Colin Kaepernick kneeling timeline: How protests during the national anthem started a movement in the NFL

first_imgAlmost four years after he began protesting racial injustice and police brutality in America by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games, Colin Kaepernick remains out of a job.Kaepernick, now a 32-year-old free agent quarterback who hasn’t played in the NFL since the last week of the 2016 season, ended up spending six years with the 49ers before his peaceful protest led to his apparently getting blackballed by the league’s team owners. He remains a polarizing civil rights activist to this day even though he is no longer granted the platform of NFL quarterback. Colin Kaepernick https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/dc/f1/colin-kaepernick-111419-ftr_1l37w1bd67cpm1uujdpx115fax.png?t=1791063838&w=500&quality=80March 18, 2017 — The signings of lesser QBs in NFL free agency contribute to the suspicion that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams. Bleacher Report publishes a story on how NFL front-office types still want nothing to do with him after his protests during the national anthem.June 5, 2017 — The Seahawks, a team that was interested in signing Kaepernick, instead add Austin Davis to the roster. “Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll says a couple days prior. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”July 31, 2017 — With his team considering signing Kaepernick, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti asks people to pray for his franchise. “I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did,” Bisciotti says. “Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic — we spend a lot of time kneeling.”Baltimore coach John Harbaugh confirms the team has been in contact with Kaepernick.Aug. 25, 2017 — A year after Kaepernick’s first protest, hundreds of his supporters stage a rally outside the NFL’s headquarters in New York. “We believe that the NFL has been complicit in the ostracization of Colin Kaepernick,” says Symone Sanders, a Democratic strategist and CNN political analyst. “And today, it is time for the NFL to take a stand.”Sept. 22, 2017 — Trump tells a group of supporters in Alabama that players who protest during the national anthem should be fired: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.”Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017Sept. 24, 2017 — A couple days after Trump says players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, players from numerous teams protest en masse, with members of several teams remaining in the locker room while the anthem is played. That same day, Trump encourages fans to stop going to NFL games until players “stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.”Sept. 26, 2017 — As protests during the national anthem continue at NFL games, President Trump says Goodell should have suspended Kaepernick, who remains unsigned. Trump also tweets the following: “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”Sept. 26, 2017 — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones locks arms and kneels with players before the playing of the national anthem on a Monday night in Arizona. He and the players then stand for the actual anthem.#FootballIsFamily pic.twitter.com/otMlQjqnnr— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 26, 2017Oct. 8, 2017 — Vice president Mike Pence attends a Colts vs. 49ers game in Indianapolis but leaves after players protest during the national anthem. “(President Trump) and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweets, later adding, “At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”Oct. 8, 2017 — Kaepernick confirms to CBS he still wants to play in the NFL and is working out every day in preparation of an opportunity.Oct. 15, 2017 — Kaepernick hires attorney Mark Geragos and files a grievance under the CBA for collusion against NFL owners. The filing states that NFL team owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”Geragos says the grievance was filed “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”Dec. 6, 2017 — Beyonce makes a surprise appearance to hand Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year ceremony. “With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people,” Kaepernick says.March 15, 2018 — Another free agency period opens and plays out without Kaepernick receiving an offer to sign with a team.April 18, 2018 — With Kaepernick present, his attorneys depose Goodell at the NFL’s headquarters. Also sitting for depositions at various points in the grievance process are high-profile NFL names like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos general manager John Elway and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.May 2, 2018 — After Reid goes through the first waves of free agency unsigned, the NFLPA files a grievance on the safety’s behalf. Reid is being represented by Kaepernick’s attorney.May 23, 2018 — The NFL announces a new rule against kneeling during the national anthem. It gives players the option of staying in the locker room, instead. “We want people to be respectful to the national anthem,” Goodell says. “We want people to stand. That’s all personnel, and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. We have been very sensitive in making sure we give players choices, but we do believe that that moment is important and one we are going to focus on.”A day later, Trump praises the league’s new anthem stance.President @realDonaldTrump: “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” https://t.co/syjhxsoPzO @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/60ai9J0GqH— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 24, 2018Aug. 3, 2018 — Users realize Kaepernick’s name has been edited out of a song on the soundtrack of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 19,” evidently for the second year in a row. His name is eventually added back to the song in the game.Aug. 9, 2018 — The NFL releases a statement that announces players will not be disciplined for protesting during the national anthem despite the league’s policy: “The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem. “Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.”Aug. 30, 2018 — The NFL’s request for a summary judgment dismissing Kaepernick’s grievance is rejected by an independent arbitrator, allowing the case to move forward to trial.Sept. 3, 2018 — Nike uses Kaepernick as the face of an ad campaign. The reactions range from applause to burning shoes.Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018Sept. 27, 2018 — Kaepernick congratulates Reid on being signed by the Panthers. “Congratulations to my brother, an All-Pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency, who has signed a football contract,” Kaepernick writes on Instagram. “He has was the FIRST person to kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his wife, two beautiful daughters and communities in need.”Feb. 15, 2019 — Kaepernick and Reid reach settlements in their collusion grievances against the NFL. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” attorney Mark Geragos and the NFL say in a joint statement. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”March 21, 2019 — The Wall Street Journal reports the NFL paid less than $10 million to settle the grievances of Kaepernick and Reid.Aug. 8, 2019 — Kaepernick sends message to NFL teams when he tweets an intense workout video. “Five a.m. Five days a week. For three years. Still ready,” he says in the tweet.5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019Aug. 9, 2019 — Asked about Kaepernick’s message the day before, Trump claims he would “love to see” the QB back in the NFL. “Only if he’s good enough,” Trump says. “If he was good enough, they’d hire him. Why wouldn’t he play if he was good enough? I think if he’s good enough, I know the owners – I know (Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, I know so many of the owners — if he’s good enough, they’d sign him. I know these people. They would sign him in a heartbeat. They would do anything they can to win games. So I’d like to see it.”Oct. 9, 2019 — Citing Kaepernick, Rihanna confirms she turned down a chance to be the Super Bowl 54 halftime performer. “I couldn’t dare do that,” she tells Vogue. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”Nov. 13, 2019 — ESPN reports the NFL has arranged a workout for Kaepernick so teams can assess his “readiness” and “level of interest” in a potential return to the league. Kaepernick receives word of the workout in Atlanta just a few days ahead of time, but he expresses his excitement “to see the head coaches and GMs” who might attend.After the league apparently reverses course on sending Kaepernick a list of team officials would attend the workout, Reid among others becomes suspicious of the NFL’s motives. “It’s disingenuous,” Reid says. “They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours’ notice and tell (him) it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We’ll see.”Nov. 18, 2019 — On the morning of the workout, Kaepernick and his representatives decide to move the location on short notice. Kaepernick’s camp says it changed venues because the NFL was not allowing for full transparency (specifically, media access and suitable video recording) at the Falcons’ facility. Kaepernick also objected to the non-standard injury waiver the league wanted him to sign. Only some of the team representatives who came to watch Kaepernick follow him from the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., to the field at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga.”I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years,” Kaepernick says after the workout at the new location. “We all know why. I came out there and showed it today in front of everybody. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.” Colin Kaepernick made a 90 second statement before leaving pic.twitter.com/QlH2RTnLp5— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 16, 2019May 29, 2020 — Kaepernick defends protests after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick says. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”May 30, 2020 — The NFL releases a statement on the death of Floyd and the ensuing global protests, and the league winds up with heavy doses of Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of, “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.” The 49ers get a similar reminder when they participate in Black Tuesday.June 5, 2020 — Goodell offers another statement, this time via video, after the NFL is called out by a group of star players requesting a more sincere response. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell says. Many criticize Goodell for not specifically mentioning Kaepernick’s name. Which is why Kaepernick’s name was immediately referenced when the NFL recently released what was digested as an empty statement on George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Similar responses came when Kaepernick’s former team made its own statements on injustice amid global protests of Floyd’s death.Four years ago, however, Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem were much more of a societal wedge than similar demonstrations are today. In the days, weeks, months and years after Kaepernick first explained why he was protesting, trenches were occupied. Some understood and applauded Kaepernick’s efforts. Others failed to separate the cause of the protests from the method of protest and repeatedly chastised the quarterback.Below is the timeline from then until now, an outline that details a crossfire of praise and ridicule aimed at Kaepernick over the last four years. It begins with the night his previously undetected protesting was noticed by a reporter.MORE: Why did Colin Kaepernick kneel?Colin Kaepernick kneeling timelineAug. 