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Hiawatha To Add New Fire and Rescue Facilities [PHOTOS]

The Hiawatha Fire Department has outgrown the state-of-the-art facility that currently houses them at 60 10th Ave. Planning for a second fire station has been in the works for over 10 years and now, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, it will happen, likely beginning sometime in 2023. The current...
HIAWATHA, IA

Corn Tar Spot Makes An Early Appearance In Eastern Iowa

Just before July even began last week, Iowa State University Extension Field Crops Pathologist Alison Robertson received a report of a black spot in a field in Central Iowa. Now, this wasn’t just any black spot, it is the first sighting of tar spot for Iowa’s 2022 growing season.
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Iowa To Become First Midwest State for Unique Railbike Experience

The Hawkeye state is about to become the first midwest state to launch a unique and safe way to experience the scenery of Iowa. According to KCRG, Boone will be the home to Rail Explorers, a hands-free bicycling experience designed for "thrill-seekers" and "nature enthusiasts". Their website provides the following description of the experience:
HAWKEYE, IA

Iowans, Are These Wedding Traditions Outdated?

Right around this time of year, we see a huge increase in weddings, especially here in Iowa and the Midwest. From June until September, I can usually plan on going to at least 1 wedding per month, for those 4 months. I don't know about you but I love weddings. Seeing all your family and friends, enjoying the happy couple, and celebrating with them, I've always had a ton of fun whenever I get the invite.
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Iowans, How Much Time Do We Really Spend On Our Cell Phones?

You likely have no idea who this gentleman is but you more than likely own an item he invented. Martin Cooper was the original inventor of the cell phone. Back in 1973, he came out with the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, which you've possibly seen or can remember from the movie Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. That original cell phone looked more like a brick with an antenna than an actual phone.
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Knee High By The Fourth Of July? NE Iowa Farmers Need Not Worry

Living in a top corn-growing state like Iowa, you are no stranger to the vast green corn fields in the summers and the empty fields in the winter. Farmers work hard in the spring to grow their corn for fall harvest and one “benchmark” we all have heard about to know we are on the right path is that the corn should be “knee-high by the Fourth of July”.
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Cedar Rapids Museum Gets Roasted On Late Night Show

A museum in Cedar Rapids is getting national attention after being mentioned on a popular talk show last month. In late June, the African American Museum of Iowa announced a major construction project that will close the facility for a year, as reported by the Gazette. This $5 million renovation...
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Did You Know Iowa is Home to a Unique Aquatic Animal

While here in Iowa we're known to have more hogs than humans, the Hawkeye State is home to many unique animals. And no, not just critters that are commonly known for their meat. The animal that pops up in Iowa without many people being aware of its existence is the...
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There are New Rules for 3rd Party Food Delivery Apps in Iowa

A new article from KCRG reports that last week on July 1st, a new law went into effect that puts restrictions on third party delivery services, such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub. The law says that these delivery services can no longer represent a restaurant with their logo or menu without having a contract, and if they don't abide by the rules, there will be a fine. The first offense will cost the service $1,000 and the third offense will cost them $10,000. In addition, the law also prohibits drivers from smoking/vaping and delivering food with kids or pets in the car with them. A February article from the Des Moines Register said that the proposed legislation came about after the pandemic caused a surge in food delivery.
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The Cedar Rapids School District Was Hit By A Cyberattack

The Cedar Rapids Community School District discovered over the holiday weekend that they had been the target of a cyberattack. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the discovery of the attack has prompted the school district to suspend all summer activities until July 11th. The announcement from the district did not describe the nature of the attack or say which systems might have been targeted. The district stated in their announcement that the closure was needed to restore systems quickly.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

First Case of Monkeypox Confirmed in Iowa

As the world watches COVID fade into the background of our everyday lives, another scary-sounding virus has emerged. Fortunately for all of us, monkeypox is nothing like COVID. While a limited number of cases have been confirmed in the United States, the contagion has now been confirmed in the state of Iowa.
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Eastern Iowan Sues For Negligence After Amtrak Crash

Janet Williams of Dubuque was on the Amtrak train that derailed in Mendon, Missouri last week, killing four people and injuring several others. She is reportedly one of the first survivors to file lawsuits in the aftermath, according to KWWL. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, surviving passenger Janet Williams...
DUBUQUE, IA

New Laws That Are Going to Effect Iowans Starting Today

July 7 marks the 182nd day of the year, which means we are pretty much exactly halfway through the year 2022. Iowans can expect 125 new laws that will start effecting them today. Everything from unemployment programs, renewable energy, elder abuse, hunting season, and child care employment programs to name a few.
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