Super consumer advocate

first_imgThere were pizzas and plenty of curious students at the Harvard Law School (HLS) on Tuesday (March 30) for a luncheon talk sponsored by the School’s American Constitution Society. The only thing missing at first was the speaker.So many people crammed the Austin Hall classroom that late arrivals stood in the doorway or sat on the stairs. The busy scholar arrived shortly. It was understandable that she was running a bit behind schedule. The professor in question was Elizabeth Warren, who these days has massive demands on her time.Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at HLS, chairs the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the  $700 billion rescue program for the country’s finance industry.In her characteristically straightforward style — a recent New York Times article noted Warren’s husband “describes her as a grandmother that can make grown men cry” — she explained her work with the TARP, and delivered a stern warning to the audience about abuses in the financial industry.“If you are carrying a balance on your credit card, you are in danger,” said Warren.Looking out for consumers has long been a priority for the expert on bankruptcy and consumer finance, who also is a driving force behind plans for a new consumer financial protection agency, a proposal supported by the Obama administration and currently before Congress. The House has approved the plan, which is now before the Senate. Many supporters are hopeful that Warren would run the new body.During her comments, Warren offered a historic perspective on the country’s financial troubles.In the past, state usury laws protected consumers from inflated interest rates, she said. But in 1979 a Supreme Court ruling began a chain reaction that led to states repealing their caps on the interest rates that banks could charge when lending.  With that decision, she said, “The game quickly becomes unraveled.”“What starts to happen over time … is that the model shifts for how to make money,” Warren said, noting the explosive expansion of the credit card industry and how lenders began to rely on what she called “the tricks and traps in the back,” including hidden fees, complicated pricing structures, and interest rates that can change without warning.The result, she said, is that when consumers “can’t really price the item and can’t really do comparison shopping  … it’s not a functional market.”Previous attempts to “outlaw bad practices” through congressional regulation, she said, had proven “powerfully ineffective.”Warren’s proposed solution would be an agency much like the Food and Drug Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency, one that could implement basic safety regulations for financial products. Such an agency, she said, could level the playing field for consumers by addressing the root of the problem, eliminating complex financial contracts that leave people “unable to evaluate the cost of the product.”Warren said such an agency could regulate standard credit card contracts, making them no longer than two pages, and “readable by someone with a high school education, in 4 minutes, with 95 percent comprehension.”“Complexity not only hides true cost,” said Warren, “it lets us hide it from ourselves.”last_img read more

Jasanoff’s ‘Liberty’ recognized

first_imgOn Thursday, the National Book Critics Circle recognized Harvard Professor Maya Jasanoff  with its award for general nonfiction for “Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War” (Knopf). At the awards ceremony, Jasanoff opened her remarks by saying, “When you write a book about losers, you don’t really expect to get up and make a speech like this.”Jasanoff is also one of three finalists for the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize for “Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World,” which will be announced June 4.last_img read more

Wireless communication

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWireless Internet communication technology can allow a farmer to work his land thousands of miles away. It can give a doctor quick access to patients’ records. It can connect a country store to the world.The “UnWired: Rural Wireless Conference” Nov. 1-2 at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus will bring experts, researchers and users of wireless technology to rural south Georgia.”Most conferences like this take place in large urban areas,” said Craig Kvien, chair of the UGA National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Lab in Tifton.”We’re bringing many people here that have worked a lot of the bugs out of this technology,” said Kvien, who is helping to organize the event. “The conference will demonstrate and investigate how this technology can be used for rural economic development.”The technical jargon of wireless communications can leave many people scratching their heads. “But anyone who attends this conference will walk away with a much better understanding of the potential of this technology,” Kvien said.The conference keynote speaker, Hans-Werner Braun, spearheads the High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network at University of California at San Diego. The National Science Foundation funds this project, which has set up a wireless network over hundreds of square miles, connecting schools, research stations and remote Indian tribes in rural San Diego County.”Braun’s work connects the unconnected,” Kvien said.Wade Mitchell will tell how wireless technology has revolutionized his Iowa farm. Mitchell and his son Clay farm 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans. Their farm-wide, high-speed wireless network with Internet access allows them to remotely control grain handling and storage facilities, auto-steer tractors and monitor fields.Wireless technology has “turned our tractor cabs into mobile offices,” he said. “It has saved us hugely in labor and time and allowed us to be more accurate in our operation.”Professionals from two Tifton healthcare facilities will discuss how going wireless has improved their operations and allowed doctors to more efficiently treat patients.Paul Mask, an assistant director in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will explain how wireless communications can help extension agents better serve their clients.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences precision agriculture team will show how off-shelf products can monitor farm facilities and irrigation and control a robot.And representatives from Cattlelog will show how radio frequency identification can help the cattle industry run smoothly and safely.Funding agencies will be at the conference, too. So will those who’ve received funding for wireless projects.”Not only will attendees learn about the advances and opportunities,” Kvien said, “but also where to go to help fund them.”Other conference topics will include living wireless from a community perspective, funding a large-scale wireless network, setting up a wireless hotspot and pitfalls of going wireless.Registration is $100 before Oct. 1. It’s $150 after Oct. 1. To register or to find out more about the conference, go to read more

