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Mount Mercy University adjusts to fall semester shaped by the derecho, COVID-19 and its president resigning

Students and faculty at Mount Mercy University (MMU) in Cedar Rapids are adjusting to a new normal this fall semester. When students began their semester in early September — whether that was through online or hybrid instruction — the campus was already dealing the impacts of the Aug. 10 derecho and the COVID-19 pandemic. Two […]

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Derecho relief: Survey asks Linn County residents about their needs; FEMA is closing Cedar Rapids center

Linn County agencies have created a questionnaire to identify what residents still need in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 derecho. County residents impacted by the derecho are encouraged to complete the questionnaire. Linn County Public Health, HACAP and Waypoint partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to create the assessment. The information provided […]

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Cortado: El duh-ray-CHO y los árboles caídos

Derecho es una palabra que en español tiene múltiples significados: «voy a estudiar la carrera de derecho»; «tengo derecho a salir a las calles a protestar»; «camino derecho al altar», etcétera. Pero en ningún diccionario de lengua española encontramos un significado de derecho asociado a la meteorología y a las tormentas de verano. Es en […]

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Barbecue to the rescue: Willie Fairley plans to feed derecho victims ‘until everyone’s back on their feet’

Willie Fairley’s phone has not stopped ringing. Fairley told Little Village he’s gotten calls from “all over the world” letting him know they appreciate the work he’s doing and asking how they can support him. Fairley, owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, has been making hundreds of free meals for people impacted […]

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