Monthly Archives: August 2016

Aug 31

St. Ansgar school will be torn down

August 4, 2015:¬†Detailed view of the brickwork at the southeast corner of the St. Ansgar Elementary building. (Photo also used in May 4 blog post.) The St. Ansgar school district voted to sell its former elementary building to a local … Continue reading

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Aug 30

J is for Jamaica

May 15, 2011: Former Panorama Elementary building in Jamaica. The Panorama school district needed five different votes in the 1990s to reach a 60% supermajority on a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and it was finally dragged … Continue reading

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Aug 29

Tama County Lincoln Highway meeting tomorrow

Nov. 22, 2002: Lincoln Highway bridge in Tama. If you haven’t seen my fall 2002 photo project, it’s new to you! Following a meeting in central Iowa about the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway corridor, there will be a similar meeting … Continue reading

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Aug 26

Football is here

I should just do this at the start of every season. It could be a long season for both North Tama, which has a new coach and is coming off the first winless season in 75 years, and Iowa State, … Continue reading

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Aug 25

New sign for Traer Memorial Building

August 19, 2016 The week before this year’s Winding Stairs Festival (Aug. 12-14), the old message sign on the side of the Traer Memorial Building (the manual removable-letter type) was replaced with a red-LED marquee message board. Chelsea Savings Bank … Continue reading

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Aug 24

Original Schleswig school demolished

I knew the old school building in Schleswig was on borrowed time, but I hadn’t paid much attention beyond that, and it’s a long way over there. I finally got the chance to pass through Schleswig earlier this month (Aug. … Continue reading

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Aug 23

Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway meeting Wednesday

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a nonprofit group promoting the Lincoln Highway as a Heritage Byway. It’s in the last year of developing a “Corridor Management Plan,¬†or a long-term plan for the entire byway.” A meeting in State Center on … Continue reading

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Aug 22

Oldest part of Urbana school demolished

July 25, 2016 I need to get a picture of the 1912 Urbana school building sometime, I thought to myself. I pass it a lot, but usually at night, and it looks in fine shape, but you never know… oops

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Aug 19

Dennis Field ribbon cutting tonight

August 14, 2016: The new concession stand/restroom building at Dennis Field in Traer replaces two separate buildings. New cable wiring between the bleachers and the football field, and also some turf care, have eliminated nearly all traces of the track … Continue reading

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Aug 18

CMB goes MAD

At the end of a summer that saw both softball and baseball state qualifiers from Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, a three-decade sports relationship has been severed. Baxter voted unanimously to end the sports sharing agreement after the upcoming school year, report WHO and … Continue reading

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