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“Barnstormers Weekly” Moves to Mac Shack

Barnstormers Radio Show has new location and date

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League are pleased to announce that Mac Shack will be the official home of the Barnstormers Weekly radio show for the 2019 season. Barnstormers Weekly will air live from Mac Shack on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KXNO 1460 AM.

Veteran sports broadcaster Joe Stasi will return for his 12th season as host of “Barnstormers Weekly.” Each show will feature live interviews with Barnstormers players and coaching staff, along with a re-cap of the previous week’s game, and a preview of upcoming opponents.

The weekly event will include food and drink specials for Barnstormers fans and season ticket holders along with great prize giveaways all season! Mac Shack will offer half price pizzas and $2.50 domestic pints every Thursday. The first show of the 2019 season will air on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

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 shuffle board, darts, golden tee, buck hunter, car racing, hoops, pool, and more! Don’t miss a minute of your favorite sports teams! With 16 huge HD TV’s your game is always on at Mac Shack – Pub, Grub, Games!

Join Mac Shack for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony before Barnstormers Weekly at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 and then come back on Saturday, March 2nd for their Grand Opening Extravaganza! The Grand Opening will feature awesome prize giveaways during half time of the Iowa State Basketball Game at 1:00 p.m. and the Iowa Basketball game at 4:00 p.m.

The Iowa Barnstormers kick off for their home opener on Saturday, March 9 at Wells Fargo Arena. Single game tickets are available now. For more information about ticket options, please call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255, or log on to


Joe Wieskamp banks last-second 3-pointer, helps No. 21 Iowa beat Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Iowa is living by the last-second shot these days.

Joe Wieskamp banked in a 3-pointer from the corner with less than a second to play and the No. 21 Hawkeyes (20-5, 9-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight game with a miraculous 71-69 win over Rutgers on Saturday.


VMB - Boxing show, Saturday February 23rd on the armory level

We are excited to share that boxing is back!!!

Love watching fight shows at the VMB ??!! Please support it by attending this event. Tickets available at the door. For more information, see below or check out the facebook event page OR “Hoopla” on gazette on-line!

When: Saturday, February 23rd. Doors open at 1 pm.

Where: Armory level of the Veterans Memorial Building, downtown Cedar Rapids: 50 2nd Avenue Bridge.

Cost: $10 per ticket. It is our pleasure to offer Veterans and Active Military free admission.

“Boxing show at the Veterans Memorial Building-Armory (basement) level.  Bouts will feature youth, teens, and adults; Novice and Elite levels of competition. State and National Champions from Iowa and the surrounding states.  

Love boxing??!! Support it by not missing this.  Doors open at 1 pm. Fights start at 2 pm. $10 tickets are available at the door!! Veterans and Active Military receive free admission. Food and drink concessions available on-site.”

Special thanks to the Buildings’ fitness partnership with V.A.M. (Veterans and Active Military gym and wellness center) and the good folks at Los Primos Boxing Club who have organized this event.




DNR to recap hunting seasons, discuss possible rule changes at public meetings across the state

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested.

“We want people to come out to these meetings, listen to the hunting seasons reviews, ask questions and hear directly from our staff,” said Todd Bishop, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau. “Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing potential rule changes and collecting feedback as we work through the rules process.”

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 rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

These meetings replace the one night listening session held in late winter over the past 15 years.

Meeting date, time and location

Burlington, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Starr’s Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starr’s Cave Road

Dubuque, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Swiss Valley Nature Center

Ventura, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Clear Lake Wildlife Unit headquarters, 15326 Balsam Ave.

Bloomfield, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Hwy. 63

Chariton, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Pin Oak Lodge, 45996 Hwy. 14

Creston, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College

Algona, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Waters Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th Street

Waverly, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Waverly Public Library, 1500 W Bremer Avenue

Sac City, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970 280th Street

Council Bluffs, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street

Okoboji, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Dickinson County Nature Center, 22785 Nature Center Road

Des Moines, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Des Moines Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Pkwy

Jefferson, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., The Jefferson Depot, 509 East Lincoln Way

Iowa City, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., ISU Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy. 218 South

DeWitt, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street

Salix, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Lakeport Gun Club, 3089 Calhoun Avenue

Toledo, March 7, 7 p.m., Tama County Nature Center, Otter Creek Lake Park, 2283 Park Road

Decorah, March 7, 7 p.m., Decorah City Hall, 400 Clairborne Drive

Any person attending the public meeting and 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, and advise of specific needs.


Iowa Stuns No. 5 Michigan

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Luka Garza scored 19 points, Joe Wieskamp added 16 and Iowa stunned fifth-ranked Michigan 74-59 on Friday night, handing the Wolverines their second loss of the season.

Ryan Kriener had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-5 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak with their biggest win of the season.