Cedar Valley News

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

  1. Senate toughens anti-texting law 23 Mar 2017, 4:00 am
    DES MOINES — Drivers could make cellphone calls or check GPS directions but could be pulled over by law officers for text messaging under a bill that won Iowa Senate passage by a 43-6 margin Wednesday evening.
  2. Satellite veterans office proposed in Cedar Falls 23 Mar 2017, 3:45 am
    CEDAR FALLS — A satellite veterans affairs office may open in Cedar Falls.
  3. Activists plan series of rallies targeting Blum, Trump 23 Mar 2017, 2:30 am
    CEDAR FALLS — Progressive activists hope to keep the pressure on Republicans by holding a series of rallies outside 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum’s local office starting Saturday.
  4. Metro briefs 23 Mar 2017, 2:15 am
  5. Iowa House approves limited home rule for schools 23 Mar 2017, 2:00 am
    DES MOINES — School boards would have limited home rule authority allowing them to “liberally construe” Iowa Code and administrative rules in overseeing school operations under legislation approved Wednesday by the Iowa House.
  6. Senate rejects traffic camera ban 23 Mar 2017, 2:00 am
    DES MOINES — A bipartisan group of Iowa senators decided against banning traffic enforcement cameras Wednesday night, but instead agreed to subject them to stricter regulation in hopes of curbing concerns associated with the 79 cameras operating st. […]
  7. Cedar Valley Baconfest returns Saturday 23 Mar 2017, 1:45 am
    WATERLOO — Organizers of the fourth annual Cedar Valley Baconfest will be “makin’ bacon” Saturday at McElroy Auditorium.
  8. Capitol Digest 23 Mar 2017, 1:30 am
    A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for March 22:
  9. Iowa House sends AG nuisance bill to governor 23 Mar 2017, 1:00 am
    DES MOINES — Legislation backers say will protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits is on its way to the governor.
  10. Regional briefs 23 Mar 2017, 12:15 am
    DECORAH — Luther College will host a Preview Day on March 31. Preview Days are designed to provide prospective students with an introduction to Luther College’s learning environment.
  11. Community Briefs 23 Mar 2017, 12:00 am
    YMCA to host
  12. Black Hawk County vets office receives van 22 Mar 2017, 9:15 pm
    WATERLOO — The Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission has received a van from a local chain of auto dealerships to drive veterans without dependable transportation to medical appointments and other destinations.
  13. Costly bridge repair looming 22 Mar 2017, 7:00 pm
    WATERLOO — Black Hawk County is looking at ways to pay for one of its most costly bridge replacement projects ever.
  14. Iowa Senate panel OKs ban on local minimum wage 22 Mar 2017, 5:45 pm
    DES MOINES — Majority GOP senators advanced a bill Wednesday prohibiting local governments from setting minimum wages higher than the state’s $7.25 hourly rate but did not rule out addressing the statewide pay threshold separately yet this sessio. […]
  15. Iowa House takes up 20-week abortion ban 22 Mar 2017, 3:30 pm
    DES MOINES — There’s a “lot of work to be done” to win House approval of a Senate-passed bill that would bar doctors from performing abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy or face criminal penalties, a key lawmaker…
  16. Black Hawk County vets 'ramp up' to help other vets 22 Mar 2017, 3:30 pm
    WATERLOO — Local veterans are helping fellow vets come home.
  17. Majority of Branstad’s campaign funding from Iowa, but top donor from South Dakota 22 Mar 2017, 1:00 pm
    DES MOINES — The political groups and out-of-state donors came through when he needed them — often with big bucks — but the bulk of the $18.8 million raised by Terry Branstad during his second stint as Iowa’s governor was…
  18. Waterloo yard waste site to open 22 Mar 2017, 10:15 am
    WATERLOO -- The city of Waterloo's compost facility is scheduled to open for the season Saturday.
  19. Traffic bottlenecks University, but many property owners upbeat 22 Mar 2017, 8:45 am
    CEDAR FALLS — If anyone was going to a meeting about the reconstruction of University Avenue by driving on University Avenue on Tuesday night, they would have been well advised to allow for a little extra travel time.
  20. Waterloo scrambles to replace lapsed parking laws 22 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    WATERLOO — A city ordinance lapse has unleashed a residential parking free-for-all.
  21. Black Hawk County Democrats elect new leadership 22 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    WATERLOO — Black Hawk County Democrats have elected a new chairperson for the first time in a decade.
