Liz Zabel


‘Dented,’ but not ‘broken:’ EF-1 tornado strikes McGregor

McGREGOR - Just hours after a tornado devastated downtown McGregor on Wednesday evening, volunteers swarmed to the small tourist town's Main Street to help clean up.

The National Weather Service confirmed McGregor was hit by an EF-1 tornado around ... »

Local baker revives a ‘lost art’

Inspired by a loaf of grocery store bread that sat for weeks on the counter without growing mold, Aaron Hall, 29, decided he could do better for his body - and his taste buds.

#x201c;It wasn't moldy or stale, which seemed really bizarre to me,#x2 ... »

Fairfield farmhouse goes all natural with hyperlocal materials, earths energy

After years spent building homes for others on the side, John Freeberg, 67, and Susan Walch, 61, decided they wanted to build a home of their own. But it wouldn't be like any other.

In 2010, the couple - who both worked in the wind industry and ca ... »

Trash to treasure: Local business owners taking old furniture, scrap pieces and turning into modern furniture, art

It's true what they say: someone's trash is someone else's treasure - at least, to some.

Tara Dixon, owner of Vintage Chic in Kalona, is #x201c;always on the hunt#x201d; for castaway gems to repurpose into something new and beautiful.

Betwe ... »

Area yoga instructors aim to create safe spaces for LGBTQ community to practice yoga

When Morgan Schoon, 25, first considered doing yoga, he was hesitant. As a transgender man, the idea of moving his body in open, vulnerable positions was scary. Wearing a binder to flatten his chest added extra discomfort and removing it in public didn' ... »

Cedar Rapids Dairy Queen celebrating 70 years of soft-serve

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mark Stoffer Hunter remembers walking up to the Dairy Queen on First Avenue Northeast in Cedar Rapids as a young boy.

It was the late 1960s and he was greeted by a glowing neon curly cone sign.

#x201c;Ive been going there sinc ... »

NICUs offering volunteer cuddling care to improve critical neonatal development

When babies enter the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), there's no telling how long they may need to stay. It could be weeks, even months before they're able to return home.

And while most parents do everything they can to spend as much time ... »

Festival to bring hundreds of jugglers to Cedar Rapids this month

CEDAR RAPIDS - Hundreds of jugglers from around the world will be in Cedar Rapids this month for the 70th annual International Jugglers Association Festival.

More than 600 jugglers - from hobbyists to professionals - will be juggling their days ... »

Connecting Czech culture across Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - When floodwaters swallowed the city in 2008, Sonya Darrow - a Czech-American artist splitting her time between her native Cedar Rapids and the Czech Republic - watched as the waves washed away precious Czech heritage.

After the wate ... »

New liaison says Iowa City offers more ‘besides its reputation’

IOWA CITY - On any given evening, downtown is bustling with activity. People of all kinds flock to the Pedestrian Mall for late-night food, drinks and entertainment. And at the center of it is Nighttime Mayor Angela Winnike.

Winnike, a 34-year-ol ... »