People & Places

‘Pants-Free Parenting: A love letter to my child’s teacher

Filling out school forms is one of life’s greatest sources of anxiety. Perhaps it’s because I spent most of my life home-schooled and ... »

Iowa All Over: Denmark on the Prairie

Situated between Des Moines and Omaha along Interstate 80, Elk Horn, in Shelby County, is one of the largest rural Danish settlements in the countr ... »

Modern matters: The art of conversation: Practice makes perfect

By Lauren M.G. Burt, correspondent

Once upon a time, people used to wait for the Pony Express to deliver news of family, friends and the worl ... »

Linn County receives award for parks challenge geocaching program

Sometimes, it can be hard to “unplug.”

But, it turns out, there's a way to turn your phone attachment into an outdoor adventure ... »

Old Higley building has long history

A  one-story building at 119 First Ave. SE in Downtown Cedar Rapids that most recently housed the Cedar Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau ... »

Sleep paralysis, a feeling of being conscious and unable to move, hits sleep-deprived hard

One moment, you’re peacefully sleeping. The next, you’re awake and paralyzed — unable to move, breathe or scream as you begin ... »

‘Avenue of Flags’ spreads pride in Corridor

The stars and stripes are aligned on major national holidays in several area communities, due to a subscription program called Avenue of the Flags. ... »

Iowa City programmer leading effort to create follow-up to 1990s computer game The 7th Guest

Fan fiction rarely makes a commercial splash, but an Iowa City video game developer is hoping to change that.

Programmer Ryan HoltKamp is wo ... »

Playscape coming to Wickiup Hill

TODDVILLE — Linn County Conservation is constructing a play area to give children the chance to interact with nature.

The natural play ... »

Travel: Mighty Niagara

One of the first things you learn on a visit to Niagara Falls is that there are actually three sets of falls — and two major ways to see them ... »

Iowa All Over: A stop on the Underground Railroad

LEWIS — The Hitchcock House, built in 1856 by Reverend George Hitchcock, a Congregational minister, is one of the few remaining Underground R ... »

Profile: Emily Blomme, a champion for crisis work

When Emily Blomme worked with Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, she was involved in the Survivors' Program, which helps families of homicide vic ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Passive exclusion leaves girls in the dust

My daughter used to want play T-ball. She had pink shorts, a pink bat and practiced with her dad for weeks before T-ball began. The night we left f ... »

University of Iowa Hospital, Hawkeyes come together to honor Kid Captains

IOWA CITY — On the University of Iowa’s west side, the UI Children’s Hospital and Kinnick Stadium sit side by side. But it ... »

Marion Y offering cheap swimming lessons for kids from low-income families

MARION — Starting Monday, children ages 3 to 10 who come from families with household incomes of less than $40,000 a year are eligible to ta ... »