One of the first small family hotels in Hrvatsko Zagorje, which has been named the best small continental hotel in Croatia for three years in a row, has made a unique step forward in the offer of continental tourism.The investment worth two million euros opens Villa Magdalena to the business tourism sector as well. Villa Magdalena is unique in that each accommodation unit is equipped with a jacuzzi with thermal water in the living room. Two conference halls are also a novelty, which has positioned this hotel as a desirable choice for various business arrangements. “We are aware that investments are the key to survival in an increasingly demanding market and a response to the needs of guests, which is where the idea of expanding the hotel’s capacity came from. Zagorje has a huge tourist potential and I am sure that our example will encourage other investors to pay more attention and look for investment opportunities in our area.”, Said the owner of the Villa Magdalena hotel, Ivan Petrović, and added that the investment was financed with its own funds.Hotel Villa Magdalena is the first four-star hotel in Hrvatsko Zagorje and Krapinske Toplice opened in 2009. Last year, the hotel achieved an occupancy rate of 81 percent throughout the year and a total of 5.741 overnight stays in only nine accommodation units. For three years in a row (2012, 2013 and 2014) it was named the best small continental hotel in Croatia according to the choice of Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia. “Investments are key to further strengthening the competitiveness of tourism in the Republic of Croatia, with investments in the hotel industry being of particular importance because this is a segment that characterizes year-round operations. According to the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, the plan is to increase the share of hotels in the total accommodation structure, but also to strengthen the additional tourist offer throughout the year throughout the country, especially on the continent with great tourist potential. Therefore, hotels that offer additional facilities to tourists in addition to their classic offer, for example in the health tourism segment, are a strong element for the development of the quality of the overall tourist offer of Croatia, but also the destination in which they operate. Also, with its renovation, the hotel Villa Magdalena has the opportunity to position itself as a place for business meetings and conferences, which will contribute to the year-round offer of Zagorje and the continental part of Croatia in general.Said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.
HAMPTON — The Hampton-Dumont-CAL softball season has come to an end due to a positive case of COVID-19. Athletic Director Christi Weiser says the individual was involved in strength and conditioning on Wednesday morning and the families of those deemed to have been in close contact with the individual were contacted on Thursday. Weiser says the season was cancelled due to the fact that the post-season starts next week and there’s not enough time for the testing and quarantining needed to continue the season. The Bulldog baseball team was not impacted by the positive test result and their season will continue as planned. IOWA FALLS — PJ Feuerbach knocked in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to give Clear Lake a 7-5 win at Iowa Falls-Alden last night in North Central Conference baseball, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Clear Lake improves to 9-5 overall and finishes 4-2 in conference play. They’ll travel to Waverly-Shell Rock tonight. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In an effort to balance a budget shortfall that is expected to exceed $1 million resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Athletics is implementing several cost-saving measures which began July 1.UNI Athletics staff and coaches will take temporary salary reductions for fiscal year ’21, as part of expense saving measures. Additionally, all contract incentives for head coaches and Director of Athletics David Harris have been suspended for the fiscal year.Harris says they understand that these temporary reductions will be challenging for staff and coaches, and they feel fortunate to have a team of staff members that understand the unprecedented situation that they face. He says their goals are to minimize the impact to student-athletes, protect human resources and emerge from this pandemic on strong fiscal footing. ATLANTA — Former Newman and NIACC baseball standout Bryce Ball has been added to the Atlanta Braves’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming season. Ball was a 24th-round pick by the Braves in last year’s draft and has made his way up through the minors, hitting .329 with 17 homers and 52 runs batted in combined with rookie-level Danville and Single-A Rome. Ball is currently ranked as the Braves’ #16 prospect by Baseball America. With minor league baseball cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Ball will likely be part of a group of players that exist as a sort-of “taxi squad” that will be brought in to camp to train and play intersquad games. ALGONA — Newman pounded out 12 hits in an 11-5 non-conference baseball win at Algona last night. Max Burt had a homer and four runs batted in to lead the Knights. Newman is 13-4 overall and will end the regular season hosting South Winneshiek tonight before starting 1A district baseball play hosting North Iowa on Saturday night. SATURDAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A District Baseball Quarterfinals at Newman = 4:30 — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills= 7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowa IOWA CITY — For the first time since 1976, there will be no Iowa-Iowa State football game.The Big Ten announced it will be moving to a conference only schedule for football and other fall sports. That would force the cancelation of the Cyclone-Hawkeye game set to be played in Iowa City on September 12th.University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says they fully support the actions taken by the Big Ten Conference, knowing that the health, safety, and wellness of student-athletes, coaches, and staff is the top priority. He says the past few months have entailed numerous conversations between conference colleagues, Commissioner Warren and the Big Ten presidents, as they have worked to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic.The schedule change also means Iowa’s September 5th opener at home against UNI will be canceled as will a third home game against Northern Illinois. — High school softball Thursday nightNewman vs. Central Springs — postponed to MondayIowa Falls-Alden 8, West Fork 5Estherville Lincoln Central 12, Lake Mills 2Estherville Lincoln Central 8, Bishop Garrigan 3 — Post-season play starts for Class 1A and 2A baseball teams on Saturday evening with district quarterfinal round games:== 1A District 3 at Newman (both games on AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com)4:30 — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowa== 1A District 3 at Sheffield4:30 — Northwood-Kensett vs. West Hancock7:00 — West Fork vs. AGWSR== 1A District 5 at St. Ansgar4:30 — Janesville vs. Dunkerton7:00 — St. Ansgar vs. Clarksville== 1A District 5 at Rockford4:30 — Nashua-Plainfield vs. Riceville7:00 — Rockford vs. North Butler== 2A District 3 at Garner4:30 — North Union vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows7:00 — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Emmetsburg== 2A District 6 at New Hampton4:30 — Osage vs. North Fayette Valley7:00 — Waukon vs. Sumner-Fredericksburg — other baseball Thursday nightEstherville Lincoln Central 9, Lake Mills 0Aplington-Parkersburg 11, North Butler 1Humboldt 9, Bishop Garrigan 6