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Cedar Rapids schools extending virtual learning after Thanksgiving break

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 24, 2020 - 11:34am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District will continue virtual learning for two weeks after Thanksgiving break after another waiver was approved by the Iowa Department of...
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Linn-Mar schools to move to virtual instruction after Thanksgiving break

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 24, 2020 - 9:22am
MARION — The Linn-Mar Community School District is transitioning into two weeks of virtual instruction for all students after Thanksgiving break, hoping to alleviate staffing challenges and...
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Iowa turkeys ‘Corn’ and ‘Cob’ ready for big moment: A pardon from Donald Trump

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 7:52pm
The names of two Iowa birds competing to be this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey were revealed during a news conference Monday — Corn and Cob. The two “VITs” —...
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Miller-Meeks campaign claims missing votes, ‘illegal’ method in Scott County recount

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 6:48pm
The Republican candidate in Iowa’s still-too-close-to-call 2nd Congressional District says the results of a recount in Scott County completed over the weekend cannot be trusted, arguing...
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Turn out the lights, the Grand Old Party’s over

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 6:18pm
I recently joked that I am the most prominent Iowa Republican to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Sadly, it wasn’t much of a joke. Three weeks after the...
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Showing gratitude in 2020 may seem difficult, but these readers’ stories of thanks will give you hope

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 5:48pm
In a year like no other in recent history, it would be easy to be grousing instead of grateful today. The following people, however, answered our call to share their thankful thoughts to brighten the...
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Pick your own Christmas trees at these Eastern Iowa farms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 5:47pm
The derecho that took out trees across Iowa mostly spared the Christmas trees at Hoffman Tree Farm in Marion. “Any trees 8 foot and under came through it just fine. We lost only maybe five or...
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Artists Sunday: Marion photographer creates new global shopping event

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 5:41pm
Take a jump to the left Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, then a step to the right Cyber Monday. It’s time to make room for Artists Sunday this weekend. The brainchild of photographer...
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Iowa prisons expand use of N95 masks as COVID-19 cases mount

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 5:39pm
The Iowa Corrections Department soon will provide N95 masks to more prison staff to better protect them from COVID-19, which has infected more than 3,100 offenders and 478 staff. Corrections...
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Iowa Santas prepare for socially distanced, virtual visits this pandemic holiday season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 5:17pm
Jacob Cowger has donned a red Santa suit and fluffy white beard since he was a teenager, but this is the first year he’s added a face shield and mask to his ensemble. He’s also having a...
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Thanksgiving meals available for pickup Wednesday in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 4:08pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Nonprofit Urban Dreams, the city of Cedar Rapids and area Hy-Vee stores will distribute about 475 meal packs Wednesday to help local families in need celebrate...
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As Iowa State, UNI enter unique finals week, campus officials urge diligence in returning home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 2:29pm
As Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa begin their earliest fall finals week in recent history — if not ever — the campuses are issuing warnings and offering tools to...
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Cedar Rapids panel upholds firing of Officer Lucas Jones

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 2:17pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Ousted Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones will not be reinstated, the city’s Civil Service Commission agreed Monday after hearing his appeal earlier this fall. The...
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Iowa City police respond to two shots fired incidents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 1:43pm
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police responded to two shots fired incidents over the weekend. According to a news release, officers were in the area of Third Avenue and I Street around 3:39 a.m....
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Iowa sees 1,678 new COVID-19 cases, below 40 percent positivity rate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 1:33pm
Iowa reported 1,678 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette. The new cases bring the state’s total to 211,740. With 5,052 reported test results in the 24-hour...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley ‘feeling good’ after last week’s COVID-19 diagnosis

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 12:11pm
DES MOINES — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted Monday that he continues “feeling good” after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and plans to be back at work next week in the...
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Will the virtual work revolution make tech companies less liberal?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 10:13am
U.S. Sen Joni Ernst of Iowa is worried there are too many Democrats moderating Americans’ social media content. Congress this year has staged a series of hearings with social media industry...
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Man fired flare gun at federal courthouse in downtown Cedar Rapids, police say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 8:44am
A 39-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly shot a flare gun at the federal courthouse in downtown Cedar Rapids, causing a small brush fire. According to the Cedar Rapids...
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Iowa javelin thrower Marissa Mueller named Rhodes Scholar

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 23, 2020 - 7:26am
University of Iowa javelin thrower Marissa Mueller was named Monday one of 11 Canadian Rhodes scholars, launching her graduate study in surgical sciences at Oxford University in England. Mueller,...
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Iowa’s still-high coronavirus spread budges a bit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2020 - 4:28pm
Iowa’s skyrocketing spread of COVID-19 showed signs again Sunday of inching down from record levels, though measures remain high and public health officials continue to call for caution this...
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