Author Archives: Jeff

Feb 23

Photo 33,000

In my Big South Trip, I visited three state capitols — in Jackson, Baton Rouge, and Montgomery. Louisiana’s state capitol building, a Depression-era Art Deco skyscraper, is deeply entwined with the history of one of its most colorful politicians, Huey … Continue reading

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Feb 22

Maple Menace vanquished

Overnight (Iowa time), Team USA won the women’s hockey gold medal for the first time since the first time it was featured in the Olympics, in 1998. It took hockey’s overtime, a shootout, and then an extra shootout. NPR ran a … Continue reading

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Feb 21

Last chance to see old Wyoming school building

The Midland school district, based in Wyoming, is having a garage sale and tours of its 1914 school, which has been replaced after passage of a bond issue. According to the school’s website, the garage sale is Saturday from 9 AM … Continue reading

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Feb 20

Traer City Council majority female

Also majority people I know. A short item in the Traer Star-Clipper online calls to attention a historic first: Four of the seven people on the city council are women. Sometimes all it takes is a willingness to run — … Continue reading

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Feb 19

Monowi, Nebraska, population 1

The BBC goes to the smallest town in America, a bit over 100 miles west of Sioux City. No town in Iowa has a population in the single digits, at least since Donnan, population 7, disincorporated in 1991.

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Feb 16

Love’s opens at Greyhound Park

December 14, 2004: The new truck stop is on the left side of this picture. The double-left-turn lane built on US 63 to Waterloo Greyhound Park (pictured above) became a minor tragicomic symbol of the expectations of the dog track … Continue reading

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Feb 15

Yes, they’re really going to cram a SPUI in there

I’ve looked at the entire letting document for the IA 27/58 interchange at Viking Road in Cedar Falls and I continue to marvel at the idea. The document, nearly 400 pages long, was released ahead of the official letting on … Continue reading

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Feb 14

The chocolate ration has increased

On sale, or perhaps “sale”, at the front of Hy-Vee recently was a new type of M&M’s bag. It was sealable at the top — which makes it harder to store small-side-down — and it was a different size than … Continue reading

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Feb 13

Two consolidations passed last week

Two stateline school reorganizations that were essentially pro forma votes were approved last Tuesday. Both will take effect in fall 2019. North Winneshiek and Decorah approved consolidation (Radio Iowa), or more accurately, North Winneshiek finished the endgame it planned out when … Continue reading

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Feb 12

Suggestion: Rebuild Northeast 14th — then reroute US 69

Tuesday night there will be a meeting for a project years or decades overdue: Expanding US 69, aka Northeast 14th Street, between I-80 and Ankeny to four lanes (PDF). It’s in the part of Polk County that officially is not … Continue reading

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