CEDAR RAPIDS – Holding signs reading “Hate is un-American” and “Some of my best friends are Muslims” a crowd promoting tolerance countered today’s Donald Trump rally in Cedar Rapids. If Trump noticed the gathering of more than 100 people, held on May’s Island outside of the rally in Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, he didn’t mention it […]
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The Iowa Utilities Board heard comments about the proposed Bakken pipeline that would run diagonally through Iowa; now it’s the Department of Natural Resources’ turn. Public comments can be made during the upcoming DNR meeting from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2015, in Des Moines. The pipeline would cut through 18 counties in Iowa and Gov. […]
Of all the memories of my grandparents’ farm, the geese weren’t necessarily a favorite. To a small child, they appeared towering, and until I learned a secret from my grandmother, they seemed menacing, as well, hissing at us to keep our distance. At some point in time, grandma taught me to hiss back and from […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Indian Creek Nature Center is saying good-bye to an old friend, at least for one occasion. To mark the last Nature’s Noel at its headquarters in a historic dairy barn, the Nature Center’s Guild will sell commemorative plates, ceramic ornaments and gingerbread cookies in the shape of the barn during the […]
This quote from “Fast Food Nation” author, Eric Schlosser, makes a great point about organic food that some of us may rarely consider: “One of the main reasons to eat organic is not because there may be some minor pesticide residue on the food that may harm you, but because farmworkers are being poisoned on […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – When you say New Pi and “free food” in the same breath, you know it’s going to be crazy big. I was at the opening celebration of the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Cedar Rapids and the store, at 3338 Center Point Rd. NE, was packed, so I’d expect nothing less during […]
Horticulturist Kelly Norris and his family’s Rainbow Iris Farm are being honored by Martha Stewart as one of this year’s 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Winners. Norris, an author who has visited Eastern Iowa a number of times, including as a speaker at this year’s Winter Gardening Fair in Cedar Rapids, is receiving the award […]
The transfer of farmland is a critical issue in Iowa; one that the play “Map of My Kingdom” tackles through storytelling. On November 4, the Linn County Food Systems Council, along with Coe College’s Sustainability Council and Environmental Club, are sponsoring a performance of the play, followed by a panel discussion with local leaders involved […]
The switch from Daylight Saving Time can be a bit frightening, with the thought of “losing” an hour of daylight looming ahead. Just as it began this spring, on the earliest date possible, Daylight Saving Time is ending as early as it can this fall.
The city of Iowa City was among the trendsetters years ago when it began hosting an indoor farmers market during winter months. Due to logistics, however, the regular indoor market was scaled back to just two holiday markets last year and the same will hold true this season.