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Year in review 2017

Posted by Paul Brennan |
New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded...

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New art, a new festival, but no casino and (mostly) no fireworks: Ten ways Cedar Rapids changed in 2017

The race for mayor may have dominated much of the news this year in Cedar Rapids, but the changes that happened in the city in 2017 weren’t limited to politics.

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Ten ways Iowa City changed in 2017

Every year brings changes, and 2017 saw the start of construction on a major new public park and progress on a new approach to community living in Iowa City. A...

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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care,...

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Coping with Trump, replacing Corbett and Iowa City makes history: 2017 in local politics

The year started with reactions to the new Trump administration -- some involving careful city council deliberations, one involving fire -- and such reactions continue throughout 2017. The year also...