People & Places

NYT’s Mark Bittman visit to help launch University of Iowa’s food themed semester

When it comes to the way our food systems work, Iowa is at center stage.

That's not news to most of us here in the Hawkeye State, but New Y ... »

Area programs turn used license plates into money for local charities

Iowa drivers go through a lot of license plates.

Every month, Johnson County Treasurer Thomas Kriz’s office collects hundreds of used ... »

PFLAG plans to continue bibliotherapy program

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids chapter of PFLAG is examining the initial impact of its bibliotherapy program.

The program, which bega ... »

Miss Iowa kicking off series on diversity

Nina Yu still remembers the moment that stung, a moment when she was made to feel she shouldn’t be proud of who she is.

“I reme ... »

Robins sixth-grader takes runner up prize in national writing contest

CEDAR RAPIDS — Joanne Lee, a sixth-grader at Regis Middle School in Cedar Rapids, recently received a guitar and CD signed by pop star Taylo ... »

All in the Family: Get to the root of school avoidance

Congratulations! You have successfully gotten kids back to school after a long holiday break and officially started 2015 off with minimal disasters ... »

Iowa All Over: Masterpieces that do more than tell time

SPILLVILLE — Frank (1884-1965) and Joseph (1880-1964) Bily began carving on the farm where they were born, between Ridgeway and Spillville, ... »

Next generation of donors give time, skills as well as money

CEDAR RAPIDS — For Chris Demmer, joining the Cedar Rapids Jaycees had a lot of benefits.

It was a chance to meet new people and build ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Sign me up for the next mission to Mars

In the year 2023, the company Mars One is preparing to establish a human settlement on Mars. The application on the Mars One website, describes gru ... »

Pre-RAGBRAI event to honor late master bike builder

Cycling aficionados will honor an under-the-radar but highly regarded custom bike builder who died on RAGBRAI last year, in conjunction with the an ... »

Lightning struck Lisbon woman, twice: How she moved on

When the lightning hit the first time, Beth Peterson is sure she died.

An Army specialist stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., she was walking o ... »

Documentary: You may have a hereditary disease, would you want to know?

When Jamie Parish was 25, she made a wrenching decision: to get tested for the genetic condition that causes Huntington’s disease.

It ... »

Museum to showcase 181 baseballs signed by world leaders, baseball greats

Randy Kaplan, a government affairs specialist from New York, never leaves home without a baseball.

After all, he said, “you never kno ... »

Hundreds gather downtown in Cedar Rapids to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Photos to the right are of Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities elsewhere in the Corridor

CEDAR RAPIDS — As people ... »

Iceland’s Ring Road

ICELAND — Visiting Iceland is not for the faint of heart. On my recent visit there I was threatened by a lava-spewing volcano, buffeted with ... »

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