Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov 18

What did Iowa do to you, Agents of SHIELD?

First scene in last week’s episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”: “What’s Burning Man?” “Are you sure you’re not from Iowa, because you just sounded like it.” Later it turns out the person who spoke the second line was “an art … Continue reading

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Nov 17

A moment of sanity in playoff nomenclature

The NCAA has relented on its attempts to manipulate the style of the rounds of 64 and 32 in the men’s tournament. The first and second rounds WILL BE the first and second rounds starting in 2016. Not only that, but … Continue reading

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Nov 17

The end of Iowa Highway 370

October 22, 2014: So what do we do with these brand-new signs now? Put H10 markers in the IA 370 spots, I hope. At some point during the past week, IA 370 was decommissioned in Mills County. The state-maintained connection … Continue reading

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Nov 16

Brand consciousness

This summer, Iowa State became a 100% Pepsi school with Pepsi products (most notably Gatorade) sold at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum. In keeping with that, ISU women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly, noted for his Diet Coke habit, showed … Continue reading

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Nov 14

Text “Stop Ahead” signs phased out

North US 30/59 intersection in 2003 and 2012 While comparing photos taken in Denison, I noticed that a sign that had said “Stop Ahead” on westbound US 30 had been replaced with a graphic version of the same. I really … Continue reading

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Nov 13

Class A District 4 rematch in football semifinals

This year, in an effort to cut down on travel in first-round (32) and second-round (16) games, the IHSAA did not set football brackets. Instead, each round’s pairings were based on who was playing. After the games are played out, a … Continue reading

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Nov 12

East Marshall may close Laurel, Gilman buildings

The Marshalltown Times-Republican says the East Marshall school district is considering closing its elementary in Laurel and possibly also the junior high in Gilman. The decision will come Monday. Keeping all three locations (with Le Grand) is a possibility, but … Continue reading

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Nov 12

Four private schools make 1A state volleyball, again

The 2014 Iowa state volleyball tournament starts Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, and for the second time in three years, private schools make up half the field for the smallest division. Among the eight teams for Class 1A are Fort Madison … Continue reading

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Nov 11

Branstad, Harkin longevity notes

With the election a week behind us, let’s run through the superlatives of an unprecedented sixth (nonconsecutive) term for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad: At the end of next year, he will be the undisputed longest-serving governor of all time. He … Continue reading

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Nov 10

North Butler closing Greene Elementary

Story from KWWL. All K-6 students in the district will go to Allison and 7-12 to Greene. The story notes that the district was running a $213,000 budget deficit, which is concerning not just because of its size but because North … Continue reading

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