Midwestern United States
The Midwestern United States referred to as the American Midwest, Middle West, or the Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau. It occupies the northern central part of the United States, it was named the North Central Region by the Census Bureau until 1984. It is located between the Northeastern United States and the Western United States, with Canada to its north and the Southern United States to its south; the Census Bureau's definition consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. The region lies on the broad Interior Plain between the states occupying the Appalachian Mountain range and the states occupying the Rocky Mountain range. Major rivers in the region include, from east to west, the Ohio River, the Upper Mississippi River, the Missouri River. A 2012 report from the United States Census put the population of the Midwest at 65,377,684; the Midwest is divided by the Census Bureau into two divisions.
The East North Central Division includes Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which are part of the Great Lakes region. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, several of which are located, at least within the Great Plains region. Chicago is the most populous city in the American Midwest and the third most populous in the entire country. Other large Midwestern cities include: Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, Cincinnati and Des Moines. Chicago and its suburbs form the largest metropolitan statistical area with 9.9 million people, followed by Metro Detroit, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Greater St. Louis, Greater Cleveland, Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City metro area, the Columbus metro area; the term Midwestern has been in use since the 1880s to refer to portions of the central United States. A variant term, Middle West, has been used since the 19th century and remains common. Another term sometimes applied to the same general region is the heartland.
Other designations for the region have fallen out of use, such as the Northwest or Old Northwest and Mid-America. The Northwest Territory was one of the earliest territories of the United States, stretching northwest from the Ohio River to northern Minnesota and the upper-Mississippi; the upper-Mississippi watershed including the Missouri and Illinois Rivers was the setting for the earlier French settlements of the Illinois Country and the Ohio Country. Economically the region is balanced between heavy industry and agriculture, with finance and services such as medicine and education becoming important, its central location makes it a transportation crossroads for river boats, autos and airplanes. Politically, the region swings back and forth between the parties, thus is contested and decisive in elections. After the sociological study Middletown, based on Muncie, commentators used Midwestern cities as "typical" of the nation. Earlier, the rhetorical question, "Will it play in Peoria?", had become a stock phrase using Peoria, Illinois to signal whether something would appeal to mainstream America.
The region has a higher employment-to-population ratio than the Northeast, the West, the South, or the Sun Belt states as of 2011. Traditional definitions of the Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance Old Northwest states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase; the states of the Old Northwest are known as Great Lakes states and are east-north central in the United States. The Ohio River runs along the southeastern section while the Mississippi River runs north to south near the center. Many of the Louisiana Purchase states in the west-north central United States, are known as Great Plains states, where the Missouri River is a major waterway joining with the Mississippi; the Midwest lies north of the 36°30′ parallel that the 1820 Missouri Compromise established as the dividing line between future slave and non-slave states. The Midwest Region is defined by the U. S. Census Bureau as these 12 states: Illinois: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Indiana: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Iowa: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River state Kansas: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Michigan: Old Northwest and Great Lakes state Minnesota: Old Northwest, Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Lakes state Missouri: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River, border state Nebraska: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state North Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Plains, Missouri River state Ohio: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state.
The southeastern part of the state is part of northern Appalachia South Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Wisconsin: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Great Lakes stateVarious organizations define the Midwest with different groups of states. For example, the Council of State Governments, an organization for communication and coordination among state governments, includes in its Midwe
Scheels Arena is a multi-purpose venue located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is part of the Sanford Health Athletic Park which comprises the arena, the Family Wellness Center, the Sanford POWER Athletic Center. There are plans to add four additional ice sheets; the Urban Plains Center was constructed and opened in 2008. It was renamed in 2010; the arena seats up to 6,000 for concerts, over 5,000 for ice hockey, it holds 40 suites and 300 club seats. It features an NHL-sized ice sheet; the main tenant of the arena is the Fargo Force. Other arena events have included Fargo-Moorhead high school hockey, the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2011 US Curling Nationals for both men and women, the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament West Regional and concerts; the North Dakota State Bison men's basketball team played their home games at Scheels Arena for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons while their previous arena, the Bison Sports Arena, was being remodeled.
