his extremely muscular physique, long, shaggy hair and colorful face paint, The Warrior feuded with many of the then-WWF’s biggest stars, including Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage during his career. He defeated Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become champion, and was also an ex-Intercontinental champion.The Ultimate Warrior’s career spanned 13 years, from 1985-98, and included three stints in the then-WWF. His most memorable run came from 1987-91. He came back for short stints in 1992 and 1996.After being inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday in New Orleans on the night before WrestleMania – the WWE’s biggest event – Hellwig appeared on Raw on Monday and seemed to foreshadow his death. Hellwig began his speech in his own voice, saying, “As I thought about what I was going to say this evening, it’s been hard for me to find the words.”He then pulled a mask out of his pocket that looked like the face paint he wore at the height of his career and switched into the Warrior’s voice.”Well then, Warrior, you shut up then and let me do the talking,” he said, as the crowd roared its approval. “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat; his lungs breathe their final breath.”And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory.”He had long feuded with WWE management, but that seemed to end once he was elected to the Hall of Fame. There was a photo of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and Hellwig warmly embracing at the Hall of Fame ceremony.”WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” the WWE statement read. “Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter.”We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans.”The WWE said Hellwig was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.Shock coursed through social media when news of his death was confirmed.last_img read more

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2020-08-28

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Clippers’ purchase of Inglewood’s Forum becomes official, clearing way for proposed $1.2 billion arena in the city

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Madison Square Garden Co., which bought The Forum for $23.5 million in 2012 and invested $100 million in renovations, had fought to stop the Clippers from building an arena in the city. MSG sued Inglewood and its mayor, James T. Butts Jr., in 2018, alleging he tricked the company’s executives into giving up their rights to the land needed for the proposed arena.The Forum’s owners claimed their fight was not about stopping the competition but was an attempt to protect Inglewood residents from a project that would “inflict severe traffic congestion, pollution and many other harms” on the city.As both sides spent millions, heavily lobbied the state and local officials for support, MSG’s opposition stalled efforts to fast-track the arena by nearly a year before the settlement was announced March 24. As part of the agreement, MSG dropped its lawsuit against the city and others challenging the environmental review of the project at the corner of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, just across the street from SoFi Stadium. “We are excited to welcome The Forum to our family,” Zucker said in the release. “The talented team at The Forum has created a world-class live entertainment venue, and we are committed to building upon that reputation. Having The Forum just a short distance from the L.A. Clippers’ new arena will give us the opportunity to provide the City of Inglewood with a number of benefits, including a collaborative approach to managing traffic and community activities.”The change in ownership of the Forum — which last year hosted nearly 100 events, including big names in music, award shows, mixed martial arts and boxing — will alleviate potential traffic congestion in the corridor by allowing the two venues to coordinate programming, according to the Clippers.Meanwhile, the Clippers’ plans for a privately financed, fan-focused NBA arena in near the Forum continue to move forward, with public hearings slated to begin this summer.“This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” said Steve Ballmer, the chairman of the L.A. Clippers, said in a release announcing the pending sale in March. “We are committed to our investment in the City of Inglewood, which will be good for the community, The Clippers, and our fans.”Ballmer and the Clippers also previously announced their intention to spend an additional $100 million on a community benefit package in Inglewood, including $75 million to support affordable housing. The exact terms of the package are still under negotiation.center_img The owners of the Los Angeles Clippers completed their purchase of The Forum concert venue in Inglewood on Monday, Mary 4, for $400 million as part of a settlement agreement with Madison Square Garden Co.The Clippers’ owners will continue to operate the Forum — the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings — as a music venue and have offered to hire all of current employees, according to a press release from the team Monday.The settlement, announced in March, ended a years-long legal war that threatened the feasibility of a proposed $1.2 billion basketball arena. The Clippers will play in the city that soon also will be home to an adjacent $5 billion NFL stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers — and which also will retain the Forum as a site for music and events.The newly created Forum Entertainment LLC will operate venue with the existing leadership team of Geni Lincoln and Mike Fallon remaining in place and reporting to Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations.last_img read more

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2020-08-26

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Alexander: When Magic Johnson spoke out, we shouldn’t have been surprised

