Category Archives: Iowa Miscellaneous

Nov 29

Photo 31,000

April 30, 2016: This trompe l’oeil mural on the side of a building in downtown Bussey illustrates the history of the town and prominent buildings. A larger version of the photo can be seen here. Bussey, in Marion County, was … Continue reading

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Nov 21

Short life for ’90s country station

Remember how excited I was that I found a radio station playing real country music that isn’t on the airwaves anymore? Well, that was short-lived.┬áThe changeover happened while I was on vacation. iHeartMedia has flipped Classic Country 1360 KMJM Cedar … Continue reading

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Nov 20

Des Moines wants a big-city trait

Des Moines doesn’t charge for parking in the ramps or on the streets on weekends, which was a benefit for me. But part of that is going to change. Tonight, the Des Moines City Council will have the first of … Continue reading

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Nov 13

Two longform explorations of Iowa locations

FiveThirtyEight looks at Howard County, the county in the nation with the largest presidential election swing, going from an Obama landslide to a Trump landslide. Howard County is on the edge/just outside of the Driftless Area, a region of the … Continue reading

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Nov 09

Is Winnebago still an Iowa company?

October 4, 2016: A 1959 trailer is on display at the Winnebago┬ávisitors center in Forest City. The center is where factory tours begin, but not where you’ll find the company’s top management anymore. Last year, as I finished visiting every … Continue reading

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Nov 08

What’s better than a Gunderburger?

Why, my second Gunderburger, of course. (The first was almost six years to the day earlier, supper before North Tama played Valley-CEW at the school between Elgin and Clermont.) September 12, 2017: Yes, inject that Midwestern-ness directly into my arteries.

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Nov 03

100th anniversary of Merle Hay’s death

June 20, 2017: The centerpiece of the Merle Hay monument in Glidden has artwork from “Ding” Darling. Click here for larger version. One hundred years ago today, Merle Hay of Glidden became the first Iowan and one of the first … Continue reading

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Nov 01

Iowa’s brain drain and the 2016 election

I’ve made a lot of blog posts and writeups about Iowa population and politics-adjacent issues, but the 2016 election brought forth a forehead-smacking-obvious postulate that eluded me until June*: If level of education becomes a political factor, Iowa’s “brain drain” … 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. 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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