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The weather-weary can enjoy the fun side of winter at Freeze Fest on Sunday

A couple weeks removed from late January’s life-threatening cold temperatures, this weekend’s more temperate weather will allow the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department to hold its fourth annual Freeze Fest at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. With thinning ice, activities like ice fishing may not be possible, but with a forecast predicting a 90 percent chance of snow, conditions should be fine for the two-hour event’s snowshoeing demonstration. […]

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Album Review: Kate Kane — Meet the Cats

Meet the Cats by Kate Kane I can’t think of a single better combination of words than “cat-themed Kate Kane album from Bloated Kat Records.” Any of those three factors would have me dropping everything else to listen, but the combination is an outstanding pop-punk success filled with whimsical odes that I’m pretty sure retroactively […]

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Album Review: Brother Trucker — 5

Des Moines band Brother Trucker is an honest-to-goodness Iowa institution. Since 2000, the band has toured extensively, bringing their roots rock and country to avid fans in bars throughout the Midwest. Their Iowa pedigree was established when they signed on as one of the original bands on Dave Zollo’s seminal Trailer Records, where they released […]

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Participants in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week announced

The restaurants participating in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week were announced on Tuesday by the event’s organizer, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (CRMEA). From Friday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, March 2, the following 17 restaurants will be offering special menus to their patrons […]

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An Instant Pot recipe* so easy, even you won’t screw it up

By the Condescending Cook** This is where I tell you a personal story about my time in NOLA,*** how it profoundly changed my understanding of what living free truly meant, and where I mastered the alchemy of turning meaning and memory into nutrients and flavor.**** Now, this being an amateur***** cooking article, this second paragraph […]

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Dear Kiki: My ex still holds a piece of my heart

About a decade ago I fell very hard for someone, but circumstances kept us apart. We’ve both been able to move on and live our best lives and love the people we’re actually with since our really difficult split up. We haven’t spoken to or seen more than a glimpse of each other for years. But God, it’s still there in my heart. It’s always there. […]

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Iowa Supreme Court to decide whether Cedar Rapids must turnover investigator reports in 2016 police shooting

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Cedar Rapids case that will determine what information the police can withhold from the public. The city of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones are appealing a decision by a Linn County District Court judge that the city must turn over police […]

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