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Friday Morning Read: Younkers going out of business sale, tours of Mount Trashmore coming, 5 things from Iowa spring football

A new pavilion frames the view from atop Mount Trashmore south of downtown Cedar Rapids. The former landfill is being developed into a recreational site, with Saturday offering visitors the first look at the improvements via shuttle bus tours. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
A new pavilion frames the view from atop Mount Trashmore south of downtown Cedar Rapids. The former landfill is being developed into a recreational site, with Saturday offering visitors the first look at the improvements via shuttle bus tours. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Younkers going under - Going out of business sales at Younkers and other Bon-Ton Stores Inc. locations will start Friday, the company has announced.

The sales will take place in 212 stores and online for stores that operate under the Younkers, Herberger’s, Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s and Elder-Beerman names. The sales are expected to run for between 10 and 12 weeks. Continue reading here.

 

Non-ACA compliant plans remain - The Iowa Insurance Division will allow non-compliant insurance plans to exist through calendar year 2019.

Following federal approval, the state agency announced Thursday that individuals and small groups with transitional or “grandmothered” health insurance policies, which do not meet certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules, can continue WITH those plans through the end of next year.

Transitional plans are plans purchased after the Affordable Care Act was passed but before it was implemented in 2014. Continue reading here.

 

Tours from Mount Trashmore - Residents can get a sneak peek at the newly refined top of Cedar Rapids’ favorite trash heap, affectionately dubbed Mount Trashmore, on Saturday as part of EcoFest festivities.

The top features a recently completed landing with a pergola style pavilion with terraced seats facing the downtown Cedar Rapids skyline and the Cedar River snaking through the city.

A decorative guardrail corrals the gravel-surfaced area that also features benches, a bike rack, bushes and a few parking spots for those with disabilities. Continue reading here.

 

5 things from Iowa spring football - You get two looks at the Hawkeyes before the season begins. You get an open practice in the spring and a practice/sometimes game in August.

Friday night is your spring look at the Hawkeyes.

You’ll quickly notice one end of the stadium isn’t there anymore and steel girders are going up. So, the north end zone construction likely will shorten the field. Even Iowa has gone out of its way make sure everyone knows this is a spring practice and not a spring game. Oh, and the weather.

Only two preseason looks, so let’s try to make this count. Continue reading here.

 

 

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