DES MOINES (AP) — Backers of a skateboard park under construction in downtown Des Moines say they have reached their $6.3 million funding goal.
The Lauridsen Skatepark will be the nation’s largest when it’s completed in spring 2020. The 88,000-square-foot skate park is being built on five acres of land between Second Avenue and the Des Moines River.
Recent gifts by the Lauridsen Family Foundation and the state’s Enhance Iowa fund enabled organizers to reach their fundraising goal. Nix and Virginia Lauridsen have donated a total of $1.6 million to the project.
Besides the skate areas, the park will include viewing platforms, handicap accessible walkways, shade structures and landscaping.
Organizers expect about 40,000 skaters a year will use the park. They note skateboarding will be an Olympic sport in 2020.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia.
The first will be Tuesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Other forums are scheduled for Wednesday at the West Virginia University-Parkersburg campus, Oct. 21 at the University of Charleston student union ballroom and Oct. 22 at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office training center in Martinsburg. Others include one on Oct. 23 at Wheeling University’s Swint Hall and Oct. 24 at the Robert H. Mollohan research Center in Fairmont.
Public comments can be submitted at the forums, which are being conducted by the state Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment.
West Virginia has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is offering free rain barrels to schools in the state.
The Department of Environmental Protection said schools with current or planned flower or vegetable gardens will be given priority. Applications on the agency’s Rain Barrel Program website must be submitted by Nov. 1.
The project’s goal is to teach students about stormwater pollution and how collecting rainwater helps reduce pesticides, bacteria and litter in waterways.
The program offers hands-on installation of the rain barrel, including the rain barrel and parts kit, with student participation and will be paired with a one-hour water education session.
DES MOINES (AP) — Police have confirmed that human remains found at a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines was the result of a homicide.
Station KCCI reports that police confirmed the homicide investigation Friday.
Police received a tip Tuesday that led investigators to a wooded area behind an abandoned manufacturing plant, where the remains were found. At the time, Sgt. Paul Parizek said the body had been “cleverly concealed.”
Police have not yet shared other details of how the person died or identified the remains.
Police say the body was likely in the area for a few months.
CLIVE (AP) — A Mason City man has won the first $100,000 top prize in a new Iowa Lottery game.
The Iowa Lottery says Wayne Oswood won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “Holiday Dazzle” scratch game. He claimed his prize Friday at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City.
Holiday Dazzle is a $10 scratch game featuring seven top prizes of $100,000 and overall odds of 1 in 2.80.
Nonwinning holiday scratch tickets can be entered into the lottery’s Ho Ho Dough Play it Again promotion from now through Jan. 7. The promotion includes $200,000 in cash prizes. Tickets can be entered online or through the LotteryPlus mobile app.
MONTEZUMA (AP) — The trial for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has again been delayed.
The Daily Iowan reports that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face trial beginning Feb. 4 in Woodbury County. His trial had been set for Nov. 12, but was pushed back to give expert witnesses more time to review new evidence.
Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run July 18, 2018, in Brooklyn. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. Officials say she was stabbed to death.
Rivera, a Mexican national, also is accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leaning on a sack-making, turnover-producing defense, No. 19 Michigan earned a desperately needed win.
Zach Charbonnet ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines an early double-digit lead and their defense did the rest in a 10-3 win over No. 14 Iowa, forcing four turnovers and tallying eight sacks Saturday.
“A defensive masterpiece,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were held scoreless over the final three quarters because they could not run or pass effectively, scoring just three points off the Hawkeyes’ turnovers.
“We’re fortunate the defense came out and played they way they did,” Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson said. “Kept us in the game.”
Iowa (4-1, 1-1) failed to take advantage of favorable field position on its final two drives with a chance to extend the game or possibly win it with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over on downs at the Michigan 44 with 37 seconds left after a penalty- and sack-filled drive forced them to punt with a fourth-and-36 at midfield on the previous possession.
“We didn’t help ourselves with some costly errors,” coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Iowa running back Mekhi Sargent fumbled on his team’s first snap, giving up the ball at the Hawkeyes 18. Michigan, though, had to settle for a field goal after gaining just 6 yards. The Wolverines took a 10-0 lead on their next drive, which started with a 51-yard pass to Nico Collins and finished with Charbonnet’s 2-yard run.
Iowa avoided a shutout with Keith Duncan’s 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes, though, did not score again. The sacks they gave up led to them finishing with 1 yard rushing. And Nate Stanley completed slightly more than half of his passes.
Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye led the way with 2¢ sacks before leaving the game, appearing to hurt his left hamstring.
Iowa: Ball security will become a priority after giving away chances to win at the Big House. The Hawkeyes threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. They entered the game with only one turnover this season, tying Oregon State for the fewest in major college football.
“We put ourselves in some tough circumstances, but I thought our defense really responded well,” Ferentz said. “It kept us in the game.”
Michigan: Harbaugh hired Josh Gattis to be his offensive coordinator, giving the former Alabama assistant his first shot to call plays and run an offense. So far, it is not going well. The Wolverines failed to move the ball much after scoring 10 points in that opening quarter and have only played well with the ball in a 52-0 win over Rutgers last week.
“We’re hitting our stride,” Harbaugh insisted.
Patterson was 14 of 26 for 147 yards with an interception.
