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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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Sen. Zach Wahls has signed up as a poll worker in Johnson County, and encourages other young people to do the same

Election officials in eastern Iowa and beyond have one resounding message for primary voters: fill out your ballot from home. With social distancing in effect — and the Wisconsin primary on April 7, in which thousands of voters found themselves in long, slow lines in and outside polling places, serving as a cautionary tale — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has expanded the mail-in voting period […]

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Face-shield makers across the state are utilizing 3D printers, old classroom supplies

Don’t call it a comeback: The overhead projector — a post-chalkboard and pre-SMART Board classroom technology, and staple of “you know you’re old when …” articles — is relevant once again as Iowans craft creative solutions to hospitals’ supply needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. N95 masks, the most effective personal protective equipment (PPE) against the […]

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As they mark their first anniversary, Iowa City Student Climate Strikers turn down award, join ‘digital strike’

Every week since they began demonstrating outside of the Iowa City Community School District offices on March 15, 2019, the Iowa City Student Climate Strike has reiterated their message of climate action through social media, letters to the editor and, of course, in-person protests. Massimo Biggers, Alex Howe, Ian Martinez, Maddie Peterson and the other […]

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