26, 2016 — Kaepernick, who at the time is entering his sixth NFL season, all with the 49ers, sits on the bench during the national anthem before San Francisco’s preseason home game against Green Bay. It’s not the first time he has sat during the anthem, but his action is noticed by reporters.”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick tells NFL Media after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Aug. 27, 2016 — The 49ers and the NFL issue statements on Kaepernick’s protest the night before. From the team: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”From the league: “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”Aug. 30, 2016 — Former Seahawks player and Green Beret Nate Boyer writes an open letter to Kaepernick from the perspective of a supportive military member. The two meet in person a day later, and Boyer talks Kaepernick into changing his method of protest from sitting to kneeling during the national anthem out of respect.”We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer tells HBO. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”Thanks for the invite brother… Good talk. Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about pic.twitter.com/LgjPpjk173— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) September 2, 2016Sept. 1, 2016 — Kaepernick proceeds with his new method of protest, kneeling rather than sitting, before the 49ers’ final preseason game, a road contest against the Chargers. This time he is joined by San Francisco safety Eric Reid. This becomes the duo’s method of protest for the entire season.Sept. 1, 2016 — After the Chargers game, Kaepernick pledges to donate $1 million of his 2016 salary to organizations he believes can help his cause. “The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men and women of the military, and that’s not the case at all,” he says. “I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee. So I have the utmost respect for them. …”The message is we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equal, given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.”In 2016, @Kaepernick7 was asked if he or his protests could be seen as un-American.This was his answer: pic.twitter.com/0ATDqYUehC— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2020Sept. 3, 2016 — First-year 49ers coach Chip Kelly gives Blaine Gabbert the starting QB job over Kaepernick, who is still recovering a pair of offseason surgeries (thumb, knee) on top of the shoulder surgery that ended his 2015 season. “I think (Gabbert’s) grasp and command of what we’re doing, I think he’s a good fit for what we want to get accomplished,” Kelly says. “I have a lot of confidence in what he can do with us offensively.”Sept. 5, 2016 — President Barack Obama defends Kaepernick’s protest. “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama says at a news conference during the G20 summit in China. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it when it comes to the flag and national anthem.”Sept. 7, 2016 — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell breaks his silence and issues his first public comments on Kaepernick’s protests. “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing,” Goodell says, adding, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”Sept. 11, 2016 — On the first Sunday of the 2016 season, many NFL players follow Kaepernick’s lead and protest racial injustice during the national anthem before their games.Roundup of #NFL players participating in protests on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/ToDpZYod7z— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 12, 2016Sept. 12, 2016 — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Kaepernick and other players protesting during the national anthem should leave the country. “You know, you are talking about a major sport, maybe the major sport, and when you see that and it leads to a lot of other things,” Trump says. “I think it’s a great lack of respect and appreciation for our country and I really said they should try another country, see if they like it better. See how well they’ll be doing. See if they are going to be making $20 million being a second-string quarterback.”Sept. 22, 2016 — Time Magazine puts Kaepernick on the cover of its Oct. 5 issue.Sept. 27, 2016 — Kaepernick responds to Trump’s claim that the protests are “a lack of respect” for the United States. “He always says make America great again,” Kaepernick says of the presidential candidate. “Well America has never been great for people of color. That’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”Oct. 7, 2016 — Kaepernick agrees to restructure his contract with the 49ers. The new deal eliminates his guaranteed money for 2017, voids the last three years of the contract and gives Kaepernick the right to opt out after 2016. Prior to the renegotiation, Kaepernick protects himself with a $7.5 million loss-of-value insurance policy.Oct. 11, 2016 — Kelly announces Kaepernick will make his season debut as the 1-4 49ers’ starter in Week 6 against the Bills. He completes only 13 of 29 passes in a 45-16 loss but remains San Francisco’s starter the rest of the season.Nov. 8, 2016 — Kaepernick chooses not to vote in the 2016 presidential election. “It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” he says of Trump and Hillary Clinton. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point … you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”Dec. 4, 2016 — Kaepernick gets benched by Kelly in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Bears that drops the 49ers to 1-11. He starts again the following week against the Jets.March 1, 2017 — Kaepernick’s agents tell NFL teams he will opt out of his contract with the 49ers. The move comes two months after Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke were fired by San Francisco and eventually replaced by new coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch. Previous reports had indicated the 49ers planned to release Kaepernick had he not opted out. (Getty Images)last_img read more

