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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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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My Biz: Club Deli serves up soups, sandwiches

CEDAR RAPIDS — Club Deli, 1933 51st St. NE, owner Chris Dlouhy started cooking as a kid and has never really stopped.

“I’ve always liked to cook,” he says. “As kids, my mother told us if we wanted a hot lun [...]

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Air bag recall increased to 7.8 million vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said owners of 7.8 million vehicles fitted with air bags manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp. are in danger and should have those vehicles seen by their dealers immediately.

The vehic [...]

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Iowa farmers make progress on harvest

Iowa’s farmers took advantage of more than four days without rain to harvest more soybeans in the week that ended on Sunday while waiting for corn to dry down in their fields.

Ninety-six percent of Iowa’s corn acreage was matur [...]

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Iowa City Council takes steps toward offering TIF money for Lucky’s Market

IOWA CITY — The city council has approved the first step in providing tax increment finance assistance to a Colorado-based grocery store.

The Iowa City Council approved the first step in potentially offering $1.75 million in tax incre [...]

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Ground Floor: Forever Chocolate owner has previous history

MARION — Connie Seegers found her calling as a chocolatier in the classified ads.

“Back in 1995, I saw an ad in The Gazette for someone who wanted to teach people how to make candy and sell them his recipes,” Seegers rec [...]

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Four businesses receive Bravo awards

CEDAR RAPIDS — Four businesses receiving Bravo awards Tuesday at the annual Good Morning Cedar Rapids breakfast credited their employees and technology for their success.

Dental Prosthetic Services, Fleck Sales Co., Lattice Communica [...]

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Iowa City Council terminates The Wedge’s downtown lease

IOWA CITY — After six years of serving up pizza by the slice, the Wedge Downtown has closed its doors.

The Iowa City Council approved Tuesday 6-0, with council member Rick Dobyns absent, to terminate the lease for The Wedge, after of [...]

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Corridor, Iowa jobless rates edge up in September

Unemployment increased last month in the Corridor and the state of Iowa despite a seasonal increase in education jobs.

The jobless rate rose in Cedar Rapids metropolitan statistical area (MSA) to 4.4 percent in September from 4.2 percent in [...]

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CoOportunity to leave Iowa Health and Wellness Plan

DES MOINES — CoOportunity Health will withdraw from the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan — which provides health care coverage to low-income adults — next month, the Department of Human Services said.

The state has arrange [...]

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PepsiCo will not renew Worley contract

CEDAR RAPIDS — PepsiCo will not renew a logistics and warehousing contract with Worley Companies in Cedar Rapids, ending a 35-year relationship.

The Purchase, N.Y., company’s decision to award a contract to Genco, a Pittsburgh, [...]

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Off the Map: Fairfax couple runs farm toy business out of garage

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, but who make our communities special.


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Playing it safe

The recent recession actually was good for some businesses — the sales of safes and vaults.

Two years ago, the Sled Shed was looking for a non-weather-related product to sell in its Cedar Rapids store. The outdoor power equipment reta [...]

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