Oct 19, 2020

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A Haunting on Hawkeye Downs

The pandemic means no Halloween parade will be slithering through Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village and the NewBo District this year, but organizer Peter Durin hopes cars will parade into Hawkeye Downs on Saturday night. And he hopes they’ll be decorated to look more like alien spacecraft docking in the expo parking lot at 4400 Sixth St. SW.It’s all part of A Haunting on Hawkeye Downs, a drive-in double feature getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The evening will be full of tricks and treats for all ages, including showings of “Hocus Pocus” at 7 p.m. and “Van Helsing” at 9 p.m. Guests can watch from their vehicles, accessing the sound from the radio, […]Read full article >
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Coronavirus stimulus only short-term fix for rural hospitals

One by one, COVID-19 outbreaks popped up in April and May at meatpacking plants across the country, fanning fears that the infectious coronavirus could spread rapidly into rural states. Plants closed temporarily in small metro areas like Waterloo, and Sioux Falls, but also smaller Iowa towns like Tama, Columbus Junction and Perry. Leaders at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, a northwest Iowa town of 10,500 with a Tyson Foods packing plant, knew their time would come, too.“We just didn’t know to what degree,” said Rob Colerick, the hospital’s chief executive officer and administrator. “I mean, you saw it in Columbus […]Read full article >
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State patrol finds gun, alcohol after reckless driver hits 120 mph on I-80

TIFFIN — A Chicago man was found with a loaded handgun Sunday after drunkenly speeding down Interstate 80.According to the Iowa State Patrol, around 3 p.m. Cedar County broadcast that a black sedan had been involved in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 80 westbound. The vehicle was spotted via aircraft continuing on Interstate 80.Authorities said the driver — later identified as Isaiah T. Johnson, 29, of Chicago — reached speeds of 120 mph in a 65 mph zone and 112 in a 70 mph zone. Johnson hit speeds in excess of 100 mph in a construction zone and was passing other vehicles on the shoulder and in the median. Johnson’s drive ended near the […]Read full article >
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Capitol Ideas column: Governor’s faith in Iowans wasn’t rewarded at rally

DES MOINES — It’s one thing to express a hopeful view when attempting to lead a state through a pandemic.It’s another thing to make a statement that plainly defies the evidence literally right in front of you.The least plausible line delivered during President Donald Trump’s rally last week at the Des Moines International Airport may have come from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. She was addressing the crowd at the airport during the event’s warm-up speeches before Trump arrived when she said she was proud to be the type of governor who trusts her constituents to be responsible and do the right thing.This comment was directed to a crowd of […]Read full article >
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Iowa City doctor has been seeing patients for 50 years, with no plans to stop

IOWA CITY — One Iowa City physician who reached a major milestone in his career this year has no plans to slow down any time soon.Dr. Craig Champion, an internal medicine physician based in Iowa City, is celebrating his 50th year in practice at Mercy Iowa City.The 84-year-old doctor still works full time seeing patients in his clinic. Before the pandemic, he also volunteered regularly at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic. As a doctor who is known to have once accepted a pie as payment from a patient, Champion is an advocate for providing care to anyone who needs it despite their ability to pay. He said his policy is never to send a patient […]Read full article >