My Biz: Farm built for celebrations

Just off Highway 1 between Solon and Iowa City are two majestic barns.

Built by barn lover Dick Schwab — along with a few investors — the aptly named Celebration Farm features two barns and an outdoor amphitheater used for wedd [...]

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ADM settles violations of Clean Water Act

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $430,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act at five of its facilities, including Cedar Rapids.

The Clean Water Act r [...]

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African American Museum of Iowa receives grant for advanced manufacturing promotion

The African American Museum of Iowa was one of 15 organizations to receive a grant from Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, an initiative overseen by the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing Consortium.

“We’re just delighted to bring such [...]

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More cuts at Hibu in Cedar Rapids

Hibu is continuing to reduce its employees in Cedar Rapids.

The Reading, England-based company on Friday notified 44 employees of its directory operations department, 6300 C St. SW, that their jobs were being eliminated. The company also fil [...]

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Report ranks Iowa tax climate among worst

Iowa’s business tax climate is among the worst in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday, which looked at the state’s tax system and economy.

The report, released by the Future of Iowa Foundation, the Iowa Tax Payer [...]

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Life after leaving NewBo City Market

Over the last year, various vendors have packed up their equipment and aprons to leave the NewBo City Market.

Some of the businesses are struggling on their own, and others are thriving.

Christopher Ryan Confections left the market [...]

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9 ‘risky’ intersections in Eastern Iowa part of motorcyclist’s tour to Sturgis rally

Jeff Buchanan, 56, pulled through the intersection of Collins Road Southeast and Munier Road, and quickly recognized why it was flagged as a danagerous intersection for motorcyclists.

“I can see what the problem is, you come to a sto [...]

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Dollar hits 10-month highs on strong U.S. economic data

The U.S. dollar hit over 10-month highs against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected U.S. gross domestic product data bolstered expectations for a more hawkish Federal Reserve.

U.S. GDP expanded at a 4.0 per [...]

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Ground Floor: Mount Vernon Palisades Cafe owner back home

Rachel Sauter’s first restaurant job was washing dishes at Mount Vernon Cafe at the age of 16.

Back then, she never imagined that she would someday own her own restaurant in the same location.

“I thought I’d be li [...]

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Van Horne grain elevator scheduled to open Friday

A grain elevator in Van Horne will open to the public Friday after being acquired by a different company.

Benton Grain Co., 98 Railroad St. in Keystone, acquired the Van Horne grain elevator on July 1 from the Shellsburg Elevator.

Owne [...]

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One-third of adults have debt in collection

Roughly one in three adult Americans has past-due debt that's been turned over to a collections agency, according to a new study.

Southern states fare worst in the study, with most having four in 10 residents with credit files that show de [...]

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Soil moisture falls with lack of rain

Lack of precipitation in many parts of Iowa has farmers wishing for more rain and boosting the futures prices of corn and soybeans.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 6 percent [...]

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Iowa business leaders hopeful of positive impact from new workforce law

Local business leaders are hopeful a new workforce innovation law adopted last week will give a boost to the workforce development efforts in Eastern Iowa, they said.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was passed by the House and S [...]

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Detour on Edgewood Road at Highway 100 Delayed to Tuesday

A planned detour of traffic on Edgewood Road NE for construction of an overpass at Highway 100 has been delayed until Tuesday morning.

Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said a contractor neede [...]

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Looking abroad: Variety of Iowa products sold overseas

A  sawmill and lumber company in Winthrop, a Cedar Rapids producer of propylene film and a Mason City ID tag supplier might seem to be unlikely exporters, but they have a couple of things in common.

All three businesses sell their pro [...]

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