People & Places

History advocates left with questions after meeting

DES MOINES — The largest assessment of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s 157-year-old archives still is far from complete. But s ... »

Iowa All Over: Gladbrook changing, evolving with the times

A lot has changed over the years in Gladbrook.

Businesses have come and gone. Others have changed hands. A school building recently closed as ... »

Off the Map: Wilder Museum a ‘special treasure’

STRAWBERRY POINT — Contrary to popular assumption, the Wilder Memorial Museum is not connected with Laura Ingalls Wilder, but with Frank and ... »

Travel: Chart your summer flight plan

Planning an international trip starts with determining an itinerary. Remember, flights are the means to an end. Selecting them wisely will enhance ... »

Newstrack: School shooting victim went on to have ‘long, happy life’


On the morning of Nov. 5, 1963, a little more than two weeks before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, 15-year- ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Tackling death questions with child proves tricky

‘I  will be 4 soon,” my daughter told a perfect stranger at a restaurant. He was kind and smiled. “Oh, 4. That’s ... »

Travel: Lovely LeClaire

During the Steamboat Era, the Mississippi River town of LeClaire was home to pilots who guided paddle-wheelers through a 15-mile stretch of treache ... »

Maple Syrup Festival coming up this weekend

Another Maple Syrup Festival is coming this Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22

Indian Creek Nature Center’s signature event is movin ... »

Looted Goebbels items made way to Cedar Rapids

A Cedar Rapids woman has a rare trove of items taken from a home where Nazi propogandist Joseph Goebbels lived during World War II.

The ite ... »

Cedar Rapids plans inclusive playground

A playground planned for Noelridge Park will make playtime fun for all, regardless of physical or cognitive ability.

Variety The Children&#x ... »

Off the Map: Vintage dresses offer ‘wonderful memories’

MANCHESTER — Diane Blatt has had an appreciation for fashion since she was a young girl.

“My mom and dad loved beautiful clothe ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Women’s issues are really human issues

There have been moments, when the kids were screaming and there was poop on the floor and my whole body was shaking with exhaustion, when I wondere ... »

Eagle eyes: Eastern Iowans flock to view national bird on Mississippi River

America’s national bird is beloved here in Eastern Iowa, where thousands of the majestic raptors winter along the Mississippi River each yea ... »

Lenten Madness: Which saint will win the Golden Halo?

At first glance, the bracket sheets on the tables at many Episcopal churches look like those you’d expect to see in advance of college baske ... »

Miss Czech Slovaks represent their heritage on stage, across state

Miss Czech Slovak doesn’t strut across a stage in a barely-there bikini or a glamorous gown to earn her crown.

Instead she demonstrat ... »