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Derecho relief: Survey asks Linn County residents about their needs; FEMA is closing Cedar Rapids center

Linn County agencies have created a questionnaire to identify what residents still need in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 derecho. County residents impacted by the derecho are encouraged to complete the questionnaire. Linn County Public Health, HACAP and Waypoint partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to create the assessment. The information provided […]

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Cedar Rapids Community School District working with high school students on anti-racism initiatives

The Cedar Rapids Community School District is working to establish a Black student union at all four high schools and create a superintendent’s advisory council, among other action steps as part of the district’s anti-racist initiatives. Superintendent Noreen Bush provided an update on these efforts at the Board of Education’s Monday meeting. The update was […]

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City of Cedar Rapids announces changes to transit system

Cedar Rapids Transit will make changes to its schedules and routes starting Tuesday. The changes are intended to improve bus service by “streamlining routes, reducing travel times, shifting service from lower-use to higher-use areas and adding service frequency,” according to the city. The change will include additional morning and afternoon weekday peak service on hourly […]

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Barbecue to the rescue: Willie Fairley plans to feed derecho victims ‘until everyone’s back on their feet’

Willie Fairley’s phone has not stopped ringing. Fairley told Little Village he’s gotten calls from “all over the world” letting him know they appreciate the work he’s doing and asking how they can support him. Fairley, owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, has been making hundreds of free meals for people impacted […]

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Linn County residents impacted by derecho have until Sunday to apply for food assistance

Linn County residents impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho might be eligible for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or D-SNAP. To be eligible, individuals must have been a resident of Linn County as of Aug. 10, meet the income limits and must have been “adversely affected by the derecho including destroyed/spoiled food.” Those already […]

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