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Size matters when it comes to farming

SOLON — When it comes to farming, it’s a question of whether bigger is better.

Just ask Eric Menzel, of Salt Fork Farms outside of Solon. Menzel raises about 350 head of chicken and turkeys and grows dozens of vegetables such a [...]

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Carberry challenges incumbents Rettig, Etheredge for two Supervisor seats

JOHNSON COUNTY — Some sarcastically call it the “People’s Republic of Johnson County,” referring to the strong Democratic political leanings here.

So it surprised some when John Etheredge of Lone Tree, a Republica [...]

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City proposes Downtown National Historic District

CEDAR RAPIDS — The city is proposing to create a Downtown National Historic District, a move designed to let owners of historic properties qualify for tax credits to help with building restorations.

On Wednesday, city officials held t [...]

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‘Time Bank’ group grows, moves to new downtown Cedar Rapids space

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hate cooking dinner but love to garden? Not so good at plumbing but great at cutting hair? A Cedar Rapids organization might be able to help you trade your skills for things you don’t have the ability or inclination to [...]

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Regents consider policy on university-municipality tax deals

IOWA CITY — A proposed policy under consideration by the Board of Regents would require tax deals between its public universities and municipalities or political subdivisions to first be approved by the board.

The policy, which the Bo [...]

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U.S. Marshals ask for help locating couple charged with drugs, gambling 

CEDAR RAPIDS — Federal authorities are seeking the public's help in locating two people who have been charged with drug, money laundering and gambling offenses in federal court. The couple, continue »


Braley pushes tax changes to help Iowa manufacturing

CEDAR RAPIDS — A tour of a Cedar Rapids manufacturer provided the backdrop for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley to call for a national manufacturing strategy and tax changes he said will reinvigorate America’s manufacturing base. continue »


Iowa Health Information Network grows

Several health care providers across the state will soon go live with a significant feature of the Iowa Heal [...]

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USDA approves $14.7 million South Slope loan

NORTH LIBERTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a $14.7 million communications infrastructure loan for South Slope Cooperative Communications.

The money will be used to complete South Slope’s fiber-optic project in [...]

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Iowa Regents expect some receipts from consultant this week

The Board of Regents this week is expecting to receive its first batch of expense receipts from a consulting firm hired to conduct an efficiency review of its universities after initially allowing the firm to charge more than $220,000 in travel, f [...]

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Should Linn supervisors be full-time?

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most local elections are, to a degree, about resumes.

In the Linn County supervisor race in District 1, Democrat Jim Houser, the longtime former supervisor, is running against Realtor Dennis Peterson, the Republican, an [...]

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Paul: Ernst, GOP Senate would make Obamacare ‘less bad’

HIAWATHA — For Sen. Rand Paul, the midterm election boils down to this: “We really think that if Joni wins, we win the Senate.”

And if his party is in control, the Kentucky Republican believes the Senate will join the GO [...]

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Braley to push tax changes to help Iowa manufacturing

CEDAR RAPIDS — A tour of a Cedar Rapids manufacturer provided the backdrop for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley to call for a national manufacturing strategy and tax changes he said will reinvigorate America’s manufacturing base. continue »


Anderson: Allow abuse victims to keep addresses private when voting

DES MOINES — Iowa’s major-party Secretary of State candidates agree on the need for a program to keep private the home addresses of voters who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Democratic candidate Brad [...]

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Man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend had self-inflicted stab wounds, according to testimony

A former employer of Jerry Matthews, who is accused of attempted murder, testified Wednesday that Matthews called in after Jan. 5, saying he wouldn’t be at work because he had “self-inflicted” stab wounds.

Ken Matlack, [...]

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