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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 that apartment complex suffered some of the worst damage in the derecho, making the units […]

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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 two school resource officers at McKinley and Roosevelt middle schools. Other recommendations included having the […]

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Insomnia Cookies in Iowa City is now open

Warm cookies, cookie sandwiches and cookie cakes await anyone with a late-night or early-morning craving. It’s never too early or too late for cookies, right? Insomnia Cookies in Iowa City had its grand opening this past weekend. The late-night bakery is located at 125 E Washington St, which used to be Mama’s Deli & Catering. […]

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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 they hadn’t read at all before coming to the detention center. “This kid reads voraciously […]

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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 payments to those who are eligible for up to 18 months. Individuals must be able […]

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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 between supervisors on masks was visible even before the resolution was introduced. Supervisor Stacey Walker […]

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