Feb 19

2017-18 North Central Conference Girls Basketball Selections Released

The Algona Bulldogs girls’ season came to a heartbreaking end in the Regional Final, 54-51 at the hands of #5 Clear Lake. However, Algona had good news Monday as the North Central Conference announced its 2017-18 all-conference selections. Three Bulldogs players were selected. Sophomores Abbey Holmes and Aliyah Buscher made first team, while junior Nicole Smidt got a third team nod. See the full list below:

1st Team
Aliyah Buscher * So Algona
Sara Faber * So Clear Lake
Abbey Holmes * So Algona
Jordyn Barragy Sr Clear Lake
Katie Meyer Jr Iowa Falls-Alden
Taylor McKinney So Webster City
* – denotes unanimous selections

2nd Team
Sydney Lane Sr Humboldt
Chloe Mueller Sr Clear Lake
Cassidy Nerland Sr Webster City
MaKayla Severs Sr Hampton-Dumont
Grace Renaud Jr Iowa Falls-Alden
Lexi Fasbender So Clear Lake

3rd Team
Olivia Huss Sr St. Edmond
Nicole Smidt Jr Algona
Courtney Harle So Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Courtney Miller So Hampton-Dumont
Darby Dodd Fr Iowa Falls-Alden
Raven Kinnetz Fr Clarion-Goldfield-Dows

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Feb 19

Bishop Garrigan, North Union Girls’ Regional Final Games Postponed; Algona Boys District First Round Postponed

Rough Iowan weather has taken its toll on the postseason basketball schedule.

  • Monday night’s 1A Regional Final game between #15 Bishop Garrigan and #5 Kingsley-Pierson has been postponed and will be played Wednesday night instead at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake at 7:00pm.
  • 2A #9 North Union’s Regional Final clash with #4 Western Christian has also been postponed and will be played Wednesday night at 7:00pm in Hartley.
  • The Algona Bulldogs boys’ district first round game at LeMars has been postponed from Monday night and will now be played Wednesday at 6:30pm in LeMars.

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Feb 19

Cellular Dimensions – Full Time

CELLULAR DIMENSIONS HAS AN OPENING FOR A FULL TIME POSITION.  Applicant needs to be able to work well with people, a fast learner and self-motivated.  Your knowledge of Smart Phones is also necessary as well as some simple  knowledge of computers.   Besides salary, you have the ability to make a monthly bonus by meeting goals.   This would be a 40 hr. week with benefits that we will discuss.  You are required to work some Saturdays but will be compensated for that by time off during the work week.  Fun work environment with great people to work with!!! Please mail a resume or stop in at: CELLULAR DIMENSIONS 1309 Hwy 18 East, Algona

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Feb 19

Philip Studer – Algona

Funeral Services for Philip Studer age 84 from Algona are pending at this time.  Lentz Funeral Home is in charge of the services.

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Feb 19

Weather Related Announcements: 2/19/18

School Announcements:



The Algona Boys Basketball game scheduled for tonight has been postponed to Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 in LeMars.

The Bishop Garrigan Girls Basketball game tonight in Storm Lake has been postponed until Wednesday at 7pm at BVU.

The North Union Girls Basketball game tonight in Hartley has been postponed until Wednesday at 7pm in Hartley.

Iowa Lakes Community College  Night Classes are canceled for today.

The 7th Grade DC Impact Pizza Ranch Meeting cancelled for tonight

The Algona FFA Pancake Feed for Tuesday is postponed to Thursday (2/22)


Other Announcements:

Snap On Tools 2nd and 3rd shifts are canceled for today. 1st shift will report at 7AM on Tuesday.

Garbage pickup in Whittemore is being pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday this week.

Algona Senior Center is closed today.


Noon Kiwanis Bingo at the Algona Senior Center this evening is canceled.

St. Cecelia’s Adoration Chapel is closed until Tuesday (2/20) at noon.

Firefly Yoga has canceled classes for tonight.


The 100+ Women who care meeting is postponed until Monday, March 5th.

