People & Places

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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Iowa City native a part of Beijing’s growing jazz scene

BEIJING — On a sultry summer Saturday evening, jazz lovers will find Nathaniel Gao performing on the cramped stage of the second-floor East Shore Jazz Cafe in China’s capital city. Gao, who grew up in Iowa City, steps onto the center [...]

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Cedar Rapids man dreams of building an ‘incredible violin’

CEDAR RAPIDS — The shrill, yet beautiful, soprano song coaxed by a professional musician drawing a bow against a violin’s strings, ignited a passion for the instrument in Joseph Mallie.

When popular Russian violinist David Rubi [...]

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Camp Fire’s Camp Hitaga to close

WALKER — An Eastern Iowa camp believes this summer was their last.

Camp Fire Camp Hitaga, near Walker, has decided to close after 83 years.

The council which oversees Hitaga said last week it’s selling the camp and will [...]

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Former Independence ballroom to be inducted into state hall of fame

INDEPENDENCE — The Gayla Ballroom, an Independence landmark from its 1955 opening until it burned to the ground in 1983, will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame on Aug. 31.

It “ [...]

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Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, Arrested Development, will speak in Iowa City on Thursday.

Jeffrey Tambor is scheduled to deli [...]

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Off the map: Old St. Michael’s Church in Holbrook like stepping into historic Ireland

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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Are parents ever really happy?

Before I became a parent, I was assured I would never know such love as I have for my children. “Holding your baby is the most amazing experience of all!” I was assured by parents, relatives, friends and random strangers in the check [...]

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Discuss shoplifting with sticky fingered kids

There are few parenting experiences that can match the joy of dragging your children up and down 17 store aisles while listening to them argue in public, beg for you to buy them things and watch them throw unidentified goo into your cart.

It [...]

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Cedar Rapids Museum of Art transformation celebration

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s hard to build a public conversation through a wall.

A last-minute architectural element — a ramp — designed to make the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art accessible to all visitors became a little-use [...]

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Library lifeline for community of Garrison

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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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.

Sure [...]

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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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