Midland Zoo Mourns the Loss of Beloved Bear

Tragedy struck the Midland Zoo this week when beloved polar bear, Homer, was found deceased in his exhibit. The 16 year old bear, was the oldest bear at the zoo and beloved by all.

“Homer was very curious and playful and will be missed terribly.” said, zookeeper, Sara N. Getty.

Polar bears have thrived at the Midland zoo since 1985, and their exhibit allows the bears to engage in natural behaviors, and mimic their natural habitat as much as possible with places for playing in snow, digging in gravel, and hunting trout in their chilled pool. They serve to educate visitors about this threatened species.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death, but results can take several weeks. Zoo director, Chris P. Bacon, stated that the zoo will do everything in their power to determine how the bear died, and that animal welfare and the preservation of species is the zoo’s primary goal.

Jodi Cramer Profile Story Draft 1

Jodi Cramer found her passion in life when she stepped onto the softball diamond for the first time when she was 8 years old. Cramer said she remembers the moment like it was yesterday. The smell of the fresh cut grass and being surrounded by her friends, and she was hooked. 

“It was the first thing that ever made sense in my life. My parents had me sing in the choir at church, and I tried basketball the year before, and I liked all those things but playing softball just felt right.” Cramer said, “Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t good right from the start it too lots of practice, and tears to become successful, but man when I made contact with the ball hitting for the first time, and throwing my first girl out at first, I knew this sport was what I was supposed to do.”

Fast forward a few years, and she is in full swing of her junior high years. Cramer grew up in smalltown, Belmond Iowa where the softball season was in the summer, so instead of getting a new bathing suite for the year she got new softball cleats and a mitt. Growing up in the dirt gave Cramer a different attitude than most girls her age, she was tough, persevered through challenges, and loved to get dirty. 

“Jodi was always a hard worker, she had a love for the game that many of her teammates did not share. Even in junior high it was special to see the attitude and a love for the game she brought to the field, and as her coach through all those years it was awesome to see her grow and achieve new things, “ said Cramer’s junior high coach, Jim Meyers 

In high school Cramer really came into her own in the game, playing for the Belmond-Klemme Broncos, she was the starting center fielder all 4 years of high school, and even had 2 trips to the state tournament. With a couple trips and school records in track throughout her high school days, Cramer was known for being quick and a hustler, which only made her an even better ball player. 

“My junior and senior year when the All-State honors came out I had to do a double take, I just couldn’t believe my name was on the list. I always felt undeserving like I could do better, get better, and I still feel that way today”, Cramer said. 

After high school, Cramer went on the play softball at Grand View College in Des Moines, where she made a name for herself both on the softball field and the volleyball court. After only two years of playing at the higher level, she eventually hung up her cleats and put on her coaching hat when she got married and moved to Idaho with her fiance.

Cramer’s next destination was Pocatello, Idaho where she became Poky High School’s head softball coach, and history teacher. The program Cramer took over was subpar, the team didn’t have a reputation, and not many girls went out for the sport. That did not stop Cramer though, after only two years she got the team’s record up to above .500. Over the next decade, she would go on to coach them to several state tournaments, and be named Idaho Coach of the Year twice. 

“I always knew she had a niche for the game as a player, but her light really shown through as a coach. Seeing her instill that same passion and love for the game to her players was amazing to see and I have never been more proud of her, she is a damn good coach.” said Cramer’s mom, Donna Medina. 

After coaching at Poky for 15 years, Cramer decided to move her family back to Belmond, when the head coach position for volleyball and softball opened up at her alma mater. Her first year back she took the team to the state tournament in softball. 

Cramer continues to coach to this day, she put away her coaching hat for a while to watch her kids play in high school, but just recently starting working with Belmond’s junior high program, and is loving every minute of it. 


Jodi Cramer found her passion in life when she picked up a softball bat at the age of 8 years old. The swift motion of swinging to the crack of the bat when she made contact with the ball for the first time got her hooked on the game. Now 35 years later she is an all state coach of the sport with several trips to state tournaments under her belt.

More Female Athletes Talk About a Taboo: Their Period

This was an article from the Wall Street Journal, and it talks about how famous well known women athletes have been talking about their mensural cycle more publicly in the recent years.

This article was not really informational based rather than informative. It didn’t read like a normal news story, it was rather subjective, and instead of talking about these women and perhaps why they are doing it, it praised the women which made it more subjective to read. I think it worked and achieved the goal that the writer intended, it just was a lot different than most articles I have read.

I think it shed light on important information regarding women’s rights, feminism, and how having that public figure status as athletes is a great way to normalize, and talk about sensitive issues such as a woman’s period.

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Blink of an Eye

A Morningside Senior, Engels Perez, is getting his first big break as a playwright thanks to Morningside College and Shot in the Dark Theatre.