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Law officers put special effort on finding drunks, texters & other dangerous drivers

first_imgLaw officers across Iowa will start a two-week enforcement effort on the state’s highways today as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Patrick Hoye, spokesman for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says August and Labor Day weekend are among the deadliest times to travel Iowa’s roads.“It really is for traffic in the state of Iowa, one of the highest travel count days and months for the state,” Hoye says. “Unfortunately, because of the additional traffic, that means there are additional crashes and unfortunately, a lot of those are alcohol-related.” Law officers will concentrate on several key problem areas.“They will be looking for violations such as impaired driving and not being buckled up and texting and driving,” Hoye says. “Those are all things that, over the course of history, we have found to be very dangerous activities.” He offers a few simple recommendations for motorists.“It really is imperative that if you’re going out and are going to be drinking that you have a plan before you leave the house,” Hoye says. “Whether it be having a designated driver, spending the night, or if you’re in a city that has Uber or Lyft, those are certainly the things that we want to do.” Hoye says there were five traffic fatalities in Iowa over Labor Day weekend last year.last_img read more

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Mason City council receives update on North End study

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City recently received an update on a study looking at the city’s north side. The “Healthy North End Neighborhood Plan” is the end product of more than two years of study, research and community engagement events by local officials and University of Iowa graduate students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The city’s Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse says the study shows the negative perception of the North End as a drug and crime infested neighborhood doesn’t hold true when you look at the facts.  “It was interesting that when we actually started to look at the numbers, the crime statistics in the North End are not really any worse than other neighborhoods in the city. They’re not the best, but they’re not the worst. One of the things we wanted to do, and what the students really encouraged, was to find a way to reverse that negative perception of the North End, and let people know that not only is it a safe place, but it’s a nice place to be.  Many of the residents that the students talked to were very emphatic about how much they loved living there in that it’s not a bad place to be.”Van Steenhuyse says they are working to restore a neighborhood organization that promotes the North End.  “One of the things that was encouraged was revitalizing the North End Neighborhood Partnership, which was very active some years ago. The founders of that have kind of burned out, not really desirous to keeping that going themselves, but we’ve started to identify individuals who want to take that mantle up and keep running with it. Now we even have got some people working with Main Street Mason City in trying to find ways to use some of the streetscape elements we have downtown and extending them into the North End neighborhood.” Van Steenhuyse says addressing the issue of blighted properties is a key for the city.  “One of the things that we intend to do once the Highway 122 project is completed, we are going to prioritize the 122 and 65 corridors for nuisance abatement of any kind of dilapidated homes that need to be fixed or removed. By then, the public realm will have caught up and we’ll be able to justify saying ‘look, you know the taxpayers have done their part, now it’s your turn’.” The council will consider officially adopting the plan at a future council meeting. You can check out the plan as well as listen back to the council workshop dealing with the North End below Healthy North End PlanHealthy North End Plan AppendixAudio of meeting:last_img read more

