Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register

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Past articles by Courtney:

Pie-ynasty endures!: Team Register wins fifth RAGBRAI pie-eating contest

One of the teams in the Rhubarb Rumble VI – R6: The Fast and The Flaky – truly met their Waterloo in Waterloo, Iowa. → Read More

'It's like freedom:' Rollerbladers skate across the state with 15,000 cyclists in RAGBRAI

Caleb Smith has been rollerblading since he was 5. This year, he's tackling his fourth RAGBRAI on skates with a team of five other skaters. → Read More

'It's like freedom:' Rollerbladers skate across the state with 15,000 cyclists in RAGBRAI

Caleb Smith has been rollerblading since he was 5. This year, he's tackling his fourth RAGBRAI on skates with a team of five other skaters. → Read More

'It's like freedom:' Rollerbladers skate across the state with 15,000 cyclists in RAGBRAI

Caleb Smith has been rollerblading since he was 5. This year, he's tackling his fourth RAGBRAI on skates with a team of five other skaters. → Read More

'It's like freedom:' Rollerbladers skate across the state with 15,000 cyclists in RAGBRAI

Caleb Smith has been rollerblading since he was 5. This year, he's tackling his fourth RAGBRAI on skates with a team of five other skaters. → Read More

'Full circle moment': Paralyzed while biking in Iowa, cyclist returns to work RAGBRAI crew, pursue 'no regrets' life

Jared Fenstermacher was on a bike trip across America when his life changed on backroads outside Hinton, Iowa. Now, he's coming back to work RAGBRAI. → Read More

'Full circle moment': Paralyzed while biking in Iowa, cyclist returns to work RAGBRAI crew, pursue 'no regrets' life

Jared Fenstermacher was on a bike trip across America when his life changed on backroads outside Hinton, Iowa. Now, he's coming back to work RAGBRAI. → Read More

After nearly 50 years, this Iowa man discovered his mother's doctor was his biological father

The man Mark Hansen knew as his father revealed a family secret just months before he died, leaving his son with so many questions, so few answers. → Read More

Join online: Iowa hospital staff share triumphs, struggles and lessons from a year of COVID-19

Submit questions to be answered by the doctors and nurses featured in 'Inside COVID's Siege' series. → Read More

Join online: Iowa hospital staff share triumphs, struggles and lessons from a year of COVID-19

Submit questions to be answered by the doctors and nurses featured in 'Inside COVID's Siege' series. → Read More

Joe Biden's buddy in Ames: How friendship bloomed between the president-elect and Iowan with Down syndrome

Despite the rigors of the vice presidency and the campaign trail, Biden forged a friendship with Paul Heddens through letters, hugs and small gifts. → Read More

Dorothy 'Dot' Thompson, 105, made a lemon meringue pie that would knock your socks off

A farmer at heart, Dot was famous for her perfect pies, once raising $500 for charity by selling just one lemon meringue. → Read More

A ‘righteous’ father of 12, Jose Dolores Guevara Ramirez split his time between Mexico and Marshalltown

A lifelong farm hand, Jose Dolores Guevara Ramirez made delicious lime ice cream from the fresh fruit he grew in his garden. → Read More

Myron Houghton was a theological scholar with 8 degrees who loved a good pun

Myron and George Houghton were twins, best friends and religious scholars. In July, they quarantined in the same senior care center from coronavirus. → Read More

Known for back-to-school barbecues, Lucille Dixon Herndon always had an extra plate for neighborhood kids

A sweet, quiet homebody, Lucille Herndon was a fierce defender of children: “She didn’t want children not to have.” → Read More

'Stop trying to make your child normal': How a disabled Iowan overcame a heartless bully and got back to showing her goat

When a bully told Stella she was taking away “normal” kids' opportunities by showing her goat, she had to muster the strength to get back in the ring. → Read More

RAGBRAI's Great Iowa Fall Ride is canceled

The Great Iowa Fall Ride was supposed to wind cyclists through Central Iowa, giving them views of the Hawkeye State’s fall colors. → Read More

'Hail Mary, Mother of God, pray for me': Iowan Dustin Honken says short prayer before being executed

Dustin Honken became the first Iowan since 1963 to have the death sentence an Iowa jury imposed carried out. He was executed on Friday, July 17, 2020. → Read More

An execution 27 years in the making: Iowa meth kingpin, murderer Dustin Honken days away from dying

Iowan Dustin Honken is set to be killed by the government July 17, nearly 27 years to the day after he killed his first victim. → Read More

‘Food is soul’: When coronavirus threatened to close this food court restaurant, neighbors rallied to save it

After surviving war and opening her dream restaurant, COVID-19 pushed this food court chef to the brink of closing. Then her neighbors stepped in. → Read More