Mitchell Schmidt



Shipping containers in high demand

While some may consider Iowa a flyover state, there's no arguing it's a drive-through state.

That's especially true when considering the amount of freight product - $260 billion of it - that travels through the state each year.

Locally g ... »

Study: Iowa ranks well in terms of ‘functionally obsolete’ bridges

IOWA CITY - Passers-by may have noticed inspection crews surveying the underside of several Iowa City bridges this week using a snooper truck - which works similarly to a cherry picker, but with an arm that can reach down below a span.

Brett Zimme ... »

Linn County considers $227,000 in voting equipment upgrades

CEDAR RAPIDS - Linn County officials say changes to state voter ID laws could cost the county more than $200,000 in equipment upgrades.

Becky Stonawski, deputy commissioner of elections with Linn County's Auditor's Office, on Tuesday told the coun ... »

Section of Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids closed this week for railroad crossing work

CEDAR RAPIDS - A portion of Blairs Ferry Road NE has closed for the week while Canadian National Railroad crews replace a crossing. A segment of 42nd Street is slated to close next week for similar work.

Blairs Ferry Road NE closed Monday just e ... »

Iowa City, nation’s only ‘UNESCO City of Literature’ disappointed over withdrawal

IOWA CITY - The announcement Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the United Nation's cultural organization after years of disputes came as Iowa City - the nation's only #x201c;UNESCO City of Literature#x201d; - was helping celebrate the 5 ... »

Your guide to candidate forums in Linn and Johnson counties

Voters in Linn and Johnson counties have several candidate forums from which to choose to meet and ask questions of those running for local office.

Voters in those counties face multiple contested races including eight candidates on the docket f ... »

Linn County redistricting committee sends Plan 2 on to supervisors

CEDAR RAPIDS - A representation plan has been recommended to the Linn County Board of Supervisors, despite mixed opinions on whether or not it best serves rural residents.

Draft Plan 2 - which divides Cedar Rapids with the south half making up one ... »

Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty drivers beware: Get ready for detours

Drivers in the Corridor may find themselves hard-pressed next year to avoid major roadwork.

From North Liberty's Highway 965 to Coralville's main arterial streets directly off Interstate 80 to Iowa City's two connectors to the same interstate, s ... »

Big dig along Interstate 380 kicks off years of major construction

NORTH LIBERTY - Travelers passing alongside North Liberty on Interstate 380 likely have noticed heavy equipment moving earth recently.

While not much to look at yet, those dirt paths near the Forevergreen Road Bridge are slated to become the Cor ... »

Early voting sites announced for Linn, Johnson counties

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Public Library will host a satellite voting location later this month for those looking to vote early in the upcoming Nov. 7 city elections.

The library will host the satellite voting site from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 ... »