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Iowans for Ending Dog Racing launches organization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Roecker   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:56
Group Urges Iowans to Sign Petition at: www.EndIowaDogRacing.com

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, leaders from Dubuque and Council Bluffs gathered at the state capitol to roll out “Iowans for Ending Dog Racing” -- a new organization aimed at mobilizing support across the state to end dog racing in Iowa.

The leaders of “Iowans for Ending Dog Racing” include Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation President & CEO Rick Dickinson, Council Bluffs Chamber President Bob Mundt and former Council Bluffs mayor Tom Hanafan. 

The Iowa dog racing industry requires $13 million in subsidies every year, which costs Council Bluffs and Dubuque millions in local economic development and charitable giving.  “Eliminating the requirement that dog racing remain in Dubuque would be an enormous benefit to our community in terms of millions of additional dollars that could be spent on charitable giving and local economic development,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.

Ending dog racing in Iowa would also open up the land where the current track is located in Council Bluffs for new development.  “The dog track in Council Bluffs sits directly off of I-80 on one of the top potential development sites in the entire state,” said former Council Bluffs mayor Tom Hanafan.  “Since attendance and interest in dog racing has dramatically declined in the last two decades, our community would benefit greatly by opening up that area for new development and job opportunities.”

Iowans for Ending Dog Racing is encouraging citizens from Dubuque, Council Bluffs and across the entire state to study the facts about the dog racing industry and sign the petition to end dog racing in Iowa at www.EndIowaDogRacing.com.

The organization is also encouraging Iowans to contact their local legislator and urge him or her to support proposed legislation to end dog racing in Iowa.  The proposed bipartisan bill that has passed a committee in the Iowa House would provide the dog racing industry with $70 million over seven years to end dog racing and explore new opportunities.  In addition, each casino currently subsidizing the dog racing industry has publicly committed to keeping their track employees on staff and giving them a new role within the casinos. 

“Ending dog racing in Iowa is common sense and is strongly supported by local business, citizens and city officials in Dubuque and Council Bluffs,” said Mayor Buol.  “The time has come to turn the page on dog racing and allow these communities to create new opportunities for the people of Iowa.”

Get the Facts on Dog Racing in Iowa:
  • Dog racing is bad for Iowa. The more you learn about the industry, the more you will want it out of Iowa. Ready to take action? Sign the Petition to get dog racing out of Iowa.

  • Dog Racing is Illegal in Most States.  Iowa is one of only 7 states legally operating greyhound racing tracks.  Commercial dog racing is illegal in 38 states.

  • $13 Million in Subsidies Keeping Dog Racing Alive in Iowa.  The only thing keeping dog racing in business in Iowa is a state law requiring subsidies to dog racing that now total more than $13 million annually.

  • Betting on Dogs Started to Decline 3 Years After Opening in Iowa.  Live dog racing started in Iowa in 1986.  By 1989 betting on dog racing began to decline.

  • Betting is Down 97% since 1986.  Combined betting at the Mystique dog track in Dubuque and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park at Horseshoe Council Bluffs has dropped from $186 million in 1986 to just $5.9 million in 2012 – a 97 percent decline. [Des Moines Register, 1/21/14]

  • 38% of Iowa purse money goes to out-of-state dog owners.

  • Of the purse money remaining in Iowa, 95% is paid to just 25 Iowans.

  • Council Bluffs Chamber and City Support Ending Dog Racing.  The Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce has joined the Council Bluffs City Council in adopting a resolution “strongly supporting” legislation calling for the elimination of live dog racing at the Harrah’s/Horseshoe Bluffs Run greyhound race park and in the state of Iowa.  On January 14th the Council voted 4-0 to end dog racing.

  • Dubuque Chamber, City and Racing Association Support Ending Dog Racing.  The Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque Racing Association all support ending dog racing in Dubuque and Council Bluffs.

