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Past articles by Dave:

Cedar Rapids woman loses a bit of Christmas spirit as thief makes off with holiday decoration

Bah Humbug. That’s the reaction of one Cedar Rapids woman as a local “Grinch” made off with her new outdoor Christmas decoration on Monday. → Read More

Cedar Rapids street crews ready for latest round of snow

Street crews in Cedar Rapids are ready for Friday night's anticipated snowfall, no matter how much snow comes down. → Read More

Updated:Trial begins for man charged with murder, child endangerment after child's maggot-infested body found in swing

The body of a four-month-old Chickasaw County infant who died in August of 2017 was, by itself, a crime scene. That was the claim by prosecutors in the 1st degree murder trial of Zachary Koehn, 29. → Read More

Federal authorities say sentences in opioid cases show dangers from those drugs

Federal prosecutors say users and dealers of opioid drugs in Iowa got a reminder of the criminal as well as physical dangers this week. Three men will spend time in federal prison, including one life sentence, for cases from Dubuque. → Read More

Go Cedar Rapids to cease operations, cites $2.3 million debt from Newbo Evolve

Go Cedar Rapids has announced they will be ceasing operations on October 15. → Read More

Farmers fight wet fields, stuck equipment to get harvest going

A forecast of wet soggy weather for the next week or so is not something eastern Iowa farmers want to hear. Farmers are getting frustrated with the wet weather that’s preventing them from getting crops out of the field. → Read More

Non conventional farmers must work harder to get family farm assistance

How would you define a “family farm” in Iowa? If you’re thinking it’s a small to medium-sized operation run by a single family, that actually describes just seven percent of the farms in the state. → Read More

Show You Care: Volunteers build to honor late civil rights leader

As many as 250 volunteers may wind up working on a new Habitat home in Cedar Rapids. It’s a home intended as a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And the project itself is making a bit of history due to its location. → Read More

Old Lisbon fire truck getting new life

Members of the Lisbon City Council could approve an unusual second life for an old, worn out fire truck at a council meeting Monday night. The city’s public works director wants to convert it into a city dump truck. → Read More

Show You Care: Volunteers build beds for families in need

Volunteers tackle service projects all the time. But the work usually involves cleaning up yards or maybe painting houses. But organizations connected to the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids did something a bit different to kick off what they hope will become an annual community service project. They built beds. → Read More

Countdown on for NewBo Evolve, volunteers still needed

It’s 15 days and counting to the kickoff of the first-ever NewBo Evolve festival in Cedar Rapids. And organizers are fine tuning some of the details as opening day, August 3rd, draws near. → Read More

65 Hours of fund raising going on to help programs for seniors

A campaign seeking donations to help support services for seniors in Linn County kicked off 65 hours of continuous fund raising Tuesday morning. → Read More

Texting while driving tickets way up

A good number of drivers in Iowa apparently still haven’t gotten the message texting while driving is both dangerous and a good way to get a ticket. → Read More

Year two not so hot for fireworks sales for some

At least some retailers are finding year two of legal fireworks sales in Iowa a bit of a letdown. One Marion merchant who was one of the first to start sales both last year and again this year, says his business is off about 80 percent compared to 2017. → Read More

New state law requires more DUI offenders to get ignition interlocks

A new state law will force anyone with a drunk driving conviction to get an “ignition interlock” device to legally drive while on probation. → Read More

Volunteers "transforming" homes in need of repair

Nearly 250 volunteers fanned out throughout one Cedar Rapids neighborhood on Monday to begin “transforming” older homes needing repairs. → Read More

Family business breaks ground on downtown CR headquarters

A longtime family company in Cedar Rapids broke ground on an $11-million dollar office expansion in downtown Cedar Rapids on Thursday. → Read More

Long-awaited Prospect Meadows ballfields finally under construction

Imagine 60,000 out-of-town visitors a year and a $20-million dollar a year economic impact. Prospect Meadows leaders say that’s what the metro area should see about a year from now with the opening of a tournament ballfield complex north of Marion. → Read More

Old casino land in downtown Cedar Rapids open to new ideas

Land set aside on the west side of the Cedar River as the possible site of a downtown Cedar Rapids casino will soon go up for grabs for another development plan. → Read More

Late spring taking toll on cattle farmers in eastern Iowa

This year’s extremely late arrival of spring weather is hurting cow and calf producers in eastern Iowa. Fewer calves than normal are surviving birth and feed supplies are running short. → Read More