Mount Mercy University exhibit educates about human trafficking

CEDAR RAPIDS — Human trafficking is a local problem, and there are things people can do in Eastern Iowa to fight it.

That’s the message Mindy Pfab hopes people come away with after walking through “Journey to Freedom,&#x [...]

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Hiawatha couple decides to 'pay it forward' with big tip

CEDAR RAPIDS — Makenzie and Steven Schultz of Hiawatha left a big tip for their waiter this weekend, but it wasn't for speedy service.

And now, their story has gone viral on social media.

Makenzie Schultz said she and her hus [...]

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Mount Vernon conference gives local leaders tools to build up community

MOUNT VERNON — To help those in your community you need to know what residents are saying, said Don Stanley, marketing strategist and University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member, to a room of community leaders and organizations from East [...]

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March to their own beat

CEDAR RAPIDS — Friday nights are fun, but Saturdays are sacred to area high school marching bands. These are the days when the halftime show becomes the main event, and marching bands step off in competition.

The first marching invit [...]

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Kittenball team was a hit in Quasqueton

QUASQUETON — They did not play in a league, let alone have one of their own, but they were in a class by themselves.

They were the Quasqueton girls' kittenball team, local girls who played in homemade uniforms without a ringer agains [...]

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Civil War memorial to honor Toolesboro brothers

LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa — When the six Littleton brothers of tiny Toolesboro set off for war, their sisters had no idea they would never welcome their brothers home.

The young Louisa County men all sacrificed their lives fighting for the [...]

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Photographers gather on Wickiup Hill

TODDVILLE — A group of photographer hobbyists gathered Saturday morning to learn tips from Bob Lancaster, founder of the Linn Area Photo Club, and to capture shots from the North prairie at Wickiup Hill.

“It’s jut a ver [...]

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International writers’ stories take stage at UI

IOWA CITY — South African writer Sabata-mpho Mokae’s story of a young black man unjustly shot down by police is a distinctly South African tale. But Americans might recognize elements of their own experiences in Mokae’s writin [...]

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Fire Bowl raises money for pediatric burn survivors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Next summer a few dozen Eastern Iowa children will spend a week at burn camp thanks to the hustle of area first responders and medical staff during the fifth annual Fire Bowl.

The Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation ho [...]

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Dancers shake things up with first Iowa City salsa festival

IOWA CITY — Salsa dancing spiced up Iowa City this weekend with a celebration of Latin music and dance.

The iCity Salsa Festival, the first of its kind in Iowa City, featured performances, workshops and instructors from around the cou [...]

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Culinary Ride expands to Cedar Rapids and beyond

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa City celebration of food and bicycles is expanding this year. For the first time The Culinary Ride will host rides in Cedar Rapids, Ames and the Quad Cities this month.

The Culinary Ride takes participants on a [...]

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Church prays for community unity following Ferguson

IOWA CITY — For the Rev. Anthony Smith, establishing a unified community is about taking the first step.

Smith, pastor at New Creations International Church in Iowa City, took that step with a unity service Sunday morning to pray for [...]

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Faith and family: Five generations of one family married at small church in Prairieburg

CEDAR RAPIDS — Weddings are nearly always a family affair.

For Cedar Rapids newlyweds Molly McDonald and Brandon Burgeson, though, their June 14 wedding was particularly so.

Molly, 29, and Brandon, 32, were wed in Prairieburg [...]

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Iowa City holding fundraiser to offer free swimming lessons

IOWA CITY — Piano lessons and soccer camps are fun and educational, but swimming lessons can save your life.

That’s why the city of Iowa City wants to offer free swimming lessons to low-income children.

“Everybod [...]

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Czech and Slovak Choral Society forming

After a career spent as a freelance pianist, singer and vocal coach in New York and Europe, Steven Vosatka has moved back to his native Cedar Rapids and is eager to return to the musical roots of his Czech heritage.

He is forming the Czech a [...]

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