  • Ending Dog Racing in Council Bluffs Means More Retail, Economic Development & Jobs.  Currently racing in Council Bluffs is conducted in a near empty facility that seats more than 2,500. Located just off I-80 near Bass Pro Shops, that property could be transformed into additional retail space, attracting more customers and revenue to the area and creating more jobs for Iowans.

  • Ending Dog Racing in Dubuque Means Millions to Local Non-Profits, Economic Development.  The current law causes Dubuque’s non-profit Mystique Casino to lose more than $4 million each year to subsidize dog racing. With Mystique’s profits split equally between the City of Dubuque and local charities, those millions would be better used to fund volunteer first responders, security in our schools, new capital improvement projects and industrial parks.

  • Both Casinos Committed to Keeping Track Employees Employed in Casinos.  Both casinos currently subsidizing dog racing have publicly committed to keeping their track employees on staff and giving them a new role within the casinos.  In addition, quality jobs will be created by ending the subsidy requirement and directing millions of dollars towards local economic development.

  • Proposed bipartisan legislation will end dog racing in Iowa and provide Iowa greyhound breeders and kennel owners $70 million over the next seven years to wind down.
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MALLARDS WELCOME DUCK DYNASTY'S MOUNTAIN MAN SATURDAY NIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:26
Seven Game Homestand Starts Tonight with Winning Wednesday Presented by T.G.I. Friday’s

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Night Presented by 97X Returns Friday

MOLINE, Ill. (February 25, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards this week will hit the ice for three home games featuring the return of Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s and $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and culminating in a visit from Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man this Saturday night courtesy of Genesis Health System.

Mountain Man will drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff prior to Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. game between the Mallards and Brampton Beast and will meet fans and sign autographs through the second period of that contest.

Mountain Man, whose real name is Tim Guraedy, is a neighbor of the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that has made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls and is the focus of Duck Dynasty.  Mountain Man is the only Duck Dynasty cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.  He is a neighbor of the Robertsons who operates his own air-conditioning repair business and is known for speaking very slowly.

The Mallards will kick off a seven-game homestand tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. with Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards defeat the Missouri Mavericks tomorrow evening each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday game- March 5 again against the Mavericks.

At each Winning Wednesday game fans also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands.  After each Wednesday contest- including this week’s- fans are invited to join the Mallards for a post-game party at T.G.I. Friday’s adjacent to the iWireless Center at 1425 River Drive in Moline.

Fans planning on attending tomorrow night’s game can also save with the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package.  With the Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats only $45 for any Wednesday or Sunday home game and receive a certificate for a free large single topping pizza from Harris Pizza.  The Puck and Pizza Package is available at the iWireless Center box office.

This week also brings the penultimate $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night of the season when the Mallards take on the Beast at 7:05 p.m. Friday.  $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.  First intermission entertainment, will, courtesy of 97X, follow the hot dog-themed spirit of the evening.

The Mallards have also partnered with Metro, which provides earlier service on the Route 59 between Augustana College and downtown Moline during Friday home games this season.  The Route 59 will make one trip from campus to downtown Moline prior to the game (arriving at 5th Avenue and 15th Street at 6:30 p.m.) and will resume service from downtown to campus every 30 minutes from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  Regular Metro fares are just $1 one-way or $2 round-trip.  As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.  Visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.  

Tickets for this week’s games or any remaining Mallards regular season home tilt 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

 
MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:38

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 26, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline

Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Friday, February 28, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, March 1, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards

LAST WEEK
Wednesday, February 19
Missouri 2 Quad City 1

 

Friday, February 21

Tulsa 4 Quad City 3

Saturday, February 22

Quad City 4 Wichita 3

Sunday, February 23

Allen 6 Quad City 2

Quad City
25-15-8, 58 points
6th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri

33-14-2, 68 points
1st place
Coach: Scott Hillman

 

Brampton
27-21-5, 59 points

5th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

QUACK TRACKS
Recent Action
The Mallards dropped three of the four games they played in a five day span ending yesterday and have also now gone 1-4-0 in their last five games.  The Mallards did recover from a pair of one-goal losses- last Wednesday at home against Missouri and last Friday in Tulsa- and three straight defeats overall by winning 4-1 in Wichita Saturday night before falling yesterday in Allen.

