Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 30

Google Street View goes tripping


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May 29

Final bell for Corwith-Wesley

The Corwith-Wesley school district, chronicled for the past year in The Des Moines Register, dismissed classes for the last time at the time of this post. A baker’s dozen of students graduated from Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne May 17. The Mason City Globe-Gazette … Continue reading

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May 28

Prescott becomes a zombie district

January 27, 2011: Prescott school building. Prescott Elementary in southwest Iowa dismisses its last students today, after a century of educating students in a stately brick building on the north side of town. Next school year, everyone will be “tuitioned … Continue reading

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May 27

Baylor has passed ISU in Big 12-era wins

We interrupt the cloud of gloom currently hanging over the ISU men’s basketball program to remind you of the cloud of gloom over the ISU football program. On its way to a Big 12 co-championship last year, Baylor’s win total … Continue reading

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May 26

Carnforth Inn Supper Club shutting its doors

June 21, 2013: The Carnforth Inn Supper Club. The Carnforth Inn Supper Club, an eating establishment west of Victor, will close on June 28. Carnforth, on old US 6 east of IA 21, is a map dot so extinct it’s not … Continue reading

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May 25

We Stick Together

After the very short Memorial Day service at the Traer Memorial Building, I felt a little more was needed. Here is a tribute to the Sullivan Brothers of Waterloo.

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May 25

A ‘Star Wars’ quote that needs context

Leia: Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way? Where, in the Star Wars movies, do we ever see carpet, and more specifically, 1970s-style shag carpet? The joke to film audiences in 1977 is obvious, but slightly less so … Continue reading

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May 22

Iowa’s hardest-working 1930s concrete going under

May 19, 2015: US 63 in Malcom, with a construction project literally just over the horizon. Concrete from the earliest decades of Iowa’s highway era still exists and is often drivable. To the best of my knowledge, there’s only one … Continue reading

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May 21

As we go on, we remember all the times we had together

Now you have a 15-year-old one-hit wonder stuck in your head, too.

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May 20

US 218 between Waverly and Janesville could get interchange

Construction of an interchange for US 218/IA 27 at County Road C57, which just started, will make the corridor between Janesville and Cedar Falls a full controlled-access freeway. Now the state is making moves toward sealing off the last at-grade … Continue reading

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