Potential New Partnership with the University of Iowa and Other News

Keokuk Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce is applying to be the 2019-2020 community partner for the University of Iowa’s Initiative for Sustainable Communities.

The successful community will benefit from roughly 20,000 hours of work (valued at an estimated $250,000) from UI students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. The community partner application will include 20-30 projects that are incorporated into academic courses at the U of Iowa (fall and spring semesters). Projects are based on community-identified sustainability needs and goals.

This can include projects related to economic development, housing, transportation, environmental issues, arts and culture, public health, social equity, and community vitality. If Keokuk is chosen as the community partner, 10-15 projects will be selected in partnership with IISC staff and the matched university faculty. Typical projects cost $1000 – $2500 and are completed during a 16-week semester.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Spirit of Keokuk Awards!

Do you know an individual, business, or organization that has made significant contributions of their time, talent, and expertise toward economic vitality in Keokuk? Nominate them. Nominations are due Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

The awards will be presented at the Spirit of Keokuk Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

In sports news, the Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team moved to 13-3 on the season with a 73-63 win on the road against Northwestern on Wednesday night.

It was a potential breakout performance against Big Ten competition for freshman Joe Wieskamp as he led the Hawks with 19 points, making seven of his 11 shots in the process. This was the highest scoring output the freshman has produced since Dec. 22 against Savannah State. He came into the game averaging under 10 points per game in Big Ten games.

Sophomore Luka Garza went 10-11 at the free throw line and scored 16 points off the bench to help the Hawks pick up the scoring slack that was present without leading scorer Tyler Cook. Senior Nicholas Baer got the start in place of Cook and provided a near double-double performance with nine points and 10 rebounds, hitting two triples in the process.

Junior guard Isaiah Moss also finished in double figures with 12 points.

Both teams played a very clean game, with neither squad turning the ball over more than eight times. Iowa was able to continue their season dominance from the free throw line, shooting 21-26 from the charity stripe.

The next game for the Hawkeyes will be a tough one with #16 Ohio State making the trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a matchup at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.

Coverage of that game will begin an hour prior to tip off with Gary Dolphin and Bobby Hansen on Z93, your home for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend as the Divisional Round begins with eight teams still alive for a trip to the Super Bowl.

In the AFC, the number one seed Kansas City Chiefs and their MVP hopeful quarterback Patrick Mahomes will host the AFC Wild Card Indianapolis Colts and Comeback Player of the Year favorite, Andrew Luck. This game will kick off at 3:35 PM on Saturday.

Following that, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys will face off against Todd Gurley and the Rams in Los Angeles at 7:15.

Sunday will bring the Chargers into Foxborough at 12:05 PM to play the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots as Tom Brady looks to advance to his eighth straight AFC Championship Game.

Then, following their last second win in Chicago, former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will lead the defending champion Eagles into New Orleans to take on the number one seed New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees at 3:40 PM.

Tune into the Monday afternoon news to see how these games finish and who will be playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.