Iowa’s largest solar array debuts in rural Kalona

So bright!

Farmers Electric Cooperative and Eagle Point Solar will host the grand opening of the largest solar field in Iowa tomorrow at 10 a.m. at 1956 520th St. in rural Kalona. The solar array will house 2,900 solar panels and is set to generate 800 kilowatts, totaling one million kilowatt hours of energy annually for Farmer’s […]

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Savage Love: Taking advantage

I am wondering when the best time is to mention being in an open relationship to new girls. I’m a 27-year-old straight guy who’s been in an open relationship for six years. I often seek out extracurricular activities, but I am unsure of how to bring up my situation without doors closing. I wrote to […]

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Iowa town with 5,000 residents to lose 450 jobs

Cherokee, Iowa

When Tyson Foods announced on Friday, July 25 that it will discontinue operations at three facilities across the U.S. — one of which is located in Cherokee, Iowa — the company’s news release came with a rather innocuous headline: “Tyson Foods Activates Plan to Improve Prepared Foods Performance.” Strip away the shareholder language, and the […]

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Shots fired: The Daily Beast puts Templeton Rye on blast

Templeton Rye

In an article titled, “Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana,” The Daily Beast calls out one of Iowa’s most beloved whiskeys, Templeton Rye, claiming that the whiskey’s “craft” image is at odds with the actual production process. Writer Eric Felten, author of How’s Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the […]

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There’s something skunky about medical marijuana in Iowa

Branstad speaks in Washington D.C.

When Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill on May 30 allowing some Iowans to posses cannabidiol oil, an orally-taken cannabis extract that lacks the intoxication effects normally associated marijuana, Iowa joined a list of 33 other states in allowing some form of medical marijuana regulation. Critics have since argued that Iowa’s law is too narrow […]

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Rand Paul to visit Iowa City

Officials announced Tuesday that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a potential Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, will visit Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 5 to headline a fundraising event in support of Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ congressional campaign. Having snagged the Republican nomination for Iowa’s U.S. House 2nd district in June, Miller-Meeks will take […]

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UI grad student builds bamboo bike, rides across Iowa

For the past seven months, University of Iowa graduate student and Fulbright Scholar Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz has been working on building a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the Philippines. She hopes her trip, which she calls the “Bamboo on New […]

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Savage Love: The boys in the bandwidth

Illustration by Joe Newton

I am a gay man and have been in a relationship with my GGG boyfriend for more than three years. We are in our early 20s and have a good sex life. I just discovered that he has been engaging in what can only be described as cyber infidelity. He had a secret e-mail account, […]

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Savage Love: Shorties

Savage Love

Two questions, Dan. 1. Recently, I went to a bar with my brother and encountered a friend from high school. My brother told me that, toward the end of the night, my friend followed him into the bathroom and made a drunken pass at him (which apparently involved a clumsy grab at his penis). My […]

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