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Return of the Japanese beetles and how t...

Return of the Japanese beetles and how to combat them

It’s like clockwork: my raspberries finally ripen and the Japanese beetles return. The beetles are known to devour hundreds of varieties of plants, turning leaves into skeletal “lace,” and raspberries – including the actual berries – appear to be among their favorites. Related: Japanese beetle watch begins I’ve tried picking the beetles off individually and […]

Mountain lion killed in Iowa

Mountain lion killed in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that a mountain lion was killed today in western Iowa. Similar to black bears, mountain lions have no legal protected status in Iowa. Related: Mountain lion killed near home where children play Read more from the Iowa DNR about today’s mountain lion killing: Today, officers with the Iowa […]

New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rap...

New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener New plant introductions grow in harmony alongside historic varieties throughout Wanda Lunn’s lush gardens in Cedar Rapids. Lunn stays on top of the latest eye-catching plant releases, while maintaining a Historic Iris Preservation Society display garden, rich in iris varieties 30 years or older. Related: “Awesome” lily is a winner […]

Trump in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Protesters carried signs Wednesday, June 21, to show their opposition to Donald Trump’s visit to Iowa, both at Kirkwood Community College and in downtown Cedar Rapids, while crowds arrived early for Trump’s rally, his first visit to Iowa as president. A handful of demonstrators gathered at Iowa Hall on the Kirkwood campus, […]

American Sokol gymnastics competition so...

By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS – Jeanne Vogt’s family has a long history of participation in Sokol, a Czech-based social and gymnastics organization that now spans six generations in Vogt’s family. Vogt’s mother and grandfather were active members of Sokol Cedar Rapids, and Vogt’s children, grandchildren and now a great-grandchild, K’den Sprague, all have belonged […]

Leaving Bambi alone

Leaving Bambi alone

It’s tempting to reach out when encountering what appears to be an abandoned fawn, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources notes why it’s best to leave “Bambi” alone. The DNR also advises motorists to drive with caution, as does are on the move. Read on for more from the DNR: The calls, emails are […]