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Friday Afternoon News, September 3rd


Orange City Tulip Festival To Feature “Mama Mia” As Evening Show

ORANGE CITY, Iowa –The Tulip Festival Steering Committee has announced the annual Night Show musical production for the 81st annual Tulip Festival, as MAMMA MIA! In addition to the May 18-21 lineup of showings with a start time of 8:00 p.m., there will be two additional shows this year, taking place on Monday and Tuesday, May 16 and 17. The Monday and Tuesday shows will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make MAMMA MIA! a guaranteed smash hit. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! The cast of MAMMA MIA! consists of approximately 35-40 people ages 16 and older. Auditions will be held in Orange City in January 2022. Regular ticket sales for the 2022 Tulip Festival Night Show, MAMMA MIA!, will begin on Monday, January 17, 2022. Tickets are available for $25 each.




Northwestern College Announces Schedule For Raider Nation Days

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Northwestern College will hold Raider Nation Celebration, the college’s annual Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 17-18. The weekend’s events include class reunions, banquets, athletic events and traditions such as the Red Raider Road Race and Morning on the Green carnival.

At 10:05 Friday morning, Olivia Holt Iekel will speak in chapel. Iekel, a 2014 Northwestern College graduate, serves as a Reformed Church in America missionary in Nicaragua.

The dedication of the Frank and Lois Vogel Welcome Center, which houses the college admissions, financial aid and marketing offices, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tours of the new facility will follow.

Friday evening, Northwestern will host its Celebration Banquet, an event that recognizes the generosity of donors and the achievements of students. All Northwestern supporters are invited to attend the banquet, which begins in the Rowenhorst Student Center with appetizers at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets will be available at the door for those who received invitations, but invitees should also RSVP. Others may attend at a cost of $15 per person. Email events@nwciowa.edu or call 712-707-7134 by Sept. 10 to reserve a seat.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Raider Nation Celebration continues with the annual Red Raider Road Race. Visit nwciowa.edu/raider-road-race for registration details. Red Raider alumni games will include baseball at the NWC/MOC-Floyd Valley baseball diamond at 9:30 a.m. and softball at the NWC/MOC-Floyd Valley softball diamond at 10 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Morning on the Green will take place on the campus green. The family-friendly carnival will include games and prizes with proceeds to support student clubs and organizations. Also at 10, members of the reunion classes of 1970, ’71, ’80 and ’81 can check in at the Ramaker Center for information and campus tours.

A tailgate picnic lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus green. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 10; children five and under eat free. Space for the reunion classes of 1970, ’71, ’80 and ’81 will be reserved under the tailgate tent.

Raider Nation Celebration’s Saturday events will also include the Athletic Awards Luncheon honoring Hall of Fame inductees and athletic award winners, as well as an evening banquet to celebrate the 2021 distinguished alumni: Dr. Bob Boerigter, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Donna (Heerspink) Bunce, Zeeland, Michigan; Dr. Michael Holm, Ovid, Michigan; Karen (De Boer) Woudstra and Dr. Earl Woudstra, Orange City.

The Red Raider football team will kick off against Doane University at 1:30 p.m. Students’ parents can get into the game for free with their student’s ID. During halftime, the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be recognized, and the dance team will perform. The women’s and men’s soccer teams will play Briar Cliff University at 5 and 7:15 p.m., respectively.

All alumni and friends of Northwestern as well as students’ family members are invited to Raider Nation Celebration. For more information, visit nwciowa.edu/homecoming, or contact the Raider Nation Celebration event staff at events@nwciowa.edu or 712-707-7134.




Reynolds Seeks to Overturn Iowa Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Governor Kim Reynolds is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn a 2018 ruling that said women in the state have a fundamental right to an abortion.  The Republican governor issued a statement Thursday calling the court’s ruling “one of the most liberal abortion decisions in the country.”  In June, a district court judge cited that 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling as he struck down a law Reynolds signed in 2020 that would have required a waiting period for abortions.  The state is appealing the district court’s ruling.  Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls says it’s time for Iowans “to make their voices heard in opposition to extreme abortion laws,” like a new Texas law banning abortions after the sixth week of a pregnancy.




Democrats Urge Reynolds to Allow Local Schools to Decide Mask Policies

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Iowa Democrats continue to urge Governor Kim Reynolds to let local school districts with rising COVID cases require face coverings to try to stop the spread of the virus.  Democratic Leader Zach Wahls of Iowa City said, “If we learned anything about the fight against COVIDd-19, it’s that one-size-fits-all policies don’t work.”  The latest numbers show Iowans under age 18 account for 22 percent of the cases confirmed in the past week.  Reynolds said the law she signed in May forbids mask mandates in schools — so parents decide whether their child wears a mask at school.  The Republican governor said “It is a law that elected officials that are elected by Iowans and constituents across this state listened to the people that they represent, passed a bill, sent it to my desk and it was signed into law.




Arrest Warrant Issued For Suspect in Deadly Cedar Rapids Shooting

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  —  Police in Cedar Rapids are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting who is considered armed and dangerous.  Officers say 44-year-old Nestor Dominguez is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Jose Ramirez Landin last Saturday.  An arrest warrant for first-degree murder and going armed with intent has been issued for Dominguez.  Anyone who locates Dominguez is asked to call law enforcement right away because he could be armed.




Paralympic Athlete From Ankeny Wins Bronze in Javelin in Tokyo

(Tokyo, JP)  —  An athlete from Iowa is bringing home a bronze medal from the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.  Twenty-four-year-old Justin Phongsavanh of Ankeny won the bronze in the javelin throw today (Friday) in Japan.  This was Phongsavanh’s first time competing in the Paralympics.  He was paralyzed below the waist after being shot in 2015.  Phongsavanh worked with Adaptive Sports Iowa to learn about paralympic sports opportunities.  The DMACC graduate threw the javelin 31-point-zero-nine meters in the final.