Cedar Valley News

News stories of Cedar Valley interest published by area media outlets.

  1. Community Briefs 23 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    Monthly dinner set for Monday
  2. Senate panel advances school savings accounts 22 Mar 2018, 10:15 pm
    DES MOINES — A plan to provide taxpayer-funded accounts for parents looking to enroll their kids in private schools was hailed Thursday as a viable option to spur educational choice while critics worried it would siphon money from already cash-star. […]
  3. 4-8 inches of snow expected Friday and Saturday 22 Mar 2018, 11:45 am
    WATERLOO — A winter storm watch was issued Thursday for much of north central and Northeast Iowa, including the Cedar Valley, with several inches of snow and possible ice beginning this evening.
  4. UPDATE: Dyersville boy receives all-terrain electric wheelchair 22 Mar 2018, 9:15 am
    DYERSVILLE — It’s been more than eight months since 12-year-old Alec Gotto inspired a nation when he led his 1,556-pound steer, JD, short for John Deere, in his electric wheelchair to win not only the People’s Choice Award, but the…
  5. Black Hawk County seeks funds for bridge repair 22 Mar 2018, 9:00 am
    WATERLOO — A rural bridge will remain closed while Black Hawk County attorneys seek damages from a company accused of helping cause its demise.
  6. Pakistani comedy night returns to UNI 22 Mar 2018, 3:00 am
    CEDAR FALLS — Free entrance to see a nationally-touring comedian, and free food to boot? It’s no wonder Mustafa Akbar is expecting 300 people to attend his organization’s Comedy Night on Friday.
  7. Bremer County agrees to pay for deputy personal attorney bill 22 Mar 2018, 3:00 am
    WAVERLY — Bremer County will foot the bill for the personal attorney of a deputy involved in a fatal shooting in January.
  8. Melvina Scott remembered for tenacity, compassion 22 Mar 2018, 2:45 am
    WATERLOO — Melvina Scott fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. She didn’t mind being “in the arena,” but didn’t need to be center stage. And she almost always fought her battles with a smile.
  9. Cedar Falls council OKs incentives for dual business move 22 Mar 2018, 1:30 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The City Council this week approved incentives to co-locate two jointly owned businesses under one roof — including one moving from Waterloo.
  10. Metro Briefs 22 Mar 2018, 1:00 am
    Baconfest events
  11. Senate leader not giving up on bottle bill 22 Mar 2018, 1:00 am
    DES MOINES -- The leader of a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee Wednesday said he is interested in finding a workable way yet this session to maintain the state’s popular deposit law for cans and bottles while removing the empty…
  12. Wartburg's Keep on Learning to focus on state department 22 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    WAVERLY — Mary French, a former U.S. State Department official, will teach the final Keep on Learning community education series of 2017-18, beginning March 29,at Wartburg College.
  13. Iowa House approves association health plans 21 Mar 2018, 11:45 pm
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House approved a legislative package supporters said will allow small business and associations to offer health insurance plans that would not have to meet Affordable Care Act rules, such as covering pre-existing conditions.
  14. Iowa Senate confirms DHS director 21 Mar 2018, 11:30 pm
    DES MOINES — Jerry Foxhoven, who has guided the state’s Department of Human Services and its controversial privatized Medicaid delivery system for nine months, won confirmation of the Iowa Senate by a 38-11 margin Wednesday.
  15. Senate passes bill seeking constitutional vote 21 Mar 2018, 11:15 pm
    DES MOINES — State lawmakers want Iowa voters to decide whether they want stronger gun rights.
  16. Senate sends budget cuts to governor 21 Mar 2018, 11:00 pm
    DES MOINES — Legislation intended to erase a projected general-fund shortfall and keep the state budget balanced through June 30 was approved by the GOP-led Iowa Senate on Wednesday evening and sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds for her expected signature.
  17. Senate passes mental-health improvements 21 Mar 2018, 8:15 pm
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate Wednesday unanimously backed legislation to improve mental health and substance abuse services for Iowans.
  18. Mental health overhaul OK’d 21 Mar 2018, 8:15 pm
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed legislation to improve mental health and substance abuse services for Iowans.
  19. Grain glitch fix included in Congress’ budget bill, reports say 21 Mar 2018, 6:45 pm
    DES MOINES — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he would not have called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election.
  20. Cedar Falls Mark murders to be featured on television crime show 21 Mar 2018, 4:30 pm
    CEDAR FALLS — The heartland Cain and Abel story of the Mark murders will be the focus of an upcoming episode of “A Crime to Remember” on the Investigation Discovery channel.
