5 Things You Didn’t Know About State Boys’ Basketball

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The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state basketball tournament tipped off this morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Nodaway Valley squared off in Class 1A action, the first of 32 games to be played over the next six days. Dating back 104 years, the state basketball tournament has an impressive history.

Iowa State Girls’ Basketball Tournament Primer

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The Iowa state girls’ basketball tournament takes place next week, and here at Homemakers, we couldn’t be more excited!

The 95th annual state tournament tips off Monday morning, with Colo-Nesco and Newell-Fonda facing off in the first Class 1A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Teams will descend on Des Moines from every corner of the state, literally: Western Christian of Hull, Bishop Heelan and Central Lyon from the northwest corner, Bedford from the southwest, Burlington and Mediapolis from the southeast and Cedar Falls, Waverly-Shell Rock and Crestwood from the northeast.

In all, 40 teams will take to the court at Wells Fargo next week.

State Wrestling Returns to Des Moines

State Wrestling Returns to Des Moines

Are you joining the thousands of wrestling fans in Des Moines this week?

We’re pumped for state high school tournament action, which kicks off Wednesday with the dual team tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. The individual tournament begins Thursday, with the championship matches set for Saturday night.

There’s no place quite like Iowa for incredible wrestling. The state’s storied history with the sport goes back more than a century. The University of Iowa formed its first team in 1911. Iowa State University fielded a team for the first time in 1916, and the University of Northern Iowa jumped on board in 1923.

Cozy & Compact: Home Office

A home office is essential for keeping your household running smoothly, but it can be hard to justify dedicating space to one when you don’t have a lot of room to begin with.

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When you don’t have a ton of square footage, it can be tricky to find room for your belongings. The key is open, vertical storage. The smaller footprint is ideal for cozier spaces, and unenclosed shelving makes things easier to find—plus, it encourages you to stay organized!

Cozy & Compact: Stylish, Practical Living in Small Spaces

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Furnishing smaller homes can often pose unique challenges. However, there’s no need to sacrifice comfort and style while sticking to space and budget constraints. All it takes is a little creativity—and a little help from Homemakers!

In our Cozy and Compact series, we’ll take you through each room of your home, suggesting great looks that combine form and function on a smaller scale. Plus, with our legendary low prices, you’ll know you’re getting a great deal that you won’t find elsewhere.