Tom Vilsack’s lonely fight for a ‘forgotten’ rural America

WASHINGTON - Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval Office to tell President Barack Obama that he wanted to resign.#x2 ...

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Gladys Feltes

GLADYS MAE FELTES Center Point Gladys Mae Feltes, 86, passed away peacefully Sept. 27, 2016, at Manor Care, Cedar Rapids. Memorial Celebration: ...

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H. Andrew Brown

OTHER DEATHS H. Andrew Brown, 68, of Lancaster, Calif., died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester.

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Quick return to downtown Cedar Rapids for United Fire Group

United Fire Group employees will return Monday to the company's headquarters complex in downtown Cedar Rapids, a far cry from the 12 weeks needed to m ...

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Larry Ewing

OXFORD JUNCTION Larry Ewing, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa.

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You can’t build public trust with secrecy

The events of the past couple of weeks once again have shined a spotlight on the value of video recordings in law enforcement.Police cameras recorded ...

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Richard Spearman

RICHARD "DICK" SPEARMAN Marion Richard "Dick" Spearman, 87, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar ...

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Consumers gobble cheap food as grocers squirm

Call it the Great Grocery Store Giveaway of 2016.In Austin, Texas, Randalls slashed prices for boneless beef ribs by 40 percent, to $3.99 a pound. Not ...

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Letter: Work together to heal hurting land

If we do not have healthy farming practices and grand scale development plans, it is inevitable that we will flood. When you build new homes on land t ...

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Doris Amburgey

MAYNARD Doris L. Amburgey, 82, of Gladstone, Mo., formerly of Maynard, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2016. Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein.

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Volunteers help reassemble Paramount Theatre seats

CEDAR RAPIDS - More than 50 volunteers marched up and down the stairs of the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids Saturday, toting the backs of ...

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Sean Lamphier

Sean Richard Lamphier 12/17/1960 -- 10/1/2000 Sixteen years now, it's been Miss you now, as I missed you then.

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The Walk Through

Matt VandeBerg was on the field for pregame. Of course, you know he suffered a broken foot in practice on Monday. Just a non-contact thing. He had sur ...

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Plan now to stabilize Social Security

Social Security is facing a deadline. The nation's Social Security Trust Funds reached $2.8 trillion in reserves by the end of 2015. That value is exp ...

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Patricia Brimmer

PATRICIA ANN HOWIE BRIMMER Coralville After a 6 1/2-year-battle with breast cancer, Patricia Ann Howie Brimmer passed away at the Mercy Iowa ...

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