Perez’s production of “Blink of and Eye” is set to perform in front of an audience for the first time next week November 15th through the 17th.

When asked about what this experience means to him, Perez had this to say,

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This is one of the first student produced plays Morningside has done, and includes several other Morningside students acting and working backstage.

Following that in entertainment this week,

Rapper, Kanye West, recently released a new album titled “Jesus is King” that is currently charting at number 1 on the music charts.

 The album takes a different avenue compared to the rapper’s previous album “Ye” that was released just last year. With the music West also released a documentary video showing his famous Sunday services.

West’s new outlook on faith is connecting with young people and Morningside student, [name], had this to say about the new music,

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Speaking of college students,

An Alaskan University is now accepting peanut butter and jellys as a valid way to pay for a parking ticket.

University officials say each person could use PB&J payments for two citations issued within the past 45 days and the food goes to students on campus that are in need.

This is a way to pay it forward that other colleges are now looking at being a part of.

As for the world of politics,

The House is in full swing of the impeachment process and investigating the Trump administration. With this we asked college students how much they knew about what was going on in Washington right now,

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Trump recently addressed the press this past Friday concerning the impeachment, and his fury was very clear stating,

“The Republicans are given no due process whatsoever..we’re not allowed to do anything … in this history of our country there has never been a disgrace like what is going on right now “

Later on Friday, the impeachment committee heard testimony from David Holmes, creating a strong case against the president and his relationship with Gordon Sondland, U.S ambassador to the European Union, and the Ukrainian President.

Stakes are high in Washington, and it is important for the youth to educate themselves with what is going on, with 2020 only a month away.

New Crown?

For this week’s news comment I read an article from USA Today that talked about the Netflix original ” The Crown” and the new season. This article was definitely geared more towards gossip and talked about how fans reacted to the new season on Netflix, and the new person that was crowned queen and the controversy behind it.

The article was informational, but at the same time kind of read like gossip. I think the reporter could have done a better job of being objective because I think it was just a regular article and not a feature, I think it was unclear what the point of the story was.

I think the reporter could have done a better job talking about why the audience is reacting the way they are, there was a lot of context missing that I had to go look up on outside sources, so it wasn’t the best article I read but it did captivate me.

Queen Changing Fashion

This week the New York Times covered an article over Queen Elizabeth and how she is going furless. For the longest time the royal family has been in the spotlight for their fashion and have been known to sport fur coats.

This is about to change, the Queen has decided to go furless recently and some of her most recognizable fur coats have been altered with fake fur now. This may not seem very important, but since the royal family has a tradition for sporting fur and being in the public eye this is a fashion statement for the 93 year old Queen that sparked the publics interest.

I thought the Times did an excellent job in covering the topic, they did not seem in favor or against the issue, instead they just informed their readers that it was going on and why it is significant. I enjoyed learning this and making this kind of content news worthy could also cause a chain reaction to make others also go furless. I thought it was a great and relevant article for the Times to cover.

The Mystery of Crop Revised

Sophomore year of high school was a turning point for Ellie Cropley when she found her greatest passion in life; getting dirty on the softball field.

Now in her second year of college, Cropley is the Mustang’s starting right fielder and continues to make a name for herself on and off the field.

When she hangs up her cleats at the end of the day, Cropley focuses on her studies as an Ag Education major, and in her leisure time enjoys hanging out with family and friends.

Cropley, enjoys fishing at her lake house in South Dakota, taking her family’s boat for a spin, and supporting her older brother’s athletic career.

The most important thing you need to know about Ellie Cropley is she is a stand out student and athlete that plans to do great things during her time as a Mustang.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Open Up…

Recently the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been in the public eye a little more than usual. The royal couple just released a documentary this last Sunday showing a different side to the royal lifestyle.

CNN recently covered a story on them both from a broadcasting standpoint, and released an article about them. In this post I am going to be talking about the differences I saw between the video and its script and the article.

One thing that I noticed was the article was much more wordy and had several quotes from outside sources and Harry and Meghan themselves, where as the video just briefly talked about them. You could definitely tell the style of writing were very different.

The video was more to the point, and discussed how the couple is going after the Tabloids for false accusations against Meghan, and how the media has been effecting their lives. Where as the article went into more depth about the documentary that was just released and the content, and what that means for the royal couple.

The article gave more insight, where as the video was almost just a brief description of what is going on since the documentary starring the couple came out on Sunday.

Overall, I think that the stories covered the same basic content, but I think the leads were different. I think the main objective of the video was talking about how the media is effecting the couple, and how they are handling it. Whereas the article did talk about that but it also focused more on the documentary, and had direct quotes from the couple making it almost more personable.

The B Role in the video was useful also. In the video it definitely set a different tone than when I was just reading the article. It was just interesting really comparing the two different media platforms covering the same story for the first time. I noticed a lot more differences than I was initially expecting.