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Ely Public Library receives this year’s Iowa Literacy Award for its summer reading initiative

Ely Public Library Director Sarah Sellon wanted summer reading to be about more than just kids receiving prizes for reading books. So, part of the library’s summer reading program for the past five years has been Reading Support, an eight-week initiative where children get paired with volunteers from the community and have a chance to work […]

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Free apple-flavored samples of sangria, wine and other treats available in NewBo/Czech Village on Friday

Apple enthusiasts in Cedar Rapids are in for a treat. More than 20 businesses in NewBo/Czech Village will be offering free cider and apple-themed samples on Friday, Oct. 18. Shoppers browsing the various shops and restaurants will be able to try both alcoholic and nonalcoholic options at the event hosted by the Cedar Rapids Main Street District. […]

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First phase of Cedar Rapids’ school closure plan moves forward with planning of new Coolidge Elementary

As its Facilities Master Plan moves forward, the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) is trying to get “as much input as possible,” interim superintendent Noreen Bush told Little Village. Critics of the plan have repeatedly charged the district with a lack of transparency during the three years since the planning process began. […]

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Cedar Rapids breaks ground on the next phase of its flood control system

Fifteen months after securing $117 million in federal funding for its flood control system, Cedar Rapids held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first project paid for by that money, the 16th Avenue SE floodgate. City officials were joined by U.S. senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and officers from the Army Corps of Engineers for the ceremony at Lion Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. […]

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Taylor Bergen returns to Legion Arts as its interim director

After Taylor Bergen saw a show put on by Legion Arts at CSPS Hall in 2011, he decided he wanted to work for the Cedar Rapids arts organization. He called the next day to see if they were hiring. They weren’t. But a little over three months later, Bergen was hired as a program associate, and worked for Legion Arts for almost four years. Now, Bergen is back at CSPS. He was named interim director of Legion Arts on Wednesday. […]

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Cedar Rapids issued more than 26,000 traffic tickets during first month after its speed cameras were reactivated

Cedar Rapids issued more than 26,000 citations in the first month of operating its traffic cameras since 2017, potentially bringing in more than $1.4 million in revenue. From the 26,424 citations issued in July, 26,103 were for speeding and 321 were for running a red light. Around 25,800 of the speeding tickets were issued from the cameras on I-380. […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council candidates discuss top priorities, reasons for running at League of Women Voters forum

Candidates for the Cedar Rapids City Council shared their vision and plans for the city at a Sept. 26 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Linn County (LWV). However, when the second panel of the night began, featuring candidates for the two at-large seats on the November ballot, only two of the three candidates were present. […]

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