Category Archives: Iowa Miscellaneous

Feb 06

The story of Albert the Bull

The world’s largest anatomically correct Hereford was featured in a Super Bowl ad and got a mini-documentary. Story, Sioux City Journal; video (below), Cenex (the ad’s sponsor).

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Jan 26

Answering 538′s gerrymandering question

Political/statistical analysis website 538 says fixing gerrymandering is hard. At one point it resorts to a computer algorithm that completely ignores all jurisdictional boundaries in a quest to make “competitive” districts. What if gerrymandering is a problem better solved by … Continue reading

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Jan 17

Ankeny builds a county seat in a year

It’s a three-paragraph, 30-second story from WHO, but it tells so much. According to the story, based on numbers from the city, Ankeny built 567 new single-family homes and 539 other residences in 2017. That makes for 1106 housing units … Continue reading

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Jan 15

Crossroads Sears doomed

Another original anchor of Crossroads Mall in Waterloo is biting the dust. This time it’s Sears, reported earlier this month (Courier, KWWL, KCRG), following J.C. Penney in 2015. Crossroads has been able to replace the Penney’s with an At Home, … Continue reading

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Jan 11

4-H Schoolhouse Museum moves

September 11, 2014: ”Birthplace of the 4-H Club Emblem” marker at the schoolhouse museum in Clarion. More than a century after the 4-H Emblem was born in Wright County, Iowa, the museum celebrating it has been moved — but not too … Continue reading

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Jan 08

20th anniversary of Iowa Highways Page

The Iowa Highways Page is 20 years old today. I stumbled on it about two years after Jason Hancock set it up. Since then, he and I have done lots of coordination and research to make our sites complementary and … Continue reading

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Jan 03

Population projection: Utah has babies and Iowa doesn’t

September 28, 2015: Clayton, Iowa, along the Mississippi River, has no children living in city limits, according to census numbers — adding the atmosphere of a micro-version of “Children of Men” to this photo of a playground there. Buck Grove, near … Continue reading

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Dec 31

Three days, five candidates, five counties, ten years later – 3

December 31, 2007: Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and his mother make a campaign stop at the Ames Public Library (Story County). Catherine Biden died three years later. New Year’s Eve 2007 — four days before the caucuses — was just as full … Continue reading

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Dec 30

Three days, five candidates, five counties, ten years later – 2

December 30, 2007: Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Tom Vilsack at the Traer Memorial Building. It’s weird to attend a political event when people you know are in the audience. After Christmas, Hillary Clinton was in a flat-out sprint toward Jan. … Continue reading

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Dec 29

Three days, five candidates, five counties, ten years later – 1

It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be … Continue reading

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