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Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization that represents the three Canada-based major junior ice hockey leagues for players 16 to 20 years of age. The CHL was founded in 1975 as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, is composed of its three member leagues, the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. For the 2017–18 season, its three leagues and 60 teams represent nine Canadian provinces as well as four American states; the CHL schedule culminates in the Memorial Cup tournament, which sees each of the three league champions, as well as a host team, play a round-robin tournament to determine a national champion. The CHL hosts the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, for the top draft eligible players in the league, as well as the CHL Canada/Russia Series, a six-game all-star exhibition series against a team of Russian juniors; the current president is David Branch, Gilles Courteau and Ron Robison are vice-presidents. The Canadian Hockey League is the governing body for Major Junior hockey, the top level of amateur hockey in Canada.
The CHL oversees the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with the OHL and WHL having teams in both Canada and the United States. Each league plays individual regular season schedules, playoffs; the annual CHL championship is determined by the Memorial Cup tournament held in May. The CHL is considered the world's top junior hockey league for developing professional players and is a key supplier of new players and officials for the many North American professional hockey leagues, such as the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, the ECHL. If a CHL player does not sign a professional contract, many opt to play for U Sports and go to school due to CHL sponsored scholarship programs. However, due to the use of paying player stipends and allowing junior players that have signed entry level contracts with the NHL, all CHL teams are considered professional by the NCAA; the CHL seeks to raise the profile of the junior game by hosting annual events such as the Memorial Cup, the CHL Top Prospects Game and the Subway Super Series.
The organization provides many scholarships and bursaries for its players who exemplify extraordinary efforts and community involvement. These programs are supported by the many corporate sponsors; the Memorial Cup Tournament is the championship of Junior Canadian hockey. Each year it features the champions from the host CHL team; the host team changes from year to year, is selected by a bidding process prior to the start of each season. The annual event is one of the biggest sporting events in North America, attracting thousands of spectators and generating increasing revenue for both the CHL teams and the host city. MasterCard is the official sponsor of the championship; the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is an annual event sponsored by Home Hardware and hosted by the CHL in which 40 of the top NHL Entry Draft eligible prospects in the Canadian Hockey League play against each other much like an all-star game. Each draft prospect hopes to boost their draft ranking with the NHL scouts and general managers who attend.
The players are coached by a pair of hockey celebrities Don Cherry and Bobby Orr. The event has been held annually since 1992. From 1992 to 1995 the event was known as the CHL All-Star Challenge and pitted one of the CHL's leagues against the other two; the CHL Canada/Russia Series is an annual junior ice hockey exhibition tournament held between a select team of Russian players and all-star teams representing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The event is organized by the Canadian Hockey League and consists of six games total each year, with the Russian Selects playing two games versus each league's all-star team. All games are broadcast nationally in Canada on Sportsnet; the series features players from the Canadian national junior team, the Russian national junior team. The CHL Import Draft is an annual event in which every team in the Canadian Hockey League may select the rights to eligible import players. An import is classified as a player whose parents not residents of the United States.
The draft is conducted during the last week of June, or first week of July. Teams from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, systematically take turns making selections in reverse order of the team's standings in the CHL from the previous season. Teams can have a maximum of two imports; the Canadian Hockey League awards sixteen annual trophies for accomplishments during the regular and at the Memorial Cup to top individuals and teams among its three member leagues. The Memorial Cup is the top award for the championship team at the end-of-season Memorial Cup tournament. A set of five individual awards are given for performance at the tournament. In the regular season, Canadian Hockey League presents ten annual awards; the nominees for each individual award are determined by the winner of the corresponding award handed out by each of the Canadian Hockey League's three member leagues, the Ontario Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Western Hockey League.
