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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Union of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City agencies expected to save money before state switch to managed care

Two of Eastern Iowa’s largest mental health agencies plan to merge to save money in preparation for the state’s switch to managed car ... »

100-gallon club: Robins man donates blood 800th time
Pete Bischoff put his blood, sweat and tears into reaching a major milestone on Monday. Well, at least his blood. The 68-year-old Robins resident don ... »
Few care centers have policies about sex among residents
Did Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old former state legislator, have sexual intercourse with his wife after staff at her Garner nursing home told him Alzhei ... »
Employees praise Iowa Mental Health Institutes, lament closures, at hearing
DES MOINES – Former and current employees at Iowa mental health institutes targeted for closure Wednesday refuted claims that the facilities in ... »
Years later, Anchor Center finally opens
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sitting empty more than six years because of a lack of funding, the Anchor Center — a residential treatment center for pa ... »
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Oh! Ohio has wine?

CANTON, Ohio — There are many worthwhile reasons to visit Canton, but on a bright, snowy day in February, nothing could beat the feel of heat ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Parenting in the Internet age is no easy task
Last spring I hauled my kids to go watch my husband play softball. As my daughter covered herself head to tutu in dirt, and the baby screamed and ate ... »
Seniors can test-drive theater with Over the Speed Limit Players
All the world’s a stage, and it’s never too late to find your spotlight.That’s the driving philosophy behind Over the Speed Limit ... »
Cedar Rapids Farmers Market celebrates milestone with new twist this year
The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market is celebrating its 10th year this summer with a new twist.The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, which hos ... »
Half-century of tending family trees: Genealogical Society of Linn County turns 50
The Geneological Society of Linn County is marking its 50th anniversary with a special emphasis on the roots of Grant Wood.A group of 25 people founde ... »
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Find, celebrate springtime through children’s books at the library

It’s May. It’s May — “that gorgeous holiday” that Julie Andrews sang about in “Camelot,” when ever ... »

‘Shotgun Lovesongs’: Novel tackles life in small town, friendship
Writers’ Workshop alum Nickolas Butler knows the Midwestern landscape and the landscape of the human heart. In his debut novel, “Shotgun ... »
‘The Dead Lands’; Adventure story set in future mines the past
In Benjamin Percy’s “The Dead Lands” (Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, $26), Lewis and Clark set off from St. Louis and head ... »
Author Profile: Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy thought he might follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark. His wife talked some sense into him, so he incorporated the explorers into & ... »
Young Readers: Voice is a story’s personality
Probably the most frequently asked question of an editor by an aspiring writer is this: What kind of book are you looking for? Inevitably, the answer ... »
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Right plant, pot, spot

Nicholas Staddon is a plant expert by trade, a charmer by nature. Says the native of Britain in a telephone interview: “Life is so much of ot ... »

From the Ground Up: 5 ways to deal with weeds
Q: It's spring, and the weeds are growing faster than the plants. How do I keep the weeds from taking over? A: Effective weed control is a continuing ... »
Modern art, contemporary colors keep 1860s home fresh
Entering Gae and Deane Richardson’s house at 1414 Eighth Ave. in Marion is like walking into an art gallery.Sculptures, art and mementos are ev ... »
At Home: Plant happy Sunlight, soil play role in plant selection
If you want your garden to grow to its fullest potential, look up and dig deep before you head to the garden center.“The more knowledge you bri ... »
From The Ground Up: Bountiful gardens don’t need a lot of space
You don’t need to have a big space to plant a vegetable garden. First, determine how much space you do have and plan your garden on paper. Make ... »