On the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets

first_imgOn the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The first quarter of 2016 saw 18.3 megawatts of grid-interactive energy storage installed in the U.S., up 127 percent year-over-year and marking the largest first quarter in the history of the nation’s energy storage market, according to GTM Research’s Q2 2016 U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. Historically, California has dominated residential energy storage deployments in the U.S. In Q1 2016, however, GTM Research observed growing deployments in a number of emerging state markets across the U.S., including Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Vermont. While these individual markets are still quite small, collectively they accounted for the largest share of residential energy storage deployments in Q1 2016, surpassing even California and Hawaii. Energy storage system vendors are beginning to expand into “nontraditional” markets where few, if any, deployments have occurred before. Activities in these new markets speak both to customer interest and improving economic cases for storage. It’s unlikely that any of these state markets will come close to rivaling states like California or Hawaii in the near future, but nevertheless we’re witnessing an expansion of energy storage influenced by factors including new business cases for behind-the-meter storage.In particular, interest in aggregation of behind-the-meter assets is growing. Several U.S. utilities have already partnered with energy storage system vendors to pursue business models that offer the opportunity to leverage a fleet of residential energy storage systems to provide grid services. Green Mountain Power in Vermont begun shipping Tesla Powerwalls early in 2016, offering the option for customers to allow utility access to the systems in exchange for electricity bill credit; Green Mountain Power plans to utilize these storage systems to reduce capacity and transmission costs, as well as to provide energy arbitrage. Additionally, Sunverge has partnered with Glasgow Electric Plant Board in Kentucky to explore opportunities to leverage residential storage to provide services to the grid. Sunverge and SunPower are also working with Con Edison in New York to deploy residential storage as part of a virtual power plant trial project within the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program with the goal of exploring a new business model for utilities.Full item: The Growing Opportunity for Residential Energy Storage in the USlast_img read more


