Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov 28

Ackley elementary moves mid-semester

It is very rare for an Iowa school building to close during the school year, but that’s what just happened at Ackley Elementary. Students packed up their things and left the old building for the last time Tuesday. The elementary, … Continue reading

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Nov 27

SBNation features Jack Trice story

Here’s your long Thanksgiving weekend read. New to me is this old, pre-Internet, pre-radio really, way of keeping up with the game: Back in Ames, Cora Mae took the streetcar into campus and headed to State Gym, where the Cyclone fans … Continue reading

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Nov 26

Crystal Lake and Corwith: Two buildings on divergent paths

July 6, 2011: Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka High School in Crystal Lake. First, the good news: The old WCLT school building in Crystal Lake was sold to a private owner after WCL merged with Forest City, and the owners want to have … Continue reading

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Nov 25

Creston, Prescott merger talks advance

The Creston News-Advertiser says that a consolidation vote with Prescott will be in April assuming petitions are gathered and the AEA approves. It’s a merger in name only, as the reality is the Prescott school will close and be a … Continue reading

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Nov 25

That one weird Texas Tech statistic

(Clickbait headline alert!) A geographic note in the Iowa State-Texas Tech game appears to have been misconstrued. During the game Saturday, a Fox Sports graphic (possibly running off this AP game preview) indicated that Tech has only played four “November games … Continue reading

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Nov 24

Remsen-Union, MMC call off whole-grade sharing

These articles from the Le Mars Sentinel and Sioux City Journal point to the same difficulty: The Remsen-Union and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boards could not agree on which town would get (and who would lose) the high school. Both articles also say … Continue reading

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Nov 21

I-35 rest areas nearing completion

This story from WHO says that new rest areas between Des Moines and Ames should be finished in the next couple of months. They will be between the US 30 and IA 210 exits, replacing ones taken out for the Ankeny interchange. … Continue reading

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Nov 20

Class A football championship today

This afternoon, Gladbrook-Reinbeck plays Logan-Magnolia for the Iowa Class A football title. If you miss watching a power running game from the I-formation or the wishbone offense with ten players in a three-point stance, this is the game for you. (On … Continue reading

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Nov 19

Benton closes elementary, East Marshall doesn’t

There was a reversal of expectations in Gilman Monday night, as East Marshall’s school board voted to keep both the K-4 building in Laurel and 5-8 building in Gilman open. However, the Benton Community school board did proceed as expected, … Continue reading

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Nov 18

Nebraska schools considering five-way merger

This story from the Norfolk Daily News is interesting and shows that Nebraska suffers the same problems with declining rural schools, only more so. The five towns involved are about 75 miles west of Sioux City.

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