Dubuque County crash kills motorcyclist

DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa — A Waukon man was killed in a Dubuque County collision Sunday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the intersection of Highway 52 and the [...]

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Companies seek to boost agricultural productivity

HUXLEY — A new generation of plant-friendly microscopic bacteria and fungi is increasing crop yields as much as 10 percent in test plots, according to Monsanto and Novozymes executives speaking last week at a BioAg Alliance Media Day.

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Absentee, early votes big part of Senate campaign strategy in Iowa

DAVENPORT — In 2010, more than 400,000 Iowa voters who were part of the record-breaking effort to elect Barack Obama two years earlier decided they wouldn’t go to the polls.

More than four out of 10 of those missing voters were [...]

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Some tribes strive for recognition

WASHINGTON — Some say it’s a change that has been almost a century in the making. Others say it’s a change that won’t really change much at all in Iowa.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is a month away from cl [...]

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North Liberty mayor hopeful aims to inspire people to get involved

NORTH LIBERTY — Amy Nielsen wants to energize the North Liberty community and get people involved in local government.

The 37-year-old Iowa native recently announced her plan to run for mayor after earlier applying for a recently fill [...]

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Iowa City man accused of going armed with intent

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man was taken into custody after threatening to kill a man with a knife because of the music he was playing.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Terrill W. Wiges, 63, confronted the man an [...]

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Ukraine rebels seek ‘special status’

MINSK — Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks on Monday due to resume later this week in the Belarusian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted “special [...]

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Church prays for community unity following Ferguson

IOWA CITY — For the Rev. Anthony Smith, establishing a unified community is about taking the first step.

Smith, pastor at New Creations International Church in Iowa City, took that step with a unity service Sunday morning to pray for [...]

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Three counties take different approaches to frac sand mining

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY — A group of northeast Iowans effectively has kept large frac sand mine companies from mining silica-rich sand in their county by building a consortium that set aside politics and focused on dealing with the matter locally, [...]

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Alburnett High School cooks up big plans

ALBURNETT — One teacher and her students at Alburnett High School are gearing up for a year of high-end culinary competitions, but with a leg-up over other schools around the state. LaRae Arment, family and consumer science teacher at Albur [...]

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Mount Mercy University hires four


CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Cedar Rapids, has hired Ryan French (see photo) and Jenica Minor (see photo) as associates.

Mercy Family Counseling has hired Brady Bradshaw (see photo) as a psychi [...]

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Country comfort

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series showcasing two homes built in Vinton more than a century apart.

VINTON — It’s the house that Roger and Barb Beau built [...]

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Employers’ new challenge: drug testing employees for synthetics

CEDAR RAPIDS — Manufacturers of synthetic drugs such as K-2 stay one step ahead of the law by changing the chemical make up when one substance is banned.

That isn’t only a problem for law enforcement but also for employers as [...]

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Keep ’em flying: Aircraft parts companies help keep airlines running

CEDAR RAPIDS — Each year, the air transportation industry spends tens of billions of dollars on aircraft maintenance.

When it comes time to replace a part on a plane, operators often look to surplus parts as a less expensive alternati [...]

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Corridor dentists deal with industry changes

The dental industry may be more insulated from the significant changes the health care industry is facing with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — but it still is an industry in transition.

Here in Iowa, dentists are deali [...]

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