The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

MERGE Iowa City is seen on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. MERGE offers a space for networking and coworking in Iowa City.

Iowa City’s MERGE space provides entrepreneur resources, gathering space

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 25, 2024

MERGE, a community space with resources for businesses and entrepreneurs, will continue to be a resource for Iowa City residents after its lease was renewed by the city council on Feb. 20. The space...

A volunteer laughs with a resident during a Glamour Gals event at Melrose Meadows on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. Glamour gals aims to go to one retirement home per month and paint resident’s nails and make crafts.

New UI GlamourGals volunteer, paint nails of Melrose Meadows Retirement Community residents

Sanya Sami, News Reporter February 20, 2024

Nail polish bottles, lotion, bracelet beads, and string were spread across two pink tables as members of the University of Iowa chapter of GlamourGals painted the nails of residents at the Melrose...

Lisa Green-Douglass listens to a speaker during a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2023.

JoCo grant allows county organizations to recover after pandemic impacts

Theron Luett, News Reporter February 19, 2024

The Johnson County government is providing $2.1 million in much-needed grants, which will help the organizations better serve the community. The nonprofit capacity grant program agreement was approved...

The Johnson County Health and Human Services building is seen on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. (Sahithi Shankaiahgari/The Daily Iowan)

Johnson County Public Health reports health code violations at local restaurants

Sanya Sami, News Reporter February 18, 2024

Johnson County Public Health completed its routine inspection of local restaurants and other food establishments, compiling 74 violations in 14 locations in January. Carlos O’Kelly’s of Iowa...

Giddy Up, a country-themed bar on Clinton St., prepares to open this month in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, Feb. 7th. The new establishment takes the place of where the sports bar Pints used to be.

Iowa City says ‘howdy’ to new country-themed bar

Sanya Sami, News Reporter February 14, 2024

A wooden bull stationed on one side and a line dancing stage on the other, Iowa City’s newest country-themed bar, Giddy Up, opened on Feb. 9, bringing a fully immersive country experience for bargoers. Giddy...

Greg Ruth drinks a Climbing Kites cannabis infused sparkling water at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024.

Iowa City restaurants, customers embrace new THC drink products

Jack Moore, Assistant News Editor February 13, 2024

THC drinks are hitting the shelves in Iowa City bars and stores, and customers are enthusiastically embracing them as a drink choice other than alcohol. “I love it as an alternative,”...

Short’s Burgers and Shine recently remodeled and reopened their location in downtown Iowa City and are serving customers on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

Short’s Burger and Shine to remain open pending court appeal

Jack Moore, Assistant News Editor February 7, 2024

Short’s Burger and Shine in downtown Iowa City will remain open pending the outcome of an appeal from a lawsuit brought on by the restaurant's landlord MidWestOne Bank. According to court filings,...

Short’s Burgers and Shine recently remodeled and reopened their location in downtown Iowa City and are serving customers on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

Short’s Burger and Shine ordered to close after lawsuit with MidWestOne Bank

Jack Moore, Assistant News Editor February 6, 2024

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.  Short’s Burger and Shine was ordered to vacate its downtown Iowa City restaurant at 18 S. Clinton St. by Feb. 10 after a judge ruled the business...

Healing Prairie Farm is seen in Iowa City on Friday, Feb. 3, 2024. Healing Prairie Farm is a youth crisis stabilization center equipped with farm animals, and c24-hour crisis resource staff members.

IC mental health services work to open an animal-based therapy youth crisis center

Jack Moore, Assistant News Editor February 6, 2024

Equipped with a llama, two horses, four goats, and more animals, a new youth crisis center will begin accepting residents on March 1 to give youth a safe space in Iowa City. “They’ll come...

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988 line increases helpline usage for local mental health crisis services

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter February 4, 2024

Local mental health crisis organizations have reported a significant uptick in the use of their services in the year and a half since the National Suicide Prevention Line rebranded to its three-digit...

Photo contributed by the Iowa City Police Department.

Missing Iowa City teen located by police Thursday

Addie Zaputil, News Reporter February 1, 2024

Missing Iowa City teen Arali Agustin Sala, 16, was located on Thursday, according to a release from the Iowa City Police Department.  She was reported missing on Tuesday and was last seen on Sunday...

2320 Taylor Dr. is seen next to Wetherby Park in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.

Iowa City converting unused southside rental properties to affordable housing, park space

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter January 31, 2024

The City of Iowa City is considering demolishing an unused duplex near Wetherby Park to create more space for recreational facilities. The demolition would occur in mid-summer. This project stemmed...

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