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Wednesday October 23rd Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley says a demanding early schedule has helped the Panther offense mature. The 12th ranked Panthers hit on several big plays in a 42-27 win over South Dakota.The Panthers will be in search of their first road win this week with a visit to Missouri State.UNI’s three road losses have been at Iowa State, fifth ranked Weber State and top ranked North Dakota State.Missouri State is 1-5 and the Bears are coming off a 22-0 loss at North Dakota State. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the Cyclone offense has grown up during a three game winning streak. The Cyclones are 5-2 and have averaged just over 40 points the last three games heading into a game against Oklahoma State.Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy leads an offense that has become one of the most prolific in the country.Campbell says he would like to see more consistency out of the kicking game.Kickoff in Ames is scheduled for 2:30 — High school tournament volleyball== 1A Region 5 last nightClarksville 3-2 Newman (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-10)North Butler 3-1 Rockford (23-25, 25-7, 25-23, 30-28)St. Ansgar 3-0 Northwood-Kensett (25-11, 25-16, 25-11)North Iowa 3-0 Graettinger-Terril (25-12, 25-15, 25-16)== 2A Region 2 last nightCentral Springs 3-2 West Hancock (25-14, 25-7, 18-25, 20-25, 15-10)== 3A Region 4 tonightHampton-Dumont-CAL at Dike-New HartfordGarner-Hayfield-Ventura at Forest City== 3A Region 5 tonightClear Lake at Crestwood== 4A Region 6 tonightCharles City at Mason Citycenter_img IOWA CITY — A struggling Iowa offense will be without its top receiver in Saturday’s game at Northwestern. Brandon Smith suffered an ankle injury in a win over Purdue and coach Kirk Ferentz says he could be sidelined for up to a month.Smith has 33 receptions, including four touchdowns. He will be replaced by redshirt freshman Tyrone Tracy.Ferentz says Smith’s absence won’t change the Iowa offense.Iowa has converted on all 24 trips to the red zone. Ferentz says the problem is they are settling for too many field goals.The Northwestern offense has struggled in a 1-5 start but Ferentz says the Wildcats remain a solid defensive team.Kickoff in Evanston is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday, with the pre-game starting at 9:00 on AM-1300 KGLOlast_img read more

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Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank to temporarily close starting next Wednesday

first_imgMASON CITY — The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank has announced that they will be temporarily closing starting next Wednesday due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Food Bank’s Ozzie Ohl in a written statement says they are closing due to the concern for all of their volunteers who are in the high risk group of getting ill, and they don’t want to put any clients or volunteers at risk. The Food Bank will close for an indefinite time period starting next Wednesday March 25th at 4:00 PM, with the hope that they can re-open at some point next month. If anyone has not picked up their March order, they have today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to do so. The Food Bank will be open from noon to 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to help accommodate clients.last_img

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Ex-Iowa governor urges Reynolds to rethink COVID-19 policies

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to back off policies that he says will force employees to be in unsafe workplaces that have had coronavirus outbreaks.Culver says in a letter to Reynolds that workers shouldn’t have to risk illness or death or face the loss of their unemployment benefits. He warned that her policy choices “will affect Iowans’ quality of life for generations to come.”Culver, a Democrat who served from 2007 to 2011, said the Republican governor’s policies have created an appearance “that the state’s most powerful business owners have exerted undue influence.” He cited her push to keep open meatpacking plants that have been sources of community-wide outbreaks.Culver said a policy that would deny unemployment to those who are afraid of catching the virus puts budget concerns over people’s well-being.“Any such ill-conceived scheme that deprives them of choice and forces those hard-working, yet vulnerable, employees to report to unsafe workplace environments, while the positive incidences of COVID-19 infection are on the rise, is not merely penny-wise and pound foolish – it is just plain wrong,” Culver wrote.He urged Reynolds “in the strongest possible terms to reconsider and realign” her approach to give workers more protections.last_img read more

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Thousands Evacuated As River Dams Break in Central Michigan

