B.A. Morelli

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ReZone Cedar Rapids open house set for Tuesday

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids is hosting an open house on Tuesday to seek input on a comprehensive overhaul of the city's zoning code, which regulates how and where structures are built.

The open house - the third for the effort called ReZone Cedar ... »

Open Cedar Rapids' mayor job draws wide field

CEDAR RAPIDS - Eight candidates - including two on the City Council - are competing to become the next mayor of Cedar Rapids.

The candidates are Kris Gulick, an accountant and District 1 City Council member; Brad Hart, 61, an business lawyer at ... »

Largest field in more than a decade wants on Cedar Rapids City Council

CEDAR RAPIDS - More people are running for elected office in Cedar Rapids this year - topped by a sprawling mayoral race with eight candidates - than at any time since all nine seats were on the ballot when the city changed its form of government in 200 ... »

At-large Cedar Rapids Council candidates differ on flood control


CEDAR RAPIDS - A couple of political veterans and a newcomer are vying for an open at-large seat on the Cedar Rapids City Council.

Lisa Kuzela, 54, a citizen watchdog and former Cedar Rapids school board member, brings a critical eye t ... »

Cedar Rapids Mayor hopefuls talk jobs, streets, taxes

CEDAR RAPIDS - Economic development is the No. 1 job for the mayor of Cedar Rapids, said candidate Gary Hinzman, 70, a former 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections director.

Hinzman, who is one of eight candidates, was speaking at a Ce ... »

2 millennials challenge longtime incumbent in District 5 race for Cedar Rapids Council


CEDAR RAPIDS - New faces are up against a three-term incumbent, who's seen the city through the flood and a post-flood resurgence, in the District 5 race for Cedar Rapids City Council.

The field is made up of two millennial-aged challe ... »

Casinos increasingly local attractions, analyst tells Iowa regulators

EMMETSBURG - Casinos in Iowa increasingly are local attractions and not destinations, bolstering the potential of how much new money a downtown Cedar Rapids casino could generate for the state, a market consultant told state gambling regulators meeting ... »

Cedar Rapids axes golf superintendent to help cut losses

CEDAR RAPIDS - A senior position in the Cedar Rapids is being cut as the city works toward solvency of the golf department.

The golf superintendent position will be eliminated effective Oct. 24. It is the latest step in the city's effort to balanc ... »

Historic Knutson building in Cedar Rapids getting a new look, new name

CEDAR RAPIDS - Once on the verge of collapse, the old Knutson Building on the west bank of the Cedar River has been stabilized, is three months from being totally restored and now has a new name - the Chelsea.

#x201c;There is pride in bringing som ... »

Historic Brucemore Skinner pipe organ sent for restoration

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sounds from the Skinner Pipe Organ, Opus 754, once filled Brucemore mansion, but in recent years music quality has lagged and the instrument would only be played around the holiday.

"It was playable, but not concert quality," said ... »