Monthly Archives: November 2012

Nov 30

Around the World

Precisely 104 degrees of longitude around the world west from Vatican City is… …this spot in Tama County — approximately the intersection of Q Avenue and 370th Street. I had to zoom out for a landmark. (I changed the “12″ in … Continue reading

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Nov 30

Tama County plane crash

The injured passenger, Max Morrison, is my cousin. Thoughts and prayers appreciated. Same for the family of the pilot, Bill Konicek. Multiple videos from KWWL Waterloo Courier article Des Moines Register blog post

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Nov 29

US 20 trip report

It was an early three hours for me to get to Early. I got to the pullout on new US 20 just east of the US 71 interchange — what’s that for, anyway? — just in time to see the … Continue reading

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Nov 29

More changes in Crossroads Mall area

First Waldenbooks closed, now this (Waterloo Courier): Members of the Waterloo Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend a site plan amendment for developers looking to tear down the former Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant at 2027 Crossroads Blvd. … Continue reading

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Nov 28

Traffic jam on I-435

The push by some to get the Des Moines beltway designated an interstate has been met with push-back from farmers, as the Des Moines Register reports. This post’s title alludes to both my preferred name for the beltway and the notion … Continue reading

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Nov 27

The unlikeliest sentence you will read today

And of course the Maryland-Northwestern women’s lacrosse rivalry will be freaking awesome (for those of you who like women’s lacrosse, at least). — Ben Broman, blogger at Maryland sports blog Testudo Times, to Off Tackle Empire, a Big Ten football blog … Continue reading

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Nov 27

IA 175 bridge to be transferred to states

Sept. 17, 2007: View of the Decatur Toll Bridge from the Nebraska side. Like US 52/IA 64 on the Mississippi River, it has a steel deck. In a deal similar to ones made in the past for toll bridges spanning the … Continue reading

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Nov 26

US 20 in Iowa: The Bladder Buster

Now that new 20 is open between US 71 and IA 4, a warning to travelers needs to be updated: There is no publicly available restroom, food, or gas within a mile of US 20 between Early and Webster City. … Continue reading

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Nov 24

A sign of redundancies to come

Sept. 3, 2006: This sign’s days may be numbered. New BGSs in both directions on I-80 at Exit 142 include IA 330. They read “West 6/North 65/North 330, Bondurant/Altoona”. In all likelihood, this means that IA 330 is going to be … Continue reading

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Nov 23

The Riot Bowl

College Football Hall of Fame, South Bend, July 3, 2009. Should Iowa State win today, West Virginia will be the only Big 12 team other than Baylor and Kansas State that Iowa State has a winning record against. But they’ve … Continue reading

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