See which Kalamazoo attractions are featured in new Midwest travel show

KALAMAZOO, MI — When “John McGivern’s Main Streets” airs across the Midwest on Sunday, April 17, more than a dozen area businesses and attractions, and things that are “just Kalamazoo” will be in the spotlight.

So, what are those businesses, attractions and unique things about Kalamazoo that will be featured and how were they selected?

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Wisconsin earns a No. 3 seed in Midwest Region, will take on Colgate

Wisconsin only has to travel 80 miles down the I-94 freeway to find the site of their first opening round game in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

The Badgers earned a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on No. 14 seed Colgate at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The game is set for Friday, although the tip time has not yet been announced.

Wisconsin is making their 26th trip to the Big Dance, and have now made 22 of the last 23 NCAA Tournaments.

If the Badgers advance, their second round game will also be held at Fiserv Forum. The winner of Friday’s matchup takes on the winner of No. 6 LSU and No. 11 Iowa State on Sunday.

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Very good bass fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Very good fishing at Braidwood Lake, a brief preview before the opener of LaSalle Lake next Tuesday, March 15, the spread of open-water fishing around Chicago, lake trout and coho on southern Lake Michigan, and the return of river reports lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Tom Starcevich emailed the photo at the top and this:

37 inch lake trout on a 1oz white tube jig at Portage Indiana today

He added these details:

me and my cousin jigged up 4 Lakers today water temp was 33 degrees very cold my buddy was trolling today for coho he got nothing so far the coho run is pretty slow lot’s of boats out trolling not many coho luckily the lake trout were biting they were very deep 47 to 35 ft of water dead on the bottom we worked are jigs slowly and got a few


Since the reopening on March 1, there’s been some unbelievable bass fishing going on over the past week on the cooling lake in southwestern Will County, though winds closed boating Sunday.

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1. Provided photo

Pete Banach sent a sample of the bounty caught at Braidwood Lake on opening day March 1.

If you follow regularly, you know the Fish of the Week came from opening day on March 1.

Pete Banach also sent the photo above, and this:

“Easily caught over 100 fish between the 3 of us. Lots of 2 1/2 to 3 pound fish.”

See below to hear/read that assessment seconded.

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

James Baranski with one of many good largemouth bass caught opening day at Braidwood Lake.

James Baranski messaged the photo above and this report:

I was first in line for opener of Braidwood with Steve McClone from Moonpie outdoors 3 years running. We got about 80 for a 2 man team. A lot of 2.5 to 3.5lbders…

I have a lot of respect for those are get into line early. What can I say? I enjoy doing it, too.

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

Bob Johnson with a good largemouth bass from Braidwood Lake.

Bob Johnson emailed the photos above and below, and this:

Hi Dale – Much of the same today and some surprises. My fishing partner Joel Wilson caught 2 hybrids today on shad color lipless crankbaits and the were strong healthy fish catch and release. I believe these 2 hybrids are the first to get caught on any of my boats from Braidwood in the 30 years on that lake. The Bass fishing is still produces numbers and size today my 2 biggest weighed up at 3.5 on drop shot and 4 lbs on a Carolina right fished with a power bait general. We also had luck throwing a Ned rig and Rapala OG Tiny shad color. Jigs with a creature worked too. Looks like the hybrid stripers are going to be a pleasant surprise for many who fish for them

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake. Photo provided by Bob Johnson

Joel Wilson with a good hybrid striped bass from Braidwood Lake.

Seems like the right place for a reminder that district fisheries biologist Seth Love would like to hear from anglers on hybrid catches at Braidwood. You can email him at

Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.


The cooling lake southwest of Seneca, reopens Tuesday, March 15.

Biologist David Wyffels said most will be focused on blue catfish and hybrids striped bass. Bluesare looking significantly better.” Fall survey showed good increase in blues of 20-30 inches and fish of 30-35 inches showed back up. Hybrids showed good numbers in the 17-20-inch range in the fall survey. Bluegills are looking exceptionally well, quite a few in that 8-10 inch range. Largemouth bass are looking better than last year, but not like days of yore.

Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.


The north side of Navy Pier is open for anglers. The discounted parking for anglers is $9 daily, if out by 10 a.m.


Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the fisherman’s parking lots at DuSable and Burnham harbors are on sale at Henry’s Sports and Bait in Bridgeport and the Northerly Island Visitor Center.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (now a mix of metered and free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot or fisherman’s lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters, pay lot or fisherman’s lot); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); Oakwood/39th (meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).


Pier passes are good through Tuesday, March 15, then the gates are chained until boating season. The $6 pier passes, which allow legal access to select piers at most Jackson Park, Burnham, DuSable, Diversey, Belmont and Montrose harbors, may be bought at Henry’s Sports and Bait (cash only) and Northerly Island Visitor Center (credit-card only). A number of additional piers were added this year to bring the total to 31 piers.


Definitely a transition period. Ice fishing is done most areas, Ice is off in some places south, still thick some places north.

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse. Provided photo

The Leyden bass fishing team got in some practice on the beautiful Saturday at Busse.

Rob Abouchar emailed the photo left and this:

Hi Dale The long pulaski day weekend was filled with lots of fish catches as we transition from ice to open water. Friday after work a nice largemouth hit a tip up with a shiner minnow. Saturday I hit busse lake with the leyden bass fishing club. The action for bluegill was fast and steady on waxworms. When the waxworms ran out bits of Berkeley max scene bait did the trick. Lots if anglers were fishing the open water discharge and salt creek Some small bass were being caught on small minnows. When I returned home the ice was still Holding up so I set one last tip up. Possibly the Last fish of the ice season was an acrobatic pike that broke the line and came flying out the hole onto the ice. Kind of fitting as we’ve been chasing the esox all season. With Monday off for pulaski day I hit Braidwood for some shore angling. The wind rain sleet snow and fog did not seem conducive to good fishing but some good largemouth action along the shore line on the warm side near the second and third trash can. Square bills in purple craw and sexy shad got hit hard in the rocks. The sun actually came out and the island was visible as a pelican flew high into the clear. On the music front an appearance on que 4 radio for live performances and video recording Tight lines and good health Rob.

I always enjoy the music updates. Think of it as the seasoning for the MFR.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass. Provided photo

Ken “Husker” O’Malley with an open-water largemouth bass.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley of Husker Outdoors emailed the photo left and below, and this:

Hey Dale, Here is a recap of this past weeks fishing. Area lakes-Open water opportunities started this weekend on lakes out south. It was good to finally breakout the long rods. Ducks and muskrats were enjoying it as well. Bass were good on lipless crankbaits worked along the wind blown north shorelines during early afternoon hours. On sunny days these shorelines will have warmer water temps and hold the most active biters. Here is the nature pic of the week. Out for a swim. TTYL — Ken Husker O’Malley Husker Outdoors Waterwerks fishing team

Mallards swimming. Credit: Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Mallards swimming.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley


Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch said the ice is deteriorating, it is hurry and wait time.


Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. See above for report on opening week.

LaSalle reopens Tuesday, March 15; Heidecke, April 1.


POWERTON: Boat and bank fishing is open. Winter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

EMIQUON PRESERVE: Hours are sunrise to sunset. Access permits and liability waivers are required. They are available Tuesday to Saturday at Dickson Mounts Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SHELBYVILLE: Check with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Check with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed. Reopens May 15. Check regulations at


Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River. Provided photo

Nick Schmitt with a good smallmouth bass from the DuPage River.

