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5,834 WATCH MALLARDS BATTLE ARIZONA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:11
MOLINE, Ill. (January 11, 2014) – The largest crowd to attend to a Quad City Mallards home game this season- 5,834 - thronged to the iWireless Center tonight to see the Mallards suffer a hard fought 1-0 loss at the hands of  the Arizona Sundogs.

The Mallards this evening surpassed the previous attendance high for this season set when 5,325 fans came out to the Flock’s season opener against the Rapid City Rush on October 19. 

Tonight saw the first 1,000 fans ages 12 and under through the doors of the iWireless Center receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of Scott County Family Y and the Two Rivers YMCA.  A live auction of the special edition affiliate jerseys worn by the Mallards tonight to benefit Genesis Health Services Foundation’s Flu-Free QC program follows this evening's contest.

The Mallards drew a total of 9,544 fans over the last two nights to their first two-game home weekend of 2014.  3,710 were on hand last night for the Mallards’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Wichita Thunder.

STREAKING ENGELAGE, SUNDOGS BLANK MALLARDS 1-0

MOLINE, Ill. (January 11, 2014) – Andrew Engelage made 27 saves on the way to posting his third consecutive shutout and extending his shutout streak to 206 minutes and 25 seconds and Ian Schultz scored a third period power play goal as the Arizona Sundogs blanked the host Quad City Mallards 1-0 Saturday night.

The win was the Sundogs’ (14-18-1, 29 points) fourth in row, while the narrow defeat left the Mallards (16-8-7, 39 points) without a victory in their last three games (0-1-2).

Schultz broke the scoreless deadlock by tipping in Garret Clarke’s shot with 6:41 left in the third.  The Mallards were unable to beat Engelage even after pulling goaltender Ty Rimmer (27 saves) for an extra with just over a minute remaining.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Thunder in Wichita.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Thunder in Wichita.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

 
Branstad, Reynolds applaud State Fair Board’s decision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 10 January 2014 13:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the Iowa State Fair Board’s decision to maintain its cash payment system for food and drinks.

“I’m pleased the Iowa State Fair Board has listened to fairgoers’ concerns and decided to maintain its cash payment system,” said Branstad. “When making a decision affecting so many individuals, it’s important to find a consensus. This decision will ensure convenience and efficiency for State Fair visitors.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who serves on the Board and joined the meeting via conference call, said, “The people of Iowa take great pride in their state fair, so it came as no surprise that Iowans were quick to express their opinion on the decision. I applaud the board’s decision today - which reflects the sentiment of a majority of Iowans - giving Iowans the ability to use cash for food and drink concessions.”

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Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on Selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to Baseball Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Friday, 10 January 2014 13:23

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

“Fans on the North Side, South Side and all across Illinois are cheering today’s historic selection of Cubs hurler Greg Maddux and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to the ranks of baseball greatness.

“I can think of few sports moments as electrifying as a Frank Thomas blast or a Greg Maddux ‘K.’ Both athletes were hard-working perfectionists who were dedicated to their craft and their teams.

“This unprecedented day for Chicago baseball fans is a reminder that Spring Training opens in just 36 days and the Cubs-White Sox World Series will be here before we know it.

“Congrats to Frank, Greg, their former teammates and coaches, and their families!”

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RIVER BANDIT CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:42

During limited-time sale, fans may order personalized 2013 Midwest League championship rings

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JAN. 8, 2014) – Fans of the Quad Cities River Bandits can own a piece of history with a commemorative 2013 Midwest League Championship ring in a limited-time sale. Until Feb. 1, fans may purchase rings that match the ones earned by the team's players and staff, and each fan may personalize the championship hardware with his or her last name on the side of the ring.

Fans may order rings by completing an order form at Modern Woodmen Park, calling 563-324-3000 or visiting www.riverbandits.com. Each ring is $295, and all orders must be received and paid by Feb. 1.

“We are thrilled to offer River Bandits fans the opportunity to show their championship pride with rings identical to those earned by the team!” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “Our fans made Modern Woodmen Park the best place to win and celebrate two Midwest League Championships in the past three seasons, and these special-edition rings will give them a unique keepsake to honor that support.”

Pictures of the ring design are available at www.riverbandits.com. On the face of the ring will be “Midwest League Champions” around the border with the colored logo of the Q-C letters with cowboy hat and bandana in the middle of the ring. One side of the ring will have the year – 2013 – and the logo of the River Bandits' major league affiliate, the Houston Astros. The other side will have the raccoon logo from the River Bandits' cap and space for the wearer's last name. Rings are classic design in sterling silver with cubic zirconia, raised name, tooling and a customized wood presentation box.

The River Bandits will open the 2014 Midwest League season at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 3. A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at www.riverbandits.com, and ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Season-ticket holders can still guarantee their same seats for the upcoming season, but time is running short! Ticket-plan holders must renew their plans with a $50 deposit per seat by Jan. 31, in order to keep the same seats as last season. Contact your account representative or call 563-324-3000 today to renew your ticket plan. To order ticket plans - with new lower prices - for next season, call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for this spring, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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Gov. Branstad donates Iowa ham to Food Bank of Iowa, Louisiana soup kitchen following Outback Bowl wager PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jen Sorenson   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:53

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he is donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa, and 100 pounds of Iowa ham to Grace Place Ministries soup kitchen in Monroe, Louisiana.

The donation comes after a friendly wager with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on the 2014 Outback Bowl, which featured the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. If the LSU Tigers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes, Gov. Branstad was to donate 100 pounds of Iowa pork to a Louisiana food bank and another 100 pounds of Iowa pork to an Iowa food bank.  LSU beat Iowa 21-14 on January 1, 2014.

“I’m proud of the season the Iowa Hawkeyes had and for their tremendous effort in the Outback Bowl against Louisiana State University,” said Branstad. “I’m pleased today to donate Iowa pork to two fine organizations that help feed the hungry in local communities. I would also like to thank The Deb & Jeff Hansen Iowa Select Farms Foundation for their generosity in donating the pork for this friendly wager.”

The Iowa ham will be delivered to the organizations by Iowa Select Farms.

“A core mission of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is hunger relief which is why we were glad to support Governor Branstad with his friendly wager,” said Jeff Hansen, President and CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Foundation. “We’re happy to be able to donate hams to both organizations in an effort to help both Iowa and Louisiana families in need.”

Iowa taxpayer dollars were not used for the friendly wager between Gov. Branstad and Gov. Jindal.

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Iowa Select Farms, based in Iowa Falls, is Iowa’s largest pork producer with nearly 1,000 employees and 300 producers in Iowa. The owners of Iowa Select established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006. Providing hunger relief for Iowans is one of the core missions of the Foundation, which to date has donated more than 1.5 million servings of pork to food banks, pantries and shelves across Iowa.

 
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