  21. Corbett calls challenge to spot on ballot ‘baseless’ 21 Mar 2018, 4:15 pm
    DES MOINES — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron Corbett is confident he’ll be on the June 5 primary election ballot despite a complaint filed Wednesday that he failed to gather the minimum number of signatures required for his nomination petiti. […]
  22. Community Briefs: Lasagna supper slated Saturday 21 Mar 2018, 4:15 pm
    WATERLOO — The Priscilla Circle of Kimball Avenue Methodist Church, 1207 Kimball Ave., will host a lasagna supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
  23. Vets museum going to half-price admission this week 21 Mar 2018, 7:34 am
    WATERLOO – The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South St., will be offering half-price admission through Friday to allow the public to learn more about the Sullivan Family and the USS Juneau, in light of the recent discovery.
  24. Waterloo sewage plant upgrade could hit $100 million 21 Mar 2018, 6:15 am
    WATERLOO — The city is facing a $100 million bill to update its sewage treatment plant over the next 20 years.
  25. Republicans nominate Sweeney for special election replacing Dix 21 Mar 2018, 4:30 am
    ELDORA — Former state representative Annette Sweeney will be the Republican candidate in an April 10 special election to fill the state Senate District 25 seat held by Bill Dix until recently.
  26. Once again, bottle bill debated and deferred 21 Mar 2018, 3:45 am
    DES MOINES — Another legislative session. Another bottle bill debate. Another dead end.
  27. UPDATE: Iowa senators try new tack on energy overhaul 21 Mar 2018, 2:45 am
    This story correct who Paula Dierenfeld is a lobbyist for.
  28. Bid to swamp Cedar Falls white-water plan fails 21 Mar 2018, 1:15 am
    CEDAR FALLS — Attempts to sink a proposed Cedar River white-water course and shoreline improvements near downtown were unsuccessful Monday.
  29. Metro Briefs: CF yard waste center opening 21 Mar 2018, 12:45 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The city of Cedar Falls will open the seasonal yard waste facility located in the 300 block of East Main Street today.
  30. 80 over 80 nomination deadline nears 21 Mar 2018, 12:45 am
    WATERLOO — The deadline is Friday for The Courier’s acceptance of nominations for this year’s Eight Over 80 Awards.
  31. Iowa lawmakers cut less than anticipated from budget 20 Mar 2018, 11:45 pm
    DES MOINES — Nine months into the fiscal year, the Iowa House Tuesday approved a $25 million cut and another $10 million adjustment to the current budget to deal for the second year in a row with a shortfall.
  32. Senate approves telehealth expansion 20 Mar 2018, 11:45 pm
    DES MOINES — Legislation is on its way to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk to expand access to telemedicine, especially in rural areas.
  33. Capitol Digest: Future Ready Summit plans set 20 Mar 2018, 11:30 pm
    DES MOINES -- Registration for the Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit will close March 26.
  34. City staff vents frustration at claims by Waterloo councilwoman 20 Mar 2018, 10:15 pm
    WATERLOO — Tempers flared Monday when a council member again accused the city of dumping untreated sewage into the Cedar River.
  35. Juneau wreckage bittersweet find for Sullivans, families 20 Mar 2018, 2:50 pm
    WATERLOO -- Saturday's discovery of the wreckage of the USS Juneau, on which Waterloo's five Sullivan brothers served and perished with nearly 700 shipmates during World War II, was an emotional, bittersweet experience for the fallen sailors' descend. […]
  36. UPDATE WITH VIDEOS: Wreckage of Sullivan brothers' USS Juneau found on St. Patrick's Day (PHOTOS) 20 Mar 2018, 11:00 am
    SEATTLE — Wreckage from the USS Juneau — the ill-fated ship on which Waterloo’s five Sullivan brothers served — was found on St. Patrick’s Day by an expedition backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. News of the find was released…
  37. Waterloo mayor, council asked to support medical cannabis dispensary 20 Mar 2018, 6:15 am
    WATERLOO — A company hoping to open a medical marijuana dispensary near Crossroad Center has asked the city for an endorsement.
  38. Cedar Falls council OKs 6-story downtown hotel 20 Mar 2018, 3:45 am
    CEDAR FALLS — A new six-story hotel at a landmark downtown intersection could open as soon as next spring as a result of City Council action Monday night.
  39. Highway 58/Viking interchange work begins Monday 20 Mar 2018, 3:30 am
    CEDAR FALLS – Work begins Monday on the two-year Iowa Highway 58/Viking Road interchange project in Cedar Falls, weather permitting.