Algona Family YMCA has canceled group swimming lessons and swim team practice for tonight.

Energy Dance and Tumbling has canceled classes for tonight.

First Presbyterian Church Monday School is cancelled

Algona Taekwando class tonight is canceled.

WB Family Practice closed for today.


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Feb 19

LeBron James says ‘Laura who?’ as he responds to the Fox News host’s comments

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James says he didn’t know who Laura Ingraham was until she started an NBA-like trash-talking feud with him on her Fox News show by telling him “shut up and dribble” in response to his bashing of President Trump.

But the 33-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers star said Ingraham couldn’t have picked a better time than NBA All-Star weekend to launch her attempt to silence his social commentary.

“I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to ‘shut up and dribble,'” James said at a news conference ahead of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles. “So, thank you, whatever her name is. I don’t even know her name.”

On Sunday, the 54-year-old conservative host of “The Ingraham Angle” defended her on-air comments about James, in which she slammed his “barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on President Trump” in a podcast. She said people who described her comments as racists in an avalanche of social media posts took them wrong.

“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach,'” she said in a statement to ABC News.

“If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks — false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism.”

Ingraham’s brouhaha with James started Thursday night when she aired part of a segment from the podcast “Uninterrupted,” hosted by ESPN’s Cari Champion, in which James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant talked basketball and social issues while riding in an Uber.

“I feel like our team, as a country, is not ran by a great coach,” Durant tells James in the piece.

James responds: “It’s not even a surprise when he (Trump) says something. It’s laughable and it’s scary.”

Referring to Trump, Champion added: “I shouldn’t be numb to your racist comments. I shouldn’t be numb to your behavior.”

When the camera cut back to her, Ingraham said, “I’m numb to this commentary” before slamming James, specifically.

“Must they run their mouth like that?” she said. “Unfortunately, a lot of kids, and some adults, take these ignorant comments seriously.

“Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids,” she continued. “This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred-million-dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, you’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

During his news conference Saturday with reporters from around the world, James said, “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that.”

“I also wish she did a little bit more fact checking because I actually did finish high school and didn’t leave early. I graduated high school,” James said. “You know, to be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable, and to make it to where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds and I want every kid to know that and everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well.”

Pointing to his two young sons sitting near him, James said he feels an obligation to speak out on subjects other than basketball.

“I will not just shut up and dribble because I mean too much to my two boys here, their best friend right here, my daughter that’s at home, my wife, my family, and all these other kids that look up to me for inspiration and trying to find a way out, and find some leeway on how they can become as great as they can be and how those dreams can become reality,” he said.

As for Ingraham, he added: “I would have had a little bit more respect for her if she would have actually wrote those words. She probably said it right off a teleprompter.”

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Feb 19

Jazz rookie, Mitchell soar to dunk title

Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro battled it out in the NBA dunk contest.

Larry Nance Jr. dressed in his father’s old uniform and also had his father, who won the contest in 1984,  help him with one of his dunks.  But Nance’s nostalgia was no match for Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz rookie.

Mitchell’s show at the Staples Center won him the slam dunk contest and capped off NBA All Star Saturday.

Mitchell sealed his victory over Nance Jr. with the 360 degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.

“I wanted this so badly,” Mitchell said. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it’s crazy.”

Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey to reveal a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.

Mitchell needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

Nance had earned a perfect 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass.

Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian’s son as props.

Mitchell’s sister, Hart and the comedian’s son, crouched in a line in front of the basket. Mitchell had an assistant toss the ball off the side of the backboard. He caught it and did a one-handed tomahawk dunk as he jumped over his sister, Hart and his son.

For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.

It earned a perfect 50.

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Feb 19

Princess Kate steps out in green at the British Academy Film Awards

Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) — Princess Kate arrived at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) tonight with Prince William in a dark green Jenny Packham gown, as the majority of other women on the red carpet chose to wear black in solidarity with the fight against sexual harassment and the Time’s Up movement.

