Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nov 30

Iowa’s first diverging diamond interchange opens Tuesday

The I-80 interchange at Alice’s Road Grand Prairie Parkway between Waukee and West Des Moines is scheduled to open Dec. 1, the Des Moines Register reports. The interchange is a diverging diamond, where traffic temporarily runs on the left side … Continue reading

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Nov 26

Obsoletely fabulous

My iMac turned six years old this month. I still use it as my main machine. It runs Mac OS 10.6.8, the last release that allows use of PowerPC applications. It’s also the last version before form began running roughshod … Continue reading

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Nov 25

Hamburg would like Farragut’s land

School districts in Fremont and western Page counties, from a state map of school levy rates. The town of Riverton is where Hamburg, Farragut, and Sidney meet. In light of last week’s decision by the state to nuke the Farragut … Continue reading

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Nov 24

How Iowa State has lost football games in the 21st century

[This was slightly less painful when I started writing it Oct. 19. Slightly. Paul Rhoads was the perfect man for ISU football everywhere except the W-L ledger. -Ed.] In light of Nebraska’s pair of hilarious losses to BYU and Illinois, … Continue reading

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Nov 23

MMCRU: A quadrant unfilled

The combined Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union High School will be called… MMCRU. I thought there could have been a concession to Remsen-Union to give it the first part of the name, but overall in Iowa there’s only a handful of two-name/two-part districts where … Continue reading

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Nov 22

The toughest job in college football is now open

Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has been fired after Saturday’s absolute debacle at Kansas State, where the Cyclones snatched defeat from the jaws of what would have been the first second victory in the Little Apple since Bill Snyder started … Continue reading

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Nov 21

Farragut is third forced dissolution in state history

The Iowa Board of Education has ordered an end to the Farragut school district after multiple years of deficit spending and facilities not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. This is the third overall state-mandated dissolution in Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Nov 19

Division in a time for unity

It has been my opinion that while nothing can easily soothe the feelings of a community that has lost its high school, winning a state championship in a major sport goes a long way toward healing rifts. But I’ve never … Continue reading

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Nov 18

Two schools in large cities to be demolished

First, a story from the Muscatine Journal. The contents of the Jefferson school building were sold the first week of November, with demolition to follow. A replacement was built right beside the old building. Second, Walnut Grove Elementary in Council Bluffs will be … Continue reading

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Nov 17

Correctionville construction update

The Sioux City Journal reports that construction on US 20 is on track in Woodbury County. Trees have been removed in the Little Sioux River valley to make way for the new bridge that will be built next year. Traffic … Continue reading

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