Monthly Archives: July 2017

Jul 21

Lincoln Highway routes in Belle Plaine, Part 2

July 7, 2013: Preston’s Station in Belle Plaine as it appeared in the centennial year of the Lincoln Highway’s creation. In 1924, the Lincoln Highway through Belle Plaine had almost nothing in common with what we think of as the … Continue reading

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Jul 20

Lincoln Highway routes in Belle Plaine, Part 1

July 7, 2013: Downtown Belle Plaine is a block south of today’s  signed Lincoln Highway route. Main Street, formerly 12th Street, is now one-way eastbound. It’s time to refine the history of the Lincoln Highway in Belle Plaine, and along … Continue reading

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Jul 18

The Peosta not-quite-freeway

The future Southwest Arterial and Swiss Valley Road interchanges planned on US 20 southwest of Dubuque will cut down, but not eliminate, at-grade intersections between the west side of Dubuque and Peosta. There was a public meeting last month on … Continue reading

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Jul 17

The end of AEA 267, and the mystery of AEA 8

Thirteen months after I put Area Education Agency 267 on my “worst names in Iowa” list, something has been done about it. As of July 1, the agency — made up of the former AEAs based in Clear Lake (2), Marshalltown (6), … Continue reading

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Jul 14

Winless streak tables updated, now with more Rutgers

In my annual update for Iowa State’s record of football futility against Oklahoma, I realized Rutgers’ existence is a factor that can’t be ignored anymore. Specifically, Rutgers hasn’t beaten Penn State in New Jersey in a long time, dating back … Continue reading

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Jul 13

Goodbye to Raider Country

Last week the Ames Tribune went to the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter area and wrote about the end of their sports sharing program. The story focuses on the athletics, which came to a surprise abrupt end when the top-ranked CMB softball team lost … Continue reading

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Jul 11

Quietly, finally, 2017 Iowa state map released

During or shortly after the holiday weekend, the Iowa DOT put the 2017-18 highway map online. As I suspected, judging by the press release put out Monday, the ascension of Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to the top job held the … Continue reading

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Jul 11

Staker Furniture going out of business

July 5, 2017: Staker Furniture and Interiors on Second Street in Traer. Traer’s furniture store is closing its doors. The building was built in 1974 for a relocating Overton Furniture. The current owner, Cindy Youel, said “opportunity knocked” and the … Continue reading

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Jul 10

Gladbrook-Reinbeck dissolution debate and the national mood

A week from tonight, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board will have a final meeting regarding a petition to dissolve the school district. There will be an opportunity to share opinions, but I think everyone’s mind is pretty much made up. The … Continue reading

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Jul 07

North Union, North Kossuth look at consolidation

At least, that’s what I get from the headline-only item from the area weeklies. The North Union School Board page hasn’t been updated with minutes/agendas for THREE YEARS. A radio station link whose headline says the same is already 404′d but … Continue reading

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