Over 700,000 Camped at Iowa State Parks in 2012

DNR logoTotal camping guest day at Iowa State Parks totaled 709,595 in 2012. In 2011 the number was 684,417.

Here are the top 10 State Parks for Camping Nights in 2012 in Iowa:

Lewis and Clark State Park

Rock Creek State Park

Viking Lake State Park

Lake Ahquabi State Park

Clear Lake State Park

Lake Anita State Park

Ledges State Park

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Backbone State Park

2012 Hunting and Fishing license sales numbers have also been released by the Iowa DNR.


328,718 fishing licenses

318,003 annual

6,938 lifetime

1,215 7-day

2,562 1-day

39,351 trout stamps


164,194 hunting licenses

161,843 annual

2,351 lifetime

161,228 habitat fees

24,301 migratory game bird fees

19,219 fur harvester licenses

57,783 any deer shotgun season 1 licenses

45,971 any deer shotgun season 2 licenses

55,075 any deer bow license

20,425 any deer late muzzleloader licenses

9,555 youth season deer licenses

16,919 spring turkey season 1-3 licenses

12,368 spring turkey season 4 licenses

5,295 spring turkey bow licenses

3,789 spring turkey youth licenses

Landowner licenses

33,707 any deer licenses

32,613 antlerless licenses

5,017 spring turkey licenses

2012, nonresident purchases included:


40,090 fishing licenses

4,306 trout stamps


23,421 hunting licenses and habitat fees

2,162 migratory game bird fees


Any deer applications by nonresidents

4,073 bow licenses

2,760 shotgun season 1 licenses

941 shotgun season 2 licenses

1,291 late muzzleloader licenses

9,257 preference points



Northwestern Number 11 in Latest Women’s Basketball Poll


For the second-straight week, Indiana Wesleyan claims the No. 1 ranking in the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25, the national office announced Tuesday. The Wildcats collected all 13 first-placevotes and 343 points in the fifth regular-season edition.

Indiana Wesleyan is the only undefeated team remaining in NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball. Last week the Wildcats were 3-0 and won by a margin of 31.3 points per game. Currently, Indiana Wesleyan is on an NAIA-best 20 game-winning streak.

Remaining at No. 2 for the second-consecutive week is Concordia (Neb.) tallying 332 points. Moving up one position to No. 3 is College of the Ozarks (Mo.) with 321 points. Morningside (Iowa) notched 299 points to hold steady at No. 4. No. 5 Briar Cliff (Iowa) rounds out the top five collecting 278 points.

Making the biggest jump this week was Concordia (Mich.), moving from No. 13 to No. 8, and Grand View (Iowa), moving from No. 23 to No. 18. Both teams were 2-0 last week. The Cardinals started last week with a 75-69 victory over then-No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) on Jan. 9 and finished by defeating Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 84-68 on Jan. 12. Grand View was victorious on Jan. 9 as they defeated Ashford (Iowa), 59-49, and continued its winning ways on Jan. 12 with a two point victory, 66-64, over then-No. 19 St. Ambrose (Iowa).

Joining the Top 25 this week is No. 22 Oklahoma Wesleyan, No. 23 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 24 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 25 Menlo (Calif.). Oklahoma Wesleyan joins the Coaches’ Poll for the first time, since 1999-2000. The Eagles are currently on a six game-winning streak. Huntington and Menlo (Calif.) rejoin the poll after falling out last week. The Foresters have won three-straight and are coming off victories over Goshen (Ind.) and then-No. 25 Taylor (Ind.). The Oaks have won three-in-a-row and are defeating teams by 14.6 points per game. Milligan joins the poll for the first time since the 2011-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll and are leading the Appalachian Athletic Conference with a 6-1 record.

Four teams fell out of the Top 25: Union (Ky.) (No. 18), Marian (Ind.) (No. 20), Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (No. 24) and Taylor (Ind.) (No. 25).

Twelve of the 13 Division II women’s basketball conferences/independents are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Crossroads League and Great Plains Athletic Conference with four ranked teams each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The sixth regular-season poll will be announced on Jan. 22.

