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Monday morning read: Locals win first Run CRANDIC marathon, Iowa Democrats paying attention to rural voters, shared Younkers memories

Runners depart from the starting line for the 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC marathon in Cedar Rapids' New Bo neigborhood on Sunday, April 30, 2018. The event includes a marathon from New Bo in Cedar Rapids to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City as well as a half marathon from North Liberty to Kinnick Stadium and the 5K RiverRun CRANDIC 5K from Northwest Junior High in Iowa City to the stadium. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Runners depart from the starting line for the 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC marathon in Cedar Rapids' New Bo neigborhood on Sunday, April 30, 2018. The event includes a marathon from New Bo in Cedar Rapids to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City as well as a half marathon from North Liberty to Kinnick Stadium and the 5K RiverRun CRANDIC 5K from Northwest Junior High in Iowa City to the stadium. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Rochelle Yang has fun winning first Run CRANDIC marathon- Rochelle Yang’s idea of a “fun run” is quite different from most.

The Iowa City native entered the inaugural Run CRANDIC Marathon — two week after completing her second Boston Marathon — to tackle a relaxing 26.2-mile run.

Relaxing was her word.

“I hadn’t really meant to push myself because this was supposed to be more of a fun run after Boston,” she said Sunday morning after winning the women’s race from Cedar Rapids’ NewBo Market to Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 55 seconds. “I never thought I’d win it ... there’s a lot of talented women in this area, so I never thought I’d have a chance.” Read more...

Candidates paying attention to us, rural Iowa Democrats say- The message, it seems, was received loud and clear.

Democrats, in particular those running for office this year, are making the effort to engage with rural Iowa voters in an attempt to regain some of the support the party lost in the past two elections.

That’s according to Democrats in the state’s rural areas, many of which swung wildly from voting for the Democratic nominee for president in 2012 to the Republican candidate in 2016.

“They’ve been here quite a few times,” said Tim O’Brien, chairman of the Fayette County Democrats in northeast Iowa. Read more...

 

Loyal Younkers customers share memories- It’s been 70 years since Dorothy Loterbour bought her wedding dress at Younkers.

It was a suit, actually — pale tan with black trim. For underneath, Loterbour purchased some very special blue lingerie from an experienced Younkers sales associate she still remembers by name. 

“They had a wonderful lingerie clerk named Hazel,” Loterbour, now 88, of Cedar Rapids, said about the Mason City Younkers store. “When you wanted to buy a bra, she fit you.

“She was a feisty little thing. She told you if things didn’t fit right.” Read more...

Country band 'Old Dominion' gets Iowa City crowd grooving for a good cause- Old Dominion may have earned best vocal group honors from a country music organization earlier this year, but the music they played Friday rocked a nearly sold-out crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

From the opening lines of “Song for Another Time” — which features the titles of 20 songs from different genres and generations — to the closing strains of “Not Everything’s About You,” the five-man band from Virginia kept fans on their feet and belting along for a full 90-minute set. Read more...

Drake Relays: A broken record, and a broken flag, for Payton Wensel- For an instant, Payton Wensel wore a sad face in the media room. 

It wasn’t very convincing.

Wensel held up a Drake Relays championship flag, her third of the weekend. The top of it drooped away from the stick of which it had been attached.

“Look at this,” she said, with mock glumness.

Then she lit up and snickered. Read more...

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