Ed Schmitt emailed the photo above and this:

Hey Dale, it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything to send you, my apologies. My son Nick and I fished a section of the mighty DuPage River in Plainfield this Saturday afternoon during the warm spell and did pretty good for our first open water trip of the year. We had our best luck dragging our own custom poured darter and NED stick soft plastics, but shallow cranks and jig/craw combos also produced. We fished out of my 12’ sit-on-top kayak working areas of submerged large chunk rock in slow-moving water. Water temps were hovering around 45°F and visibility was only 12 to 15. This evenings storms and predicted cooler temps will undoubtedly change conditions, but it won’t be long and the duper will be back to floatable or wadable levels. Attached is an image of my son’s best of the day, she bumped out at 18.5 and went 2.9lbs on the digital scale. We caught quite a few more and some of them had scars and wounds from being caught before. Catch & release works and we’re big fans! We’ll be back out again soon! Ed

There’s a lot of truth to ponder in that report.


Dicky’s Bait Shop in Montgomery reported a few catfish caught on larger shiners; people trying for walleye below the dams; a few smallmouth caught.


Staff at Howie’s Tackle in Sturgeon Bay said anglers are still getting out for whitefish, mostly in 70-90 feet. Keep an eye on conditions, if planning a trip.


Closed. Reopens April 1.


Staff at Kankakee River Trading Post in Altorf said the river is fast and high, but some anglers are catching walleye, mostly on live bait, and a few others getting few smallmouth.


Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.


Big perch caught downtown Chicago. Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Big perch caught downtown Chicago.

Provided by Jason “Special One” Le

Arden Katz said that on Sunday at 89th he “tore up the perch. They are in there.” He was using used chartreuse Instinctrix jigs, by, with spikes.

Others seconded the good fishing for the perch over the last week.

Jason Special One Le texted the photo left and this: Over 13 inches I never seen one of this for awhile. I caught at Downtown Chicago on Sunday,

Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait texted:

Some coho and trout mixed in from the powerline reports. By sinking a portion of a powerline one can possibly catch both coho and trout. Perch still biting at 87th!!

I like that idea.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

hopefully opening Saturday at 5 AM that is the plan right now


Reopens Tuesday, March 15. Site is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset. Preview is at the top.

As a perched lake, boating is often closed because of high winds. Check (815) 357-1608 for daily updates on boating.


Click here for the update from D&S Bait.

Pat at D&S Bait said ice is not in greatest (shores sketchy) but probably have ice fishing into next week; fishing is good on Monona Bay and north end of Waubesa; Cherokee is consistent; perch good deep on Mendota and Monona.


Hours are 6 a.m. to sunset.

David Brooke emailed on Sunday:

Mazonia ice out report from today since Braidwood was closed I drove around a little bit. 3-5-22 Braidwood lake closed to boats Docs lake all bad ice Monster open 10’ at ramp, some shore water, rest looks like bad ice Gar lake open from clear end Carp lake ramp iced in for 30 yards, after that 80 or so yards of open water Bullhead aka Outhouse 70% open far as I can see, left side has ice Goose lake 5’ open at ramp, rest is bad ice. Loop road closed, I imagine because of the flooding that crosses the road in the back Bass lake, some patches of water on the main channel but mostly bad ice.


NOTE: Inland gamefish season is closed.

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

The inland gamefish season closed with little fan fare once again. Very icy conditions made travel dangerous, so few anglers traveled much less got out on the ice. Those that did had some success, but participation was low. Crappie: Good – Nice fish up to 15 this weekend with anglers finding suspended Crappies anywhere from 16-28’ taking minnows on tip-downs and waxies on jointed pin minnows (CLAM) or tungsten Kastmasters (ACME). In cabbage of 8-12’ working vinglas and pimples 1-2’ off bottom working for those fish in shallow. Bulk of the action deeper though. Bluegill: Good – Mostly working cabbage of 8-12’. 3mm tungsten jigs in dark colors (black, purple, red) tipped with mousses or waxies. Plastics in similar dark colors with red and brown (motor oil) best. Nice Gills in 7 ½ – 8 ½ range. Best morning until noonish, then again hour before dark. Yellow Perch: Good – Mud flats of 18-30’ using Halis, small PK tungsten spoons and Kasmasters to get wigglers, red spikes down to mud bottoms. Pound lure into mud, then raise 1-1 ½ ’, shake then hold still. Aggressive fish will rise 4-6’ to chase down (up) bait. Some weed Perch taking minnows or Northland Fry jigs loaded with waxies. Some nicer Pike were caught on this past final weekend of the gamefish season. Fish to 35, few Bass and even fewer Walleye it seemed. Shout out to the Wausaukee High School Ice Fishing Team who, despite bad weather, competed and took first (and second) place in the KISS Tournament this weekend. Conditions on the ice are not good for travel. With added sleet/rain over weekend, slush conditions worsening. Use tracked vehicles (snowmobile, ATV’s) for any distance travel. Stick to packed down areas for limited truck travel. Shorter distance walking using packed trails also advised. Temps from 0 degrees to mostly upper teens/low 20’s until Sunday mean little for improving conditions. Kurt Justice Kurt’s Island Sport Shop – Like us on Facebook


