Author Archives: Jeff

Aug 21

Eclipse day

As you may be aware, there’s a solar eclipse across the country today. Iowa is only going to get a partial experience of it, though. A little sliver of the very southwest corner is supposed to be in the “path … Continue reading

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Aug 18

Interactive maps, data on Iowa school districts

As part of the Gazette’s Iowa Ideas series leading up to a conference, a slew of enrollment and building information has been mapped out on a data page. (Warning: Autoplay video) Many of the maps have the districts outlined and … Continue reading

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Aug 17

Former education department official now South Tama’s superintendent

Jeff Berger, formerly a deputy director at the Iowa Department of Education, had his name in the news a few times because of some rare situations. He was involved on the state’s behalf in the recent cases of the Farragut … Continue reading

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Aug 16

License Plate Letters — GBN

The Global Broadcasting Network sounds like one of those fictional news networks created for a TV show or movie, doesn’t it?

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Aug 15

‘Prioritization’ for four-lane US 30 segments

Last week’s Iowa Transportation Commission meeting included approval of “U.S. 30 Corridor Prioritization,” a designation that doesn’t mean anything concrete yet on a timeline or funding. Stories: KWQC (above, misidentifying “Iowa Highway 30″ at the start), KCRG (using KWQC’s footage). … Continue reading

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Aug 14

Cedar Rapids converting Second Avenue to two-way

Starting today, Cedar Rapids will being converting Second Avenue from one-way to two-way in downtown. This is one block east of Business 151. It’s going to take a while because the city is going to add “bump-outs” — things on … Continue reading

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Aug 11

The ‘game that still does not compute’

The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel is marking 40 years of sports reporting. The vast majority of that was with the Big Eight and Big 12. Iowa State pops up a couple of times in his memorable moments, including the 1992 … Continue reading

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Aug 10

SHOCK POLL: 4 in 10 Iowans are imposters

August 15, 2016: Boldly going where 1 million people go a year. I’m as crushed as Kyle Munson is about this revelation about the Iowa State Fair, which starts today: [A] recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows that 40 … Continue reading

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Aug 09

Rolling Stone article has Iowa-related inaccuracy

A Rolling Stone profile published more than six weeks ago has a factual error related to Iowa. (Fake news in Rolling Stone — whodathunkit?) In the article “Meet the Megadonor Behind the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” about multimillionaire (and Quark founder) … Continue reading

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Aug 08

They held an election and no one showed up

September 29, 2015: Outdoor post office boxes (left) replaced the post office building (right) in McIntire in 2011. Special elections are notoriously low-turnout things. See, for example, the vote last week on supervisor districts in Linn County, which existed only … Continue reading

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