The mother of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who is currently pregnant in her third trimester, however, did wear a black tie around her dress above her glowing figure, in what may have been a subtle nod to fellow women.

Royal family members are forbidden from making political statements of any kind and must remain unbiased. Kensington Palace declined to comment on Kate’s decision to wear green instead of black in solidarity with other women. Last year, Kate wore a black Alexander McQueen gown with printed flowers.

The dress code is similar to other red carpets, most notably the Golden Globes, when women and men both showed their support for gender equality and human rights for women.

Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie and almost every other major celebrity wore black on the red carpet tonight, which has been a dominant theme at awards shows in the wake of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last fall.

There was considerable discussion online and on television about the Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to forego black on the red carpet as the Time’s Up movement is not aligned with a particular political party.

British TV presenter Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter “Duchess of Cambridge being abused by ‘feminists’ on Twitter for not wearing a black dress at tonight’s #BAFTAS Apparently, she’s not allowed to exercise HER feminist right to wear whatever colour dress she chooses.”

Others said that it was a missed opportunity for Kate, and argued that wearing black was not a political statement but rather simply an affirmation of women’s rights.

Kate accessorized her gown with stunning emerald and diamond earrings, which she donned previously in New York when she and Prince William attended the 600th anniversary benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of their Alma mater St Andrews University.

Princess Kate accompanied William, who is president of BAFTA, and also wore a glittering matching emerald and diamond necklace to the Awards ceremony.

“Catherine and I are extremely pleased to be here amongst you all this evening,” William said at tonight’s event. “The Film Awards are just one part of BAFTA’s activity. I have been privileged over the years to experience first-hand the impact of its work in the United Kingdom, in Los Angeles, New York and Asia — work ranging from scholarships and supporting new talent, through to masterclasses with the very best in the film industry — many of whom are here this evening.”

“Your support of BAFTA — sharing skills, expertise and time — means we can ensure the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. It ensures that we can do much, much more to help talented people from all backgrounds to be given the opportunity to succeed,” he added.

Earlier in the day more than 200 women signed on to a new fund to support women who experience abuse and harassment at work. Emma Watson donated $1 million to the campaign, while Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Kristen Scott Thomas are all signatories to the open letter.

“As we approach the BAFTAs, our industry’s time for celebration and acknowledgement, we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international,” the letter states.

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Feb 19

Florida school shooting ‘hero’ JROTC cadet should receive military burial: Classmates

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — He saved lives in uniform and, his friends say, didn’t flinch in the face of an alleged mass shooter in a Parkland, Fla., high school last week.

Now, friends of 15-year-old Peter Wang are trying to posthumously honor the “hero” by petitioning for a military burial.

Were it not for the heroics displayed by Peter, his friends are certain the death toll on Wednesday would have been higher.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly gunned down innocent and unarmed students and teachers with a semiautomatic rifle. He’s been charged with 17 counts of murder.

When the mass shooter was marching straight for Peter’s classroom, according to one of his close friends who were there, Wang stood tall in full Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) regalia and sacrificed his life as he ushered other students and teachers to safety.

“He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets,” classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC station WPLG-TV.

“I want people to know he died a hero,” the teen added. “He died saving many people.”

Just days after the shooting, Aiden says he’s still struggling with losing his friends.

“Every time I sleep I just keep thinking of bodies,” he said. “I’m thinking of who’s there and who’s not there anymore.”

Another classmate, Rachel Kuperman, remembered the last time she saw Peter. It was the day before the shooting, and she was trying to figure out what to do after realizing she forgot her lunch.

True to form, Peter came to the rescue.

“He went to the vending machine with me and he bought me Sprite and candy and snacks,” she said in an interview with WPLG-TV, before covering her face with her hands and breaking down in tears. “He put others before himself.”

Aiden and Rachel have pushed to formally revere Peter by spearheading a petition on the White House website “We the People.” The goal is to have the federal government bury Peter with military honors.