The photo topping the online MFR indicates good lakers are around to be caught by boaters.

Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Coho spotty for boat and shore fisherman one day ok next day slow slow Coho will be here in full force any day now squid, skein, shrimp and crawlers baits to start with Some crappie caught on the warm days we had around the docks and bridge down from portage marina using minnows The ice just got off the lakes and ponds so reports on the slow side.

I think he is right that coho will really break loose any day.

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

Hi, Dale!The recent, fluctuating weather, has created some challenges in the fishing world. More steady temperatures with a steady increase are coming, though! Here’s what we’ve heard recently: River fishing remains strong for both Steelhead & Walleye. Mag Lips for the former; nightcrawlers & spinners for the latter. Coho is starting to pick up on the south end of Lake Michigan. Nightcrawlers, ThinFish, & Thinfins performing well.


Thinning ice with a few small openings.

In March, site hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Concessions are closed, reopening April 1.


Proprietor Phil Schuman at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor said a few coho were caught Saturday afternoon; otherwise it is quiet.

Paddle and Pole hosts the Berrien Springs Fish Ladder Camera.


On Monday, BoRabb Williams messaged:

Wolf Lake…. Ice off…. almost… not Quite … couple more days of SUN and it’s ON 4 ICE OFF!!


Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

They’re still driving on area lakes. Winnebago is giving up some nice perch. Gills, perch, and crappie are getting more active on the upper lakes . The river in Shiocton came up nearly 3 feet after Saturdays rain. With the current picking up, the ice should go fast.

I don’t know about others, but I find it remarkable that not that far north of us, they are still driving on the ice.

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Storm that slugged South, Midwest brings misery to Northeast – The Mercury


A major winter storm spread misery from the Deep South, where ice-covered tree limbs snapped and a tornado claimed a life, to the nation’s northeastern tip where snow and ice made travel treacherous Friday.

More than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New England, but there were bigger worries about roads and sidewalks freezing as temperatures plummet and the snow blows out to sea late Friday and Saturday.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned residents to stay home if possible to avoid ice-coated roadways and the threat of falling tree limbs in the Hudson Valley and Capital regions.

“We’re not out of the danger zone yet,” Hochul said. “The weather is wildly unpredictable.”

Utility crews were making progress after about 350,000 homes and businesses were in the dark in an area stretching from Texas to Ohio. Additional power outages were reported in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

One of the hardest-hit paces was Memphis, where more than 120,000 customers were without power Friday afternoon in Shelby County alone, according to, which tracks utility reports.

Memphis resident Michael LaRosa described cracking and banging as the tree limbs fell, and the dull hum and pop of transformers blowing out in his tree-lined Midtown neighborhood. A fire started at the end of his street, caused by a live wire on Thursday.

“It was pretty surreal for a little while,” LaRosa, a professor at Rhodes College and a book editor, said Friday. “There were people walking in the streets, and I was worried that limbs were going to fall on them. The neighborhood sort of collapsed pretty quickly and pretty spectacularly.”

