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April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The University of Oregon is a college football powerhouse, but the university is flexing a different muscle to push a northwest Iowa high school to change its logo: it's trademark protection muscle. Okoboji Supt. Gary Janssen said the Okoboji Pioneers will phase out their “O” logo after complaints from the university, according to the Associated Press. Oregon's director of marketing and brand management Matt Dyste said the university is just protecting its trademarked green and yellow logo designed by Nike, which operates its headquarters out of nearby Beaverton, Ore. Due to the university's relationship with Nike, Oregon features some of the flashiest uniforms in college football.
April 10, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
First it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry who came to California with his cowboy swagger and boasts about lassoing away businesses. Then the South Dakota governor swept through to recruit dairy farmers. Soon after, the Iowa governor made an appearance. Now they're coming in pairs. Joining forces, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are heading to California on Thursday to try their luck at wooing California businesses. On a two-day tour with stops in Costa Mesa, Palo Alto and San Francisco, the old friends plan to tout the wonders of doing business in their states.
February 21, 2013 | By Shan Li
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is sweeping through California in a bid to lure businesses away -- a mere week after his counterpart in Texas similarly tried to bag some Golden State companies. Branstad and Texas Gov. Rick Perry had similar courtship strategies: Convince companies how terrible California is for businesses. "A happy hunting ground," is what Branstad called California during an interview on KCRA 3 in Sacramento. "The state's in a financial mess," Branstad said. "Taxes are going up. There's a lot of uncertainty.
January 26, 2013 | By David G. Savage
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat and a champion for Americans with disabilities, announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection next year, deciding that 40 years in Congress is enough. Harkin's retirement gives Republicans a chance to pick up a Senate seat during next year's midterm elections. They need to gain six seats to retake control of the Senate. But Sen. Michael Bennet, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Harkin's early announcement gives the party ample time to recruit a strong candidate to run next year.
January 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  A diamond in the middle of a basketball court? Shouldn't that be on a baseball field? Iowa State senior center Anna Prins was celebrating her team's 86-47 victory over Alabama State on Monday night when she got a big surprise. Her boyfriend, Ryan De Hamer, came out to midcourt and proposed to her. Fortunately for him, she said yes. A no would have been really embarrassing, seeing as how the video of the proposal, which you can watch above, has gone viral. "I was crying," Prins told the Ames Gazette . "I couldn't have asked for a better place, just with all the people that were involved: Coach, my team, the fans in Hilton, my family was there.
January 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Three people died when a medical helicopter crashed in a snowy field in northern Iowa. The helicopter crashed about 9 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after it left Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, about 17 miles east, headed to Emmetsburg, about 78 miles west, to pick up a patient, who was eventually transferred by ground. Among those killed were flight nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau, paramedic Russell Piehl and the pilot, Gene Grell. Lair-Langenbau had worked at the hospital for 15 years, Piehl for five years.
December 24, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are having a real-people Christmas this year in Iowa, Kutcher's home base. Glamorous celebrity activities have include trips to Bed Bath & Beyond and a sporting-goods store in Cedar Rapids, Celebuzz reported , as well as a stop for frozen yogurt Saturday night, according to People. The "Two and a Half Men" star and his newest squeeze "were picking out gifts for his family,” a BB&B employee told Celebuzz. "They bought robes, slippers and candles.
December 7, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
A five-month search for two young Iowa cousins ended in heartbreak this week when hunters discovered two small bodies in a wildlife area. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office posted photos of the girls on its website with the words, "In memory of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. " Elizabeth, 8, and Lyric, 10, had gone for a bike ride from Elizabeth's home in Evansdale on July 13 when they vanished. Their bikes were found about a mile away at Meyers Lake. An army of police officers and volunteers combed the area for the girls, including an FBI dive team from Los Angeles that searched the lake in July.
November 17, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
So much for Brady Hoke just being a nice guy. There was speculation the Michigan coach would allow quarterback Denard Robinson to take the field for one final play as the Wolverines played host to Iowa at the Big House on Senior Day. Robinson has been the face - and the arm and the legs - of Michigan football for four years, but he'd sat out the previous 21/2 games after suffering nerve damage in his right (throwing) elbow. So Hoke, the thinking was, would be making a nice gesture.
November 10, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Texas' first formation from scrimmage against Iowa State on Saturday was developed in 1968 and had been scripted for days. The Longhorns, from their own 6-yard line with 10:51 left in the first quarter, lined up in the wishbone formation to honor former coach Darrell Royal, who died this week at age 88. Royal introduced the triple-option attack in 1968 and it helped the Longhorns win 30 straight games and two national titles. The Wishbone was largely developed by Texas assistant Emory Bellard and was borrowed by several other college football programs in the 1970s.
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