Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jul 29

1A Baseball: Third all-public final in 20 years

In one corner: The recently legendary Martensdale-St. Marys, owner of an 86-game win streak and defending champion. In the other corner, and I do mean corner: The long-time legendary Kee High, a couple of fastballs away from both the Minnesota … Continue reading

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Jul 28

Post office closures: Quick hits

This is a rundown of things gleaned from the July and April lists of post offices the USPS is considering closing. (I’m assuming that since there is no overlap, the previous list is still valid.) The Iowa Back Roads and … Continue reading

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Jul 28

Map of new post offices under closure threat

A visual representation of the list from this article (Des Moines Register). This does NOT include the dozens targeted earlier this year. That map was heavy in north-central Iowa; here, the northwest and south get hit hard. In many places, … Continue reading

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Jul 26

178 more(!) post offices put on The List

178 Iowa Post Offices Could Close (KCCI) (with alphabetical list) The only difference I can tell with this set is that it’s accompanied by a discussion about “village post offices” inside other businesses, which is a non-starter if the only … Continue reading

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Jul 25

Rick Reilly puts in a dig at Ames

There were plenty, and I mean plenty, of slams on Ames and Iowa State as a whole last summer during the Big 12 Missile Crisis. I may put those up in the future, but right now, the list starts here. … Continue reading

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Jul 23

NY Times: 47,000 is a “small town”

The headline: Small-Town Doctors Made in a Small Kansas Town Yes, rural areas of this country desperately need doctors. But where are they going? SALINA, Kan. — This state, so sparsely populated in parts that five counties have no doctors … Continue reading

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Jul 21

Cleanup, additions in the school timeline

While double-checking the years of some entries, it became evident that more schools than I thought became a K-6 or K-8 while sending everyone else to one or more other districts, but not receiving any students in return. In light … Continue reading

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Jul 16

Last at-bat for East Central

Clinton Herald: [Taylor Keeney] wasn’t just closing the gate for the night or on the season — which ended with the loss in the district semifinal — or on his high school career. The gate was closing on East Central … Continue reading

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Jul 15

King Tower Cafe, 1937-2011

Cause of death: Progress. This is only 10 months after the US 30 bypass/bisection of Tama/Toledo opened. The King Tower was on the easternmost part of 30 that was bypassed, part of the original Lincoln Highway, near the bridge. More … Continue reading

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Jul 14

Last at-bat for WCLT

The Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka softball team lost Wednesday night to North Sentral Kossuth/Armstrong-Ringsted, closing the door on the last part of that school district. NSK/AR is, itself, a shared program of two schools, which were three only a decade ago. (Talk about … Continue reading

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