“Shea, in particular, took what was there and sometimes nothing was there,” Harbaugh said. “Managed the game extremely well. Did the job on the turnovers. Won that battle.”
Stanley was 23 of 42 for 260 yards with three interceptions, ending a 139-pass streak without getting picked off.
“They had a great plan as far as their blitzes were concerned,” Stanley said. “They did a lot of things that were very hard on us pickup-wise, probably the hardest we’ve seen all year, and quite possibly the hardest we’ll see all year.”
Michigan may move up a little in the poll and Iowa will likely drop in the poll.
BIG HOUSE VISITOR
Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was Michigan’s honorary captain.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes host No. 12 Penn State next Saturday.
Michigan: The Wolverines visit Illinois next Saturday.
IOWA CITY (AP) — Applications are being sought to fill a vacancy on Iowa City’s Human Rights Commission.
The vacancy is an unexpired term that runs through the end of 2020. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.
The group meets monthly and is charged with educating the public on civil and human rights. That includes planning programs and activities to eliminate unlawful discrimination.
The commission also makes recommendations to the City Council for Social Justice and Racial Equity Grant funding, as well as for additional local legislation as it relates to discrimination.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside in Iowa City.
State law requires most boards and commissions be gender-balanced. Currently, four men and five women serve on the Human Rights Commission.
By ALEXANDRA JAFFE
DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney’s Iowa state director has left his 2020 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Monica Biddix had been his state director since January 2019 but served on his campaign since June 2018, starting first as his communications director. She said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday that she was leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”
His campaign announced later Friday that it had named Brent Roske the new Iowa state director.
The former Maryland congressman launched his campaign for president in 2017, making him the longest-campaigning candidate in the field.
But he has failed to gain much traction in the race and routinely polls at the bottom of the pack.
He’s scheduled to visit Iowa this weekend.
By DAVER KARNOSKY
Houghton Daily Mining Gazette
CALUMET — Three years removed from Kraft Hockeyville USA in Marquette, the NHL returned to the Upper Peninsula Thursday night as the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues took part in an NHL preseason game at the Calumet Colosseum.
When the festivities ended, the Red Wings emerged victorious, 4-1.
For the Red Wings, who served as the home team for the night, three emerging members of the new, young corps stepped up. Winger Anthony Mantha and center Michael Rasmussen each struck twice in the victory. Defenseman Dennis Cholowski chipped in with two assists.
For Mantha, who scored his third and fourth goals of the preseason, the game was another step in following up a strong showing at last spring’s World Championships.
“(My) confidence is there since last season,” he said. “Plays are just coming through right now.”
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, was pleased with the efforts of his young players, especially Mantha, Rasmussen, Cholowski and winger Taro Hirose, who added another assist in the win.
Mantha’s first of the night put the Red Wings up 1-0 late in the first period. After both teams spent most of the opening frame feeling each other out, the Red Wings found themselves on a power play late in the period thanks to a hooking minor called on Blues defenseman Vince Dunn.
After a turnover in the offensive zone, Mantha snatched up a clearing attempt and worked a give-and-go with Cholowski which ended with a slap shot from Mantha that beat Blues netminder Jordan Binnington.
Mantha’s second tally came just 22 seconds after the Blues had evened things in the second period when he stole a puck at center ice and skated in, beating Binnington cleanly again.
Blues coach Craig Berube felt that goal was a turning point in the contest.
“It’s definitely not a good situation to give up a goal right after you score one,” he said. “It kind of sets you back a little bit and it kills your momentum for sure.”
Rasmussen scored his first of the night at 13:18 of the middle frame, shortly after escaping from the penalty box. He went hard to the net and picked up a rebound off a shot from center Dylan Larkin. Rasmussen muscled the puck through Binnington, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.
He struck again 2:15 late by again getting to the net and tipping a shot from Cholowski past Binnington.
“I get confidence from doing all the little things like winning my draws, finishing my checks, little stuff like that,” Rasmussen said. “It’s always good to score. It’s fun to score, so it is nice to help out the team.”
Blashill was pleased with Rasmussen’s game, feeling that the youngster is beginning to use his strength well around the net.
“I think his game’s grown as its went along,” Blashill said. “Obviously, we’ve put him at center, I want to keep them at center. I think long term, he can be a really good defensive center and then add his offense with his net front play and he’s a big guy.
“I heard somebody refer to the centers as a kind of the third defenseman and ultimately, that’s what they are and when you are 6-foot-7, with that kind of reach, it’s a real advantage to have him at that position. So we want to keep them there.”
Despite having his starting goaltender give up four goals, Berube was happy with the efforts of Binnington, but less so with the game his defenders put in.
“We weren’t very good,” Berube said. “I thought Binner (Binnington) played really well in the first…. I thought he played excellent.”
Center Ryan O’Reilly, who played in the Marquette Hockeyville game three years ago for the Buffalo Sabres, scored the lone goal for St. Louis just after a power play opportunity just 43 seconds into the second period. He redirected a pass from winger David Perron past Red Wings goaltender Calvin Pickard.
Pickard turned away 37 other shots the Blues sent his way, including all 17 they put on goal in the third period.
The Red Wings return to action tonight when they host Toronto at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Blues also return to action tonight hosting Washington.