Category Archives: Tama County

Mar 09

Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the public 1A semifinal

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team has a chance to add another 2016-17 state championship tombstone trophy to its case this week. GR plays undefeated North Linn in the first 1A semifinal, which tips off half an hour after this blog … Continue reading

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Mar 04

Area man featured for longtime pursuit of weird accomplishment

As you may have seen online, the Des Moines Register’s Kyle Munson interviewed me about my travels and wrote a column about it. He even called back to the 2001 essay I wrote as a member of the Register’s Young Adult … Continue reading

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Feb 23

M Avenue bridges near Traer to be replaced in 2018

October 30, 2015: The northern of two 1915 bridges on M Avenue, border between Crystal and Perry townships, across Four Mile Creek (which is longer than that). The southern bridge is across Wolf Creek. Hyper, hyper, hyper-local. — Ed. Two … Continue reading

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Feb 09

Gladbrook-Reinbeck dissolution vote returns

Yes, we’re apparently doing this all over again. Short recap (all back to old blog posts): The Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board voted to close the Gladbrook center, residents petitioned to dissolve the district, MANY meetings were held, a map was drawn, … Continue reading

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Feb 08

Traer pork tenderloin recognized

It’s been online for a week, but the Des Moines Register ran a feature on “Best Pork Tenderloins” in Tuesday’s paper. The tenderloin at 1901 Chop Haus in Traer (in the building that once housed Axon’s/Third Base/Joker’s) got second place … Continue reading

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Jan 25

Former NT teacher Crawford named Lone Tree superintendent

Ken Crawford, who taught high school keyboarding and business classes at North Tama back in the late 20th century*, will be Lone Tree’s superintendent next school year, says the Lone Tree Reporter. Crawford was also North Tama’s football coach for three … Continue reading

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Jan 11

G is for Gladbrook

July 7, 2015: The former Gladbrook-Reinbeck Middle School was the Gladbrook High School before 1988. The Gladbrook school is another recent addition to the list of closed schools in Iowa. This closure in 2015 triggered something that had never happened … Continue reading

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Sep 29

North Tama making first football trips to Jasper, Polk counties

After North Tama football was demoted to Class A in the early 2000s, the Redhawks bounced around geographically. In many configurations, NT was on the periphery — the northernmost of a southern district, westernmost of an eastern district, southernmost of … Continue reading

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Sep 23

Wind (turbine) up in Traer

A wind turbine on the south side of Traer is providing 40 percent of the town utility’s energy usage, the Waterloo Courier reports. (This was the newspaper centerpiece last Sunday.) The turbine, now five years old (and built after the … Continue reading

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Sep 20

North Tama graduate a starter for ISU

Brian Seda has achieved a dream he’s had for a long time: He’s been named a drummer for Spinal Tap a starter for Iowa State on the offensive line. He actually got the nod last week, against TCU, but Saturday … Continue reading

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