People & Places

Lessons from a school year living in poverty still resonate in Cedar Rapids man's life

"The most important evaluation of a society is not based upon how well the rich, powerful and privileged are do ... »

Why do American landlords love refugee tenants?

One week a refugee family is fleeing the brutality of civil war and living in a shipping container near the Syrian border, and the next they might ... »

Local bakeries and grocers prepare for busy holiday season

When it comes to the holidays - particularly Thanksgiving - many people have food on the brain. Especially those working in local bakeries, pouring ... »

Iowa All Over: The bridges that inspired a love story

MADISON COUNTY - What keeps people coming back to the Bridges of Madison County, year after year? Romance, said Kayla Hawkins, tourism director at ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Where can you go in the community to feel welcome?

In the middle of the night, my daughter wakes me because she is afraid of mummies. I tell her they are dead and she should go back to sleep, but sh ... »

Modern Manners: Make the gift-giving season truly memorable this year

The frenzied shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday will be upon us very soon. While it gives me great pleasure to ... »

Kirkwood professor wins $50,000 prize for work in humanities

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Kirkwood Community College professor of philosophy and humanities has received a $50,000 award for his work.

Scott Samuels ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Childhood has its own problems

My 4-year-old handed me a scrap of paper, on it she had drawn two stick figures with sad faces. #x201c;What is this?#x201d; I asked.

#x201c;I ... »

Eight Cirque du Soleil shows dazzle Las Vegas visitors

For many visitors, attending a Cirque du Soleil show is as much a Las Vegas tradition as gambling in a casino or marveling at the bright lights on ... »

Iowa All Over: Charles City is the birthplace of the farm tractor industry

CHARLES CITY - In the winter of 1901, Charles Hart and Charles Parr came to Charles City, the county seat of Floyd County.

But while Hart a ... »

Marion man started foundation to build dream park

A Marion man who is passionate about space exploration wants to honor those who took us to the moon and back.

Doug Smith founded the non-prof ... »

Newstrack: ‘Summerland’ film, nurtured in Cedar Rapids, almost ready for its close-up


From late August through early October 2014, MORE Productions of Los Angeles shot the principal scenes for #x201c;The Summerland ... »

Iowa All Over: Riverboats helped put LeClaire on the map

LECLAIRE - Ryan and Garrett Burchett have a simple philosophy: The brothers and managers of Mississippi River Distilling Co. in LeClaire want peopl ... »

Exhibit explores underground work in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia

Curator Daniela Sneppova's favorite item in the newest exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is a tiny book with minuscule typefa ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Dealing with the fart, giggle stage requires celebration?

A few days ago my children hit a milestone: That moment when they are in control of their bodily noises to the extent that they can annoy me with t ... »