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck communities along rain-swollen waterways and the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday.For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered Tuesday evening to leave home. By Wednesday morning, water that was several feet high covered some streets near the river in downtown Midland, including riverside parkland, and reaching a hotel and parking lots.The river rose Wednesday morning to 34.4 feet (10.5 meters) in Midland, topping a previous record reading of 33.9 feet (10.3 meters) set during flooding in 1986, the National Weather Service said. Its flood stage is 24 feet (7.3 meters), and it was expected to crest by day’s end at about 38 feet (11.6 meters).The Weather Service urged anyone near the river to seek higher ground following “castastrophic dam failures” at the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about seven miles (11 kilometers) downriver. The evacuations come as Michigan remains under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, said downtown Midland, a city of 42,000 about 8 miles (14 kilometers) downstream from the Sanford Dam, faced an especially serious flooding threat. Dow Chemical Co.’s main plant sits on the city’s riverbank.“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water,” the governor said during a late Tuesday briefing. “We are anticipating an historic high water level.”Steve Carlson, 61, said he and his wife, Patty, fled their Midland home about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on their own accord after an evacuation order was issued for large swath of the city and they noticed neighborhood creeks were spilling over local roads, threatening some homes.“They had risen a lot and the worst was yet to come,” he said Wednesday morning.One couple who lives in their neighborhood decided to stay put, but Carlson said everyone else evacuated themselves from the area. They spent the night in a hotel. He said they’ve been wearing face masks in the hotel to protect themselves from the coronavirus.“The hotel was very happy to be see people coming in. There were refugees coming in,” he said with a laugh.Further down the Tittabawassee River, communities in Saginaw County were on alert for flooding, with a flash flood watch in effect Wednesday.“It’s going to continue downriver,” Sara Pampreen, a weather service meteorologist, said Wednesday morning. “Just exactly how much, that’s the question.”Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County and urged residents threatened by the flooding to find a place to stay with friends or relatives or to seek out one of several shelters that opened across the county. She encouraged people to do their best to take precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as wearing a face covering and observing social distancing “to the best of your ability.”“This is unlike anything we’ve seen in Midland County,” she said. ”If you have a family member or loved one who lives in another part of the state, go there now.”Emergency responders went door-to-door early Tuesday morning warning residents living near the Edenville Dam of the rising water. Some residents were able to return home, only to be told to leave again following the dam’s breach several hours later. The evacuations include the towns of Edenville, Sanford and parts of Midland, according to Selina Tisdale, spokeswoman for Midland County.“We were back at home and starting to feel comfortable that things were calming down,” said Catherine Sias, who lives about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Edenville Dam and first left home early Tuesday morning. “All of a sudden we heard the fire truck sirens going north toward the dam.”Sias, 45, said emergency alerts then began coming on her cellphone and people started calling to make sure she was safe.“While packing, there were tons of police and fire trucks going up and down the roads,” she added. “As far as I know, all of our neighbors got out.”Dow Chemical has activated its emergency operations center and will be adjusting operations as a result of current flood stage conditions, spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.In 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked the license of the company that operated the Edenville Dam due to non-compliance issues that included spillway capacity and the inability to pass the most severe flood reasonably possible in the area.The Edenville Dam, which was built in 1924, was rated in unsatisfactory condition in 2018 by the state. The Sanford Dam, which was built in 1925, received a fair condition rating.Both dams are in the process of being sold.There were 19 high hazard dams in unsatisfactory or poor condition in Michigan in 2018, ranking 20th among the 45 states and Puerto Rico for which The Associated Press obtained condition assessments.Flood warnings in Michigan were issued following widespread rainfall of 4 to 7 inches (10.2 to 17.8 centimeters) since Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy runoff pushed rivers higher.last_img read more

