Bulls to take patient approach in deciding coach Jim Boylen’s status, new VP says

first_img“I know that you are anxious for me to comment definitively on our future of the Chicago Bulls. I understand that anticipation,” Karnisovas said. “That said, I take pride in being deliberate and thoughtful in my decision-making and take the weight of my decisions seriously. NBA RETURN: What to know about 22-team format, playoffs and more”I’m not inclined to make evaluations prematurely to satisfy our excitement to move this team forward.”Karnisovas was hired in April — more than a month after the NBA season was paused because of the coronavirus outbreak — and he has yet to see his team play since joining Chicago. One reason for the patient approach, he said, was the NBA’s 22-team plan for concluding the season, which excludes the Bulls. “We want to spend time internally to assure that we are thorough in our appraisals,” Karnisovas said. “Our intention was to return to play at some point and have the opportunity to make informed decisions. There are several unprecedented circumstances beyond our control. “We have been limited in certain obvious ways, so our objective is to use this time in innovative ways to create opportunities for our players and coaches to encourage development.”Our season is over but the work for Arturas Karnisovas is only beginning.— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 6, 2020Boylen took over as head coach 24 games into the 2018-19 season after the dismissal of Fred Hoiberg, but the Bulls are just 39-84 under him. Chicago finished this season 22-43 — 11th in the Eastern Conference — and ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 106.8 points per game. “Coaching in the league is very difficult. To make a decision about coaching is really hard. It’s probably the hardest thing for executives,” Karnisovas said. “So I look at a lot of aspects — I’ve had numerous conversations.  The Bulls will not make a decision anytime soon about head coach Jim Boylen’s future with the franchise. Arturas Karnisovas, the Bulls’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, began his conference call with reporters Saturday by issuing a statement on the divisive coach.  “That said, I’d like to be in a building, to be in practices, to be around the coaching staff in meetings. We’re looking forward to getting in the video room together, analyze the games, to watch games together.”Karnisovas, previously the general manager of the Nuggets, has already replaced Chicago’s top executives, Gar Forman and John Paxson. Marc Eversley will take over as the team’s new general manager, while assistant general manager J.J. Polk and vice president of player personnel Pat Connelly were also added.last_img read more

NBA player protests: Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Pelicans kneel for anthem, wear custom social justice attire

first_imgNBA commissioner Adam Silver has generally been supportive of players taking stances on social justice issues, at least during this tumultuous time.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem.”— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 30, 2020MORE: Silver hinted he’d allow kneeling despite it being against NBA rulesLakers vs. Clippers and Jazz vs. Pelicans marked the first of two games Thursday in the Orlando bubble to mark the NBA’s return to action after the season was suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players on each team also donned messages on their jerseys supporting equality and societal improvements. Phrases included “Education Reform,” “Say Their Names” and “Black Lives Matter.” Utah’s Donovan Mitchell also wore “Black Lives Matter” shoes.The @Lakers and @LAClippers kneel during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/A0OdsXNKm3— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 31, 2020Every player, coach and ref takes a knee during the national anthem before the Pelicans-Jazz game pic.twitter.com/LZy1A6s8VM— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 30, 2020Donovan’s shoes tonight 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/ThVbY9Dixi— utahjazz (@utahjazz) July 30, 2020A closer look at some of the social justice messages on the players’ jerseys tonight for the NBA restart. pic.twitter.com/MJEQoFo4Eu— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 30, 2020MORE: LeBron James decides not to put message on jerseyProtests in the U.S. began in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police but have continued as part of a broader movement against systemic racism.Athletes have spoken up more than ever in recent memory, using their platforms to become activists. The NBA on Thursday joined MLB, NASCAR and Formula 1 as sports to address the Black Lives Matter movement before a live event this year. As expected, the first NBA games in more than four months featured pregame demonstrations from players in support of a nationwide protest movement against the excessive use of police force against Black people.Every member of the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz and Pelicans on Thursday evening knelt for the national anthem, following the main template for athlete protests in the U.S. that began in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick in 2016.last_img read more

Third suspect in Mason City home robbery arrested

first_imgMASON CITY — The third suspect wanted as part of a home robbery in Mason City late last month has been arrested.The robbery happened late on the night of December 27th at a home in the 800 block of 8th Northeast, with an adult female resident saying three males forced their way into her home, with one suspect holding her down while the other two stole items from the home. Police say the victim was strangled by her attacker, lost consciousness and was also threatened that she would be stabbed.Previously arrested were 16-year-old Joseph Jaskiel and a 15-year-old unnamed male. Police had been looking for 17-year-old Camden Nicholson, who they had believed was out of state.Nicholson has been arrested and made his initial court appearance on Wednesday in Cerro Gordo County court. All have been charged with first-degree robbery.last_img read more