Crews worked to remove trees and downed power lines from city streets, while those who lost electricity spent a cold night at home, or sought refuge at hotels or homes of friends and family. Utility officials said it could take days for power to be restored.

It’s also going to take days to clear 225 downed trees on city streets, and crews were working 16-hour shifts to get it done, Robert Knecht, Memphis’ public works director, said Thursday night.

In Oklahoma, police in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow said they were investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a 12-year-old boy who was struck while sledding.

Tragedy also struck western Alabama, where a tornado on Thursday killed one person and critically injured three others, Hale County Emergency Management Director Russell Weeden told local news outlets.

The storm represented a “highly energized system” with waves of low pressure riding along like a train from Texas, where there was snowfall and subfreezing temperatures, to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, said Hunter Tubbs, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Maine.

Airlines scrubbed about 3,400 flights by midday Friday, with the highest numbers of cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth and airports in the New York City area and Boston, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Slippery roads caused scores of vehicles to slide off roads, even before anticipated deteriorating conditions during the evening rush hour.

Massachusetts State Police responded to more than 200 crashes with property damage or injuries, including one fatal crash, starting Thursday evening, officials said.

In Tennessee, a man was killed when his truck crashed into a tree that had fallen on a highway, causing the vehicle to spin into a ditch Thursday night in Haywood County, the highway patrol said.

In the Pittsburgh area, commuter rail service was halted when a power line went down, trapping cars at a Port Authority of Allegheny County rail yard.

In New York’s Hudson Valley, the Catskill Animal Sanctuary was relying on generators for power Friday after the overnight ice storm.

“We had trees down all over the property and trees down on our road,” said Kathy Stevens, founder of the refuge for rescued farm animals.

But the roughly 250 animals in Saugerties were OK, she said. Large animals took shelter in barns and smaller animals were taken to offices, the infirmary and other places to keep safe from falling trees.

In Texas, the return of subfreezing weather brought heightened anxiety nearly a year after February 2021’s catastrophic freeze that buckled the state’s power grid for days, leading to hundreds of deaths in one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history.

But Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday’s power outages were due to high winds or downed power lines, not grid failures. About 13,000 homes and businesses in Texas remained without power Friday afternoon.

In New England, some places welcomed the winter weather, which was a boon for skiers and snowmobilers.

In Vermont, no one was complaining at the Stowe Mountain Resort where skiers and snowboarders reported some of the best conditions of the season, with more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow overnight, and snow continuing to fall.

“We’re just having a blast, the sauce is flowing,” said Jared Marshall, of Denmark, Maine, a member of the ski team of New Hampshire’s Colby Sawyer College in town for a ski meet.


Sharp reported from Portland, Maine; Foody reported from Chicago; and Bleed reported from Little Rock, Arkansas. Associated Press writers Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tennessee; Wilson Ring in Stowe, Vermont; Marina Villeneuve and Michael Hill in Albany, New York; Ken Miller in Oklahoma City; Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas; David Koenig, Jake Bleiberg and Terry Wallace in Dallas; Paul Davenport in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland; Rick Callahan in Indianapolis and Jay Reeves in Alabaster, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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Table is Set for Midwest Matchup between NM State and Chicago State

