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News – City of North Liberty - November 19, 2019

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

Thanksgiving Hours Announced for 2019

On Thursday, Nov. 28,  and Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, the city's administrative offices, including City Hall at 3 Quail Creek Circle, will be closed for Thanksgiving. Other services will be closed or have adjusted hours as follows. Library The North Liberty Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and be closed on Thursday,…

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Traffic Alert - Muscatine Avenue

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Thursday, November 21, 2019, Muscatine Avenue will be reduced to one lane of alternating between Seventh Avenue and Rundell Street.  Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the area.  This lane reduction will facilitate work on overhead electrical facilities in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit

Select City parks to close at 3 p.m. daily during deer management operations

Starting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, select City parks will be closed daily from 3 p.m. to dawn to allow for deer management.

In order to reduce the deer population, White Buffalo, Inc. has been hired to strategically and professionally carry out sharpshooting measures.

The 3 p.m. to dawn closings will run until Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The complete list of parks are:

  • Waterworks Prairie Park, 2875 N. Dubuque St. 
  • Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park and Peninsula Disc Golf Course, West end of Foster Road
  • City Park, 200 Park Road
  • The Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Road
  • Terrell Mill Park, 1209 N. Dubuque St. 
  • Hickory Hill Park, 800 Conklin St.,1439 Bloomington St., and the intersection of First Ave. and Stuart Court.
  • Terry Trueblood Recreation Area (including Sand Lake trail), 579 McCollister Boulevard
  • Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St.

Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park Closure

Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park, located in Peninsula Park, will close daily from 3 p.m. to dawn through December 22. Rita’s Ranch Dog Park, located at 640 S. Scott Boulevard, will be open during the deer management process, and dog owners are encouraged to explore this location as an option during the Thornberry closures.

Questions regarding dog park access can be answered by contacting Parks & Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson at 319-356-5104 or email You may also visit

Signs indicating the above park closures will be posted at various points in each park. Parks are normally closed to the public after dark.

To learn more about Iowa City’s Deer Population Management Program, visit

ICPL Arts & Crafts Bazaar Dec. 7

Just in time for the holidays, the Iowa City Public Library will host the Eighth Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Thanks to the generous donations of local artists and crafters, shoppers will find a wide selection of unique gifts from quilts and knitted items to jewelry, holiday ornaments, and more.

The craft bazaar will be held in meeting rooms A, B and C at the Library, 123 S. Linn St. The used book sale will be held in Meeting Room D. Shoppers can name their own price all day at the book sale.

Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Bazaar and book sale benefit the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports the Summer Reading Program and other Library programs and collections.

If you are a crafter and would like to donate items to the bazaar, there’s still time! Anyone wishing to donate items may bring them to the Library during open hours before Wednesday, December 4. All items must be handmade and be delivered with an ICPL Arts and Crafts Bazaar donation form (available at the Library and online at

For more information, please call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Police Department Offers Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to remind citizens of a few crime prevention tips this holiday season.  These crime prevention tips are part of the department’s ongoing commitment to keeping our community safe for those who live, work, or visit our city. 

There will be many people shopping over the next several days and weeks.  Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.  Don't leave a building or your vehicle until you have ensured all is secure and safe. Take 60 seconds to drive around parking lots and look for anything out of the ordinary or suspicious before you pull into the closest parking space. Trust your instincts- if you feel uncomfortable with a place or person, leave the area immediately.  If something looks suspicious to you, that’s because it probably is.  Please call the Police Department immediately to report suspicious activity.  

Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and always lock your vehicle. Thefts are typically a crime of opportunity as thieves are looking for an easy target and anything you can do to deter them from choosing your car, the better.  Minimize the number of valuables left in your vehicle and keep valuables, electronics (including cell phones and CDs), gifts and other items that may tempt a thief stored out of sight.

Protect your purse or wallet at all times. Never carry large amounts of cash or extra credit cards. Carry only those cards or cash that you will need to use that day. Crime prevention experts recommend that shoppers get out of the habit of even carrying a purse and recommend carrying only what you absolutely need to shop such as identification, credit cards, checkbook, or cash.  These items can fit into a pocket.  Never leave your purse, wallet or cell phone unattended in a public place, including in the shopping cart inside the store.

Don't overburden yourself with packages while shopping.  If possible, shop with a friend so that you can look out for one another.  Talk to your children about what should happen and what they should do in the event you are separated from them.

Have your keys out and ready as you approach your vehicle. Do not leave your car unattended with the motor running or with the keys in the ignition; not even for the very short time needed to do a quick errand or pay for fuel.

Only make online purchases from trusted, secure websites.  Track your purchases and arrange for them to be picked up by a neighbor or delivered to your workplace if you are not going to be home when the items are expected to be delivered so that they aren’t outside your door all day.

