Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mar 31

Ocheyedan school to be demolished by summer

KIWA Radio reports the Sibley-Ocheyedan school district intends to have the Ocheyedan school demolished before Ocheyedan has its quasquicentennial (125th) celebration in August. The building has had a cloudy future for a while. In contrast to other recent demolitions around … Continue reading

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Mar 30

Q is for Quarry

October 18, 2009: Where am I? The village of Quarry, near Le Grand, returned to the state map in 1999 after a 50-year absence. Quarry made the news last year when an old wooden bridge over the railroad connecting to … Continue reading

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Mar 29

R is for Rake

September 29, 2015: The large white doorway was the connector to the original Rake school building. The gymnasium is all that remains of the former Rake school district. It merged with Buffalo Center in 1978 and the school was closed … Continue reading

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Mar 28

IA 196 has six weeks to live

November 23, 2012: This BGS on eastbound US 20, marking the north end of an extended IA 196, will end up with a service period of about 3½ years. The new BGS will have US 71 and Carroll. Weather conditions … Continue reading

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Mar 26

When keyword searches go wrong

Um…

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Mar 25

Pork Princess position pulled

This year, the Iowa Pork Producers Association “combined the Iowa Pork Queen and Premier Pork Youth Ambassador contests into one competition this year and is no longer naming an Iowa Pork Princess.” Tama County’s Christy Calderwood ended her reign as … Continue reading

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Mar 24

Another meeting planned on I-35 in north Ankeny

The Iowa DOT has a meeting scheduled later this month on six-laning I-35 through the rest of Ankeny, from where the southern 1st Street (former IA 931) ramps join/split to where the rest areas used to be. North of there, … Continue reading

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Mar 23

Doug Gee to be Clear Lake’s superintendent

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about former North Tama teacher/coach Doug Gee serving as superintendent for two districts in far western Iowa. Now, Gee is going to Clear Lake for the same position because that district will no … Continue reading

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Mar 23

Open enrollment will deal big hit to MMCRU

When Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Remsen-Union go into whole-grade sharing next year, the combined districts will lose $450,000 in state funding because dozens of students are open-enrolling out, reports the Sioux City Journal. Distance could be a factor in the exodus, because … Continue reading

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Mar 22

Iowa Falls drops an ultimatum on Alden

The whole-grade sharing agreement between the Alden and much-larger Iowa Falls school districts is currently the oldest two-way deal in the state (2004). Any arrangement that’s older has either fallen by the wayside through consolidation/dissolution or only sends students to … Continue reading

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