Opening Tip
• The Aggies will match up with the Cougars on Monday afternoon after having their original contest pushed back due to COVID-19 protocols.
• On Monday, NM State will look to increase its WAC win total to three after taking down Sam Houston at home on Thursday.
• After taking down the Bearkats, NM State has now compiled an impressive league record of 42-20 during Brooke Atkinson‘s tenure.
• Heading into tomorrow’s contest, the Aggies record versus Chicago State is unblemished as they have gone 18-0 since the first meeting on Jan. 16, 2014.
• In fact, the Cougars have only finished within single digits of the Aggies on two occasions over the seven-year history.
• Coming off of a year in which Chicago State finished 0-10 in WAC play, the Cougars have already taken a step forward as they defeated Seattle U earlier this season to earn their first win in conference play since Jan. 18, 2020.
• However, the Cougars will enter the matchup with the Aggies on a two-game losing skid after falling to UT Rio Grande Valley and Lamar in their last two tilts.
• Head Coach Brooke Atkinson leads one of the WAC’s most efficient offensive teams as the Aggies rank third in the WAC in shooting percentage in league matches, shooting at a .463 clip.
• The Aggies also rank in the top five among WAC team in field goal percentage (3rd, .435), free throw percentage (3rd, .703), rebounds per game (5th, 37.00), scoring defense (5th, 62.4), scoring margin (4th, 6.4), scoring offense (4th, 68.8), three-point field goal defense (3rd, .296), turnover margin (4th, +2.07) and turnovers forced per game (4th, 18.14).
• NM State is led in scoring by graduate transfer Bigue Sarr who ranks fifth in the WAC in both points (14.0) and fourth in rebounds per game (7.2). Sarr also posts a field goal percentage of 58.5 percent to rank third in the league and 15th in the nation in that category.
Scouting the Cougars | Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Chicago State is coming off of a 47-55 loss to Lamar on Jan. 15 when they were led in scoring by freshman standout Aaliyah Collins who finished the contest with 23 points.
• Collins has been one of the top performers in all of the WAC this season and has been CSU’s top scorer in all but three games this season.
• The freshman from Snohomish, Wash., has averaged just over 16 points per game to rank fourth in the conference this season.
• Collins has really been the Cougars’ do-it-all star as she also ranks first on her team in field goals made, field goal percentage, free-throw percentage, steals per game, three-pointers made per game and three-point percentage.
• Junior Kyjai Miles has also been a bright spot for the Cougars as she ranks fifth in the conference in blocks per game, rejecting 1.07 shots per outing.
• From last season’s squad, the Cougars returned two starters, however, lost seven of their 10 letterwinners.
Last Time Out | NM State 72, Sam Houston 59 | Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
• The Aggies returned to their winning ways and pushed their WAC win percentage back up to .500 after defeating the Bearkats at home.
• NM State’s bench was the story of the 13-point victory as they accounted for 52 of the Aggies points and nearly outscored the Bearkats by themselves.
• The Aggies’ top two scorers emerged from the bench as Molly Kaiser and Taylor Donalson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
• Donaldson also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds to come up just shy of recording her first collegiate double-double.
Moe Shida also provided a spark off the bench, reaching a career-high eight points while dishing out a game-high four assists.
• Against the Bearkats, the Aggies shot 53 percent from the field to record their fourth game with a shooting clip better than 50 percent.
• As a team, the Aggies held the statistical advantage in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, points off turnovers, rebounds, bench points, points in the paint, steals and assists.
• This marks the Aggies’ third-straight home victory and helped the Aggies move into the eighth spot in the WAC standings.
Up Next
Following the NM State’s meeting with the Bearkats, the Aggies were originally scheduled to host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Jan. 22. However, this game has now been postponed to a later, undetermined date.
Instead, the Aggies’ next outing will be a make-up game itself as the Aggies travel to Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 25 to take on Chicago State. This will be the first of two meetings between the Aggies and Cougars this season as Chicago State is set to pay a visit to New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Sprinting Out of the Gate
The Aggies toppled Western New Mexico in their season opener, winning by a margin of 54 points. This marked the first 50-plus point win since last November when they derailed Park Gilbert, 92-38. Also, five Aggies reached double-digit scoring for the first time since Nov. 26, 2018, when they did so in a win over Northern New Mexico.
In the blowout win, the Aggies were led by Molly Kaiser who finished with a career-high 18 points. Oklahoma State transfer Bigue Sarr also had a productive night, posting 16 points and grabbing six boards in just 16 minutes of action.
Sights on Six
NM State will seek its sixth WAC regular season title since the 2014-15 season. The Aggies are 80-18 in conference play across the past seven seasons.
Preseason Picks
NM State was picked to finish in seventh place in the WAC Coaches’ Poll while the media selected the Aggies to land in sixth this season.
The WAC media also selected junior guard Soufia Inoussa to the Second Team All-WAC list.
Bringing Home the Hardware
Following her final season with the Aggies, Aaliyah Prince earned Second Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive Team honors. Prince finished the season ranked 11th in the league in steals per game while ranking 13th in points per game.

