People & Places

Crossing the Great Plains

GREAT PLAINS — Amid Eastern Colorado’s immense flatness a lone abandoned building caught our eyes. A small herd of curious Herefords ... »

Off the Map: ‘Christmas City’ rings in the season

WYOMING — For 75 years, Wyoming has been known as Iowa’s “Christmas City.”

Residents of this small community in J ... »

Couple’s new home gives glimpse of future for Wellington Heights

CEDAR RAPIDS — Josh and Alyssa Hulme say they’ve gotten themselves a little piece of heaven on a corner lot in Wellington Heights, th ... »

Off the Map: Woman raises alpacas in Ely

ELY — In the last several years, Jody Ehler has gained a deep appreciation for alpacas.

Ehler officially started J & J Alpacas in 2008 ... »

Iowa City marks 175th birthday with celebration

IOWA CITY — Iowa City is marking its 175th birthday, and city leaders want the community to get in on the celebration.

“We just ... »

Aging in Iowa: Mediation program aims to assist Iowa families with difficult aging issues

IOWA CITY — Mom is growing older. Up to this point, she’s been driving by herself, but she is getting to the age when some family mem ... »

Hunting for treasures in Southwest Iowa

SOUTHWEST IOWA — There’s a certain art to planning a rural getaway. You need bucolic countryside to drive through, charming downtowns ... »

Arc breaks ground playground inclusive, accessible to all

IOWA CITY — Scott White likes that his daughter Lauren, 18, has a place to go in the afternoons where she can have fun, learn and be support ... »

Off the Map: HUGS tours open to all ages

AINSWORTH — Sherrie Hazen-Hansen has always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people.

Part of her job years ago at the Washington YWCA ... »

Yoga heals veterans’ bodies, minds at Coralville wellness center

CORALVILLE — It’s well-documented that after extended exposure to danger, many U.S. military servicemen and women return home from co ... »

Off the Map: Longtime friends run blog for moms

By Katie Mills Giorgio, correspondent

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a s ... »

Aging in Iowa: Baby boomers poised to change landscape for seniors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Although baby boomers have started turning 65, they aren't old. At least they don't see themselves that way. They certainly ar ... »

Liberty Band of Marion plays songs of the Civil War

MARION — For members of the Liberty Band of Marion, learning new songs hasn’t been as simple as reading sheet music.

The group ... »

Man can’t walk, but he can fly

MARION — Mark Upah thought he was having lunch with his parents on Oct. 23.

His confusion, then, when he pulled up to the Marion Airpo ... »

Manchester corn maze incorporates nursery rhyme

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories ... »

 close  don't show again