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Cedar Rapids seeking public input on possible new recreational opportunities on the Cedar River

For Cedar Rapidians who have long wished to canoe, tube or swim in the Cedar River, the opportunity might be getting closer. The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking input on potential recreational options, and residents have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Until Feb. 14, residents can take an online survey that will ask what they think about the Cedar River […]

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Brock About Town: Winter Storm Jacob

My dear readers, as I write this, Iowa City is buckling down for some serious snow. I went to Hy-Vee this morning, where a 50-year-old woman elbowed me in the ribs because I was blocking her access to a five-pound box of Rice-a-Roni. When I made the pathetic little scoffing noise that passes for confrontation in such a situation, she shrugged […]

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The public’s view of the Senate impeachment trial will be limited, and Sen. Joni Ernst wants evidence to be limited

The impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. CSPAN-2 will televise the trial in its entirety, both on cable and online. CSPAN sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to allow a camera crew to fully cover the proceedings, but has not received a response from McConnell. It is likely that […]

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Megan Gogerty will headline the Emma Goldman Clinic’s Annual Choice Event on Saturday

Megan Gogerty will be the keynote speaker at the Emma Goldman Clinic’s 2020 Annual Choice Event, the clinic announced on Monday. Actually, the clinic’s press release refers to Gogerty as “the keynote speaker (and performer).” Gogerty’s performance will be “based on the theme of ‘What Would Emma Do?’,” according to the clinic […]

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This Week in the Village: Jan. 12-18

Catch up on the biggest headlines, videos and photos published by Little Village in the past week. Dave Loebsack endorses Pete Buttigieg Published Sunday, Jan. 12 Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president on Sunday. “Pete offers a new kind of leadership that we desperately need –– he’s a midwestern mayor, a veteran, and […]

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New exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum promises to be a party

A new art exhibit opening this weekend at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) brings a traditional piece of Slovak party wear into 2020. The exhibit Party in the 21st Century features photos and paintings of the nearly extinct Slovak parta, an elaborate headband that girls often wore during big church feasts, or brides […]

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Seven ways to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids

From volunteering opportunities to a movie screening to educational lectures throughout the day, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, Jan. 20 — will feature a number of events in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Coralville. […]

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National Weather Service predicts major winter storm, schools close in Johnson and Linn counties, North Liberty bans on-street parking (Updated)

Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities issued a winter storm warning for 18 eastern Iowa counties, including Johnson and Linn. Inches of snow and ice, as well as sleet, wind and visibility issues, are expected across Eastern Iowa, leading to school and street closures. […]

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Cedar Rapids writer Lyz Lenz interviewed in ‘The Daily Show’ segment about Iowa Caucus

Why is Iowa first? The question is ubiquitous during the presidential election season, and was the subject of a segment on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In that nearly six-minute segment, Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper dons a winter coat and heads to Des Moines and the surrounding cities to […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds calls for an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution

Gov. Kim Reynolds called for adding an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution in her Condition of the State speech on Tuesday. “As we begin 2020, I’m focused on the overall wellness of all Iowans, in every part of the State, in all stages of life,” the governor said early in her speech. “And when I say all stages of life, I mean to include the unborn.
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Cedar Rapids Ice Arena gets a new name, partnership with Chicago Blackhawks

The city-owned Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is now officially ImOn Ice. The Cedar Rapids City Council approved a naming rights agreement at its Jan. 14 meeting under which the city will receive $500,000 from ImOn Communications over the next five years. Under the agreement, which was made public Jan. 13, the local telecommunications provider has the […]

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