People & Places

Vinton theater a community treasure

VINTON — As manager of the Palace Theatre in Vinton, Marcy Horst wants to make each movie outing a special experience.

The Palace shows mostly family-friendly movies (G, PG and PG-13) nightly at 7 and also Mondays at 2 p.m.

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Keystone student fights world hunger

Anthony Wenndt is on a mission.

From a lab at U.S. Department of Agriculture ARS Crops Pathology and Genetics Research in Davis, Calif., the Grinnell College senior is completing the latest step in his passion project.

“It [...]

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Stop. Smell the flowers

DECORAH — In England, it’s common to say — when one is going out into the yard — that you are going into the garden.

In the case of Mike and Mary Lou Cotton, who live far from the British Isles in Decorah, this t [...]

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Beer riots of 1884 brought ‘violence and bloodshed’ to Iowa City

The mob was out for blood, and it was all about beer.

Guns were loaded, and some had already been fired among the crowd of a couple of hundred people. A rope was brought for the expected hanging. An attorney had been tarred; the following [...]

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Historic insects get new home at UI

More than a century ago, students and faculty at the University of Iowa collected insects from around Iowa and as far away as Fiji. Pinned on cards with tiny labels, more than 40,000 of those insects are awaiting new homes at the University [...]

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The Big Tiny

When Dee Williams had a heart attack 10 years ago, the health scare turned into a moment of clarity. She decided she wanted to focus her time and energy on things that truly mattered.

Dusting, sweeping and cleaning the gutters of her three-b [...]

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Kalona resident to share stories from recent trip to Iran

Corben Boshart is hoping to continue a dialogue that started more than 6,000 miles from his hometown of Kalona.

Boshart traveled to Qom, Iran from May 26 to June 15 and is preparing to discuss his experiences at the sixth Mennonite-Shia inte [...]

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Town is wonderland for Mount Vernon’s Alice

Editor’s note: Each week we will literally throw a dart at a map of Eastern Iowa. Where the dart lands, we’ll head in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, [...]

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PHOTO GALLERY: Johnson County Fair

The Johnson County Fair is being held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City through July 24, 2014.

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Missing ring from 1906 reconnects families in Benton County

 

BENTON COUNTY — On a recent summer day, Casey Oberreuter of Cedar Rapids struck gold. It's one of the rewards of his hobby — metal detecting.

Oberreuter picked up the hobby from his dad, Gary Oberreuter of Watkins.

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GALLERY: Great Jones County Fair

Sights from the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa, on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Diabetes Camp brings Corridor Kids together

The 27th Annual Diabetes Camp was held at Camp Tanager east of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The camp allows children with diabetes, ages seven to 17, to enjoy a week of camping activities and build friendships with other children [...]

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Family shares love of John Deere with town

KEYSTONE — John Deere has a large presence in this Benton County town.

Driving around town, you will see residents riding John Deere mowers on their well-manicured lawns. Turning off Highway 30, the large P&K Midwest dealer is one of [...]

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Clerk takes charge in Alburnett

Editor’s note: Each week we will literally throw a dart at a map of Eastern Iowa. Where the dart lands, we’ll head in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, [...]

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Faith & values: Pagans on the prairie

IOWA CITY — Lynn Williams doesn’t really consider himself a Christian, though he stops short of saying he doesn’t identify with the Christian faith.

“I consider myself to be non-denominational,” said Willia [...]

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