MASON CITY | The NIACC men's cross country team is ranked No. 12 in the second USTFCCA NJCAA Division I rankings released Wednesday.

The Trojans are one of four ICCAC teams ranked in the top 25. Iowa Central is No. 1, Hawkeye CC is No. 22 and Indian Hills is tied with Highland CC (Kansas) at No. 24.

NIACC, which has been ranked in the top 15 for nine straight polls dating back to 2015, was ranked No. 6 in the initial 2017 poll on Sept. 20.

NIACC is coming off a second-place finish in the Division III race at the University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23. Freshman Brian Jacques won the Griak Invite in a time of 27 minutes, 7 seconds on the 8-kilometer course and sophomore Blake Keller was sixth in 28:26.

NIACC returns to action Saturday at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational in Bettendorf.

— NIACC Sports Information

Winnebago campgrounds closing for season

FOREST CITY | The two campgrounds managed by the Winnebago County Conservation Board will be closing for the season beginning Monday, Oct. 16.

Those two campgrounds are located at Thorpe Park, 5 miles west of Forest City, and Dahle Park, 4 miles northwest of Lake Mills. Until snow forces their closure, roads to the campgrounds will remain open. But, on the 16th, water will be shut off, picnic tables will be moved for the winter, and fire rings will be removed.

Although the campgrounds will be closed, the Lake Catherine Cabin at Thorpe Park remains open all year. The cabin rents for $57.75 per night during the week and $73.50 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information about the cabin, including available dates, people can visit the WCCB web site at Cabin reservations can be made by calling the WCCB at 641-565-3390.

Trapping lottery forms due Oct. 6

MASON CITY | The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board will conduct a lottery for two annual trapping access permits at the Lime Creek Conservation Area. The permits being awarded by CGCCB are strictly access permits allowing trappers the opportunity to trap within the designated portion of LCCA that allows controlled trapping via the lottery permit system. An Iowa DNR furbearer license is required as well as an access permit for the LCCA property.

Lottery application forms may be picked up at the conservation office or printed online at Office hours are M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Application forms will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. Forms can be returned to our office in person, by email to, or faxed to 641-423-1566.

The furbearer trapping lottery will be held Thursday Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. The successful lottery applicants will receive a non-transferrable access permit and also be required to attend a meeting prior to the trapping season which will outline specific rules and regulations that must be followed while trapping the area. All Iowa DNR furbearer trapping rules and regulations will apply.

For more information, contact the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board office at 641-423-5309.