Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sep 30

End of an era

KCRG, the last locally owned TV station in Iowa, becomes part of Gray Communications tomorrow. The increased contentiousness of cable and satellite carriage rights, including one with DirectTV earlier this year, was a factor in the deal. The sale means … Continue reading

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Sep 29

Another set of Roadrunners, perhaps?

The Cherokee Chronicle-Times ran a two-part series about Creighton economist Ernie Goss’ visit to Sheldon. Goss does the Mid-American Business Survey. Links: Part 1, Part 2 The first story dealt mainly with Northwest Iowa’s economic opportunities. The second was devoted to … Continue reading

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Sep 27

Dysart barn part of ‘All-State Tour’

Kyle Munson has written about the Hayward Round Barn near Dysart and the woman who restored it after years away from Iowa. The barn’s owner wrote more about it and its restoration last year, and that page has quite a … Continue reading

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Sep 25

More traffic in Morley?

The Iowa DOT plans to close IA 38 through Stanwood in two phases for construction. The official detour (PDF) runs 15 miles longer than 38 itself between Stanwood and Monticello and goes through Mount Vernon. The local enterprising driver (but not … Continue reading

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Sep 24

License Plate Letters — DQX, DRS

Doctor, doctor, give me the news, I’ve got a bad case of loving you… No banter here other than recognizing the use of Q in the middle position.

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Sep 23

Storm Lake selling old school building

The Storm Lake school district wants to sell the old South Elementary building because it would cost too much to replace the boiler, KCAU and the AP report. (Of course, the new buyer would have to eat that $100,000 to … Continue reading

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Sep 22

Did Phil Coulson drop someone off in Iowa?

I was rewatching the season finale of “Agents of SHIELD” when something near the end jumped out at me. In the second-to-last scene, SHIELD Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Skye (Chloe Bennet) visit Cal Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan) after his … Continue reading

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Sep 21

A short meditation on football season so far

Missing a game-winning field goal* as time expires MERE MINUTES after Iowa made a game-winning field goal as time expires, and then losing in double overtime, is one of the most Iowa State football things ever and challenges the UAB … Continue reading

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Sep 18

US 6 “Retro Road Trip” this weekend

October 22, 2014: East of Atlantic, present-day US 6 goes north with US 71 to I-80, while old 6 between 71 and Anita is now IA 83. “Historic 6″ was signed across the state not too long ago. Starting this … Continue reading

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Sep 17

US 20 enthusiast inspires Cushing

I have written about (and met) Bryan Farr of Massachusetts, who is tirelessly promoting US 20 as a tourism destination and vehicle for economic development. He’s back in Iowa this week to visit the town of Cushing. He was interviewed … Continue reading

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