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Time Machine: Elks Club fire in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2017 - 7:36am
“Hundreds of Cedar Rapids Elks Club members were left to forage for their lunch and noontime nap in new pastures today as their lodge home smoldered in the wake of a $250,000 Sunday...
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Ernst optimistic about biofuels, tax reform

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 5:48pm
JOHNSTON — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst credits presidential intervention and a strong Iowa lobbying effort with convincing Environmental Protection Agency officials to change course. The EPA has...
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Davenport man sentenced to 11 years on firearms and drug charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 5:25pm
A Davenport man was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun and cocaine. Lorenzo Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court of the Southern...
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National group to ask Cedar Rapidians about flood preparation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 5:15pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A national group interested in better understanding flood readiness is hosting a community meeting in Cedar Rapids on Monday. Resilient America, a program of the National...
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Reynolds stops in Cedar Rapids to talk workforce needs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:51pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s businesses need to expose students to workplace experiences earlier if the state is going to meet its workforce needs, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. “The...
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Are ‘urban shoulders’ the solutions to sidewalk opposition in Cedar Rapids?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:49pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Dee Anderson was walking this week along 34th Street SE, inside a newly painted lane — what officials call an “urban shoulder.” Like many Cedar Rapidians,...
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Up-and-coming Kander to speak to Linn Democrats Hall of Fame Dinner

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:48pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A year after Democrats suffered staggering defeats up and down the ballot as voters, especially those in rural areas, abandoned the party, Jason Kander has a simple remedy: Talk...
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Parvo outbreak puts dogs at risk, leads to cancelation of Cedar Rapids Halloween dog costume contest

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:47pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A recent outbreak of parvovirus among dogs in Cedar Rapids temporarily shut down an animal shelter this month and led to the cancellation of a Halloween dog costume...
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On Iowa Gameday: Week 8 college football picks, including Iowa-Northwestern

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:13pm
Both Iowa (at Northwestern) and Iowa State (at Texas Tech) hit the road for 11 a.m. games Saturday, while primetime features a pair of intriguing games in Penn State-Michigan and Notre Dame-USC. How...
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Smulekoff’s warehouse to become office space

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 4:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The former warehouse for Smulekoff’s furniture store is expected to turn into office space. The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday awarded $500,000 in tax...
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Case study: What happens when a city’s ‘big employer’ gets bought?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:49pm
United Technologies Corp. announced plans in September to acquire Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins for $23 billion. Including Rockwell’s debt, the deal is valued at $30 billion. If...
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‘We are one in spirit’ — Eastern Iowa Bhutanese community group organizes vigil for Las Vegas victims

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:31pm
The candles were hard to light Tuesday. The wind kept whipping through the picnic shelter at Hiawatha’s Tucker Park, blowing out the fragile flames the people gathered there were trying to...
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Judge moves trial for man charged in vehicular homicide out of Linn County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge ruled Friday that the trial for a man charged with vehicular homicide in a fatal crash that killed two teens last year will be moved out of Linn County. Sixth Judicial...
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Iowa prison officials confirm offenders involved in attacks on penitentiary staff have white supremacist links

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:08pm
The Iowa Department of Corrections confirmed Friday two inmates involved in separate assaults on staff at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison have ties to white supremacist groups. Danny...
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Three men charged in shooting after Richard Spencer speech

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:04pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Three men were charged with attempted homicide after they argued with a group of people protesting a white nationalist’s speech and fired a shot at them, police...
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Are golf courses contributing to Iowa’s nitrate runoff?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 3:00pm
Golf courses, with their manicured greens and lush fairways, have been cited as possible contributors of nitrate from fertilizer flowing from Iowa down the Mississippi River to an expanding...
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Iowa City mother daughter duo keep historic downtown boutique in fashion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 2:44pm
On any given day, if you plan to sit out on the Ped Mall in Iowa City to chat with Connie and Catherine Champion, prepare to be interrupted. Not rudely, mind you. It’s just that between the...
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Bodybuilders share health tips at Cedar Rapids’ Best of the Midwest

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 2:20pm
On Saturday, McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids was host to more than 60 freshly spray-tanned bodybuilders, who came to compete and show off their hard work at the Best of the Midwest Physique...
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Hurricane Irma hurt Florida job count

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 1:37pm
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida lost about 127,000 jobs in September, largely due to Hurricane Irma’s strike, according to state data released Friday. Jobs in Florida normally subside...
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Equifax boosted its budget by 12 percent, lobbyists work to polish image

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 20, 2017 - 1:21pm
WASHINGTON — The Atlanta credit bureau Equifax ramped up its spending over the past three months to lobby the federal government and protect its image as it took fire for exposing the personal...
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