“His selfless actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area,” the petition, started Friday, reads. “Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”

By Sunday evening the petition garnered 17,000 signatures. It needs a requisite total of 100,000 signatures within 30 days to receive a White House response.

Peter’s funeral and burial are scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning in Coral Springs, Florida.

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Feb 19

Parkland school building where 17 were killed should be demolished: Officials

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — As two more funeral services were held Sunday for victims of the latest American mass school shooting, authorities told ABC News that a major step toward healing Parkland, Fla., would be to demolish the building where 17 students and teachers were gunned down.

Mourners crowded into Temple Beth El in Boca Raton for a private funeral service for Scott Biegel, the 35-year-old geography teacher shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday as he tried to protect students from the gunman.

Earlier, family and friends held a memorial for 14-year-old Alexander Schachter, a freshman and trombone player in the school marching band, at the Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs.

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said he and officials believe a fitting tribute to Biegel, Alexander and 15 others killed in the massacre would be tear down the building the shooting occurred and turn the space into a memorial park.

“So I will tell you that we…aren’t having any classes held in that building going forward,” Runcie told ABC News. “What the ultimate disposition of that building is, we don’t have any definitive answer. I can tell you what the aspirations of the community are and I agree with them, is that that building should be demolished and a memorial erected there.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the bullet-riddled Building 12 at the high school is still a crime scene, where investigators are combing for evidence.

The sheriff, whose department is leading the investigation of the killing spree, told ABC News he agreed that “as soon as humanly possible, that building be destroyed forever.”

“Kids shouldn’t have to walk by and even look at that building. It’s just a stark reminder of the horrific, detestable killings that went on that day,” Israel said.

School officials announced Sunday that Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed through at least Wednesday.

“The goal is to allow staff to return to campus by the end of the week,” according to a statement from the Broward County School District.

Israel said three of his children, triplets, all attended Stoneman Douglas High School and had classes in Building 12 when they were freshmen in 2015.

“When I walked through the school for the first time, and I certainly wouldn’t be graphic about what I saw, I don’t think that’s appropriate for TV, but as I started to internalize what I did see, I was imagining three years earlier, when my children were freshmen, being in that same room,” Israel said. “It was heart-wrenching.”

Four patients injured in the shooting remained hospitalized, all in fair condition, according to Broward Health Systems officials.

Israel said the alleged killer, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is in solitary confinement under suicide watch.

“We always have eyeballs on him,” Israel said, adding that Cruz has stopped speaking with investigators.

“The killer has his constitutional rights — has decided not to speak. He has an attorney, and his attorney has made it clear. So we’ve stopped the questioning phase,” Israel said. “So now the investigation is in the hands of my lab people, my crime [and] CSI people.”

Cruz’s lawyer, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, told ABC News he is willing to have his client plead guilty immediately in return for the prosecution agreeing to take the death penalty off the table.

But Israel said he has heard from many people in the community who don’t want to see any leniency granted to Cruz.

“I think Howard would tell you that it’ll be easier to heal if we don’t have a trial and everything that would go with it over a plethora of years,” Israel said. “But there are people out there who told me, ‘I don’t wanna go to bed tonight with him alive.’ So the death penalty has to be considered, and that’s not my call.”

Broward County state attorney Michael Satz issued a statement on Saturday, saying: “This is certainly the type of case the death penalty was designed for.”

Meanwhile, White House officials said Sunday that President Trump will host a “listening session” on school safety on Wednesday with students and teachers at the White House, and meet with local and state officials on Thursday to continue discussing the subject.

Some students from Stoneman Douglas High plan to be at the Florida state capital in Tallahassee on Tuesday to meet with state legislators to demand they take action to keep students safe in school.

Student Jaclyn Corin organized the trip and says about 100 students will join her in Tallahassee.

Jaclyn said all of the students are part of the “Never Again” movement spawned by the mass killing at their school and has been spreading across the country via social media.

“It shows that we are mature enough,” Jaclyn told ABC News. “We will come at them and do whatever it takes to change the way our state runs and the nation [operates].”

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