Community Corner

JR Ogden
I’m J.R. Ogden, community sports editor for The Gazette. I’ve been here long enough to remember when we didn’t have a Web site. This place has been like home to me for more than 30 years, first as a part-timer hired by my father, former executive sports editor Jack Ogden, to the day I was named sports editor, which happened to coincide with Kirk Ferentz’s hiring at Iowa. I now have a new role as "community sports editor." I’ve seen a lot of sports through the years, from recreation to high school to college to pros. Hope you’ll enjoy the continuing ride.

Blog Posts

COMMUNITY: Appreciate grass under your own feet

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise money for the American Heart Association. They have completed 61 counties. This is No. 60. Next: Washin [...]

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COMMUNITY: Baseball was Cedar Rapids’ pastime

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who began researching the M&J League in 2009. After 30 years working for the U.S. Navy, he spends his time researching and writing for the Norway (Iowa) Baseball Museum. He is working [...]

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COMMUNITY: Daniels Park was M&J League staple

The single most iconic component of the M&J League’s 38 years of operation was the playing field, the baseball diamond at Daniels Park.

Today the field is beautifully maintained as Coe College’s home diamond, but as long [...]

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COMMUNITY: 5 assessments for a better, safer workout

Editor’s note: Cody Scharf is the owner of Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic focusing on sport and overuse injuries in Cedar Rapids. Scharf is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and certified through In [...]

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COMMUNITY: Iowa Manufacturing dominated the ‘prime years’

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who began researching the M&J League in 2009. After 30 years working for the U.S. Navy, he spends his time researching and writing for the Norway (Iowa) Baseball Museum. He is working [...]

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COMMUNITY: Accomplish something with home practice

Editor’s note: Kate Connell is a passionate private yoga teacher who helps yogis create and sustain an at-home yoga practice they love. The Mat Mate, a weekly newsletter, is a free tool in supporting you in your process — whether you [...]

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High School Journalism Podcast: Nick Hogan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The first-ever High School Journalism Podcast features Gazette community sports editor J.R. Ogden and summer high school intern Nick Hogan. They talk about the paper's high-school journalism program, Nick's experience writing [...]

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COMMUNITY: The early years of M&J baseball

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who began researching the M&J League in 2009. After 30 years working for the U.S. Navy, he spends his time researching and writing for the Norway (Iowa) Baseball Museum. He is working [...]

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COMMUNITY: Don’t let time pass you by

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise money for the American Heart Association. They have completed 59 counties. This is No. 59. Next: Osceol [...]

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COMMUNITY: The good, bad and ugly about CrossFit

Editor’s note: Adam Rees is Founder of GRIT GYM, a gym based on results, creating a culture and lifestyle of performance, strength, health and freedom. Adam attended Wartburg College as a multisport athlete, worked under nationally recogniz [...]

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