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‘It’s just the most Iowan thing’: A day at the Iowa State Fair with fair mega-fans, the Stumps »

Since his freshman year of high school in 1969, Gary Stump has not missed an Iowa State Fair. “I had a girlfriend whose father worked at the fair and he got free tickets for everything,” Stump recalls. “And then when […]

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Letter to the editor: Franken will represent all Iowans in the U.S. Senate

By Paul Deaton, Solon I’ve been with retired Admiral Michael Franken enough to know he would make an excellent U.S. Senator. My comparison is with Tom Harkin, with whom I also spent time. Harken is arguably Iowa’s best senator to […]

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The couple behind new shop Thistle’s Summit encourage Des Moines to eat, drink, be gay and get witchy

After bidding adieu to their Eastern Iowa bed and breakfast in 2020, partners Marti Payseur and Ash Bruxvoort are carrying its spirit forward in a new downtown Des Moines bakery/retail space. Payseur — the owner, recipe developer and baker for […]

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Dana James: State rankings lists are out once again. Here’s where Iowa (actually) stands.

Here we go again. Yet another news company propped Iowa up on a pedestal. Iowa fell a bit this year on the 2022 annual rankings by CNBC, but still ranked No. 12 on a list of America’s best states for […]

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Weekender Eastern Iowa! Alternating Currents Festival | Bourbon & Blues | DIY Publishing

READ THE LATEST | SUPPORT LITTLE VILLAGE | SHOP PERKS THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Welcome back, university students! There’s a million things to do this weekend to distract you from the start of classes on Monday, so get out there and […]

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Weekender Central Iowa! Upcycle | Marc Maron | Bookstore Romance Day

READ THE LATEST | SUPPORT LITTLE VILLAGE | SHOP PERKS THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Whether you’re enjoying the last days of the state fair or hanging around in town, there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn, listen, laugh and […]

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‘It’s just the most Iowan thing’: A day at the Iowa State Fair with fair mega-fans, the Stumps

Since his freshman year of high school in 1969, Gary Stump has not missed an Iowa State Fair. “I had a girlfriend whose father worked at the fair and he got free tickets for everything,” Stump recalls. “And then when […]

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Watch: Claudia McGehee sketches and scratches her favorite parts of nature

Claudia McGehee’s scratchboard illustrations for children’s books, business logos, Java House cups and other freelance projects have garnered buzz. But the Iowa City artist’s ultimate goal is to reflect the beauty — and vulnerability — of the environment through her […]

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Five questions with: Bestselling crime author Karin Slaughter

To promote her new book, Girl, Forgotten, the aptly named Karin Slaughter will be visiting Des Moines on Wednesday, Aug. 24 as a part of the Des Moines Public Library’s Authors Visiting in Des Moines series (AViD). The Georgia native […]

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Book Review: ‘The Length of a Clenched Fist’ by L.A. Felleman

Written as a calendar documenting March through October, a single narrator moves through life in lockdown in L.A. Felleman’s The Length of a Clenched Fist (Finishing Line Press). If I hadn’t lived through 2020 I might not understand references like […]

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Book Review: ‘A Map for the Missing’ by Belinda Huijuan Tang

After the dedications page of her debut novel, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Belinda Huijuan Tang quotes Homer’s The Odyssey, a fitting harbinger for the journey she will take us on. Although A Map for the Missing (Penguin Press) […]

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Contact Buzz: The history of the Iowa State Fair’s old, inclusive art show

Shawn Palek doesn’t enter competitions any longer. Lately, he prefers to sponsor shows and competitions for emerging artists, mentoring many. He continues to paint new works, with many murals to his credit. But in the early 2000s, the contemporary visual […]

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Letter to the editor: Attorney General Miller is a longstanding force in Iowa politics

By Natalie Sherman, Des Moines One decade in politics can seem like a lifetime, so several decades and ten terms in office is certainly a momentous feat. While some might be ready to back down after so many years in […]

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The Iowa City Police Log: Life and Strife in a Midwestern College Town


For five years, Chris Patton collected notable entries from the Iowa City police activity log on Twitter and Facebook. Two years and more than 32,000 followers later, the 10,000 entries that made it into this 200-page coffee table book are a snapshot of Iowa City: often ridiculous, sometimes
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Orders placed between November 9 and November 16 may take a week or more to ship. All profits will be donated to Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Shelter House, and United Action for Youth.

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