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Pioneer Republican

So much for the metro schools having an advantage against smaller, rural schools. Apparently, being an Iowa Class 4A team and playing a Class 5A schedule doesn’t necesarily guarantee a state tournament berth, much less an advantage against teams that play predominantly Class 3A and 4A teams. It sure didn’t this past summer in post-season […]

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As a guide for the Amana Heritage Society through high school and college, I often worked at the Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana. This site includes the Cooper Shop across the street. Through the years I remember many people being very disappointed that the shop did not produce and sell copperware. In fact, more […]

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“Kinzeman” launched into outer space

July 22, 2014 Journal Tribune

On Saturday, July 12, as part of Kinze’s Family Fun Day, Kinze engineers and the Williamsburg High School robotics team launched a high-altitude balloon to reach an altitude of 105,000 feet above sea level. That’s three times higher than an airliner and past the edge of outer space. The balloon was assembled inside the Kinze […]

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Kinze unveils first electric multi-hybrid planter

July 22, 2014 Journal Tribune

K inze Manufacturing Inc. has announced the world’s first electric multi-hybrid planter. The Williamsburg-based company, located at exit 216 of Interstate 80 four miles west of Williamsburg, announced that six planters having successfully been used for planting on test plots in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana this spring. Based on early successes with the multi-hybrid planter, Kinze is […]

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IOWA COUNTY OBITUARIES – Week of July 24, 2014

July 22, 2014 Amana Colonies news

Marvin Bendorf, 87 Funeral service for Marvin A. “Benny” Bendorf, 87, Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Amana, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, at the Amana Community Church, Amana. He died Thursday, morning, July 17, 2014, at Colonial Manor of Amana. Church elder Harold Pitz officiated at the service. Burial was in the […]

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MARENGO CITY COUNCIL – 8-to-5 workday to remain at city hall

July 22, 2014 Marengo news

By BRIAN RATHJEN Marengo City Hall will remain open until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. That’s despite an informal study done by city staff that showed that, over a period of three weeks, just a handful of people actually came into city hall to conduct business. The council voted 4-0 – with Jennifer Olson absent […]

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ACLUD BOARD – Vinyl shutters on house need removal

July 22, 2014 Amana Colonies news

An Amana resident who placed new vinyl shutters on his home will have to remove them, Amana Colonies Land Use District officials said. The ACLUD board of trustees, at its Monday, July 14, meeting, voted 3-1 to deny Larry Hertel’s request to replace broken wooden shutters with vinyl ones, even though he had already completed […]

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CLEAR CREEK AMANA SCHOOL BOARD – Elementary boundary studies underway at CCA

July 22, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By BRIAN RATHJEN It’s a fast-track process, but Clear Creek Amana School District officials are undertaking an ambituous task. The duty: Realigning the district’s elementary boundaries to incorporate the new elementary school in Tiffin. A 16-member committee has met twice this past summer, and will meet again Thursday, July 24, and Thursday, Aug. 7, to […]

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2014 IOWA COUNTY FAIR – Ground broken on Iowa County Fair building

July 22, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By BRIAN RATHJEN MARENGO – It’s being touted as a building to serve 4-H members … both current and years into the future. It’s been talked about for a number of years, but finally, on Sunday afternoon, July 20, the gold shovels hit the dirt as Iowa County Fair officials and key contributors broke ground […]

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IOWA CLASS 3A DISTRICT BASEBALL – CCA gets walk-off win over Vinton-Shellsburg

July 22, 2014 Amana Colonies news

WILLIAMSBURG – Vinton-Shellsburg had scored one upset in the Iowa Class 3A district baseball tournament, using a late rally to stun Williamsburg 6-5 in Friday’s semifinal. A walk-off line drive by Clear Creek Amana’s Cody Ogden in the bottom of the seventh inning spoiled the Vikings’ hopes for another post-tournament surprise as the Clippers beat […]

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