After everything that happened in 2020, or rather didn’t happen in 2020, a very good reason to get out and celebrate is the annual Coggon Harvest Home Days (August 6-7).

If you’ve ever gone to Mt. Clark cemetery or seen it from the road over any Memorial Day weekend, the flag display is spectacular. This display is the result of hard work by Central City’s dedicated American Legion Post 421 members who gladly take on the almost daunting task to decorate vete…

On May 31, at approximately 9 p.m. a Linn County Deputy located a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Cedar Rapids on I-380 northbound south of Center Point.

On May 29 at about 2:30 p.m. a Linn County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a report of a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of Matsell Park Rd. and Stone City Rd. near Matsell Park.

Small businesses were hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with nearly 10 million American small businesses closing their doors at least temporarily over the past 15 months. Despite an uncertain economy, small business owners were resilient, creative and agile, shifting their business mode…

The Brown Farm Pioneer Days never fails to deliver when it comes to fun, activities, and presenting historical events geared for the entire family. This year Pioneer Days (July 24 – 25) will be providing yet another glimpse into the past with the addition of a living history Civil War reenac…

American Legion Post 421 led the Memorial Day ceremony at the bridge in Central City with support from the Central City High School band playing patriotic music. Fire trucks blocked off the bridge while the ceremony took place. Pastor Vicki Engelmann offered a prayer for deceased veterans as…

The North Linn Fish and Game Club and Linn County Conservation is co-sponsoring a youth fishing clinic near the watercraft rental building in Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City. The clinic will be held June 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. All youth participants under age 16 will receive prizes fo…

The GFWC R.A.R.E. Club met at the Walker City Hall on Tuesday, May 18 with five members present. The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by President Ann Zlabek. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved.

Carolyn Roseberry, Friends of the Center Point Library secretary, goes through boxes of used books readying them for the club’s annual book sale. At its May meeting, Friends of the Center Point Library decided to have the book sale in the Library Community Room on June 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. a…

A monument to American Revolutionary soldier Nathan Brown was rededicated at a ceremony Saturday, May 22, in Springville Cemetery — a ceremony attended by Sen. Joni Ernst. Local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution established the memorial.

There was plenty of excitement, and chirping, at the Linn County Fairgrounds May 18, as local 4-H members and family members attended the first 4-H Broiler Chicken Project coordinated by the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Linn County 4-H.

Tom Zasadny believes in craftsmanship and providing artisan-quality products. He has been renovating high-end pianos for over 25 years specializing in Steinway grand pianos. Zasadny owns Premier Piano Service in Walker, and says his company recently signed an exclusive agreement with Steinwa…

Deb Hinton, public works superintendent, is pictured next to the 1983 blue dump truck in the foreground. The Chevy C6500 dump truck is being sold by the city. According to Brenda Quandt, city clerk, Coggon is accepting sealed bids for its purchase. Sealed bids are due to the city by June 3, 4 p.m.

The Avenue of Flags will be displayed at the Walker Public Cemetery and Sacred Heart Cemetery on Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31. Memorial Day Services: Parade Formation at Legion Hall at 8 a.m.

Linn County will reopen County facilities to the public on Monday, June 7 after being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks are currently required in all County facilities; however, that is subject to change before opening. Social distancing and other safety protocols…

On Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, Central City performed Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. for an excited audience. School House Rock Live is based on the popular 1970’s show Schoolhouse Rock! The musical and show alike use catchy songs to teach about history, science, English, etc.

Brent Winterhof retired from Center Point-Urbana at the end of the 2018-19 school year but he has remained active with the school. Winterhof remains as an announcer on Stormcast broadcasts but his passion project has been the creation of Center Point-Urbana historical website.

The North Linn Fish and Game Club and Linn County Conservation is co-sponsoring a youth fishing clinic near the watercraft rental building in Pinicon Ridge Park near Central City. The clinic will be held June 12, from 9 a.m. – noon. All youth participants under age 16 will receive prizes for…

The Iowa Base of the United States Submarine Veterans recently met at the Walker American Legion Hall Post 376. According to Bob Merritt, who served on the USS Casmir Pulaski, it has been over a year since the group last met in person.

School's out for the summer! A perfect daytime getaway is a fishing trip to a pond or lake in your neighborhood. Find a fishing spot near you with our Fish Local map, then keep the experience fun and positive with these handy tips:

This summer the Coggon Ecumenical Council will again provide a sack full of mostly non-perishable items for any area residents that are sometimes food insecure. This summer’s program called Food For Folks will begin Saturday, June 5th, and continue on Saturdays through August 21. Pre-packed …

Groups of “coffee lovers” met at the Historical Hall for a free cup of coffee this past week and were treated to freshly baked, homemade cinnamon rolls donated by Harold and JoAnn Annis.

The Friends of the Center Point Library annual Book Sale is Friday, June 11, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents and children’s books are 25 cents. There will be a special sale of collectibles and books from late Librar…

Central City’s American Legion Post 421 members placed flags at gravesites of veterans at Jordan’s Grove Cemetery on May 25, in preparation for Memorial Day. Members from Post 421 who helped place flags are, from left: Steve Sweet, Don Smith, Jack Sweet, Arlaan Carter, Jay Branhorst, Al Hale…

Walker American Legion Post Commander, Greg Reierson, left, recently accepted the continuous service award for his father, Clarence Reierson, at the May meeting of the Walker American Legion Post 376. Clarence, who passed away in January 2021, was recognized by the Post for providing 60 year…

The Linn County Board of Supervisors today rescinded Linn County’s face covering regulation and lifted the requirement for masks inside county buildings. The decisions take effect immediately. These actions were a 2-1 vote, with Supervisor Stacey Walker voting nay.

The Center Point-Urbana School Board met in a special session May 16 and voted to accept the recommendation to make mask wearing optional at CPU, effectively immediately.

On Monday, April 19 the Alburnett FFA Chapter made their way to Des Moines Iowa to celebrate the 93rd Iowa FFA leadership conference. More than 4,000 FFA members gathered to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete in various competitions, and shape the future of Iowa FFA.

When the weather starts to warm, people are inspired to once again venture outdoors and spend more time away from home. People can benefit from having quick and easy dinner recipes at the ready so that hours are not spent in the kitchen after a day of fun in the fresh air.

Stan Lawrence and Lynn Millard, both military veterans, were recently presented with the Unsung Hero award during a ceremony at the Wapsi Post 421 American Legion in Central City.

Rhubarb has long been a popular crop to grow in the home garden. In this week’s Yard and Garden entry, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists Ajay Nair and Patrick O’Malley give answers and advice on some frequently asked questions about rhubarb.

Disaster mitigation through the adoption and enforcement of building codes is one of the best ways for communities to prepare and protect against disasters. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes—and the officials who enforce the codes—are essential to he…