On December 28, 1846, Iowa was granted official statehood. Since then, towns have come and gone, names have been established and changed, and some of the wildest stories have taken place right down the street. Linda McCann has researched those wild stories and become one of Iowa’s most proli…

School is back in session, temperatures are starting to drop, and leaves are ready to fall as autumn approaches. As the shorter days sneak up on us, area farmers markets begin drawing to a close. Before local farmers, gardeners, and crafters hang up their tools for the year, make sure you st…

Small towns throughout Iowa are generally anchored by a water tower, and Central City is no exception. The water tower on the north side of town is an important part of an interconnected system of pumps, pipes and valves that distributes clean water to residents and business owners in Central City.

As farmers start harvest and gardeners finish picking and preserving, the Center Point Historical Society is preserving too — preserving the stories of local folks from the distant and recent past through the Center Point Cemetery Walk.

On October 12, 1810, Munich, Germany hosted the first ever Oktoberfest.

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Alburnett students navigate the hallways easily, hardly acknowledging any of the construction happening in and around the school. Caution tape over the old gymnasium door is one of the only signs of change until catching sight of the outside of the school, where fencing encloses the space fo…

Last year was a whirlwind of a time, putting unwanted pressure on students, teachers, and parents alike. With a fresh school year in motion, Central City Principal Jason McLaughlin makes it evident in both words and actions that the physical, emotional and mental well-being of his students a…

January 2018 brought in more than just a new year — it brought the creation of the Central City Parks and Recreation Board. Before the creation of the Board, Central City improvements were primarily made by City Council, with recommendations coming from time allotted in City Council meetings…

In the Fall of 2020, North Linn Community School District leadership recognized the need to do work on the aging unit ventilators (heating and cooling systems) at the middle and high schools. A comprehensive facility assessment study, from the rooftops to the pavement, was conducted by Sitel…

The City of Coggon will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans and specifications for the 3rd Street over Buffalo Creek bridge replacement in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 26, Code of Iowa, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 14, 2021. Said proposed plans and specifications ar…

On August 18, North Linn Community School District laid out guidelines for handling COVID-19 in school while returning to in-person classes and cultivating a sense of normalcy. According to North Linn superintendent Dave Hoeger, the school is staying in compliance with state mandates and gui…

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After 32 years of being a chiropractor, 30 of which have been spent in Center Point, Dr. Kelly Bonar is passing the torch to Dr. Justin Fisher, a Center Point native returning to his roots to carry on the work of Center Point Chiropractic.

With a new school year underway and COVID-19 rates continuing to fluctuate, Alburnett Community School District released a plan to continue in-person instruction and bring students and teachers back into the traditional classroom setting.

Remember when we were kids and adults always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What started as a mermaid, ninja and dinosaur in kindergarten turned into an athlete, president and actor in middle school, which then turned into more attainable careers like accountant, nurse and…

AlburnettThe Alburnett Historical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month.

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson is hosting her first annual Ashley’s BBQ Bash at the Linn County Fairgrounds on August 28th. Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Ted Cruz, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be headlining the event. This event is open and free to credentiale…

Beginning Monday, August 9, masks will once again be required at all indoor county facilities for employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 cases are rising in our community, fueled by the Delta variant. The Delta variant is more contagious than previous variants. Th…

Members of the Petal Pushers Garden Club were fortunate that the sun stayed under the wildfire smoke haze for the recent tour of each other’s gardens and yards. It was one of the hottest days of the summer with extremely high dew points, but they were saved by having the sun covered.

Coggon’s Harvest Home Festival was held August 6-7. Here, Randy and Jeanette Dudgeon from Walcott dance to the band, Country Traditions. The event featured a variety of family-oriented activities throughout the weekend.

The car show was one of many popular events at Coggon Harvest Home Days. 

Lowell Meier, driving his 1928 car dubbed the pickle jalopy, received the People’s Choice award in the Walker Pickle Days parade. The jalopy and pickle suit worn by Meier’s daughter Jamie Patton who came down from Wisconsin, are exclusive to Pickle Days, which were July 30-31.

Former Hawkeye football player and recently signed recording artist Dalles Jacobus performed in the park Saturday afternoon.

Brothers, state and national qualifiers and Coe College teammates Brady and Brock Henderson were the main event in Grapple on Green Street wrestling fundraiser.

Sarah Anne Grossman and Catchum Seidel rode in the Walker Pickle Days parade. 

A barn quilt is being raffled to raise money for the family of Sam McKinley, who suffered a spinal cord injury in June. 

Brendan Schott and Dan LeClere not only organized the "Grapple on Greene Street" alumni wrestling meet fundraiser, the two faced off on the mat. 

Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics National and State honors and recognition include: (back from left) coach Debbie Moser, coach Bernita Moser, Kennedi Bevans, Carley Hillebrand, Megan Pierschbacher, Hannabelle Erickson, Reagan Brown, Makayla Gasper, coach Carmen Moser Payne, Katelin Ante …

Rick Bartlett cools off under a sprinkler in Central City on Thursday.

Members of team Tulsa Crude come from Oklahoma and Texas and at least one is an Iowan. They travel from Tulsa to the starting point together on their kitted bus, which includes a solar powered recharging station. 

Main Street in Center Point was quieter late Thursday afternoon. Bars were closed between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. to encourage riders to continue to the next town.

The Center Point post prom committee sold a variety of food and drink at their booth. They found riders were most excited about the pickles and pickle juice because many previous stands were sold out.

A RAGBRAI rider is cheered on by members of Tulsa Crude who were taking a break from the road in Center Point the afternoon of Thursday, July 29. Center Point was a meet town, halfway between overnights in Waterloo and Anamosa.

The greenhouse at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids is now pretty empty after being filled with cuttings and seedlings all winter that were regularly irrigated, rotated, and warmed under growing lights.

In baseball terms, a “spark plug” is a player that comes into a game and provides a spark to get big innings going, that makes things happen. Anyone that has passed through the Central City Summer Youth Program for the past two decades knows that the description is spot-on for organizer Deni…

USA Women’s Volleyball National Team has announced their 2021 Tokyo Olympic roster which includes Kelsey Robinson, daughter of Mike and Sue Robinson, Greensboro, GA, and granddaughter of Dr. David Robinson and the late Patricia Robinson, Central City and Erika Moyna and the late John A. Moyn…

Several hundred people lined the streets of Central City, July 4, for the annual Central City Mainstreet Fourth of July Celebration. This year the event was back in full force with a full-scale parade, family-friendly activities, and events scheduled throughout the morning and afternoon.