January 8, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
BOSTON - The race for 2016 has officially begun. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a benchmark gathering that is expected to attract hundreds of Republicans in the state that will kick off the next presidential nomination contest. Anytime any politician appears in states like Iowa or New Hampshire, they cause shock waves because of these states' early voting roles in selecting party nominees. PHOTOS: Reactions to Obama's victory “Every single move any national politician makes here is looked at through the caucus lens,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad.
November 6, 2012 |
Iowa's 4th Congressional District might rest in the physical center of the nation, but this election cycle the seat features a particularly interesting battle between opposite wings of the greater American political establishment. The seat is held by hard-line Republican conservative Rep. Steve King, and from the opposite side comes former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, whose husband took a position in the Obama administration after serving as governor. The Omaha World-Herald likened the contest to a “proxy war” between the tea party and the Obama administration, as if the race were Vietnam; the battle's victory will ultimately be decided by a sizable population of independent voters in this traditionally conservative-leaning district.
November 6, 2012 |
President Obama won Iowa's six electoral votes Tuesday, holding on to the state that launched his presidential bid four years ago, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks. His win over Mitt Romney was slimmer than the president's margin last time, reflecting how the once-euphoric support for him in the state has dimmed. Iowa's half-dozen electoral votes are meager compared with other battleground states such as Ohio, Florida and Virginia, yet both campaigns considered the Hawkeye State a priority as they raced to assemble the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
November 4, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Iowa is the state that launched President Obama four years ago, and the state that bedeviled Mitt Romney in two primary cycles, even if he was temporarily named the winner this year before all votes were counted. So in addition to its six electoral votes, Iowa holds great symbolic significance in this year's presidential race. Romney stumped here Sunday morning, his second visit in two days. He urged his supporters to reach out to disenchanted backers of the president and persuade them that a change in direction is vital for the nation's future.