first_imgDr. Bernard G. SuranIn a less politically correct age, author G.K. Chesterton noted: “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.”Is intuition truly an advantage for la deuxieme sexe? If so, why is it that so many women marry so many turkeys? In our current more politically correct environment we would be required to note that both men and women use intuition — which, of course, would explain why so many men marry so many women who marry turkeys.Clearly, intuition leads to less accurate estimation than does the slide rule; but, how often does the slide rule come into play if we’re struggling with difficult decisions?When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, wasn’t he simply playing a hunch? This hunch paid off in an empire. But, then, why didn’t his intuition later tell him that Brutus and his henchmen were sharpening the carving knives? Then, again, hindsight functions more accurately than intuition.Most of us do not live our lives according to strict scientific principles of decision-making. We use hunches and recognize some degree of risk in various uncertain enterprises. Typically, we operate on habit in the expectation that well-developed (although sometimes ill-conceived) habits will carry the day. So long as it’s been thought through and well-practiced, rote works — except when it doesn’t. Poor Caesar had that long-standing habit of going to the Forum.Is intuition a sixth sense or just a blind guess for dealing with uncertainty? The Kantian DistinctionImmanuel Kant, a philosopher who spent most of his time in his head, developed significant distrust for the way the world works.Trying mightily to allay his distrust, Kant proposed an interesting distinction between phenomena and noumena. Phenomena involve the part of reality that is what it appears to be, namely the data of the senses and normal reasoning processes.Noumena, on the other hand, involve the way things really are beneath the grime: the hard-to-fathom aspects of human experience. For Kant, solving the more hidden required a sixth sense, which he described as transcendental reason, namely a capacity for intuitive knowledge that men and women apparently shared equally. Kant presumed that when the senses and reason lacked sufficient punch to nail a decision, the mind would use transcendental reason.Most of us operate automatically in the world of highway signs and traffic lights. Whenever we can, we cling to familiar ways of doing and understanding; human inclination thrives on predictability and shuns the unknown.However, when we leave the beaten path, uncertainty beckons at every turn. Enter Kant or some other person with a set of foggy ideas invented to explain how to navigate in the fog.The truth is that no one has ever figured out what intuition is, how it operates, and whether it works with any degree of accuracy. And yet, at times, some of us are willing to bet the farm on it. SWAGsWhen something is obvious enough, there’s no uncertainty. But, when in doubt, we fill in the blanks; and typically the fill is guesswork. If the guesswork is “educated,” intuition rises to a higher level — either more informed guesswork or a more elaborate way of disguising ignorance.The more honest scientists admit to the practice of SWAGs — scientific wild-assed guesses — to guide their way through unchartered domains. A SWAG is another name for intuition (or Kant’s transcendental reason). This is not science to the rescue.Intuition tells me that intuition works best when guided by previous information and works worst when all the lights are out. If we think intuition worked, it’s usually because we’ve tapped into existing learning that was readily available without conscious effort. We don’t rely on intuition; we rely on relevant experience. When “intuition” seems to work, it’s probably just good judgment doing the trick.Probably our best shot at dealing with uncertainty is to admit (to ourselves at least) when we don’t know something and delay a decision in the interest of gathering more information. Those who really know can be “intuitive” and much more adept in making good decisions.Don’t we always fare better when we do our homework? Isn’t it better to gather as much information as possible, think it through, and reach a conclusion based on rational evaluation rather than some wild-assed guess?When it comes to picking a stock, betting the farm, and selecting a business partner or an intimate other, rely on homework and hard reason to carry the day. Lay out the legal pad, draw the line down the middle, and line up the pros and cons. Then, let intuition, gut instinct, the sixth sense, transcendental reason, and scientific wild-assed guesses work their magic in the light of day.Otherwise, so-called intuition may be an excuse for frustration, impulsivity, and seat-of-the-pants decision-making — which may be why so many women marry turkeys and so many men marry women who marry turkeys. Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to Intuition drapes SWAGs over the window of your mind October 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Stresslineslast_img read more

Take a look! Union Endicott elementary school prepares for upcoming school year

first_img“Signs on the wall,” Kipp said. “Anything you could think of possibly to give as many cues for our kids to stay safe.” Visitors will have to answer ‘no’ to all the questions on the COVID-19 questionnaire at the entrance before entering the building. Elaine Taylor, AGM Elementary principal, says the district has been working hard to make sure each building is ready for the first day of school. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Union-Endicott Central School District has been making changes to keep children safe. Kipp and his staff will put in about 80-100 hours of work placing tape in the hallways to show students with directions they should be walking, setting up classrooms to accommodate ten to eleven students, and sanitation areas throughout the school. Following New York State’s guidelines given to the school district, U-E had over 50 Zoom conference calls on what changes each district building should make. “So actually being apart of the decision making and part of the team setting this up,” Kipp said. “It gives me more comfort of mind knowing that the building is set up as safely as possible.” Jeremi Kipp, Ann G. McGuinness head custodian, says this is a big deal because he has three kids that attend AGM. “We were working hard this summer but our most concern to make sure all students, faculty, and staff are safe,” Taylor said. “And then why we’re all here is for the learning of students.”last_img read more