For the 2016–17 season the league comprises 60 teams located in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. Nine o
Urbandale is a city in Polk County and Dallas County, United States. As of the 2010 U. S. Census, the city population was 39,463, it is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Urbandale was incorporated as a city on April 16, 1917. In its early days, Urbandale served as a streetcar suburb of Des Moines with four coal mines. Urbandale served as the end of the "Urbandale Line" after plans to build a railroad from Des Moines to Woodward were abandoned because of right-of-way issues; the coal mines had closed by the end of the 1940s while streetcar service ended in 1951. In 1920, shortly after the city incorporated, Urbandale had 298 people, its population in 1950 was 1,777, but the city grew after that along with the rest of Des Moines' suburbs. By 1970 Urbandale had 14,434 people, in 2000 it had 29,072. Although most of the city's developed area is in Polk County, Urbandale has expanded westward into Dallas County in recent years. In 2012, Urbandale gained national attention after President Barack Obama held a reelection campaign meeting downtown.
Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, Iowa 141. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.94 square miles, of which, 21.92 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water. The median income for a household in the city was $59,744, the median income for a family was $70,548. Males had a median income of $45,470 versus $32,631 for females; the per capita income for the city was $29,021. About 2.5% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2010 United States Census there were 39,463 people, 15,596 households, 10,815 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,800.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 16,319 housing units at an average density of 744.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 2.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.8% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population. There were 15,596 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 30.7% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 29,072 people, 11,484 households, 8,038 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,404.9 people per square mile. There were 11,869 housing units at an average density of 573.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.18% White, 1.53% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, 0.86% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population. There were 11,484 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02. Age spread: 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males. While Urbandale is a residential city, other development has increased in recent years in the business parks located inside the Urban Loop; this 12-mile stretch of I-35/I-80 has multiple access points to Urbandale. Businesses in the Urban Loop have high freeway visibility and traffic counts which continue to fuel the rapid growth of this area.
The Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees operations for its multi-state games is located in Urbandale, although Powerball is now drawn in Florida. In July 2005, Money magazine ranked Urbandale 53rd on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States; the July 2006 Money Magazine list dropped the city from the list. Urbandale reappeared on the list in the July 2007 issue of Money Magazine as the 39th best place to live. A September 2008 Business Week magazine survey ranked Urbandale 12th among the nation's top 20 communities to face trouble ahead from the still-brewing Wall Street financial crises; this was due to the large number of banking based facilities in the city. According to Urbandale's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: The Urban Loop is a development area in the north/central portion of Urbandale and is recognized for the accessible network of traffic routes. Unofficially, the name Rider Corner was used locally to define the ninety-degree bend in the 35/80 interstate system that runs through Urbandale.
The proposed area was official
The Resch Center is a 10,200 seat multi-purpose arena, in Ashwaubenon, United States built in 2002. It is the home of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team, the Green Bay Gamblers ice hockey team, the Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team, it was named for executive Dick Resch of a local office furniture company KI Industries, which holds the arena's naming rights. The arena was built next to the existing Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and across the street from Lambeau Field on a site home to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame from 1976 until 2001; the arena holds a Green Bay address. Thirteen of the top 15 attendance crowds at the center have been concerts. 1. Elton John: 10,414 2. Shania Twain: 10,367 3. Metallica: 9,974 4. Jason Aldean: 9,885 5. Elton John: 9,765 6. Eric Church: 9,757 7. Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy: 9,687 8. Eric Church: 9,619 9. UW-Green Bay vs. Wisconsin Badgers basketball: 9,301 10. Bon Jovi: 9,282 11. Aerosmith: 9,119 12.