At home, make sure that all doors and windows are kept locked.  Ensure that dark areas and entrances have outdoor lights that are turned on after dark or that are activated by sensors.  Place gifts where they can't be seen from the outside.   Never open your door to strangers.  Legitimate delivery people will be able to show identification.

If traveling, use timers for lights while you're away. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your home. Remember to make arrangements for mail and newspapers.

Be careful leaving boxes from new electronics and other valuables out on the curb for garbage pickup.  This practice may actually announce to a potential thief that you just received new items. Break the boxes down and dispose of them inside the proper recycling or trash container.

When driving, give other drivers plenty of space and always leave yourself an out to avoid a crash.  If you attend parties where alcohol is served, remember to use a designated driver.  Minimize distractions such as talking or texting on a cell phone.  Always wear your seat belts.

Give yourself extra time for travel, especially during periods of inclement weather.  Even in dry conditions, traffic during the holidays is heavier than normal, and it will take longer than you expect to get around.

After the holidays, pay close attention to bills and immediately report any unauthorized charges.  Photograph new items and record their serial numbers.

For more crime prevention information, visit our website at or Facebook at

Food Review: Finlandia Muenster Cheese - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Finlandia Muenster CheeseI've always got a variety of cheeses in my fridge, be it American, cheddar, provolone, pepper jack, etc. 

Cheese makes a great snack, a slice of cheese and some lunchmeat all dressed in a bit of mustard for example is very satisfying and holds off the hunger until dinner time.

If you're not familiar with Muenster cheese, you should be. It's SO versatile, it's good cold and it melts beautifully!  It's fantastic on a cold sandwich, awesome on a burger and it cubes up real nice for a cheese tray.  

Finlandia’s Muenster Cheese is deliciously creamy and buttery and it's my preferred brand to pick up. 

Here's a great combination of flavors, ham, Dijon mustard and Muenster!  It's excellent as a cold sandwich, even better as a grilled cheese!

Kroger Salami & Finlandia Muenster CheeseMuenster is also excellent in a Mac & Cheese preparation.  I usually do three cheeses, American, mild cheddar and the Muenster.  It's another dose of YUM!

Costing me $7.99 at Costco for a two pound package, I'm giving Finlandia Muenster Cheese 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  That's a VERY wallet friendly price and a lot of cheese!  It's always a repeat buy for restocking my fridge.

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.

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Cedar Rapids Council Member Ashley Vanorny elected to Iowa League of Cities Executive Board

Cedar Rapids Council member Ashley Vanorny has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Iowa League of Cities. Vanorny became a League Board Member on September 27, 2019 during the League’s Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with their Annual Conference & Exhibit in Dubuque. Vanorny’s service will represent the most populated Iowa city on the executive board.

“I have sincerely appreciated the educational benefits I’ve received through the Iowa League of Cities Municipal Leadership Academy and trainings, as well as Annual Conferences where I’ve learned a great deal from our Iowa city counterparts,” said Vanorny.  “This past year I was able to serve on the Education Committee and help provide insight into programming.  This natural progression to run for the Executive board emphasizes my commitment to represent the citizens of Cedar Rapids and investment in learning from our peer cities.  I look forward to representing Cedar Rapids and Iowa in this leadership role.”

The League’s Executive Board is responsible for adopting policies to provide direction to the League, adopting the annual operating budget, establishing membership fees and providing direction to the organization. The Board consists of 14 board director positions and five officer positions. All of these positions must be filled by current city officials who represent cities of various populations and geographic locations.     

The membership elects directors to two-year terms, and each member can serve up to two terms.


The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that serves as the unified voice for cities, providing advocacy, training and guidance to the cities of Iowa.

BrrrFest Tickets Go on Sale on Cyber Monday

BrrrFest logoCORALVILLE -- BrrrFest 2020, a celebration of the beers of winter, will be held on January 25, 2020 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Online ticket sales for BrrrFest 2020 go on sale beginning Monday, December 2 at 9:00 am at Tickets are sold online only, and BrrrFest sells out every year.

General Admission tickets are $40, and Brewmaster tickets are $55. A portion of the proceeds supports Coralville's 4thFest celebration. For more information, visit

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect.  On October 15, 2019, at 11:13 a.m. police officers were dispatched to Jared, 159 Collins Road NE, regarding a theft in which a suspect had stolen several loose diamonds that were in a box and had left in a vehicle towards the old Sears location.  The incident occurred just prior to the police being notified.

While interacting with a jewelry store employee, the suspect allegedly reached over the counter and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of diamonds.  The suspect was described as a male wearing tan pants, work boots, and a denim jacket with a fur collar. 

The suspect is pictured in the attached surveillance photographs.

Citizens who can identify the individual in the surveillance photographs are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5532 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time.  Please reference case #2019-16612.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.