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Cedar Rapids flood response was a win

So Cedar Rapids weathered the Cedar River's latest surge. This time, the preparation, not the flood, was #x201c;epic.#x201d;#x201c;We won this time,#x ...

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Behind the Great Wall of Hope it Holds

Jeff Melsha, who runs the iconic Little Bohemia tavern, was determined to look on the bright side Sunday afternoon as he and his friends carried the l ...

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Flood threatens a very different Cedar Rapids

Just when we had gotten back to sweating all the small stuff, the normal stuff, like arguing over sidewalks, pointing out potholes and getting miffed ...

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A Wild Rose, but first, thorns

So Cedar Rapids leaders have been offered a Wild Rose. Accepting it would mean pruning back their once ambitious dreams of big casino with steakhouse ...

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In Iowa: You’ve got mail, and more Iowa legislative trivia

Trips to my mailbox in recent days have dented my hopes for a legislative campaign addressing stuff more substantive than trivial junk.I live in Senat ...

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Progress, before a big debate

So the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is no longer opposed to generating new state revenue for water quality initiatives. But it's also not directly supp ...

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Getting it wrong on immigration, since 1895

A guy named Gary Craver, a researcher and genealogist from Centerville, was digging into his local paper's archives when he came across a piece printe ...

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Squeezing out Iowa’s history

Gov. Terry Branstad and I are on the same page. Not a typo. The governor praised a report out Tuesday from the Iowa History Advisory Committee, a pane ...

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A ‘full Grassley’ is complete, but re-election is no sure thing

ANAMOSA - Two things drew me to Anamosa on a gorgeous September morn. First, I'd never witnessed U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley completing a fabled #x201c;f ...

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Would a small Linn County board be better at big calls?

As local government decisions go, the Linn County Board of Supervisors' first vote Wednesday in favor of raising the local minimum wage is a big deal. ...

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Linn County wage raise backers are eyeing CR

My seat was in the Linn County Board of Supervisors' informal meeting room Monday morning, but my ears could have sworn they were in Cedar Rapids City ...

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County wage vote coming up

So it looks like our Linn County Board of Supervisors is fixin' to vote Wednesday on an ordinance raising the minimum wage around these parts. The lik ...

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Playing it straight, taking heat

In the midst of this Burger King election cycle, famous for its Whoppers, flame-broiled over pants on fire, it was surprising to pick up my paper Mond ...

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Birthday No. 46 will be low-key

When we're very young, we look forward to some milestone birthdays. At 13 you become a teenager. At 16, the freedom of a driver's license beckons. At ...

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Bond vote effect can be regional

So I asked Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett if the city council is planning to support Linn County's Water and Land Legacy, the 20-year, $40 million bon ...

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