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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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Best of the CRANDIC 2018: Community

The results are in! Here are the winners of Little Village’s 2018 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Community category, representing voters’ favorite people, places, organizations and innovations in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. […]

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Early voting in the Johnson County special election has begun

Early in-person voting in the Dec. 18 special election to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors began on Wednesday. Voters can cast a ballot at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office — which is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — until the office closes on Monday, Dec. 17. […]

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Devotay is closing

After more than two decades as a staple of the Iowa City restaurant scene, Devotay is closing. “With a heavy heart, we now announce that we will be closing Devotay on New Year’s Eve and will reopen as a new restaurant in January, 2019,” owners Mark and Jade Paterno said in a statement posted to […]

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Longtime community activist Royceann Porter announces a run for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Democrat Royceann Porter became the first declared candidate in the special election to fill the remainder of Kurt Friese’s term on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. If she wins, Porter would be the first black person elected to a county-wide office in Johnson County history. […]

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Special election scheduled to fill Kurt Friese’s seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

There will be a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created by the death of Kurt Michael Friese. Iowa Code gives the decision on how to fill an empty board seat, either through an appointment or a special election, to a committee of three […]

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Kurt Michael Friese, chef, food activist and Johnson County Supervisor, dies at age 54

Kurt Michael Friese, a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and a long-time leader in Iowa’s slow food movement, has died. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, emergency personnel were dispatched to Friese’s home on Friday morning, but the supervisor had already passed by the time they arrived. The cause of death […]

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Postcards and Pale Ale: Local group speaks out through postcards to legislators

Ordinary-people-turned-activists packed Iowa City Brewlab Friday night for “Postcards and Pale Ale,” an event organized by Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese. Attendees filled out stamped postcards to send to congressmen, state legislators and even President Donald Trump. By the end of the night, the box was filled with over 1,000 postcards. After the Women’s March […]

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Sullivan question prompts walkout at Harreld forum

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld dodged questions about minimum wage and administrator pay during a social justice discussion yesterday. The discussion was part of the University’s Spring 2016 theme, Just Living, designed to “explores values, beliefs, and positioning by examining the past and looking to the future.” Johnson County County Supervisor Rod Sullivan posed a […]

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Friese, Lewis, Sullivan and Heiden in the running for Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Filing for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors race began this week and three candidates have already announced plans to run for the three open seats. Kurt Friese, owner of Devotay and publisher of Edible Iowa, filed papers for his candidacy earlier this week. He had announced his plans to run on Dec. 1, 2015, […]

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IC restauranteur and slow food activist Kurt Friese announces bid for County Supervisor

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In a press release sent over the weekend, Kurt Friese, a long-time activist and owner of Iowa City restaurant Devotay, announced his candidacy for a position on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. The announcement comes quickly on the heels of last week’s news that Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil had accepted a position in […]

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