LIFE IN EASTERN IOWA

Every February, the Blues 'n' Buffet Chili Challenge in Cedar Rapids brings together a variety of professional and home cooks for a public tasting of dozens of chili recipes. ...

Two sisters, Sherry Ross and Lorette Vanourny, both of Cedar Rapids, founded a local non-profit to train and match service dogs with people in need several years ago. ...

Scott Swenson typically spends his workdays helping people start new businesses or grow existing ones. ...

Mike Martin and others with Linn County's Monarch Research Project are making great strides in restoring pollinator habitat, part of a global effort to save the colorful butterfly. ...

A chive plant was Jeanine Scheffert's childhood favorite among the vegetables, flowers and herbs in her family's garden. ...

Lisa Hinzman Howard has made it her mission to teach people that anyone can garden - no matter their experience level or garden space available - and that it can be done without a lot of money. ...

Rajiv Baviskar and his wife, Kalyani, of Marion, both grew up watching their mothers cook in the kitchen. ...

Andrew Frisbie manages the North Liberty Community Library's collection of books and movies - and cake pans. ...

Glenn Rushworth is the proud owner of a man cave that reflects his favorite things in life. ...

A longtime chess player, Dustin Sellon sat his three children down seven years ago to teach them the game he loved. ...

Josh Pudlo and his girlfriend, Katlyn Hardecopf, help people in the Corridor get their finances under control. ...