  22. Bremer Avenue businesses have option to upgrade water lines in Waverly 22 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    WAVERLY — Property owners along Bremer Avenue looking to upgrade their water service lines will be able to do so while the water main is being replaced this summer.
  23. Waterloo University Avenue meeting draws modest crowd 22 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    WATERLOO — A public input meeting on the future of University Avenue didn’t generate a traffic jam.
  24. Grundy County Fair to hold cooking contest 22 Mar 2017, 2:30 am
    GRUNDY CENTER — An outdoor cooking contest designed to promote Iowa meat is being planned by the Grundy County Farm Bureau and the Grundy County Fair.
  25. Community Briefs 22 Mar 2017, 12:00 am
    Legion to host
  26. Humane Society Furry 5K Run/Walk set for May 22 Mar 2017, 12:00 am
    WATERLOO -- The Cedar Bend Humane Society Furry 5K Run/Walk event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. May 21 at Big Woods Lake Recreation Area, south shelter, in Cedar Falls.
  27. Senate votes to legalize fireworks in Iowa 21 Mar 2017, 10:00 pm
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted to legalize consumer fireworks Tuesday night on a 34-14 vote.
  28. Bill would ban monitoring devices in public bathrooms 21 Mar 2017, 7:15 pm
    DES MOINES — State lawmakers are working on a bill to ban video or audio monitoring devices in public bathrooms, locker rooms or showers in locations such as libraries, schools or government offices.
  29. Dubuque legislator ponders Blum challenge 21 Mar 2017, 4:00 pm
    DES MOINES — Abby Finkenauer woke up Nov. 9 disappointed Donald Trump was going to be president, Republicans would control the Statehouse and Rod Blum still was her congressman.
  30. Eight over 80 nomination deadline is Friday 21 Mar 2017, 2:15 pm
    WATERLOO — The nomination deadline for The Courier’s 2017 Eight Over 80 awards is Friday.
  31. Naming Sturgis Falls founder 21 Mar 2017, 12:31 pm
    The name of Sturgis Falls Celebration co-founder Tom Klemuk was misspelled in the article, "Council approves Sturgis loan agreement" on page A3 of Tuesday's Courier.
  32. Black Hawk County to seek higher Country View Medicaid rates 21 Mar 2017, 11:30 am
    WATERLOO — Black Hawk County will seek higher Medicaid reimbursements to help its financially strapped Country View care center.
  33. Dryer fire damages Cedar Falls home 21 Mar 2017, 10:05 am
    CEDAR FALLS – A fire that damaged a Cedar Falls home on Tuesday morning started in a clothes dryer, according to fire officials.
  34. Cedar Falls business/industry award recipients named 21 Mar 2017, 9:15 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The city of Cedar Falls and Cedar Falls Utilities will honor local businesses and organizations at the 2017 Business & Industry Appreciation Award Luncheon & Representative Citizen Awards event at 11:30 a.m. April 27 at the Hilton…
  35. Cedar Falls business/industry award recipients named 21 Mar 2017, 9:15 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The city of Cedar Falls and Cedar Falls Utilities will honor local businesses and organizations at the 2017 Business & Industry Appreciation Award Luncheon & Representative Citizen Awards event at 11:30 a.m. April 27 at the Hilton…
  36. State law sinks councilman's push for 'prevailing wage' requirement 21 Mar 2017, 4:30 am
    WATERLOO — A push to boost wages and skill levels paid on city construction projects was derailed by a 25-year-old Iowa Supreme Court ruling.
  37. Cedar Falls council approves Sturgis loan agreement 21 Mar 2017, 4:15 am
    CEDAR FALLS — City Council members heard impassioned support for the city’s annual Sturgis Falls Celebration as they approved a restructured loan agreement for the event.
  38. Osage fire claims garage, car 21 Mar 2017, 4:05 am
    OSAGE -- A garage and the car inside appear to be a total loss after a fire Monday east of Osage.
  39. Senate passes medical malpractice bill 21 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    CEDAR RAPIDS -- Cedar Rapids lawyer Tim Semelroth settled a medical malpractice case recently in which a client who went in for spinal surgery had the wrong portion of his spine operated on.
  40. Business, industry, human service groups defend their Iowa tax credits 21 Mar 2017, 1:45 am
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Legislature has never created a bad tax credit, according to testimony Monday from representatives of business, industry and human services groups.
