Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register

Courtney Crowder

The Des Moines Register

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Recent articles by Courtney:

‘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

‘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

Des Moines chef nominated for the Oscars of food — again — and that's not all he's got on his plate

A five-time James Beard Award nominee, the announcement of this chef's latest nod was the second-most exciting thing to happen to him this week. → Read More

RAGBRAI announces 2020 route: Annual cycling event will pass through these Iowa towns

Clocking in at 420.3 miles with 12,306 feet of climb, the 48th edition of this roving cycling celebration will be the sixth shortest in ride history. → Read More

RAGBRAI forever: Statues honoring founders, rider memories, unveiled

After years of planning, the bronze renderings of the RAGBRAI founders are slated to stand in Water Works Park → Read More

Celebrating 20 years, Des Moines' AViD series is back with best-selling authors, commentators

After two decades of bringing best-selling, award-winning authors, commentators and poets to Iowa, the Des Moines Public Library's AViD series starts a new chapter. → Read More

From potty breaks to podiums: CNN, Drake ready for their presidential debate close-up

Planning for this particular debate has been a unique challenge for CNN, the Register and Drake. But, with just hours left, Iowa is ready to shine. → Read More

Former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules sentenced to 2 years on probation for role in fatal crash

Soules had pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. His truck hit a tractor on April 24, 2017, killing a northeast Iowa farmer. → Read More

Iowa State Fair foods: Where are the Fair Squares?

For almost a decade, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has sold crispy rice treats at the fair. Where are they this year? → Read More

This Iowa State Fair Queen candidate gave away her winnings. Here's why.

Tears aren’t exactly foreign to livestock show rings at local county fairs. But when Madalynne Yenter made a special announcement at hers, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. → Read More

In memory of late father, family gives $2,000 to kids at the Iowa State Fair — $5 at a time

The Scarpino family handed out $2,000, $5 at a time, to kids — all of whom were complete strangers — at the Iowa State Fair. They did it for their father, who died before he could see his wish come true. → Read More

'American Picker' Mike Wolfe living it up on this year's RAGBRAI

Stretching, tuning up his bike and eating some watermelon — Mike Wolfe has been having fun on RAGBRAI with his high school buddies. → Read More

Ride for Jack: Family does RAGBRAI for Grinnell student who died mysteriously while studying abroad

Jack Gustafson and his dad were supposed to ride RAGBRAI before his unexpected passing. Now, his family is riding to bring closure. → Read More

Chris Soules, former 'Bachelor' star, has sentencing delayed after winning dispute over report

More than two years after Chris Soules rear-ended a tractor, causing the crash that killed a northeast Iowa man, he will be sentenced in a rural Iowa courtroom → Read More

This New Yorker will rue the day she tweeted about Iowa. But how should we feel about our reaction?

Iowa Columnist Courtney Crowder lived in New York. She has some thoughts about THAT tweet, the one with "observations from Iowa." → Read More

These Iowans have fostered more than 20 kids. So why do they feel like 'imposters' on Mother's Day?

After adopting three kids and fostering more than 20, Mother's Day seems made for the Meeks. But in our modern world, Mother’s Day can be complicated. → Read More

Newton native Sara Haines brightens “Good Morning America” as star of new hour

Sara Haines is facing her biggest challenge yet. After years as a featured player — first on the last hour of the “Today” show and then as a panelist on “The View” — she’s been given her own show and all the pressure that comes with it. → Read More

Transgender nurse barred from using men's restroom wins discrimination case against Iowa

A jury found that the state engaged in discrimination by forcing Jesse Vroegh, 37, to use the female facilities while a nurse at Iowa Correctional Institution. → Read More

New Des Moines festival will feature star authors, Storytellers Project

A new festival will feature star authors, literary discussions, classes and a new edition of the Storytellers Project. → Read More

The Iowa boy who was bullied, the NFL player and the tweet that made them both famous

Carl Tubbs was bullied for being a male Irish dancer. Little did he know that a rising NFL star was an Irish dancer, too. → Read More