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Winter storm hits Midwest, threatens travel for millions

Millions of Americans are in the path of a strong winter storm, which began to impact the Midwest on Friday. 

Heavy snow in the region led to school closures or altered instruction and to the deterioration of travel conditions

Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions and delays on Friday and Saturday at airports in St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas City, Missouri, Des Moines and Omaha.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois, where forecasters were expecting up to 10 inches.


Motorists reported roads on Interstate 94 in North Dakota had packed ice and snow.

The storm system is expected to track through the Mid-Mississippi Valley into the Southeast and then up the Eastern Seaboard by Monday.

In South Carolina, shoppers scoured storm shelves for storm supplies and Gov. Henry McMaster issued an emergency order

Hoes used to fill brine are seen near brine tank storage bins ahead of a winter storm at the GDOT’s Maintenance Activities Unit location on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Forest Park, Ga. A winter storm is headed south that could effect much of Georgia thru Sunday. 

Hoes used to fill brine are seen near brine tank storage bins ahead of a winter storm at the GDOT’s Maintenance Activities Unit location on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Forest Park, Ga. A winter storm is headed south that could effect much of Georgia thru Sunday. 
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“South Carolina will be impacted by a major winter storm this weekend, likely beginning Sunday morning,” the governor said in a statement. “There is a potential for very dangerous conditions caused by accumulations of ice and snow, which will likely result in power outages across the state. I urge South Carolinians to monitor their local weather forecasts and begin taking safety precautions. We will hold a media briefing tomorrow afternoon to update residents with the latest information on this winter storm.”

The NWS said from 2 to 5 inches of snow could fall as far as northeastern Georgia from Saturday night from Sunday, with ice and winds gusting to 35 mph exacerbating the threat of power outages and precarious travel conditions. Snow accumulations could reach up to 8 inches in the highest elevations.

Winter storm watches were posted for Saturday in Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi. 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who also declared a state of emergency late Friday, said the state was preparing “to the max.”

Parts of Tennessee could see as much as 6 inches of snow and northern Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley region of Alabama could receive light snow accumulations. 


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a state of emergency on Friday and the administration urged people to stay at home after the storm hits. 

“This storm will bring significant impacts from snow, sleet and freezing rain in different parts of the state, with likely power outages and travel disruptions,” he said in a statement. “North Carolinians should pay close attention to their local weather forecast over the next few days, and make sure they are personally prepared before Saturday afternoon.”

The North Carolina Department of Transportation warned that labor shortages meant crews might not respond to problems areas as quickly as normal.

Farther to the North, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency, calling on residents to take the storm seriously.

Virginia State Police warned people to avoid travel over the weekend – just days after a previous blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on part of Interstate 95.

This image provided by the Virginia department of Transportation shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Va., on Monday. 

This image provided by the Virginia department of Transportation shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Va., on Monday. 
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The storm will likely bring snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain to much of the state and up to a foot of snow is predicted in parts of southwestern Virginia.

The Virginia National Guard alerted personnel Friday for possible storm response and planned to stage 60 soldiers along the Interstate 81 and Route 460 corridors.

To the Northeast, bitterly cold weather settled ahead of the storm. 

The NWS said the storm will move from the Southeast to the northern Mid-Atlantic, with pockets of rain and freezing rain developing over the region and southern Appalachians overnight on Saturday.


On Sunday, the agency wrote that heavy snow will develop over parts of the central and southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic, as well as “significant areas” of rain and freezing rain.

Snow is forecast to move into parts of the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, with rain and freezing rain shifting into the northern Mid-Atlantic.