UN aid chief to G20 on coronavirus: ‘Step up now or pay price later’

first_imgCoronavirus support to poor countries has been so far “grossly inadequate and that’s dangerously shortsighted,” UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday as he asked wealthy countries for billions more dollars in assistance.The United Nations increased its humanitarian appeal by more than a third to $10.3 billion to help 63 states, mainly in Africa and Latin America, tackle the spread and destabilizing effects of the coronavirus. This is up from the world body’s initial $2 billion request in March, then $6.7 billion in May.So far, Lowcock said, the United Nations has only received $1.7 billion. As finance ministers from the Group of 20 major economies prepare to meet virtually on Saturday, Lowcock told reporters: “The message to the G20 is step up now or pay the price later.”The coronavirus has infected at least 13.6 million people and there have been more than 584,000 known deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters tally. The United Nations has warned that if action is not taken, the pandemic and associated global recession will trigger an increase in global poverty for the first time since 1990 and push 265 million people to the brink of starvation.”The response so far of wealthy nations, who’ve rightly thrown out the fiscal and monetary rule books to protect their own people and economies, the response that they’ve made to the situations in other countries has been grossly inadequate and that’s dangerously shortsighted,” Lowcock said.Lowcock added he had lobbied US lawmakers for funding earlier this week. A House of Representatives committee has proposed $10 billion in international aid. So far, Congress has provided $2.4 billion in emergency foreign aid.In May, China’s President Xi Jinping pledged $2 billion to help deal with the coronavirus and economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing states.Lowcock said he would “very much welcome it if some significant proportion of those resources could be used directly to support the global humanitarian response plan.”Topics :last_img read more