  41. Branstad says Democrats' DHS probe could affect Finn case 21 Mar 2017, 12:45 am
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad warned Monday that Democratic probing of state child welfare services could negatively impact a criminal prosecution, but lawmakers fired back saying the GOP governor is trying to deflect criticism and cover up his. […]
  42. Subcommittee moves minimum wage bill ahead 21 Mar 2017, 12:15 am
    DES MOINES — Members of a Senate panel were urged Monday to consider raising the state’s minimum wage before they take up a House-passed local pre-emption measure that would void pay levels in four counties that are higher than Iowa’s…
  43. Iowa House endorses criminal sentencing changes 21 Mar 2017, 12:15 am
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House has unanimously modified criminal sentencing to reduce prison crowding and costs by reducing the number of prisoners who return after being released.
  44. Metro Briefs 21 Mar 2017, 12:15 am
    Next legislative forum Friday
  45. Community Briefs 21 Mar 2017, 12:00 am
    Toastmasters open house set
  46. 1 escapes fire in rural Charles City 20 Mar 2017, 2:40 pm
    CHARLES CITY -- One person escaped a fire that broke out in a rural Charles City home Sunday.
  47. UPDATE: Body of Fredericksburg woman found; no foul play suspected 20 Mar 2017, 2:30 pm
    FREDERICKSBURG – A woman who went missing Friday night has been found dead, according to authorities.
  48. Gunderburger makes top 10 list of best Iowa burgers 20 Mar 2017, 2:15 pm
    ELGIN -- Whether you choose the French fries, hash browns or homemade potato salad at the Irish Shanti, it’s a sure bet the Gunderburger will be squeezing it off the plate.
  49. TV book crossword to rerun 20 Mar 2017, 10:30 am
    A production error caused the crossword puzzle in last Friday's TV Showtime to be unplayable. We will rerun that puzzle in this coming Friday's book.
  50. Operation Threshold, KBBG would see huge impact under Trump's budget 20 Mar 2017, 9:45 am
    WATERLOO — Local organizations that rely on federal funding could see a huge impact on their bottom line if President Donald Trump’s budget proposal becomes reality.
  51. Powersports dealership makes big move to highway interchange 20 Mar 2017, 2:30 am
    HUDSON — The weather hasn’t exactly been what the doctor ordered for DR. PowerSports.
  52. Cedar Falls catches break on flood levee red tape 20 Mar 2017, 2:15 am
    CEDAR FALLS — The city may have finally caught a lifeline in its quest to raise the Cedar River flood control levee by three feet downtown, which means work could start later this year.
  53. Breweries draw business, foot traffic to Cedar Valley, state 19 Mar 2017, 1:45 am
    This article is a reprint from the March edition of Cedar Valley Business Monthly.
  54. Corn competitors join forces 19 Mar 2017, 12:45 am
    DES MOINES — U.S. corn producers are competing for exports head-to-head with their South American peers, but behind the battle they’ve teamed up to promote corn technology and grow export opportunities.
  55. Caterpillar to close NE Iowa plant, costing 75 jobs 18 Mar 2017, 5:22 pm
    ELKADER (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar has announced it will close its plant in northeastern Iowa by the end of the year, costing the town of Elkader 75 jobs.
  56. UnityPoint Health-Waterloo OK’d to purchase bankrupt Marshalltown hospital 17 Mar 2017, 4:45 pm
    WATERLOO — UnityPoint Health-Waterloo will purchase the assets of Central Iowa Healthcare in Marshalltown under a plan initially approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
  57. 95-year-old Decorah JCPenney store closing 17 Mar 2017, 1:30 pm
    DECORAH — The JCPenney store in Decorah is one of four in Iowa and 138 companywide that will be closing this year “as part of a continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability,” company officials said in a…
  58. Milkbox Bakery to open on College Hill 17 Mar 2017, 3:00 am
    CEDAR FALLS — A new bakery coming to College Hill has already built a customer base one doorstep at a time.
  59. Proposed USDA cuts concern Iowa lawmakers 16 Mar 2017, 3:15 pm
    DAVENPORT — President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture drew bipartisan concern Thursday, even as Republicans praised him for tackling spending and Democrats accused him of abandoning education, infrastructure and. […]
  60. BPI suit against ABC heads to trial; judge dismisses Sawyer as defendant 15 Mar 2017, 6:04 am
    ELK POINT, S.D. — Beef Products Inc.’s $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC should proceed to trial this summer in Union County, a judge has ruled.