Category Archives: Iowa Miscellaneous

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. https://t.co/RnUAg8GpyS pic.twitter.com/GPSVXQ1WI9 — Iowa DOT (@iowadot) October 2, 2017

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Sep 11

The incredible shrinking Iowa State Daily

When I saw the copies at the Alumni Center, I thought what was there was either an insert or a mistake. But then I looked closer. An eight-page paper the same physical size as a Farm Bureau Spokesman, with four … Continue reading

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Sep 05

50th anniversary of KMEG

Iowa’s youngest “big three” network affiliate turns 50 years old today. KMEG Channel 14 in Sioux City, a CBS station, is the only such affiliate in Iowa on the UHF spectrum. The switch to digital has largely rendered the VHF/UHF … Continue reading

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Aug 28

Adel, Waukee now touch each other

The sprawl monster has 4,500 more acres of Iowa to feast on. A few months ago, Waukee added two huge tracts of land* and one smaller one in annexation procedures. The vast majority is undeveloped but that will change. A … Continue reading

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Aug 24

End of the buffet line

The closure of Ryan’s Steakhouse on Collins Road in Cedar Rapids in June was so abrupt that the employees weren’t notified. I was reminded that it was closed when I drove past it this week. And then it hit me: … Continue reading

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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 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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Aug 01

Wide IA 9 shield in Waukon

KCRG had a story last week about Waukon’s preparations as a host town for RAGBRAI. At the 2:01 mark of the video above is a shot of downtown. There is a “Jct 9″ assembly visible — and the 9 is … Continue reading

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