24 states, Canada, Australia represented in early Super Nationals entries

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 1) – With less than a week before the first green flag flies, more than 600 drivers from 24 states, two Canadian provinces and Australia are already pre-entered for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.Opening night for the 33rd annual event is Monday, Sept. 7. Late Model, Sport Compact, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Stock Car and Modified champions will be crowned by the time the final checkers fly on Saturday, Sept. 12.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and race of champions events for Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods and Hobby Stocks complete the headline races at the greatest show on dirt. Some $275,000 in purse money will be paid out and another $60,000 in contingencies awarded.Drivers in all six divisions can still pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office.“We continue to encourage drivers to pre-register. It speeds up the entire process, starting with their car number,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “They save money by taking a couple minutes to do this ahead of time. It also means they don’t have to pay an entry fee if they’re planning to race at the Prelude to the Super Nationals.”“I highly suggest they call our office,” he added. “We will make the process as efficient as possible.”Pre-entered Modified drivers include:Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; Coty Albers, Wellsburg; Mike Albertsen, Audubon; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; Robert Avery, Des Moines; Trevor Baker, Roca, Neb.; Shawn Bearce, Hinton; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.; Tommy Belmer, Denver; Jason Benjamin, Towanda, Pa.; Jeff Berens, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Terry Berg, Sioux City; Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; and Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.;Jake Bowman, Maquoketa; Charley Brown, Maxwell, Neb.; Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa.; Joel Bushore, Boone; Bryce Carey, Nashua; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; Nate Caruth, Ames; Eric Center, Mesa, Ariz.; Tom Charles, Basehor, Kan.; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; Curtis Cook, Conway, Ark.; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; Greg Cox, Kellogg; Tony Cox, Boone; Kent Croskey, Polk City; Eric Dailey, Armstrong; Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; and Scott Davis, Madrid;Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.D.; Russ Dickerson, Boone; John DiGiovanni, Gilroy, Calif.; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; Tyler Droste, Waterloo; Eric Elliott, Boone; Greg Elliott, Webster City; Mark Elliott, Webster City; Jeff Emerson, Millsap, Texas; Cole Ferguson, Dexter; Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; Josh Gilman, Earlham; John Gober, Poolville, Texas; William Gould, Calera, Okla.; Cody Grabbe, Yuma, Ariz.; Patrick Graham, Ames;  and Wayne Graybeal, Springfield, Mo.;Greg Gretz, Kewaunee, Wis.; Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa.; Mike Hagen, Williston, N.D.; Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; Garry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; Larry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; Jared Hansen, Audubon; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; Mitchell Hunt, Greenville, Mich.; Jeff Hunter, Commerce City, Colo.; Darren Huntley, Ogden; Brian Irvine, Oelwein; Mike Jergens, Plover; Jamie Johnson, Waterloo; Wayne Johnson, Minot, N.D.; and Justin Jones, Bemidji, Minn.;Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; Travis LaCombe, Grand Haven, Mich.; Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.; Keith Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa.; Adam Larson, Ankeny; Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; Darin Leonard, Sinton, Texas; Rich Lewerke, Mason City; Kyle Ligenza, Columbus, Neb.; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Mike Lineberry, Fremont, Neb.; Nick Link, Rolla, Kan.; John Logue, Boone; Brandon Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; and Jim Lynch, Bloomfield;Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Robert Marsh, Salinas, Calif.; Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis.; Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Rod McDonald, Manchester; Matt Meinecke, Madrid; Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; R.J. Merchant, Sioux City; Rich Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; Jeremy Mills, Garner; Jeremy Montgomery, Burleson, Texas; Jason Morehouse, Evansdale; Josh Most, Red Oak; Jacob Murray, Hartford; Jason Murray, Hartford; and Levi Nielsen, Evansdale;Justin O’Brien, West Union; Scott Olson, Blairsburg; Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb.; J.C. Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; Loren Pesicka, Burt; Tim Pessek, Hutchinson, Minn.; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas; Bill Pittaway, Corpus Christi, Texas; Robert Plath, Barnesville, Minn.; Ron Pope, Mason City; David Pries, Medaryville, Ind.; Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Craig Reetz, Dunlap; James Reichart, Lorimor; Terry Rentfro, Bettendorf; and Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.;Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.; Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Kyle Rohleder, WaKeeney, Kan.; Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Ashley Schaaf, Lincoln, Neb.; Brian Schmitt, Wall Lake; Jason Schneiders, Sioux City; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; David Schuster, Waterville, Minn.; J.J. Scott, Iowa City; Kelly Shryock, Fertile; Todd Shute, Des Moines; Christopher Sieweke, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Tom Silver, Glenwood, Minn.; Scott Simatovich, State Center; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.;Andrew Smith, Rogersville, Mo.; Dustin Smith, Lake City; Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; Tony Snyder, Readlyn; Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; Donavon Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; Tim Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; Tim Stevens, Cedar Rapids; Caleb Stone, Lovington, N.M.