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Iowa City Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration virtually celebrates human rights advocates

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teauge kicked off Iowa City's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on MLK Jr. Day Jan. 18, 2021.
Sarah Watson, Executive Editor January 18, 2021

The University of Iowa and Iowa City kicked off their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — a full two weeks of festivities, online programming, and service projects this year — on Monday, to celebrate...

Iowa City religious leaders help launch progressive new branch of United Methodist Church

Photo of Reverend and Liberation Methodist Connexion Collaborator Sean McRoberts.
Claire Benson, News Reporter December 10, 2020

Progressive religious leaders within the United Methodist Church in Iowa City helped launch a new denomination after the denomination voted to keep bans on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Leaders...

Iowa City no longer recycling plastic clamshell containers

Photo Illustration by Jeff Sigmund
Claire Benson, News Reporter December 10, 2020

Iowa City will no longer accept plastic clamshell containers for recycling, both at the curb and at the city-run recycling centers. Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch wrote in an email to The Daily...

Adopt-a-Family Holiday program referrals increase, families asking for household items

Trisha Smith (left,) and Katie Knight of United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties pose for a portrait outside of their Coralville office on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Johnson and Washington County United Way office, which is turning 100 this year, is planning a series of events aimed at garnering donations and spreading awareness for what the organization does.
Claire Benson, News Reporter December 7, 2020

The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Adopt-a-Family Holiday program is seeing an unprecedented number of referred families, with many suffering from financial loss because of COVID-19...

Iowa City Businesses prepare for students’ extended break, impact on holiday season

The Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City is seen on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.
Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter December 3, 2020

As University of Iowa students and staff work from home during the holiday season until next semester, local Iowa City businesses are adapting their plans for winter in a multitude of ways. The...

Joe’s Place implements air purification units to reduce spread of COVID-19

Joe’s Place is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Located at 115 Iowa Ave.
Claire Benson, News Reporter November 29, 2020

Downtown Iowa City bar Joe’s Place will install four air-purification units into its HVAC system to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the establishment’s indoor restaurant and bar area. Joe’s...

Iowa City real estate flourishes amid COVID-19

A For Sale sign is seen on Tuesday, Nov. 17,  2020. With families wanting larger homes to inhabit while being stuck at home due to COVID-19, real estate companies are doing notably well.
Claire Benson, News Reporter November 19, 2020

With historically low interest rates and an increase in people looking for larger houses and yards while spending more time at home during COVID-19, the real estate market has picked up in recent months,...

Iowa City bolsters bike safety with new road markings

Left turn squares for bicycles are seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 in Cedar Rapids.
Clinton Garlock, News Reporter November 12, 2020

As part of the implementation of Iowa City’s Bicycle Master Plan, the city began enhancing roadway infrastructure by painting bike lanes, shared lane markings, and the new bike turn boxes. The...

Wilson’s Orchard extends season for winter activities during pandemic

Still plenty of fall decor at the store.As seen on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Wilson’s Orchard and Farm 4823 Dingleberry Rd NE #1. They will now be open year around.
Claire Benson, News Reporter November 11, 2020

Iowa City’s beloved Wilson’s Orchard announced that its season for the 2021 year will be extended, lasting from February to December, in hopes of providing more safe opportunities for residents...

Iowa City Downtown District helps businesses prepare for winter

Micky’s Irish Pub in Iowa City is seen on Nov. 5, 2020. ICCD has created a winterization program to award restaurants with grant money to purchase patio equipment including heaters, extra lighting, and wind blocking tents. This equipment will allow restaurants to be equipped for a larger amount of people as winter temperatures approach, while still practicing COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Claire Benson, News Reporter November 9, 2020

With temperatures beginning to fluctuate and early signs of winter becoming present, the Iowa City Downtown District has partnered with the City of Iowa City to introduce a grant program and patio...

Streets closed, Hawk Alert issued for suspicious package

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.
Rachel Schilke, News Editor November 4, 2020

The Metro Bomb Squad, Iowa City Police Department, and North Liberty Police Department responded to reports of a suspicious  package at City Hall on Wednesday, which was quickly resolved Wednesday...

One couple’s odyssey led to opening new Iowa City vintage store

The front of Ulysses Modern, a thrift store on Gilbert Street, is seen on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.
Claire Benson, News Reporter October 27, 2020

When husband and wife Ryan and Clara Quinn began preparations to open their mid-century modern furnishings and apparel store, Ulysses Modern, on South Gilbert Street in Iowa City, they knew the store...

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