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Brown Deer Golf Club Is Open

Brown DeerBrown Deer Golf Club in Coralville remains open, and golf is a great way to get exercise, fresh air, and de-stress during times of social distancing.

Brown Deer has taken the following precautions to protect the health of golfers and staff:

  • Staff washes hands using antibacterial hand soap throughout the day, and antibacterial hand soap is in all public restrooms at Brown Deer.
  • Golfers are asked to hand sanitize as they enter and exit Brown Deer Pro Shop and Divots! Bar and Restaurant.
  • High touch surfaces are being cleaned in our golf course spaces, building, and the Pro Shop throughout the day.
  • Golfers should not share clubs.
  • Golfers asked to not pick up merchandise.  Let a staff member help you. 
  • All hole cups have been raised a half inch above ground.  Hitting the cup counts as in. Flag sticks will remain in the hole, but won’t need to be touched.  
  • All ball washers have been removed.
  • Sand rakes have been removed from all the sand traps throughout the course.
  • Divots! serves to go items only.  Divots is currently stocking beverages and snacks only.   No one may sit inside the restaurant. 
  • Golf carts are sanitized between each round as they are returned. 
  • Golfers will swipe their own credit cards and grab their own receipts from each transaction 

For more information, contact Brown Deer Golf Club at 319.248.9300.


Iowa DNR: Meetings, classes, events cancelled

2020 annual spring sale cancelled

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, the Iowa DNR is cancelling this weekend’s spring auction at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The auction was scheduled to take place in the Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 21. The public viewing on Friday is also cancelled.

At this time, no decision has been made whether this event will be rescheduled.

Parks Day at the Capitol & Gift to Iowa Ceremony

In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as the suspension of the legislative session and restricted access to the Capitol, the DNR is cancelling both the Parks Day at the Capitol and the Gift to Iowa Ceremony.

Both events were scheduled to be held on March 25, 2020 at the Capitol.

Donors scheduled to be recognized at this year’s Gift to Iowa Ceremony are encouraged to participate in the 2021 ceremony. A date has yet to be set.

Shooting sports/hunter’s safety classes

In accordance with CDC guidelines, and state recommendations, we are cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops, and advanced hunter education offerings through April 30.

These events are usually held within facilities that are currently closed or prohibiting gatherings of large groups due to the Covid-19.

The health and safety of our volunteers, participants, and staff is of utmost importance to us, that is why we have these cancellations. 

Due to the cancellation of our in-person hunter education courses and field days, we are recommending the following for hunting this spring: 

  • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
  • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online. 

We recognize this is an inconvenience and that it may not be the most desirable option to receive your hunter education certification. 

DNR cancels public meetings in West Union, Decorah

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has canceled its public meetings in West Union and Decorah next week based on guidance from state and national health officials to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people.

The meetings were scheduled to discuss chronic wasting disease after it was confirmed in hunter harvested deer in Fayette and Winneshiek counties.

The Iowa DNR will look for dates closer to deer season to reschedule these meetings.


IFL Postpones 2020 Season

Official Statement Regarding the Postponement of the 2020 Season 

FROM THE IFL – In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of this weekend’s games in Frisco and Sioux Falls, along with the state of California’s limit on the size of crowds due to the pandemic, the Indoor Football League will be postponing its season until further notice following Saturday night’s games in Oakland and San Diego.

Both games are still scheduled to kickoff at 8:05 p.m. CST, but will be played with no fans in attendance. Each game will be broadcast live on YouTube.

“This is an unprecedented situation that we are taking very seriously,” said IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “We are monitoring this on a constant basis and are working with the local municipalities and arenas in all of our markets. Our goal is to resume play as soon as possible. The health of our players, coaches, staffs, fans, and sponsors is of utmost importance to our teams and to the league, and we will not compromise those values.”

The IFL will continue to evaluate ongoing events and the safety of our players and will rely on the guidance of public health experts and our leagues’ Board of Directors in determining when the restart the 2020 season.

FROM THE IOWA BARNSTORMERS - “With news of arenas around the country closing their doors to fans and warning the public of large gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we feel postponing the indoor football season is the best decision, “ said Iowa Barnstormers President Jeff Lamberti. “We want to ensure that our fans get the full hard-hitting indoor football experience and our players have the opportunity to play at home in front of some of the best fans in the IFL.”

The Iowa Barnstormers are aware that many Season Ticket Holders, fans, and partners will have questions regarding the 2020 season, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the situation and work out the logistics.


Garza named Big Ten Player of the Year for men's basketball

Luka GarzaIOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - A University of Iowa athlete has been recognized as the most outstanding in the conference in his sport, according to the school.

Luka Garza, starting center for the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team, was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and members of the media. He is the first player from the school to receive the award for men's basketball in 52 years.

"I want to thank my teammates and coaches," Garza said, in a statement posted to the team's Twitter account. "To be honest, if I wasn’t in this program, I don’t think any of this would be possible."

via www.kcrg.com


Brown Deer Golf Course to Open March 7

Brown DeerBrown Deer Golf Club will open its doors for the 2020 golf season on March 7.  All 18 holes as well as the driving range will be open as weather permits.  Divots Bar and Grill will also be open for snacks and beverages during the first few weeks and will resume lunch service on March 23, with full restaurant hours beginning on April 20.  Contact the Brown Deer Golf Club at 319.248.9300 for additional information.

