Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feb 27

Gladbrook Elementary School closing

November 17, 1996: Cropped video frame from Tama County 4H Awards Program. The gym floor was replaced in summer 1997 or summer 1998. Tama County’s fifth-largest town has lost its school. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board voted Wednesday night to close … Continue reading

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Feb 26

Cedar Falls to put roundabouts on University Avenue

November 21, 2001: The red lights in the background would be among those eliminated under Cedar Falls’ new plan. The Waterloo Courier and KWWL both have stories about Cedar Falls’ plans to rebuild University Avenue, which it took over from … Continue reading

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Feb 25

Luther school demolished

April 16, 2014: The Luther school building at the intersection of IA 17 and E57 opened in September 1916. The Luther school building, which had fallen into disrepair after its closure in 1972, was torn down Feb. 13 and 16, reports … Continue reading

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Feb 24

944, for real this time

Nearly two months after deciding against it, the city council of Center Junction reversed course and voted unanimously for disincorporation. The Jones County town of just over 100 people is by far the largest in Iowa to go this route; the … Continue reading

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Feb 23

US 71 to replace IA 196 in Sac County; IA 471 coming

September 17, 2007: Now it’s really the end of IA 196. The route of US 71 in Iowa will undergo a significant change in 2015 and a new state highway will be created. Among the DOT’s public lettings for Jan. … Continue reading

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Feb 21

And we’ll never beat Royals (Royals)

Colo, Iowa — After running out to an early 19-9 lead, turnovers in the fourth quarter contributed to the North Tama girls’ basketball team’s season-ending loss to Colo-NESCO, 42-39. Between the middle of the second and middle of the fourth … Continue reading

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Feb 20

Van Buren, Harmony talk sharing

September 10, 2010: Cornerstone of the Bonaparte school building. Note centennial coming up. The Harmony school district in southeast Iowa, a very early runner among non-geographic names, is exploring whole-grade sharing with Van Buren. KTVO had a story earlier this … Continue reading

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Feb 19

Fort Brule, South Dakota

Just a few miles from the Big Sioux River and Iowa’s westernmost point lies a marker recalling the late American frontier. (Photo taken July 20, 2012. That’s not a color problem, it’s a drought problem.) Fort Brule was established in … Continue reading

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Feb 18

Iowa hospitality for the Sooners

Maddie Manning, the Ankeny player who stiffed Iowa State to play basketball for Oklahoma, had one thing she could still bring to the table even after tearing both ACLs in two years: Her family goes all-out to treat the OU … Continue reading

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Feb 17

New area code for eastern Nebraska

Nebraska went 60 years with two area codes, but years after an assignment frenzy in other states, three new digits are coming to the eastern part of the state: 531. That includes the entire part of the state bordering Iowa. Unlike … Continue reading

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