Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sep 30

Upper Midwest Trip Day 4

Hancock, Michigan, July 15 — Here’s the thing about Duluth: Its maps need a Z-axis. From I-35 near the riverfront, as you go inland, the streets go up at a 45-degree angle. It’s San Francisco with eight months of winter. … Continue reading

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Sep 29

Upper Midwest Trip Day 3

Duluth, Minnesota, July 14 — A year and a half after visiting the south end of I-35 in Laredo, I made it to the other end, clinching its entire mainline length in the United States. I also made it to … Continue reading

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Sep 28

Upper Midwest Trip Day 2

Chaska, Minnesota, July 13 — Since I was starting the day in Vermillion, I decided that I would forgo anything west. This turned out to be good because US 18 was closed between SD 19 and I-29. Then, when I elected … Continue reading

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Sep 27

Upper Midwest Trip Day 1

Vermillion, South Dakota, July 12 — The first day of my July vacation included visiting my 1300th county — again. First, though, I had some points in western Iowa to visit. Route: I-80, US 59, F32, M47, F24, IA 37, … Continue reading

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Sep 26

51

Iowa State has lost 51 football games in the state of Oklahoma, all to Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. Iowa State has also lost 51 football games in the state of Kansas, all to Kansas or Kansas State. Right now, they’re … Continue reading

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Sep 25

All the Art Deco

July 20, 2012: Closeup of stonework above the entrance to the Harlan post office. A Flickr user writes, “Built in 1935, this post office is home to a 1937 New Deal mural by Richard Gates entitled “The Farmer Feeding Industry.” … Continue reading

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Sep 25

Belated Hawkeye milestone note

Iowa’s victory over Iowa State on Sept. 14 was the football program’s 600th by the university’s reckoning. Iowa State notched its 500th all-time victory last season. Based on how their respective seasons are going, it’s theoretically possible that Northwestern could … Continue reading

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Sep 24

Watch your gas pumps

A change to sub-octane shipments means Iowa gas stations will no longer be selling 89 octane fuel with ethanol. Instead, the three usual choices will be 87 without ethanol, 87 with ethanol, and 91 (premium). KWWL

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Sep 22

License Plate Letters — BPY

I am a little surprised it’s all the way in September and we’re still in the B’s. On the other hand, a lot of early plates were replaced with Z’s before those ran out.

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Sep 21

No 0-fer for NT

North Tama 19, Iowa Valley 2. That’s good. Prior to last night’s game, the Redhawks had 47 rushing yards on the season. That’s bad.

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