Category Archives: Tama County

Feb 20

Traer City Council majority female

Also majority people I know. A short item in the Traer Star-Clipper online calls to attention a historic first: Four of the seven people on the city council are women. Sometimes all it takes is a willingness to run — … Continue reading

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Feb 01

Mike Pargeon, 1966-2018

I mentioned I was at the Traer post office last Friday. That’s because I had jumped over to town to get an oil change on the car. It’s a little extra effort, but I support a local business that way. … Continue reading

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Dec 20

50th anniversary of four-lane 63 in Traer

With the calendar ticking down toward 2018, I don’t have much space left to cover an anniversary I kept putting off. US 63 was four-laned through Traer in 1967. Structures were far enough from the road that there were no … Continue reading

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Oct 31

North Tama volleyball one step from state

In the span of three school years — fall 2010 to spring 2013 — North Tama sports had their best overall period in school history. Those three years included appearances in the state tournament in four different sports: football (state … Continue reading

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Sep 27

20th anniversary of North Tama school addition

September 27 and 28, 1997: Video stills of the north side of North Tama school, the weekend of a dedication ceremony for the addition with a multipurpose room (above), Iowa Communications Network room, and kindergarten. The first of two substantial … Continue reading

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Sep 15

NT football player featured for military service

North Tama senior Cory Kennedy did basic training at Fort Sill in the summer to become a member of the National Guard. The Des Moines Register has a profile on him. North Tama plays at Hudson tonight, the back end of … Continue reading

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Sep 12

The last September school election in Iowa

Today will be the last time that school board elections and school-related votes will take place in September. In spring the Iowa Legislature approved combining city and school elections into November of odd-numbered years (bill text here) along with a … Continue reading

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Aug 26

Update: Gladbrook-Reinbeck dropping to 8

In Friday’s football post, I remarked about a prediction that Gladbrook-Reinbeck would drop to 8-man football next year. Turns out that is indeed the case, and I was unaware. GR is playing 8 at the junior high and JV levels already … Continue reading

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Aug 02

Gladbrook-Reinbeck dissolution vote set

On July 17 the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board accepted the dissolution committee’s proposal on division of the district and set a vote for Sept. 12 concurrent with regular school board elections. A yes vote is to end the district; a no vote … Continue reading

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Jul 11

Staker Furniture going out of business

July 5, 2017: Staker Furniture and Interiors on Second Street in Traer. Traer’s furniture store is closing its doors. The building was built in 1974 for a relocating Overton Furniture. The current owner, Cindy Youel, said “opportunity knocked” and the … Continue reading

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