Iowa’s corn, soybeans need rainfall

Lack of rainfall is becoming a problem for corn and soybean crops, particularly in northeast Iowa.

The latest crop condition report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows below average [...]

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Corridor jobless rates rise in July

CEDAR RAPIDS — Unemployment edged up slightly last month in the Corridor as manufacturers, education and government shed jobs.

Iowa Workforce Development on Tuesday reported that the Cedar Rapids jobless rate rose from 4.5 percent in [...]

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Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins readies Al Roker-themed corn maze

ATKINS — Every year, thousands of visitors from Iowa and surrounding states tour the Bloomsbury Farm corn maze near Atkins.

The design changes every year, with this year’s maze celebrating the 60th birthday of Today Show weathe [...]

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Smulekoff's will close, not relocate

CEDAR RAPIDS — After 125 years in downtown Cedar Rapids, Smulekoff's Home Store will close at the end of December, the company announced Tuesday.

“It's been really hard for all of us,” said Theresa Blair, the Smulekoff's [...]

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Ground Floor: Sage + Sky in Iowa City, a store within a store

A long-time Iowa City retailer is getting a new look and feel — and a second store to share the space.

Women’s clothing retailer Dulcinea has operated on the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue in downtown Iowa City since [...]

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Cedar Rapids design committee OKs new NewBo building

CEDAR RAPIDS — The city’s Design Review Technical Advisory Committee for building projects in New Bohemia on Monday approved the new, scaled-down design of the New Bohemia Station project, a more ambitious version of which was propos [...]

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Proposed University Heights development scaled back

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — The developer of a proposed condominium and retail space on Melrose Avenue in University Heights has scaled back plans after city leaders capped public funding at $4 million.

One University Place was slated as re [...]

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Home Depot says US housing recovery to boost sales in 2nd half

Aug 19 (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc, the world’s largest home improvement chain, said it expected same-store sales to grow faster in the second half of the year as customers furnish new houses and renovate existing ones in a recovering housin [...]

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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids - reports

Aug 19 (Reuters) - Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

Google has been working on a version of YouTube, [...]

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Samsung buys U.S. air conditioner firm Quietside in “smart home” push

SEOUL, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it had acquired U.S. air conditioner distributor Quietside LLC as part of its push to strengthen its “smart home” business.

It is the South Korean firm’ [...]

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Iowa City tech company Dibzees closes

IOWA CITY — State officials are taking legal action after an Iowa City tech company closed before completing state royalty payments.

Dibzees, a penny auction website that started as a class project at the University of Iowa in 2009, r [...]

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Cedar Rapids developer takes step on Nash Finch site

CEDAR RAPIDS — Phone lines are open at Hunter Companies if Smulekoff’s Furniture Co. wants to call.

“With the tradition that they have, we would be happy to talk to them,” Greg Swartzendruber, director of developm [...]

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Iowa unemployment rate rises in July

Iowa’s labor force expanded again in July, causing the state’s unemployment rate to edge up to 4.5 percent from 4.4 percent in June.

Iowa’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent a year ago.

The number of unemployed Iow [...]

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Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - An average middle-income family in the United States can expect to spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child born in 2013, the U.S. government estimated on Monday.

The Department of Agriculture’ [...]

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Smulekoff's to leave downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A downtown Cedar Rapids retail landmark will close its doors at the end of the year.

Rita Rasmussen, real estate service manager for the city of Cedar Rapid's Public Works Department, said the city will acquire Smuleko [...]

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