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High-profile endorsers to descend on Iowa City and Cedar Rapids this week, including AOC and Jonathan Van Ness (Updated)

Senators, including four 2020 presidential candidates*, are sitting as jurors in the impeachment of President Trump, but campaigning in Iowa continues. All this week’s event are free and open to the public. On Tuesday evening, Pete Buttigieg, will hold a town hall in Cedar Rapids with Rep. Dave Loebsack, who endorsed the former mayor of South Bend earlier this month. The two-hour event at the Armory of the Veterans Memorial Building is […]

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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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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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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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Rep. Abby Finkenauer endorses Joe Biden for president

Abby Finkenauer became the first Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate when the first-term representative announced on Monday she is supporting Joe Biden. Finkenauer started her endorsement by talking about her upbringing. “I was raised in a small town in rural Iowa, where my family instilled in me the importance of […]

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Openings, closings and wanderings: 2019 restaurant news in review

It was a turbulent year for many restaurants in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Two that opened in January — BeerBurger in downtown Iowa City and Linn Street Dive — closed before the end of summer. But BeerBurger still has its North Liberty location, and in December, Linn Street Dive became Marco’s Grilled Cheese. Melk […]

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White supremacist fliers distributed in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids neighborhoods

Over the past two days, residents in some neighborhoods in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids have been finding adhesive-backed fliers from a white supremacist group on their lawns and driveways. The anti-immigrant messages are wrapped around rolled-up copies of Little Village magazine from spring 2019. […]

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Rep. Abby Finkenauer will vote in favor of impeachment

Rep. Abby Finkenauer will vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President Trump, the freshman Democratic member of Congress announced on Tuesday. “I will be supporting both articles of impeachment and honor my duty to defend our constitution and democracy from abuse of power at the highest level,” Finkenauer said […]

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People in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will rally in favor of removing Donald Trump from office, as the U.S. House debates impeachment

As the first day of debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump draws to a close, people in cities across the country, including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, will hold rallies to support his impeachment and removal from office. The Iowa City rally will be on the Ped Mall, near the Weatherdance Fountain. In Cedar Rapids, the rally will take place behind the U.S. Federal District Courthouse, which houses the local office of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst. […]

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Village Meat Market and Cafe in Czech Village is closing

After eight years of offering Cedar Rapids a traditional Czech butcher shop with a Southern accent, the Village Meat Market and Cafe is closing. When co-owners Lou Oettinger Thompson and Hugh Lamont opened Village Meat Market in the Czech Village, it filled a hole left after Polehna’s Meat Market closed. That traditional Czech meat market […]

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George Anderson of Cedar Rapids’ Kennedy High School named Iowa Teacher of the Year

For the second time in seven years, a Cedar Rapids teacher has been named Iowa Teacher of the Year. Speaking at a student assembly at Kennedy High School on Wednesday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced George Anderson, who teaches history and is an assistant football coach at the school, has been selected for the award. […]

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Local businesses in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will offer special deals on Small Business Saturday

For the most ambitious shoppers (who often make the rest of us look bad), the end of Thanksgiving means the start of the holiday shopping season. But because sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday — the two biggest shopping days of the year — typically benefit big retailers the most, American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010. The shopping event encourages people to support their local economy. […]

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