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A year after the derecho, advocates reflect on how to better assist immigrant and refugee families in times of disaster

After the August 2020 derecho, Nabintu Baguma was most concerned about her four kids. Baguma, who is originally from Congo, has lived in Cedar Rapids for eight years and used to reside at the Cedar Terrace Apartments. The buildings in […]

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New murals in Cedar Rapids celebrate community and highlight history

A new mural inside the lobby of the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris building highlights the couple’s lasting legacy in Cedar Rapids. The Linn County Public Art Commission began its search for artists in early 2020. Commission chair Sean Ulmer […]

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Linn County doctors warn of upcoming COVID surge as hospitalizations rise

Linn County health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated and to practice mitigation measures to ease the burden on the local healthcare system, which has been seeing an increase in hospitalizations, as the Delta variant fuels an increase in […]

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CRCSD recommends removing school resource officers from middle schools

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) presented its recommended changes to the school resource officer program during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. A total of 14 recommendations were shared by district staff during the three-hour-long meeting, including removing the […]

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Youth at Linn County’s juvenile detention center offer ‘authentic reads on young adult books’ through the Read Woke program

On a recent visit to Linn County’s Juvenile Detention Center, Cedar Rapids librarian Meredith Crawford said she asked one of the kids what kinds of books they liked to read when they were younger. Crawford was surprised when they said […]

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Linn County launches financial assistance program to help residents facing eviction or utility shutoffs

Linn County residents facing eviction or falling behind on rent can apply for financial assistance through the county’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The county announced on Monday it is working with Waypoint and HACAP to administer rent and utility […]

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Masks and vaccines ‘strongly recommended’ for Cedar Rapids students and teachers

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) is “strongly recommending” students wear masks when returning to school this fall and is requiring masks on district buses. School districts in Iowa can no longer require mask-wearing in their schools, due to […]

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‘It all feels like a dream’: Cookies & Dreams opens location in Coralville

Stephanie Sellers didn’t sugarcoat the reality of starting a business in 2020. “It was definitely terrifying,” she said. But the pandemic also inspired people to try and brighten their loved ones’ days — and cookies were a sweet way to […]

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Masks will be required in Linn County buildings starting Monday

Linn County employees and visitors will be required to wear face masks at county-owned facilities starting Monday, regardless of their vaccination status. A divided Board of Supervisors passed the mask mandate during a meeting on Friday morning. The ideological division […]

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