“Meanwhile, a boundary over central Canada will move into the upper Midwest by Sunday. The system will produce light snow over parts of the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Great Lakes for Sunday and begin to wane by Monday morning. The snow will result in reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions,” the NWS added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Heavy Snow in Midwest Slows Travel, Closes Scores of Schools | Iowa News

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow spread Friday across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois, where forecasters were expecting up to 10 inches (24 centimeters) of fresh snow.

“This snow will combine with gusty winds to produce slippery, snow covered roads and significantly reduced visibility,” the Weather Service said on Twitter. “Travel will likely become hazardous to dangerous at times.”

The fast-moving storm may make travel difficult across parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest into the Mid-Mississippi Valley through Saturday morning, forecasters said.

Several southern states along with portions of the Northeast were bracing for the possibility of snow and ice over the weekend.

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In the Midwest, Southwest Airlines warned of possible flight cancellations, diversions and delays Friday and Saturday at airports in St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

“The duration of snowfall is likely to be from 14 to 20 hours in most locations which should allow for widespread accumulation of over 4 inches and some locations exceeding 8 or more inches,” the weather service in Des Moines said.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 near Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota reported that the road had packed ice and snow, with driving speeds Friday morning down to about 45 mph (72 kph) or slower.

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Southwest Airlines issues travel advisory ahead of Midwest winter weather this weekend

ST. LOUIS – There is a little snow in the forecast Friday night into Saturday for the St. Louis area. However, the system could bring snow across the Midwest and that has Southwest Airlines issuing a travel advisory ahead of the potential weather.

The airline says based on the forecast service for the following cities could be disrupted on Jan. 14- Jan. 15:

  • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
  • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • St. Louis, MO (STL)

Customers with reservations to/from/through these cities may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

Customers who purchased their itinerary via or our mobile app are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device.

Customers who did not purchase a ticket via can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative.

Customers in the U.S. scheduled to travel internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative for assistance with rebooking.

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The Midwest Town Giving You A Free Hotel Night If You Visit

Whether you’re simply planning a weekend getaway for some time this month or in June or are looking for a place to spend some time on your way to Branson, the city of Springfield, Missouri, wants you to come visit. As an incentive, the tourism bureau will even pay your hotel bill for one night!

Here’s How It Works

As you plan a trip to Springfield, which is only 45 minutes north of Branson, the first thing you’ll need to do is visit the convention and visitors bureau’s website. That’s because you’ll need to reserve your hotel room through a link on that website — at least 48 hours before you plan to arrive in Springfield.

After you reserve your room at one of the participating hotels, the next step is to download a digital pass, which means you must use a smartphone.

Once you have downloaded the pass, all you need to do is visit and make a qualified purchase at three of the participating local attractions, three of the food and drink locations, and spend at least two nights in the hotel. After “checking in” on the pass at each participating business and making a qualified purchase, the business will give you a code to enter into the pass. That’s how the convention and visitors bureau management will know you qualify for the free night at your hotel.

Things To Do

There’s a lot to do in and around Springfield, and plenty of attractions are participating in the program. Here are some examples.

Dickerson Park Zoo

The zoo, which is open daily, sits on about 100 acres. Plan on visiting its large number of reptiles, plus an array of amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and mammals.

Route 66 Car Museum

If you like cars and are interested in Route 66, you need to visit the Route 66 Car Museum. The privately owned collection includes more than 70 American and European automobiles.

History Museum On The Square

The museum features six main galleries that highlight and explain Springfield’s history. What’s more, history buffs will love that the Park Central Square buildings have all been restored to preserve the city’s history.

Know Before You (Prepare To) Go

If you plan to take advantage of the free hotel night offer, keep in mind that the offer ends June 27 and is limited to the first 3,000 participants. You can find all of the details and rules here. For more information about things to do and places to visit, be sure to check out all of our Missouri coverage, including our Route 66 and Branson inspiration.

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