Northwestern And Dordt in Latest Men’s Basketball Top 12


For the second-straight time, Eastern Oregon claims the No. 1 spot in the 2012 – 13 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Mountaineers gathered all 13 first-place votes to go along with 343 points to rule the perch in the fifth regular-season installment. With a 20-1 overall record, Eastern Oregon is tied with Indiana Wesleyan (Division II Women’s Basketball) for the most wins in any division of NAIA men’s and women’s basketball.

The Mountaineers next take on Oregon Tech on Friday, before a home showdown on Saturday against No. 21 Southern Oregon. Southern Oregon dealt Eastern Oregon its only loss of the year, 72-68, back on Dec. 14. Eastern Oregon is tied with No. 8 Warner Pacific (Ore.) for the Cascade Collegiate Conference lead at 8-1.

Outside of Eastern Oregon, 23 programs shifted rank within the Top 25. The only other team to hold position is No. 13 Rochester (Mich.).

No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) enjoys its best mark of the season. With 331 points, the Statesmen (picture courtesy of William Penn Athletics) are ranked the highest since a No. 2 spot on Jan. 30, 2008. After a contest against Viterbo (Wis.) Wednesday, William Penn faces No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa) Saturday. Both opponents are tied with the Statesmen at 3-0 for the Midwest Collegiate Conference lead.

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) improves two positions and checks in at No. 3 with 319 points. Sticking with the theme of moving up two spots, No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) each make the move up in the poll. Both clubs have been in the top 10 all season.

No. 6 St. Thomas (Fla.) is this week’s biggest mover in the poll with an 11-spot shift. The Bobcats capped off a four-game win streak with an 81-78 victory at then-No. 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Jan. 12. Conversely, No. 22 Grace (Ind.) fell the farthest as the Lancers were 12th in last week’s poll.

No teams fell out of the Top 25 this week.

The Cascade Collegiate Conference and The Sun Conference each claim four teams in the Top 25, which is the most of any conference or independent. The Crossroads League, Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference place a triplet of teams on the list. Overall, 11 of the 13 conferences and independents are represented this week in the poll.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The sixth regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 22.


Orabs Split Basketball Doubleheader at G-LR

Orab-LogoThe Sheldon Orab Basketball Teams split a Siouxland Conference doubleheader with George Little Rock in George Tuesday night. The Mustangs held off the Orabs for a 56-53 win. The boys game went to Sheldon 66-50.

In the girls game the Mustangs led at all the breaks 16-4 at the end of the first quarter, 31-19 at the end of the half and 40-31 at the end of the third quarter. The Orabs came out strong in the fourth quarter outscoring the Mustangs 22-16 to briefly take the lead. With time winding down Danielle Eben scored to put the G-LR up by two 55-53. Jessica Sandbulte went 1-of-2 at the line to make the final 56-53 after the Orabs were unable to score on their final possession.

Keely Kruse led all scorers with 16 points. Sandbulte and Eben hit for 13 apeace. Sheldon was led by Emily Johnson who led the fourth quarter surge with 11 points in the fourth quarter alone on the way to 15 on the night. Krista Bousema joined her in double figures with 12 points.

With the win George Little Rock is even in the conference at 6-6 and 9-6 for the season. Sheldon falls to 5-7 in the Siouxland and 5-9 for the year.

In the boys game Sheldon led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime the lead was 36-24. at the end of the third Sheldon led 56-36 on the way to a 66-50 win.

The Mustangs got a game high 27 points from Tanner Ver Steg who dropped in 7 three pointers, a pair of 2 point field goals and went 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Austin Hayenga hit double figures with 10 points. As a team G-LR knocked down 8 three point buckets for the game.

Sheldon was led by Nate Oostra who erupted for 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Also in double figures was Dallas Ennema with 12 points and James Gradert with 10. With reserves seeing most of the fourth quarter Sheldon saw 9 players make their way into the scorebook.

With the win Sheldon moves to 10-1 in the conference and 13-1 on the season. The Mustangs stand at 1-10 in the conference and 2-12 for the season.

