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Written by Holly Larson   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:59

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation, in partnership with Nelson Chiropractic, is excited to announce its first event, the “Nick Teddy 5K.” The event starts at 9:00 AM on Sat., September 15, 2012, and offers a fun day for hundreds of participants and their families.

More than 50 people have already registered to hit the pavement in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, a native of Port Byron, Ill., a 2000 graduate of Riverdale High School, and a 2004 Alumnus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Nick fought a courageous battle against the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, for more than 5-years.

All proceeds from the “Nick Teddy 5k” will benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world. Proceeds from the Nick Teddy 5k will be used for Ewing’s Sarcoma research.

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We appreciate your consideration in covering Nick’s story and our mission to make a difference in cancer research.

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U.S. Troops Play Role in Olympic Team U.S.A PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Move America Forward   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:22

With the whole world watching the Olympic games in London, this is a perfect opportunity to recognize some amazing military athletes who not only serve in the Armed Forces, but are now competing to be the best in the world at the Olympics.

It may surprise some people, but there are actually many military veterans and currently serving troops who are on Team U.S.A. competing in every event from shooting sports to wrestling and others. Naturally, the our troops play a big role in Team USA's marksmanship team in the shooting events.

These are some of our Military Olympians who are simultaneously serving in the US Army Marksmanship Unit and also on Team USA. Keep reading every day from now through the end of the Olympics as we bring you the stories of our Military Olympians and their impressive achievements both on and off the battlefield!

We're celebrating military athletes who serve their country on the battlefield and as part of TEAM USA at the Olympic games.

While these Military Olympians deserve our praise and all the media coverage the Olympics brings, we can't forget about the military heroes serving overseas.

Their feats on the battlefield often go unrecognized and are not covered by the media, but they are just as deserving of our praise and recognition as our Olympians. We have over 90,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and they need our support! SPONSOR A CARE PACKAGE NOW!

This is still about the troops who are on the front lines fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda. They are in harm's way and they're the troops we're sending care packages to!

U.S. Air Force Cycling Team in RAGBRAI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:05

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Air Force Cycling Team riders on RAGBRAI 2012

An unidentified member of the USAF Cycling Team makes a water stop in Shellsburg, Iowa, on day five of RAGBRAI 2012. The AF Cycling Team is made up with active duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired members. The 88-member team rode RAGBRAI 2012 and helped riders who were disabled and stopped along the way. RAGBRAI is The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa; the largest and longest organized bicycle ride in the world. This year's week-long ride covered 471 miles-starting in Sioux City and ending in Clinton, Iowa. The AF Cycling team meets riders every day and spreads a positive message to each person they assist along the way.

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Sixty-day duck hunting season proposed in Mississippi Flyway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Midwest   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:57

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced a proposed 60-day duck hunting season and six-duck daily bag limit for the upcoming 2012-13 late waterfowl season in the Mississippi Flyway, which extends across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.  The Service also proposed geese hunting season lengths and bag limits that vary by state and area.

The proposed late season waterfowl frameworks will appear in a mid-August edition of the Federal Register for public comment. States select their individual seasons from within the federal frameworks that establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits.

A duck hunting season is proposed of not more than 60 days between September 22, 2012, and January 27, 2013. The proposed daily bag limit is six and may include no more than four mallards (two hens), three wood ducks, one mottled duck, two redheads, four scaup, two pintails, one black duck, and one canvasback. The proposed daily bag limit of mergansers is five, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. In states that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, only two which may be hooded mergansers.

Generally, seasons for Canada goose would be held between September 22, 2012, and January 31, 2013, and vary in length among states and areas. States would be able to select seasons for light geese not to exceed 107 days with 20 geese daily between September 22, 2012, and March 10, 2013; for white-fronted geese the proposed season would not exceed 74 days with a two-bird daily bag limit or 88 days with a one-bird daily bag limit between September 22, 2012, and February 17, 2013; and for brant it would not exceed 70 days with a two-bird daily bag limit or 107 days with a one-bird daily bag limit between September 22, 2012, and January 31, 2012. There is no possession limit for light geese.

The Service’s 2012 Waterfowl Population Status Report summarizes information on the status of duck and goose populations and habitat conditions during spring of 2012. In the traditional survey area, which includes the north-central United States, south-central and northern Canada and Alaska, the 2012 total duck population estimate was 48.6 million birds, an increase of 7 percent over last year’s estimate. Despite poorer habitat conditions compared to 2011, population abundance estimates are good for this breeding season. The total pond estimate for prairie Canada and the US combined was 5.5 million, which is down 32 percent from last year.

The annual survey results guide the Service’s waterfowl conservation programs under authority of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Each year the Service works in partnership with states from the four flyways to establish regulatory frameworks for waterfowl hunting season lengths, dates, and bag limits. All of this information represents the largest data set on any wildlife species group in the world and helps provide hunting opportunities while ensuring the long-term health of waterfowl populations.

The Status of Waterfowl report can be found at To view a video of the Status of Waterfowl video visit:

The mission of the Service’s Migratory Bird Program is to ensure long-term ecological sustainability of  migratory bird populations and their habitats for future generations, through careful monitoring, effective management, and by supporting national and international partnerships that conserve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit

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Not too late to sign-up for 2012 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:41
RE: 2012 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon

There’s still time to get registered for the 2012 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon, presented by Transamerica! The event begins at 8am on Sunday August 5th and the entire Triathlon will take place at Camp Courageous located near Monticello, Iowa.

Individuals and teams will participate in a 300 meter swim at the Camp’s indoor pool facility, a 15.5 mile bike ride, and a 4K run that will take competitors through Pictured Rocks Camp, Pictured Rocks State Park, and the Camp Courageous grounds. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to participate as a team or individuals. There are no age restrictions; children and adults who are physically prepared to participate in a triathlon are welcome.
You may still take advantage of early registration savings through July 31, 2012; $80 for individuals, $180 for teams. All athletes must be a U.S.A.T. member. Entry fees include a one-day membership (deduct $10 for each current U.S.A.T. member). To register, or for complete event information, go to

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