Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 31

Walnut McDonald’s closed for good

The McDonald’s at I-80 exit 46 in western Iowa closed permanently April 17. I found out first-hand, but it slipped my mind for about a month. It didn’t have great reviews on TripAdvisor, for whatever that’s worth. The closure is … Continue reading

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May 30

WHAT Confederate monuments in Iowa?

October 4, 2015: In this view of the Civil War soldier at top of the monument at Keokuk National Cemetery, it doesn’t look like he has a specific insignia. But that’s likely intentional, at least in part because he represents unknown soldiers … Continue reading

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May 29

LeRoy Whannel, 1914-2017

In early April, around the time of his 103rd birthday, WHO-TV profiled LeRoy Whannel of Whannel’s Hardware in Traer. (His last name is mispronounced in the story.) He ran the store for decades and was still working there earlier this month. … Continue reading

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May 28

Final graduation at Charter Oak-Ute

A week ago today, Charter Oak-Ute High School graduated its 55th and last class of students. Story: KTIV. One line in the story is practically boilerplate text in this era: Low enrollment numbers and lack of funding are responsible for the … Continue reading

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May 26

Grand Junction losing its school

July 5, 2013: The school in Grand Junction most recently, and lastly, had fourth- through sixth-graders for the Greene County school district. The century-old school building in Grand Junction, which five years ago had the last class for East Greene … Continue reading

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May 25

A look at Iowa school transportation cost disparities

IowaWatch and Iowa Public Radio teamed up for a report on transportation costs in Iowa’s school districts and the disparity in funding that dates back decades but only got serious attention in the past couple of years. The IPR story … Continue reading

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May 24

Goodbye, Gov. Branstad

November 21, 2012: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (second from left) helps cut the ribbon to open new US 20 between IA 4 and US 71. Also shown, center to right, are Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, U.S. Rep. Steve King and … Continue reading

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May 23

Clutier’s Zip Code Day

The numbers for Monday’s date (5/22/17) matched the ZIP Code for Clutier (52217) and the town celebrated with, what else, kolaches and polka music. Unfortunately, I didn’t know this was happening (otherwise I would’ve blogged about it!). The only notification … Continue reading

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May 22

Baxter, Collins-Maxwell separately joining Iowa Star Conference

(Pulled out of the drafts folder from months ago. — Ed.) I don’t dip into all the “conference realignment” on the high school level, mostly because there’s so much of it going on right now. In this case, it relates … Continue reading

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May 19

Arkansas’ abuse of highway numbers continues

Buried in the continuing resolution that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year were two interstate designations. One is designating the US 67 freeway from Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, as Interstate 57. However, there … Continue reading

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