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Cargill will begin clearing the land for its Cedar Rapids rail yard later this month

Cargill will begin preparing the land south of Stewart Road for construction later this month, with construction running through October, officials involved with the project shared during a virtual town hall meeting. Cargill’s 50-minute virtual meeting last Wednesday was the company’s second town hall event providing information about the rail yard near the Rompot neighborhood. […]

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Linn County health officials express frustration over state’s allocation of vaccine and lack of local control

In a three-page email to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office and the Iowa Department of Public Health, Linn County officials questioned and criticized the state’s allocation of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as well as pleaded for local control to allocate the single-dose vaccine to vulnerable populations. Tricia Kitzmann, who is Linn County Public Health’s […]

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Build a bee as part of a Cedar Rapids community art project highlighting the importance of the busy pollinators

Happen to have ping-pong balls, used plastic water bottles, empty milk jugs, hangers and push pins lying around? According to the Grant Wood Art Colony, those common items — or other recycled materials — are un-bee-lievably perfect for crafting a bee. Anyone interested is invited to craft a bee and place it on structures resembling […]

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Rita Hart drops her challenge of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election, citing the GOP’s ‘toxic campaign of political disinformation’

Rita Hart announced on Wednesday afternoon she is withdrawing her challenge to the 2020 election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Hart, a Democrat, lost the race for the district’s open seat to Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by six votes, according to the results certified by the state canvassing board. “After many conversations with people I […]

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Iowa’s Ride announces new schedule: A weekend in Eldora instead of a week-long cross-state ride

When former RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz announced the creation of Iowa’s Ride in October 2019, he described a week-long cycling event across Iowa that would rival the internationally famous Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Juskiewicz now lives in Arizona, where he’s executive director of a different cycling event, and Iowa’s Ride has scaled […]

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