Brown Deer Golf Club website


Iowa Barnstormers to Unveil New Uniforms

Official Jersey Reveal set for Sunday, March 8 at Mac Shack

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers roster isn’t the only thing that has undergone changes this off-season. In November the Barnstormers announced a partnership with Phenom Elite as the team’s Official Uniform provider, teasing the idea that a new uniform would be debuting when the team hit the field this spring. With the IFL season kicking off this week, the Barnstormers have officially announced plans to unveil their new uniforms.

The Iowa Barnstormers will debut their brand-new uniforms on Sunday, March 8 at Mac Shack in West Des Moines. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Fans and media are invited to get a first look at the uniforms which will be modeled by Quarterback Caleb Holbrook, wide receiver Connor Hollenbeck, offensive lineman Quante Hines, linebacker Tony Jones, and defensive lineman Tony Winslow.

The Iowa Barnstormers will be posting sneak peeks on their social media sites leading up to the official unveiling. Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @iabarnstormers.

Mac Shack is located at 1551 Valley West Drive Suite 253 in West Des Moines (right inside Valley West Mall!) Mac Shack is more than just a sports bar with a full menu, they have added entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy shuffleboard, darts, golden tee, buck hunter, car racing, hoops, pool, and more! Don’t miss a minute of your favorite sports teams, with 16 huge TV’s your game is always on at Mac Shack – Pub, Grub, Games!

Season Tickets for the Iowa Barnstormers 2020 season are available now! For as low as $80 per seat, fans can enjoy the action from the same great seat location each game. For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com.


DNR to host public meetings to discuss chronic wasting disease

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled public meetings in Leon, West Union and Decorah after hunter harvested deer in Decatur, Fayette and Winneshiek counties tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It is the first time deer have tested positive in these counties.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • March 10, 7 p.m., in the Central Decatur CSD, 1201 NE Poplar, in Leon
  • March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Holy Name Catholic Church Meeting Hall, 128 North Walnut Street, in West Union
  • March 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Valders Hall of Science Room 206, 700 College Drive, Luther College, in Decorah

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases. It attacks the brain of infected deer and elk causing the animals to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, lose body functions and die. It is always fatal to the infected animal.

The Iowa DNR has tested nearly 74,000 deer tissue samples for chronic wasting disease since monitoring began in 2002. The disease first appeared in Iowa’s wild deer herd in 2013. So far, there have been 89 positive tests.

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.

The meetings are open to the public.


Public meetings recapping hunting, trapping seasons, and possible rule changes start this week

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) town hall-style meetings on recently completed hunting and trapping seasons, and possible changes to hunting and trapping rules and regulations, start Feb. 19.

The meetings are open to the public.

Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting and trapping rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

Meeting date, time and location

  • Sioux City, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road
  • Chariton, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Pin Oak Lodge, 45996 Hwy. 14
  • Council Bluffs Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street
  • Okoboji, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Dickinson County Nature Center, 22785 Nature Center Road
  • Burlington, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Starr's Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starr's Cave Road
  • Iowa City, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Johnson County ISU extension building, 3109 Old Highway 218 South (search “Johnson County Fairgrounds”)
  • Algona, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Water’s Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th Street
  • Bloomfield, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Hwy. 63
  • Creston, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College, 1201 West Townline Street
  • Decorah, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Decorah City Hall, 400 Clairborne Drive
  • Dubuque, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road, Peosta
  • Jefferson, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., The Jefferson Depot, 509 East Lincoln Way
  • Ventura, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Clear Lake Wildlife Unit headquarters, 15326 Balsam Ave.
  • Waverly, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Waverly Public Library, 1500 W Bremer Ave.
  • Des Moines, March 3, 7 p.m., Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • DeWitt, March 5, 7 p.m., DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street
  • Sac City, March 5, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970
  • 280th Street
  • Toledo, March 5, 7 p.m., Tama CCB Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park, 2283 Park Road

Any person attending the public meeting that has special requirements, such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments, should contact the Iowa DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.


Garza scores 24 points; No. 21 Iowa beats Minnesota 58-55

Iowa HawkeyesMINNEAPOLIS -- Winning on the road in the Big Ten has proven to be a monumental task for most every team this season. Even trailing by eight points late at Minnesota, No. 21 Iowa believed it was going to shake that trend.

Luka Garza had 24 points and the Hawkeyes closed the game by scoring the final 11 points to rally past the Gophers 58-55 on Sunday.

via www.espn.com


Indiana uses 3-point flurry to beat No. 21 Iowa, end skid

Iowa HawkeyesBLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Devonte Green scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 17 on Thursday, helping the Indiana Hoosiers close out an 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa.

The Hoosiers (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak overall and a two-game skid in the series.

Luka Garza scored 38 points, falling two short of tying the Assembly Hall single-game scoring record by an opponent. Joe Wieskamp added 16 for Iowa (17-8, 8-6), which have lost three of five following a five-game winning streak.

via www.espn.com