Friday Morning Read: Terex to The Fountains, Iowans support water quality sales tax, Hawkeyes top Illini

Terex has signed a lease to move into the latest office building erected in The Fountains. (Courtesy of Pivot Real Estate)
Terex has signed a lease to move into the latest office building erected in The Fountains. (Courtesy of Pivot Real Estate)

Terex to The Fountains - Terex Corp. has signed a multiyear lease to move its remaining 35 local employees to The Fountains in northeast Cedar Rapids this spring, a little over two years after a deal had appeared to fizzle.

The heavy machinery equipment manufacturer plans to relocate its engineering design, parts and sales support staff from 909 17th St. NE to The Fountains, an office and retail center northeast of Highway 100 and Edgewood Road NE, according to Craig Byers of Pivot Real Estate and Eric Cohen, senior vic president, secretary and general counsel of Terex. You can read more about Terex here.


Iowa tops Illinois -  It looked for 20 minutes like Thursday night was going to be yet another frustrating, pound-your-head-against-a-wall game for the Iowa men’s basketball team. But less than three minutes into the second half, the Hawkeyes changed that tune with emphasis.

Despite a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, Iowa left State Farm Center with its first Big Ten win of the season, 104-97, over Illinois.

Read three takeaways from the game here.


Marion teacher acquitted - Marion teacher Diane Graham, accused of failing to report child abuse, was acquitted Thursday by a jury but she remains on administrative leave and her status back in the Marion Independence School District classroom is unclear.

The district released a statement following the Tama County verdict that states Graham remains a teacher but the “district is in the process of reviewing Ms. Graham’s status with her.”

Read more about the case here.


Democrats question Reynolds' rhetoric - A wintry storm may have prevented Gov. Kim Reynolds from bringing her “Opportunity Unleashed” tour to the Cedar Rapids area Thursday, but ice and snow didn’t stop Iowa Democrats.

“We’re here to make sure people are hearing the reality on the ground,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price told a couple of dozen people at Karma Coffee Cafe in Hiawatha.

Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech Tuesday, he said, “lacked a sense of what’s really happening in Iowa.” Read more about what happened at the meeting here.


Water quality sales tax? - A coalition pushing for an increase in the state sales tax to pay for water quality initiatives says a new poll shows that nearly 7 in 10 Iowans back the idea.

Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy, a coalition that includes conservation, outdoors and business groups

“Iowans want clean water, productive agricultural soil and increased outdoor recreation opportunities, said support for the sales tax increase has grown.. They overwhelmingly favor funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund as the solution,” said Joe McGovern, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Read the full story here.



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