Tight

The Mallards bounced from fourth to seventh to fourth to fifth and finally into sixth place in the tightly packed CHL standings last week.  They are currently only one point behind fifth place Brampton and just one point ahead of seventh place Tulsa.  The Mallards are two points behind fourth place Allen.  The Mallards, who have played fewer games (48) than any other CHL club, have two games in hand on Allen and five games in hand on Brampton and Tulsa.

 

Busy

The Mallards yesterday played their seventh game in ten days, a stretch during which they went 3-4-0.  That run culminated in the Mallards playing four games in four cities in five nights.  Yesterday’s game was also the thirteenth in a stretch that sees the Mallards play 31 games over the final 59 days of the regular season.

Rough Road

The Mallards are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play 18 of their final 30 games against the top four teams in the CHL- Missouri, Rapid City, Denver and Allen.

Balance
While the Mallards rank in the top half of the league in goal scoring- fifth at 3.3 per game- Jeff Lee (18-24-42), who is tied for twentieth, is the only Mallard in the top 20 in the CHL in point scoring.

Between the Pipes

Thomas Heemskerk suffered the loss in goal yesterday after also enduring defeat last Friday in Tulsa.  Those setbacks were his first consecutive regulation losses this season.

 

General Lee
Lee’s nine-game point-scoring streak (5-9-14) ended yesterday.  Lee has also recorded 21 points (seven goals and 14 assists) in his last 16 games.   Lee, who last week was named an alternate captain, leads the Mallards in goals (18) and points (42).

Early Exit

Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski was assessed a game misconduct during the second period of yesterday’s game after protesting the officiating of that contest.

Trifecta
Matt Boyd scored three times- once at even strength, once shorthanded and once on the power play- in the Mallards last two games.  In the second period of Saturday’s win in Wichita, Boyd broke a scoreless tie with a shorthanded goal and struck again at even strength.  He then scored his first power play goal in two seasons with the Mallards in the second period of yesterday’s loss in Allen.  Yesterday’s goal was Boyd’s first on the man advantage since he delivered a power play goal for the host Laredo Bucks on March 3, 2012 against…the Allen Americans.

Done and Done
The Mallards last weekend finished their season series with Tulsa and Wichita.  The Mallards went 2-2-0 against the Oilers and 1-1-1 against the Thunder.

Leaders
Heemskerk ranks fourth in goals against average (2.67), is tied for fourth in shutouts (2) and ranks sixth in save percentage (.912)…Ty Rimmer is also tied for fourth in shutouts (2), is tied for sixth in goals against average (2.81) and ranks eighth in save percentage (.908)… Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for third in goals (13), ranks fifth in points (31) and ranks sixth in assists (18)…Among defensemen, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel and Matt Duffy are tied for fifth in goals (9) while Dieude-Fauvel is also tied for seventh in points (30) and tied for eighth in assists (21)…Mike Monfredo is tied for tenth in points (24) and assists (20).

Special Teams
On the season the Mallards have converted 14.3 percent of their plays and rank ninth in the CHL on the man advantage but over their last nine games have scored on 25 percent (11-for-44) of their advantages.  The Mallards rank fifth in penalty killing (83.0 percent) and, after Boyd scored during a Wichita power play Saturday, are tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (7).

Head to Head

The Mallards have gone 0-3-1 against Missouri this year.  The Mavericks last Wednesday defeated the Mallards while making their first visit of the season to the iWireless Center.  After playing just one of their first 36 games against Missouri, the Mallards, starting with a 3-1 loss in Independence on February 1, play nine of their final 30 tilts against the Mavericks.  Since entering the CHL in 2010, the Mallards have gone 14-15-3 against the Mavericks and have posted a record of 5-7-2 at home.  Lee (2-4-6) and Missouri’s Mike Ramsay (1-5-6) are the top point producers in this year’s season series…The Mallards have gone 7-1-3 against Brampton this season and are 2-1-2 against the expansion Beast on home ice.  The two clubs conclude their season series this weekend.  Gergo Nagy is the leading scorer (5-9-14) in the season series.  The Mallards this season have played four games that have ended in overtime- all against the Beast.  Brampton has won three of those four contests, including the last meeting between the two clubs on January 26 when Andrew Fournier scored in sudden death to give the host Beast a 4-3 victory.

