Monthly Archives: January 2017

Jan 31

Libertyville school will close

The Fairfield Ledger has a hard paywall, but really, after the headline, and the line below from the Jan. 23 Fairfield school board meeting, what’s left? Approve reorganizing the district from 3 elementary buildings to 2 by closing Libertyville Elementary. (A) … Continue reading

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Jan 30

Finally four-laning Northeast 14th Street?

The Iowa DOT has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to “discuss proposed improvements of U.S. 69″ between I-80 and the south side of Ankeny. There’s nothing else mentioned on the PIM page, but this pretty much has to be about upgrading … Continue reading

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Jan 27

Waukee added Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s entire enrollment

For the first time in the modern era of Iowa schools, no public district has a certified enrollment under 100. There’s no margin of error on that statistic for 2016 — Diagonal clocks in at exactly 100, with a dozen … Continue reading

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Jan 26

F is for Fenton

June 19, 2015 The Fenton school building is along Iowa Highway 15 on the east side of town. The main building is in deeply disused condition, but a new(ish) roof covers the gym. Sentral School, two miles east at the … Continue reading

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Jan 25

Former NT teacher Crawford named Lone Tree superintendent

Ken Crawford, who taught high school keyboarding and business classes at North Tama back in the late 20th century*, will be Lone Tree’s superintendent next school year, says the Lone Tree Reporter. Crawford was also North Tama’s football coach for three … Continue reading

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Jan 24

Dubuque transfer has a catch

September 2, 2008: North end of IA 32 in Sageville. The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the transfer of jurisdiction of all of IA 32 and the part of US 52/IA 3 inside the city of Dubuque at its meeting in Ames … Continue reading

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Jan 23

RealClearPolitics analysis of Midwest presidential vote

Maps, stats, and charts abound in the RealClearPolitics study of how Donald Trump nearly swept the Midwest in 2016. Iowa is one of the states selected for extra study, and was picked out again in the conclusion to the RCP … Continue reading

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Jan 20

The flags on “Designated Survivor”

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to hold interest in “Designated Survivor” but there are plot elements rubbing me the wrong way. The “winter finale”, which included a woman walking away from a serious car crash and being well enough … Continue reading

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Jan 19

A long wait for Pleasantville

October 8, 2004: Northbound former IA 181 at the junction of IA 5 and 92 south of Pleasantville, a year after the Pleasantville bypass opened and IA 5 was upgraded completely to four lanes between I-35 and Knoxville. The Knoxville … Continue reading

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Jan 18

CAL losing junior high, high school

The Coulter-Alexander-Latimer school district, hammered by the population decline affecting nearly all of rural Iowa and the end of a sharing agreement with Dows a decade ago, is unable to hold on to its independence. CAL will send grades 7-12 … Continue reading

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