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Mar 23

Links on IA 12 page fixed

June 4, 2014: The national north end of US 77 is just across the border at I-29 in Sioux City. Well, this is embarrassing: When I moved the website from, I moved the locations of the IA 12 South … Continue reading

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Mar 22

Closing off an ancient curve, and Centerville’s IA 60 history

  Appanoose County in the 1948 (left/top) and 1951 Iowa Highway Commission state maps. Notice the non-existence of Lake Rathbun. Drake Avenue is shown as the north-south piece of IA 277, but it actually belonged to IA 60, as you will … Continue reading

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Mar 21

Analysis of 2017 RAGBRAI route

July 23, 2008: RAGBRAI riders enter the west side of Tama. FORTY YEARS after its first and only visit to Allamakee County, RAGBRAI is going to end in Lansing. From Orange City (which is new as a starter town; others … Continue reading

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Mar 20

947. Palmer

March 20, 2003: A Fort Dodge Messenger newsrack in Palmer announces the beginning of U.S. military action in Iraq. Fourteen years and five ISU men’s basketball coaches ago, I took my first solo multi-day trip to photograph Iowa highways. Palmer … Continue reading

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Mar 18

Bring on the Boilermakers

October 29, 2016: Penn State scores one of its many touchdowns against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. The final was 62-24. Yes, I watched both Iowa State and Purdue play football in person in 2016. You can’t hurt me. The … Continue reading

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Mar 17

US 20 detour starts next week

The detour for US 20 in western Iowa that originally was going to last through two winters but then discontinued will restart Monday, the Iowa DOT says in a press release. Construction will go on throughout the year, pushing ever … Continue reading

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Mar 16

Turnarounds before the tournament

December 8, 2016: Harbaugh? Harbaugh. Harbaugh Harbaugh Harbaugh, Harbaugh Harbaugh. I freely admit that in the two days I saw the ISU basketball teams come out flatter than flat in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, I had my concerns about the season. But they got better as … Continue reading

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Mar 15

South Hardin sharing agreement extended

July 21, 2015: Architectural elements of Radcliffe’s 1915 school building were preserved when the building was torn down. Currently, Radcliffe Elementary is used for Hubbard-Radlcliffe grades K-5. KLMJ Radio and the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen have both reported that Eldora-New Providence … Continue reading

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Mar 14


The state City Development Board has approved the discontinuance of the town of Mount Union, the AP reports (via DMR/Burlington Hawk Eye). The referendum on disincorporation passed by one vote last year. There are now 943 incorporated places in Iowa, down … Continue reading

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Mar 13

Is Mallard school a sitting duck?

October 3, 2016: Beautiful architectural detail on the Mallard school building, which you can see is celebrating its centennial this year. Three years ago, the West Bend-Mallard school board discussed the future of the Mallard school building. At that time, … Continue reading

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