first_imgThe world according to Jim (aka, As The Lakers Turn):• Earvin Johnson has never been one to hold his tongue. We’ve loved that about him over the years, even if there have been times when we’ve cringed, too. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he hardly ever says no comment, and he’s often painfully honest, sometimes at the expense of his own image.Which is sort of what happened Monday, when Magic went full metal jacket on the Lakers’ front office. He upstaged the introduction of new coach Frank Vogel, which might or might not have been a coincidence; “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith insisted on his radio show Monday morning that the appearance had been booked before the Lakers hired a coach, much less set a news conference date.More significantly, Magic put his name to specific criticism of Rob Pelinka that, for the most part, had been common knowledge among NBA insiders but largely had gone unattributed. … • Worth noting: Veteran radio reporter Ted Sobel asked Pelinka about the best way to quiet the criticism of the front office and added, “and how does transparency come into play?”Pelinka ignored that part of the question. Maybe he figured that subject is a no-win at this point. And that was the last query before the session was cut off.• The organizational position seems to be that winning solves everything. Ordinarily, that’s true.“Simply put, the best way to quiet the noise is to do what the Lakers do, and that’s to win and to compete for banners,” Pelinka said. “The noise will exist if you’re not doing that.”But it is now six years since the Lakers have made the playoffs, and a good segment of their fan base has serious questions about the organization’s ability to build a championship team.The front office can say “Trust us.” But when the fans ask why, for credibility’s sake you’d better not be stuck for an answer. …• Vogel, who made the best of a difficult situation Monday, might be the most sympathetic character of this whole kabuki. He seems genuinely excited to be there, he has a plan and a philosophy, and he seems unfazed by the idea that he’s joining a franchise that has historically thrived on drama.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• The immediate narrative was that Magic damaged his image by speaking out and that his comments were self-serving. Maybe to the first, probably to the second, but Magic said things that needed to be said. And at least he spoke. …• I gave Pelinka credit for at least facing the media Monday during the Q&A part of Vogel’s news conference. But a lot of questions were left unanswered during the 26 minutes and 23 seconds of the formal session. Vogel stayed for some TV one-on-ones and an informal gaggle with other reporters, as is usually the custom, but Pelinka did not stick around at all.That seems to be the Lakers’ way of doing business nowadays.Jeanie Buss hasn’t spoken publicly since the season ended and was not visible Monday, though she was in the building. LeBron James, who also hasn’t talked aside from the HBO show he co-produces, attended the news conference and shot some baskets afterward – the image of media people shooting video with their phones while LeBron shot layups was comical and sad at the same time – but then bolted out the door without a word. Kurt Rambis attended, but he, too, did not make himself available.Do they realize you can’t control the message with silence? … Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions His three-year contract in a league where a guy coming from the college level, John Beilein, just got five from Cleveland? The idea that the guy most people have assumed will be his successor, Jason Kidd, will be on his staff? No biggie.“I’m good at blocking out noise,” he said. “I’ve been around this business a long time, and I really don’t give that a second thought.” …• Vogel also said something unprompted that, whether purposely or otherwise, speaks to the need to turn front-office chaos into true collaboration. I wonder if it came up during the job interview.“We need to build togetherness with our organization,” he said. “And I don’t just mean with the 15 or 17 guys that are going to be in uniform and in the locker room. I’m talking about organizational togetherness, starting with ownership, the front office, to the coaching staff, players, trainers, the business side. We are all going to be pulling in the same direction.”That has to start at the top. Is it possible? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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2020-08-17

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‘Oblivion’ to be shown at Wellington Regent Theatre this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Oblivion” (Movie trailer is below). When: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:Scary Movie 5. Movie Synopsis: Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes…On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universal Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 56%. Audience review: 66% approval.Other movies this week: Rated: PG. Length: 2 hour 5 minutes. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Movie Goer · 378 weeks ago Go see this one. It is good! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down prairefox · 378 weeks ago I have a question and hope someone will answer me..will Ironman 3 be shown in 3 d at the Regent??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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2020-08-14

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Tuesday’s clue: Elf on the Shelf – Where did he go?

first_img“No one can COPY Sumner County’s production of this grain. We’re known as the _ _ _ _ _ Capital”last_img

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2020-08-14

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Minnesota tomato grower looking to create 50 jobs in Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tomorrow night will be asked to approve an application for a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy program grant to assist with the construction of a road that could help a Minnesota tomato producer build a facility on the city’s south side that could mean 50 jobs for the community. Bushel Boy Farms of Owatonna produces hydroponic tomatoes, meaning that they are grown without soil but instead using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.Mayor Bill Schickel says Bushel Boy Farms has proposed an 80-acre development south of 43rd Street Southwest and east of Pierce Avenue. “This facility would create about 50 new jobs. Bushel Boy Farms was first founded in Owatonna Minnesota back in 1990. They’re known for using the very latest in design and technology of greenhouses to reproduce and grow locally grown tomatoes and supplying  major grocery stores such as HyVee and Target are right here in Mason City.”Schickel says the council is being asked to approve a RISE Grant application for a new road to provide primary frontage access to that facility.   “This Tuesday, our City Council will be asked to act on a grant application for some state assistance to help build a road to service that new facility.”City officials say the new road will also provide opportunities for future development in that immediate area. The cost of the road is estimated at just over $1.1 million, with the city’s contribution toward the grant funding being $222,000.The council meets Tuesday night at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.last_img read more

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2020-08-13

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