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Jeff Streeter, Chowchilla, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Chowchilla, Calif.; Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City; and Jim Thies, Mapleton;Ed Thomas, Waterloo; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Glenn Tyson II, Council Bluffs; Todd Van Eaton, Orient; Mike Van Genderen, Newton; Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; Gary VanderMark, Lowell, Mich.; Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.; A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; Billy Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; Tony Wedelstadt, New London; Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas; and Todd Wilson, Spickard, Mo.Stock Car pre-entries are in hand from:Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas; Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; Kevin Balmer, Garwin; Butch Bass, Winterset; Gary Bass, Des Moines; Scott Beauregard, Brandon; Norman Belew, Granger; Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; Randy Brands, Boyden; Josh Brauckman, Carroll; Tyler Brauckman, Carroll; Danny Brown, Gouldbusk, Texas; Jesse Brown, Nashua; and Tom Brumlic, Denmark, Wis.;Ronnie Christopher, Forney, Texas; Cody Clark, Yorktown, Texas; Blake Cole, Nashua; Terry Cornelison, Boone; Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; Larry Crochek, Boone; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Russell Damme, Waterloo; Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; Bob Daniels, Des Moines; Josh Daniels, Carlisle; Jason Davis, Norton, Kan.; Jeff Deal, Fort Dodge; Matt Deaton, Newton; Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M.; Jordan Durward, Trenton, Mo.; and David Easterday, Riverdale, Neb.;Robert Engelkes, Dike; Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; Todd Gereau, Sioux City; Wayne Gifford, Boone; Greg Gill, Muscatine; Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; Jim Hall, Jackson, Neb.; Dan Hanselman, Algona; Ryan Harris, Hubbard, Neb.; Mike Hauenstein, Culbertson, Mont.; Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay, Wis.; John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; Lonnie Hodges, Boone; and Max Hoffer, Sioux City;Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; Todd Inman, Altoona; Michael Jaennette, Kellogg; Geoff Jermark, Beloit, Kan.; Casey Jones, Sioux City; Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; Reed Keller, Webster City; Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.; Andrew Knode, Adel; Wayne Landheer, Titonka; Michael Lang, Lamesa, Texas; Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, N.M.; Jerry Leary, Little Suamico, Wis.; Jake Ludeking, Decorah; Chris Luloff, Independence; James Lynch, Kahoka, Mo.; and Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.;Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas; Jake Masters, Graettinger; Jeff McCollum, Mankato, Minn.; Jason Minnehan, Churdan; Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; David Moriarty, Jordan, Minn.; Josh Mroczkowski, Krakow, Wis.; Jeff Mueller, New London; Trent Murphy, Jefferson; Damon Murty, Chelsea; Mike Nichols, Harlan; Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas; Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; Vernon Owens, Leander, Texas; and Chad Palmer, Renwick;Chris Palsrok, Sibley; Rich Pederson, Sioux City; Blake Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; Mike Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb.; Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; Corey Piffer, Indianola; Scott Pippert, Elberon; Bruce Plumisto, Colby, Kan.; Shawn Primrose, Norfolk, Neb.; Travis Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Brandon Pruitt, Stuart; Terry Pruitt, Dexter; Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; Eric Rempel, Palmyra, Neb.; Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; and Kevin Rose, Waterloo;Robert Rutherford, Norton, Kan.; Matt Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; Jay Schmidt, Tama; Trevor Schmidt, Hays, Kan.; Kellie Schmitt, Britt; Casey Sebastian, Cresco; Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas; Travis Shipman, Mason City; David Smith, Lake City; Devin Smith, Lake City; Donavon Smith, Lake City; Mike Stapleton, Denison; Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; Robert Stofer, Jefferson; Brett Suckow, Evansdale; Buck Swanson, Waterloo; and Josh Telecky, Hutchinson, Minn.;Christopher Toot, Albert Lea, Minn.; Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; Roger Verdoorn, Sibley; Don Vis, Marshalltown; Billy Wade, San Angelo, Texas; B.J. Wagoner, Colby, Kan.; Ben Walding, Des Moines; Mart Wampler, Snyder, Texas; Mathew West, Kellerton; Brad Whitney, Trenton, Mo.; Troy Woelber, Hull; Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; Nathan Wood, Sigourney; and Jason York, Boone.Hobby Stock drivers pre-entered are:Zachary Ankrum, Sioux City; Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; Daniel Ayers, Webster City; Brandon Baker, Omaha, Neb.; Zachary Bales, Merrill; Nathan Ballard, Marengo; Tim Barber, Story City; Gabe Barclay, Hubbard, Neb.; Charles Bartels, Lincoln, Neb.; Merle Bass, Varona; Solomon Bennett, Perry; Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb.; Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; and Austin Brauner, St. Edward, Neb.;Matt Brown, Dysart; Andrew Burg, Grimes; Keith Burg, Adel; Travis Burger, Atchison, Kan.; David Castellano, Des Moines; Tyler Clark, Osceola; Andrew Claus, Spencer; Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas; Brian Derry, Boone; Kevin Derry, Indianola; Stephen Doss, Boone; Tyler Easterday, Lexington, Neb.; Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids; Tommy Fose, Salina, Kan.; Jason Fusselman, Shelby; and Tyler Garst, Topeka, Kan.;Brandon Geurin, Waco, Texas; Craig Graham, Webster City; Dustin Graham, Boone; Cody Gustoff, Scranton; Daniel Hagen, Grimes; Austin Hauswirth, Laurens; Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; Tyler Hinrichs, Americus, Kan.; Andy Hoffman, Sioux City; Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; Jeremy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb.; Casey Iehl, Newell; Benji Irvine, Oelwein; Brent Jochum, Norfolk, Neb.; Darin Johnson, Dickens; and Nic Kimmel, Hoskins, Neb.;Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; Marcus Kyle, Boone; Adam Lee, Salix; Chad LeGere, Ankeny; Austin Luellen, Minburn; Phil Lusson, Livermore; Dustin Lynch, Boone; Rodney Manthey, Norwood, Minn.; Ross Marshall, Johnston; Matthew McAtee, Minburn; Doug McCollough, Webster City; Matt McDonald, Scranton; TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; Marcus Moede, Algoma, Wis.; Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; and Brandon Nielsen, Spencer;Korbin Nourse, Dexter; Matt Olson, Franklin, Minn.; Tyson Overton, Carlisle; Brandon Pitts, Ames; David Plumisto, Brighton, Colo.; Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; Riley Raynard, Lampman, Sask.; Nathan Refior, Sutton, Neb.; David Rieks, Eldora; Andy Roller, Waco, Texas; Tyler Saathoff, Hickman, Neb.; Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; Josh Saunders, Newton; Buck Schafroth, Orient; Allyn Shively, Lincoln, Neb.; and Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg;Kyle Sidles, Algona; Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan.; Zac Smith, Mason City; Jamie Songer, Ankeny; Eric Stanton, Carlisle; Zach Swanson, Waterloo; Dennis Theesfeld, Curlew; Matt Tiernan, Stuart; Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice, Neb.; Mike Vogt, New Auburn, Minn.; Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb.; John Watson, Des Moines; Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger; Derek Willert, Rockford; and Leah Wroten, Independence.Early entries have been received from these Northern SportMod drivers:Justin Addison, Norfolk, Neb.; Tyler Afrank, Norfolk, Neb.; Shawn Albers, Wellsburg; John Albrecht, Glencoe, Minn.; Joshua Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; Coby Bangasser, Allison; Ron Besaw, Omro, Wis.; Alan Bohlman, Cambridge, Minn.; Jeff Brunssen, LeMars; Jim Buhlman, Cedar Falls; Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; Austin Charles, Basehor, Kan.; Levi Chipp, Latimer; Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; Caleb Dennis, Chillicothe, Mo.; and Arron Duvall, Trenton, Mo.;Bruce Egeland, Marshall, Minn.; Dustin Enabnit, Rockford; Rick Fasse, Urbandale; Colby Fett, Algona; Joe Feyen, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Craig Garner, Clarinda; Shane Hammen, Newell; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Curt Hilmer, Dysart; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; David Hoover, Ankeny; and Chris Isaacson, New Ulm, Minn.;Timothy Judd, Wall Lake; Austin Kaplan, Des Moines; Jamey Kennicutt, Gothenburg, Neb.; Brekken Kleinschmidt, North Fond du Lac, Wis.; Cody Knecht, Whittemore; Brian Konz, LeMars; Jacob Krone, Beloit, Kan.; Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb.; Josh Larsen, Glencoe, Minn.; Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; Mark Leiting, Lincoln, Neb.; and Johnathon Logue, Boone;Tara Longnecker, Woodward; Matthew Looft, Swea City; Clint Luellen, Minburn; Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; Jake McBirnie, Boone; Kayden Menasco, Muldrow, Okla.; Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; Nick Meyer, Whittemore; Brian Miller, Grand Junction; Dustin Morgan, Williston, N.D.; Michael Murphy, Jefferson; Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; George Nordman, Mason City; Zech Norgaard, Spencer; Anthony Onstot, Norwalk; and Lukas Onstot, Norwalk;Frank Packer, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia; John Peed, Webster City; Dylan Petersen, Harlan; Matt Petrzelka, Norway; Kurtis Pihl, Falun, Kan.; Jeremy Pittsenbarger, Cameron, Mo.; Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; Austin Price, Alton; Justin Remus, New Ulm, Minn.; Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; Rick Ringgenberg, Kelley; Kevin Robinson, Dewar; Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; Darin Roepke, LeMars; Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; and Darin Rothfus, Jefferson;Chase Rudolf, Prole; Randy Rudolf, Norwalk; Tim Rupp, Cherokee; Chad Ryerson, Wellsburg; Jake Sachau, Denison; Jeff Schmuhl, Fall River, Wis.; Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; Austin Schrage, Cresco; Brian Schrage, Cresco; Dakoda Sellers, Waverly; Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; Miles Shelman, Ames; Greg Sidles, Emmetsburg; Jake Simpson, Algona; Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; and Doug Smith, Lanesboro;Dakota Sproul, Ellis, Kan.; Rod Staats, Columbus Junction; Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif.; Sean Tyson, Council Bluffs; Cameron Vande Weerd, Alton; Connor Vande Weerd, Alton; Chris Vannausdle, Villisca; Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; Ryan Wark, Colby, Kan.; Tracy Wassenberg, Shawano, Wis.; Bill Wegner, Armstrong; Sam Wieben, Dysart; Brandon Williams, Des Moines; and Alex Zwanziger, Nashua.Late Model drivers pre-entered are:Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; Greg Cox, Kellogg; Tyler Droste, Waterloo; Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; Jason Hahne, Webster City; Daulton Maassen, Avoca; and Curt Schroeder, Newton.And pre-entered Sport Compact drivers are:Jake Benischek, Durant; Luke Benischek, Durant; Matt Brehmer, Sobieski, Wis.; Cody Cleghorn, Des Moines; Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; David Dembowski, Grand Island, Neb.; Jay DeVries, Spencer; Kaytee DeVries, Spencer; Melissa Etherton, Lincoln, Neb.; Tommy Etherton, Lincoln, Neb.; Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, Minn.; Chuck Fullenkamp, West Point; and Brian Haller, Lincoln, Neb.;Ron Kibbe, Danville; Alan Lahr, Nicollet, Minn.; Matthew Lewis, Murray, Neb.; Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; William Michel, Muscatine; Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; Ashelyn Moriarty, Jordan, Minn.; Cory Peters, Spencer; Brad Schreiner, Weeping Water, Neb.; Brandon Setser, Davenport; Danny Sims, Decatur, Texas; Alec Stapleton, Denison; Corey Stapleton, Denison; Ryan Walker, Wilton.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Marauders