Ins and Outs
Forward Frazee was placed on seven-day injured reserve retroactive to February 15 (upper body) and has missed the Mallards’ last five games…Forward Hellyer was placed on 14-day injured reserve retroactive to February 16 (upper body) and has missed the last four games

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, February 26, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri
Wednesday’s game is a Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  Fans also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands during each Wednesday home tilt.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Friday, February 28, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
This Friday is this season’s penultimate $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Saturday, March 1, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton
Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man Presented by Genesis Health Systems
The Mallards welcome Mountain Man from the popular A&E reality series Duck Dynasty to this Saturday night’s game.

Blades for Grades Presented by Cobham Mission Systems
Also on Saturday night, area honor roll students will attend the game free of charge through the Mallards’ Blades for Grades program courtesy of Cobham Mission Systems.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games- including this Wednesday’s tilt- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Free audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to http://myqcmallards.com/schedule/broadcast_schedule/.

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box 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.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

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Americans Drop Mallards 6-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:47
ALLEN, Texas (February 23, 2014) – The Allen Americans’ Jamie Schaafsma and Tyler Ludwig both scored twice and Quad City Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski was ejected in the second period as the host Americans defeated the Mallards 6-2 Sunday.  The loss leaves the Mallards (25-15-8, 58 points) in sixth place in the Central Hockey League while the win lifts the Americans (28-18-4, 60 points) into fourth place.

The Mallards’ afternoon took an early turn south when Jamie Schaafsma pounced on a loose puck beside the Quad City net to open the scoring at 5:06 of the first period.  Officiating first drew the ire of Ruskowski and his troops with 41 seconds left in the first when, with the Americans on the power play, Jonathan Zion scored from the slot and his goal was allowed to stand even though the Americans’ Jonathan Lessard had knocked over Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk just before Zion fired the puck home.

After Matt Boyd briefly sparked Quad City comeback hopes with a point-blank power play goal at 3:43 of the second period, the Americans took control by scoring three straight goals over the course of a middle frame that saw Ruskowski assessed a game misconduct.  Brian McMillan’s tip-in stretched the Alllen lead to 3-1 just 22 seconds after Boyd got the Mallards on the scoreboard.  Both teams were down a man when Ludwig snapped the puck in under the cross bar from the right wing circle at 7:46 of the second to widen the gap to 4-1 and bring about the replacement of Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk by Ty Rimmer.  The Americans were on the power play when Ludwig made it 5-1 with a drive from the high slot at 12:14.  It was after this goal that Ruskowski was given his marching orders.

Schaafscma scored his second goal and the Americans’ sixth on a breakaway just past the midway point of the third period.  Gergo Nagy provided a belated Mallard response from the doorstep at 14:06 of the third.

The Mallards next play at home Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Mavericks.  That game is another Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win next Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ following Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for next Wednesday night’s 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.

 
Updated Card - WWE March 2nd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:52

WWE returns to MOLINE for the first time in TWO YEARS!! Don't miss all your favorite Superstars for one night only on the Road to WrestleMania!

 

***WWE World heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH***

John Cena vs Randy Orton

 

***Intercontinental Chammpionship Match***

Big E Langston vs Ryback

 

Plus the Rhodes Brothers, The Real Americans w/ Zeb Colter, Mark Henry and many more live!

 

THE BEST VALUE IN ENTERTAINMENT WITH TICKETS STARTING AT $15!!

Card is subject to change

 

Tickets: $95, $50, $35, $25, $15

 

Tickets are available at the iWireless Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, Charge by Phone: 800-745-3000 and Online at www.ticketmaster.com/wwe.

 
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