Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jan 30

North Tama’s enrollment drop among largest in state

Meanwhile, Waukee added NT’s entire student population in one year. Again. The 2013-14 Iowa enrollment numbers, released last week by the Department of Education, show a positive change statewide from the previous school year. However, those gains are not spread … Continue reading

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Jan 29

Cedar Rapids wants I-380 six-laned to I-80

July 15, 2006 In 2010, more than 48,000 vehicles traveled daily on I-380 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. That’s the most on an Iowa interstate outside an urban area. It’s also more than any segment on the Iowa side … Continue reading

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Jan 28

Council Bluffs interstate meeting tonight

The Iowa DOT has a short blurb on the Council Bluffs interstate project page for an open house tonight (Tuesday) from 4-7. This is NOT a typical public information meeting, as those are published on the main site and regard … Continue reading

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Jan 27

Mother Nature, you’re mean when you’re drunk

At least it’s above zero.

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Jan 26

More than half of football teams will qualify for the postseason

Lost in the concern about potentially losing a regular-season game and excitement about the new high school football districts is a simple fact and reminder of the state’s expanded playoff system:┬áMore than half of the football teams in Iowa will … Continue reading

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Jan 24

Further notes on the new football districts

Odds and ends of observations. The redesign of the IHSAA’s website completely bollixed up links to anything older than a couple years. Fortunately, with the Internet Wayback Machine, it is possible to recover old district lists. Number of teams/schools by … Continue reading

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Jan 23

Old playoff foes pepper North Tama’s new football district

(Of course the new enrollments and football districts would drop within 24 hours of each other. Looks like I have a whole bunch of new numbers to play with.) The IHSAA has released the football districts for 2014-15. The Register … Continue reading

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Jan 22

Update on Council Bluffs interstate work

Article in the Omaha World-Herald. There’s a public meeting next week. The big takeaways from the story are that some of the flyover ramps will be finished this calendar year, and parts of the project along I-80 may be sped … Continue reading

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Jan 22


Iowa State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Oregon started 58-0 this basketball season. They are a collective 0-13 0-14 since. Not one of those teams has won in two weeks. ESPN blogger Eamonn Brennan calls the plunge “fascinating.” That is not … Continue reading

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Jan 21

What Girl Scout camps have in common with school consolidation

Today, a trial starts in Scott County to stop the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois from selling four camps in the state, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa also intends to … Continue reading

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