Filing deadline for city, school elections less than two weeks away

first_img== Three council seats are also on the Clear Lake ballot in November. At-large councilman Michael Callanan has filed his nomination papers for a run at a fourth term. The First and Third Ward council seats are also on this year’s ballot. While nobody has officially filed for either seat, First Ward incumbent Mark Ebeling has announced he will seek a second term. Third Ward councilman Jim Boehnke announced in May that he would not seek a third term, telling KGLO News that he’d been doing some serious juggling between his job and serving in city government.  == Three council seats are up for election on the Mason City City Council. While no candidates have filed their nomination papers, two of the three incumbents have announced their candidacy. Paul Adams announced last month that he would seek a second term for one of the two at-large positions on the council.  First Ward councilman John Lee announced on social media in mid-August that he would seek a third term. The Third Ward council seat currently held by Joshua Masson is also on the ballot.  The filing deadline is 5:00 PM on Thursday September 19th.center_img MASON CITY — There’s just less than two weeks left before the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers for the November 5th city and school board elections. Those interested in being a candidate for elective city office, local school board, or the North Iowa Area Community College Board should contact the county auditor, their appropriate city clerk or school board secretary for nomination papers and information on the signature and filing requirements. last_img read more

Tuesday September 10th Local Sports

first_imgClass 4A1. Ankeny Centennial (2-0), LW #2 vs Waterloo West2. WDM Valley (2-0), LW #5 @ #3 Kennedy3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-0), LW #4 vs #2 Valley4. Dowling Catholic (1-1), LW #1 vs Johnston5. Bettendorf (2-0), LW #6 vs Dubuque Hempstead6. Cedar Falls (2-0), LW #7 vs #7 Ankeny7. Ankeny (1-1), LW #8 @ #6 Cedar Falls8. Southeast Polk (1-1), LW (X) vs Iowa City West9. Fort Dodge (2-0), LW #10 vs Indianola10.Cedar Rapids Prairie (2-0), LW (X) @ Waukee DES MOINES — A baby Rhino at a Des Moines zoo is going with the home team in Saturday’s Cy-Hawk showdown. Kamara was born in April but got her first chance to pick a winner at the Blank Park Zoo.That’s Spokesman Ryan Bickel. Moments later the 500 pound infant charged out of her cage and headed straight to the Hawkeye box.Which bucks a trend that has seen the Hawkeyes win the last four games in the series. Bickel cautions fans against using the result at one of the state’s new sports books.As of this morning,  many Las Vegas sports books have The University of Iowa as a 1-2 point favorite. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Having missed 19 of his first 34 games in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings because of injuries, running back Dalvin Cook has barely scratched the surface of the impact he can make carrying the ball, and occasionally catching it. Quarterback Kirk Cousins even good-naturedly nicknamed Cook the “White Tiger,” in reference to the exotic animal zoo-goers often flock to see. This year, Cook and the Vikings are counting on his regular presence. The opening win against Atlanta was a strong start. DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football Poll — September 9, 2019 Eight-man1. Don Bosco (2-0), LW #1 vs Rockford2. Turkey Valley (2-0), LW #4 vs Midland (Wyoming)3. New London (2-0), LW #6 @ WACO4. Remsen St. Mary’s (2-0), LW #5 vs Kingsley-Pierson5. Iowa Valley (2-0), LW #7 vs English Valleys6. Coon Rapids-Bayard (2-0), LW (X) vs Woodbine7. Audubon (2-1), LW #8 vs Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton8. Lenox (3-0), LW #9 vs Seymour9. Glidden-Ralston (2-0), LW #10 @ CAM10.Newell-Fonda (1-1), LW #2 vs Siouxland Christian AMES — There will be an amped-up pre-game atmosphere for this year’s Iowa-Iowa State football game. For the first time, E-S-P-N’s College Football GameDay will broadcast from Ames on Saturday.Jack Whitver of Ankeny, a prominent state senator, was a starting wide receiver for the Cyclones.   “GameDay, for the last 25 years, has been the traveling TV show that goes to the biggest game every week,” Whitver says. “To get GameDay to come to your stadium is a big deal…It really just kind of solidifies Iowa State as an up-and-coming football program and just kind of puts them on the map.”Each week, College GameDay features a celebrity from the host school who makes predictions about the game. Whitver suggests a former I-S-U quarterback he played with 15 years ago is an option.  “Seneca Wallace would probably be a top choice or Dan McCarney,” Whitver says. “He played at Iowa, coached at Iowa State, so he has ties to both schools. He really helped build the (ISU) program.”Fans will camp out in Ames to be part of the show’s atmosphere when it goes live on E-S-P-N at 8 a.m. Saturday. Whitver says it’s an opportunity to not only showcase Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and his football program, but the entire state of Iowa. “You have our marque game, with both teams there,” Whitver says. “It’s going to be a really exciting day for the state.”Some former I-S-U athletes playing in the N-F-L and the N-B-A have been tweeting about coming back for the big game — and the morning broadcast.  “A lot of them will come back anyway because it’s the Iowa-Iowa State game,” Whitver says, “but having GameDay there just gives them another reason to come back.” The game kicks off in Ames at 3 p.m. Saturday. 1A1. West Sioux (2-0), LW #1 vs Sioux Center2. Dike-New Hartford (2-0), LW #2 vs North Butler3. Van Meter (2-0), LW #3 vs Madrid4. West Branch (2-0), LW #4 @ 2A-#5 Williamsburg5. West Lyon (2-0), LW #5 vs Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley6. Mediapolis (2-0), LW #6 @ Pekin7. Western Christian (Hull) (2-0), LW (X) vs Sioux City Heelan8. South Central Calhoun (2-0), LW #8 vs IKM-Manning9. Mount Ayr (2-0), LW #9 vs Central Decatur10.Treynor (2-0), LW (X) vs Shenandoah AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is thrilled to have College GameDay be part of the buildup to Saturday’s game against 19th ranked Iowa. The ESPN show will make its first ever visit to the ISU campus.Campbell says they hope to keep the distractions to a minimum.Campbell says how the Cyclones handle the hoopla surrounding the game will be a factor in the outcome.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 3 o’clock. 2A1. Waukon (2-0), LW #1 vs New Hampton2. Clear Lake (2-0), LW #2 @ Garner-Hayfield-Ventura3. Algona (2-0), LW #5 vs Emmetsburg4. Crestwood (1-1), LW #3 @ Waverly-Shell Rock5. Williamsburg (1-1), LW #4 vs 1A-#4 West Branch6. Des Moines Christian (2-0), LW #6 @ Ogden7. Waterloo Columbus (2-0), LW #9 @ East Marshall8. Greene County (2-0), LW #10 vs Saydel9. Benton (2-0), LW (X) @ Center Point-Urbana10.Southeast Valley (2-0), LW (X) vs Blemond-Klemme Class A1. West Hancock (2-0), LW #1 vs Osage2. Wapsie Valley (2-0), LW #3 @ #5 North Tama3. Saint Ansgar (2-0), LW #4 vs Starmont4. Edgewood-Colesburg (2-0), LW #5 vs East Buchanan5. North Tama (2-0), LW #9 vs #2 Wapsie Valley6. Westwood (Sloan) (1-1), LW #7 @ AHSTW7. BGM (Brooklyn) (2-0), LW (X) vs North Mahaska8. Grundy Center (2-0), LW #4 vs BCLUW9. Algona Garrigan (1-1), LW (X) vs Lake Mills10.South O’Brien (2-0), LW (X) @ Alta-Aurelia Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (2-0), LW #1 @ Decorah2. Solon (2-0), LW #2 @ Marion3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (2-0), LW #3 @ #7 Assumption (Thur)4. North Scott (2-0), LW #4 vs Pleasant Valley5. Pella (2-0), LW #5 vs Norwalk6. Lewis Central (2-0), LW #6 vs C.B. Abe Lincoln7. Davenport Assumption (2-0), LW #8 vs #3 Xavier (Thur)8. Glenwood (2-0), LW #9 @ Carroll Kuemper9. Webster City (2-0), LW (X) @ Waterloo East10.Sergeant Bluff-Luton (1-1), LW (X) @ Sioux City East (Thur)last_img read more

Public hearing set for development agreement between Mason City, Golden Grain Energy on facility expansion

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved the scheduling of a public hearing regarding a development agreement between the city and Golden Grain Energy on a proposed $23 million expansion project to their facility on the city’s south side. North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation CEO Chad Schreck says the expansion will add a number of different components and jobs for the ethanol-producing plant.  “A lot of equipment, a lot of new capacity for their system. That will allow them to obviously increase their output significantly. I believe it’s five to 10 new jobs, brings them up to 55 jobs in the plant, average wages from $20 to $50 an hour for these newly-created positions. Plant-wide I think they’re around $35 an hour average jobs plus benefits, so very high value, high quality jobs.” Golden Grain and the city successfully executed a development agreement in 2004 in which they provided a minimum of 42 full-time equivalent jobs in exchange for just over $5 million in tax rebates. That helped to leverage Golden Grain into having the highest assessed property value in the city, assessed at just under $19 million this past January. Schreck says they worked with Golden Grain and the city in figuring out a potential agreement for the expansion.  “We met with them, going to the process, helping facilitate this. In order for them to move this forward, this was a factor, the city’s assistance in helping move this forward was a factor in them being able to make it work, the feasibility of everything, with that large sum coming back on the tax rolls that they’ll be paying now and not getting rebated, among other things.”Councilman John Lee says a tax abatement program such as this helps the city in the future.  “The city is about 10 years, 20 years in thinking for the future, it’s not necessarily collecting the taxes today but making sure they’re coming in for down the road. I really don’t have much issues in tax abatements, and knowing this company has done so great for this community, what a great partner for us. So thank you Chad and your team, and thank you to Golden Grain for their belief in this community and expansion, and what a great partner to have in Mason City.” If approved, the agreement would provide for an annual rebate of 100% of the incremental taxes paid for ten years, up to a maximum of $2 million. That rebate would be only for the estimated $6.2 million of increased value. In return, Golden Grain must add ten more full-time jobs by the end of 2021. The council set their December 3rd meeting for the public hearing on the agreement.last_img read more

