NIACC skills clinic will help ailing coach

MASON CITY | The NIACC men's and women's basketball teams will hold a skills clinic on Sunday in the NIACC recreation center to help raise money for Kirkwood assistant men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson, who is battling brain cancer.

NIACC women's basketball coach Todd Ciochetto will run the clinic and he will be assisted by members of the NIACC men's and women's teams.

The clinic is open to any boy or girl in grades K-12.

The kindergarten through third-grade clinic will run from 11 a.m. to noon. The fourth through sixth-grade clinic will go from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the seventh through 12th-grade clinic will go from 1:30-3 p.m.

Freewill donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go to help Jacobson, who is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Kirkwood men's basketball program.

Winter stargazing program scheduled

Imagine looking up into the night sky and seeing a hunter, a bull, a bear, and a queen. With a little imagination, and the help of the Winnebago County Conservation Board, you can do just that!

The Winnebago County Conservation Board will hold its annual Winter Stargazing program on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the entrance to Thorpe Park, beginning at 7 p.m. (Thorpe Park is located five miles west of Forest City on 345th/”I” Street.)

During the program, Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls will give an informal tour of the winter nighttime sky, lasting about 45-60 minutes. She will point out some of the brighter stars and constellations that are visible this time of year, and tell interesting tidbits of information about them.

After the program, hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the park office and star charts will be handed out for people to take home with them. Everyone is reminded to dress for the weather and asked to bring along a pair of binoculars, if possible, although some will be available the night of the program.

In case of clouds or inclement weather, the program will have to be canceled and that notice will run on KIOW Radio (FM 107.3), as well as on the WCCB web site, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

For more information about the WCCB’s Winter Stargazing program, people can contact Lisa Ralls at either 641-565-3390 or at


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