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High school volleyball players, and COVID-19 concerns, descend on Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 8:35pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — When the city sees the annual influx of visitors for the state high school girls volleyball tournament, players and their parents typically come in droves to fill tables at...
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Cedar Rapids man accused of carrying AR-15 during June protest in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 5:26pm
DAVENPORT — A 20-year-old Cedar Rapids man was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for possessing and brandishing an AR-15 assault rifle during a June protest in Iowa City. Brandon...
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Joe Biden returns to Iowa, pledges to be a president for all Americans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 5:18pm
DES MOINES — A regular visitor to Iowa during the months preceding the February presidential caucuses, Joe Biden made Democrats here wait until almost the final moment of the 2020 campaign to...
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Trial starts next week for architect accused of covertly taping employee pumping breast milk

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 4:23pm
IOWA CITY — The trial for an Iowa City architect accused of secretly videotaping an employee pumping breast milk will start Tuesday, barring any coronavirus issues. Leon Spies, lawyer for...
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Inmates at 2 Iowa prisons to be tested for virus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 4:21pm
DES MOINES — Mass testing is being arranged for the inmates and staff at state prisons in Anamosa and Mitchellville after coronavirus cases at the two facilities were confirmed. The movement...
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Replanting the landscape: Cedar Rapids companies help employees and their yards recover from the derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 3:50pm
The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a weekly series of columns about elements landowners should consider when replacing trees and plants lost in the Aug. 10 derecho. The...
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Iowa City-based MidwestOne reports net loss for third quarter after goodwill write-down

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm
Iowa City-based MidWestOne Financial Group, the holding company for MidWestOne Bank, reported a net loss of $19.8 million for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 after having to make a goodwill...
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Local officials plead with public to follow COVID-19 safety measures as cases rise

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 2:17pm
Local officials once again are warning the public that hospitals will be overwhelmed and Iowans will suffer health consequences unless individuals follow public health guidelines. As several days of...
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Iowa sets new daily record adding 2,617 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 2:13pm
More than 2,600 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a new statewide record-high for the number of positive tests in a 24-hour period. According to data from the Iowa Department...
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Armed man dressed in fake bulletproof vest arrested on burglary, other charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 2:02pm
A Cedar Rapids man who was arrested last week during a traffic stop for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, was arrested again Friday after officers found drugs and a concealed firearm in his...
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Post office updating delivery fleet in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 1:26pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — In some Cedar Rapids neighborhoods, the long-familiar thunk-thunk-thunk of a mail carrier’s truck on its way is being replaced with a far-more silent approach. After more...
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Iowa City bar accused of violating COVID-19 public health orders

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 1:25pm
IOWA CITY — A downtown Iowa City bar is accused of violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 public health disaster orders. According to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. on Oct. 24,...
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Civil service commission upholds Iowa City police officer’s firing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 12:47pm
IOWA CITY — The firing of an Iowa City police officer accused of driving drunk and lying about it was upheld by the city’s civil services commission. Iowa City Human Resources...
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University of Iowa welcomes second set of dean finalists virtually after virtual visits in spring

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 12:20pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa this week started a second string of virtual visits from finalists for its Tippie College of Business dean position after delaying and then dismissing its...
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Tickets to see ‘American Idol’ winner Maddie Poppe in Cedar Rapids on sale now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 10:02am
Tickets to see Iowa native Maddie Poppe at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through creventslive.com. Poppe won the 16th season of “American Idol.”...
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Judge: Rural America is falling further behind

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 9:47am
In just a few days, election 2020 will be one for the history books. And without a doubt, we are ready. As a rural resident I’m happy to see candidates on both sides of the aisle talk about...
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Coralville man charged with sexual abuse of child under 12

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 30, 2020 - 9:38am
IOWA CITY — A Coralville man has been charged with sexually abusing a child. According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, between July and August of this year, 18-year-old Creon D.R....
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Don’t wait to deck the halls. I’m ready now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 29, 2020 - 11:06pm
I was at the grocery store last weekend and saw something that in more normal years would have irritated me greatly: a display of Christmas chocolates and cookies and Advent calendars, brazenly...
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Even without the roast, Joni Ernst’s ride raises $20,000 for nonprofits

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 29, 2020 - 10:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The coronavirus pandemic earlier this year forced a change of plans to Sen. Joni Ernst’s annual motorcycle ride to raise money for nonprofits. Ernst has had five Roast...
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Vice President Mike Pence rallies Iowa support for Donald Trump, Joni Ernst

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 29, 2020 - 6:45pm
By Erin Murphy, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst stood on stage together Friday, waving to supporters with the Iowa Senate and...
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