  40. CF student organizes suicide awareness event 20 Mar 2018, 1:30 am
    CEDAR FALLS — While students were beginning their school year and adjusting to new schedules last August, Cedar Falls High School senior Tehya Tournier had bigger issues on her mind.
  41. Region Briefs 20 Mar 2018, 1:30 am
    Birds focus of
  42. House approves gun rights constitutional amendment 20 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House took the first step Monday toward giving Iowans an opportunity to amend the state Constitution to add protections for gun ownership.
  43. Community Briefs: Lions breakfast set for Saturday 20 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The Cedar Falls Lions Club pancake breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Peet Jr. High.
  44. Iowa less reliant on gun industry than some 19 Mar 2018, 11:45 pm
    Iowa ranks 35th in a state-by-state analysis of the U.S. states most dependent on the gun industry issued Monday by the personal-finance website WalletHub. WalletHub compared all states across 16 metrics. The data set ranges from firearms industry jo. […]
  45. Decorah woman hurt in crash 19 Mar 2018, 1:38 pm
    DECORAH -- A Decorah woman was hurt early Sunday in a crash on a rural road.
  46. New art on the walls at On the Rocks 19 Mar 2018, 9:00 am
    WATERLOO — Patrick Plumley was tired of hearing people talk negatively about his city. Mike Marshall was looking for a chance to pursue his art.
  47. Open house set for new Grundy Center care facility 19 Mar 2018, 8:30 am
    GRUNDY CENTER – It won’t be long now.
  48. Fire damages Waterloo home 19 Mar 2018, 7:45 am
    WATERLOO – Fire damaged a Waterloo home Sunday afternoon.
  49. Rhonda Bottke retires after 35 years at the county health department 19 Mar 2018, 3:15 am
    WATERLOO — Rhonda Bottke’s colleagues gave her a colorful sendoff on her last day of work Friday.
  50. Memorial Hall group selling veterans bricks 19 Mar 2018, 12:45 am
    WATERLOO — The Veterans Memorial Hall Commission is announcing its spring round of sales of commemorative bricks honoring local veterans to support ongoing operations and maintenance of Veterans Memorial Hall and the surrounding Soldiers and Sailor. […]
  51. Metro Briefs: Talk planned on voter ID law 19 Mar 2018, 12:30 am
    CEDAR FALLS — Information on voting and the new Iowa voter ID law will be presented at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday by staff from the Black Hawk County Election Office.
  52. Waterloo downtown farmers market changes ownership, looking for vendors 18 Mar 2018, 3:00 am
    WATERLOO — Downtown Waterloo is experiencing a renaissance lately — and the downtown farmers market is about to join it.
  53. John Deere enthusiasts celebrate ‘year of the tractor’ 18 Mar 2018, 1:00 am
    DAVENPORT — While for some the green theme of the month stands for St. Patrick’s Day, for others, once every two years, it signifies the arrival of a multi-day celebration of green farm equipment.
  54. Financier Bobby Haas to open motorcycle museum in Dallas 18 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas financier Bobby Haas has a leather jacket that features a snarling wild animal with the words “Lone Wolf” written above it — biker lingo for a rider who isn’t affiliated with a gang or club.
  55. Business Briefs 18 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    Hawkeye to host
  56. Starbeck’s still alive in pork competition 17 Mar 2018, 7:00 pm
    CEDAR FALLS — The Iowa Pork Producers Association is looking for the state’s best pulled pork sandwich through its Pulled Pork Madness contest, and a local establishment is in the running.
  57. Long-term US mortgage rates fall for first time this year 16 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the first time this year as the spring home buying season begins. The decline comes after nine straight weeks of increases that pushed borrowing costs higher.
  58. Deere marks a century in Waterloo 15 Mar 2018, 1:15 am
    WATERLOO — John Deere began its second century in Waterloo Wednesday — with a look back and an appreciation for the community that made it a world leader in the tractor business.
  59. Textures Hair Studio participates in NY Fashion Week 14 Mar 2018, 12:00 am
    CEDAR FALLS — In mid-February, the world’s renowned designers sent models down the runway as celebrities, buyers and the public applauded, gasped and gossiped during New York Fashion Week.
  60. Cedar Valley firms bracing for tariff impacts 13 Mar 2018, 12:30 pm
    CEDAR FALLS — Kevin Harberts was looking forward to an improved 2018. Now he’s waiting for the other shoe to drop — a steel one.