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs hosted the Mt. Vernon Lady Marauders on Monday night. The host team walked away victorious with a hard fought 2-1 victory. Despite being outshot 20-6, Batesville was able to capitalize on their opportunities and the Lady Bulldog defense bent but didn’t break throughout the game to help preserve the early lead.  In the second half, Batesville had a few opportunities early in the half, but found themselves on the defensive end for much of the final 20 minutes. Cerniglia made two more saves on corner kicks that kept the momentum on Batesville’s side. The Lady Bulldog defense led by Ellie Cassidy, Kari Reer, and Lily Meyer held strong and kept the Mt. Vernon forwards in check and only gave up shots outside of 30 yards that Cerniglia handled easily. With 10:19 to play in the match, the Lady Marauders finally got on the scoreboard as Cerniglia couldn’t quite get to a neat post shot that went into the top net to make the score 2-1 in favor of Batesville. The Lady Bulldogs held strong for the final 10 minutes as they earned a very tough 2-1 win.  Batesville took a 1-0 lead at the 28:00 mark of the first half. After a defensive stop, Liz Heidlage laid the ball off to Caroline Kellerman who found a streaking Abbey Prickel for a breakaway score. Prickel made a great first touch into space and hit a hard shot up and over the Lady Marauder goalkeeper. 4 minutes later, Carlie Werner scored what proved to be the game winner. Prickel found Werner open in the middle of the field, Werner took a few touches forward and found some space 30 yards out. She put her head down and drove a shot into the upper 90 with pace on the ball that gave the Mt. Vernon with no chance to get a glove on the ball. Olive Cerniglia and the Batesville defense maintained the shutout for the first half. Cerniglia made a diving save with 4 minutes left in the half to keep the ball out of the net. “This was a big win for us tonight. Each game we are getting better and competing at a high level. Liz Heidlage is our glue in the midfield and continues to run all over the field and distribute to our forwards and make defensive stops. Carlie and Abbey up top are becoming a dynamic duo and are continually gaining chemistry and the combination is working as they both scored tonight. Ellie Cassidy continues to lead a new lineup in the back and took care of a lot of dangerous balls tonight. Olive celebrated her birthday in style tonight with the best game of her career. She made big save after big save to keep us in the game. With 4 games to play, we hope to continue this momentum which will allow us to bring a lot of confidence into sectional play.” Coach Laker commented on the game.  In the JV contest,  Mt. Vernon defeated the Lady Bulldogs by a final score of 1 – 0.last_img read more

Male Puppy-Found

first_imgMale Puppy-Found U.S. 50 West near Napa Auto Parts in Versailles.  Very friendly and has a white flea collar. Please let me know if you know his owner. Someone out there is missing this little guy. He’s well kept.Call 689-3438 for details.last_img