Aime Wichtendahl, Iowa’s first trans elected official, reflects on coming out, her run for Hiawatha City Council and Iowa’s COVID-19 failures

Aime Wichtendahl didn’t run for office until 2015, but she’s been intrigued by politics for more than three decades. “When I was 8 years old, I remember following the ’88 presidential election between Bush and Dukakis,” she said. “And interestingly, I was really mad at my parents for voting for Dukakis. Which is weird now […]

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Hinterland cancels 2020 festival, but plans to bring headliners back next summer

After three days of rousing, high-profile performances from the likes of Hozier, Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile in 2019, the Hinterland Music Festival had momentum going into their sixth-annual fest. Then COVID-19 happened. Like the organizers of Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City Jazz Fest, Camp Euforia and dozens of other Iowa concert events before them, […]

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Cedar Rapids PrideFest has been canceled

Cedar Rapids’ PrideFest will not take place on July 11, the CRPride Board of Directors announced Sunday. “Uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic” has led the organization to cancel all of its in-person Pride events this summer, according to a written statement. The news comes almost a week after Iowa City Pride announced it was canceling […]

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