People & Places

Gallery: Rain falls on Johnson County Fair, but the fair goes on

Visitors to the 2015 Johnson County Fair had to put up with some rain Tuesday, but the inconvenience didn’t stop the fair attendees from tak ... »

Concert at CSPS Hall to benefit Nepal quake victims

Suresh Basnet is helping organize a fundraiser this weekend to benefit those affected by a devastating earthquake in his native country.

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Gallery: Tournament of Drums at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids

The event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Emerald Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and featured five groups from around the United States and Cana ... »

Old MacDonald’s Farm sticks around

CEDAR RAPIDS — After 34 years at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Cedar Rapids, Julie Myers, animal exhibit coordinator, will retire at the en ... »

Travel: Peru

In 1911, Yale professor Hiram Bingham III made a discovery that catapulted him to international fame and put a remote site in the Peruvian Andes on ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Missing a milestone may cause more angst for a parent than child

On my baby’s second birthday I was 1,600 miles away from him drinking with other writers at a writing workshop in Oregon. Back in February, ... »

Modern Manners: Words carry power even in an age of email

These days it is hard to imagine life or work before emails, text messages or even fax machines. I recently had a conversation with older colleague ... »

Iowa City steel drum band marks first year

IOWA CITY — When her kids attended West High, Barbara DeGroot discovered the school’s steel drum band.

From that day forward, e ... »

University of Iowa Sailing Club celebrates 50th anniversary

SOLON — A group of friends, young and old alike, gathered Sunday at Lake Macbride to spend time on the water celebrating the 50th anniversar ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Help children gain independence little-by-little

My daughter was 6 months old when I first heard a friend of a friend tell a story about how she trained her 4-year-old to get his own breakfast, so ... »

Travel: West Virginia’s New River Gorge offers adventures in the heart of the Appalachians

This spring, the rest of the nation learned something West Virginians have known for a long time: the New River Gorge is a spectacular attraction. ... »

Iowa native, Regis grad honored as ‘Big Brother of the Year’

A 1995 Regis High School graduate recently was recognized as the 2015 National Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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Iowa All Over: Le Mars is ‘Ice Cream Capital of the World’

LE MARS — In Le Mars, Iowa, every day is summer.

The northwest Iowa town of 9,800 in Plymouth County is home to Blue Bunny Ice Cream. ... »

Sisters of Mercy Ministry celebrates 140 years

Sister Cephas Wichman knows the kind of impact a group like the Sisters of Mercy can have on a city like Cedar Rapids because she’s been par ... »

Iowa City Bruisers junior roller derby celebrates anniversary

In the midst of a full-contact sport, some Iowa City kids have found safety and comfort.

Since the Iowa City Bruisers, a junior roller derby ... »