Author Archives: Jeff

Oct 20

Roland-Story needs an outlet

Next year, the Roland-Story school district will mark 50 years since consolidation. The district wants to build new athletic facilities, reports the Ames Tribune, but — in a sign of how old things are — the school is “landlocked” and … Continue reading

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Oct 18

Who gets the flugelhorn?

Questions that must be asked, just not to the State Board of Education… All other issues raised, including the ownership of the “famous flugelhorn,” are deemed irrelevant to the question of the legality of the whole-grade sharing agreement and accordingly … Continue reading

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Oct 16

Harmony, Van Buren move toward consolidation

The Harmony school district is about to face the music. At the end of August, the Harmony and Van Buren school boards met to start petitions for consolidation of the two districts. (Story: KTVO) The “new” name would be Van … Continue reading

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Oct 13

Dust off US 30 ROW at US 169

July 5, 2013: West junction of US 30 and US 169 between Ogden and Beaver. There used to be a weigh station to the right. This is 30′s last at-grade intersection with a numbered route until IA 21. In light … Continue reading

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Oct 11

When autofill goes horribly wrong

Western Illinois’ website has some problems, to say the least, with its schedule formatting. In the 2012 football schedule: Indianapolis has the Indiana logo. Both South Dakota and South Dakota State have the USD logo. Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri … Continue reading

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Oct 09

There’s a “Back to the Future Minute” podcast

GREAT SCOTT! This is heavy. There’s a podcast that started in late 2015 that, like the “Star Wars Minute”, tackled the “Back to the Future” trilogy, dissecting every minute of the movies in 15- to 20-minute segments. The podcast link … Continue reading

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Oct 08


Due to a cascade of inexplicable subroutine malfunctions, the Matrix will be shut down for diagnostics and given a hard reset. The management apologizes for the inconvenience.

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Oct 06

Alta-Aurelia consolidation approved

The Alta and Aurelia school districts — one mostly in Buena Vista County, the other mostly in Cherokee County — extended their whole-grade-sharing agreement last year. Last month, however, they dove into full reorganization, effective next year. Story: Cherokee Chronicle-Times. … Continue reading

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Oct 04

Oklahoma’s tuneup for Texas

This weekend, for only the second time in the Big 12 era, Iowa State is in a position it used to be in quite often — the warmup act for the Oklahoma Sooners the weekend before their game against Texas. … Continue reading

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Oct 03

Look what Taylor Swift made the Iowa DOT do

Yesterday’s “Message Monday” from the Iowa DOT: If you don't get the message today – ask the nearest millennial. — Iowa DOT (@iowadot) October 2, 2017

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