Latham to seek Republican nomination for House District 54 seat

first_imgA Sheffield woman has announced she’ll seek the House District 54 seat in the Iowa Legislature. Republican Shannon Latham is co-owner of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. She ran unsuccessfully for the Iowa Senate District 27 seat held by Democrat Amanda Ragan back in 2018. Latham in a written statement says she believes communities need strong educational systems and economic development efforts. She also says there needs to be an emphasis on trade schools and individualized learning programs that prepare graduates for careers. Latham joins independent Bennett Smith of Clear Lake in the race for the seat that covers Clear Lake, the western third of Cerro Gordo County, all of Franklin County, and the northwestern part of Butler County. Incumbent Linda Upmeyer of Clear lake in October announced she was not seeking re-election and was stepping down as Speaker of the House for the upcoming session.last_img read more

Iowa tied for fourth in Census response rate

first_imgFor more census data, click on this link == Butler County is tied for 22nd at 55.3%== Winnebago County is 33rd at 54.6%== Kossuth and Floyd counties are tied for 34th at 54.5%== Hancock County is 45th at 53.4%== Mitchell County is 52nd at 52.2%== Worth County is tied for 76th at 49.8%== Cerro Gordo County is tied for 80th at 49.3%== Wright County is tied for 89th at 47.5%== Franklin County is tied for 95 at 44.7% 52.4% of households in Mason City have self-responded to the census. 53.7% of Charles City households have responded, while only 45.2% of Clear Lake households have submitted their census survey. center_img DES MOINES — The state of Iowa is tied for fourth in the total response rate for the 2020 Census. The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa says 53.6% of households in the state have responded to the census through this past Friday. Minnesota leads the nation with a 57.2% response rate, with Wisconsin being second with 54.7%. Iowa shares fourth with Nebraska. Sioux County has the highest rate of self-response with 61.5%. Looking at the counties in our listening area:last_img read more

Eight COVID-19 deaths reported in Cerro Gordo County, health officials stress need of practicing preventative measures

first_imgMASON CITY — With the listing of eight new COVID-19 deaths in Cerro Gordo County and another in Hancock County today, local health officials are stressing the need to practice preventative measures to stop the spike of coronavirus cases.Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health director Brian Hanft says 250 of the county’s 375 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in July. “Really, the only way we’re going to get our hands around this surge that’s happening in our part of the state, and we’re a hot spot in Iowa, is that we need people to adhere to some of the stipulations that we put out in our press announcement. Some of those basic things. Limit your time in public settings. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer as often as you can. Cover your cough and sneezes. Stay home if you are sick. All those really great back-to-basic comments and messaging.”Hanft says the rise in numbers is attributed to community spread now that businesses are open and people are gathering more.  “When we see the kind of activities that we saw over the 4th of July, it’s certainly not a surprise to us. We anticipated that after seeing all the activity in the lake and in our communities, it was definitely going to surge us, and we’re clearly there. I’ve said this all along, I think by the end of July we could be in the quadruple numbers, we could be up there over 1000 cases as fast as we’re climbing.”Hanft says mask wearing in public is critically important to stop the spread of COVID-19.  “The science is very clear. We’ve put a real nice video on our website for people to watch, it comes from PBS. They talk about the science of wearing a mask and why it’s so important. The plea really is when people are out in public, wear your face mask, especially if you are going into an indoor environment.” That video can be seen below.Hanft says they ask those in the area to practice the preventative measures to try to bring the case numbers down.   “Right now we’re just asking the public to help us and follow these guidelines. Use those guidelines to help control the spread, because without it, I suppose the numbers could continue to climb and really overwhelm us.”Hanft would not confirm if any of the eight new deaths in Cerro Gordo County were connected to the outbreak at Good Shepherd Health Center, where 97 positive cases were listed on the state’s coronavirus website.Seven of the new deaths were people over the age of 80, while the other death was someone in the 61-80 year age range.last_img read more