Neil Diamond: 9,061 13. Carrie Underwood: 9,031 14. Eagles: 8,985 15. Eagles: 8,601 The Resch Center was the site of the 2006 NCAA men's hockey tournament's Midwest Regional, held on March 25 and 26, hosted by Michigan Technological University; the regional final had Wisconsin defeating Cornell 1–0 in three overtimes. This game was the longest 1–0 game in NCAA Tournament history, the second longest game in NCAA tournament history, the seventh-longest game in NCAA Division I history; the victory earned the Badgers their first trip to the Frozen Four since 1992. The NCAA Division I Hockey Midwest Regional returned to the Resch Center March 26–27, 2011, hosted by Michigan Technological University; the Resch Center is the home of the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League and the former home of the Green Bay Chill of the Legends Football League. The field used for the team is sponsored by U. S. Cellular; the Resch Center Theatre is a more intimate configuration of the Resch Center designed for shows with capacities from 3,000 to 5,500.
An elaborate floor-to-ceiling, curtain system allows the venue to be transformed into an intimate setting of the Resch Center that can be used for theater style concerts, Broadway shows, other events. Tool performed on September 2002, the first event held at Resch. Ray Charles Yanni Hall & Oates Nelly Ashlee Simpson The Cheetah Girls Death Cab for Cutie Kid Rock Motley Crue Daughtry Avenged Sevenfold Journey The Band Perry Alan Jackson WWE SmackDown was the 1st televised event held at the arena. WWE has held dozens of WWE Raw and non-televised events including feature appearances by Donald Trump in 2009, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews in 2011, the WWE return of Hulk Hogan in 2014; the Milwaukee Bucks held nine pre-season games at the arena from 2004 to 2014 and averaged 5,525 fans in attendance. The PBR will make its first-ever visit to Green Bay with an Unleash the Beast Series bull riding event at the Resch Center from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019; the Resch Center hosts the WIAA Girls Volleyball State Championships in November.
The Resch Center began hosting the WIAA Girls Basketball State Championships in 2013 and will continue to host through 2020. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Official Website Resch Center - UWGB Phoenix Athletics
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports; the organization is headquartered in Indiana. In its 2016–17 fiscal year the NCAA took in $1.06 billion in revenue, over 82% of, generated by the Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In August 1973, the current three-division system of Division I, Division II, Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships. Larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978. Subsequently, the term "Division I-AAA" was added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer used by the NCAA.
In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. Controversially, the NCAA caps the benefits that collegiate athletes can receive from their schools. There is a consensus among economists that these caps for men's basketball and football players benefit the athletes' schools at the expense of athletes. Intercollegiate sports began in the US in 1852 when crews from Harvard and Yale universities met in a challenge race in the sport of rowing; as rowing remained the preeminent sport in the country into the late-1800s, many of the initial debates about collegiate athletic eligibility and purpose were settled through organizations like the Rowing Association of American Colleges and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. As other sports emerged, notably football and basketball, many of these same concepts and standards were adopted. Football, in particular, began to emerge as a marquee sport, but the rules of the game itself were in constant flux and had to be adapted for each contest.
The NCAA dates its formation to two White House conferences convened by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century in response to repeated injuries and deaths in college football which had "prompted many college and universities to discontinue the sport." Following those White House meetings and the reforms which had resulted, Chancellor Henry MacCracken of New York University organized a meeting of 13 colleges and universities to initiate changes in football playing rules. The IAAUS was established on March 31, 1906, took its present name, the NCAA, in 1910. For several years, the NCAA was a discussion group and rules-making body, but in 1921, the first NCAA national championship was conducted: the National Collegiate Track and Field Championships. More rules committees were formed and more championships were created, including a basketball championship in 1939. A series of crises brought the NCAA to a crossroads after World War II; the "Sanity Code" – adopted to establish guidelines for recruiting and financial aid – failed to curb abuses.
