Katie Mills Giorgio


Cedar Rapids tweens on mission to spread kindness this summer

CEDAR RAPIDS - Magic wands have begun popping up in places frequented by tweens in the Cedar Rapids area.

Spotted at local playgrounds and parks, public pools, coffee houses and popcorn shops, the wands were not left by fairies or Harry Potter fan ... »

Author profile: Beloved author Debbie Macomber wraps up OutLoud Author Series

Debbie Macomber is a big name author and a fan favorite.

Calling from her home in the Pacific Northwest - on a #x201c;beautiful, sunshiny day#x201d; - Macomber noted that she's just as big a fan, in fact, of all her fans.

#x201c;From the ver ... »

My Biz: Business helps charities expand their reach

CEDAR RAPIDS - Raising money to fund a not-for-profit can be a daunting enough task. But try raising money from another state.

Charity Capstone Resources, based in downtown Cedar Rapids, focuses strictly on charitable solicitation registration for ... »

REVIEW | ‘The Crossover’

I may be late to the game on reading Kwame Alexander's 2015 Newbury Medal winning novel The Crossover. But as far as I'm concerned, the middle grade novel is worthy of all the accolades, and mad props if you will, that it has received since being publis ... »

Kwame Alexander: A writer-of-all-trades

Kwame Alexander has a great laugh.

Book lovers in Eastern Iowa are sure to hear it on Friday evening when Alexander is in town for the Out Loud! Author Series hosted by the Metro Library Network.

Undoubtedly best known for his 2015 Newbury M ... »

Growing your home to grow old with it

Looking at R'becca and Wayne Groff's home you'd have no idea that just about two years ago it was a major construction zone.

The Groff's have lived in their home, located in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of northeast Cedar Rapids, since the sum ... »

Author Profile: Anne Perry kicks off Out Loud Author Series

Talking to Anne Perry is a bit like talking to a philosopher, and one with a lovely English accent at that. She's most insightful when discussing the popularity of literature genres.

#x201c;The world is pretty chaotic at the moment; it's very fri ... »

Brucemore groundskeeper set to retire after 30 years of service

CEDAR RAPIDS - Roger Johnson is likely the only living soul who can say he's painted the Brucemore pool, and he's done it 30 years in a row.

As buildings and grounds superintendent at Brucemore, Johnson has learned that you paint the pool on a c ... »

My Biz: Working out at the 'farm'

CEDAR RAPIDS - On any given early morning if you happen to find yourself in Czech Village, you may notice a small group of people flipping large tractor tires around a parking lot. They aren't getting ready to plow and they certainly aren't doing it jus ... »

Cedar Rapids teacher puts a different spin on fidget spinners

CEDAR RAPIDS - As the bell rings and sixth-graders file into Nolan Wrage's engineering tech classroom at McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids, several students beeline to their teacher's desk to check the nearby 3-D printer.

"I see mine," one ... »