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Set to close after 181 years, Iowa Wesleyan University is ‘disappointed in the lack of state support’; Gov. Reynolds rebuffs blame

Iowa Wesleyan University announced on Monday it will permanently close at the end of the current semester. In a statement posted on its website, the 181-year-old private university in Mount Pleasant cited financial problems, including a decline in donor support […]

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Shueyville-born musician Hailey Whitters is joining Shania Twain’s tour — but not before two Iowa shows and a pork tendy

Before she tours with pop-country queen Shania Twain, Hailey Whitters plans to return to her roots. “Raised is super influenced by the people and place that raised me,” said Whitters, a Shueyville-born country musician now based in Nashville, regarding her […]

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Iowa governor says ‘it’s not easy for me either’ as she signs laws considered life-threatening by trans care providers

After not making any public comment on the bill to ban prescribed gender-affirming medical care for transgender Iowans under 18 passed by the Republican majorities in the Iowa Legislature, Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed on Tuesday she will sign the bill. […]

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Book Review: ‘Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America’ by Tara A. Bynum

Scholar Tara A. Bynum, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa Departments of English and African American Studies, is exploring interiority — and exemplifying it. In her recently published monograph Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America (University […]

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Book Review: ‘Invasives’ by Emily Kingery

Emily Kingery’s Invasives (Finishing Line Press) opens in a garden and closes in a garden, repeatedly returning to Eden and tearing it down with one consistent throughline: that which is invasive. The opening poem, “Musk Thistle,” weaves together two concepts […]

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The Iowa talent at the heart of Mission Creek Festival

“Community is explicitly listed in the Mission Creek Festival tagline — ‘Music. Lit. Community.’ — which you won’t find with most other prominent music and arts festivals,” said Elly Hofmaier, marketing and programming coordinator for the Englert Theatre, which produces […]

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