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Soldier walking across Iowa to call attention to mental health

first_imgA soldier from the 185th Air National Guard in Sioux City is walking across Iowa from border to border to raise awareness about mental health. Technical Sergeant Jeff Campbell is on a 20 day, 389 mile journey that started in Clinton and will end back in Sioux City.“Twenty days? Nothing compared to someone who is suffering with depression for six months, someone who is legitimately struggling with a marriage,” Campbell says. “…We need to teach people that these bubbles of time are not permanent. You only do that by talking, by relating, by sitting down, having conversations.” Campbell works as what’s called a “Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape” specialist for the 185th. He says issues concerning mental health affect everyone, plus mental health is a particular concern during these times of social distancing and isolation because of Covid-19.I’ve had a lot of people stop and talk to me about what I’m doing,” Campbell says. “I had a lady open up to me about a son that had died because of suicide and just the other day I walked with a guy who was Vietnam vet for five miles and he was just talking about his struggles.” Campbell says mental health is a particular concern during these times of social distancing and isolation because of Covid-19. And he says it’s an issue in rural as well as urban Iowa.“It’s actually eye-opening talking to just different farmers and stuff and then just how they struggle in their suicide rate among their own community. You can’t escape it,” Campbell says. “It doesn’t matter where you re in the world, like, if you’re struggling mentally you have to be able to step outside of that…and be able to say: ‘Hey, this isn’t going to be forever.’” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 600-thousand Iowans live with some form of mental illness.last_img read more

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Solskjaer makes instant impact, Pogba shines

first_img– Rashford gives United perfect start –It was Pogba who was felled on the edge of the Cardiff area early on and he stepped over the ball for Rashford to take aim with a dipping effort that deceived home goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and nestled in his bottom left-hand corner.Solskjaer won only three of his 18 Premier League games in charge of Cardiff during an ill-fated spell that ended with relegation in 2014.But a winning return to Wales rarely looked in doubt thereafter as the visiting fans enthusiastically chanted the Norwegian’s name throughout.The travelling hordes were enjoying their side moving the ball around with a speed and accuracy more reminiscent of Solskjaer’s days as a player at Old Trafford when United dominated English football.Pogba was at the heart of it and his intelligent pass picked out Herrera, whose shot flicked off Greg Cunningham to loop over the helpless Etheridge.If Solskjaer’s side were fortunate then, it was Cardiff who got a break nine minutes later when the assistant referee adjudged Rashford to have handled rather than control the ball with his shoulder inside the area.Camarasa’s perfectly-taken penalty could have sparked a collapse for a team short on confidence in recent times.Instead, United responded resoundingly with a fantastic team goal as a quick interchange of passes between Pogba and Lingard freed Martial to score his ninth goal of the season.Lingard took responsibility from the spot just before the hour mark after another soft penalty was awarded for a foul by Sol Bamba on the England international.And the England international was the beneficiary of another defence-splitting pass from Pogba a minute from time as he rounded Etheridge and slotted into an empty net.Share on: WhatsApp Cardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an instant impact as Manchester United caretaker manager with Paul Pogba to the fore in a transformed performance from the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign in a 5-1 thumping of Cardiff on Saturday.Solskjaer has been put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday and could not have asked for a better start in the Welsh capital thanks to Marcus Rashford’s third-minute free-kick.The visitors also had a slice of fortune when Ander Herrera’s strike deflected in to double their advantage.But United shrugged off Victor Camarasa’s penalty, awarded for a dubious handball call on Rashford, with the sort of free-flowing play that appeared so scarcely under Mourinho as Anthony Martial started and finished a fine move also including Pogba and Jesse Lingard.And Lingard struck twice more in the second half to secure United’s biggest win of the season so far. As well as getting Solskjaer off to a flying start, victory also sees United crucially close the gap on the Premier League top four to eight points thanks to Chelsea’s 1-0 home defeat by Leicester earlier in the day.Pogba was forced to watch the full 90 minutes from the bench last weekend as Liverpool inflicted the final blow to Mourinho’s time in charge with a 3-1 win that left United 19 points off the top after just 17 games.The French World Cup-winner was restored from the start for the first time in four league games and looked far more like the player United splashed a then world-record £89 million ($113 million) on in 2016 than the one that clashed with his former boss off the field and disappointed on it for much of the past two seasons.last_img read more

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