Alison Gowans

Features reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Hoopla.



Cedar Rapids Sokol exhibit celebrates Czech traditions

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jeanne Vogt never met her grandfather, but when she watches her grandchildren doing gymnastics, she feels connected to him.

Six generations of her family have participated in Sokol, a Czech organization centered on physical fitness ... »

Local food efforts growing, but work remains according to forum hosted by the Linn County Food Systems Council

CEDAR RAPIDS - When it comes to growing local food in an urban area, Cedar Rapids has come a long way but still has a ways to go.

That was the message from multiple speakers at a Monday food policy forum hosted by the Linn County Food Systems Coun ... »

Top Shelf: Beer and wine pairing events grow in popularity

Anything can be paired with beer.

That's the philosophy at Lion Bridge Brewing Company, where a series of local pairing events have highlighted the brewery's beers alongside everything from apples to cupcakes to cheese. And Lion Bridge isn't alone ... »

The Promise: Iowa farmer who voted for Trump concerned about trade talk

DECORAH - All Bob Hemesath ever wanted to be was a farmer.

He grew up on the northeast Iowa land that his great-grandfather, grandfather and father worked before him, and he never considered doing anything else.

What he didn't know as a boy ... »

Top Shelf: Eat — Food trucks can springboard to brick-and-mortar locations

Jeff Coil is getting ready to celebrate the third anniversary of opening QDogs BBQ Company in Marion. But in reality his business has been around more than five years. For the first two years, QDogs was a food truck.

It made sense financially - th ... »

Cook Club: Bring spring into the kitchen with lilac scones

One of my favorite parts of spring is watching the world burst into bloom. Daffodils, tulips, even the creeping Charlie in my backyard - I love the profusion of April and May flowers.

My favorite scent and sight of spring are lilacs. The beautifu ... »

Farmers market season returns in Eastern Iowa

Farmers market season is back, and Cedar Rapids and Iowa City markets are aiming for greater social responsibility.

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market, put on by the Cedar Rapids Metro Econ ... »

Iowa motorcycle legend John Parham ‘touched a lot of people’s lives’

ANAMOSA - Jill Parham says her husband was #x201c;one of those people that everybody just wanted to talk to.#x201d;

#x201c;He had so many friends in so many states and so many countries. He touched a lot of people's lives,#x201d; she said.

J ... »

In Iowa: Holocaust survivor returns to Corridor with message of hope

He was born in Poland, lost his family in the Holocaust, raised his children in Cedar Rapids and now, after decades away, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach returns to the Corridor.

At age 93, he is the guest speaker at a multifaith service Sunday night in hon ... »

Iowa motorcycle legend John Parham dies at 62

ANAMOSA - John Parham, the founder of J&P Cycles motorcycle company and a dedicated motorcycle enthusiast responsible for bringing the National Motorcycle Museum to Anamosa, died Thursday after a prolonged battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 62.

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