Postseason football games were multiplying with little control, member schools were concerned about how the new medium of television would affect football attendance. The complexity of those problems and the growth in membership and championships demonstrated the need for full-time professional leadership. Walter Byers a part-time executive assistant, was named executive director in 1951, a national headquarters was established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952. Byers wasted no time placing his stamp on the Association. A program to control live television of football games was approved, the annual Convention delegated enforcement powers to the Association's Council, legislation was adopted governing postseason bowl games; as college athletics grew, the scope of the nation's athletics programs diverged, forcing the NCAA to create a structure that recognized varying levels of emphasis. In 1973, the Association's membership was divided into three legislative and competitive divisions – I, II, III.
Five years in 1978, Division I members voted to create subdivisions I-A and I-AA in football. Until the 1980s, the association did not offer women's athletics. Instead, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, with nearly 1000 member schools, governed women's collegiate sports in the United States; the AIAW was in a vulnerable position. Following a one-year overlap in which both organizations staged women's championships, the AIAW discontinued operation, most member schools continued their women's athletics programs under the governance of the NCAA. By 1982 all divisions of the NCAA offered national championship events for women's athletics. A year in 1983, the 75th Convention approved an expansion to plan women's athletic program services and pushed for a women's championship program. By the 1980s, televised college football had become a larger source of income for the NCAA. In September 1981, the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia Athletic Association filed suit against the NCAA in district court in Oklahoma.
The plaintiffs stated that the NCAA's football tel
USA Hockey Arena
The USA Hockey Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Plymouth Township, opened in 1996. Known as the Compuware Sports Arena, its name was shortened to Compuware Arena on September 11, 2007, to better market the venue for non-sporting events it hosted, it was renamed again to USA Hockey Arena in 2015. Peter Karmanos, the President of Compuware and owner of the Detroit Whalers, arranged to build the Whalers a new home as soon as the 1995-96 season ended after playing that season at Oak Park Ice Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills; the Compuware Sports Arena was constructed in six months time, ready for the 1996–97 season. The team remained the Detroit Whalers after moving to Plymouth Township and were renamed the Plymouth Whalers in 1997–98; the complex features two arenas: the main arena, where the Whalers played their home games, is standard NHL-size and has seating for four thousand people. The Olympic Arena is the home ice of Detroit Catholic Central High School although they play games in the main arena when strong attendance is anticipated.
The two arenas share concession stands, both of which have openings for both arenas allowing one set of staff to serve both arenas simultaneously. Attached to the complex is "CJ's Brewing Company"; the arena was home to the now defunct Detroit Ignition, a Major Indoor Soccer League / XSL team, as well as the Compuware Ambassadors minor hockey program. The arena hosted the now defunct Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League during its last season in 2000-2001 The arena hosts the annual MHSAA high school state championships for boys ice hockey. On October 22, 2006, TNA hosted Bound for Glory at the arena. During the summer months, the arena's parking lot is home to a drive-in movie theater that features double feature first run movies on three giant screens, it hosts the commencement ceremonies for Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Northville High School, as well as for other high schools. In November 2014, it was reported that USA Hockey had reached an agreement to take over Compuware Arena by mid-2015, with an intent to relocate the National Team Development Program from Ann Arbor to Plymouth, use the facility to "host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events".
The Plymouth Whalers were to remain a tenant, but were sold in January 2015 and re-located to Flint. In April 2017, USA Hockey Arena hosted the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship. Gucci Mane, October 26, 2007 Journey, November 2, 2008 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Girl Talk, March 3, 2011 Five Finger Death Punch, December 16, 2011 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, We Came as Romans, November 9, 2011 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Pretty Lights, TOKiMONSTA, Paul Basic The Crofoot and AEG Live present: Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Icona Pop, February 21, 2013 The Crofoot and AEG Live present: High Velocity Super Action Fun Time Festival featuring: Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, Of Mice & Men, Issues, Wilson, February 21, 2014 Official Website of USA Hockey Arena Official Website of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Official Website of USA Hockey Arena Summer Drive-In Official Website of CJ's Brewing Company- Plymouth Official Website of Compuware Youth Hockey