Monthly Archives: January 2018

Jan 15

Crossroads Sears doomed

Another original anchor of Crossroads Mall in Waterloo is biting the dust. This time it’s Sears, reported earlier this month (Courier, KWWL, KCRG), following J.C. Penney in 2015. Crossroads has been able to replace the Penney’s with an At Home, … Continue reading

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Jan 12

Original Dunkerton school to be replaced

May 14, 2010: The Dunkerton school was a short distance from anything in town when it was built in 1921, but development has moved southward since. Photo slightly out of focus from old camera. The oldest part of the Dunkerton … Continue reading

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Jan 11

4-H Schoolhouse Museum moves

September 11, 2014: ”Birthplace of the 4-H Club Emblem” marker at the schoolhouse museum in Clarion. More than a century after the 4-H Emblem was born in Wright County, Iowa, the museum celebrating it has been moved — but not too … Continue reading

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Jan 10

HMS will close Hartley Elementary

After three bond referendums failed — two making a majority but missing a supermajority by a handful of votes — the HMS school district intends to close the district’s oldest building in 2019, KIWA Radio reports. That would be Hartley … Continue reading

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Jan 09

It’s the state of Iowa’s fault, again

If Iowa State hadn’t beaten Oklahoma, the Sooners would have gone undefeated. The College Football Playoff semifinals would have been (1) Oklahoma vs. (4) Alabama and (2) Clemson vs. (3) Georgia. We might not have avoided an all-SEC final, but … Continue reading

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Jan 08

20th anniversary of Iowa Highways Page

The Iowa Highways Page is 20 years old today. I stumbled on it about two years after Jason Hancock set it up. Since then, he and I have done lots of coordination and research to make our sites complementary and … Continue reading

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Jan 05

Correction on the (perceived) misalignment of IA 395

On state maps starting with the 1976 redesign, it looks like IA 395 runs as an east-west route. Because it was turned over in 1983, there was no readily available information on whether that was the case. Now, with more … Continue reading

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Jan 04

Original Riverside (Oakland) school complex sold

After a delayed opening of an all-new Riverside school complex on the outskirts of Oakland (the south US 6/59 junction), the property in the city was left empty. At the end of December, the Council Bluffs Nonpareil reported that the school … Continue reading

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Jan 03

Population projection: Utah has babies and Iowa doesn’t

September 28, 2015: Clayton, Iowa, along the Mississippi River, has no children living in city limits, according to census numbers — adding the atmosphere of a micro-version of “Children of Men” to this photo of a playground there. Buck Grove, near … Continue reading

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Jan 02

Waterville Elementary to be closed

The Allamakee district voted unanimously to close Waterville Elementary at its board meeting in December, reports the Waukon Standard. A crowd at the meeting hoping to save the school left in sadness. As soon as the notice of “consideration” was … Continue reading

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