Monthly Archives: October 2014

Oct 31

Drowning in a mud pit

How bad is the onslaught of political advertising in Iowa, the state with the second-highest number of Senate-race ads in the country? During “Jeopardy”, KWWL ran 30 seconds of nothing but a still picture of a woman in a serene … Continue reading

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Oct 31

IA 926 on chopping block

September 11, 2014: The trumpet interchange for the north end of Business 169 includes a road that intersects the west-side ramps. A line item in the published agenda for next week’s Iowa Transportation Commission meeting has a surprise: “Transfer of Jurisdiction … Continue reading

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Oct 30

US 34 bridge (not that one) opening next week

I got caught by this construction in September: US 34 between IA 25 and former IA 49 has been closed to build a new bridge over the Platte River. The Creston News-Advertiser says the concrete still needs to be poured … Continue reading

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Oct 30

Plan for US 20 near Correctionville on file

The meeting was earlier this month, but the document is online. This meeting was for that portion of 20 to be four-laned from the west side of Correctionville and relocated IA 31 to L25. On the map, you can see … Continue reading

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Oct 29

Lagoon issue trips up East Mills school shuffle

The former Nishna Valley school, two miles east of Hastings at the intersection of US 34 and old 34, has its own sewage lagoon. That makes it the third one I know of in Iowa. It came to my attention … Continue reading

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Oct 28

Oklahoma week, and the streaks that will not end

As we all know, and I have written about at length, Iowa State-Oklahoma is among the most lopsided in-conference series in college football. While rehashing schedules, I stumbled upon another discouraging fact: In the past four years, Oklahoma has lost nine … Continue reading

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Oct 27

Meanwhile, east of Pacific Junction

Here are many of the stories I missed while covering the US 34 bridge opening last week. I hope this means I won’t have a story drought later this week! (If I do, just come back here and read the … Continue reading

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Oct 24

US 34 opening ceremony article

Yes, more, because it finally opened, it’s been decades in the making, and after driving 670 miles in two days I need recovery time. I hope to have photos up next week. Omaha World-Herald article KMA: Bridge to common ground … Continue reading

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Oct 22

Photo 26,000

June 24, 2014: Entering Missouri on the new I-70 Mississippi River bridge. My summer Missouri vacation re-clinched I-70 between Denver and central Maryland (3 miles of new road) and clinched the entirety of I-44. Kansas City is used as the … Continue reading

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Oct 21

The future is one year from now

Three hundred and sixty-five days from now — to the exact minute of this post — the events of the opening third of “Back to the Future II” take place. Comcast, which owns Universal, would do good to have the … Continue reading

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