Monthly Archives: August 2015

Aug 31

Revised IA 330-US 65 interchange plan released

The Iowa DOT has released its final plan (officially, “preferred alternative”) to remove the existing US 65/IA 330/IA 117 intersection and build an interchange. Construction is scheduled for 2017 and 2018 despite a prominent eminent-domain fight that is also the final, bitter … Continue reading

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Aug 28

Class A football, 2002: Where are they now?

In 2002, North Tama was knocked down a peg in the football classifications, from Class 1A to Class A. The Redhawks bounced all over eastern Iowa in football districts, often ending up as the corner school in a far-flung region. … Continue reading

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Aug 27

Sinclair blackout on Dish affects nearly every Iowa market

For the umpteenth time in the past decade, Sinclair Broadcasting pulled the TV stations it owns off a cable/satellite provider’s lineup. This time it’s Dish, and while the blackout lasted less than 24 hours, the episode qualified as the largest … Continue reading

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Aug 26

Dumping US 6 in Council Bluffs?

June 22, 2013: This sign’s days and US 6′s straight shot through Council Bluffs appear to be numbered. More than a decade after the Iowa DOT relieved itself of dozens of low-traffic spur highways across the state, the department has … Continue reading

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Aug 25

Fort Dodge’s oldest elementary shut down

Earlier this month, a pre-school-year inspection of Duncombe Elementary in Fort Dodge — in the city, not in the town of Duncombe — “found cracked and crumbling walls along with bowing windows,” WHO reported. The century-old building (1912) is closed … Continue reading

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Aug 24

Grundy County 12th-worst for ‘natural amenities’ in nation

The largest body of water in Grundy County is an artificial lake by Dike that’s less than 20 years old. (2014 USDA photo) By now you may have seen the Washington Post’s clickable map of a USDA database called the … Continue reading

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Aug 21

Top of Iowa Conference takes effect

Superconferences (and the threat of them) aren’t just for the college level. This fall, the North Iowa Conference and Corn Bowl Conference come together as a 16-team Top of Iowa Conference, spanning the north-central part of the state from Armstrong … Continue reading

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Aug 20

Final US 20 segment plans released

August 31, 2008: IA 110′s south end is along the last big part of US 20 in Iowa that will be expanded to four lanes. The DOT held a meeting a week ago today regarding an upgrade to the last … Continue reading

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Aug 19

Harrison Street closed in downtown Davenport

Another little construction notice here: Harrison Street, which is northbound Business US 61 in downtown Davenport, is closed until the end of the year for a complete reconstruction. Brady Street will carry two-way traffic. Here’s a detour map. This adds … Continue reading

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Aug 18

Catching up with Chris Hassel

Those who watched local TV sports in the Quad Cities or central Iowa markets may be familiar with Chris Hassel, a notorious Hawkeye homer* who has taken his work (but not Cooter Ray Cornholer) to the ESPN SportsCenter desk. WQAD … Continue reading

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