B.A. Morelli

Reporter in Iowa. Send news tips to brian.morelli@thegazette.com.



500 volunteers needed for cyclocross, in the second year Iowa City hosts the world cup

IOWA CITY - Planners says 500 volunteers are needed to put on a cyclocross world cup event next month in Iowa City.

This is the second year ... »

Pedestrian bridge group wants to recreate ‘iconic’ Sinclair smokestack

CEDAR RAPIDS - The old 193-foot-tall Sinclair smokestack - a landmark in Cedar Rapids for more than a century and one of the tallest smokestacks in Iowa - could be replicated as the new focal point of the planned Sleeping Giant pedestrian bridge over th ... »

Bret Michaels to headline rally for Cedar Crossing Casino

CEDAR RAPIDS - Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels is slated to headline a rally and concert for Cedar Crossing, a casino proposed for downtown Cedar Rapids, days before state gambling regulators visit for a public hearing about three proposals next mo ... »

Entertainment plaza ‘Botown’ planned for NewBo

CEDAR RAPIDS - A new semi-permanent entertainment plaza is primed to open on the edge of the New Bohemia District in Cedar Rapids next month.

Brett McCormick, who owns several properties along mostly vacant Second and Third Streets SE, west of 16t ... »

Drainage issue prompts modifications to Mount Mercy athletic complex site

CEDAR RAPIDS - Flash flooding has been a known issue along E Avenue NE for years, but design and construction of a new Mount Mercy University athletic complex has amplified drainage woes in the College District, according to city officials.

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A new brewery taproom slated for Kingston Village

CEDAR RAPIDS - A new brewery and taproom is planned to open in Kingston Village by Thanksgiving.

Travis Flenker is behind Thew Brewing, at 301 Second Ave. SW, which is the old Corner Pocket pool hall location.

Thew Brewing, when it opens, w ... »

Burundi family selected for ‘Sweet Home Cedar Rapids’ house

CEDAR RAPIDS - The next home built by Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is being called #x201c;Sweet Home Cedar Rapids#x201d; to honor departing Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

The two-term mayor isn't seeking re-election this fall as he runs for ... »

16th Avenue extension contractor must hit completion milestones or face fees

CEDAR RAPIDS - A construction contractor could face fees if the company misses upcoming completion milestones for a Cedar Rapids road project that was pegged to start no later than June 26 but just got underway this week, a city official said.

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Work begins on small, but critical, 16th Avenue extension in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - After years of on-again, off-again, on-again planning for a 16th Avenue SE extension from its end at Fourth Street SE to the front of St. Wenceslaus Church on Fifth Street SE, some in the New Bohemia District were skeptical hearing road w ... »

After losing city contract to Illinois company, Cedar Rapids business owner spurs change

CEDAR RAPIDS - Losing a city contract can be a big blow to the bottom line of a small business. When the contract goes out of state, the sting of defeat bites that much more, a local business owner said.

Nina Brundell, owner of Kieck's Career Ap ... »