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Monday, March 30, 2015
Linn County offering free STI testing

CEDAR RAPIDS — In an effort to reduce Linn County’s high sexually transmitted infection rate, the health department will offer free t ... »

$130,000 grant intended to improve bmix of planning and public health

CEDAR RAPIDS — The American Planning Association-Iowa Chapter recently received a $130,000 grant from its parent organization to implement t ... »

University of Iowa hospitals ranks among nation’s best employers

IOWA CITY — Forbes this week unveiled its 2015 list of America’s best employers, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ran ... »

Medical marijuana bill advances in Iowa Senate

DES MOINES — A Senate committee voted Thursday to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program for Iowans seeking relief from debilita ... »

Report: Doctors skittish of revealing Alzheimer's diagnosis

Someone develops Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds in the United States, according to the Alzheimer's Association. But a »

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Maple: It’s not just for syrup

In coffee, tea and barbecue sauce, with duck, turkey and salads, it’s become a go-to flavor.

Growing up, I associated maple flavor wit ... »

Cooking Club: Make-ahead chicken salad satisfies all week

Lunch is breaking free of its boring brown bag. Photoworthy midday meals streaming on social media make us drool all over our computer keyboard. En ... »

COOK CLUB: Gently poached salmon tops trendy grain bowl

Poaching outside of the kitchen is illegal, a practice of thieves and other ne’er-do-wells.

In the kitchen, though, poaching becomes ... »

Veterans Building project benefits from donated equipment

Furnishings left behind when a Ruby Tuesday restaurant closed in May 2012 will help the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Commission replace chairs, t ... »

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Departing Elgin’s era spanned Sewergate to flood control

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dave Elgin still is standing tall.

City engineer for 21 years — the last nearly eight of which he also has been ... »

Craning toward Kearney

We couldn't see them as we peered through dense predawn darkness, but they were there. Prehistoric-sounding trumpeting filled our ears, but dawn wa ... »

Iowa All Over: Grinnell’s jewel box bank shines bright

For the past 100 years, the Merchants National Bank Building in Grinnell has allowed visitors to “step inside a jewel box.”

The ... »

Grant Wood AEA worker to represent agency in Seattle

SEATTLE — A Grant Wood Area Education Agency employee is among 15 people visiting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week in Seattle ... »

Something about Mary...Palmberg

IOWA CITY — They say it takes a village to raise a child. But what about moving a pool table or finding a home for a Labrador retriever?

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Things to Do: Out Loud! author series brings Fresh Air

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series — the collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion public libraries  ... »

‘Thrown’: MFA grad writes about MMA training

Kerry Howley’s “Thrown” (Sarabande Books, 282 pages, $15.95) is a non-fiction book with a fictional narrator.

The book ... »

Sharing Shakespeare: Touring exhibit puts Bard’s words on display

A  first for the University of Iowa will showcase another first from a long (long) time ago.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shake ... »

‘Binary Star’: Gerard penned hypnotic narrative on eating disorder

A young woman in the grips of an eating disorder narrates her codependent relationship with her alcoholic boyfriend in Sarah Gerard’s debut ... »

‘On Immunity’: An introspection on inoculation, immunity

In “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” Eula Biss explores the anxieties and prejudices swirling through debates about vaccination. Biss, w ... »

Saturday, March 28, 2015
From the Ground UP: Pinning down proper time to prune is tricky

Proper pruning time is one of the hardest landscape tasks to pin down. March is ideal because it is the late dormant season, just before the onset ... »

Buying and Selling: All the home’s a stage

Don’t confuse decorating with home staging.

That’s the mantra home staging expert Lori Matzke repeats to clients.

You may ... »

From the Ground Up: Enjoy the fruits of spring labor

Spring is a good time to prune fruit trees. Pruning should be done before the fruit trees begin to break bud (leaf out) in early spring. Summer pru ... »

4 tasks you can do now to spruce up your yard

Once the snow melts, it can be tempting to start puttering in perennial beds and tackling other outdoor tasks.

Hold on to your hoe, though, ... »

Want dream home? Don’t move

HACKENSACK, N.J. — David Shanks longed for a bigger house. A roomy kitchen was on the list — he loved to cook and had a hard time whi ... »