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Cars blocking snow removal in downtown Iowa City will be towed starting at 2 a.m. on Wednesday

City workers will be removing snow from the streets of downtown Iowa City starting at 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and vehicles parked in tow-away zones will be removed, the city announced in a press release on Tuesday afternoon. “Towing will impact Prentiss Street to Market Street, Madison Street to Gilbert Street, as well as […]

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A new phone scam is targeting Johnson and Linn County residents

Phone scammers claiming to be sheriff’s deputies are targeting people in Johnson and Linn Counties. The scammers claim an arrest warrant for missing jury duty has been issued for the person they’ve called, and the person needs to post a bond by purchasing prepaid gift cards. Brian Hamilton of Iowa City was almost a victim […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks policy and ‘building a party of the people’ in Iowa City

“I’m here for exactly one reason,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said as she took the stage for her campaign rally at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday afternoon. “I’m tired of a government that works for a thin slice at the top, and not for anyone else. I’m here to make a change, I’m here to […]

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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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Cars blocking the removal of snow piles in downtown Iowa City will be towed

City workers will be removing the snow piles from the streets of downtown Iowa City starting at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. “Vehicles parked near the snow piles may be towed if they prevent crews from completing their work,” the city said in a press release. “The piles are located next to metered spots, which […]

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Iowa City announces warming centers for extreme cold weather (Updated)

The lobby of the Iowa City Public Library will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, to provide a warm shelter during the extreme cold temperature, the City of Iowa City announced Tuesday afternoon. Coffee and hot cocoa will be available in the lobby, and the library has mittens, hats and scraves for those who need them. The library itself will be open its normal operating hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. […]

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Wednesday trash and recycling collection in Iowa City canceled due to extreme cold

There will be no curbside trash and recycling collection in Iowa City on Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to the extreme cold weather predicted for the area. “This cancelation is being implemented to ensure the safety of our staff,” the Iowa City Department of Public Works explained in a statement on Tuesday. Trash and recycling normally […]

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Following backlash, the Iowa City Council has decided to replace some of the new Ped Mall benches

The Iowa City Council decided to alter the Ped Mall Improvement Plan to include benches with no center armrest, during its work session on Tuesday. Twenty percent of the 70 new benches, or a total of 14, will be without center armrests. The council also directed the city engineer’s office to determine how many of […]

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Linn Street Dive will open on Wednesday in Devotay’s former space

Ever since owners Jade and Mark Paterno announced in November they were closing Devotay, an iconic Iowa City restaurant, and would reopen it as something completely new, a lot people have wondered what that “newness” would involve. Those questions will be answered starting Wednesday at 5 p.m., as Linn Street Dive opens its doors. “We […]

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‘We’re on the road to better days’: Iowa City’s third Women’s March celebrated progress and the power of love

Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the almost 200 people gathered on the Ped Mall Saturday morning for Iowa City’s 2019 Women’s March. “In Des Moines, they decided to move this inside the Capitol,” said state Rep. Mary Mascher, referring to the freezing weather. “We said, ‘hey, we can do it.’ […]

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