Up next for Sheldon will be a home doubleheader with the Okoboji Pioneers on Friday night.

High School Basketball Scores From January 15th

There were several girl/boy doubleheader basketball match-ups around the KIWA listening area Tuesday evening.


Girls Scores:

George-Little Rock 56, Sheldon 53

MOC-Floyd Valley 67, Boyden-Hull 11

Central Lyon 64, Sioux Center 62

Okoboji 57, West Lyon 21

Rock Valley 45, Sibley-Ocheyedan 35

Unity Christian 68, Trinity Christian 20

Western Christian 85, Storm Lake 22


Boys Scores:

Sheldon 66, George-Little Rock 50

MOC-Floyd Valley 70, BH 65   OT

Sioux Center 56, Central Lyon 49

West Lyon 58, Okoboji 33

Rock Valley 69, Sibley-Ocheyedan 39

Trinity Christian 65, Unity Christian 64

Western Christian 63, Storm Lake 38

Village Northwest Unlimited Panthers to Hit Hardwood at Dordt And Northwestern

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVillage Northwest Unlimited has announced that the Village Panthers Special Olympics basketball team will play in a scrimmage at the Dordt College vs Morningside home basketball game and the Northwestern College vs Concordia home game. The scrimmage at Dordt College will take place on January 23, 2013 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa during halftime of both the women’s and men’s games, which begin at 6pm. The Panthers play for 10 minutes in order to display their talents and receive support from the fans at Dordt College. Stacie Jorgensen, Director of Advancement at Village Northwest Unlimited states “Dordt College has been a great partner in the past and we are happy to share this evening of basketball with them.” Dordt’s Athletic Director, Glenn Bouma, shared “we are excited to have the Village Panthers be a part of our game day. It’s another great opportunity for us to partner with Village Northwest and support people with disabilities.” Dordt College also hosts indoor winter Special Olympics events and outdoor track & field events.

The scrimmage at Northwestern College in Orange City will take place Saturday February 2, 2013, at halftime of the women’s game vs. Concordia at the Northwestern College Bultman Center. The women’s game will begin at 2pm. The Panthers will scrimmage for 10 minutes. Jorgensen commented,” we are thrilled to be able to partner with Northwestern College to give our Special Olympics athletes a chance to perform and show their abilities. Many people do not have a chance to see people with a disability perform in athletic events and they are usually impressed by their ability and determination so it will be a great opportunity for people to experience this firsthand.”

Northwestern College Athletics Director Barry Brandt shared that “We are pleased to have the Village Panthers as our guests! This will be a big day for Raider athletics as we also induct our Hall of Fame recipients and host the Northwest Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day of Champions. Come out and enjoy an exciting afternoon of basketball!” There will be free will donation baskets at the concession stands and information table in the lobby at both games.

Village Northwest Unlimited officials have also announced other dates for the Village Panthers’ basketball schedule for this winter. The schedule will include two home games and two away games. In cooperation with Mike Niece, Sheldon Community Schools Athletic Director and the Sheldon Orabs basketball teams, the Panthers will again perform at halftime of two Orab basketball games. The first game took place on Friday, January 4 and the next Panthers performance will be on Saturday January 26 at halftime of the boy’s game against Sergeant Bluff-Luten.

The remaining basketball schedule for the Village Panthers is as follows:

January 19 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (AWAY)

@ Iowa Lakes Community College Rec Center -Emmetsburg

 February 9 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (AWAY)

@ Iowa Lakes Community College Rec Center -Emmetsburg

February 16 (Saturday) – 9am

Panthers vs. Horizons Unlimited (HOME)

@ Village Northwest Unlimited Wansink Center Gym -Sheldon

The Panthers qualified for the State Special Olympics basketball tournament, which will take place in Iowa City on March 15-16. Last year, the Panthers took 3rd place at the State Tournament for Special Olympics and in 2011 the team won first place at the tournament.

Village Northwest Unlimited is nationally recognized as one of the premier providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. VNU builds successful lives for 180 individuals by providing opportunities and choices in residential, vocational and social programs while fulfilling its mission of providing Purpose, Privacy and Dignity for all people.