Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jun 30

O BeeOneGee, O BeeOneGee, how lovely are thy fullbacks

The Big Ten’s addition of Maryland tomorrow means the conference will have both states with official state songs, and another with an unofficial state song, sung to the tune of “O Tannenbaum/O Christmas Tree”. The other official-song state? Why, Iowa, … Continue reading

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Jun 29

USPS reduction in hours affects 572 Iowa post offices

I haven’t used the “Post Offices” category in a while, but it looks like it’s about to come back in a big way. A story at KWWL tipped me off to this.* There’s also a story from KCRG, embedded above. … Continue reading

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Jun 24

Conferences, apportionment, and the Big Ten’s population problem

June 27, 2009: Testudo, the University of Maryland’s mascot, before he was set on fire I have kept a link to my August 2012 “College Conferences and House Apportionment” post on the sidebar of this blog. I figured it would be … Continue reading

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Jun 23

On vacation

For the next week-ish there will be no blog updates unless something particularly strikes me because I am on vacation. Between my Manilla school column that ran in the Register Saturday (see link below), and the long Big Ten/population writeup, … Continue reading

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Jun 22

SOMEone had a fun headline day

Pot-infused food’s safety becomes a joint effort (Iowa City Press-Citizen) (Might be intentional, might not, still amusing.)

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Jun 22

Toledo Polaris dealership burns down

First story and photos from KWWL; second story and video from KWWL, reminding us that Iowans are awesome. “We got water in here for all the firemen,” said Toledo Mayor Dave Svoboda. “Somebody brought sandwiches and we had cookies. And … Continue reading

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Jun 21

My column on Manilla, and school closings in general

Published in The Des Moines Register today.

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Jun 20

US 20 traveler completes his journey west

Bryan Farr reached Newport OR yesterday. He put up a picture on Twitter (and a post that only Facebook users can read). Now comes the other part of his journey: Coming back east to Boston. If he takes any parts … Continue reading

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Jun 19

Big Sioux flooding creates detours for I-29

South Dakota is using the bridge at I-29 exit 4 in South Dakota to build a levee across the interstate and try to save North Sioux City from flooding. There are two different detours in place. One goes through the … Continue reading

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Jun 19

Hoover presidential coin released

The first president born west of the Mississippi River and the only one born in Iowa takes his turn in the Mint’s release cycle.

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